Science Seminar

everyone is welcome!

May 2, 2008

Mark Prothero

CSI Green River Killer: How Science Solved the Case of State vs Gary Ridgeway

Mark Prothero, a Highline instructor and the defense attorney for the Green River Killer, will explain how science was critical in building the case against Gary Ridgeway and in securing his guilty plea. The fascinating case involves the complex intertwining of science and law, from the new DNA test that linked Ridgeway to his crimes, to the surprising micro-evidence that eventually led him to confess.

Posted on May 14, 2008

May 9, 2008

Woody Moses, TM Sell, James Peyton

Going Green: Sustainable Economics

This week’s Science Seminar should be a real treat as an economist, environmental scientist and a journalist come together to answer such questions as "How green is green?" "Are biofuels the answer, or just another problem?” “How can the market be made to function in a way that serves not only short-term economic growth but long-term economic survival?"

Posted on May 27, 2008

May 16, 2008

Marc Lentini

Learning and Technology

Since the days of chalk and slate, technology been held up as a beacon for revolutionizing how students learn and teachers teach. But technology cuts both ways: in today’s networked world, we are creating more information in less time than at any point in history, and more jobs than ever rely on making sense of that information, on learning new fields of inquiry, and on interaction with people all over the world. Tools like blogs, social networks, and games help students and instructors do research, simulate and learn new content, and communicate and collaborate around the world. We’ll look at some of these tools and techniques, and how they help us live and learn in a networked world.

Posted on May 28, 2008

May 23, 2008

Ed Morris

M. C. Escher's Art and Non-Euclidean Geometries

Come and hear the last part of the trilogy. How did Escher use non-Euclidean geometry to create his art?

Posted on May 28, 2008

May 30, 2008

Ron Sabado and Terry Nuzzo

Cleaning New Orleans after Katrina and Rita

After Katrina and Rita, how did the Corp of Engineers clean New Orleans?  In New Orleans, nearly 29,000,000 cubic yards (that’s 9,700,000 porta-potties!) of debris have been removed; over 8,000 salt-water killed were discarded removed from public right of ways; an additional 50,000-plus storm-damaged trees have been disposed of; and nearly 250,000 abandoned and discarded tires were removed.

Posted on June 10, 2008

June 6, 2008

John Pfeffer and special guest

The Fifth Annual HCC Chemistry Show!

If you make it to one science seminar all quarter, this is the one. Come see our chemist, John Pfeffer (assisted/led by a special, surprise guest) do all kinds of neat chemistry. Your favorites will be there (elephant toothpaste for instance) and there will be some new ones too. There will be smoke, a few mirrors, and lots of oohs and ahhhs. Those with bushy eyebrows (who want to keep them) may not want to sit in the front row. Please note that this will take place in Building 7.

Posted on June 19, 2008