Science Seminar

everyone is welcome!

April 6, 2007

Rich Bankhead and the Engineering students

Paper vehicle student presentations

The Mission: Create a human vehicle that weighs no more than 75 lbs and can carry a person through a 300 meter course, up a ramp, in and out of cones, and have 2 rider changes. Sound impossible? Well, there is one other catch. You have to make the vehicle from at least 90% paper! Come find out how Highline’s engineering students have tackled this problem.
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Posted on July 18, 2007

April 13, 2007

Carol Hernandez

Bodily functions

Farts, boogers, tears, pee – what are they? Why do we cry yeah, that other stuff?
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Posted on April 16, 2007

April 20, 2007

Lonnie Somer

Human Evolution: Egos, Politics, Fossils, and Genes

Where did we come from? What are the latest theories concerning human origins from the time that our evolutionary line split from that of the apes? What fossil evidence is there and how has genetics reworked these theories? Beyond the physical evidence though there is a huge influence of bias, egos, and the often acrimonious relationships among the scientists involved in these discoveries and the shaping of their theories.
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Posted on July 19, 2007

April 27, 2007

Michael Girvin

The Wonders of Excel

Microsoft's Excel program is an incredibly powerful and flexible tool that few experienced users even manage to scratch the surface of. Come to this special hands-on science seminar to find out a few of these amazing tricks from Highline's Excel guru. This special “hands-on” science seminar will take place in 29-309.
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Posted on May 8, 2007

May 4, 2007

Tracy Brigham

Taking care of yourself

Is dieting really the best way to lose weight? Should I go low-fat, low-carb or low calorie? Which fad diets really work? Does exercise need to be strenuous to be helpful? What controls body weight? What’s the difference between bottled water and tap water? What is a ‘sensible diet?’ What exactly are trans-fats? What’s the difference between factory farmed, roaming, organic, etc? What are genetically modified foods and how prevalent are they? And so much more!
[Nutrition Made Simple handout]
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Posted on May 8, 2007

May 11, 2007

Woody Moses

Collapse: the demise of human civilizations

Some people think that our modern society is at risk of catastrophic collapse, while others think everything is just fine. Jared Diamond has investigated this issue by examining what has made previous societies fail and what has allowed them to succeed. We can find insight into our current situation by examining the past.
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Posted on July 11, 2007

May 18, 2007

Bob Baugher and Sue Frantz

Psychology of the Paranormal

Do you believe in psychics, the Loch Ness monster, astrology, palm reading? Is it woo-woo? Or whoa-whoa wait a minute? Fluff up your aura and join Sue and Bob as they take you on a scientific examination of some of life’s most interesting psychic phenomena.
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Posted on July 11, 2007

May 25, 2007

Jonathan Betz-Zall

Can You Paint and Breathe at the Same Time?

As the nice weather looms many of us look to change the color of our surroundings. However a quick look at the ingredients in paint and the warning labels on the cans may make you consider again. Come find out how dangerous paint can be and what you might do to reduce its impact on you and your family.
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Posted on June 14, 2007

June 1, 2007

Angi Caster and Joy Strohmaier

Science as a Humanity: Passion and Process

Most of the general public thinks that art and science are polar opposites. On the contrary, both art an science have, at their core a desire to get at a truth through careful observation. Come find out how Angi Caster, a scientific poet, and Joy Strohmaier an artist and microbiologist see this non-divide.
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Posted on July 11, 2007

June 8, 2007

Eric Baer

2.5 Billion Years in 50 Minutes: The geologic story of Washington State

The largest eruption on Earth since the dinosaurs died out… missing pieces of our state found in Siberia… floods bigger than all the worlds rivers combined – 20 times over…. ice a mile thick over Des Moines… All of these events and more are part of the amazing geologic history of our state.
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Posted on June 14, 2007