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Berkeley Forum Announces Two New Events

BERKELEY, California―April 10, 2014―The Berkeley Forum announced two new additions to its Spring 2014 calendar of events: a panel discussion entitled Biotechnology and Me: How Modern Science is Changing The Future of Human Life and an address by the creator of The Sopranos David Chase entitled The Television Culture.

The first event, the panel on biotechnology, will center around the question of how cutting-edge technological advances are likely to alter people’s daily lives in meaningful ways. The panelists include:

1. Dr. Andrew Hessel: co-founder of the Pink Army Cooperative (a cooperative biotechnology company aiming to make open source viral therapies for cancer) and Distinguished Researcher at Autodesk Inc.’s Bio/Nano Programmable Matter Group.

2. Dr. Raymond McCauley: Chair of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics at Singularity University, a Silicon Valley think-tank devoted to training leaders about exponential technologies. He is also the co-founder and Chief Architect of BioCurious, the Hackerspace for biotech.

3. Professor Rasmus Nielsen: of the Center for Theoretical Evolutionary Genomics and the Nielsen Laboratory, and Professor of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on statistical and computational biology.

The panel will take place at 112 Wurster Auditorium, at 7 p.m. on April 15, 2014.

The address by David Chase will focus on his experiences in the television industry, as well as his views on the future of the industry. David Chase is an American writer, director and television producer, best known as the creator of The Sopranos, a groundbreaking and critically acclaimed drama that aired for six seasons between 1999 and 2007. Mr. Chase has won seven Emmy Awards.

The address will take place at 4 pm on April 17, 2014 in 125 Li Ka-Shing Hall.

More information about both events will be posted on the Forum’s website closer to the event.

About the Berkeley Forum
The Berkeley Forum is a non-partisan, student-run organization at the University of California, Berkeley. Founded in 2012, the Forum organizes panels, debates, and talks by leading experts from a wide variety of fields.

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