Speaker Date Topic
Anne Wilson, Sr. VP, Community HousingWorks Apr 25, 2018
San Diego's Affordable Housing Crisis
San Diego's Affordable Housing Crisis

Anne Wilson is the Senior Vice President of Community HousingWorks, a nonprofit responsible for creating or renovating close to 3,000 affordable housing units in San Diego.  The lack of affordable housing has become a serious issue around the state; San Diego alone needs over 100,000 more affordable rental units.  Anne has a Masters Degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and upon completion, she moved to Boston  where she first tackled the issue of affordable housing.  She moved to San Diego in 1991 and became the founding director of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation.  She joined  Community HousingWorks in 2002, and in 2017, she was selected as a "Community Hero" by KPBS and the National Conflict Resolution Center. 

Julie Sands Tyne, Environmental Specialist May 02, 2018
Trash: Yours, Mine and Ours
Trash: Yours, Mine and Ours
David Nisleit, S.D. Chief of Police May 09, 2018
Issues Facing the New Police Chief
Issues Facing the New Police Chief
Larry Prosi May 16, 2018
NFL Red Hat
NFL Red Hat
Kim Becker, Pres. & CEO May 23, 2018
San Diego Regional Airport Authority
San Diego Regional Airport Authority
Rear Admiral Yancy Lindsey May 30, 2018
Commander, Navy Region Southwest
Commander, Navy Region Southwest
Russell Low, M.D. Jun 13, 2018
"Work of Giants: the Chinese and the building of the Transcontinental Railroad"
"Work of Giants: the Chinese and the building of the Transcontinental Railroad"
Demotion Party Jun 15, 2018
Roasting & Toasting President Bobbi
Barbara Durrant, Ph.D. Jun 20, 2018
The Frozen Zoo
The Frozen Zoo

Dr. Barbara Durrant is from the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research.  She will talk about "The Frozen Zoo," a project started by Dr. Curt Bernershke in an effort to rejuvenate a dying breed -- the Northern White Rhino.  With the death of the world's last male Northern White Rhino, there is now hope, thanks to modern science.

Barbara serves San Diego Zoo Global as the Henshaw Endowed Director of Reproductive Sciences. Her division studies reproductive biology, endocrinology, and behavior, and develops innovative methods to encourage species reproduction. In addition to gamete physiology and assisted reproduction studies in mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, her staff conducts research in stem cell culture and transfer, endocrine disruption, and the development and validation of hormone assays for a wide variety of species. She currently mentors a doctoral student studying reproduction and behavior of sloth bears in India.

Germplasm cryopreservation is a major focus of Barbara’s research, with emphasis on the assessment of potential fertility of thawed sperm, ova, and embryos. In vitro oocyte maturation, fertilization, and embryo development are being developed. Applied research projects include artificial insemination and the hormonal induction of estrus and ovulation. Ultrasound and infrared thermography are used to assess cyclic ovarian dynamics and detect early pregnancy.

Barbara earned her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, her master’s degree in Physiology and Genetics, and her doctorate in Reproductive Physiology from North Carolina State University. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Biology Department at San Diego State University and the Natural Science Department at Palomar College. She is recognized in Outstanding Young Women of America, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in California, and American Men and Women of Science. She is also a recipient of the McDonald Foundation’s Wildlife Heritage Fellowship and the YWCA Tribute to Women In Industry award. She has written or contributed to more than 120 published articles, books, and presentations, and participates regularly in student mentoring. She is a member of the Board of Governors and the Foundation Board of Trustees for the International Embryo Transfer Society, for which she also serves as Treasurer.

Dark (no meeting) Jun 27, 2018
Dark (4th of July Holiday) Jul 04, 2018