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Oakmont Sunday Symposium

10:30am on Sunday mornings Zoom info on our website:

Upcoming Speakers

Jan. 17: Dennis Drayna, PhD — “Human Genetics—The Hope and the Reality”

DNA. It’s what we are. The basic structure of DNA was only discovered in the early 1950s, and now we commonly use DNA analysis in a wide range of applications. Using case studies, Dr. Drayna will discuss pre-natal DNA testing, genetic genealogy, use of DNA in crime solving, and the newest step in genetics, CRISPR, which modifies the human genome to fix medical problems and perhaps create designer babies. Dr. Drayna has published over 100 scholarly papers which have been collectively cited more than 12,000 times in scientific literature. He is the holder of 19 issued US patents and the recipient of numerous scientific awards.

Jan. 24: Dan Miller — “American Cowboys and Tibetan Nomads Have a Lot in Common!”

Wa-hoo! The open plains. Life on the prairie. A good horse (or yak!). The freedom to roam. Dan Miller has lived with, worked with, and studied American cowboys and Tibetan nomads. Regardless of location, he was treated with great kindness. He realized that, whether on the American plains or the Tibetan plateaus, these groups exemplified courage, integrity and generosity. Come hear about these extraordinary and inspirational people.

Jan. 27: Mark Randol — Special Symposium Presentation

There was a massive cyber security breach discovered in December that impacted many government and commercial operations. This talk will focus on understanding what happened and how it might impact our everyday lives. Oakmont’s own Mark Randol, who served as Director of Counterterrorism Policy at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and represented DHS at the National Security Council’s Counterterrorism Security Group, will bring his experience and insights to us and answer questions.

Jan. 31: — “Local News: A Requisite for Democracy”

Darren LaShelle, CEO & Pres. of Northern California Public Media and Rollie Atkinson, Pres. & Owner of Sonoma West Publishers present our local papers, TV, and radio stations—we take them for granted until they are gone. Then who investigates and reports local news? How do you find out what’s going on in your community? Newspapers need ad revenue to survive. Unfortunately, businesses that are closed for the pandemic don’t take out ads. This panel discussion on the challenges and creative ways these local heroes are surviving will open your eyes.