IHMC Evening Lectures show

IHMC Evening Lectures

Summary: Video podcast of IHMC's award winning Evening Lecture series. IHMC hosts many noteworthy lectures of general interest to a broad intellectually curious community. The evening lecture series is outstanding and intertwines several prominent themes…science, economic development, health, and civic leadership. These lectures are standing room only.

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 Geri Richmond - Understanding Environmentally Important Processes at Water Surfaces | File Type: video/x-m4v | Duration: 1:00:33

Although the special properties of water have been valued and appreciated for centuries, as scientists we continue to be perplexed by the molecular make-up of water in all its forms. Equally perplexing is the surface of water, a surface that is involved in some of most important reactions in our atmosphere, a surface that can sculpt the landscape as it flows past rocks and soils, a surface that can break down the strongest of metals, and a surface across which essential nutrients and ions are constantly exchanged in life-sustaining processes in our bodies. In our laboratory we study environmentally important processes at aqueous surfaces using laser based spectroscopic techniques and molecular dynamics simulations. I will focus my talk on our recent studies of the intriguing behavior of water surfaces when in contact with molecules of importance in our environment. Geraldine Richmond is the Richard M. and Patricia H. Noyes Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oregon. Richmond received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Kansas State University (1975) and her Ph.D. in chemical physics at the University of California, Berkeley (1980) where she worked under the mentorship of Prof. George Pimentel. She has distinguished herself in her research using nonlinear optical spectroscopy and computational methods applied to understanding the chemistry that occurs at complex surfaces and interfaces that have relevance to important problems in energy production, environmental remediation, atmospheric chemistry and biomolecular surfaces. Over 160 publications have resulted from this research. Recent awards for her scientific accomplishments include the American Chemical Society Garvan Medal (1996), the Oregon Scientist of the Year by the Oregon Academy of Science (2001), the Spectrochemical Analysis Award of the American Chemical Society (2002), the Spiers Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2004), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2007) and the Bomem-Michaelson Award (2008). She has been selected as a fellow of the American Physical Society (1993), the American Association of the Advancement of Science (2004), the Association of Women in Science (2008), and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006). Richmond has also played an important role in setting the national scientific agenda through her service on many science boards and advisory panels. Most recent appointments include: Associate Editor of Annual Reviews of Physical Chemistry (2006-2008), Chair of the Science Advisory Committee of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (2006-2008), Chair of the Chemistry Section, Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2009-2010), Chair of the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Board of the Department of Energy (1998-2003) and as a governor appointee to the State of Oregon Board of Higher Education where she served as a member, Vice President and interim President over her seven year term (1999-2006). She has testified on science issues before committees in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Oregon House of Representatives. She is the founder and chair of COACh (Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists), an organization assisting in the advancement of women faculty in the sciences. Over 3000 science faculty, students, postdocs and administrators have benefitted from professional training and networking workshops developed by COACh. She has been honored for these efforts and related efforts on women in science by the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Engineering Mentoring (1997), the American Chemical Society Award for Encouraging Women in the Chemical Sciences (2005) the Council on Chemical Research Diversity Award (2006).

