Science Today series to offer many views

Youngok Choi, one of the Science Today speakersThe fall semester of the SUNY Oswego Science Today lecture series will feature topics from ranging from the universe’s large celestial bodies to minuscule genes in human bodies.

Members of the campus community and the public are invited to the admission-free lectures from experts in many scientific fields. Each Wednesday session has a pre-presentation social gathering at 3:45 p.m. and a lecture at 4 p.m., both in Room 101 of Snygg Hall.

Peter Parker of the Yale University physics department will discuss “Exploding Stars—In the Sky and in the Laboratory” on Sept. 21. J. David Schaffer, a computer science research fellow at Philips Research USA, will present “An Introduction to Genetic Algorithms with Industrial Applications” on Sept. 28.

On Oct. 5, Gordon G. Gallup Jr. of the SUNY Albany psychology faculty will speak on “Competition for Paternity: The Impact of Evolution on Human Genital Morphology and Behavior.” The American Chemical Society will sponsor a representative from the National Gallery of Art for a presentation on art preservation on Oct. 19. Syracuse physician Dr. Douglas Halliday, a 1972 SUNY Oswego graduate, will talk about “Applications of Science in Facial Plastic Surgery” on Oct. 26.

Youngok Choi of SUNY Oswego’s computer science department will present “Digital Libraries: What Are They and How Do They Benefit Scientists?” on Nov. 2. The Nov. 9 installment will feature Lawrence Fuller of the SUNY Oswego chemistry department discussing “Toxicology of Alcohol in the Body.”

On Nov. 16, Gregory Denbeaux of SUNY Albany’s physics department will talk about “Short Wavelength Microscopy and Lithography.” Steven W. Wilhelm from the biology department at the University of Tennessee will close out the fall series on Nov. 30 with a session titled “Of Viruses, Toxic Algae and a Dead Zone: My Summer Vacations on Lake Erie.”

SUNY Oswego’s College of Arts and Sciences and its cross-curricular Science Planning Committee sponsor the series.

The lecture series is an interdisciplinary effort geared to provide biology, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, mathematics and biology 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.

For more information, call 312-3044.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Science series—Youngok Choi of SUNY Oswego’s computer science department will be among the speakers for the fall Science Today lecture series.

(Posted: Sep 16, 2005)