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Science Night Live New Location

NEW LOCATION: Sky Lounge (149 Pierpont Ave, Salt Lake City)

Science Night Live public lectures offer a casual social and educational event in downtown Salt Lake. All events are held at the Sky Lounge, 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.

For more information contact Paige Berg by email at

Next Lecture:  

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Spinning into the Future

Sarah Li, Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy

Computers, cellphones, and other electronics have become more powerful, faster, and smaller. Many people think that the capability of electronics grows continuously forever, and try to keep up with the best technology by buying the newest gear and gadgets. However, the inevitable trend is that the current information technology based moving electron charges around is approaching its limits in speed and miniaturization. Fortunately, electrons also have the property called “spin”, which we can use to record information and do calculations. Harnessing spin could play a key role in the future of electronics, such as quantum computation and artificial intelligence. I will show examples of spintronic experiments on the intriguing spin and how it will be useful in future applications.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Bringing Waste Heat to the Forefront of Energy

Luisa Whittaker-Brooks, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Unlike solar energy, thermal energy could provide a limitless source of electricity that could power our planet all day long, regardless, if it is raining or cloudy.  Here, we will discuss our recent findings towards enhancing the power conversion efficiency of waste heat recovery materials and devices.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Paradoxes, Surprises, and Mistakes in Probability: Correcting our Naivete

Sean Lawley, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

From political elections to personal finance to public policy, probability affects us all. Probability is also full of surprises. In this talk, we will explain several paradoxes and big mistakes in applications of probability to everyday life. Along the way, we will try to correct our (often faulty) intuition.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Brains Don’t Play Dice – or do They?

Sophie Caron, Assistant Professor of Biology

Animals are endowed with a range of sensory systems that gather information about the outside world. This information is processed by the brain and, sometimes, stored as a memory. Animals constantly use memories of past experiences to adjust their behavior. The smell of a nutritious fruit, for instance, will become attractive while that of a sickening chemical will be avoided. We know a great deal about how sensory input is received and processed by various sensory organs but we know much less about how experiences are stored as memories in the brain. How the brain — and in particular neuronal networks — is organized to provide both the flexibility and specificity required for memory formation is the topic I will be discussing. 

Last Updated: 8/21/17