Come to hear the history and future of vaccines and learn about how your brain control all your muscles. Plus, our beloved science rapper Tom will rap for you again!
Food and drinks available for purchase. Family friendly, bring your kids.
A Shot In The Dark (the history and future of vaccines)
Dr. Michal Caspi Tal
Postdoc at Stanford, Immunology Department
Infectious disease has taken a huge toll on humanity for our entire existence. In one of the great examples where together we are more than the sum of our parts, protective vaccination campaigns that developed “Community Immunity” to vicious microscopic bugs have all but allowed us to forget some of the most deadly diseases that once plagued mankind. From the early vaccines against Smallpox and Rabies to modern vaccines design strategies against HIV, Ebola, and ZIKA, we will discuss how vaccine work and the current controversy surrounding them.
Middle school science teacher by day, and a SCIENCE RAPPER by night
Tom teaches 8th grade science at The Nueva School in Hillsborough, and makes science raps with students all over the Bay Area. You may have seen his science rap music videos on his YouTube channel - "Science With Tom" or at our September Event. And because you liked his song, he will come back with a couple more songs (including students performing "My Shot").
How did we learn to walk?
Postdocs at the Mobilize Center at Stanford
You have over 640 muscles and only 1 brain to control them. Have you ever wondered how you orchestrate this complicated system with such great precision?
It's difficult to decompose a brain to single neurons to understand how it works. Instead, we designed a "simplified human" and build Artificial Intelligence to control it, or, in other words, we built an artificial brain.