BIG IDEAS @ScienceStowers

The BIG IDEAS @ScienceStowers is a lecture series that brings thought-provoking science to a Kansas City public audience. Each lecture features a renowned scientist presenting their scientific work in a casual and engaging style with an open post-lecture question and answer session. A post-lecture reception allows for an opportunity to greet the scientists.



Previous events have featured research focused on how and why animals vary in color and pattern, the chemical communication of bacteria, the role of art in science, and one scientist’s efforts at overcoming science accessibility.




Patrick Brown

CEO & Founder Impossible Foods

Tuesday, April 27
Virtual Event




How Science Can Save Our Planet by Reinventing Meat

Scientists agree that the destruction of Earth's climate and environment is an existential threat to our species. Yet most of us feel powerless to respond, unable to find a meaningful way to wield our scientific skills and knowledge in the planetary defense. Brown will show how developing a technology to make meat without the use of animals can reverse global warming and the loss of biodiversity, and why dropping what you are doing and working on this challenge is the single most important endeavor any scientist can pursue.

About the speaker

Patrick O. Brown is CEO and founder of Impossible Foods, a company at the forefront of making nutritious meat and dairy products from plants to satisfy meat lovers and address the environmental impact of animal farming.

The idea for Impossible Foods came to Pat while he was on sabbatical from his position as an HHMI investigator and professor of biochemistry at the Stanford University School of Medicine. In 2011, Pat chose to devote his efforts full-time to Impossible Foods.

After receiving his BA, MD, and PhD (in Biochemistry) at the University of Chicago, Pat completed a residency in pediatrics at Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital. As a fellow with Mike Bishop, PhD, and Harold Varmus, PhD, he defined the mechanism by which HIV and other retroviruses incorporate their genes into the genomes of the cells they infect. At Stanford, Pat and colleagues developed DNA microarrays – technology to monitor the activity of all genes in a genome – along with the first methods for analyzing, visualizing, and interpreting global gene expression programs. He pioneered the use of gene expression patterns to classify cancers and improve prediction of their clinical course and co-founded the Public Library of Science, a nonprofit scientific publisher that makes scientific and medical research results freely available to the public.

He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine and recipient of the American Cancer Society Medal of Honor. He is also the co-founder of Lyrical Foods, Inc., maker of Kite Hill artisanal nut-milk-based cheeses and yogurts.




Past Events

Hopi Hoekstra

Harvard University

Nature’s Palette: The Biological Significance of Color

Bonnie Bassler

Princeton University

Tiny Conspiracies: Cell-to-Cell Communication in Bacteria

Neil Shubin

University of Chicago

Finding Your Inner Fish

Ahna Skop

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Too Creative for Science?

Manu Prakash

Stanford University

Magnifying Curiosity Worldwide

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