On Wednesday, February 27th, Dr. Scott Niezgoda from Saint Joseph's University's Chemistry Department shared his excitement for fascinatingly small particles. Using his expertise in material sciences, he showed us just how small the nanoscale dimension is and how sophisticated science technology has become to be able to see things even as small as an ATOM! His talk brought us deeper and deeper into the world of the nanoscience with microscopy images and real-life examples of how nanotechnology will be shaping your life in the not-so-distant future.
What Makes Us Unique? Using evolutionary bioinformatics to understand the link between gene sequence and function
On Tuesday, January 22nd, Professor David Liberles (https://sites.temple.edu/liberles/) discussed us how even the slightest change in a gene sequence can lead to big changes in an organism's "phenotype"- an observable characteristic such as physical appearance or biochemical function. He shared with us the how and why scientists study genetic mutations and species divergence to better understand the worlds around us.
On October 24th, Dr. Richard Tolin, a practicing gastroenterologist from Main Line Health with over 40 years experience and an active member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, shared his insight on how the changing global environment is affecting our health, nutrition, and water quality and access as PA residents.
On March 22nd Dr. Elaine Terry talked about the early exploration of space by various cultures, the Race to Space, human computing, and the role that women played at NASA focusing on the stories of the three African American women from Hidden Figures. SJU's History Professor, Dr. Katie Sibley, gave a brief talk describing the era in which these events took place.
Dr. Daniel Himmelstein (http://dhimmel.com/), a data scientist currently working out of the University of Pennsylvania's Greene Lab, shared his story about breaking down the "toll access" publication model, which prevents the public from accessing academic articles. Using computer and data science, Dr. Himmelstein showed how websites like Sci-Hub are already making primary science articles easier to access than ever before!