National Academies host spring season of Distinctive Voices programs in Irvine, Calif.

IRVINE, Calif. A new season of public events at the National Academies' Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center will explore the science and technology behind today's hottest topics. Distinctive Voices@The Beckman Center highlights innovations, discoveries, and emerging issues in an engaging forum, providing a unique opportunity to learn from some of the brightest scientific minds in the world -- including members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.

The public programs will be held on weeknights, followed by a dessert reception with the speaker. The Beckman Center is located at 100 Academy Drive, Irvine, Calif. Admission and parking is free; advance registration is required. For more information, visit www.voicesatbeckman.org or call 949-387-6622. A list of programs follows.

  • If You Didn't Test It, It Doesn't Work
    Wednesday, April 4 7 p.m.
    Hear about the role of engineering failure in the advancement of technology, from one of the technology pioneers of our time. Robert Colwell directed the architecture team that designed and produced the Intel P-6, the most successful microprocessor in history. Named an Intel Fellow in 1996, Dr. Colwell is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

  • Disparities in Health: How Does Wealth Buy Better Health?
    Tuesday, April 10 7 p.m.
    With each step up the social ladder, health and longevity appear to improve. Learn why this happens, and how health disparities can be reduced. Nancy E. Adler is professor of psychology in the departments of psychiatry and pediatrics; vice chair of the department of psychiatry; and the director of the Center for Health and Community at the University of California, San Francisco. She is also a member of the Institute of Medicine.

  • Tech Myths: What You Think You Know That Isn'

Contact: Janet DeMint
The National Academies

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