Monday September 8 – Open Forum Current Science Discussion

OPEN FORUM CURRENT SCIENCE DISCUSSION

Monday September 8, 2014

7:30 PM

The Donut Whole (1720 E Douglas)

Science Café Wichita is gearing up for the first meeting of the season. Mark your calendars for Monday, September 8. We’re excited to offer a little different format to kick off the meetings this year. We are asking, you, the audience, to be the program in an “open forum” scientific discussion. This is a chance for this community to share and learn from each other. The topics would be limited to current science, and Harry Gregory will moderate. You can come with topics and even your favorite science websites. We will have a computer and projector available. Harry Gregory will moderate the discussion. The interest of various topics may at this meeting will also determine what we try to plan for the remainder of the year. We are looking forward to this opportunity to learn from each other.

May Science Cafe Postponed

Unfortunately, this has been postponed due to a scheduling conflict.  We hope to reschedule this speaker in the fall.

Monday May 12: Induced Seismicity: The Potential for Man-Made Earthquakes in Kansas

 

Induced Seismicity: The Potential for Man-Made Earthquakes in Kansas

Speaker: Rex Buchanan, Interim Director, Kansas Geological Survey

Date: Monday, May 12

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E Douglas, Wichita, KS)

 

With the increase in the number of earthquakes, fracking and man made earthquakes have become a topic of political and scientific discussion.  What exactly is going on?  How will this affect us?  Mr. Buchanan will talk about historic earthquake activity in Kansas, recent activity in south-central Kansas, and the responses to it.

 

Rex Buchanan grew up near Little River, in Rice County, Kansas, on the edge of the Smoky Hills. He has been at the Kansas Geological Survey, based at the University of Kansas, since 1978, and is currently the Interim Director. He is the co-author of Roadside Kansas: A Guide to its Geology and Landmarks  (rev. edition, 2010) and editor of Kansas Geology: An Introduction to Landscapes, Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils  (rev. edition, 2010), both published by the University Press of Kansas; co-author of The Canyon Revisited: A Rephotography of the Grand Canyon, 1923-1991, published by the University of Utah Press (1994); co-editor of Geowriting, published by the American Geological Institute (1995); and co-compiler of Kansas Groundwater, published by the Kansas Geological Survey (1993).  He is currently the Editor for the Association of American State Geologists, past chair of the Geology and Public Policy Committee of the Geological Society of America (GS), and past president of the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE), the Kansas Academy of Science, and the Association of Earth Science Editors.  In 2008 he was named a Fellow of GSA, and in 2009 was given the John Strickler award for environmental education from KACEE.  He also provides occasional commentaries on Kansas Public Radio. He has an undergraduate degree from Kansas Wesleyan University and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

In 2014, Gov. Sam Brownback appointed him to head a panel to develop a response to potential induced seismicity in the state.

 

Monday April 14 – Observations on Tanzanian Animals, Ecology, and Culture

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Observations on Tanzanian Animals, Ecology, and Culture
Speakers: Harry and Charlotte McDonald
Date: April 14, 2014
Time: 7:30
Location: Donut Whole, 1720 E Douglas, Wichita, KS
Harry and Charlotte will share their thoughts (and dare we say, insights) on Africa from their trip to Tanzania this fall.  They will share their pictures and others from the trip as well as perspectives gained from their personal observations, from information provided by their guide, and from additional research.  In the spirit of scientific conversation, all are encouraged to share their own stories and opinions from trips to the Dark Continent.
Harry and Charlotte are retired science teachers, naturalists and avid bird-watchers.  Along with the usual cast of characters to be seen in Tanzania, they were able to identify over 160 species of birds and will share stories about many of them.  For those of you that remember the tales of Tarzan and references to an elephant graveyard, Harry and Charlotte will suggest one possible inspiration for that legend.

 

February 10 Science Cafe moved to March 10

Due to the weather, this presentation is once again being rescheduled.

Title: Forecasting Extreme Weather Events

Speaker: Andy Kleinsasser–Meteorologist, National Weather Service, Wichita

Date/Time:  Monday, March 10 at 7:30 pm

Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas)

Monday, February 10th – Forecasting Extreme Weather Events

 

Title: Forecasting Extreme Weather Events

Speaker: Andy Kleinsasser–Meteorologist, National Weather Service, Wichita

Date/Time:  Monday, February 10 at 7:30 pm

Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas)

Extreme weather events such as winter storms, tornado outbreaks, hurricanes, floods and droughts/heat waves pose a substantial risk to life, property and commerce globally each year.  Powerful, majestic and mysterious, experiencing these types of events are the primary reason most meteorologists get “hooked” at a young age, beginning a life-long pursuit of understanding the world of extreme weather.  Because of their relatively rare occurrence, accurately forecasting extreme weather events pose various challenges to meteorologists; the presenter will attempt to highlight some of these forecast challenges.

