Topic 15: SUSTAINABLE ENERGY
SMART GRID: Just Add Wind?
When: September 9, 2010
Paul Hines, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering and
Mathematical Sciences (CEMS), UVM
As we consider sustainable energy sources, how do we manage
their input into a smart grid? Because the wind blows at
fluctuating speeds, how do we integrate its energy into our
existing power grid? What is our risk for failure?
Topic 16: PULSARS: What are they good for?
When: November 18, 2010
Joanna Rankin, Professor, Department of Physics, UVM
What can pulsars tell us about an extrasolar planetary system?
How do pulsars inform us about things in space never seen
before? Does the study of pulsars help with our understanding of
potential extraterrestrial intelligences?
Topic 17: GENOME MIXING: Who Owns our Genes? Who Manages our
When: January 20, 2011
David Yandell, D.Sc. Professor Pathology and Medicine, UVM
College of Medicine
Could genetic engineering of our food supply have a place in
alleviating world hunger? Disease? Should one person's right to
privacy about genomic information ever outweigh another person's
right to access medical treatment? How do we decide whose rights
Topic 18: DIGITAL FORENSICS: How do we manage our info? What can
computers tell about us?
When: March 3, 2011
Gary Kessler, Gary Kessler Associates, Computer & Internet
Security & Forensics
How do we protect ourselves on the internet? How are we moving
globally and individually with the internet? Is the internet
stronger or weaker in terms of its resistance to failure because
of random problems or an actual attack?
Topic 19: EMERGING CONTAMINANTS: Sex, Drugs & Vices the Affect
When: May 5, 2011
Patrick Phillips, Hydrologist, US Geological Survey, Troy, NY
Emerging contaminants are a group of compounds that have
recently been identified in wastewater, streams, and ground
water but are not regulated.
Topic 20: CREATIONISM IN THE
When: June 16, 2011
Nick Gotelli, Professor, Community Ecologist, Department of Biology, UVM
The principles of evolution inform much of the teaching and
research in biology at the college level. However, some people
are strongly opposed to the teaching of evolution in public
schools. What is your take on this topic?
Topic 21: Climate Whiplash: What Happens After Global
When: September 8, 2011
Curt Stager, Professor, Paul Smith’s College
How might the current actions of human beings potentially change
the fate of planet Earth? Join us in conversation with Curt
Stager, Professor, Paleoecologist, Paul Smith's College, NY, as
we look at the next 100,000 years of life on this great blue
Topic 22: Measuring Happiness: Social Media as a
When: November 10, 2011
Chris Danforth, Assistant Professor, Department Mathematics
& Statistics and the Complex Systems Center, UVM.
Is the English language biased to encourage pro-social behavior?
How can we use social media like Facebook and Twitter to measure
Topic 23: The Next Frontier: Vermont in Space!
When: January 12, 2012
Carl Brandon, Professor, Science and Aeronautical Engineering
Technology, Vermont Technical College.
Topic 24: Population Boom
When: March 8, 2012
Join us in conversation with John Seager, President, Population
Connection. Why is the population still growing so rapidly if
the fertility rate has been declining for the past half-century?
Topic 25: Concussions & Brain Trauma
When: September, 13 2012, 6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.
Join Kalev Freeman, Principal Investigator, Trauma Physiology Laboratory and Director of Emergency Medicine Research UVM College of Medicine and James Slauterbeck, M.D., Associate Professor, UVM College of Medicine, Orthopedics/Sports Medicine, Fletcher Allen Hospital.
Topic 26: Race & Environmental Justice: Bridging the Gap Between Us
When: November 8, 2012, 6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.
How do our social connections to people different from ourselves affect our attitudes towards environmental issues? Tom Macias, Associate Professor of Sociology at UVM will lead us in conversation. Learn More
Topic 27: Scientific Construction of Race
When: January 10, 2013, 6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.
This evening's presentation will focus on The Anthropological & the Biological Construction of Race with Mike Lange, Asst. Professor of Anthropology at Champlain College and John Burke, Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, University of Vermont.
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Topic 28: Lake Defenders
When: March 14, 2013, 6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.
Movie & Panel about the stewards of the Lake. “Lake Defenders” highlights the work of citizens, scientists and nonprofit organizations that have joined together to take back Lake George from invasive species. LEARN MORE +