Science Seminar

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September 23, 2005

Stephen J. Libby

Paradigms in Bacterial Pathogenesis

Stephen Libby discusses Bacterial Pathogenesis.
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Posted on December 3, 2005

September 30, 2005

Eric Baer

Risk: Not knowing some math CAN kill you

Eric Baer discusses Risk.
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Posted on December 3, 2005

October 7, 2005

Tarisa Matsumoto-Maxfield

Rats! vermin, varmints, pests! Pets, icons, saviors?

Tarisa Matsumoto-Maxfield discusses rats. Rats have been described as "diabolically clever animals," and we've been taught to hate them. But what is really going on with this symbol of plague and pestilence, this mascot of sewer systems and farm fields, this preferred guinea pig of laboratories world wide? What does a rat have to do with Buddha and Ganesh? Or Chernobyl? Do they love? Hate? Think? Remember? Come find out about these extraordinary animals and how they relate to us.
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Posted on October 14, 2005

October 14, 2005

Gregory Reinemer

magnetic levitation

Both Japan and Germany now have working magnetic levitation trains for public transportation. Have you ever wondered how this might be possible? Are you fascinated by magnetic phenomena? In this week's Science Seminar, Gregory Reinemer will explain the basic principles that allow extremely heavy trains to be lifted, propelled at speeds in excess of 150 mph, and even stopped with magnets. Join us as he shares his enthusiasm for magnetism and shows some really cool magnetic stuff.
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Posted on October 20, 2005

October 28, 2005

Dusty Wilson, Tina Ostrander & Eric Baer

Seismic Rays and the interior of the Earth

How do we know what the inaccessible interior of the Earth is like? Could it be blue cheese? gouda? Explaining how we know what we know is crucial to great science teaching and yet is often hard when the answer involves complex mathematics, computer modeling, and seismic data. Over the past 6 months, Dusty Wilson, Tina Ostrander and Eric Baer have worked on a project to develop a student exercise that explores these questions. Join us as they present their project Friday at science seminar and you too can find out what the Earth is made of!
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Posted on December 1, 2005

November 4, 2005

Woody Moses

An Environmental Scientist in French Polynesia

During the summer of 2005, Woody Moses spent six weeks in French Polynesia. There, he found a people in transition, dealing with a modern world of cars and telecommunications while still trying to maintain a traditional culture. From atomic bombs to global warming, French Polynesia deals with some of our most severe environmental crises. In order for the tradition and culture of French Polynesia to survive, the people are learning how to preserve their unique resources. Join Woody as he describes his journey through this troubled paradise as ...
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Posted on November 21, 2005

November 18, 2005

Igor Glozman

In Search of Gaia

What are the odds that there is another planet out there just like ours? And even if there is, how can it be detected? After all, even the nearest star appears much smaller than than the head of a pin at arm's length, which is still over a million times brighter than any planet that might orbit it. Igor Glozman discusses how astronomers turn speculation into amazing reality as they wander through the cosmos...
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Posted on December 7, 2005

December 2, 2005

Katie Gulliford

The chemistry of illicit drugs

Ever wonder what meth is made of? Heroin? And why do clandestine drug labs cost so much to clean up? What is a designer drug anyway? Come find out as Katie Gulliford discusses the chemistry of illicit drugs...
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Posted on December 7, 2005