Science Seminar

everyone is welcome!

January 11, 2008

John Pfeffer

Absolute Zero

You thought it was cold last night. Well today it was -30F in Northern Alaska. But of course in Antarctica, it can get to -100F. Of course you could also go to Triton, where the temperature was once measured as -390F. But amazingly, that is not the coldest place in our solar system. There is somewhere even colder, and it is here on Earth... In one little spot it is below -450F. Come find out where and why the coldest spot in the entire solar system (and maybe the universe!) is in Massachusetts.

Posted on January 18, 2008

January 18, 2008

Igor Glozman

Astrotheology: The Birth of Gods and Myths

Why do so many religions practiced by presumably unrelated cultures have so many elements in common? Which mainstream religion of today evolved from ancient sun worship? What was the significance of the cross thousands of years before Christianity? Why is Christmas celebrated at the end of December? Why did Jesus have 12 disciples? The answers to these questions and more.

Posted on January 25, 2008

January 25, 2008

Amelia Phillips

Computer/Digital Forensics: No Dead Bodies Allowed

Ever wonder what happens when you delete a file? How about all those computers that are seized when criminals are arrested? What do the police do with them? Come see how the professionals retrieve data from computers! Hidden files, deleted files, deleted email, and much more can be retrieved from a hard drive or even your cell phone. Forget CSI – we’ve got the real thing!

Posted on February 1, 2008

February 1, 2008

Ed Morris

Explore the beauty of M. C. Escher's Art of Vanishing Patterns

How did Escher created those wonderful works of art where things get smaller and smaller and smaller and smaller......?

Posted on February 5, 2008

February 8, 2008

Elise Muller-Lindgren

Providing humanitarian medical aid with non-profit Medical Teams

Join us for a special science seminar by one of our nursing faculty who also has been helping in refugee camps. Elise Muller-Lindgren traveled with Northwest Medical Teams to northern Uganda in May and June of 2006. The camps she visited and assisted in have a population of 20-30,000 for which the team was the sole source of professional medical care. She found rampant disease, an average life expectancy of 35 and an infant mortality rate of 4 in 10. She then returned in August 2007.

Posted on February 20, 2008

February 15, 2008

Charles Stores

Darwin and His Dangerous Ideas

Charles Darwin may be one of the most polemic characters in modern society. His ideas remain a critical source of conflict within our society, as anyone who saw the presidential candidate debates saw when the candidates were forced to answer if they believed in evolution. Who was the man? Was he evil? A genius? And why are his ideas the source of continuing widespread debate 299 years after his birth?

Posted on March 20, 2008

February 22, 2008

Ravi Manghani

Are Clean Energy Technologies Sustainable?

It seems like every few months a news story pops up about the latest breakthrough to weed us off of oil and save the planet from the imminent perils of global climate change. Yet, we are still filling up at the gas-station, burning natural gas, and generating electricity with coal. Are any of the promises of clean energy likely to come true? And if they do, could we really replace our fossil fuel consumption?

Posted on April 2, 2008

February 29, 2008

Eric Baer

Forecasting Earthquakes: A Hands-on Activity

Earthquakes, in principle are relatively simple things. The plates that make up the surface of the Earth are always pushing on one another. This pressure (stress) builds up until the rocks break – a fault. When the fault breaks, shaking occurs and building s fall down. Think of breaking a stick - you push and push until SNAP! the stick breaks in two. If earthquakes are so simple, why are they so hard to predict? The answer is all in a brick, a piece of sandpaper, and a bungee cord. And you can help us test three hypotheses for how earthquakes work and how well we can predict earthquakes.

Posted on March 5, 2008

March 7, 2008

Kurt Giessel and Kyle Evans


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March 14, 2008

Eric Baer

You’ve got the whole world in your hands: Google Earth as a Learning Tool

Google Earth is a free program that allows you to look at satellite imagery on your computer. But it is much more and many are unaware of its awesome capabilities. It is a miniature geographic information system, where you can display, analyze and synthesize all sorts of information. Come for a hands-on demonstration of this tool and then explore where it can take you!
NOTE: This Science Seminar will be held in 29-309.

Posted on April 15, 2008