The objective of science is to gain an understanding of nature. This enables us to develop tools that apply Nature’s Laws 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.
Oct. 28: What is Data Science? with Alex Beavers
Data scientists are at the heart of much of the things we now call artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big-data analytics. We now live in a digital world and data science is now the passport to it. Come learn about one of the hottest job categories and academic majors going.
Nov. 4: The Biology of Violence with Alan Grindal
From an evolutionary viewpoint, violence helps us survive against predators and improves competitive mating opportunities. However, it also disturbs and complicates group cooperation and safety. This lecture will discuss the biological basis for these behaviors and how they manifest in criminal activity.
Nov. 11: Advances in Science & Technology During the Year That Was with Michael Spring
Much has happened in the worlds of science and technology during the past year. We will discuss some of the recent findings, discoveries, and inventions. Our discussions will emphasize their origin and history, practical and/or theoretical importance, and the science behind them. We will identify the benefits they bring us.
Nov. 18 The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence—If They're Out There, Where Are They? with Ken Bechis
Are (or were) aliens already here, do they even exist or have our paths just not yet crossed? We will review past and ongoing searches for extraterrestrials, explore the physics of why some stars/planets might be more hospitable than others, and consider whether we are alone in the universe.
Students will need to have the following in order to participate in this class: