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Science master and NASA bigwig give Houston a taste of the future at a River Oaks hotspot

Science master and NASA bigwig give Houston a taste of the future

Y Ping Sun, left, and Lois Stark at the Center for Houston's Future dinner October 2013
Y. Ping Sun, left, and Lois Stark at the Center for Houston's Future dinner. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Joni Baird and Michio Kaku at the Center for Houston's Future dinner October 2013
Joni Baird and Michio Kaku at the Center for Houston's Future dinner. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Brent Benoit, from left, Irma Diaz Gonzales and Rives Taylor at the Center for Houston's Future dinner October 2013
Brent Benoit, from left, honoree Irma Diaz-Gonzalez and Rives Taylor at the Center for Houston's Future dinner. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Melanie Gray, left, and Allison Wawro at the Center for Houston's Future dinner October 2013
Melanie Gray, left, and Allison Wawro at the Center for Houston's Future dinner. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Lisa Shumate, from left, Demi Rand, Stephen Schwartz and Michael Naul at the Center for Houston's Future dinner October 2013
Lisa Shumate, from left, Demi Rand, Stephen Schwartz and Michael Naul at the Center for Houston's Future dinner. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Tracy Janda, left, and Diane Englet at the Center for Houston's Future dinner October 2013
Tracy Janda, left, and Diane Englet at the Center for Houston's Future dinner. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
James Calaway, from left, Barbara and Tom Gros and Catherine Mosbacher at the Center for Houston's Future dinner October 2013
James Calaway, from left, Barbara and Tom Gros and Catherine Mosbacher at the Center for Houston's Future dinner. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Gavin and Bridget Wall at the Center for Houston's Future dinner October 2013
Gavin and Bridget Wall at the Center for Houston's Future dinner. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Dr. David and Sarah Eagleman at the Center for Houston's Future dinner October 2013
Dr. David and Sarah Eagleman at the Center for Houston's Future dinner. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Anne and John Mendelsohn, left, with Kathrine McGovern at the Center for Houston's Future dinner October 2013
Anne and Dr. John Mendelsohn, left, with Kathrine McGovern at the Center for Houston's Future dinner. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Bruce and Carole Bilger, from left, and Dorothy and Mickey Ables at the Center for Houston's Future dinner October 2013
Bruce and Carole Bilger, from left, and Dorothy and Mickey Ables at the Center for Houston's Future dinner. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Beverly and Staman Ogilvie at the Center for Houston's Future dinner October 2013
Beverly and Staman Ogilvie at the Center for Houston's Future dinner. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Y Ping Sun, left, and Lois Stark at the Center for Houston's Future dinner October 2013
Joni Baird and Michio Kaku at the Center for Houston's Future dinner October 2013
Brent Benoit, from left, Irma Diaz Gonzales and Rives Taylor at the Center for Houston's Future dinner October 2013
Melanie Gray, left, and Allison Wawro at the Center for Houston's Future dinner October 2013
Lisa Shumate, from left, Demi Rand, Stephen Schwartz and Michael Naul at the Center for Houston's Future dinner October 2013
Tracy Janda, left, and Diane Englet at the Center for Houston's Future dinner October 2013
James Calaway, from left, Barbara and Tom Gros and Catherine Mosbacher at the Center for Houston's Future dinner October 2013
Gavin and Bridget Wall at the Center for Houston's Future dinner October 2013
Dr. David and Sarah Eagleman at the Center for Houston's Future dinner October 2013
Anne and John Mendelsohn, left, with Kathrine McGovern at the Center for Houston's Future dinner October 2013
Bruce and Carole Bilger, from left, and Dorothy and Mickey Ables at the Center for Houston's Future dinner October 2013
Beverly and Staman Ogilvie at the Center for Houston's Future dinner October 2013

What: Center for Houston's Future annual dinner and conversation with Dr. Michio Kaku.

Where: River Oaks Country Club.

The 411: Theoretical physicist and best-selling author Kaku was interviewed by former astronaut Ellen Ochoa, director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, discussing the impact of science and technology throughout the world. Throughout the evening, the physicist kept the audience engaged with humorous and locally focused comments. Irma Diaz-Gonzalez, co-founder, president and CEO of Employment Training Centers, was recognized with the IMPACT Award, which is given for transformational leadership in the Houston area.

Who: Among the 400 guests, many of whom remained after the dinner to visit with Kaku were Anne and Dr. John Mendelsohn, Joni Baird, Dorothy and Mickey Ables, Kathrine McGovern, Lois and George Stark, Melanie Gray and Mark Wawro, Gwen Goffe, Janet and Paul Hobby, Center for Houston’s Future board chair James Calaway and the center's president and CEO Catherine C. Mosbacher.

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