  Esther Gokhale - Walk This Way | File Type: video/x-m4v | Duration: 56:44

There is compelling evidence that over the past 100 years the populations of industrialized countries have drifted away from the somatic heritage of their forbearers. We have adopted postural habits which are dramatically different from those used historically and still found in non-industrialized peoples today. Modern “adaptations”, such as tucking the pelvis and S-shaping the spine have had detrimental effects on the biomechanics of our gait and structure, generating an epidemic of foot, knee and back problems. Restoration of healthy and sustainable functioning requires a return to natural alignment, our Primal Architecture. The Gokhale Method is a systematic and effective program for attaining this. Esther Gokhale (Go-clay) has been involved in integrative therapies all her life. As a young girl growing up in India, she helped her mother, a nurse, treat abandoned babies waiting to be adopted. This early interest in healing led her to study biochemistry at Harvard and Princeton and, later, acupuncture at the San Francisco School of Oriental Medicine where she became a licensed acupuncturist. After experiencing crippling back pain during her first pregnancy and unsuccessful back surgery, Gokhale began her lifelong crusade to vanquish back pain. Her studies at the Aplomb Institute in Paris and years of research in Brazil, India, Portugal and elsewhere led her to develop the Gokhale Method®, a unique, systematic approach to help people find their bodies’ way back to pain-free living. Gokhale has practiced acupuncture and taught posture, dance and yoga in her Palo Alto wellness center for over twenty years. Her Gokhale Method Foundations course is now taught by qualified teachers all over the world. Their offerings, her book, 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back, DVD, posture-friendly cushion, and chair are all available on her website at gokhalemethod.com. In May 2013, The New York Times featured Esther in an article giving her the title, “The Posture Guru of Silicon Valley”. Gokhale has been a speaker/teacher at corporations such as Google, IDEO, and Mimosa Systems and conferences including TEDx(Stanford), Ancestral Health Symposium, Western Price Foundation Conference, and PrimalCon. She also speaks with medical physician groups including Stanford, PAMF, UCSF and sports teams such as the trainers of the SF 49ers and several Stanford teams. Her method has been featured in publications including The San Francisco Chronicle, Toronto Sun, Chicago- Sun Times, Prevention Magazine, and AAOS.

 Bill Klyn - The Responsible Economy -- The Environment is the Economy | File Type: video/x-m4v | Duration: 48:06

With our world using 1.5 times the resources that earth can provide and with customers demanding more leadership from business, we are already seeing significant shifts in thinking on how businesses need to position themselves for success in the future. Multiple seminars on sustainability with new technologies for renewable energies, reduced transportation, reducing toxins and water usage and recycling materials by Unilever, Wal Mart, Coca Cola Hewlett Packard and 3M all talk about decreasing the environmental footprint. All laudable, yet the global indicator of the health of our planet continues to move in the wrong direction. We are now in a position that requires us to move into unchartered territory that is daunting and even a quixotic challenge to growth and traditional ways of doing business in order to address threats from overuse of natural resources and meeting the increasing population demands for products. Bill Klyn is International Business Development Manager for Patagonia, the global outdoor clothing company. He was one of the founders of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association, serving as Chairman for 10 years. Bill was also a founding member of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation that works closely with government agencies and businesses to increase participation through education, engaging lapsed and new anglers and kids, thus increasing license sales and revenues for states. These connections helped Bill to collaborate on developing the SRF Group that works with broad-based private industry, no’s and financial entrepreneurs to seek support for shortfalls in needed government programs and initiatives for habitat enhancement and access for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation. Bill was inspired to become a Board Member with Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, whose scientific research efforts to better understand these little known saltwater sport fish and their habitats in the U.S., Bahamas, Caribbean and Central America can influence their future sustainability. Bill was instrumental in creating, organizing and developing the TV Show “Buccaneers and Bones” along with Chris Dorsey, President of Orion Entertainment. This unique show brought well-known celebrity anglers together to not only fish but also to seek answers to what is happening with these terrific game fish and to teach anglers more about how to catch and release these fish. The series, in its 4th season, airs on the Outdoor Channel. He is also involved in a working group formed by CEO’s from a variety of businesses from around the country that search for creative solutions to address the changing needs of sustainable business being termed the “New Economy.”

 Paul Kaminski - STEALTH — An Insider’s Perspective | File Type: video/x-m4v | Duration: 53:29

