Nano-High Program Director, Mark Alper, has retired from the University. There are no current plans to offer Nano-High talks this year. Prof. Alper thanks all attendees for their support over the past 12 years.

Recordings of the 2014-2015 talks have been posted*.

*Technical difficulties prevent our posting the talk by Pieter Abbeel.


The University of California's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) invites high school students and their classroom teachers to Nano-High, a series of Saturday morning lectures focused on the cutting-edge scientific issues of the day, from molecular medicine to nanoscience, from climate change to astrophysics, from solar energy to the math behind Sully, Remy and Buzz Lightyear. Our speakers are internationally renowned LBNL senior scientists, UC Berkeley Professors, and distinguished visiting scientists known not only for their scientific accomplishments in the subjects they will talk about, but also for their ability to talk to non-expert audiences. Nano-High talks are aimed at all high school students, from those already committed to careers in science, to those committed to poetry, history or philosophy, to those committed to figuring out what they want to do. No science background is required to understand these carefully crafted presentations. Nano-High attendees can also meet and talk with the speakers after the talks--and even have a photo-op.

Schedule for 2014-2015; All talks begin at 10:00 AM

Dr. Donald Francis
Centers for Disease Control (retired), Executive Director, Global Solutions for Infectious Diseases
Nov. 1, 2014
1 Pimental Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
Need We Say More?
Dr. Freija Descamps
Postdoctoral Fellow
Nuclear Science Division, LBNL
Jan. 17, 2015 Hunting for Neutrinos — My Winter at the South Pole
Prof. Rasmus Nielsen
Center for Theoretical Evolutionary Genomics Department of Integrative Biology, UCB
Feb. 28, 2015 The Story of Human Origins As Told by Our DNA
Prof. Daniela Kaufer
Department of Integrative Biology, UCB
Mar. 21, 2015 Stress and Your Brain — It's a Love-Hate Relationship
Prof. Matthew Francis
Department of Chemistry, UCB
Apr. 11, 2015 Using Viruses to Detect and Treat Cancer
Prof. Pieter Abbeel
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UCB
May 9, 2015 How to Make Robots Learn

Special thanks to the National Science Foundation for additional support for the program.

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