Science Seminar

everyone is welcome!

January 8, 2010

Lonnie Somer

Did we exterminate the Neanderthals or are they us?

Where and when did modern humans and the Neandertals evolve? How did the Neandertals behave? What happened to them? Are they extinct or do they still live among us? Find out about the latest discoveries, theories, and controversies.

Posted on January 13, 2010

January 15, 2010

Tim Vagen

Biomechanics and the Physics of Injury

Ever notice that New Year's resolutions can often turn into a breeding ground for injuries? Let's take a look at how the body reacts to physical changes and how to make the stress of exercise a positive reaction of the body. Learn about overuse injuries, proper physical overload, and a simple method in how the body is supposed to work.

Posted on February 3, 2010

January 22, 2010

Anne Whitson

Trans fats: What are They and Why do I Care?

We’ve heard they’re bad for us. What are trans fats? What’s bad about them? What foods are they in? What should I eat instead? Join us as Highline reading instructor, nutritionist and weight management coach Anne Whitson discusses trans fats, why they’re unhealthy, and how to avoid them.

Posted on February 3, 2010

January 29, 2010

Eric Baer

The Haiti Earthquake: Lessons to be learned from a tragedy

By now we have all seen the horrific images of the destruction caused by the January 12th earthquake in Haiti. However, many people still have many questions: Why was the death toll so high? Why wasn’t Haiti better prepared? Why so many aftershocks? We’ll answer all of these questions and more – but perhaps most importantly we’ll look and see what lessons the Haitian earthquake might have for us who live here in the seismically active Pacific Northwest.

Posted on February 3, 2010

February 5, 2010

Bob Baugher

"So He Was Knocked Out for A While—What’s the Big Deal?" The Long Term Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury

About 70% of all accidental deaths are caused by traumatic brain injury. Put on your helmet, wear a seat belt, and come down to Building 3 at 2:20 Friday to find the sometimes catastrophic consequences of a knock on the head!

Posted on March 19, 2010

February 10, 2010 (Wednesday)

Dr. Henry Lubatti (UW and CERN)

Science : Get the Real Thing!

Join us Wednesday February 10th in Building 7 for a very special Science Seminar. Joining us will be Dr. Henry Lubatti who is one of the chief designers of the Atlas detector, a huge part of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. Some scientists predict that this detector will be what discovers the elusive Higgs boson – popularly nicknamed "The God Particle". Join us as this world-famous scientist discusses the world of particle physics and science that might just explain why we have mass. (Can you believe that we don’t even know that!?!)

February 12, 2010

Ruth Frickle

The Science of Love

What is love? Does it really exist or is it a myth? Are there different kinds of love? Can love last?

Posted on March 19, 2010

February 19, 2010

Joy Strohmaier

The Amazing World of Bacteria

What life form is common that they outnumber the cells in your body? What can survives buried under miles of rock for millions of years? What can live in sulfuric acid, Antarctic ice, Yellowstone hot springs, and the saltiest of seas? The answer is bacteria… and even though they are critical to you living a long and healthy life they are often all thought of as bad "germs." Join us as Joy Strohmaier gives the 99.9% of bacteria that DON’T cause disease a chance to shine (or is that slime?).

February 26, 2010

UW-T CS faculty

Computer Science Unplugged: An interactive exploration

Donald Chinn from the University of Washington Tacoma campus will explore Computer Science. What is Computer Science? What sort of problems do computer scientists try to solve? Can you do computer science and not use a computer? Come and find out about this incredibly broad and growing field through an interactive presentation sponsored by the University of Washington Tacoma and Highline Community College.

March 5, 2010

Eric Baer

The Great Chilean Quake of 2010

A great 8.8-magnitude struck central Chile early Saturday. The quake hit 200 miles (325 kilometers) southwest of the capital Santiago. Several very strong aftershocks have occurred and more are expected. The epicenter was just 70 miles (115 kilometers) from Concepcion, Chile's second-largest city. While 500-700 times more powerful than the quake that devastated Haiti's capitol, it seems to have killed many fewer people. Why were these quakes so different? Why was there no huge tsunami across the Pacific?

March 12, 2010

Marie Nguyen and Heather Price

The Chemistry Show!

If you make it to one science seminar all quarter, this is the one. Come see our chemists, Marie Nguyen and Heather Price 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. The Chemistry Show will be in Building 7.