This is the story of stealth from an inside expert. The focus is on our advanced combat air vehicles, with particular attention to the F-117 Night Hawk. What is Stealth? What is it not? How did we develop and field combat systems enabled by Stealth? Why is stealth important? What are the limitations? How did Stealth help us win the cold war? What is the future of Stealth? Paul G. Kaminski is Chairman and CEO of Technovation, Inc. Dr. Kaminski served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology from October 3, 1994 to May 16, 1997. He was responsible for all DOD research, development, and acquisition programs. He also had responsibility for DOD logistics, environmental security, international programs, the defense industrial base, and military construction. The annual budget for these entities exceeded $100 billion. Dr. Kaminski has had a continuing career involving large program management, and the development and application of advanced technology in both the private and public sectors. He has served as consultant and advisor to a variety of government agencies and as chairman, director or trustee of several defense and technology oriented companies. His previous government experience includes a 20-year career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. During 1981-1984, he served as Director for Low Observables Technology, with responsibility for overseeing the development, production and fielding of major “stealth” systems (e.g., F-117, B-2). He also led the initial development of a National Reconnaissance Office space system and related sensor technology. Early in his career, he was responsible for test and evaluation of inertial guidance components for the Minuteman missile and terminal guidance systems for our first precision guided munitions. Dr. Kaminski is Chairman of the Defense Science Board, and serves as a member of the Director of National Intelligence Senior Advisory Group, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Technical Advisory Board, and the National Academies Air Force Studies Board. He has served on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, the FBI Director’s Advisory Board and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics. He has chaired the board of the RAND Corporation, currently chairs the boards of both Exostar and Hughes Research Labs; and is a Director of General Dynamics, Bay Microsystems, CoVant Technologies, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, and the USAF Academy Endowment. Dr. Kaminski has received numerous awards and honors, among them are: The National Medal of Technology, Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service (3 awards), Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Director of Central Intelligence Director’s Award, Defense Intelligence Agency Director’s Award, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Academy 2002 Distinguished Graduate Award, the Ronald Reagan Award for Missile Defense, the Reed award for Aeronautics, the Netherlands Medal of Merit in Gold and the French Republic Legion d’Honneur. He has been recognized as a Pioneer of National Reconnaissance and a Pioneer of Stealth. Dr. Kaminski received a Bachelor of Science from the Air Force Academy, Master of Science degrees in both Aeronautics and Astronautics and in Electrical Engineering from the MIT, and a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University.

 Michael F. Holick - The D-Lightful Vitamin D for Good Health | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 1:03:40

Adequate vitamin D nutrition is associated with the prevention of rickets in children and therefore, little thought is given about the consequences of vitamin D deficiency in adults. However, it is now becoming clear that vitamin D plays an important role in maintaining bone health from birth until death. Of equal importance is that vitamin D has a multitude of other biologic functions in the body that may be important for the prevention of common cancers, hypertension, type-1 diabetes, as well as a host of other common maladies that afflict elders. Michael F. Holick, Ph.D., M.D. is a Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics; Director of the General Clinical Research Unit; Director of the Bone Health Care Clinic and the Director of the Vitamin D, Skin and Bone Research Laboratory at Boston University Medical Center. Dr. Holick has made numerous contributions to the field of the biochemistry, physiology, metabolism, and photobiology of vitamin D for human nutrition. Dr. Holick has established global recommendations advising sunlight exposure as an integral source of vitamin D. He has helped increase awareness in the pediatric and medical communities regarding vitamin D deficiency pandemic, and its role in causing not only metabolic bone disease, and osteoporosis in adults, but increasing risk of children and adults developing preeclampsia, common deadly cancers, schizophrenia, infectious diseases including TB and influenza, autoimmune diseases including type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis, type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease. Dr. Holick is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, and a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Association of Physicians. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors and serves on a number of national committees and editorial boards and has organized and/or co-chaired several international symposia. He has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, and written more than 200 review articles, as well as numerous book chapters. He has acted as editor and/or co-editor on 10 books, and has written The UV Advantage, and The Vitamin D Solution.

 Jeff Volek - The Many Facets of Keto-Adaptation: Health, Performance, and Beyond | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 59:04

