SIR programs in 2006



Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Speaker: Dr. J. Martin Brown
Intro by: Stan Barkey
Subj.: Current progress in cancer research

Virtually every one of us has had someone in our family who has contracted some form of cancer and many of us have had cancer ourselves. The research that is being conducted into ways to prevent and treat cancer is a subject of great interest to all of us.

Our November speaker is Dr. J. Martin Brown who is a professor in the Division of Radiation and Cancer Biology at Stanford University. His research has lead to significant results in the treatment of solid tumors that offers hope in the treatment of cervical, lung, head, neck and prostate cancers.

Dr. Brown received his undergraduate degree in physics from Birmingham University in England and his PhD in cancer biology from Oxford University. After completing fellowships at Stanford, he joined their faculty in 1971. He was named director of the Program in Cancer Biology in 1990 and served in that role for 12 years.

Having published over 260 articles on his research, Dr. Brown has been honored with numerous awards for his contributions to cancer research. We have asked Dr. Brown to speak with us on the current progress being made in this most important research.


October 18, 2006
Speaker: George Marotta, Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution
Intro by: Stan Barkey
Subj.: Since the cold war

The role of the United States in the world has changed many times during our 230 year history. When the Cold War ended, the roles of the major players changed and has been constantly changing ever since. At our October luncheon, we have an opportunity to hear a speaker who participated in many of these changes during his 26 year career in foreign affairs service with the federal government.

Our speaker, George Marotta, is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution where he has served since 1975. His career in government service began during the Eisenhower administration when he served on the staff of the National Security Council. During the Kennedy administration, he participated in the launch of the Peace Corps. Later he served on the White House staff and in the State Department’s Agency for International Development.

Since joining the Hoover Institution, Marotta has researched and written extensively on taxation and international markets for major newspapers around the country. He has also founded two investment management firms.

He currently teaches at Stanford and gives on-board lectures on cruise ships.

Bring your questions and bring an interested friend.


September 20, 2006
Speaker: Dr. Walter Bortz
Intro by: Stan Barkey
Subj.: Living to be 100
Living with vigor and dignity throughout our lives is one of the goals most of us share. Our September speaker not only will share his ideas on how to age well, he will tell us of his own experiences including completing the Boston Marathon beyond the age of 70.

Dr. Walter Bortz has practiced medicine and taught in various medical schools for over 50 years, had 125 of his articles published in various publications and written five books. His interests include diabetes and various aspects of the aging process. He has made appearances before the US House of Representatives and been interviewed many times on national television. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to both research and dissemination of knowledge in the area of active aging.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about active aging. Will you dare to be 100?


August 16, 2006
Speaker: Carl Guardino, President and CEO of Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Intro by: Stan Barkey
Subj.: Transportation and housing issues in Silicon Valley

Since it was founded in 1978 by David Packard, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group has served as a public policy trade association that currently represents over200 businesses in our valley. These companies account for nearly one fourth of all of the jobs in Silicon Valley.

Our speaker in August will be Carl Guardino, President and CEO of Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Carl was recently named one of the “Five Most Powerful” people in Silicon Valley. He has focused his efforts on two critical elements of our economy – transportation and housing. When he speaks to us, he will bring us up to date on current issues and progress in these areas.

Carl earned his BA in Political Science at San Jose State University and has been actively involved in business, political and community activities throughout his career. He served as Chief Assistant to State Assemblyman Rusty Arias and also worked at Hewlett-Packard prior to assuming his current role at Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

Don’t miss this opportunity to interact with a man who is making a difference in our valley.


June 21, 2006
Speaker: Maria Vasques from the Stanford Athletic Department
Intro by: Stan Barkey
Subj.: Stanford Stadium project

Stanford’s Football Stadium has a storied history having been the scene of Big Games, Olympic and World Cup Soccer, the Super Bowl and World Records in track and field.

The new Stanford Stadium project is an amazing challenge and will make a significant contribution to the university community. While this project is going on around the clock just down the road from our meeting location, it is not easy for us to see what is being done.

Our speaker for June is Maria Vasques from the Stanford Athletic Department. She will present some of the history of Stanford Stadium as well as an update on the project. Her presentation will include a description of the finished project and we will learn about the impact it will have on the football program and Stanford athletics.

There will be time for your questions and comments (even if you are a Cal Bear).


May 17, 2006
Speaker: Dr. Ricardo Levy
Intro by: Stan Barkey
Subj.: An Entrepreneur’s Journey

Entrepreneurs build companies that create jobs, new products and other economic benefits. They are, in many ways, the engines of our economy. Our May speaker, Dr. Ricardo Levy, comes from a family of entrepreneurs. His father, who started successful businesses in Germany, cleverly escaped the clutches of the Nazis and settled in Ecuador to start over. Dr. Levy, who was born in Ecuador, and his brother also became successful entrepreneurs.

Dr. Levy received chemical engineering degrees from Princeton and Stanford. In 1974 he co-founded Catalytica which initially focused on consulting and contract research for the many industries that use catalytic technologies in manufacturing. Dr. Levy retired as CEO of Catalytica in 2001 but continues on the boards of Catalytica Energy Systems, Stem Cells, Inc., Accelrys Inc., and NovoDynamics, Inc.

