UCSD Alumni


Inspiring Minds: Conscious Cosmos


Monday, October 26
6:30 p.m. - Reception
7:30 p.m. - Program
8:30 p.m. - Post Reception

National Museum of Mathematics
11 East 26th Street
New York, NY 10010
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Primary Contact
Tamika Franklin

Additional Information
Online registration is now closed. Walk-ins are welcome.

Event Description
Can neurons—like stars—work at the speed of light? Have galaxies evolved over millennia, as human beings have for centuries?

There are the same amount of stars in the galaxy as there are neurons in the human brain. Coincidence, or is there a deeper connection? Join UC San Diego professors Brian Keating and Nick Spitzer as they explore the hidden—and not so hidden—connection between human beings and the universe. Together, they will explore the latest developments in cosmology and neurobiology.

Free for alumni and guests. Registration is required. Brought to you by the Division of Biological Sciences, Division of Physical Sciences and UCSD Alumni.


Featured Speakers

Nick Spitzer, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Biology, Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind (KIBM)

Nicholas C. Spitzer is Distinguished Professor and Co-Director of the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind at UC San Diego. He was born in New York City and grew up in Princeton, NJ. He received his B.A. in biology from Harvard College in 1964, attended Harvard Medical School and received his Ph.D in neurobiology in 1969 from Harvard University. After postdoctoral work at Harvard and University College London he joined the faculty at UC San Diego in 1972. He has been chair of the Biology Department, the Neurobiology Section and chair of the Academic Senate, and has served as a member of the NIH NINDS Council and as a Trustee of the Grass Foundation. He was founding editor-in-chief of BrainFacts.org and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.

Brian G. Keating, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics, Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences (CASS)

Brian Keating is a professor of physics at UC San Diego. He and his team of 21 students and postdocs develop instrumentation to study the early universe at radio-, microwave- and infrared wavelengths. He is the author of over 100 scientific publications and holds a U.S. patent. Professor Keating received his B.S. from Case Western Reserve University and his Ph.D. from Brown University in 2000. He did postdoctoral research at Stanford University and was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech before coming to UCSD in 2004. He received the 2007 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers at the White House from President Bush for a telescope he developed at the U.S. South Pole Research Station called BICEP. Professor Keating co-leads a collaboration operating the POLARBEAR telescope in the Atacama Desert of Chile. He is also a private pilot with single and multi-engine instrument ratings. He is a Trustee of the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination; Math for America, San Diego; and the San Diego Air & Space Museum.
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