Science Seminar

everyone is welcome!

April 20, 2018

Aaron Moehlig

Alpha-synuclien: The Parkinson's Disease Protein

Symptoms of what we now call Parkinson's disease have been described as far back as 1000 BC, but we still do not have a complete understanding of what causes it or why it progresses. Every year, millions of dollars are spent in search of a cure for Parkinson's disease and while we may be closer than ever, a cure still seems far away. This talk will discuss the history of the disease and its treatment focusing on research involving ?-synuclien, a protein found in the brain that is linked to Parkinson's disease.

May 4, 2018

Dr. Chenhao Fu

Engineering in Medicine - A Case Study in Endoscopy

This lecture will cover the topic of how mechanical engineering is applied in the medical field and using endoscopy as an example to showcase how a medical device is developed.

May 11, 2018

Dr. Emil Dela Cruz

EKG interpretation of Cardiac Ischemic Events and Tachyarrhythmia

Dr. Dela Cruz is back to talk about how electrocardiograms can be used to diagnose cardiac events such ischemia and tachycardia.

May 18, 2018

Dr. Colleen Sheridan

What's Going on with the Flu?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the 2017-2018 flu season was a "high-severity" record-breaking season in the number of hospitalizations and killed in 165 children. In flu seasons of the last decade as many as 56,000 people died from the flu in the US in one year, and during the 1918 flu pandemic it was estimated that 50 million people died worldwide. Come get your update about the flu, how it spreads, how it replicates and causes epidemics and pandemics, and how the CDC recommends you protect yourself. It takes two weeks for the vaccine to have a chance to protect you, so get your flu shot early when it is available in the fall. If you do get sick with the flu, stay home for 24 hours after your fever is gone to help avoid spreading it to others, and no matter if you are sick or healthy, wash your hands frequently. Help fight the flu!!

May 25, 2018

Darin Smith

Fitness Myths and Misconceptions

Between the internet, TV infomercials, and muscle magazines there is now a wealth of information about fitness and nutrition available. Unfortunately, there is also an overwhelming amount of fitness fads, misinformation, outdated “old school” training methods, misguided common knowledge, and wishful thinking that confuses everyone from novices to the most diehard exercisers. Do I need that protein shake immediately after my workout? Does stretching reduce exercise-related injuries? Do multivitamin supplements actually work? Come see what modern research in exercise science tells us, and decide whether these myths are confirmed, plausible, or busted.

June 1, 2018

Eric Centauri

Dark Matter = Pixie Dust

Description: How do stars move? Such a simple question that so many have tried to answer throughout the last 6000 years of civilization. As our scientific and mathematical abilities have advanced, so has our answer to this question: Aristotle - through elemental affinities. Galileo - around impediments and geometric limitations. Kepler - on elliptical paths around a common focus. Newton - accelerated by the force of gravity. Einstein - following the local space-time curvature. Zwicky - through the influence of invisible matter. Milgrom - accelerated by a modified version of gravity. Bekenstein - with lots and lots of math. No matter the answer, our modern observations in astronomy still indicate we have a lot to discover. Is it elemental affinities, invisible matter/pixie dust, or lots and lots of math?