Science Today lecture series sets spring schedule

Topics ranging from weather forecasting to learning and memory, adaptable lizards to the theory of relativity will be discussed during SUNY Oswego’s Science Today lecture series this spring.

All lectures are free and open to the public. They will begin at 12:40 p.m. Wednesdays, during the College Hour, in Room 102 of Snygg Hall. A pre-presentation social gathering will take place at 12:25 in the same location.

The semester’s series will start Feb. 14 with Christopher N. Boddy of the Syracuse University chemistry department presenting “Using Bacteria to Produce Complex Molecules.”

On Feb. 21, Krsna Dev of SUNY Oswego’s physics department will discuss “General Relativity: Physics in Warped Spacetime.” Meteorologist Andrew Odins of WeatherPredict Consulting will provide “A Perspective of Long-Range Weather Forecasting: Methodologies and How Forecasting Is Applied to Commodities” Feb. 28.

March presentations will include Joe Armstrong of the Illinois State University biological sciences department exploring “Hemiparasitism: A Way Station to Holoparasitism or an Evolutionary Stable Strategy?” March 7; David Wells of Yale University’s molecular, cellular and developmental biology department pondering “How Neurons Learn” March 14; and Rich Glor of the University of Rochester’s biology department detailing “Speciation and Adaptive Radiation in Caribbean Anolis Lizards” March 28.

Charles Reiss of the linguistics program at Concordia University in Montreal will explore “Linguistics as Cognitive Ethology” April 11. Lin Qiu of SUNY Oswego’s computer science department will explain “Using Tablet PC Technology to Improve Teaching and Learning” April 25.

Science Today’s spring series is slated to wrap up May 2, as Fehmi Damkaci of SUNY Oswego’s chemistry department discusses “Molecular Machines.”

The lecture series is an interdisciplinary effort geared to provide biology, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, mathematics and physics majors a broad view of fields related to their area of study. The program also showcases potential careers and paths of research in the natural sciences.

A campus committee coordinates the lectures, which are sponsored by SUNY Oswego’s Science Planning Committee, College of Arts and Sciences and Sigma Xi chapter.

For more information on the series or any of the speakers, visit

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(Posted: Jan 31, 2007)