Monday September 14 – How to Build a Scientist: STEM Education

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How to Build a Scientist: Stem Education by Dr. Jim Bann, Wichita State University Associate Professor

Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas)

Date/Time: Monday, September 14, 7:30 pm

 

Approaches to improving STEM education hinge on students understanding of some basic  concepts (hypothesis versus prediction, for instance), and providing an environment that can cultivate a search for explaining the world around us.  We’ll explore how to successfully introduce these concepts starting in kindergarten, creating the building blocks for a lifelong love of science.

 

Dr. Bann received an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO (with honors), and a PhD from Oregon Health Sciences University (also in biochemistry).  He was a postdoc and research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Washington University in St. Louis, and then moved to Wichita, where he is now Associate Professor of Chemistry.  He is also adjunct Associate Professor at KUMed-Wichita.  He has 6 kids – the oldest graduated Valedictorian from West Point and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in engineering at MIT, another is currently at West Point as a mathematics major, and the rest they are still guiding along.

Monday, May 11: Water Wars

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Topic: Water Wars

When: Monday May 11, 7:30 pm

Where: The Donut Whole (1720 E Douglas)

Speaker: Alan D. Maccarone, Ph. D.; Professor of Biology; Friends University

 

Water is our most precious commodity in the sense that every living organism requires water for its reproduction and survival. Despite its apparent abundance on the earth, the type of water that is essential to life is actually a scarce resource. Due to increased global demand, its scarcity increases every year. This program will examine historical and current patterns of water use; explore the origins of the water crisis; present examples of local, national, and international conflicts that revolve around water availability and usage, and discuss how societies can address current and future water wars.

 

Originally from New York City, Alan has lived in Kansas since 1990.  Currently, he is a Professor of Biology at Friends University in Wichita.  For 13 years, he was the Director for the Zoo Science undergraduate program, and for 17 years he directed the Environmental Studies graduate program.  His graduate education includes a Master’s degree in Animal Behavior from Memorial University, in Newfoundland, Canada, and a doctorate in Zoology from Rutgers University, in New Jersey.  His areas of specialization include Ornithology, Animal Behavior, and Field Ecology, and Environmental Science.  Alan has been active in wading bird research since 1986. He sometimes views the importance of water quality and availability through the aquatic birds that he studies.  Also has published more than 50 journal articles and book chapters and given more than 80 scientific and popular presentations, most dealing with avian ecology, behavior, and the effects of pollution and disturbance on wading birds.  Alan has two children: a son, Dylan, a 19-year-old sophomore attending Hampshire College in Massachusetts, and a daughter, Ava, 14, who this Fall will be starting high school at the Northfield School for the Liberal Arts.

Monday, April 13: National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF) Update

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Speaker: R.W. Trewyn; Assistant to the President and NBAF Liaison, Kansas State University

Date/Time: Monday, April 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas)

 

Dr. Trewyn will fill us in on the status of the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility being built by the U.S. Departmetn of Homeland Security at Kansas State University.


Ron Trewyn was named Kansas State University’s full-time liaison to the National Bio and Agrodefense Facility (NBAF) August 03, 2014. Prior to that, he served as K-State’s vice president for research where he led the university’s multi-year efforts to bring the $1.25 billion federal research and development laboratory to Kansas. As assistant to the president and NBAF liaison, Trewyn works with the president and others within and outside the institution to facilitate and leverage NBAF-related opportunities for the university, the city and the state.

Monday, March 9: The Interplayground of Music, Science and Engineering

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Speaker: Stephen A. Dyer, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Topic: The Interplayground of Music, Science, and Engineering

Date/Time: Monday, March 9, 7:30 pm

Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas)

 

Individually, music and science (and engineering) can be very moving.  Music can be found in unusual places, and it turns out that there are many connections between concepts associated with music and various fundamental concepts present in mathematics, the sciences, and engineering.  We will visit a few of these connections, some similarities between the creative acts of musical composition and scientific or engineering design, and one or two excerpts of musical compositions that resulted from partnerships between music majors and engineering majors.

 

 

Monday, February 9th – Life Story of a Star

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Topic: ” Life Story of a Star”

Speaker: Robert Henry

Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas)

Date/Time: Monday, February 9, 7:30 pm

 

 

Much like us, stars are born, they live out their lives, they grow old and eventually die. In other words, stars have life cycles. During this presentation we will discuss how and when stars are born, what goes on during their stable mid-lives, the changes they go through during their senior years, and finally the different ways in which they die and what happens next…

 

Biography:

I was born in Bakersfield California and raised in various areas of the state (mostly Los Angeles) for my first 24 years. I then decided to “find” myself and seek my fortune in Hawaii where I spent the next 9 years. During my stay I finally decided what I wanted to be when I grew up and went back to finish college at the University of Hawaii. After graduating with my degrees in Geology and Geophysics I moved back to California where I began my career working for Chevron. It became apparent after just a couple years that my true passion lay in Information Technology and so I redefined my job description and what I did for Chevron. After 13 years with Chevron Koch Industries made me an offer I couldn’t refuse and my family and I were moved here to Wichita. Finally, after 22 years in IT I decided I needed to reinvent myself again and was hired by Wichita State University as the Program Manager for the Lake Afton Public Observatory and the Assistant Director for the Fairmount Center for Science and Mathematics Education.

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

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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

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

Speaker: 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.
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.