Tech Nation’s Moira Gunn to speak at Pierce Puyallup


Amanda Haines

Contributing writer

Dr. Moira Gunn, host of National Public Radio’s Tech Nation, will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at Pierce College Puyallup’s Arts and Allied Health theatre.

The author of Welcome to BioTech Nation: My Unexpected Odyssey into the Land of Small Molecules, Lean Genes, and Big Ideas will explain technology’s role in American society and who is responsible when technology hurts individuals and society.

Gunn, a former NASA scientist and engineer, was the first woman to earn a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. She currently serves on the advisory boards in mechanical engineering at both Purdue and Stanford universities.

As host of Tech Nation, an hour-long weekly interview program on NPR, Gunn has interviewed more than 3,000 people, ranging from CEOs to scientists, to fully explore the impacts of technology, science, the media and the Internet.

Her Pierce College presentation will dig deeply into these issues, discussing the consequences of increasing technology in everyday life and the responsibilities of the scientists and engineers developing new technologies.

Tickets for the lecture are $12 for general admission and $5 for Pierce students. A book signing and reception will follow the presentation.

Tickets are available by phone at (253) 840-8416 and in person at the College Center, Room 210. Seating is limited, so early ticket purchase is strongly recommended.

In addition to the lecture, the Pierce College Foundation is hosting a dinner event with Gunn from 5:30- 6:45 p.m. in the Arts and Allied Health Building’s Blackbox Theatre.

Cost for the dinner and lecture is $30. Guests are asked to RSVP by Nov. 8.

For reservations or additional information, contact Suzzanne Freeborn at (253) 864-3260.

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Tech Nation’s Moira Gunn to speak at Pierce Puyallup

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