Obesity is a condition of excess fat accumulation in adipocytes where the person is literally stuck in storage mode diverting a disproportionate amount of calories into fat cells as opposed to oxidation. Thus it is more productive to think of obesity as a problem in 'energy flow' rather than energy expenditure (i.e., calories in, calories out). The most efficient approach to accelerate the body's ability to access and burn body fat is to restrict dietary carbohydrate while increasing fat intake for a period of several weeks, after which fatty acids and ketones become the primary fuel at rest and during submaximal exercise. The coordinated set of metabolic adaptations that ensure proper inter-organ fuel supply in the face of low carbohydrate availability is referred to as keto- adaptation. This unique metabolic state has recently been shown to have widespread and profound therapeutic and performance-enhancing effects ranging from reversing type 2 diabetes to shrinking tumors to allowing ultra-endurance runners to set course records. This presentation will discuss the physiologic effects of very low carbohydrate diets with an emphasis on their unique effects on both features of metabolic syndrome and human performance. Dr. Jeff Volek is a Full Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut where he teaches and leads a research team that explores the physiologic impact of various dietary and exercise regimens and nutritional supplements. Dr. Volek's most significant line of work has been a series of studies aimed at better understanding what constitutes a well formulated low carbohydrate diet and the physiological impact on obesity, body composition, fatty acid composition and lipoprotein metabolism, gut micro-biome, adaptations to training and overall metabolic health. This line of work has shown profound effects of ketogenic diets on overall health and well-being, as well as peak performance. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed manuscripts, many of which were longitudinal interventions of carbohydrate restricted diets. Specific to low carbohydrate diets, Dr. Volek has authored/co-authored 4 books, 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts and reviews, and delivered over 100 invited presentations on low carbohydrate diets in half a dozen countries at scientific and industry meetings. Through more than a decade of research dedicated to better understanding low carbohydrate diets, Dr. Volek has accumulated an enormous amount of laboratory and clinical data on how carbohydrate restricted diets affects human physiology, and acquired a unique knowledge pertaining to the individualization and formulation of safe, effective and sustainable low carbohydrate diets.

 Michael Anastasio - The National Security Laboratories — From Nuclear Weapons To An HIV Vaccine | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 47:18

Dr. Anastasio retired as the former Director of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in 2011. LANL applies science and technology to the certification of the U.S. nuclear deterrent; the reduction of global threats; advancing energy security; and the solution of other emerging national security challenges. Dr. Anastasio is also the former Director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), the only person to hold both positions. He began his career at LLNL as a physicist dealing with the science of nuclear weapons. During his tenure, Dr. Anastasio was instrumental in the development and execution of the national Stockpile Stewardship Program, which uses a fundamental science-based approach to sustain the safety, security, and reliability of America's nuclear weapons stockpile. He has served as the scientific adviser at the Department of Energy and has provided scientific advice on various national security science issues to senior members of the U.S. government. Dr. Anastasio has received numerous commendations and is widely recognized for his leadership in national security science and the safe stewardship of nuclear weapons. He is the recipient of the DOE/NNSA Gold Medal, the Distinguished Alumni Award-- SUNY Stony Brook, and the DOE Weapons Recognition of Excellence Award. He is currently serving on the State Department International Security Advisory Board, the Defense Science Board, as a Special Advisor to the Commander of the United States Strategic Command, as a Member of the Corporation of the Draper Laboratory, and as a member of the Congressional Advisory Panel on the Governance of the Nuclear Security Enterprise. He has also served on the International Security Advisory Board, the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Science & Technology for Countering Terrorism, the California Council on Science and Technology, and the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology. Dr. Anastasio has taught at Brooklyn College of City University of New York and performed research in theoretical nuclear physics at the Center for Nuclear Studies in Saclay, France, and at the Nuclear Research Center in Julich, Germany. He received his B.A. in Physics, with Honors, from Johns Hopkins University and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Theoretical Nuclear Physics from the State University of New York, Stony Brook. He is a member of Sigma Pi Sigma (national physics honor society).

 Quint Studer - Being An Informed Healthcare Customer | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 57:55

