Engage with local scientists as they discuss their latest research and discoveries in a friendly, inviting environment. These lectures address hot topics on the first Monday of every month, in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. Stay for a special noon documentary showing. 

The Sharp Minds lecture is free with general admission or a Senior Monday ticket.  


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Deepa Manjanatha

Dec 4

Self-Compassion and Wellbeing in a Digital Age 

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Melissa Karnaze, Ph.D.

Dec 4

Self-Compassion and Wellbeing in a Digital Age 

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Nicole Pippard

Dec 4

Self-Compassion and Wellbeing in a Digital Age 

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Ferhat Ay, Ph.D.

February 5
Charting New Territory Within the Architecture of Our Genome

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Priyanka Saminathan, Ph.D.

March 4
Why Are Women More Likely to Develop Alzheimer’s Disease?


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Self-Compassion and Wellbeing in a Digital Age
Dec 4 at 10:30–11:30am

Researchers from The Center for Empathy and Technology at UC San Diego will discuss recent findings about how health professionals think about self-compassion, and how self-compassion was related to better wellbeing outcomes early during the COVID pandemic. Join us also to explore factors related to self-compassion across the lifespan and discuss challenges and opportunities for self-compassion in this digital age. 

Charting new territory within the architecture of our genome
Feb 5 at 10:30–11:30am

Ferhat Ay, Ph.D., associate professor at La Jolla Institute for Immunology, builds some of the world’s smallest maps to trace the wiring inside a cell’s nucleus to reveal how genes interact. He will discuss how he uses computational tools to understand how variations in our genome impact our immune system.  

Why are women more likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease?
Mar 4 at 10:30–11:30am

Older women are twice as likely as men to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Priyanka Saminathan, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at La Jolla Institute for Immunology, will share her research on how both sex and age play a vital role in driving Alzheimer’s disease and discuss the impact her research could have on the development of new bio-markers and therapeutics.


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