Science cafes will meet at 7:00pm on Tuesday @ Radina's Coffeehouse and Roastery
"Personal Genome Testing: The Time Capsule that is You"
Carol Regehr, Family Historian
This April marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of Watson and Crick on the double helix structure of DNA. It will soon be affordable to have your own entire genome sequenced, and many people are already havin parts of their genome sequenced for health and/or genealogical information. How does one go about getting a test, and what can be learned?
"What is a 100-year Flood Anyway, and Why Should We Care?"
Dr. Keith Miller, Department of Geology KSU
Major flooding events are typically described in the media as 50, 100, 200-year floods etc. What do these terms really mean, and how are they determined? Most importantly why should you care?
Dr. George Lookhart, Grain Science & Industry KSU, and beginning beekeeper
George has enjoyed seeing and learning about bees from experienced beekeepers. He got his first hive (brood boxes and supers)with 3 lbs of bees about 2 years ago. George will talk about bees, show brood boxes, honey supers and frames, and explain the costs involved. He will also show ow to extact honey from the frames.
"The Science of Speed: Why Driving Fast is Harder than You Think"
Diandra Leslie-Pelecky, Professor of Physics, West Virginia Univerity
National Sigma Xi Distinguished Speaker
Is it really all that hard to drive fast? No -- if you assume a spherical race car. If you think about the physics of a non-point particle turning highly banked corners at 3g on tires with coefficients of friction greater than one, you will quickly realize that there is far more to going fast than stepping on the accelerator.
"A Global Perspective on Ensuring Drug and Food Safety"
Dr. Jim Riviere, Veterinary Medicine KSU
Ever wonder how global our food supply is or where your drugs really come from? This talk will highlight several findings from a recent Institute of Medicine study on drug and food safety in developing countries. Solutions to the incredibly complex problem of food and drug safety will be presented that are sustainable, improve local public health, and also guarantee that imports are safe for the US consumer.