STEMinar Series

Fall 2018 STEMinar Series

The STEMinar Series consists of a variety of talks related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics. These talks are FREE and open to the public and take place throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. All talks take place in the Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 1234 unless otherwise noted. For more information about each talk, see below.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
5 p.m.
Michael Swierz
, Founder and Participatory Ecologist, People Are a Part of Nature
"Participatory Ecology and Foraging Walk: Can We Be Stewards of Biodiversity and Life Off the Land at the Same Time?"

Participatory ecology relies on the understanding that, evolutionarily speaking, human beings are a part of the natural ecosystem. On an interactive walk through College of DuPage's Russell R. Kirk Prairie, come look at our surroundings with biocultural eyes and explore ways we can draw sustenance and support from nature while also sustaining and supporting greater biodiversity. Bring water, outdoor clothes, a piece of fabric to dye, and yourself!

Friday, October 19, 2018
4 p.m.

Nim Tottenham, Professor of Psychology, Columbia University
"Development of Emotion Regulation Neurobiology and the Role of Early Experiences"

Strong evidence indicates that subcortical connections with the cortex support fundamental aspects of emotional behavior in adulthood. Despite the central role that this neural circuitry places in regulating emotions in adulthood, the state of the science regarding the development of this circuitry in humans is at an early stage. In this talk, Professor Tottenham will present developmental functional magnetic resonance imaging data describing age-related changes in amygdala-mPFC circuitry throughout childhood and adolescence and how it relates to emergent emotional behaviors. The argument will be made that the development of this circuitry in humans is intimately associated with early experiences. These age-related changes will be discussed in terms of potential developmental sensitive periods for environmental influence.

Saturday, November 10, 2018
7:30 p.m.

Joseph DalSanto, Assistant Professor of Astronomy, College of DuPage
"Black Holes"

The earliest concept of black holes dates back to the 1700s and has drawn some of history's greatest minds. Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity predicted black holes in 1915 and in 1967, John Wheeler popularized the term "black hole." But what is a black hole? Many of us have heard about (or seen in movies) the strange effects black holes have on space and time, but what are these unique objects? Where do they come from? Have we actually found any? Join Joe DalSanto on a journey to explore the nature of black holes and other questions regarding one of science's greatest mysteries.

This talk is free as part of the Sage Series but requires pre-registration. Please register online  or call Continuing Education at (630) 942 2208.

Past STEMinar Series

Visit our College of DuPage YouTube channel to see videos of past talks, or click on each presenter below.

May 7, 2018
Terry Miesle, Native Bee Expert
"Native Bees: Their Abundance and Importance"

April 20, 2018
Dr. Ted Daeschler, Curator and Professor, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
"Great Steps in the History of Life: The Origin of Limbed Vertebrates"

April 12, 2018
Dr. Mark SubbaRao, Adler Planetarium
"Advancing Education and Research through Immersive Data Visualization"

April 6, 2018
Dr. Wesley Ketchum, Associate Scientist, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
"Understanding the Universe through Neutrinos"

March 9, 2018
Dr. Andrew N. Jansen, Engineering Research Group Leader, Argonne National Laboratory
"Development of High-Energy Density Lithium-Ion Batteries"

March 3, 2018
Joseph DalSantoAssistant Professor of Astronomy, College of DuPage
"Extrasolar Planets"

February 23, 2018
Eric Earley, Ph.D. Student in Neural Engineering, Northwestern University
"Neural Engineering: Designing Bionic Limbs Controlled by the Brain"

November 3, 2017
Dr. Pauline Gagnon, Science Communicator
"Improbable Feats and Useless Discoveries"

October 6, 2017
Angel Price, Attractions Engineering Services Manager, Disney's Animal Kingdom
"Engineering My Dream: Redlines Included"

September 15, 2017
Neal Sales-Griffin, CEO of CodeNow
"Starting the First Coding Bootcamp"

March 17, 2017
Dr. Christina Dunbar-Hester, University of Southern California
"Low Power to the People! Media Activism, DIY, and the Challenge of Democratic Technology"

February 23, 2017
Dr. Amanda Petford-Long, Argonne Distinguished Fellow
"Understanding Nanomaterials: How Microscopy Can Help"

November 12, 2016
Prof. Joseph Orgel, PhD, Illinois Institute of Technology
"The Non-Conventional Approach to Science and Engineering"

October 15, 2016
Dr. Shane Larson, Northwestern University and Adler Planetarium
"Astronomy Frontiers: 25 Years Ago and 25 Years From Now"

September 17, 2016
Joe DalSanto, College of DuPage
"Einstein's Theory of Relativity"



Contact Information

STEM Outreach Coordinator
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2H01B, (630) 942-3021

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