LiveTalk is The College Preparatory School's evening lecture series for parents, students, and the community. Join us for these engaging, thought-provoking lectures by local and national experts and celebrities on intriguing topics and current events.

2021-22 upcoming

Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities and Challenges with Nand Mulchandani, Chief Technology Officer to the U.S. Department of Defense Joint Artificial Intelligence Center.
Wednesday, February 9, 2022 7:00 - 8:30 pm

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Join LiveTalk for a discussion with Nand Mulchandani, Chief Technology Officer to the U.S. Department of Defense Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. Mr. Mulchandani will discuss the application of Artificial Intelligence, including machine learning, and how it is revolutionizing entire industries. Beginning with a short introduction and history of this technology and the current state of applying AI to a broad spectrum of use cases, Mr. Mulchandani will also discuss current challenges including data issues such as bias, the ethical deployment of this technology, testing, and adversarial attacks. Finally, he plans to discuss the possible future direction of this technology including narrow vs. general AI and the fear of "killer robots" taking over the planet.

Nand Mulchandani serves as the Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Defense Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. He brings more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry as a serial entrepreneur and senior executive in the enterprise infrastructure and security software industries to his service in the government to help transform the Department of Defense in adopting next-generation AI and software technologies. Prior to government service, Mulchandani was at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and remains a non-resident Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Mulchandani holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Mathematics from Cornell University, a Master in Science in Management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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2021-22 past events

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  • Stacia Wyman: CRISPR And Sequencing Covid-19 Variants Wednesday, November 3, 2021  *  7:00 - 8:30 pm

    A discussion with computational biologist and senior scientist, Stacia Wyman, as she talks about her work on a CRISPR-based therapeutic for Sickle Cell Disease, which has recently been approved for a clinical trial.  In the past 18 months working at the Innovative Genomics Institute at UC Berkeley, she has also focused on sequencing COVID-19 genomes to monitor the evolution and spread of COVID-19 variants. 

    Stacia Wyman is a computational biologist and senior scientist at the Innovative Genomics Institute at UC Berkeley. She holds a B.A. from Smith College, an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas, Austin. Her postdoctoral work at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center focused on discovering cancer biomarkers in tumor genomes. Prior to the IGI, Dr. Wyman’s work focused on discovering biomarkers of neurodegenerative disease in families with Huntington's and Parkinson’s disease at the Gladstone Institutes.
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  • Vincent Chin: Racial Violence and the Role of Storytelling Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    A moderated discussion of the facts and legacy of the Vincent Chin case, with filmmakers Alle Hsu and Anthony Ma, and U.C. Berkeley's Acting Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program (and College Prep parent), Rakesh Bhandari. Hsu and Ma will share their in-depth research—interviews of key players and review of court transcripts in the Chin case—for a narrative series they are developing on this historic moment in civil rights history.
    In June 1982, Vincent Chin, a Chinese American celebrating his impending marriage, was killed by two white men in Detroit—a Chrysler plant manager and his stepson, a laid-off autoworker. A witness overheard one of the killers blaming the Japanese for taking American jobs. The no-jail-time sentence the killers received in state court led to grassroots activism by Asian American communities, and a federal civil rights prosecution.
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