Spend an evening surrounded by science listening to seven quick-fire talks in small group settings with experts from a variety of scientific fields. Learn about discoveries and initiatives happening today on the cutting edge of modern science, glimpse at the possibilities of what the technological future holds, and leave inspired by ideas and concepts that could ignite the next great film or television project.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 // NeueHouse Hollywood -- BY INVITATION ONLY

Moderated by Deric Hughes, Screenwriter - Warehouse 13, Beauty and the Beast, Flash, Scream


  • Tahir Hemphill came of age in 1980s New York, practicing various elements of hip hop culture and exploring cyberspace from a basement in Queens with a dial-up modem and Commodore 128. Hemphill is an award-winning advertising creative and multimedia artist, working across disciplines to find productive tension between art and technology. He explores community resilience through collaboration and research, influenced by scientific work that pushes investigation to artistic limits and art that pushes toward scientific method.
  • Joaquín (Quim) Madrenas has published more than 150 publications in immunology and medicine and is engaged in public education and community outreach. Dr. Madrenas worked as Executive Director of the CIHR Human Immunology Network and at McGill University as Chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Founding Director of the Microbiome and Disease Tolerance Center. He is currently the CSO at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and featured recently at TEDxMontreal.
  • Maja Matarić is a Professor and the Chan Soon-Shiong Chair in the Computer Science Department, Neuroscience Program, and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California (USC); Founding Director of the USC Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center; Co-Director of the USC Robotics Research Lab; Vice Dean for Research in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering; and Founder and CSO of Embodied, Inc.
  • Zach McKinney is the CSO and co-founder of Spinal Singularity, a medical device start-up developing advanced technologies for the rehabilitation of spinal cord injury and other neurological disorders. Dr. McKinney co-founded Spinal Singularity while completing his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at UCLA. He has been an avid observer and active participant in the field of human–machine interfacing and remains committed to the development and implementation of technologies for human rehabilitation and augmentation.
  • Philip Ross has exhibited work at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, MoMA, and the Museum of Jurassic Technology. As a bioengineering scholar at Stanford University, he is working to develop an internet of biological things. He is co-founder and CTO of MycoWorks, a start-up that turns mycelium into building bricks and leather—where he is poised to revolutionize the materials industry with his carbon-neutral, chemical-free, organic, biodegradable, and fully sustainable designs.
  • C. Alex Young is a NASA astrophysicist studying space weather in our solar system. Dr. Young is the Associate Director in the Heliophysics Science Division at the Goddard Space Flight Center and head of the Heliophysics Education Consortium. He oversees and coordinates education and public outreach for the Heliophysics Division, works as a liaison to the NASA Offices of Education and Communication, and promotes and supports the research of division scientists.