Speaker Date Topic
David DesMarais, Senior Scientist, NASA Ames Aug 10, 2020
Astrobiology – Life on Earth (and elsewhere?)

David DesMarais, Senior Research Scientist, Space Sciences, NASA Ames Research Center


Dr. David J. Des Marais is a senior space scientist with NASA’s Astrobiology Program at NASA Ames Research Center. He has studied both living communities of microorganisms and their ancient fossil records. He has investigated the chemistry of carbon in meteorites, lunar samples, and volcanic rocks and ancient sediments on Earth. David is currently a member of the science operations team for NASA’s Curiosity Rover Mars mission. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed technical articles and chapters on his research and Mars missions. He has been a co-leader of the Lassen Astrobiology Student Intern Program since 2008. David has been elected Fellow of six professional societies. The Geochemical Society awarded him the Alfred Treibs Medal for his career achievements in Organic Geochemistry.   He is also a co-author of the 2008 Astrobiology Roadmap and one of the lead authors of the 2015 Astrobiology Strategy, world-leading documents for the field of astrobiology. 

Christa Gannon, Founder, Fresh Lifelines for Youth Aug 17, 2020
Juvenile Justice in California and around the World

Juvenile Justice in California and around the World

Vicent Partal, Journalist in Catalonia Aug 24, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic as a symptom of a global systemic crisis

Vicent Partal (Born in 1960) is a Catalan journalist, director of VilaWeb, the most important online newspaper in Barcelona, established in 1995.

He is also an IEC (Catalan Academy of Sciences and Humanities) academician and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the European Journalism Center. Based in Maastricht (The Netherlands), EJC is a professional organization that works for the promotion of quality journalism in Europe and to assimilate the great technological and cultural changes that accompany the digitalization of the media.

As a reporter and correspondent, he covered events for several TV and newspapers around the world during decades, including the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the coup d'état in the USSR and the independence process of the Baltic countries, the Balkan war, the revolt of Beijing students, the End of apartheid in South Africa, the beginning of Palestinian autonomy, the conflict in Kurdistan, the democratic movement in Hong Kong or several elections in the United States.

Partal has won a number of awards, including Premi Ciutat de Barcelona of Journalism 1999 and the National Journalism Award in 2004 and published several books about Europe, the Catalan process of independence, and journalism.

Mitchell Stevens, Grad. Sch. Education, Stanford U Aug 31, 2020
Higher Education in the Time of Coronavirus

Mitchell Stevens, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University


Mitchell L Stevens is Professor and Faculty Chair of the Education Enterprise program at Stanford University. He studies educational decision making, the quantification of academic performance, and alternative educational forms. The author of award-winning studies of home education and selective admissions, his most recent books are Remaking College: The Changing Ecology of Higher Education and Seeing the World: How US Universities Make Knowledge in a Global Era. With Martin Kurzweil, he co-convened the project Responsible Use of Student Data in Higher Education. He has written scholarly articles for a variety of academic journals and editorial for the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, The New York Times. and other venues.

No Meeting - DARK Sep 07, 2020
Labor Day

Labor Day - No meeting

Enoch Choi, MD, Urgent Care Sep 14, 2020
Serving on the COVID-19 Front Lines

Enoch Choi, MD, Urgent Care Serving on the COVID-19 Front Lines. Past Tall Tree Award Recipient

New Member Talks Sep 21, 2020

New Member Talks

Matt Abrahams, Stanford GSB Lecturer Sep 28, 2020
Making Your Communication Memorable

Matt Abrahams, Stanford GSB Lecturer

Palo Alto City Council Candidates Oct 05, 2020
November 3 City Council election

Palo Alto City Council Candidates

Greg Giusiana, District Governor 5170 Oct 12, 2020
Rotary Opens Opportunities

Greg Giusiana, District Governor 5170

Palo Alto League of Women Voters representative Oct 19, 2020
California Propositions: An Overview

Palo Alto League of Women Voters representative

Ron Davis, former EPA Police Chief Oct 26, 2020
21st century policing

Ron Davis, former EPA Police Chief, Executive Director, President Obama's Task Force on 21st century policing

Joseph Desimone, Exec Chair, Co-Founder, Carbon Nov 02, 2020
Novel ways of 3-D Printing

Joseph Desimone, Executive Chairman & Co-Founder, Carbon, speaking on Novel ways of 3-D Printing

Amb. Michael McFaul, Director FSI, Stanford U Dec 07, 2020
Great Power Competition

Ambassador Michael McFaul, Director, Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford U. Former US Ambassador to Russia appointed by President Obama. Amb McFaul will be speaking about a new book he is writing on the topic of Great Power Competition.

No Meeting - DARK Dec 21, 2020
No Meeting - DARK Dec 28, 2020