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12/15/2005 - Science and Technology Roundtable Crosses Cascades

Do you ever wonder what “big curious kids do with big fabulous toys?” What do robotic toys and disease diagnosis have in common? Do they have anything to do with “the bird flu and other worldwide health threats?” Thanks to the Technology Alliance in partnership with the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR), you have an upcoming opportunity to find out. You are invited to enroll in the inaugural season of the Spokane Science and Technology Roundtable (STRT).

Building upon eight successful seasons in Seattle, the Science & Technology Roundtable (STRT) realized that Spokane is ready to learn about new and breakthrough developments in science and technology. This five part speaker series is designed for business and community leaders who want to stay on top of important advancements being made in our state, nationally and internationally. STRT will showcase our state's leading scientists and researchers – several of whom are working on our side of the mountains.

The inaugural season’s roundtables will be held on the first Friday of the month from January 2006 through May 2006 from 7:30 am to 9:00 am. Spokane STRT presentations will open with a buffet breakfast and time for informal conversation and networking before the speaker begins promptly at 8:00 am. The seminars will be at the Davenport Hotel in downtown Spokane. This intimate setting encourages discussion with a Q&A session following the speaker's presentation. The Spokane Science & Technology Roundtable speakers will discuss timely topics in layperson's terms.

The Inaugural Season Speakers will be:
January 6: Dr. Len Peters, Director, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory: “What Is Going On At PNNL?” Dr. Peters will discuss a number of PNNL's innovations and collaborations that are of particular interest to Spokane area leaders.

February 3: Dr. Bassem A. Bejjani, Co-Founder and Medical Director, Signature Genomic Laboratories, LLC; Research Professor, Basic Medical Sciences (WWAMI), Washington State University; and, Health Research & Education Center, WSU Spokane: “Genetics 101 - New Technologies To Unlock The Secrets Of Genetic Diseases.” Dr. Bejjani will discuss the use of robotic tools to identify and diagnose diseases.

March 3: Dr. Yogendra Gupta, Director, Institute for Shock Physics, Washington State University: Big Curious Kids With Big Fabulous Toys. Dr. Gupta will talk about the simplicity and elegance of blowing things up.

April 7: Dr. Anne Marie Kimball, Director, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Emerging Infections Network (EINet); Professor, Health Services and Epidemiology, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington: “the bird flu and other worldwide health threats.”

May 5 : Dr. Edward Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington: “The Computer Science Landscape”. Dr. Lazowska will talk about the direction and importance of computer science in Washington.

The inaugural season of Spokane STRT Individual Membership Rate is $135 for the 5-breakfast program season. Membership is non-transferable. Includes 2 guest passes. Student membership rate is available.
If you have any questions, please contact Bryan Chee, (206) 389-7259. Corporate sponsorship packages are still available for organizations interested in supporting Spokane STRT. Please contact Laurie Hassell for more information: or (206) 465-4691.

The 2006 season sponsors of the Spokane Science & Technology Roundtable are Preston Gates & Ellis LLP, Paine, Hamblen, Coffin, Brooke & Miller LLP, SIRTI, Washington State University, Connect Northwest, and the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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