Science & Engineering Seminar Series

Past Seminars

Science Communication: The Devil is in the Details
Monday May 2, 2011- David Manley

Autonomous Robots in the 21st Century
U50 Masters' Lecture Series
Thursday Nov 5, 2009

Darwiniana
Science and Society & Bethune College Seminar Series: 2008 - 2009

"Evolution Reconsidered: on the Origin of Kingdoms", Jan Sapp
"Looking at Darwin: Portraits and the Public Face of Evolution", Janet Browne
"The Evolution of Microbial Drug Resistance: Natural Selection in Action", Leah Cowen

Talking Shop: Scientists and Artists in Conversation
Science and Society & Bethune College Seminar Series: 2007 - 2008
January 31, 2008, March 26, 2008

Oceans: The Life Around Us
Science and Society & Bethune College Seminar Series: 2005 - 2006

"How Did We Decide to 'Save the Whales': Science, Sentiment and Cetology in the 1960s", D. Graham Burnett
"Mapping Ocean Life", Ron O'Dor
"Fish As Wildlife, Fish As Food: Seafood Conservation and You", Mercedes Lee

A Century of Einstein
Science and Society & Bethune College Seminar Series: 2002 - 2003

"Albert Einstein: The Man Behind the Myths", John Stachel
"Was Einstein Right? Relativity on the Firing Line", Clifford M. Will
'Beware of Rotten Compromises': The Moral Foundations of Einstein's Politics", Robert Schulmann
Symposium Panel: "Why Einstein Matters"

Biotechnology and Human Health: Controversies and Future Prospects
Science and Society & Bethune College Seminar Series: 2002 - 2003

Symposium Panel: Human Genome Project: Promises and Realities
"Big Pharma and Psychiatry: Exploitative Capitalism meets Madness", Dr. Lorne Mosher
"Gripped by a Python: How Pharmaceutical Companies Control the Medical Marketplace", Dr. David Healy

The Quest for Contact: In Search of Extraterrestrial Life
Science and Society & Bethune College Seminar Series: 2001 - 2002

Are we alone, or do other forms of intelligent life exist somewhere in the universe? Guest speakers with expertise in the history of science, astronomy, and theology will grapple with this question throughout the academic year in a series of seminars. They will discuss such issues as past debates on the existence of extraterrestrial life, how scientists today are searching for signs of alien civilizations, and the views of theologians on the implications for religion if we do encounter other beings.

The Second X: Women in Contemporary Science
Science and Society & Bethune College Seminar Series: 2000 - 2001

How far have women come at the turn of the millennium in breaking down the barriers to their participation in the scientific enterprise? Women practitioners, feminist activists, and science studies scholars will grapple with this question throughout the academic year in a series of seminars. They will discuss such issues as the career trajectories of women in science, how women practice science, equity initiatives at different institutions, gender and the teaching of science, and how in the past women actively engaged in science fashioned a public image for themselves.