Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm
What does it mean to be a habitable planet? How can we find life if it’s truly “alien” and different from life on Earth? And what techniques can we use to search for life on...
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Membrane fusion is a universal process that allows cells to deploy tiny, enclosed, fluid-filled structures called vesicles to store and release packets of active substances.  This system...
Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
An electronic current is made up of the flow of electrons. As engineers shrink electrical transistors down to nanoscale dimensions, electrons get trapped, making it difficult for digital...
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Volcanic eruptions pose an increasing threat to human lives and infrastructure in today's rapidly globalizing world, leading to a need for more-sensitive and accurate tools for detecting and...
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The main focus behind Steele’s research has been the development of scientific and measurement criteria for the unambiguous detection of life in early Earth and Mars samples, and future robotic...
Monday, May 15, 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
We have sought to understand the internal workings of stars for as long as we have done astronomy, with the Sun as our first and best-studied star. Today, the technique of “asteroseismology...
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Naturally occurring gene drive systems rig the inheritance game and cause some genes to be preferentially inherited, “driving” them out into the population. CRISPR gene-editing tools can...
Monday, May 1, 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
How do we find planets orbiting stars other than our Sun? How do we know what they’re made of, or if they’re Earth-like?  Dr. Teske will discuss how exoplanets’ composition is...
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
‘Rocks’ from space have had a profound influence on the evolution of Earth – from the giant impact that created the Moon, to the asteroids that killed off the dinosaurs and, more...
Monday, April 17, 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
The formation of galaxies like our Milky Way involves gravity, dark matter, gases, star formation, and stellar explosions. Theoretical astrophysics is now revealing this complex process by using the...

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