Seminar: Denny Luan-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Seminar: Denny Luan-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Denny Luan

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  • January 12, 2016
  • 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.  (PT)
  • 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. (ET)
  • Silicon Valley campus, Bldg 23 Room 118

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How to Experiment, and Why You Should Too

Abstract: Galileo Galilei discovered the moons of Jupiter because he was directly supported by the Medici family. Medici was able to do his science because of his patrons. Today government science funding in the U.S. comes directly from taxes, but the process is so complicated the people no longer recognize that they are funding science. On top of that, the funders are so conservative they only fund the most obvious ideas. We want to fix that. As scientists, we need to bring science back to the roots, closer to the public. The Internet was invented to share scientific results, but humans have created so many barriers to accessing scientific results that we've slowed down the scientific process. We're at a point in history where science is on its way towards openness. At Experiment, we want to live in a world where anyone can be a scientist and this talk will cover how you can be a part of making this reality happen explored and solved in ways we never even imagined before. Lets talk about highways and cars in that context.

About the Speaker: Denny Luan is one of the founders of Experiment, an online community for crowdfunding and sharing scientific research. Experiment has been featured in numerous publications since it first launched in 2012 and following its participation in the Y Combinator incubator program in Winter 2013. His work has appeared in Nature, The Economist, New York Times, and NPR's Science Friday, and in 2015 he was recognized in Forbes' 30 Under 30. Previously, Denny was a researcher at the University of Washington studying bacterial analog circuits, following degrees in biochemistry and economics. He is based in San Francisco, California, where Experiment is now headquartered.