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Science Café


Science Cafés and Café Conversations are venues for students to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty, staff, and the community in a friendly setting.





Fall Semester 2016
Sept 7:   Daniel Phillips, Physics, "Symmetries in Nature:  A Key to the Subatomic World", video
Sept 21:  Sarah Hormozi, Mechanical Engineering , "The Physics and Future of Cornstarch", video  
Oct 5:   Guy Riefler, Civil Engineering; John Sabraw, Art, "Acid Mine Drainage: From Environmental Disaster to Art", video
Oct 19:   Claudia Gonzales-Vallejo, Psychology, "Why'd I Do That?  Exploring Decision-Making Processes", video
Nov 2: Movie Night, "Popped Secret: The Mysterious Origin of Corn"
Nov. 9Catherine Early, Biomedical Sciences, "Dinosaurs, dodos and ducks:  A bird's-eye view of brain evolution", video  
Nov 16:   Gurgen “Greg” Hayrapetyan, Mathematics, "Math, Zombie and the Language of the Universe," video
Nov 30:  Cancelled

Spring Semester 2017
Jan 18:   Joseph Shields, Professor, Physics & Astronomy, "The Quest for Supermassive Black Holes," video
Feb 1:  Brian Clark, Professor, Biomedical Science, Director OMNI, "Age of Champions: Healthy Aging in the 21st Century," video
Feb 15:   John Bowditch, Director, The Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab, Scripps College of Communication, "Disrupting Reality:  Immersive Media at Ohio University," video
March 15:   Gerardine Botte, Distinguished Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, "Electrons for Sustainable Manufacturing," video
March 29:  Canceled


Fall 2015 Discussions:
Sept. 9: Todd Eisworth, Mathematics, "To Infinity... and Beyond!", video
Sept. 23: TJ Cyders, Mechanical Engineering, "Rage Against the von Neumann Machine: 3D Printing, the Future, and You", video
Oct. 7: Sarah Wyatt, Environmental & Plant Biology, "Anatomy of a Space Flight", video
Oct. 21: Nancy Sandler, Physics and Astronomy, "Physics of New Materials: From Lasagna to Pancakes and Back", video
Nov. 4: Anne Loucks, Biological Sciences, "Fitness, Fatness, Fractures, Fertility, and Food", video
Nov. 18: Jennifer Hines, Chemistry and Biochemistry, "Molecules...Museum...Action!", video
Dec. 2: Alicia Stigall, Geological Sciences, "Turning into Stone: a tale from life to death to the ultimate fossil"

Spring 2016 Discussions:
Jan. 20: 
Winfried Just, Mathematics, "Spread of Contagions:  Diseases, Rumors and Mathematical Models", video
Feb. 3:   Natalie Kruse Daniels, "The Mining Legacyof SE Ohio:  Learning from Past Mistakes,"Environmental Studies/Voinovich School
rescheduled Feb. 17 Mar. 16 :  Ronan Carroll, Biological Sciences, "The Rise of the Superbugs", video
Mar. 23:   James Thomas, Physical Therapy, video


Fall 2014 Discussions
Sept. 10: Monica Burdick, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, "Stem cells, research and hype. Oh My!", video
Sept. 24:   Ryan Fogt, Geography, "All Coupled Climate Models are Wrong, Some are Useful", video
Oct. 8:  Brooke Hallowell, Communication Sciences & Disorders, "Harnessing the Power of the Eyes to Reveal Cognitive & Linguistic Abilities",  video
Oct. 22:   Jason Trembly, Mechanical Engineering & Ohio Coal Research Center, “What the Frac?”, video
Nov. 5:   Doug Clowe, Physics and Astronomy, “The Dark Side of the Universe”, video
Nov. 19: Dina Lopez, Geological Sciences, “Reflections of use of Agrochemicals:  Illness versus Food Supply”, video
Dec. 3: Justin Holub, Chemistry and Biochemistry, “Biomimicry:  How Nature Inspires Mankind’s Innovation”, video

Spring 2015 Discussions
Jan. 21:
  Carl Brune, Physics and Astronomy, “Cosmic Cooking:  the Origin of the Elements”, video
Feb. 4:   David Rosenthal, Environmental & Plant Biology, “Global Change and Agricultural Productivity”, video
Mar. 18:   Christopher France, Psychology, “ I'd Like to Give Blood but.....”, video
Apr. 1:  Elizabeth Gierlowski-Kordesch, Geological Sciences, “Reconstructing a Jurassic Landscape”, video


Fall 2013 Discussions
Sept 11:
  Janet Duerr, Biological Sciences, "Genes:  Are We Just Big, Smart Worms?", video
Sept. 25 : Larry Witmer, Biomedical Sciences, "Fleshing out Dinosaurs... in 3D!", videoshort video.
Oct. 9:   Savas Kaya, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, "Nanoscale & Engineering:  Hype or Opportunity?”, video
Oct. 23:   David Tees, Physics and Astronomy, "Pulling, Pushing and Squeezing:  Physics and Adhesion Biology”, video
Nov. 6:   Alycia Stigall, Geological Sciences, "Fossil Invasion! Studying Ancient Species to Help Predict Consequences of Modern Invasion", video
Nov. 20:   Deb McAvoy, Civil Engineering, "Roadway Design for Dummies", video
Dec. 4: John Kopchick, Biomedical Sciences and Edison Biotechnology Institute, "Growth Hormone:  Too Much or Not Enough?”, video

