Tuesday, September 17, 2013

It is my pleasure to announce the full Fall 2013 schedule for the Rochester Science cafe, now entering its fifth year (!). We have an exciting run of 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.

Here is the lineup for the fall:


September 24: Dr. Thomas Eickbush
Professor of Biology, UofR
Title: "Natural History of the Human Genome"

Abstract: The human genome is enormous in size and complexity, yet contains the blueprints for a surprisingly small number of genes. The bulk of our genome appears to be populated with remnants of virus-like elements, suggesting a surprisingly dynamic and intriguing evolutionary history. Is this abundance of DNA part of a fine-tuned machine that we do not yet understand or an indication of massive inefficiency? Either explanation presents a considerable obstacle to the goal of predicting the future health of individuals from their DNA sequence.
Future Talks:

October 22: Dr. Stefan Preble
Associate Professor of Microsystems Engineering &
Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering, RIT
Title: "Optical Computers - Computing at the speed of light"

November 26: Dr. Margot Mayer-Proschel
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Genetics
University of Rochester Medical Center
Title: "Gestational Iron Deficiency"