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Origins Science Scholars

Origins Science Scholars

The Origins Science Scholars Program is presented by Siegal Lifelong Learning and the Institute for the Science of Origins (ISO), a partnership of several Northeast Ohio research and educational institutions, led by Case Western Reserve University.

In this unique program, members of the community engage with each other and with leading scholars to investigate rapidly developing areas of origins science. Each evening begins with a presentation by a world-class researcher, followed by complimentary dinner and open discussion among all of the participants.

Asteroids

Neutrino World 
April 18 
Glenn Starkman, Professor of Physics and Astronomy; Director, Institute for the Science of Origins, CWRU 
Location: Cleveland Museum of Natural History 

Neutrinos may be oddest of all the fundamental particles of nature. Almost a century after their prediction, and sixty years after they were first detected (by a future chair of the CWRU Physics department and his collaborators), we know that they come in three varieties (flavors) that change into one another as they travel through space, but we have yet to measure their masses or other important properties. We will learn what we do know about neutrinos and how we learned it, and highlight some of the most interesting remaining mysteries. 

Alien Worlds and the Origin of Science 
April 25 
Paul Butler, Staff Scientist, The Carnegie Institution for Science 
Location: Tinkham Veale University Center, CWRU Campus 

Over the past 20 years more than a thousand extrasolar planets have been found! Dr. Butler and his collaborators are building precise systems to survey the nearest stars and have found hundreds of planets, including 5 of the first 6 planets, the first saturn-mass planet, the first neptune-mass planet, the first terrestrial mass planet, and the first multiple planet system. In August 2016, they announced the discovery of a potentially habitable planet around the nearest star, Proxima Centauri. This discovery highlights the latest statistical evidence from Kepler and ground-based Doppler surveys that some 30% of stars have potentially habitable planets! 

The Elusive Neutrinos: 60 Years of Measuring the Least Interactive Particle 
May 2 
Ben Monreal, Associate Professor of Physics, CWRU 
Location: Tinkham Veale University Center, CWRU Campus 

Neutrinos were first detected in 1956 coming out of a nuclear reactor at Savannah River, South Carolina, by Clyde Cowan and Fred Reines, soon thereafter chair of Physics at CWRU, who won the 1995 Nobel Prize for this discovery. Since then, we have discovered that there are three flavors of neutrino--electron, muon and tau. We have detected them coming from the sun, but only at half the rate we expected, and from a distant supernova, right here in Cleveland. We have learned that one flavor of neutrino can turn into another, a mixing phenomenon that strongly suggested very unexpectedly that they have mass. We have yet to detect that mass despite decades of trying, but a new technique may allow us to pin down the electron neutrino's mass by very carefully measuring the neutrinos produced in the decay of tritium, the heaviest isotope of hydrogen. Unless the cosmologists beat us to it. 

Extreme Evolution 
May 9 
Patricia Princehouse, Director, Program in Evolutionary Biology; Outreach Director, Institute for the Science of Origins 
Location: Tinkham Veale University Center, CWRU campus 

The polar seas are home to a stunning array of unusual animals with unique adaptations such as icefish, whose blood contains an antifreeze solution they make within their bodies. Weird organisms eke out an existence deep within hot springs. How do such quirks, oddities and anomalies evolve? How can the blind process of natural selection produce such successful adaptations? 

Advanced Medical Imaging Technologies 
May 16 
Peter Faulhaber, Professor of Radiology, CWRU; Director, Clinical PET University Hospitals 
Location: Tinkham Veale University Center, CWRU campus 

Where once there were just X-rays, now there is a wide range of imaging technologies applicable to different tissues and different diagnostic purposes. In this session, we will learn the latest about Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET). There are even combined machines, such as PET/CT. What are they? How are they used, alone or in combinations in oncology, neurology, and cardiology? What does the future hold for medical imaging? 

Using Holograms to Change How We Look at the World 
May 23 
Mark Grisworld, Director of the Interactive Commons and Professor of Radiology, CWRU 
Location: Cleveland Museum of Natural History 

Virtual reality has become interactive! New technologies such as the Microsoft HoloLens are allowing us to augment our daily experience of the world with holograms that add education, design and entertainment to our lives and work. 

Where are the Magnets in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)? 
May 30 
Mike Martens, Professor of Physics, CWRU 
Location: Cleveland Museum of Natural History 

The answer is both in the MRI machine and in your body! Learn about the giant magnets in the MRI scanner, the tiny magnets in your body, and how they interact with each other to form the beautiful images we see today.

 

Program Schedule
Tuesdays, April 18–May 30
5:30 p.m. –Coffee and Sign-In
6:00 p.m. –Lecture
7:00 p.m. –Dinner with OSS Faculty and Fellows
7:30 p.m. –Q&A and Dessert

Members: $172 for series of seven; $40 per lecture | Nonmembers: $195 for series of seven; $48 per lecture.

Friends of the Institute for the Science of Origins are eligible for member rate for this program. 

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Tuesday, May 23 | 5:30 p.m.

 

Mark Grisworld, Director of the Interactive Commons and Professor of Radiology, CWRU 

 

Virtual reality has become interactive! New technologies such as the Microsoft HoloLens are allowing us to augment our daily experience of the world with holograms that add education, design and entertainment to our lives and work. 

 

Program Schedule:
5:30 p.m. – Coffee and Sign-In
6 p.m. – Lecture
7 p.m. – Dinner with OSS faculty and fellows
7:30 p.m. – Q&A and Dessert

 

Cleveland Museum of Natural History | Members: $40; Nonmembers: $48 | REGISTER >

 

Tuesday, May 30 | 5:30 p.m.

 

Mike Martens, Professor of Physics, CWRU

 

The answer is both in the MRI machine and in your body! Learn about the giant magnets in the MRI scanner, the tiny magnets in your body, and how they interact with each other to form the beautiful images we see today.

 

Program Schedule:
5:30 p.m. – Coffee and Sign-In
6 p.m. – Lecture
7 p.m. – Dinner with OSS faculty and fellows
7:30 p.m. – Q&A and Dessert

 

Cleveland Museum of Natural History | Members: $40; Nonmembers: $48 | REGISTER >