Adam Steltzner, in charge of the Entry, Decent, and Landing of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity, outlined the winding journey of his life in his Assembly Series lecture on March 26, 2015: “How Curiosity Changed My Life.” The lecture title was a deliberate play on words meant to emphasize the power of intellectual curiosity and how it can transform a life.
Social entrepreneur Bob Harris discussed his work at an April 10, 2014 presentation called “The International Bank of Bob.” The talk was based on his book of the same name, and was held in Simon Hall May Auditorium.
On March 5, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in Graham Chapel, Richard Davidson, neuroscientist and one of the world’s leading experts on the impact of contemplative practices such as meditation on the brain, talked about “Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind.”
On February 11, 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Sheryl WuDunn talked about “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.” She studies and writes about the economic, political and social forces affecting women throughout the globe.
On April 4, 2014 anthropologist Helen Fisher gave a talk on “Lust, Romance, Attachment: The Drive to Love and Whom We Choose.” Her investigations of romantic love, its evolution, biochemical foundations and importance to human society are informing and transforming the way we understand ourselves.