The Kraw Lecture Series on Science and Technology

The Kraw Lecture Series in Silicon Valley is made possible by a generous gift from UC Santa Cruz alumnus George Kraw (Cowell '71, history and Russian literature). The lecture series features acclaimed UC Santa Cruz scientists and technologists who are grappling with some of the biggest questions of our time.

These talks are free and open to the public

Our Kraw Lecture Series is so fantastic, we want to bring it right to you via live streaming. If you aren't able to join us in person the night of the event, you can now stream the lectures and join in the conversation via online comments. Lecture and live stream typically begin at 7 p.m.

      • April 28, 2020

        Rebecca DuBois, Viruses & Vaccinescorona-for-imods.png

        Professor Rebecca DuBois studies how viruses cause infections and identifies weaknesses that can be targeted with vaccines and antiviral therapies. All human viruses must be able to attach to their target cell and transfer their genetic material inside the cell. The virus surface proteins that carry out these entry steps are the same proteins that our immune system can recognize and inactivate. DuBois and her team use an integrated toolkit of structural biology, biochemistry, virology, and immunology to investigate this molecular warfare between humans and viruses. This research provides a foundation for the development of next-generation vaccines.
      • Mar 19, 2020

        Anne Kapuscinski, Cultivating Leaders and Solutions for Coastal Sustainability

        Professor Kapuscinski will speak about the new Coastal Science and Policy graduate program which has attracted a highly diverse student body. She will also talk about her team's research on ecological aquaculture, applying circular economy principles to shift the world's fastest growing food sector to sustainability. This graduate program and her research both pursue scalable solutions to benefit people and coasts from land to sea. Both also emphasize systems thinking, interdisciplinary approaches, and science-practice collaborations.

        UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus
        3175 Bowers Avenue, Santa Clara


      • Feb 25, 2020

        Astrobiologist Natalie Batalha

        Natalie Batalha made Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people on Earth. She has discovered approximately 4,000 new planets—some of which may turn out to be capable of supporting life. She was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

        UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus
        3175 Bowers Avenue, Santa Clara

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      Each lecture will be videotaped and archived here.

      Questions? Contact UC Santa Cruz Special Events or (831) 459-5003.