Science Today lecture series returns for fall

SUNY Oswego’s Science Today lecture series will address such topics as alternative energies, climate change, geochemistry, environmental toxins and wildlife during its fall sessions.

All fall lectures will take place Tuesdays during SUNY Oswego’s College Hour of programming. Talks will begin at 1:05 p.m., with a pre-presentation social gathering commencing at 12:55 p.m. Lectures will take place in the Campus Center auditorium, except for the two noted below.

The series will begin Sept. 9 with Lisa Opanashuk of the University of Rochester’s department of environmental medicine. She will discuss “Iron and Oxidative Stress Contribute to Dopamine System Injury Following PCB Exposure: Implications for Neurodegenerative Disorders” in Room 102 of Snygg Hall.

On Sept. 16, Karen Sime of SUNY Oswego’s department of biological sciences will explore “Wasp Food: Ecological Specialization in Parasitic Insects.” Eric Hellquist, also of Oswego’s biological sciences department, will cover “All About Carbon Cycling in Yellowstone” on Sept. 23.

October’s programs will include Akiko Fillinger of Ithaca College’s department of chemistry, “Current Research on Materials for Alternative Energies,” Oct. 7; Michael Rogers of Ithaca College’s department of physics, “Archeological Geophysics: Seeing Beneath the Soil Before Digging,” Oct. 14; Elisabeth Widom of the Miami University of Ohio’s department of geology, “Geochemistry of the Azores: Mantle Plumes and Magma Chambers,” Oct. 21; and Kristina Lantzky-Eaton of the St. John Fisher department of chemistry, “Fragility of a Series of Organic Compounds,” Oct. 28.

Karin Limburg of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s department of environmental and forest biology will discuss “Neolithic vs. Modern Baltic Sea Cold Fisheries: Evidence of a Shifting Baseline?” on Nov. 4.

On Nov. 11, Linda Ivany of Syracuse University’s department of earth sciences will address “The Beginning of the Icehouse World in Antarctica: Eocene Climate Change and Evolution of the Shallow Marine Biota.”

The Nov. 18 talk, with Marina Blanton of the University of Notre Dame computer science and engineering department presenting on “Biometric Key Generation,” will take place in Room 102 of Snygg Hall.

The fall series will wrap Dec. 2 with the Sigma Xi Student Research Forum.

For more information on the Science Today lecture series, visit www.oswego.edu/science.

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(Posted: Aug 27, 2008)

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