Monday, January 19 – The Vampires of Wielkopolska

The Vampires of Wielkopolska
Topic: The Vampires of Wielkopolska
Speaker: Dr. Peer Moore-Jansen
Date: Monday, January 19th at 7:30 pm
Location: The Donut Whole
     The study of historic cemeteries is sometimes a direct clue to the conditions and life styles of peoples of the recent past. Studies of skeletal material, artifacts and general features of these cemeteries can reveal information about health, nutrition, disease, longevity, and even origins of the people of the  communities they represent. This presentation focuses on the recovery and analysis of an historic cemetery in western Poland from between 1575-1800. The rural setting of the cemetery and its particularly location in a politically hotly contested region of the one-time Lithuania, Greater Poland, and Prussia adds further to the historical significance of the site and what can be learned from its contents. Burial practices as identified during the recovery include a small number of highly unique interments, which in turn reflect human perception and sometime superstition including a belief in vampires as it is suggested here, point to previously undocumented evidence of cholera in this region.
     Dr. Moore-Jansen works in human osteology and forensic anthropology.  He has a particular interest in the study of population variation in and among humans and how it can facilitate the identification of undocumented human skeletal remains in archaeological, historic, and modern forensic contexts.  He works with local, regional, and state law enforcement in his capacity as a forensic anthropologist.

Monday, December 8th – Important Issues for Infectious Illness – Antibiotic Resistance Among Pathogens and the Anti-Vaccination Movement Among People

december science cafe

Date: 8 December, 2014, 7:30 pm
Location: Donut Whole, 1720 E Douglas, Wichita, Kansas
Speaker:  Dave McDonald, PHD, Wichita State University
Topic: “Important Issues for Infectious Illness – Antibiotic Resistance Among Pathogens and the Anti-Vaccination Movement Among People”  
He will discuss the causes of antibiotic resistance and the public health ramifications of our dwindling supply of effective antibiotics.  He will also discuss the arguments raised against vaccination and compare them to the arguments for vaccination.
Dr. McDonald is a Full Professor in the Dept. of Biological Sciences and has recently served as the Dean of the Graduate School among other positions.
He has two separate research interests in the field of biology.  First,  he is interested in mammalian genetics; exploring how model systems like the laboratory mouse can be manipulated to yield useful models for human diseases.  He has had success in that area by producing models for the human inborn error of metabolism phenylketonuria and also disorders of circadian behavior.  Secondly, He has currently developed an interest in exploring antimicrobial strategies to augment the current set of tools, such as antibiotic therapy, that are losing their levels of effectiveness.  He is starting to explore the infection phenomena of attachment and biofilm formation as potentially useful steps for inhibiting bacterial infection.

Monday, November 10 – Induced Seismicity: The Potential for Man-Made Earthquakes in Kansas

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<p>Speaker: Rex Buchanan, Interim Director, Kansas Geological Survey</p>
<p>Date: Monday, 10 Nov</p>
<p>Time: 7:30 pm</p>
<p>Where: Donut Whole, 1720 E Douglas, Wichita</p>
<p>Mr. Buchanan will talk about historic earthquake activity in Kansas, recent activity in south-central Kansas, and the responses to it.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>In 2014, Gov. Sam Brownback appointed him to head a panel to develop a response to potential induced seismicity in the state.

Induced Seismicity: The Potential for Man-Made Earthquakes in KansasSpeaker: Rex Buchanan, Interim Director, Kansas Geological Survey

Date: Monday, 10 Nov

Time: 7:30 pm

Where: Donut Whole, 1720 E Douglas, Wichita

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, October 13 – Food: Chemistry, Allergies, Sensory Issues, and Behavior

 

Title: Food: Chemistry, Allergies, Sensory Issues and Behavior

Presented by: Kimberly Lay-BA in Behavioral Science, Founder of The Baking Evolution, Inventive Baker and Food Scientist

Date: Monday, October 13

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas)

 

Kimberly is a mother of children with numerous food allergies. In addition to food allergies, her son is diagnosed with severe classical Autism/non-verbal. Kimberly has done extensive research into how food affects the body, the chemical processes of digestion, and the sensory experience of eating.

 

Kimberly will discuss:

1. Statistics and information about food allergies & children

2. The effect of the brain/gut connection

3. How the digestive process is connected to sensory dysfunction

4. Effective ways to create a balanced diet for children with food allergies & sensory processing issues-including the chemical process of replacing ingredients and balancing recipes  

5. Signs and symptoms of disruption in the digestive tract

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.