Spencer Wells Uses “Synthetic Efforts to Understand our Common Past” – Come See Him at the Atlantic Meets the Pacific Conference

Spencer Wells, Ph.D., is on a quest to discover the original migration routes of our ancestors by mapping DNA from people around the world.  A National Geographic explorer-in-residence, Wells is spearheading National Geographic’s The Genographic Project, which aims to use “ . . . advanced DNA analysis to help answer fundamental questions about where humans originated and how we came to populate the Earth . . .”

By taking a single cheek swab of saliva from the mouths of his participants, Wells is able to obtain DNA-rich samples that tell him stories about his participants’ ancestors.  These data will ultimately lead to an invaluable genetic snapshot of humanity before modern-day influences erase it forever.

Trained at the University of Texas, Harvard University and Stanford University, Wells studied under some of the most distinguished evolutionary geneticists to date. His landmark research findings led to advances in the understanding of the male Y chromosome and its ability to trace ancestral human migration (Y-chromosomal Adam).

Wells is author of the award-winning book and documentary, The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey (Princeton University Press, 2002), and, Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project (National Geographic, 2006).

For more information about the upcoming Atlantic Meets the Pacific Conference (October 7-9, 2012), contact information and list of speakers, please visit the following link: http://www.atlanticmeetspacific.com

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Production Discount & Exclusive Reception Admission for Atlantic Meets the Pacific Attendees

La Jolla Playhouse would like to extend an offer to The Atlantic Meets the Pacific (TAMTP) Conference attendees to purchase discount tickets (20% off in areas 1 & 2) to our October 9, 7:30 PM showing of the exciting production of Glengarry Glen Ross, directed by Christopher Ashley.  TAMTP attendees will also receive an invitation to an exclusive cocktail reception with the director in our resident restaurant, Jai, by Wolfgang Puck.

After registering for The Atlantic Meets the Pacific Conference, information on how to  get this special deal will be mailed to you along with a link to register for the lab tours.

About the Play:
Glengarry Glen Ross
September 18 – October 21, 2012
By David Mamet
Directed by Christopher Ashley

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama, Glengarry Glen Ross is David Mamet’s scorching play about a group of desperate salesmen in a Chicago real estate office. When a contest pits the men against each other, they resort to manipulation, bribery and even theft to keep their jobs. The Darwinian struggle that ensues is a stinging indictment of a culture that rewards the strong, punishes the weak and values success above all else. One of the most influential plays of the 20th century, Glengarry Glen Ross shows Mamet at the height of his literary and dramatic powers. Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley directs this modern masterpiece with a keen eye for the remarkable dialogue and personal defeat at the heart of this story.

About the La Jolla Playhouse:
The nationally-acclaimed, Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse is known for its tradition of creating the most exciting and adventurous new work in regional theatre. The Playhouse was founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer, and is considered one of the most well-respected not-for-profit theatres in the country. Numerous Playhouse productions have moved to Broadway, including the currently-running Memphis, Jersey Boys and Peter and the Starcatcher, as well as Big River, The Who’s Tommy, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, A Walk in the Woods, Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays, the Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Farnsworth Invention, 33 Variations and Bonnie & Clyde. Located on the UC San Diego campus, La Jolla Playhouse is made up of three primary performance spaces: the Mandell Weiss Theatre, the Mandell Weiss Forum Theatre and the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center for La Jolla Playhouse, a state-of-the-art theatre complex which features the Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre. La Jolla Playhouse is led by Artistic Director Christopher Ashley and Managing Director Michael S. Rosenberg.

For more information about the upcoming Atlantic Meets the Pacific Conference (October 7-9, 2012), contact information and list of speakers, please visit the following link: http://www.atlanticmeetspacific.com

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Video Games Can Lead to World Peace? Jane McGonigal Thinks So & Talks About it at the Upcoming Atlantic Meets Pacific Conference

Video games and world peace don’t seem to mix, but world-renowned game creator Jane McGonigal, Ph.D., aims to change this perception, and the world, with her humanitarian-based alternate reality games, which are designed to improve people’s lives and solve real-life problems. “Reality is broken. Game designers can fix it,” says McGonigal who believes game designers are on a humanitarian mission worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize.

