David Grinspoon - Astrobiologist & Author
Planetary Science: Earth in Human Hands
September 5th at 7:30PM at PianoFight, San Francisco 

David Grinspoon is an American astrobiologist. He is Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute and was the former inaugural Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology for 2012-2013. His research focuses on comparative planetology, with a focus on climate evolution on Earth-like planets and implications for habitability. He has also studied, written and lectured on the human influence on Earth, as seen in cosmic perspective. He has published three books, Venus Revealed, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times book prize, Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life, which won the 2004 PEN literary award for nonfiction and Earth in Human Hands, which was named one of NPR's Science Friday "Best Science Books of 2016". He is adjunct professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Science at the University of Colorado. Joining host Kevin Whittinghill will be three of the Bay Area's funniest comedians.

 

Amy Berry - CEO of Tahoe Fund
Environmental Science and Sustainability
September 12th at 7:30PM at PianoFight, San Francisco 

Amy Berry is currently the CEO of the Tahoe Fund based in Lake Tahoe. She is responsible for working with the Fund’s board of directors to operate the organization and raise private and public funds for environmental improvement projects that will restore and enhance the Lake Tahoe region. Prior to joining the Tahoe Fund, Amy was director of marketing and communications for renewable energy giant ACCIONA’s North American holdings. Amy was Co-Chair of the New Energy Exhibit at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, a 2008 Nevada Women’s Fund Salute to Woman of Achievement honoree, and received a letter of commendation from President Bill Clinton for her work on the McGruff “Take a Bite Out of Crime” campaign.  In 2013 she was named a “Twenty Under 40” honoree by the Reno Gazette Journal. Joining host Kevin Whittinghill will be three of the Bay Area's funniest comedians.