Quint Studer is the Founder of Studer Group, Inc. and a proponent of Evidence-Based Leadership (EBL). EBL creates a culture of execution that empowers organizations to move quickly and effectively. Not only does Studer talk about it, but he has done it - working with healthcare organizations nationwide who have won multiple performance awards. Studer Group was the recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2010 and has been named one of the Best Small and Medium Workplaces in the United States for the last 5 years by Great Place to Work®. Studer was the forerunner in connecting employee engagement, leadership development, the use of analytics and strong accountability to demonstrate how each builds a sustainable culture of high performance. He currently is part of the 21st Healthcare Leadership Curriculum Task Force at Harvard Business School. Quint has served as a Board Member at the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). Quint has served as a Think Tank Panelist at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in Washington D.C. and is a Faculty in Residence at George Washington University. He currently serves on the Board of a major healthcare system. Studer’s first book, Hardwiring Excellence, is still one of the most widely read books in the history of healthcare leaders. He has followed up this book with 5 others that are focused on leadership, how to be a great employee and patient care. Quint has had books on the Wall Street Journal’s best seller list as well as Business Weekly. His webinars, videos, presentations and onsite training sessions have led to his being named, numerous times, as one of the most powerful people in healthcare. Quint’s healthcare career began in a 35 bed specialty hospital and has now spanned over 29 years. He has worked as a supervisor, manager, department director, vice president, senior vice president, chief operating officer and president of a large hospital. This provided a wide array of experience in physician integration, managed care, patient care and overall operational experience in four different organizations.

 Dr. Allen Josephs - The Quest for God in "The Road" | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 1:02:26

On October 9, 2013 IHMC hosted the inaugural talk in a new University of West Florida lecture series honoring the arts and humanities called “UWF Downtown.” Allen Josephs is an internationally renowned Hemingway scholar and past president of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society. His new collection, On Hemingway and Spain: Essays and Reviews, 1979-2013 will be published by Newstreet Communications this autumn. He is the author of nine books and more than a hundred essays and reviews published in the New York Times Book Review, the Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Virginia Quarterly Review and many others in the U.S. and abroad. His last book, Ritual and Sacrifice in the Corrida, won four prizes and had its initial presentation at IHMC in 2002. After more than forty years of writing on Hemingway and Spanish culture, Josephs has turned his attention to one of our greatest living novelists, Cormac McCarthy. In this presentation Josephs will examine the presence and the absence of God in McCarthy’s last and most compelling novel. His essay, “The Quest for God in The Road”—on which this presentation will be based—appeared this year in the Cambridge Companion to Cormac McCarthy. Editor Steven Frye has called Josephs’ treatment “definitive.”

 Todd Clear - The Great American Incarceration Experiment: What Has It Cost Us? | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 52:37

Todd R. Clear is Dean of the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. In 1978, he received a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from The University at Albany. Clear has also held professorships at Ball State University, Rutgers University, Florida State University (where he was also Associate Dean of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice) and John Jay College of Criminal Justice (where he held the rank of Distinguished Professor). He has authored 12 books and over 100 articles and book chapters. His most recent book is Imprisoning Communities, by Oxford University Press. Clear has also written on community justice, correctional classification, prediction methods in correctional programming, community-based correctional methods, intermediate sanctions, and sentencing policy. He is currently involved in studies of the criminological implications of "place," and the economics of justice reinvestment. Clear has served as president of The American Society of Criminology, The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and The Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice. His work has been recognized through several awards, including those of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, The Rockefeller School of Public Policy, the American Probation and Parole Association, the American Correctional Association, and the International Community Corrections Association. He was also the founding editor of the journal Criminology & Public Policy, published by the American Society of Criminology.

 Tom Jones - Beyond Earth: America’s Future in Space | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 58:14

Tom Jones - Beyond Earth: America’s Future in Space

 William Davis - Wheatlessness: A 21st Century Health Strategy | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 1:09:20

The wheat of today is not the wheat of our mothers or grandmothers. Modern wheat is the product of genetics manipulations that have transformed its properties. Modern wheat is now a 2-foot tall, high-yield semi-dwarf strain, different in both appearance and multiple biochemical features from traditional wheat. Introduction of this new strain of wheat was associated with the appearance of a long list of health problems, along with weight gain and diabetes. Saying goodbye to all things wheat provides outsized and unexpected health benefits, from weight loss, to relief from acid reflux and bowel urgency, to reversal of diabetes, migraine headaches, and learning disabilities in children. Dr. William Davis is author of the #1 New York Times Bestselling book, Wheat Belly: Lose the wheat, lose the weight and find your path back to health (Rodale, 2011), now debuting internationally in over 19 foreign languages. Wheat Belly has helped spark a nationwide reconsideration of the conventional advice to "eat more healthy whole grains." Formerly an interventional cardiologist, he now confines his practice to prevention and reversal of coronary disease in his practice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. Davis is a graduate of the St. Louis University School of Medicine, followed by training in internal medicine and cardiology at the Ohio State University Hospitals, and training in interventional cardiology at the Case--Western Reserve Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. He is also founder of the online heart disease prevention educational program, Track Your Plaque.

