'Science, Society, Sandwiches'

ISE Lab to host 'Science, Society and Sandwiches' series

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10:08 a.m., Sept. 4, 2013--The University of Delaware’s Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE Lab) will host a speaker series titled “Science, Society and Sandwiches.”

The series will be held in Room 110, the first floor Problem Based Learning (PBL) Studio, from 12:30-2 p.m. on Mondays. 

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Sandwiches and beverages will be available for the first 30 who register. To register, send an email to isll-info@udel.edu and provide your name, department and email address.

The series will offer perspectives on contemporary research and issues and discussions of the concepts and issues from multiple points of view.

There will be two speakers per week from two different departments, and often from two different colleges. Each speaker will be encouraged to give a presentation similar to a TED Talk -- that is, each speaker will have 18 minutes for a formal presentation and then there will be ample time for a good conversation through a question and answer period.

The series is seen as a way to continue to promote interdisciplinary work on campus and to build on the success of last spring's series, “Tuesday Tech Talks.”

"Science, Society, and Sandwiches" was originated by Rivers Singleton, associate professor of biological sciences, and Harry L. Shipman, Annie Jump Cannon Chair of Physics and Astronomy.

The September speakers in the series are:

Sept. 9: Ann Ardis, deputy dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center, and Doug Buttrey, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. Ardis is the author/editor of six books on 19th and 20th century print culture and women’s literature. She has agreed to speak on her exciting work in “Digital Humanities.” Buttrey is deeply involved in international work. Recently, he has held visiting professorial positions in Nigeria, Brazil, France, Poland, Germany and Japan. He will speak on his work with undergraduate students in the Engineers without Borders program, working in Cameroon and Guatemala. Engineers without Borders is a non-profit, humanitarian organization of dedicated and enthusiastic students and professionals who believe everyone should have access to adequate sanitation, safe drinking water and resources to meet their basic needs.

Sept. 16: Artist Kirk Moldoff of Princeton, N.J., a member of the Association of Medical Illustrators, and Roger Wagner, professor emeritus of biological sciences. Moldoff has painted covers of such magazines as National Geographic, Smithsonian, and various medical journals. He has produced numerous illustrations for groups like the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation and Alzheimer’s investigators. He will speak on his approach to “Macroscapes” that range from the molecular and cellular level to the whole human body. Wagner continues to publish incredible microscopic images of medical importance. His images too have been featured on the covers of numerous journals. He will speak about images on his website, “The Exquisite Beauty of Life.”

Sept. 23: Babatunde Ogunnaike, dean of the College of Engineering, and Patricia A. DeLeon, Trustees Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences. Ogunnaike was recently elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is “noted for his contributions to advances in process systems, process engineering practice and systems engineering education.” He is also an expert on statistics as recognized by his popular text on engineering statistics, Random Phenomena: Fundamentals of Probability and Statistics for Engineers. Ogunnaike will speak on a case study of “In vitro Fertilization and Multiple Births,” namely how many eggs should be fertilized and implanted to maximize the probability of producing a viable offspring. DeLeon, who has served on the University’s Board of Trustees and with the Diversity and Equity Commission, will speak on her research on “Male Factor Infertility/Subfertility.” President Barack Obama honored DeLeon for her work in science, math and engineering teaching and mentoring as a Presidential Award for Excellence recipient. She has also served as chairperson of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE).

Sept. 30: Lynnette Overby, professor of dance, and Cole Galloway, professor of physical therapy, will share their mutual love of helping young children learn through movement. Overby will speak on the ArtsBridge project that helps young children learn science and mathematics through the arts. She is the past president of the National Dance Association and of the Michigan Dance Council, and the co-author of Interdisciplinary Learning Through Dance: 101 MOVEntures, a series of lesson plans published in 2005. Galloway is a founding member of the Delaware Design Institute: Social Innovation and Design. As a physical therapist and developmental scientist, Galloway understands that the basic movement behaviors of toddlers are more than just movements -- the continuous stream of activity is a complex “exploratory engine” that children use to build bigger, better bodies, construct more complex brains, form their first friendships and lay the foundation for school readiness. He will speak on his renowned “GoBabyGo” project that helps young children investigate the world and socialize with their peers.

For further information on the series, contact Kimberly Doucette at 302-831-6400.

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