Park City Institute and Strategic News Service Present THE STORY OF MY BODY: A MEDICAL REVOLUTION With Dr. Larry Smarr, 3/7
Dr. Larry Smarr is an astrophysicist turned computer scientist turned healthcare futurist. By charting and examining every minute detail about his own body's input and output (i.e., everything from skin temperature to the microbial make-up of stool samples), he's challenging the status quo of how we view health. The founder of Calit2 and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (and an advisor to NASA, NIH, DOE and NSF), Dr. Smarr comes to Park City to talk about his breakthrough experiments in self-diagnostics and identifying solutions for the future of healthcare on Friday, March 7 as part of the 2013-2014 "Future in Review" speaker series. The evening, "The Story of My Body: A Medical Revolution," takes place in the intimate Black Box Theater of Park City's Eccles Center at 7:30p.m. Tickets are $25.
Dr. Smarr is his own guinea pig. He gathers copious amounts of data on his own body - every minute detail as it relates to every bodily function - in the context of envisioning a future where revolutionized information technologies will help individuals better understand disease and healing. This PhD, whose supercomputing innovations aided the rise of the Internet, now reveals innovative health-related discoveries and possibilities. While his theories may be controversial, his track record as a revered scientist (though not a medical doctor) is not.
Smarr is a respected expert in astrophysics, computer science, engineering, bioinformatics, genomic medicine, climate change and marine biology. His expertise has been quoted in Science, Nature, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time, Wired, Fortune, Business Week, CNN and The Atlantic. His accomplishments range from his work as founding director of Calit2 to a earning a spot on the NASA Advisory Council. Most recently, he was honored with a 2014 Golden Goose Award for his work on calculating black hole collisions, which led him to champion a federal commitment to dramatically enhance U.S. computing power - which, in turn, led to the development of NCSA Mosaic, the precursor to web browsers. The award honors researchers whose federally funded research may not have seemed to have significant practical applications at the time it was conducted but has resulted in major economic or other benefits to society.
Sharon Anderson Morris, Managing Director of SNS Programs and FiReFilms, will interview Dr. Smarr. The evening concludes with a question and answer session with the audience.
PCI's new partnership with the innovative Strategic News Service allows the Park City, Utah-based, non-profit organization to introduce the community to some of the world's greatest minds and ideas. Following Dr. Smarr's March 7 talk, the final speaker in the 2013-2014 "Future in Review" series will be scientist Roger Payne, best known for his work on ocean health and whale behaviors, on April 18, 2014.
Tickets and information are available at The Eccles Center box office, 435-655-3114 or www.ecclescenter.org.
Park City Institute is a non-profit organization, dedicated to bringing world-class performances and new ideas to the community. Since 1998, PCI has presented internationally renowned and cutting edge musicians, actors, authors, comedians, dancers, speakers and film at The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts (a joint-use facility with the Park City School District). The organization will present its 11thValley Resort in the summer of 2014. PCI is dedicated to introducing young people to the artsthrough free student outreach workshops, shows and demonstrations. They proudly launched the Mega Genius Supply Store and IQ HQ - an after school literacy program and very thinky retail store - in January 2010. And the organization continues to illuminate with TEDx events and Curiosities evenings.
Photo Credit: Eccles Center