The Dresser-Rand Challenger Learning Center will sponsor a three-part lecture series in November called “Exploring Science.”
Slated for the first three Mondays in November, the talks will run in partnership with St. Bonaventure University and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (Pa.), organizers said. The free, collegiate-level lectures are open to the public, center director Fred Welch said.
In addition to high school pupils, Welch expects a mixed audience of college students, professors and science-geared members of the general public. Interested middle school students and parents and guardians are also urged to attend.
The talks, each starting at 6 p.m., are:
• Nov. 3 at St. Bonaventure’s Walsh Science Center amphitheater — Dr. Kevin Miller, a 2008 St. Bonaventure University graduate and employee at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, will give a lecture titled “How I Got to NASA and What I am Doing There.”
• Nov. 10 at the Dresser-Rand Challenger Learning Center, 182 E. Union St., Suite 2 — Dr. Taylor Pancoast, a chemistry professor at Jamestown Community College, will give a lecture titled “If a Tree Falls ...” Organizers said the talk will address the nature of reality and sound.
• Nov. 17 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford's Harriet B. Wick Chapel — Dr. Matthew Kropf, director of the Energy Institute at UPB, will give a talk titled: "The Science of Energy Sustainability". He will explain the scientific metrics used to assess the sustainability of energy development.
“It was great that we could have a way that we could tie our center with Bonaventure and also cross the border to Pitt-Bradford,” Mr. Welch said. “It was pretty cool this year that we’re able to do three lectures at three different locations. People can go to all of them or pick and choose the ones that are closer to them.”
The director said he hopes the audiences — especially high school students — benefit from the speakers’ specific scientific passions.
“It’s beneficial for a high school student to see what a college-level lecturer is like, to get excited about pretty advanced thinking," Welch said. "It’s neat for the student to see a lecturer who is talking about things that they’re not going to see or hear in high school.”
Light refreshments will be provided. Time will be allotted after the presentations for attendees to interact with speakers.
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