Upcoming Science Speakers lectures

October 2014

Friday 31 4:00 pm,
Science Speaker, SC 106

November 2014

Wednesday 5 4:00 pm,
Science Speaker, SC 106

Tuesday 11 11:00 am,
Science Speaker, SC 203

Wednesday 12 4:00 pm,
Science Speaker, SC 106

Wednesday 19 4:00 pm,
Science Speaker, SC 106

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Science Speakers

Lectures and discussions in the Science Speaker Series are free and open to the public.  While the speakers are often talking about the latest research in their fields, the goal is to make the ideas accessible to all scientifically literate people.

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Science Speakers this term

4:00 pm, Friday, September 5, 2014, SC 106

Celebrate Science!

Celebrate Science! Friday, September 5, 4:00-4:50PM SC 106 Come hear about the science related activities Goshen College students engaged in since last September. Celebrate their accomplishments! Take away ideas for what you might do this year! Refreshments served.

4:00 pm, Friday, September 12, 2014, SC 106

Science Speaker

Simple Approaches to Analyzing Self-Controlled Case Series (SCCS) Data

Dr. Sally Hunsberger, National Institute of Health

4:00 pm, Wednesday, October 1, 2014, SC 106

Science Speaker

The Burkitt's Lymphoma Story

Dr. Esther Kawira, Director Roche Health Center, Shirati, Tanzania

4:00 pm, Friday, October 3, 2014, SC 106

Science Speaker

Small RNAs that Silence Genes

Dr. David Bartel, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Biology Dept, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4:00 pm, Friday, October 24, 2014, SC 106

Science Speaker

Structure-function analysis of Pichia pastoris Vac8p, a protein involved in vacuolar membrane fusion events.

Dr. Michelle Fry, The Mund-Lagowski Dept of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Bradley University

1:00 pm, Monday, October 27, 2014, Union

Science Speaker

Monday, October 27, 1:00-1:50 p.m.,UN004

Civic Hacking and Open Data

Dan Neumann, Agile Coach and co-owner of The Branch

4:00 pm, Friday, October 31, 2014, SC 106

Science Speaker

The NU Cyborg: A Brain Machine Interface to Restore Movement and Sensation During Paralysis

Dr. Lee Miller, Edgar C. Stuntz Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience, Departments of Physiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University

Spinal cord injury severs the connection between the brain and the limbs, causing paralysis and loss of proprioceptive sensation. We have developed an electronic neural interface that uses a computer to bypass the spinal cord, providing experimental monkeys the ability to use their hands and sense limb movement despite temporary paralysis caused by a peripheral nerve block. This novel ?Brain Machine Interface?, uses microelectrode arrays implanted in the brain to record motor signals as the monkey tries to move, as well as to electrically activate sensory areas of the brain to create an artificial sensation of limb movement. We anticipate that such a system might ultimately provide spinal cord injured patients with control of arm and hand movement through normal cognitive processes, thereby greatly enhancing their independence and well-being.

Lee E. Miller is the Edgar C. Stuntz Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience in the Departments of Physiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University. He received the B.A. degree in physics from Goshen College, Goshen, IN, in 1980, and the M.S. degree in biomedical engineering and the Ph.D. degree in physiology from Northwestern University in 1983 and 1989, respectively. He completed two years of postdoctoral training in the Department of Medical Physics, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Dr. Miller has had a career-long interest in the motor and sensory signals that are generated by single neurons in the brain during arm movement. His early work was devoted to studying these signals in the brainstem, cerebral cortex, and cerebellum, and their relation to muscle activity. In the past 10 years, Dr. Miller?s lab has increasingly focused on translational research, pioneering the use of brain machine interface technology in projects aimed at restoring movement and sensation to paralyzed patients. His interdisciplinary approach has led to productive collaborations locally, nationally, and internationally. In 1997, Dr. Miller received a North Atlantic Treaty Organization award to promote international collaborative research for a project at the University of Bochum, Germany. He was later appointed a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Neurology at the University College London in 2002. He has authored 90 manuscripts, book chapters, and review articles.

Miller currently serves as a board member and officer for the Society for the Neural Control of Movement and a board member of the International Brain-Computer Interface Steering Committee.

4:00 pm, Wednesday, November 5, 2014, SC 106

Science Speaker

Characterization of Thermotoga maritima glycerol dehydrogenase for the enzymatic production of dihydroxyacetone, Justin Beauchamp

11:00 am, Tuesday, November 11, 2014, SC 203

Science Speaker

Tuesday, November 11, 11:00-11:50am, SC 203

Wolfram Mathematica 10 in Education and Research Roger Graves, Wolfram Representative

This is not an official Science Speakers event; however, some may be interested in the capabilities in Mathematica 10 and other Wolfram technologies that are directly applicable for use in teaching and research on campus. Topics include:

Enter calculations in everyday English, or using the flexible Wolfram Language

Visualize data, functions, surfaces, and more in 2D or 3D

Store and share documents locally or in the Wolfram Cloud

Use the Predictive Interface to get suggestions for the next useful calculation or function options

Access trillions of bits of on-demand data

Use semantic import to enrich your data using Wolfram curated data

Easily turn static examples into mouse- driven, dynamic applications

Access 10,000 free course-ready applications

Utilize the Wolfram Language's wide scope of built-in functions, or create your own

Get deep support for specialized areas including machine learning, time series, image processing, parallelization, and control systems, with no add-ons required

Current users will benefit from seeing the many improvements and new features of Mathematica 10, but prior knowledge of Mathematica is not required. All attendees will receive an electronic copy of the examples, which can be adapted to individual projects.

4:00 pm, Wednesday, November 12, 2014, SC 106

Science Speaker

Teaching High School Biology

Andy Brubaker and Ali Gotwals, Biology Teachers, Goshen High School

4:00 pm, Wednesday, November 19, 2014, SC 106

Science Speaker

Fish Community Monitoring in Local Waterways

Daragh Deegan, Aquatic Biologist, City of Elkhart

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