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    November 10, 2004   
    Contact: Jean Wasp, Media Relations Coordinator, (707) 664-2057


"Grand Dame of Tech Talk " Lectures on Emerging Tech Issues, Nov. 11

Moira Gunn, labeled the "Grand Dame of Tech Talk" by Wired Magazine, comes to Sonoma State University at noon on Thursday, Nov. 11 to talk about global issues that have been either created or potentially solved by emerging technologies. Gunn will also review some of the topics discussed at the Tech Nation Summit 2004. The lecture will be held in Darwin 108.

Gunn is best known as the host of Public Radio's "Tech Nation." Through in-depth interviews, Gunn has been able to speak with the innovators who drive technology, as well as the everyday people who must cope in a high-tech world.

In over 2,000 interviews with space pioneers and cyber- novelists, venture capitalists and genetics researchers, teachers and technophobes, Gunn addresses every facet of American life through the lens of technology.

A former NASA scientist and engineer, Gunn is no stranger to technology. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Tech Museum of Innovation and the Tech Awards' Global Leadership Council, and has served as a member of the Awards Selection Committee for the Space Technology Hall of Fame.

The first woman to earn a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, she has been named both an "Old Master" and an "Outstanding Mechanical Engineer" by the university. She also holds advanced degrees in computer science and a software technical patent.

Gunn is regularly asked to speak on the impact of technology on society, on the current and projected state of global technology penetration, and on her experience as a woman in technology, science and engineering.

For information on her lecture, call George Ledin, Computer Science professor, (707) 664-2667.


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