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Watson Lecture: Enigma of the Heart

Wednesday, March 1, 2023
7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Morteza (Mory) Gharib (PhD '83), Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Medical Engineering; director and Booth-Kresa Leadership Chair of the Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies (CAST); director of GALCIT, Division of Engineering and Applied Science,
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Our circulatory system's 500 million years of evolution is on full display during the nine months of human embryonic heart development. The hallmark of this evolution is a beating, complex, autonomous muscular pump that sustains life. In this lecture, Gharib will explain the concept of a wave system established by the beating heart that moves through the human body, which can provide a window to the health of the cardiovascular system and early diagnoses of its devastating diseases by utilizing modern data science.

This lecture will be presented in a hybrid format, allowing for both virtual viewers and in-person attendees. No advance registration is required for either format but you may sign up for reminders about this event.

How to watch online

The lecture can be viewed via live stream on caltech.edu/watson or on Caltech's YouTube channel.

Virtual viewers can submit questions for the lecturer through the YouTube chat feed. Select questions will be answered after the lecture, during the audience Q&A.

How to attend in person

Local participants can attend the lecture inside Caltech's Beckman Auditorium. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

By entering the auditorium, attendees attest to being fully vaccinated or having a legal medical exemption. Masks are optional inside Beckman Auditorium.

In-person attendees can ask questions during the audience Q&A immediately following the program.

About the Series

The 2022–2023 season marks the centennial of The Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series, which has brought Caltech's most innovative scientific research to the public since Earnest Watson, a professor of physics at Caltech, presented the first Friday Evening Demonstration on October 12, 1922. Spotlighting a selection of the pioneering research Caltech's faculty is currently conducting, the Watson Lectures are geared toward a general audience, as part of the Institute's ongoing commitment to benefiting the local community through education and outreach.

Many past Watson Lectures are available on YouTube.

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