NAU Will Have Strong Research Presence at the Flagstaff Festival of Science Sept 20-29
Seven NAU faculty members will be discussing research
findings (much of it their own) at the Flagstaff Festival of Science, which
will be held at various venues in the Flagstaff area from September 20 to
September 29, 2013. The festival will also include an NAU Science &
Engineering Day on Saturday, September 21, from 1 to 4 pm at both the High
Country Conference Center and the Wettaw Biology/Biochemistry buildings.
University professors and students will demonstrate the tools they use in their
research activities—from telescopes to rockets. Admission is free to all of the
festival’s sessions—more than 80 in all.
- On Monday, September 23, at 4 pm at the Lowell
Observatory, Professor Carol Chambers (School of Forestry) will discuss bats,
the delicate night creatures that eat hundreds of insects each night.
- Later on Monday (at 6:30 pm), at the Museum of
Northern Arizona, Catherine Propper, Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate
Programs in Behavioral Endocrinology (Department of Biological Sciences), will
explain how human-made chemicals impact wildlife, especially in the areas of
development and reproduction.
- Also at 6:30 pm on Monday, in the NAU Cline
Library Auditorium, David Engelthaler,
Director of TGen North and NAU Adjunct Research Faculty Member, will discuss
how microbes may already be ahead of Hollywood in his talk “Extreme Pathogens: Can the Zombie Apocalypse
Tuesday, September 24, at 5 pm at the Lowell Observatory, Timothy Titus,
Adjunct Faculty Member (Department of Physics & Astronomy), will discuss
the Martian Polar winter, when temperatures drop to nearly 200 degrees below
zero and the atmosphere, mainly composed of carbon dioxide, freezes into dry
ice and dry ice snow.
- On Wednesday, September 25, at 5 pm, Stephen M. Schuster,
Professor of Invertebrate Zoology (Department of Biological Sciences), will make
a presentation at the Lowell Observatory entitled “Extremes in Marine Life: Why
Males and Females Look Different (Or Not).”
- Later on Wednesday (at 5:30 pm) in the Cline
Library Auditorium, Greg Caporaso, Assistant Professor in Biology and Computer
Science, will discuss advances towards understanding our microbial world.
- On Thursday, September 26, at 6:30 pm in the
Cline Library Auditorium, Regents’ Professor Tom Whitham (Department of
Biological Sciences) will be master of ceremonies for the screening of the
award-winning eco-documentary A Thousand
Invisible Cords: Connecting Genes to Ecosystems.
- In his second presentation at the festival, also
on Thursday at 6:30 pm, at the Museum of Northern Arizona, Timothy Titus will
share the year-long discoveries of the ion-propulsion drive spacecraft Dawn
around the second largest asteroid in the main Asteroid Belt—Asteroid 4 Vesta.
To download the festival tabloid and/or the festival
brochure, which list all of the events, go to http://www.scifest.org/festival-program.htm