Science Seminar

everyone is welcome!

April 1, 2011

Marie Nguyen, Heather Price, Shelley Kunasek and Shraddha Deodhar

The Seventh Annual HCC Chemistry Show! (Building 7)

If you make it to one science seminar all quarter, make it this one. Come see our chemists do all kinds of neat chemistry. Your favorites will be there (including elephant toothpaste!) 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.

April 8, 2011

Woody Moses, Eric Baer and Jennifer Wedderman

Teaching Sustainability at Highline: How faculty are developing curriculum to meet the most important challenge of the 21st century

Everyone understands the need to create a sustainable society, one that provides current needs without compromising our future. The key is to focus on three pillars of sustainable development: environmental protection, social justice and economic opportunity. Come find out how several of the faculty at Highline have taken on this challenge and will share their work on the developing curriculum to teach sustainability in these exciting, turbulent times.

April 15, 2011

Eric Baer

The M9.0 Tohoku (Japan) Earthquake and Tsunami

A month ago today, the largest earthquake to strike Japan in the last century occurred. The shaking impacted millions of people, but it was the tsunami that proved catastrophic. Japan has consistently proved itself to be the most disaster-prepared nation in the world, but with about 25,000 people dead or missing we need to ask "What can we do better?" Perhaps more importantly for residents of the Pacific Northwest, which faces a similar threat, what can we learn from this tragedy?

April 22, 2011

Julie Masura, University of Washington Tacoma

Capturing Microplastic Debris from Puget Sound and Neighboring Waters

Researchers at the Center for Urban Waters have developed methods to collect and process ocean samples (water, sediments, beach material) to quantify the amount of microplastics in the ocean environment. These researchers are in the process of surveying the Puget Sound and neighboring waters to understand the distribution of plastics in our waterways. Preliminary results show that microplastics have been found in every water sample collected thus far. Their goal is to partner with other organizations and create a data set representative of the Puget Sound.

April 29, 2011

Bart Kale, Safety and Environmental Manager, Nucor Steel Seattle

This is not your father's steel mill Operating a smokestack business in an urban environment

Note: Online video stream not available for this presentation.

For those who lived through the 1940s through 1960s in the United States, there is no more evocative image of urban grittiness than the steel mill cities of the East coast. While our need and use of steel has only increased in that time, our sensibilities and environmental laws have changed the nature of the production of steel.

May 6, 2011

Krish Mahadevan

Making apps for the (An)droids: A hands on science seminar

If you have an android phone, please bring it and the USB cable that goes with it! This special science seminar will take place in 29-308! Would you want to create apps for the (An)Droids?!?!?!? Come see for yourself and do for yourself!!! You'll learn and get to practice making apps for smartphones!

May 13, 2011

Ed Morris

The mathematical and artistic genius of M.C. Escher—Part II

How did Escher created those wonderful works of art where things get smaller and smaller and smaller.......? Learn how you can create these patterns!!!

May 20, 2011

Michael Girvin

The Wonders of Excel

Microsoft's Excel program is an incredibly powerful and flexible tool that few experienced users even manage to scratch the surface of. Come to this special hands-on science seminar to find out a few of these amazing tricks from Highline's Excel guru and the author of "Slaying Excel Dragons".

May 27, 2011

Mira Beins

Herpesviruses - More Than Just an STD!

When someone says herpes –we immediately think STDs or maybe cold sores. But did you know that herpesviruses can cause more than just that? Think chicken pox, shingles, it’s even associated with cancer! Herpesviruses can also hide out in your cells. In fact, did you know that you could have 4-6 herpesviruses in you right now?

June 3, 2011

Carla Whittington

Living on Unstable Ground: The Causes, Signs and Mitigation of Landslides in the Puget Sound Region

In January of 1997, more than 300 landslides struck within the Seattle city limits. These slides did roughly $100 million dollars in damage, almost all of it uninsured. The damage was similar throughout the Puget Sound region, just far less documented. Why are we so subject to landslides in his area? How can you protect yourself?

June 10, 2011

Jeff Ward

The Science of Consumer Behavior

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