Science Lecture Series-Spring 2019

Spring 2019 Lectures

Lecture Dates: Wednesday, 6 & 27 February, TBD - March & April

Lectures are open to the public and admission is free. Each program includes activities and prizes! Seating is first come, first served - so arrive 15-20 minutes early.

The Science Lecture Series is a forum designed to give students and the Saddleback College community the chance to meet renowned scientists and industry leaders and learn about their area of expertise. This series provides an opportunity to explore an astonishing range of topics with scientific value, including emerging technologies and advancements in research. Each 1.5 hour program includes an introduction of the guest speaker followed by the featured lecture and ends with an open forum discussion in which audience members are encouraged to ask questions of the guest speaker.

Watch lectures on local cable Ch.39 SCTV or online (Show Search: "science").
Recorded lectures are available 1-2 weeks after event date.

Topic: Targeting the Cause of Cystic Fibrosis: Recent Progress

Wednesday 6 February 2019 @ 6:00 PM in SM 313

Dr. Brian Bear, Associate Director Cystic Fibrosis Research Vertex Pharmaceuticals


Cystic fibrosis is a rare, genetic disease that affects ~89,000 children and adults in the US and Europe.  Treating the underlying cause of the disease has potential to improve lung function and slow down pulmonary decline in patients.  The discovery of two classes of molecules used in the treatment of cystic fibrosis, as well as a future perspective, will be presented.


Topic: HIV Vaccine

Wednesday 27 February 2019 @ 6:00 PM in SM 313

Dr. William Schief, Department of Immunology and Microbiology, The Scripps Research Institute


Abstract coming soon.


March & April 2019 TBA




Special thanks to the Associated Student Government of Saddleback College for sponsoring the Science Lecture events.

We would like to acknowledge Dean Art Nitta and members of the MSE Division for all their support. Particular thanks go to the members of the Science Lectures committee who develop this program for the benefit of our students. We believe these efforts will inspire students to further explore the myriad of academic and career opportunities in the sciences.

Science Lectures committee members:
Dr. Tony Huntley, Ms. Karen Kelley, Professor Steve Teh, Dr. Christina White and Dr. Jim Zoval

To request future lecture topics, please e-mail to