The Frontiers of Science lecture series brings eminent scientists from around the world to the University of Utah and the Salt Lake City community. Lectures start at 6 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
Aline Wilmot Skaggs Building, Room 220 (map)
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Tickets are not required for this event. Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early.
For more information contact Paige Berg by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Pioneers of Science: Ten Thousand Pages That Shook the World
Luise Poulton, Managing Curator Rare Books, Special Collections University of Utah Marriott Library
Euclid’s Elements of Geometry was first printed in 1482, just as soon as one of the early masters of movable type figured out how to do it. Not only does the Marriott Library have this first edition, but also first editions of books by other pioneers of science: Isaac Newton, Johannes Kepler, Galileo, Antoine Lavoisier, Carl Gauss, Charles Darwin, Michael Faraday, Louis Pasteur, Marie Curie, and more. Each of these books has its own story to tell. Together they give insight into the communication, conversation, collaboration, and controversy that made science possible: a revolution that has been going on in print for more than five hundred years.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
“How” Sustainability will be (is) Realized
Francis R. McAllister, Sustainability and Mining Advocate & Director of Weather/Satellite Startup
The concept of Sustainability as outlined in the 1987 United Nations “Brundtland Report” defines sustainability as sustainable development; and sustainable development as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Thus, Sustainability is the anticipated continuing result generation to generation.
Three Pillars of Sustainability were subsequently fashioned as an instrument for outlining a picture of sustainability. The three pillars include economic, social, and environmental sustainability elements. If any one pillar is weak then the system as a whole is unsustainable.
In this approach sustainability is examined by "What" it is, or “What” it looks like. However, one might conclude that “What” Sustainability is, or “What” it looks like, differs from “How” Sustainability is to be attained.
In considering “How” sustainability is to be attained, focus shifts to a proposition encompassing six essentials (or pillars) that include: 1. People, 2. Natural Resources, 3. Innovation, 4. Human Accord, Peace, Getting Along, 5. Leadership, and 6. Integrity.
A Case for “How Sustainability will be attained” will examine these six essentials. It is apparent that two of the six essentials are paramount to those in the College of Science – Natural Resources and Innovation. The examination will detail why all six essentials are paramount.
Thursday, December 7, 2017
The Story of Earth: How Life and Rocks Co-evolved
Dr. Robert Hazen, Senior Staff Scientist at the Carnegie Institution’s Geophysical Laboratory & Clarence Robinson Professor of Earth Science at George Mason University
The story of Earth is a 4.5-billion-year saga of dramatic transformations, driven by physical, chemical, and—based on a fascinating growing body of evidence—biological processes. The co-evolution of life and rocks, the new paradigm that frames this lecture, unfolds in an irreversible sequence of evolutionary stages. Each stage re-sculpted our planet’s surface, each introduced new planetary processes and phenomena, and each inexorably paved the way for the next. This grand and intertwined tale of Earth’s living and non-living spheres is only now coming into focus.
Thursday, Febuary 1, 2018
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Safeguarding Heritage Sites in the Middle East
Dr. Blythe McCarthy, Andrew W. Mellon Senior Scientist, Department of Conservation and Scientific Research of Freer & Sackler. The Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art
Damage to archaeological and historic sites is ongoing on a grand scale in the Middle East due to the current conflicts in the region. Ranging from ISIL’s full-scale destruction of Palmyra to looting of artifacts at archaeological sites, every instance of damage results in lost opportunities to learn about previous cultures. Loss of cultural heritage also has societal and economic implications as heritage can be used as a peacebuilding tool to bring together those of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds and act as a resource for cultural tourism. World-wide, people are working to do what they can to preserve what remains and discourage further destruction. Activities underway include efforts to document buildings and sites and their destruction, to carry out protective measures such as sandbagging mosaics for stabilization, and to train Iraqis in conservation techniques to help them take an active role in the preservation and restoration of their heritage. In this lecture, Blythe McCarthy of the Smithsonian’s Freer|Sackler will discuss these and other aspects of programs to protect and preserve cultural heritage in Iraq and Syria that she worked on during her recent experience as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Department of State's Cultural Heritage Center.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Charting New Territory in Neurodegeneration
Ryan J. Watts, PhD
CEO, Denali Therapeutics
Neurodegeneration is one of the largest medical challenges of our time. Recent human genetic and cell biological insights into the causes and progression of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lewy body dementia, ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases is offering new territory for the discovery and development of effective medicines. At Denali Therapeutics, Dr. Watts is leading a team of scientists and clinicians focused on inventing disease-modifying therapies to halt neurodegeneration. Denali is elucidating the biological mechanisms of four pathways with direct links to neurodegeneration. Understanding these pathways is leading to the discovery of biomarkers and therapies to treat disease. Nevertheless, a major barrier to developing neurological disease medicines has been the body’s own defense mechanism, known as the blood-brain barrier (BBB), which has evolved to protect the brain from toxins. In addition to pursing new targets, Denali is engineering medicines to cross the BBB and access disease targets in the brain.