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TSRC Town Talks Presented by Telluride Science Research Center (TSRC)

The TSRC Town Talks are a free public lectures series presented by world- renowned scientists on topics of great current importance in science, technology, education, and public policy. These seminars, which include an engaging lecture and informal Q&A “discussion” between audience and speaker, provide the Telluride community with an opportunity to hear about a stunning variety of topics related to molecular science, nanotechnology, biomedical research, energy, materials, and the environment.

2016 Schedule

Tuesday, June 7 (Sheridan Opera House, 6 pm - 7 pm): “Looking for Life in All the Right Places,” Michael H. New, PhD, Astrobiology Discipline Scientist, Lead Discovery Program Scientist, Planetary Science Division, NASA Headquarters

Tuesday, June 21 (Telluride Conference Center, 6 pm - 7 pm, cash bar at 5:30 pm): “Science and the 2016 Presidential Election,” Franz Geiger, PhD, Professor of Chemistry, Northwestern University

Tuesday, June 28 (Telluride Conference Center, 6 pm - 7 pm, cash bar at 5:30 pm): “Clouds in a Bowl of Soup,” Graham Feingold, PhD, Research Scientist, NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, Chemical Sciences Division

Tuesday, July 5 (Telluride Conference Center, 6 pm - 7 pm, cash bar at 5:30 pm): “Science & Healthcare: This Time It’s Personal!” Paul O’Shea, PhD, Chair of Biophysics: Cell Biophysics Group & Dean of Research, Office of the Dean, The University of British Columbia

Tuesday, July 12 (Telluride Conference Center, 6 pm - 7 pm, cash bar at 5:30 pm): “Drug Recalls, Patent Fights, and Chocolate: Adventures in Crystal Packing,” Greg Beran, PhD, Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Riverside

Tuesday, July 19 (Telluride Conference Center, 6 pm - 7 pm, cash bar at 5:30 pm): “Zen and the Art (Science) of Celestial Navigation: Navigating the Oceans and the Molecular World,” Eric Bittner, PhD, John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Chemical Physics, University of Houston

Tuesday, July 26 (Telluride Conference Center, 6 pm - 7 pm, cash bar at 5:30 pm): “The Salty Sea Within Us,” Thomas Kleyman, MD, Chief, Renal-Electrolyte Division, Sheldon Adler Professor of Medicine, Professor of Cell Biology, Professor of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, The Renal-Electrolyte Division, University of Pittsburg

Tuesday, August 2 (Telluride Conference Center, 6 pm - 7 pm, cash bar at 5:30 pm): “Impacting Society Through Investing in Science-Based Companies,” speaker TBD

TSRC Town Talk History

Telluride Science Research Center (TSRC) was founded in 1984 as an incubator for molecular science and is the only independent molecular science center in the world. The organization lives at the creative crossroads of chemistry of chemistry, energy, biomedicine, material science, nanotechnology, and more.

New directions in molecular science start here.

Back in 1991, TSRC founders Peter Salamon and R. Stephen Berry began the TSRC science lecture series in the old elementary school on Thursday nights as a way to give back to the Telluride community.

In 2003, the program expanded to Tuesday evenings at the public library with the support of local funder CCAASE, and began to advertise widely in the community. Later, underwritten by another local founder, TMVOA, the series moved to the Conference Center in Mountain Village. The talks were held at the Palm Theatre for several years. In 2013, the series was held at the Opera House to celebrate their 100th anniversary. The series is funded by TSRC, generous donations at the door, and a generous sponsor.

The names of these talks have changed over the years, from “TSRC Science Lecture Series” (1991-2002) to “Pinhead Town Talks” (2003-2010) and finally to the “TSRC Town Talks” in 2011.

The Town Talks have grown steadily in popularity to an average of nearly 150 audience members per talk.