Since the mid-1990s Dr. Levy has been interested in the role spirituality plays in business leadership, and the importance of integrating the personal journey with business and professional life.

Using his professional and business experience as backdrop, Dr. Levy will talk about the forces that act on an entrepreneur, especially in the high tech world. He will highlight the sometimes contradictory pressures faced by entrepreneurs as they navigate the internal needs of a development stage company and the external relationships with corporate partners and financing sources. Throughout this journey it is essential that the entrepreneur maintain an inner compass that insures sanity. A long time sailor, Dr. Levy will talk about his own journey and how the compasses of family, deep seated values and a strong spiritual foundation can help navigate the entrepreneurial waters.


Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Speaker: Bud Geracie
Intro by: Stan Barkey
Subj.: In the Wake of the Week

For many years, Saturday morning has started with one of my favorite columns on the first page of the Sports Section of the San Jose Mercury News. For short attention span readers, “In the Wake of the Week” provides about 20 one liners that usually bring a chuckle and a grin.

Bud Geracie joined the Mercury News in 1985 to cover the Oakland A’s. In 1989 he was promoted to the position of sports columnist. He is currently the Deputy Sports Editor. His weekly column “In the Wake of the Week” began appearing in 1989 and has been a part of most Saturday mornings since.

With the pending sale of the Mercury News, Bud may have some information to share on how things may be changing with new ownership. We may need to change the title to “In the Wake of the Sale.”

Most of us will be interested in Bud’s perspective on the Bay Area sports scene with questions like:

Will the 49ers ever return to the level of their glory years? What will it take for the Giants to finally win a World Series? What about Stanford’s football chances this fall? What is the likelihood that Mike Montgomery will stay with the Warriors and finally get them to the playoffs? How will Barry Bonds survive the steroid scandal? What will it take to get the A’s to move to San Jose?

Bring your questions and be prepared for some surprising answers.


Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Speaker: Mejghan Haider, NASA/Ames
Intro by: Stan Barkey
Subj.: The Future of Moffett Field and the NASA Research Park

Every time we drive by Moffett Field these days, we are reminded that things are continuing to change for this landmark military installation. What is going to happen to the historic hangers? Will the airfield stay open? How will our economy be impacted? How is the mission of the NASA/Ames Research Center changing? And most important, Will the golf course stay open?

The NASA/Ames Research Center seems to be joined at the hip with Moffett Field. We know a little about recent significant changes in leadership there and we know that their mission is changing as well. So what does the future look like for Moffett and Ames?

Next month our program will be presented by Mejghan Haider, a division chief at Ames Research Center. She is directly involved in the development of the NASA Research Park and will provide an update on the changes we can expect. She will also address the various issues that the Research Park faces in balancing the interests of the government, local communities and research partners in creating this new complex.

Mejghan, is a native of Afghanistan who came to the US as a teenager. She earned degrees at San Jose State University and Golden Gate University. She has been employed at Ames for the past 19 years. After serving for ten years in the resource management, finance and budget areas, she transferred to the NASA Research Park project where she has been involved in the transition plans for the use of the property in the park.


February 15, 2006
Speaker: Dr. Carlos Lopez, President of Menlo College.
Intro by: Stan Barkey
Subj.: The Spanish Army in California.

A visitor is not long in the state of California before becoming aware of the state’s Spanish heritage. A majority of the cities, most of the rivers and all of the mountains seem to have names received from the Spanish explorers and settlers. For those of us who did not grow up in this state – and even for some who did -- awareness and understanding of the role of the Spanish in our history might be somewhat limited.

Dr. Lopez, a career historian and teacher, will share information and stories to help us gain a better appreciation for our state’s Spanish heritage. Most of us will find interesting surprises among the actions and policies of these early occupants of what has become our state.

For the past 43 years, Carlos has been a teacher and administrator at Menlo College. At three different times he was a Visiting Senior Fellow at Manchester College in Oxford. He has published more than a dozen books and a hundred articles during his academic career.

Carlos was born in Chile, and there he received his early education. He came to the Bay Area to study at the University of Santa Clara where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s in history. Subsequently he earned another masters and a PhD. He also coached university soccer.



January 15, 2006
Speaker: Bob Hansen, President – Yosemite Fund
Intro by: Stan Barkey
Subj.: Yosemite projects

We all know Yosemite National Park as one of the crown jewels of our National Park System. Since 1988, the Yosemite Fund has provided more than $35M to preserve, protect and enhance the park for enjoyment of current and future generations. Bob will discuss the challenges the park faces to balance protection of the park's incredible natural resources with desire to make it accessible to as many visitors as possible.

Fund-sponsored exhibits can be seen throughout the park. Trail repair, wildlife management, scientific research and cultural and historic preservations are among the 36 projects sponsored or aided. Habitat restoration has been boosted by the Fund’s contributions to the award winning Glacier Point redevelopment in 1996; improvements in the Happy Isles and Mirror Lakes areas and in Cook’s and Stoneman Meadows.

The Yosemite Fund provided over $12.5M of the $14M required for the Yosemite Falls project -- recently completed after ten years of planning. A brief video of it will be shown.

Prior to joining the Yosemite Fund, Bob worked for the Nature Conservancy in Santa Barbara. His degree is in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University.