Spring 2014 Discussions
Jan. 22
: Sarah Wyatt, Environmental and Plant Biology, “Grounded by Gravity”, video
Feb. 05:   Saw Hla, Physics and Astronomy, Nanoscience:  Playing Soccer with Atoms and Molecules”, video
Feb. 19: Scott Moody, Biological Sciences, Endangered Species of Amphibians:  Why Their Survival is Vital to our Health”, video
Mar. 19:   Mark McMills, Chemistry and Biochemistry, “Modern Drug Discovery”, video
April 02:   Julie Suhr, Psychology, Detecting Deception”, video


Fall 2012 Discussions
Sept 05:  Frank Schwartz, Specialty Medicine, "Socioeconomic Stress, Appalachia and Chronic Disease"
Sept. 19:   Art Trese, Environmental & Plant Biology, "Sustainability:  Alternative Agriculture"
Oct. 3: Christine Gidycz, Psychology, "Bystander Behavior and Violence on College Campuses"
Oct. 31:   Natalie Kruse, Voinovich School, "Sustainability:  Mining and Mine Reclamation"
Nov. 14:   Tad Malinski, Chemistry and Biochemistry, "The Science of Art Restoration & Identification"
Nov. 28   Joe Shields, Physics and Astronomy, "Hunting Black Holes with the Hubble"
Dec. 5: Martin Kordesch, Physics and Astronomy, "The Physics of Music"

Spring 2013 Discussions
Jan. 23:
Jared Deforest, Environmental and Plant Biology, "Chemical Climate Change and Sustainability"
Feb. 6:   Bob Klein, Mathematics, “Mathematics:  What’s Rural Got to Do with It?”
Feb. 20:   Mario Grijalva, Biomedical Sciences, “Combating Tropical Disease through Social Development”
Apr. 3:  Geoff Buckley, Geography, “Urban Sustainability:  Challenges and Opportunities for the 21 st Century”


Fall 2011 Discussions
Sept. 14: 
Brian McCarthy, Environmental & Plant Biology, "From the Brink of Extinction:  the American Chestnut"
Sept. 28:  Erin Murphy, Biomedical Sciences, "Bacteria:  The Good, the Bad and the Resistant"
Oct. 12Dave Bayless, Mechanical Engineering, "Powering the World with Pond Scum"
Oct. 26James Lein, Geography, "The Geography of Tomorrow:  The Science of Futures Research"

Winter 2012 Discussions
Jan. 11
: Michael Braasch, Electrical Engineering and Avionics Engineering Center, "Iron Stomachs & White Knuckles - Navigation System Flight Testing"
Jan. 12:  The PhD Movie, Free Admission
Jan. 25:   Molly Morris, Biological Sciences, "Beyond Match.com:  Alternative Mating Strategies"
Feb. 08 : Greg Van Patten, Chemistry and Biochemistry, "The Big Deal about Small Stuff"
Feb. 22 : Peggy Zoccola, Psychology, "Stress:  Bad Thoughts, Bad Health?"
Mar. 07 : Madappa  Prakash, Physics & Astronomy, "Extreme States of Matter  from Explosive Events in the Universe"

  Spring 2012 Discussions
April 04
Willem Roosenburg,  Biological Sciences, "Turtles:  Why Girls are Hot and Boys are Cool"
April 18:   Keith Milam, Geological Sciences, "Virtual Geology:  Unraveling Planetary Secrets from Afar"
May 02:  Darlene Berryman, Applied Health Sciences and Wellness, "Big Fat Myths:  What You Didn't Know about Obesity"


Fall 2010 Discussions:
Sept. 22: Gar Rothwell, Environmental & Plant Biology, "Paleobotany and Plant Evolution"
Oct. 6: Shawn Ostermann (EECS), Hans Kruse (Information & Telecommunications Systems), Phil Campbell (Information & Telecommunications Systems), "Wireless Networking in Challenging Environments:  the Barbarism of Baker to the Perils of Pluto"
Oct. 20: Julie Owens, Psychology, "Evaluating Treatments for ADHD:  A Multi-Dimensional Approach"
Nov. 3: Eric Stinaff (Physics and Astronomy), "Where's my iQuanta:  Is quantum information processing the future of computers?"

Winter 2011 Discussions
Jan. 12:
Martin Mohlenkamp, Associate Professor, Mathematics, "Developing in silico Methods to do Virtual Science."  
Jan. 26: Stephen Bergmeier, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, "Chemistry, the class you love to hate, and Drug Discovery."
Feb. 9: Dan Hembree, Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences, "The Secrets of Burrowing Biota: Understanding Ancient Traces of Life through Modern Organisms."
Feb. 23: Kelly Johnson, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, Voinovich School, "Mayflies, Minnows, and Acid Mine Drainage: The Science of Stream Restorations."
March 9: Brook Marcks, Assistant Professor, Psychology, "From Thoughts to Obsessions: A Closer Look at Obsessive Compulsive Disorders."

