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Facing the Frontiers of Science and Technology The Linda Hall Library Announces 2015 Fall Lecture Series Featuring Experiences from the South Pole to Outer Space

The Linda Hall Library 2015 Fall Lecture Series will give attendees views from NASA’s mission control, the surface of a comet, the IceCube observatory at the South Pole, and the interior of life-extending stem cells – educating and amusing along the way.

The Fall Lecture Series for the world's foremost independently funded research library devoted to science, engineering, and technology, will feature the first-ever event by the Linda Hall Library Foundation, The Science of Longevity. The colloquium offers a panel of nationally recognized experts who will discuss the revolutionary scientific advances that improve health and extend lives. In addition, the Library has secured such notable speakers as Gene Kranz, best known for his role directing the successful mission control team’s efforts to save the crew of the ill-fated Apollo 13, bringing them safely back to Earth on April 17, 1970.

With exception of the Science of Longevity two-day colloquium, all the Linda Hall Library Fall Lectures are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Online registration at and e-tickets are required. The Library, located at 5109 Cherry Street in Kansas City, will host all of the lectures except for Richard Dawkin’s (Oct. 8) and Gene Kranz’s (Nov. 5) presentations, which will be held at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, MO. Following is a list of Linda Hall Library Fall lectures in order by date of occurrence:



  • Friday evening & Saturday, October 2 & 3 (Friday, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Linda Hall Library) – The Science of Longevity with leading scientists – including Professor and Author Jonathan Weiner, Dr. Martha Montello, Dr. Stephen Badylak, Dr. Jay Olshansky, Dr. Gregory Benford and Dr. Evan Snyder – for an exploration of the science of aging. Presented by the Linda Hall Library Foundation.
  • Thursday, October 8 (7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Unity Temple) – Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science with Richard Dawkins, bestselling author of The Selfish Gene.
  • Wednesday, October 14 (5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Linda Hall Library) –Social Science: The Science and Technology of Brewing German-style Beers with Steve Holle, founder and brewmaster Kansas City Bier Company.
  • Thursday, October 22 (1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Linda Hall Library) – How Do I Become a… with Dr. Naoko Kurahashi Nielson, Assistant Professor of Physics at Drexel University. This program, open to high school and college students interested in science, will discuss Dr. Nielson’s trajectory in studying neutrinos in Antarctica and explore career paths for physicists.
  • Thursday, October 22 (7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Linda Hall Library) – IceCube: Seeing the Universe in Neutrinos from the Earth’s South Pole with Dr. Naoko Kurahashi Nielson, Assistant Professor of Physics at Drexel University.


  • Thursday, November 5 (6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Unity Temple) – Failure is Not an Option with Gene Kranz, legendary NASA Flight Director, who led the effort to save Apollo 13.

About the Linda Hall Library
The Linda Hall Library is among the world’s foremost independent research libraries devoted to science, engineering, technology, and their histories. Founded in 1946 through an endowment by Linda and Herbert Hall, the library is a not-for-profit, privately funded institution, and is open to the public free of charge. Scholars, technologists, engineers, researchers, academic institutions and businesses, nationally and internationally, use the Linda Hall Library’s collections to investigate, invent, and increase knowledge. The Library’s holdings range from rare books to private papers, including extensive collections in diverse areas such as aeronautics, the history of food science, astronomy, Galenic medicine, engineering standards, a resource center for patents and trademarks and more. In addition to the libraries resources, hundreds of people attend the Library’s public programs throughout the year to expand their awareness and understanding of science and technology. To learn more, visit

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