The objective of science is to gain an understanding of nature. This enables us to develop tools that apply nature’s law to improve our daily lives. Science Wednesdays is a series of lectures dealing with a broad range of sciences including physics, biology, health, and medicine.
Jan. 22: “Our Amazing Solar System—Explorations And Discoveries” with Kenneth Bechis
Since the dawn of the Space Age, robotic and human explorers have made astounding and revolutionary discoveries about our neighborhood in space. Today we will investigate the Solar System and beyond. Imagine: oceans on Mars, life on Jupiter’s and Saturn’s moons, and thousands of as-yet undiscovered Plutos.
Jan. 29: “The Human Animal” with Joe Kerata
As human beings, we stride around on two legs, make tools, and occasionally use our brains. We also suffer from backaches, varicose veins, and fractured hips. How is man, the human animal, unique from the rest of the animal kingdom? How does this uniqueness contribute to our biological success and what problems does it pose?
Feb. 5: “Mobile Technology and Patient Care” with Hakim Morsli
Digital technology has permeated every aspect of our lives. The field of medicine bears witness to this phenomenon and is forced to adapt. The doctor-patient relationship is fast evolving. This lecture highlights some of the challenges in medicine that lie ahead.
Feb. 12: “The Science of Baseball” with Allen Goldis and Steve Sandler
The dynamics of baseball are governed by the laws of physics. We will discuss the most productive techniques developed for hitting, pitching, throwing, fielding, and running, and explain the physics that underlies their development.
Feb. 19: “Mathematics Without Equations: Dimensional Analysis” with William Lakin
Dimensional Analysis is used unconsciously when we convert from minutes to hours. This session will explore other important applications for this technique in the physical and biological sciences, including use of the Fibonacci sequence, which has become a fixture in popular culture, in models of population dynamics, botany, and geometry.
Feb. 26: “Taking the Mystery Out of Computer Science” with Gayle Yaverbaum
While computers impact most aspects of our daily lives, many of us find them to be a mystery. We will investigate the “science” of computers. Our discussion will include the development of computer hardware and software, an explanation of how computers work, their current capabilities, and our expectations for future computer development.
Mar. 4: “What Makes Us Human—Keeps Us Healthy” with Norman Weinberg
We are descended from a microbial species born billions of years ago. Microorganisms are an important part of what makes us human. Indeed, our microbiome” is considered a vital bodily organ. We will discuss our microbiome, how it affects our health, and how it can be harnessed to fight and reverse diseases.
Mar. 11: “The 4 Forces of Nature” with Alex Beavers
Important things come in fours — the four horsemen of the apocalypse, Notre Dame’s backfield in 1924, and the four forces of nature (strong nuclear, electro-magnetic, weak nuclear, and gravity). This talk will cover what we know (importance, strength, role, and future) about the forces of nature and how they affect our lives.