 Peter Attia - An Advantaged Metabolic State: Human Performance, Resilience and Health | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 1:17:29

Peter Attia is a relentless self-experimenter, obsessed with the idea of a “quantified self.” In the presentation he will share two components of his physical transformation as he evolved from “fit but fat and metabolically deranged” to “fit, lean, and metabolically dialed in.” In particular, Peter will focus on the possible advantages of a ketogenic diet, and in the process share much of what he’s learned implementing it in himself and hundreds of others over the past two years. Peter is the President and co-founder of the Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI), a California-based 501(c)(3). Peter is also a physician and former McKinsey & Company consultant, where he was a member of both the corporate risk and healthcare practices. Prior to his time at McKinsey, Peter spent five years at the Johns Hopkins Hospital as a general surgery resident, where he was the recipient of several prestigious awards and the author of a comprehensive review of general surgery. Peter also spent two years at the National Institutes of Health as a surgical oncology fellow at the National Cancer Institute under Dr. Steve Rosenberg, where his research focused on the role of regulatory T cells in cancer regression and other immune-based therapies for cancer. Peter is a 2012/2013 recipient of the French-American Foundation Young Leader’s Fellowship, which recognizes the most promising leaders under 40. Peter earned his M.D. from Stanford University and holds a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, where he also taught and helped design the calculus curriculum.

 Lou Von Thaer - Cyber resiliency of DOD systems and the need for response at NET-SPEED | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 58:45

The United States cannot be confident that our critical military systems will work under attack from a sophisticated and well-resourced opponent utilizing cyber capabilities in combination with their military and intelligence capabilities! The network connectivity that the United States has used to tremendous advantage, economically and militarily, over the past 20 years has made the country more vulnerable than ever to cyber attacks. At the same time, our potential adversaries are increasingly capable of conducting such attacks. Containing cyber threats and building a more resilient infrastructure will require a multi-tiered approach at the national level and involve advances in technology, process and policy. Lewis “Lou” Von Thaer is president of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, a position he has held since March 2005. He leads a diverse organization of over 7,000 professionals that provides end-to-end mission systems integration, development and operations support to customers in the defense, intelligence and homeland communities. With a focus on cyber, maritime and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance solutions, the company integrates land, air, sea, space and cyber assets to support the strategy and execution of customer missions. Prior to becoming president, Von Thaer served in a variety of senior management positions for General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. He was senior vice president of operations where he led the integration of the Veridian and DSR acquisitions, as well as responsibilities for the company’s day-to-day operations. He also served as vice president of engineering and manufacturing where he was responsible for integrating the four key acquisitions that formed the company’s foundation. Von Thaer previously worked at Lucent, which General Dynamics acquired in 1997, and its predecessor, AT&T Bell Laboratories, since 1983. Lou Von Thaer is a member of the Defense Science Board, a federal advisory board that provides the secretary, deputy secretary and under secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics with independent, informed advice and opinion on scientific, technical, manufacturing, acquisition process, and other matters of special interest to the Department of Defense. He serves on the boards of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) and chairs its Cyber Security Council. He also serves on the Virginia For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Advisory Board, a nonprofit organization that design accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. He is on the Engineering Advisory Council for Kansas State University and is a member of numerous professional organizations to include Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), Association of Old Crows (AOC), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Surface Navy Association (SNA) and the Optical Society of America. Von Thaer holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Rutgers University.

 Chuck Carlson - Stock Market and Investment Opportunities | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: 1:06:57

Chuck Carlson - Stock Market and Investment Opportunities


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