LiveTalk Lecture Series

    • Cheng Liu • Tasso Roumeliotis • Sandy Yuan

      Cheng Liu • Tasso Roumeliotis • Sandy Yuan '07 • Harry Chotiner

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.

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  • Dr. Cheng Liu • Monday, October 7, 2019 • Frontier of Cancer Immunotherapy: T cell Therapy for "Cure of Cancer?"

    Some of the greatest challenges to humankind have come in the form of epidemics. The bubonic plague, the flu of 1918, smallpox, and epidemic typhus are just a few examples. The discovery of antibiotics freed us from many bacterial epidemics that threatened the very existence of human society. The discovery and large-scale application of vaccines has protected us from devastating bacterial and viral infections. However, one of the biggest health challenges today is the prevalence of cancer. Our ability to cure many types of cancer is limited and still in development. Recent innovations in molecular biology and the study of the human genome have provided new tools in the realms of gene editing and cellular engineering. Join us for what will be an enlightening talk about how close we actually are to finally finding the "cure of cancer."

    Dr. Cheng Liu is the founder and CEO of Eureka Therapeutics, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company with the goal of curing cancer by developing novel T-cell therapies which harness the intrinsic ability of the immune system. The mission of Eureka Therapeutics is to make safe and effective T-cell therapies accessible as standard care for patients being treated for hematologic and solid tumors. Prior to founding Eureka, Dr. Liu was a Principal Scientist in antibody drug discovery at Chiron (now Novartis), where he championed anti-CSF1 antibody program for treatment of bone metastasis to human clinical trials. He is the inventor of multiple issued US patents in drug discovery. In 2007, he was awarded Special US Congressional Recognition for his contributions to improving human health. Dr. Liu received his B.S. in Cell Biology and Genetics from Beijing University and a PhD in Molecular Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Tasso Roumeliotis and Sandy Yuan '07 • Wednesday, November 6, 2019 • How AI Will Rewire our Job Environment • How to Teach a Car to Drive

    How AI Will Rewire our Job Environment Tasso Roumeliotis
    Our grandparents could not have possibly envisioned the rate of technological progress to date. The smartphone in your pocket provides you with access to more information than you will be able to digest in multiple lifetimes...and it has only been around for twelve years. We expect that AI will come on faster than the industrial revolution did. The big questions facing human society include: What benefits will AI bring? What jobs will become superfluous and what new jobs will emerge? Spend an evening with us engaging in these important questions—the answers to which will change the world in which our children work, and more importantly, live.


    How to Teach a Car to Drive
     Sandy Yuan '07
    Ever since Karl Benz invented the first gasoline powered car in 1884, there has been a driver in the seat. Relying on humans as drivers has given rise to a number of problems—accidents from bad driving, drunk driving, texting, and congestion are just a few examples. Maybe more importantly, driving takes up precious time that could be used to work or relax. Autonomous robotics applications promise to transform the way we get around and how we live. There are numerous approaches to developing self-driving vehicles and machinery. Come and learn more about autonomous driving technology and what it's like to work in an industry of unknowns.

    Tasso is the founder of Oakland, CA-based NumberAI, which makes Main Street businesses textable. Previously he founded Location Labs and was an early pioneer in mobile and location-based technology. He built it to 200+ people. Location Labs was profitable for seven consecutive years and was an INC 500 company. He was also an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist Award winner.

    Before Location Labs, Tasso worked as Vice President for Claridge Investments (Bronfman Family Office) and as an associate in the merchant banking group of Donaldson Lufkin Jenrette. Tasso started his career at Bain & Co where he was the highest ranked associate in his class. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.Sc from McGill University in Montreal.

    Sandy Yuan '07 is a technical product manager at Cruise, a self-driving car company based in San Francisco. She works with software engineering teams that use machine learning and robotics applications enabling the autonomous vehicles to make decisions about where, when, and how to move. Sandy graduated from The College Preparatory School in 2007, has a BS in mechanical engineering from Stanford and an MBA and MS in mechanical engineering from MIT.

  • Harry Chotiner • Thursday, February 6, 2020 • Let's Go to the Movies

    "Great movies have a way of illumniating something previously unrecognized about the human experience."

    Join us for one of the most entertaining and beloved evenings in the LiveTalk series. Changing directions from past years' Chotiner talks, this year NYU film history professor and former Twentieth Century Fox vice president (and past Prep parent and Prep history teacher) Harry Chotiner will do a deep dive into 4 films (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and three others to be named soon) and what makes them exceptional works of art.

    Prepare for a lively evening with interactive audience participation! And we'll add hot popcorn, soda, candies, and door prizes!

    Harry Chotiner, PhD, is an adjunct assistant professor in the humanities at the School for Professional Studies at NYU where he focuses his teaching on film studies. He has done graduate work in Rabbinic studies, co-edited Socialist Review magazine, and worked as everything from a script reader to vice president of developoment at Zoetrope Studios, CBS Theatrical Films, 20th Century Fox, and Interscope Communications. He has received teaching excellence awards at the high school and university level, including NYU School of Professional Studies Teaching Excellence Award.
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