STEMinar Series

Fall 2017 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 at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For more information about each talk, see below.

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

Sales-Griffin will share his story as a mixed-race, low-income child growing up on the south side of Chicago who became a successful student and businessman at Northwestern University. He is now CEO of CodeNow, a nonprofit organization that hosts coding workshops for students from low-income backgrounds in six cities nationwide. 

(this talk is co-sponsored by the Disability Employment Initiative IT Career Pathway)


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

Join Angel Price, a Walt Disney World Attractions Engineering Services Manager for Pandora - The World of Avatar in her story telling journey. Her story focuses on daring to break boundaries, and the courage to continue forward when life's challenges stand in your way. Angel Price is a Walt Disney World Attractions Engineering Services Manager for Pandora – The World of Avatar in Animal Kingdom. She is a recent graduate from University of Central Florida with a MS in Professional Engineering Management. She also has an ME degree from Purdue University. She began her Disney career in 2006 participating in the College Program, Professional Internship Program, the Mechanical Apprenticeship Program, and many other locations. Most notably, she was the first and only female mechanic for the former Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show. Most notably, she contributes over 1000 hours annually towards STEM programs in the Central Florida area.


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

Who decided what to build, and who designed, tested, and operated the large detectors used at CERN at the Large Hadron Collider? Nobody and everybody. The large scientific collaborations of thousands of physicists coming from several dozen different countries are responsible for these detectors and all decisions are taken by consensus. Nobody gives or follows orders. Everyone chooses freely how they can contribute to make the experiment a success, just like in a large picnic. Scientific curiosity provides the essential motivation that drives everyone. All that just to discover particles such like the Higgs-Boson that will most likely never find a practical application. So why is fundamental research so important? And why can humanity not afford to go without investing in research?

(this talk is presented in partnership with Fermilab and the Perimeter Institute)

Fall 2017 ESCONI Program Series

The Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois (ESCONI) will also have a series of talks that are free and open to the public. All programs are held in the Technology Education Center (TEC), Room 1038B at 8 p.m. For more information about these talks and the other programs this club has to offer, visit the ESCONI website.

September 8, 2017
Dr. Don Mikulic, Senior Paleontologist, ISGS
"Calymene blumenbachii and the Discovery of Trilobites"

October 13, 2017
F. Brett Denny, Associate Economic Geologist, ISGS
"Flourite and Rare Earth Elements in the Illinois-Kentucky Fluorspar District"

November 10, 2017
Dr. D'Arcy Meyer-Dombard, Associate Professor, UIC
"Early Earth Environments and Early Life"

December 1, 2017
Dr. Kerry Sagebiel, Assistant Professor, NIU
"In the Realm of the Submerged Crocodile: Archaeology at the Maya City of Ka'kabish, Belize"

Past STEMinar Series

April 29, 2017
Dr. Eugenia Cheng, University of Sheffield and School of the Art Institute of Chicago
"Mathematics Can Be Tasty!"

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"

Visit our College of DuPage YouTube channel to see videos of past talks.


Contact Information

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

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

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