Science lectures span baking to biomedicine to climate

SUNY Oswego’s Science Today lecture series will open the year Sept. 18 with N. Mitchell Stamm of the International Baking and Pastry Institute at Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island speaking on “Flour: Friend or Foe.”

All talks are during College Hour, at 12:45 p.m. Tuesdays, in Room 102 of Snygg Hall. A pre-presentation social gathering will take place immediately beforehand at 12:35 p.m.

The series will continue Sept. 25 with “Generation and Adaptation of Computational Meshes for Biomedical Applications” by Suzanne Shontz of the computer science and engineering department at Pennsylvania State University.

October’s speakers will be Ban-An Khaw, an Oswego alumnus and the Behrakis Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Northeastern University in Boston, on the topic “Molecular Imaging in Cardiovascular Diseases and Beyond” Oct. 2; Steven Robertson, professor of human development at Cornell University, on “Mind and Body: How They Work Together (or not) in Babies” Oct. 9; Sharon Kanfoush, associate professor of geology at Utica College, speaking Oct. 16 on “Climate Variability Recorded by Lake Sediment Characteristics, Fulton Chain of Lakes, Southern Adirondack Mountains, New York”; Kameshwar Wali, emeritus and research professor of physics at Syracuse University, on “Bose and Einstein: Discovery of Bose-Einstein Statistics” Oct. 23; and on Oct. 30, Bruce Lewenstein, professor of science communication at Cornell University, on “Why Is Public Engagement in Science Important?”

In November, Steve Nesbitt, assistant professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will speak on “What Makes the North American Monsoon Tick?” Nov. 6; Linda Ivany, associate professor of earth sciences at Syracuse University, will address “The Beginning of the Icehouse World in Antarctica: Insights from Clams and Isotopes” Nov. 13; and James MacKenzie, assistant professor of biological sciences at Oswego, will discuss “Mitochondrial Protein Import and Human Health and Disease” Nov. 27.

A Sigma Xi Student Research Forum will conclude the semester’s presentations Dec. 4.

More information on several of the talks is available online for download from

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(Posted: Sep 05, 2007)