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SPRING 2018 STEM Lecture Series Schedule

Tuesday Feb 13th, 7:30-9 pm (G-101): The Dusty Universe.  UCSD physics professor, Dr. Karin Sandstrom, will discuss her research on cosmic dust, and what new technologies like the James Webb space telescope are revealing about our dusty universe.

Thurs Feb 22nd, 7:30-9 pm (G-101): Marine Mammals, Science and the Community.  Speaker Ellen Stanton, will discuss marine mammals, especially pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) and related conservation issues.  Her presentation will include suggestions for how members of the community can participate in "citizen science" and other related activities.  Key discussion points include fascinating marine mammal behaviors, the challenges faced by ocean wildlife, the work of non-profit organizations in addressing these challenges, and opportunities to learn more about these topics.

Wed Mar 14th, 7:30-9 pm (G-101): What We’ve Learned About Our Future from Ice Core Studies.  Scripps climate scientist, Dr. Jeff Severinghaus, will discuss his work with ice cores, which provide unique archives of the past atmosphere and climate as well as the climate impacts of various greenhouse gases.  By understanding how climate has behaved in the past, it’s possible to predict how it will change in the future.

Wed Mar 21st, 7:30-9 pm (G-101):  Sea For Yourself--Earth Science in the Ocean Aboard the Research Vessel JOIDES Resolution.   Geoscientist Naomi Barshi will discuss her recent experience aboard a deep-sea drilling ship dedicated to Earth Science research.  On each expedition, 130 people work together to run this floating laboratory, which uses many different kinds of technology to unravel Earth’s greatest mysteries.

Tues April 17th, 7:30-9 pm (G-101): The Particle Universe.  Some of the most fascinating phenomena in the Universe involve extraordinarily high energy events in the most extreme environments.  In this talk, USD astronomer, Dr. Chad Kishimoto, will discuss how small-scale particle physics explain astrophysical phenomena and how, in turn, studying astrophysics can inform us about fundamental physics in ways we could never probe in the laboratory.

Wed April 25th, 7:30-9 pm (G-101): What We’ve Learned About Our Future from Ice Core Studies.  Scripps climate scientist, Dr. Jeff Severinghaus, will discuss his work with ice cores, which provide unique archives of the past atmosphere and climate as well as the climate impacts of various greenhouse gases.  By understanding how climate has behaved in the past, it’s possible to predict how it will change in the future.

Thurs, April 26th, 7:30-9:30 pm (G-101): Campus Astronomy Night.   Mesa astronomy professor, Dr. Irena Stojimirovic, will open this event with a discussion of the night sky.  She’ll also briefly summarize new developments in astronomy.  After a short lecture, participants will be invited outside to view celestial objects through telescopes.  Children welcome (accompanied by a parent).

Mon, April 30th, 7:30-9 pm (G-101): Water Resources of San Diego County.  Former resources manager, Jim Brown, will discuss the water resources of San Diego, with a focus on where San Diego’s water comes from.

Thurs May 10th, 7:30-9 pm (G-101): Utility and Truth in Model Design.  Please join Mesa physics professor, Claude Mona, for a fascinating look at how scientists interpret evidence-based constructs.  The goal of science, argues professor Mona, is not necessarily discovering the Truth, but finding utility in what is discovered.