Science Seminar

everyone is welcome!

September, 25 2009

Eric Baer

Will Seattle Skyscrapers Survive the Great Cascadia Earthquake?

Seattle sits just 70 or so miles from one of the largest faults on Earth. What will happen when that fault breaks? Will our skyscrapers survive? The answer is far harder to get at than you might expect. We don’t really know what the shaking will be like so close to such a large fault. Also, modern steel skyscrapers have never been subjected to such shaking so we don’t really know how they will respond. How do geologists and engineers determine if our skyscrapers are safe or not?

Posted on October, 2 2009

October 2, 2009

Lonnie Sommer

Homo floresiensis "The Hobbit": an update on the most exciting archeological find of the 21st century

Standing only 3 feet tall and having lived as recently as 12,000 years ago, Homo Floresiensis has generated both excitement and controversy within the archaeological community.

Posted on October, 2 2009

October 9, 2009

Tina Ostrander

Finding Wonderland: Using Alice to Teach Programming and Recruit Women into Computer Science

What are the tools one can use to bring more women into the field of Computer Science. Before he died, Randy Pausch (author of the best selling “The Last Lecture”) created a tool that he thought would make learning programming easier, more fun, and importantly more attractive to women. Note: This seminar will meet in 29-308.

Posted on October, 13 2009

October 16, 2009

Campus Closed

No Science Seminar this week. The Campus is Closed.

No description.

Updated on September, 22 2009

October 23, 2009

Anne Whitson

Food Addictions

Is sugar as addictive as cocaine? Should there be a “sin” tax on soda? Anne Whitson participated in a major conference on food addictions held right here in the Puget Sound. Come find out how recent findings are changing the way experts think about metabolic syndrome, obesity, diet, and government policy.

Updated on October, 26 2009

October 30, 2009

Mayra Hernandez

Statistical Analysis of Megatinomic Data

A metagenome is the combined genetic material from an environment. Mayra Hernadez will discuss how she and six students, as part of a research team, used statistics to analyze this data and make some amazing discoveries. If you ever thought research was just for PhDs in white jackets, this talk will help set you straight.

Updated on November, 13 2009

November 6, 2009

Bill Love

Particle Physics on a Budget with CESR

What is matter made of? Most know of molecules, and atoms, but these are also made up of even smaller particles. From 1979 to 2008 the Cornell Electron Storage Ring (CESR) collided electron and positron beams, producing a spray of particles observed by the CLEO detector. Together, CESR and CLEO revealed the important properties of the bottom and charm quarks and the tau lepton. The last years of operation were dedicated to the charm quark in a program known as CLEO-c. The CLEO-c data, now under analysis, delve further into the mysteries of the charm quark, and provide important new information about the strong force, which binds protons and neutrons and governs quark behavior.

Updated on September, 22 2009

November 13, 2009

Kaddee Lawrence

When Whales had Feet

What do whales and Egypt have in common? If you answered 'Nothing', you need to know about Wadi el Hitan (Valley of the Whales)!

Updated on September, 22 2009

November 20, 2009

Rich Bankhead, Gregory Reinemer, Ben Thomas

The 3rd Annual Physics show (Building 7)

Three departments, one science seminar: who will have the most fiery performance? Will the force be with them? Just how shocking will it be? Trust me, you don’t want to miss this one!

Updated on September, 22 2009

November 27, 2009

Campus Closed

The College is Closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday

No description.

Updated on September, 22 2009

December 4, 2009

Steven Swope

Swine Flu

Why is swine flu called “swine flu”? How do you know if you have it? Why is it such a big deal? Could it get worse? Why isn’t there enough vaccine? Why does it seem to be worse in younger people?

Updated on September, 22 2009