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Frontiers of Science with Dr. Frank Brown

Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 6:00 p.m. - Frontiers of Science with Dr. Frank Brown! "The Omo-Turkana Basin, East Africa: A Treasury of History" in room 220 of the Aline Wilmot Skaggs Building (ASB) on the U of U Campus!

FRONTIERS OF SCIENCE

with Dr. Frank Brown,
College of Mines & Earth Sciences, University of Utah

The Omo-Turkana Basin, East Africa: A Treasury of History


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Date & Time: Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 6:00pm

Location: 220 Aline Skaggs Building at the University of Utah
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Lake Turkana, the last major lake in East Africa to become known to Europeans, has been studied since the 1900s. Since then, The Omo-Turkana basin has yielded a treasure trove of fossil and anthropological findings, including the only Cretaceous dinosaurs from East Africa, specimens of the Miocene primates, early evidence of bipedalism, the oldest record of stone tools, the oldest known Homo sapiens (195,000 years old), and much more.

In this talk, Dr. Frank Brown will discuss the importance of the Omo-Turkana Basin as a site of historical and contemporary importance for research and technological innovation in paleoanthropology and scientific innovation.

Frontiers of Science is free and open to the public. Please arrive early, as seating and parking will be limited. Click here to learn more about the Frontiers of Science lecture series.

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Tabitha Buehler Receives College of Science Award for Teaching Excellence


Dr. Tabitha Buehler

The College of Science's 2017-2018 Award for Teaching Excellence has been awarded to Dr. Tabitha Buehler, an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. This award recognizes Tabitha's accomplishments in challenging and stimulating the intellectual curiosity of her students.

The department congratulates Dr. Buehler for her accomplishments, as well as commends her for her ongoing dedication and enthusiasm for teaching, education, and outreach!

 

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Science Night Live with Dr. Stefan Patrikis

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 @ 6:00 p.m. - Science Night Live with Dr. Stefan Patrikis! "Symmetry And The Primes" at Keys on Main (242 South Main Street) in downtown Salt Lake!

SCIENCE NIGHT LIVE

"Science Night Live public lectures offer a casual social and educational event in downtown Salt Lake. All events are held at Keys on Main (242 South Main Street), beginning with a social at 5:30 and a lecture at 6:00 p.m. Free and open to the public! Must be 21 years of age or older. Right across the street from the Gallivan TRAX station."

with Dr. Stefan Patrikis,
Department of Mathematics, University of Utah

Symmetry And The Primes

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 6:00pm (Social begins at 5:30pm)

Location:Keys on Main (242 South Main Street)
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First we learn to count; next we learn to multiply. From the interaction of these two elementary operations emerge the prime numbers, the building blocks of the integers.

The patterning of the primes continually reveals itself to be richer than mathematicians could ever have expected. A well-placed application of 18th century number theory exploits the richness of this patterning to build the public-key cryptography algorithms that secure many of our electronic communications. Number theory in the 21st century, while still grounded in the study of the primes, takes form through surprising connections with geometry, topology, algebra, and analysis, and even suggests bizarre and tantalizing analogies with fundamental physics.

These astonishing connections express previously hidden symmetries in the prime numbers, which we are only in the very first stages of understanding. In this talk we will explore how elementary questions of arithmetic lead us to this strange mathematical landscape.

Science Night Live is free and open to the public 21 or over. Please arrive early, as seating and parking will be limited. Click here to learn more about the Science Night Live lecture series.

 

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Frontiers of Science with Dr. Dan Nocera

Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 6:00 p.m. - Frontiers of Science with Dr. Daniel G. Nocera! "The Global Energy Challenge: A Moral Imperative for the University" in room 220 of the Aline Wilmot Skaggs Building (ASB) on the U of U Campus!

FRONTIERS OF SCIENCE

with Dr. Daniel G. Nocera,
Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy Harvard University

The Global Energy Challenge: A Moral Imperative for the University

Date & Time: Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 6:00pm

Location: 220 Aline Skaggs Building at the University of Utah
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Climate change is an existential threat to society as we continue to meet energy demand with carbon-based fuels. Energy demand is set to grow in the coming decades, mostly driven by 3 billion people currently without access to reliable energy and an anticipated 3 billion new inhabitants of our planet by mid-century. Increasing global living standards, expanding access to education, and improving health outcomes are all inextricably linked to a need for greatly increasing access to affordable, reliable energy. Meeting this future global energy need for 6 billion new energy consumers, together with current energy users, with the expanded use of fossil fuels is inconsistent with a low-risk climate pathway; and yet, those fuels often remain the most affordable and widely available despite continued declines in the costs for zero-carbon energy technologies.

Frontiers of Science is free and open to the public. Please arrive early, as seating and parking will be limited. Click here to learn more about the Frontiers of Science lecture series.

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