2006 Events


Discussion Group: The Ethics of Transplantation

Joana Ramos, MSW

Cancer Resources and Advocacy, Seattle, WA

Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Dinner and beverages will be served

Joana Ramos is an independent consultant in oncology social work. She is a graduate of Boston University and the University of Washington School of Social Work. She was trained and worked as a community health educator in Brazil, where she initially served as a Peace Corps volunteer. Additionally, she was trained as a medical interpreter. currently serves as an advisor to cancer patient groups and professional organizations in the USA and several other countries, primarily in Latin America Read her talking points here


Discussion Group: Communicating Science to the public

Dr. Dennis Schatz

Vice President for Education, Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA

Co-Director, Washington State Leadership Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER)

November 8th, 2006

5:30-6:30 pm

Health Sciences Building T-478

How can we make science more pervasive in society – not just something that happens in school, but something people pursue in their free time? Come anddiscuss this important question with Dr. Dennis Schatz. A research solar astronomer prior to his career in science education, Dr. Schatz worked at the University of California, Berkeley, prior to moving to Seattle in 1977. He provides leadership to Pacific Science Center’s science education programs, which includes a broad range of programs serving teachers, students, community-based organizations and families across Washington State. He co-directs Washington State LASER (Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform), a program to implement a quality K-8 science program in all 296 school districts in Washington State. He is presently President of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. He has received numerous honors, including the 1996 Distinguished Informal Science Educator Award from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). He recently received NSTA? 2005 lifetime achievement award (Distinguished Service to Science Education). He is the author of 18 science books for children, including the popular Totally Series of six books (Totally Dinosaurs in 2000 to Totally Sea Creatures in 2003). Read more here Click here for a campus map


Neal Lane

The Next Two Decades in American Science

Dr. Neal Lane

Vice President for Education, Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA

Previous Director of the National Science Foundation
and the Office of Science and Technology Policy Under the Clinton Administration

November 2nd, 2006

4:00-5:30 pm

Physics Astronomy Building A 102

Dr. Neal Lane is the Malcolm Gillis University Professor at Rice University. He also holds appointments as Senior Fellow of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, where he is engaged in matters of science and technology policy, and in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Prior to returning to Rice University, Dr. Lane served in the Federal government as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, from August 1998 to January 2001, and as Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and member (ex officio) of the National Science Board, from October 1993 to August 1998. Before becoming the NSF Director, Dr. Lane was Provost and Professor of Physics at Rice University in Houston, Texas, a position he had held since 1986. He first came to Rice in 1966, when he joined the Department of Physics as an assistant professor. In 1972, he became Professor of Physics and Space Physics and Astronomy. He left Rice from mid-1984 to 1986 to serve as Chancellor of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. In addition, from 1979 to 1980, while on leave from Rice, he worked at the NSF as Director of the Division of Physics.Widely regarded as a distinguished scientist and educator, Dr. Lane? many writings and presentations include topics in theoretical atomic and molecular physics and science and technology policy.