Spring 2011 Discussions
March 30: Alycia Stigall, Associate Professor, Geological Sciences, OHIO Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Studies, "Overturn of the Biotics: Predicting Biodiversity Change with Fossils"
April 13:  Harvey Ballard, Associate Professor of Environmental and Plant Biology, "How Violets will Change the World"
April 27:  Jolie Cizewski, Professor of Physics, Rutgers University, "The Magic Numbers of Maria Goeppert Mayer:  From the Manhattan Project to the Future"



Fall 2009 Discussions:
Sept. 30:
Gerri Botte, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, "Alternative Energy:  The Search for Fuel"
Oct. 14: Larry Witmer, Biomedical Sciences, "Fleshing Out Dinosaur Evolution”
Oct. 28: Justin Weeks, Psychology, "Social Anxiety:  The Fear of Positive Evaluation"

Winter 2010 Discussions:
Jan. 13: Doug Clowe, Physics and Astronomy, "The Dark Side of the Universe"
Jan. 27: Julie Suhr, Psychology, "Measuring your Mind"
Feb. 10: Morgan Vis, Environmental & Environmental Plant Biology, "Red Algae-Tree of life, huh?"
Feb. 24: Damian Nance, Geological Sciences, "From Grains of Sand to Supercontinents:   Reconstructing Earth's Geographic Past"
March 10: Jeff Rack, Chemistry & Biochemistry, "Chemical Chameleons"

Spring 2010 Discussions:
April 7:
Stephen Reilly, Biological Sciences,  "The Biology of Walking and Running"
April 21: Ken Hicks, Physics & Astronomy,  "From Quarks to the Big Bang"
May 5: Susan Williams, Biomedical Sciences,  "Food for thought: the Evolution and Ontogeny of Feeding Mammals"
May 19: Ronaldo Vigo, Psychology,  "Molecules of the Mind"
June 2: Maarten Uijit de Haag, Engineering/Avionics, "Navigation: Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere”


Café Coversations


Fall 2016 Schedule:
Sept. 28:   David Mould, Professor Emeritus, Media Arts and Studies, Publish (maybe) Perish:  The Dangers of Journalism in Shady Regimes, video
Oct. 26:   Aimee Edmondson, Associate Professor, Journalism; John Grimwade, Assistant Professor, Visual Communication. Inside the 2016 Election:  Data Visualization, video

Spring 2017 Schedule
Jan. 25:  Rajko Grlic, Distinguished Professor, "The Constitution and How I Wrote It," video
Mar. 22:  Andy Alexander, Scripps Howard Visiting Professional, Journalism. "President Trump and the Battle for a Free Press," video


Fall 2015 Discussions:
Sept. 30 : Richard Vedder, Economics, "America's Leaders: You're Harming Our Future", video
Oct. 28Stan Alost, Visual Communication, "Nobody Wants to See That- Images that Disturb and Our Freedom to Know", video

Spring 2016 Discussions:
Feb. 24: 
Brian Schoen , History, video
Mar. 9:  Josh Sosin, Classical Studies, Duke University, video
Mar. 30:   Loren Lybarger, Classics and World Religions, video


Fall 2014 Discussions
Sept. 17
: Paschal Younge, Music, "African music, a big bowl of salad: the interdisciplinarity of the musical arts of Ghana", video
Oct. 15:   Loreen Giese, English, “Courtship and Cruelty”
Nov. 12:   Geoff Dabelko, Environmental Studies, “The Environment, What’s Security Got to Do with It?”, video

Spring 2015 Discussions
Feb. 11
Chester Pach, History, "1980s: the Age of Reagan and Madonna ", video
Mar. 11Katherine Jellison, History, "Unelected Leaders:  America's First Ladies", video


Fall 2013 Discussions
Sept. 18:  John Gilliom, Political Sciences "The Death of Big Brother and the Rise of the Surveillance Society", video
Oct. 16:   Bill Condee, Interdisciplinary Arts, “Fracking the Opera House”, video

Spring 2014 Discussions
Feb. 26:
Haley Duschinski, Sociology and Anthropology, “Imagining International Justice”, video
Mar. 26: Roger Cooper, Media Arts and Studies, "The Power of Humor in Organizations", video


Fall 2012 Discussions
Sept. 26: Andre Gribou, Music, "The History of Rock and Roll"
Oct. 24:   Tom Vander Ven, Sociology and Anthropology, "Why Students Drink Too Much and Party So Hard"

Spring 2013 Discussions
Feb. 27: 
Michele Morrone, Social and Public Health, “The Science? of Fracking”
Mar 20:   John Sabraw, Art, Fluid Potential:  Why Scientists and Artists Should Get Together”
Mar. 27:  Tom Hodson, Journalism, “The Future of Media”