Science Speakers is a series of lectures, discussions, and other activities related to the sciences that are open to students, faculty, and the general public. Science Roundtables are for faculty to discuss pedagogic and other issues of interest. Nursing faculty and students have been occasional participants in the past and are welcome to continue in the future.
Plans are posted by semester. Please contact the coordinator, David Housman (firstname.lastname@example.org), with your additional recommendations for speakers (external, yourself, or students), discussion topics (public or faculty only), or activities (games, panels, picnics, etc.).
Title, speaker name and affiliation, and sponsor name are necessary. If an abstract and/or picture is provided, they will be used in some of the publicity.
Events have typically been held in SC 106 on Wednesdays or Fridays 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., but this makes it difficult for athletes and musicians to attend. We would be happy to schedule on other days and times. The goal is to have an event in most weeks but usually no more than one event per week.
External speakers are welcome but must be sponsored by an individual faculty member or department. The sponsor provides assurances that the person and topic are appropriate for this forum, and they provide an introduction to the speaker and topic. Note that in the past, graduate school representatives and employers have given appropriate scientific talks with only a short amount of time or separate times scheduled to focus on admissions and job recruitment.
There are no separate funds to provide travel support or an honorarium for a speaker. If there are costs involved with bringing in a speaker, these must be provided through department budgets.
Student talks based on research experiences are welcome and are usually scheduled in pairs with each speaker having 30 minutes for the talk and questions. Students must have a faculty sponsor who will provide the speaker and topic introduction.
Scheduling has generally been “first come first served” but some flexibility is sought when persons scheduled later have more scheduling constraints.
Refreshments will not be provided unless a department wishes to expend its own funds.
The building Administrative Assistant, Sandy Slabaugh, will reserve the room and publicize by a posting to the GC Calendar, posting announcements in the Campus Communicator, and emails to our list of science faculty and students and local high school teachers. The later list is augmented with students who are majoring in one of our departments (according to the current reports data). If there are others you wish to add (e.g., students in a course you are teaching, especially first-years), send the coordinator their email addresses.