Science Today lecture series slates spring sessions

SUNY Oswego’s spring Science Today lecture series will cover topics ranging from extreme weather to engineering education, fish conservation to climate change.

Each session takes place in Room 102 of Snygg Hall during the College Hour, starting at 12:40 p.m. Wednesdays. The lectures will be preceded by a social gathering at 12:30 p.m. in the same location. All events are free and open to the public.

Scott Steiger of SUNY Oswego’s earth sciences department will start the series on Jan. 30 discussing “Learning by Observing Nature’s Fury: SUNY Oswego’s Storm Forecasting and Observation Program.”

February presenters will include James Early of Oswego’s computer science department on “Deriving Behavioral Feature Models for Network Intrusion Detection” Feb. 6, Timothy Braun of Oswego’s biological sciences department on “Bacterial Motility: Amazing Molecular Machines” Feb. 13, Jennifer Schwarz of Syracuse University’s physics department on “The Jamming of Grains, Glue and Other Household Items” Feb. 20, and Richard Manseur of Oswego’s computer science program on “Visualization Techniques for Science and Engineering Education” Feb. 27.

On March 5, Amy Welsh of Oswego’s biological sciences department will probe “Lake Sturgeon Conservation Genetics: Not Just Another Fish Tale,” while the March 12 lecture will feature Douglas Pippin of Oswego’s anthropology department detailing “Recent Innovations in Archaeological Methods.”

Four Science Today speakers are slated for April: James Cantor of the University of Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health on “Brain Structure and Function of Pedophilic Men” April 2; Peter Kelemen of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory on “The Future of Geological Exploration: Why, and How?” April 9; Chow Choong-Ngeow of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on “The Dark Energy Survey” April 16; and Meredith Kelly of Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory on “What Can Glaciers Tell Us About Rapid Climate Change?” April 30.

For more information on the Science Today series, contact Paul Tomascak at or visit

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(Posted: Jan 22, 2008)