Dr. Larry Smarr – March 7, 2014


Dr. Larry Smarr

“The Story of My Body: A Medical Revolution”

Hosted by Sharon Anderson Morris, Programs Director, Strategic News Service and FiRe Events; and Director, FiRe Films.

Friday, March 7, 2014
7:30 P.M.
The Black Box Theater at The Eccles Center, 1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City, UT
Limited seating, 120 attendees only
Tickets $25

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Dr. Larry Smarr
Founding Director, Calit2, UC San Diego and Irvine

smarrDr. Larry Smarr is the founding director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a UC San Diego/UC Irvine partnership, and holds the Harry E. Gruber professorship in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) of UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering.

At Calit2, Larry has continued to drive major developments in information infrastructure – including the Internet, the Web, scientific visualization, virtual reality, and global telepresence -begun during his previous 15 years as founding director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). His views have been quoted inScience, Nature, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, Wired, Fortune, BusinessWeek, and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Larry is currently principal investigator of the Moore Foundation’s CAMERA project and co-principal investigator on NSF’s GreenLight project. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, as well as a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2006, he received the IEEE Computer Society Tsutomu Kanai Award for his lifetime achievements in distributed computing systems. Larry is a member of the SNS Future in Review (FiRe) advisory board, and Calit2 operates as the FiRe Lab.

Larry’s personal interests include orchids and coral reefs, quantifying the state of his body, and researching the details of the global energy system and the global climatic disruption it is causing. You can follow him as Larry Smarr on Google+, lsmarr on Twitter, and on his life-streaming portal at http://lsmarr.calit2.net.

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.

“Larry is on the vanguard of what some call the ‘quantified life,’ which envisions replacing the guesswork and supposition presently guiding individual health decisions with specific guidance tailored to the particular details of each person’s body,” writes The Atlantic.

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.

Considered by his esteemed colleagues to be a “visionary” and an “original thinker” (San Diego Union-Tribune), 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         
Programs Director, Strategic News Service and FiRe Events; and Managing Director, FiReFilms

Sharon-Anderson_bioshotSharon Anderson Morris is the programs director for Strategic News Service and SNS Future in Review (FiRe) events, and the managing director of FiReFilms, supporting world-changing documentaries from conception through distribution to create positive global awareness and change.

After receiving her undergraduate degree in International Business and French Translation, Sharon went on to Celanese Chemical Corp. while studying for her master’s degree in International Business. She became the firm’s first female international salesperson for Asia, South America, Canada, and Australia/New Zealand before joining the Solvents Marketing Group.

Sharon also works to create sister-school connections between US students and students/orphans in Africa. She loves golf, skiing, running, and yoga; lives for the music in life; and enjoys composing on her grandmother’s Steinway. Today she lives in the beautiful mountains of Park City, Utah, with her husband, David, and their German shepherd, Lucy.


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