Science Seminar

everyone is welcome!

January 7, 2011

Heather Price

Snow Days before Thanksgiving!? What is La Nina and what other impacts can we expect this winter?

The forecasts all point toward La Nina conditions through the winter 2011. What is El Nino and La Nina and what are their impacts in the Northwest? Can we expect more or less snow, rain, or floods this winter from La Nina?

January 14, 2011

To be announced

Digital Forensics in the Cloud

The Cloud - the ubiquitous entity everyone talks about using. What exactly and where exactly is "the cloud"? What happens when you need to conduct a digital investigation. Where is the data? Whose laws are you under? Who is qualified to conduct the investigation? Come and see what we think the cloud is now and what it may be ten years from now.

January 21, 2011

Eric Baer

The Great Haiti and Chile Earthquakes of 2010 Lessons learned from the worst earthquake year in recent history

One year ago, two earthquakes occurred. The first, a M 7.0 quake in Haiti killed between 200,000 and 300,000 people. Less than 2 months later one of the largest earthquakes ever measured hit Chile - a M 8.8 temblor 500 times more powerful - but killed fewer than 600. In the last year we have found that these two quakes were far more complicated than originally thought and they have tremendous importance in how we look at seismic risks worldwide and in the Pacific Northwest.

January 28, 2011

No Science Seminar this week

February 4, 2011

Kaddee Lawrence

Marine Mammals of the Puget Sound

We all know that orcas live in the Sound, but did you know that there are MANY others that either call the Sound home or migrate through the region? Come find out about our marine cousins, how to identify them and what to do if you see one on the beach. The more we know about our neighbors in the Sound the better neighbors we can be.

February 11, 2011

Rus Higley

Octopuses: Are They Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?

Note: The video recording of this presentation was cut short due to battery failure.

Octopuses may not have a backbone, but evidence indicates that they have long-term memories, can learn, mimic other creatures, use tools, and even predict the winner of World Cup matches. Indeed, in the some countries such as the UK, they are treated as "honorary vertebrates" requiring the same levels of protection as dogs when involved in scientific tests. So far though no one has gotten them to take a written IQ test, so the question remains… how smart are they?

February 18, 2011

Ed Morris

Glides, Reflections, and the Tilings of the Plane: The Mathematics of M. C. Escher

How did M. C. Escher create figures that cover a surface without overlapping? Come and learn about the mathematics of tessellations and how you can create your own designs that tile a flat surface with no gaps!

February 25, 2011

Kurt Giessel

How to protect yourself on the internet

Today, free Wi-Fi is almost everywhere offering the convenience of being able to check your email or update your Facebook status from your favorite pub or coffee shop. But how safe is it? Learn how hackers can use freely available open source software such as Firesheep and a little bit of social engineering to break into your social networking sites and even your computer, and the simple steps you can take to prevent them from doing it.

March 4, 2011

Dusty Wilson with Darrel Belvin, David Delorenzo, Tran Nguyen, Ali Salim, and Jonathan Thach

Tracing Kepler’s Path Using Mathematica

Kepler's Laws of planetary motion radically altered the course of history and provided a framework for the early calculus. Come find out why in a science seminar that is the backbone of an honors project in which advanced students developed a model for the Solar System using Mathematica.

March 11, 2011

Angi Caster and Joy Strohmaier

Bessie’s on Drugs & Poops out Power: Why Cheese is Grosser than you think! [And why you should care]

This week science seminar will be a montage of students presentations on microbes and society from winter's Biology 100 + Writing, with Joy Strohmaier and Angi Caster. Come find out who ate your food before you did and the consequences of microbiology's brave new world of superbugs, energy from poop, and why scientists must confront bioethics. (Note: this week's science seminar will take place in Building 7)

April 1, 2011

Marie Nguyen, Shraddha Deodhar and Heather Price

The Chemistry Show!

Building 7