McGonigal has created and deployed award-winning games and secret missions that focus on issues of poverty, hunger and climate change in more than 30 countries, including: EVOKE, Superstruct, World Without Oil, Cruel 2 B Kind and The Lost Ring.  Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Wired, The Economist, MTV, CNN and NPR.  She is also the New York Times bestselling author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World (Penguin Press, 2011), and serves as the Chief Creative Officer for SuperBetter Labs, where she is making games powered by the science of positive emotion and social connection.

For more information about the upcoming Atlantic Meets the Pacific Conference (October 7-9, 2012), contact information and list of speakers, please visit the following link: http://www.atlanticmeetspacific.com

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V.S. Ramachandran Unlocks Mysteries of the Human Brain – Find out More at the Upcoming Atlantic Meets Pacific Conference

Deemed the Marco Polo of neuroscience, Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, MD, Ph.D., utilizes seemingly simple techniques (i.e., does not rely heavily on high-tech equipment) to make profound discoveries about the human brain and to unlock mysteries of the human mind.  His research focuses on autism, the evolution of language, phantom limbs, human vision, rare neurological syndromes and mirror neurons which, he believes, “hold the key to understanding many enigmatic aspects of human evolution.”

Ramachandran is the Director of the UC San Diego Center for Brain and Cognition, a Distinguished Professor with the Psychology Department and Neurosciences Program at UC San Diego and an Adjunct Professor of Biology at the Salk Institute.  He has published over 180 papers in scientific journals, and is the author of the acclaimed books Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind (Harper Perennial, 1999) and, the New York Times best seller, The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human (W. W. Norton & Company, 2011).  Amongst many other awards and honors, Ramachandran was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2011 and was deemed the “Padma Bhushan” (a civilian award and honorific title in India) by the President of India.

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Stacey Snider, One of Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women, Speaks at the Upcoming Atlantic Meets the Pacific Conference

Rated as one of Forbes Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2009, Stacey Snider, JD, who will be speaking at the upcoming Atlantic Meets the Pacific Conference in La Jolla, CA (October 7-9, 2012), is a UCLA-trained lawyer who climbed the ranks from a mailroom employee to one of the highest-ranking executives in Hollywood.

Since 2006, Snider has worked alongside Steven Spielberg at DreamWorks Studios, where she is a partner and serves as the company’s co-chairman and CEO.  Under Snider’s tenure at DreamWorks, the studio has released several highly acclaimed films including the Academy Award-nominated pictures, “The Help,” “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Letters from Iwo Jima.”

Snider’s understanding of the inner workings of business strategy, marketing, financial planning, creative film development and production, have contributed to the success of DreamWorks and other studios where she has worked over the years.

For more information about the upcoming Atlantic Meets the Pacific Conference (October 7-9, 2012), contact information and list of speakers, please visit the following link: http://www.atlanticmeetspacific.com

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Blazing New Trails in Genomics: J. Craig Venter Presents at the Upcoming Atlantic Meets Pacific Conference

The creation of artificial life and synthetic beings is only something that happens in sci-fi movies like Blade Runner, right? Wrong.

J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., a graduate of UC San Diego and speaker at the upcoming Atlantic Meets the Pacific Conference in La Jolla, CA (October 7-9, 2012), was the driving force behind the first successful attempt to sequence the human genome and, more recently, the creation of the first form of organic life through using a fully synthetic genome.

Venter is regarded as one of the leading scientists of the 21st century for his numerous, invaluable contributions to genomic research.  He is Founder of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) – a non-profit research organization dedicated to genomic research and the exploration of social and ethical issues in genomics – is the author of more than 250 research articles and is one of the most frequently cited scientists today.

Blazing new trails in genomics, Dr. Venter and his team at JCVI are leading the way to solving complex medical, economic and environmental issues that plague our planet.

It is my belief that the basic knowledge that we’re providing to the world will have a profound impact on the human condition and the treatments for disease and our view of our place on the biological continuum.” – Venter

For more information about the upcoming Atlantic Meets the Pacific Conference (October 7-9, 2012), contact information and list of speakers, please visit the following link: http://www.atlanticmeetspacific.com

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