STEMinar Series

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

Friday, February 9, 2018
Dr. Wesley Ketchum
, Associate Scientist, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
"Understanding the Universe through Neutrinos"

Neutrinos are among the most abundant particles in the universe, and are constantly around us in our daily lives. In fact, many trillions of them stream through each of us every second! But, because they interact with other particles so rarely, they are very difficult to study and they continue to be mysterious and puzzling to particle physicists. Join Dr. Wesley Ketchum for a description and brief history of the neutrino. He will explain why they are so interesting and talk about current and future efforts to unravel the mysteries surrounding with the hope to better understand our universe.

Saturday, February 10, 2018
Joseph DalSanto, Assistant Professor of Astronomy, College of DuPage
"Extrasolar Planets"

*special time: 7:30 p.m.*

For millennia humans have wondered if there are other planets in the universe. Today, astronomers have answered that question with a resounding yes. In recent years astronomers have discovered several thousand extrasolar planets and have learned much about them – their sizes, masses, orbits and other properties. This presentation will explain how astronomers have found and begun exploring these worlds – and the profound implications of these discoveries.

This talk is free but requires registration. Please register online or call Continuing Education at (630) 942 2008.


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

From Steve Austin in The Six Million Dollar Man to Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, we have seen countless examples of robotic prostheses that rival or exceed our own biological limbs; but, how close are we to making these devices a reality? Join Eric Earley, Ph.D. candidate and graduate student researcher in the Center for Bionic Medicine at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, as he shares his lab's research on advanced prosthetic limbs.

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

Sunday, March 4, 2018
Brian Greene, Theoretical Physicist, Mathematician, and String Theorist

*special place and time: 4:00 p.m. in the Belushi Performance Hall*

This event is a ticketed event. More information coming soon.

(this talk is provided by the Physics Department and the McAninch Arts Center)

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

More information coming soon. 

Friday, 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"

*special time: 7:30 p.m.*

This presentation describes two decades of paleontological exploration and research on Devonian-age vertebrate fossils from Pennsylvania, the Canadian Arctic and Antarctica. Ted Daeschler and his colleagues have discovered a wide diversity of fossil material from the Catskill Formation in north-central Pennsylvania including the earliest known limbed vertebrates in North America. The team has also explored for Devonian vertebrates in a series of expeditions high above the Arctic Circle in Canada's Nunavut Territory. Among the discoveries there is Tiktaalik roseae, an animal that lived 375 million years ago and is a textbook intermediate between finned and limbed vertebrates. Most recently, Daeschler and colleagues returned from working on Devonian fossils in the Transantarctic Range of Southern Victoria Land, Antarctica. This presentation will incorporate the methods of fossil discovery and the science behind this research program exploring biotic diversity in the Age of Fishes and the origin of limbed vertebrates.

(this talk is presented in partnership with ESCONI, The Field Museum, Northern Illinois University, and the Paleontological Society)

Past STEMinar Series

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

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

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

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