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Modeling a Sneeze: Kinematics in Pictures Speaker: Christopher Moore

Modeling a Sneeze: Kinematics in Pictures Speaker: Christopher Moore

Social distancing recommendations specify we keep at least 2 meters away from each other. Why? To answer this question, we’ll simulate and model the trajectory of particles in a sneeze. Using pictures and graphs, instead of blindly plugging numbers into equations, we’ll solve what is essentially a projectile problem. We’ll also learn about distributions while determining the average force and energy exerted during a sneeze.

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Biosphere II: What makes a scientific failure?: Speaker: Obie Martin

Biosphere II: What makes a scientific failure?: Speaker: Obie Martin

Learn about our Biosphere I – The Earth – while engaging in the interesting tale of Biosphere II. Biosphere II didn’t meet the goals it set out to achieve, but was it a failure? Well, yes. But also, no! In this workshop, you’ll use hands-on learning, digital explorations, data analysis, and print resources to gather evidence and apply learning to form your own conclusions.

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Intermolecular Attractions: Not As Romantic As It Sounds Speaker: Obie Martin

Intermolecular Attractions: Not As Romantic As It Sounds Speaker: Obie Martin

Let’s explore the intermolecular forces between covalent bonded molecules! It’ll be more fun than it sounds with hands-on and digital experiences to bring the subject to life. In the end, we’ll apply what we’ve learned to everyone’s favorite molecule, H20!

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How Does Soap “Destroy” Coronaviruses?: Modeling Lipid Bilayers Speaker: Christopher Moore

How Does Soap “Destroy” Coronaviruses?: Modeling Lipid Bilayers Speaker: Christopher Moore

Just like the cells that make up our bodies, coronaviruses are surrounded by a membrane made up of phospholipid bilayers. This membrane is similar to a soap bubble, which consists of water sandwiched between little polar soap molecules. Using a bubble as a model, we’ll learn how washing your hands with soap and the alcohol from hand sanitizer can disrupt a coronavirus, essentially popping its “bubble”.

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Science Denial: What can you do about it? Speaker: Joseph Levine

Science Denial: What can you do about it? Speaker: Joseph Levine

Science matters! Scientific data and perspectives should help inform economic decisions, guide government policy, and improve health and security. Yet denial and politicization of science is everywhere. Coronavirus. Evolution. Climate change. Vaccination. GMOs. We will briefly review what science is and how it works, analyze the causes of science denial, and discuss what you can do about it.

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Ten Ways the Earth is Dangerous To Humans Speaker: Michael Wysession

Ten Ways the Earth is Dangerous To Humans Speaker: Michael Wysession

We are currently in the midst of one of the worst pandemics of this generation, but it is important to remember that there are also many non-biological catastrophes that nature can throw at us and that a large reason that our global population has grown so large so fast (now approaching 8 billion) is that Earth has been relatively quiet for the past two centuries. In this presentation, Professor Wysession will take us through a Top-10 list of Earth and planetary events such as supervolcanoes, asteroid impacts, magnetic field reversals, massive underwater avalanches, and enormous solar flares that have significantly impacted life in the past and could do so again in the future.

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The Adaptable Human Body: Speaker Tanjuer Hart

The Adaptable Human Body: Speaker Tanjuer Hart

The human body is equipped with remarkable systems to defend and recover against harm and maintain homeostasis. Let’s discover and investigate these complex systems and feedback methods that work together to maintain homeostasis in the human body and apply it to the public health issues of today.

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From CRISPR to 23-and Me: Meeting the Challenges of Today’s Biology Speaker: Ken Miller

From CRISPR to 23-and Me: Meeting the Challenges of Today’s Biology Speaker: Ken Miller

New techniques such as CRISPR gene editing, mitochondrial transformation, and gene drives are changing the ways in which living organisms are studied and modified. I will review these techniques, and introduce students to a series of activities that will enable them to confront the social, moral, and ethical issues raised by the new human genetics.

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Pandemics Triggered by Climate Change Speaker: Michael Wysession

Pandemics Triggered by Climate Change Speaker: Michael Wysession

Pandemics have (literally) plagued humans throughout history. Before there was airplane travel, it usually took a major environmental disruption to create the necessary conditions to allow for a global spread, and that disruption was often provided by a rapid change in climate. We will examine the environmental factors that helped trigger pandemics such as the 1918 Spanish Flu (La Nina), the 1820 Cholera outbreak (eruption of Mt. Tambora), and the 14th-century bubonic plague (start of the Little Ice Age).