October 2, 2015 - October 04, 2015
1033 Ft. Cronkhite
Sausalito, CA 94965
2015 West Coast Retreat Agenda: download PDF
2014 West Coast Retreat
Forty in school Hertz Fellows reunited for the annual West Coast Retreat at Asilomar Conference Grounds in California on October 3-5, 2014. The weekend launched with an ocean ecology presentation and marine field station tour by Stanford Professor Steven Palumbi, Director of Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station. Professor Palumbi discussed his research findings on coral adaptation to rising ocean temperatures. Guest speakers Chethan Pandarinath and Paul Nuyujukian, both postdoctoral fellows in the Stanford Neural Prosthetics Translational Laboratory, astounded Fellows with their talk on progress in developing state-of-the-art neural prosthetics.
The engineering challenge required Fellows to decode puzzles leading them to GPS coordinates for cool sub-$1 sunglasses; and Fellows learned a new skill – the art of lock-picking, led by Fellow Megan Blewett.
No trip to Monterey Bay would be complete without a guided kayaking tour, giving Fellows the opportunity to paddle with other Fellows and sea lions and otters alike! Thank you to the West Coast Retreat planning team: Megan Blewett, Kay Ousterhout, and Max Shulaker, and to retreat sponsor Louis Lerman.