Science Seminar

everyone is welcome!

September 2, 2010

Eric Baer

A walking tour of the building stones of Highline

Where on campus can you find a 75 ton rock that comes from the Canadian Cordillera? Where can you find impact craters made from rain falling 275 million years ago? Where can you find the remnants of a 500 million year old giant coral reef? While most of Highline’s campus is built of concrete and steel, there are several buildings that have amazing rock used as part of the construction. We'll do a quick introduction to the building stones of the campus and then go on a short walking tour to see these amazing rocks.

October 1, 2010

Marie Esch-Radtke MN, RN

Cesarean Section: The Unkindest Cut of All

The development of the cesarean section operation has saved countless mothers' and babies' lives. But what happens when the cesarean section rate in a country rises to 30%, 40% or even higher? Find out where this technology began, how it happens now, and where we’re going with it. Warning: This science seminar will have explicit medical photos and video clip.

October 8, 2010

Darin Smith

Superhuman: Making the Body Better, Stronger, and Faster

We can rebuild him; we have the technology. Better than he was before: better, stronger, faster. This is the classic opening line from the Six Million Dollar Man TV show. Although we are still waiting for the technology to make the world’s first bionic man, we have made significant strides in the field of exercise science that have advanced human performance to levels previously thought impossible. This seminar will explore the adaptations the human machine is capable of achieving in muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, power, and flexibility; and will offer some mission objectives on how to rebuild your own body to be better than it was before.

October 15, 2010

No Science Seminar

Campus closed for Professional Development Day

No description.

October 22, 2010

Dr. Lonnie Somer

The Fate of the Neandertals

Who were the Neandertals? Were they knuckle-dragging brutes, sensitive flower children, or something in between? What happened to them? How are they related to modern humans? Find out about the latest discoveries, DNA analyses, theories, and controversies.

October 29, 2010

Carla Whittington

A Summer In Utah: Mesozoic Rocks and Jurassic Dinosaurs

Looking for exciting and unique summer adventures? Find out where you can find them! Last summer, Carla Whittington spent 12 weeks as an intern at Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry in Utah. Located in a remote part of the San Rafael Swell, a geologist’s paradise, the quarry has the densest concentration of Jurassic age dinosaur bones anywhere in the world! You can hear about her adventures, learn a little about Utah geology and the strange animals that left their bones there. Carla will also share information about a number of organizations that provide internships and other summer opportunities on public lands.

November 5, 2010

Steve Swope

Respiratory Diseases and Disorders: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

In the famous words of the American Lung Association, "When you can't breathe, nothing else matters." But the number of ways our lungs can be attacked is incredible – from cancer to asthma, to infections like influenza and SARS, our lungs are constantly subjected to an onslaught of pollution and microbes.

November 12, 2010

Rich Bankhead, Gregory Reinemer, Ben Thomas

The Fourth Annual Physics Magic Show

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!

November 19, 2010

Heather Price

A Special Green Week Event: Sunglasses or umbrellas? Global warming effects on the Northwest

We have been hearing a lot about large-scale changes in climate from global climate change. This has important impacts on the Pacific Northwest. Come find out what we are in for … snow? heat? uncertainty? dreariness? Certainly there won’t be dreariness in 3-102 on Friday at this special Science Seminar.

November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving Holiday

The campus is closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

No Science Seminar today.

December 3, 2010

Stephaney S. Puchalski

Chitons in the fossil record

What we know about ancient life is based almost entirely on the fossil record. Yet that record is biased and imperfect – the chances of any one individual being preserved is miniscule. Whole species probably existed without having even one individual preserved. Stephaney Puchalski has been studying both fossil and modern chitons (a marine animal related to clams and snails) to figure out just what these biases might be. There are currently almost 1000 species of chitons in the world (the largest of which lives here in the Puget Sound). These beautiful invertebrates have been on Earth over 500 million years - since before mammals, dinosaurs and even most fish. As a result, they are a terrific organism to look at what fossils can tell us about the environment that they came from and, more importantly, how the fossil record could be deceiving us. Come find out what it takes to make a fossil, and how fossils can be imperfect communicators of the past.