Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fall 2012 Science Cafes announced

It is my pleasure to announce the fall schedule for the Rochester Science cafe, now entering its fourth year. We have an exciting run of visiting speakers ready for the fall, and hope to see everyone there starting in a week. As always, Cafes will be held on the fourth Tuesday of each month, in the Community Room of the Pittsford Plaza Barnes and Noble, starting at 7pm, with refreshments provided and ASL interpretation available for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Here is the lineup for the fall:

September 25: Dr. Beverly Berger
Former head of the National Science Foundation's Gravitational Physics Division

Title: Vignettes from Einstein's Theory of General Relativity: Examples of How Science Progresses

Abstract: I will briefly discuss up to five examples from Einstein's Theory of General Relativity. In each case, as appropriate, I will discuss the problem or issue, a (possibly funny) story from my own experience, the resolution or breakthrough, and the current state-of-the-art. The focus will be on lessons learned for the progress of science with the approach (I hope) cultural rather than technical.

On October 23, Dr. Charles Groetsch, the Traubert Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Citadel in Charleston, SC. From the SIAM website "His main teaching interest is the integration of mathematics, history and physical science in the classroom. He is the author of several books, some of which have been published in Japanese and Chinese language editions, and numerous research papers in this area."

On November 27, Dr. Mark Monmonier of Department of Geography and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University will speak about his new book, "Lake Effect: Tales of large Lakes, Arctic Winds and Recurrent Snows", and we will have a book signing immediately afterwards.