A native of southern Minnesota, Andy is no stranger to extreme weather, experiencing many severe thunderstorms and winter storms throughout his childhood years.  One of his fondest weather memories is living through the Great Halloween Blizzard of 1991, when two to four feet of snow buried the Minnesota region.  He received his BS in Atmospheric Science from the University of North Dakota in 2002.  He began his career as a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in both Great Falls and Glasgow, Montana in 2001-03, transferring to the National Weather Service here in Wichita July 2003.  Andy is a seasoned Kansas forecaster, forecasting all types of extreme weather events over his ten-year tenure here in Wichita.

Andy enjoys spending time with his wife of five years and his 6-month-old daughter, along with other family and friends.  When he gets the chance, he also enjoys storm chasing, drumming, playing golf and rollerblading.

Monday, January 13th – Comets: What Are They; Where Do They Come From; and What Can They Tell Us?

Speaker: Greg Novacek

Topic:  Comets: What Are They; Where Do They Come From; and What Can They Tell Us?

Date/Time: Monday January 13th, 7:30

Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas)

 

At one time comets were the harbingers of disaster.  Today we know that they are nothing more than a “dirty” snowball from the far reaches of the solar system. At this Science Café presentation we will review our current understanding of comets; learn about a space mission that will trail a comet as it approaches the sun; and  discover the relationship between comets and meteor showers.

 

Greg Novacek is the director of the WSU Fairmount Center for Science and Mathematics Education at Wichita State University.  As director Greg oversee the Center’s activities which include operation of the Lake Afton Public Observatory, the Kansas JASON Project, the Kansas Science Olympiad Tournament, the Kansas Junior Academy of Science Tournament, a lending library of math and science lending kits, and numerous classroom presentation in area schools.  He also serves as director of the Lake Afton Public Observatory and is involved in public and school programming, exhibit design and construction, and so on.  When he’s not working he enjoys spending time with his wife, reading, and “playing” photographer.  Greg received a B.S. in Astronomy-Physics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a M.S. in Physics from Wichita State University.

 

 

Science Cafe for 12-9-13 Canceled

The Science Cafe scheduled for Monday 12-9-13 has been canceled due to predicted weather.  Our next Science Cafe is scheduled for Monday, January 13th.

Monday, December 9, 2013 – Forecasting Extreme Weather Events

 

Title: Forecasting Extreme Weather Events

Speaker: Andy Kleinsasser–Meteorologist, National Weather Service, Wichita

Date/Time:  Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas)

Extreme weather events such as winter storms, tornado outbreaks, hurricanes, floods and droughts/heat waves pose a substantial risk to life, property and commerce globally each year.  Powerful, majestic and mysterious, experiencing these types of events are the primary reason most meteorologists get “hooked” at a young age, beginning a life-long pursuit of understanding the world of extreme weather.  Because of their relatively rare occurrence, accurately forecasting extreme weather events pose various challenges to meteorologists; the presenter will attempt to highlight some of these forecast challenges.

A native of southern Minnesota, Andy is no stranger to extreme weather, experiencing many severe thunderstorms and winter storms throughout his childhood years.  One of his fondest weather memories is living through the Great Halloween Blizzard of 1991, when two to four feet of snow buried the Minnesota region.  He received his BS in Atmospheric Science from the University of North Dakota in 2002.  He began his career as a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in both Great Falls and Glasgow, Montana in 2001-03, transferring to the National Weather Service here in Wichita July 2003.  Andy is a seasoned Kansas forecaster, forecasting all types of extreme weather events over his ten-year tenure here in Wichita.

Andy enjoys spending time with his wife of five years and his 6-month-old daughter, along with other family and friends.  When he gets the chance, he also enjoys storm chasing, drumming, playing golf and rollerblading.

Contact Information for Dr. Amber Campbell Hibbs

Several people asked for the contact information for Dr. Amber Campbell Hibbs.

Here it is:

Email: archibbs@ksu.edu

Phone: 785-532-3037