Science Seminar

everyone is welcome!

January, 9 2009

Elise Muller-Lindgren

Advance Directives and the Death with Dignity Act

Initiative 1000, the "Death with Dignity Act", was approved by voters on November 4th, 2008. What does it really mean? How might it affect you or your loved ones? Your advanced directive (A.K.A. living will) is still your best venue to express your end of life wishes. It is for everyone: young, old and in-between. At this seminar you will even get a form that you can fill out that, once signed by a qualified person will be a legal document of your wishes. Come join us as we look at these incredibly important issues. After, all everyone dies.

Posted on January 12, 2009

January 16, 2009

Lonnie Somer

Lucy - Her world and life

Anthropology instructor Lonnie Somer explores Lucy’s world: including how she lived and died, as well as how we can tell so much from just a few bones and bone fragments, the story behind her discovery, the analysis of her fossil remains; her physical appearance, life history, & ecology; her possible place in our family tree as a reflection of controversy within the field of paleoanthropology.

Posted on January 30, 2009

January 23, 2009

Eric Baer

Geologic Disasters and Human History

We like to think of history as a flow that we can try to control. However, sometimes a singular, apparently random disaster strikes that makes us realize that historian Will Durant was right: "Civilization exists by geologic consent, subject to change without notice."

Come to science seminar as we explore some of the great geologic disasters that altered the course of history, such as the eruption that paved the way for the rise of ancient Greece, the earthquake that struck Tokyo in 1923 and lead to World War II, and an earthquake in Portugal that altered the course of philosophical thought, as well as caused the destruction of one of the great colonial powers in 1755.

Posted on February 10, 2009

January 30, 2009

Tina Ostrander et al.

Demystifying Computer Science

Tina Ostrander and other computer scientists from Highline and the University of Washington, Tacoma, explore computer science and what computer scientists do.

Posted on February 10, 2009

February 6, 2009

Eric Baer

Rock and Roll - Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest

Where we live has not one, not two, but THREE different sources of earthquakes. Come find out what you can expect when the ground starts rumbling. Along the way, you'll find out that California’s "Big One" is tiny compared to ours, why new discoveries have made scientists much more worried about our area, and where the nearest major fault is to you (I’ll bet it is less than 6 miles from where you are right now!)

Posted on February 11, 2009

February 13, 2009

Angi Caster

The Monkey in the Mirror - Darwin’s Birthday through Satire”(Darwin Week Presentation)

How has satire influenced the communication and reception of British naturalist Charles Darwin’s ideas? Come find out during a presentation by Writing instructor Angi Caster. The presentation is part of Highline’s weeklong examination of Darwin’s life and work.

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February 20, 2009

Kurt Geissel & Mike Bradley

Virtual Computing

Cloud computing is the hottest trend in computing. But is it just hot air? Highline technology gurus Kurt Giessel and Mike Bradley examine this cutting edge technology.

Posted on February 27, 2009

February 27, 2009

Marie Esch-Radtke

Got Milk? A fresh look at breastfeeding in the 21st century

Nursing instructor Marie Esch‐Radtke examines recent research on the health impacts of breastfeeding.

Posted on March 6, 2009

March 6, 2009

Tim McMannon

Galileo Shatters the Universe

Galileo shattered the idea 400 years ago that the universe revolved around the Earth. Come find out how this is still causing us to rethink our position in the greater scheme of things with Dr. Tim McMannon, a professor of history at Highline.

Posted on March 13, 2009

March 13, 2009

Ruth Frickle

Lost or Missing in America.... Sleep!

Most of us have way too much to do and too little time to do it in. So when we're overloaded, the first thing we let go of is sleep. Do you know what you're leaving behind (other than the bliss of doing nothing and maybe a weird dream or two)? Do you know what you're actually getting in exchange for that sleep (other than the chance to get one more thing done)? The answers might surprise you.

Posted on March 19, 2009