Science Sundays – Jeffrey R. Childress @ Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theatre
Sep 20 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Jeffrey R. Childress of HGST will present “Science and technology of data storage in the information age”


We know data needs to be stored somewhere — quickly, safely, reliably. Translated into tiny magnetic poles on hard disk drives, or an electric charge inside a silicon chip, enormous amounts of data storage rely on amazing scientific and technological progress in magnetism and nanofabrication. Learn about today’s technology and challenges ahead.


Science Sunday – Tish Shute @ U.S. Bank Conference Theater
Oct 18 @ 3:00 am – 4:00 am

Science Sunday – Tish Shute (THRED) “The Future of Story Telling: What are we going to do with out super powers?”

Sunday, October 18, 2015 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Ohio Union, U.S. Bank Conference Theater
Tish Shute photo

The College of the Arts and Science’s Science Sunday lecture series continues with a  presentation by Tish Shute, Director, Product Experience, THRED, team of talented designers, engineers, entrepreneurs who created genre defining works: SimCity, The Sims, Spore, Carmen San Diego..

Abstract:  Today’s emerging Augmented and Virtual Reality technologies takes computing back to the language of the body, emotions and senses.  This new era of computing is not just about seeing something, but feeling something and making connections — offering a super power that brings new forms of empathy to storytelling.

Science Sunday imageScience Sundays is a series of public lectures is presented by the College of Arts and Sciences and sponsored by the following centers, including two (in bold) that are housed within the department of Physics:

Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD)

Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS)

Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging (CCBBI)

Center for Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (CCAPP)

Center for Emergent Materials (CEM)

Center for RNA Biology (CRB)

Decision Sciences Collaborative (DSC)

Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI)

Science Sundays brings leading-edge work into the lives of hte public with lectures covering diverse topics in science, arts and technology that touch our everyday lives.

Each lecture is followed by a free informal reception in the Ohio Staters Traditions Room of the Ohio Union.

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Science Sundays- Emery Brown @ Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theatre
Sep 18 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Emery Brown

The Rhythms of the Unconscious Brain under General Anesthesia

General anesthesia, a drug-induced reversible coma, allows patients to humanely undergo surgeries and invasive diagnostic procedures. Brown explains that under general anesthesia the brain is controlled by highly organized oscillations. Study of these oscillations resolves the long-standing mystery of general anesthesia and offers new insights into the brain’s fundamental workings.

Emery N. Brown, MD, PhD, Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anesthesia, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and Computational Neuroscience, MIT.


Science Sundays- Richard Petty @ Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theatre
Oct 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Richard Petty

How Confidence Affects Decision Making and Action

Although some people are more confident than others, nearly everyone wants to be more confident.  But why?  What good is confidence?   Petty explains where confidence comes from and the polarizing impact that it can have on our important judgments and behaviors.

Richard E. Petty, Distinguished University Professor of psychology at Ohio State, an expert on the impacts of social influence on judgment and behavior.


Science Sundays- Sian Beilock, University of Chicago @ Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theater
Nov 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sian Beilock

How to perform your best under stress

In an energetic tour of the latest brain science, Sian Beilock explains why we all too often blunder when the stakes are high. She reveals what happens in our brain and body when we experience performance anxiety and shows us how to succeed brilliantly when it matters most.

Sian Beilock, psychology professor and director, Human performance Lab, University of Chicago, is author of the bestseller, Choke.


Science Sundays- Paul McEuen, Cornell University @ Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theatre
Dec 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Paul McEuen

The Future of Small

Small is—put simply—big. Miniaturized electronics has placed incredible computational power literally in the palms of our hands. But a different type of miniaturization, the miniaturization of machines, is now getting underway. McEuen gives us a peek at what’s coming, including ways to construct micro and nano scale machines and how they will affect our lives.

Paul L. McEuen, John A. Newman Professor of Physical Science, Cornell University and director of the Kavli Institute for Nanoscale Science, also pens thrillers; his scientific thriller, SPIRAL, was named debut of the year by International Thriller Writers Assn.


Science Sundays- Laura Cadonati, Georgia Tech @ Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theatre
Jan 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Laura Cadonati

Listening to the Universe with Gravitational Waves

Einstein predicted gravitational waves as ripples in space-time produced by violent astrophysical events. One hundred years later, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) observed gravitational waves from the collision of two black holes. This groundbreaking discovery marks the beginning of a new astrophysics, providing new ways to probe the universe.

Laura Cadonati researches gravitational waves and particle astrophysics. She is associate professor of physics and member of Georgia Tech’s Center for Relativistic Astrophysics.


Science Sundays- Matthew Sullivan @ Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theatre
Feb 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Matthew Sullivan

Understanding ocean viruses may just save the earth and help cure your next ailment

Microbes are now recognized to impact human health, weight, even behavior. However, viruses that infect microbes are everywhere, and those in your body may play particularly important roles, yet remain virtually undiscovered. Sullivan shares the state of the art in studying ocean viruses and relates how that helps us understand viruses in humans, agriculture and industry.

Matthew Sullivan, Ohio State microbiology assistant professor, studies co-evolution of microbe and virus in environmental populations and impact of marine phages on microbe-mediated global biogeochemistry. Sullivan was part of the international Tara Oceans Expedition.


Science Sundays- John Beacom @ Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theatre
Mar 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
John Beacom

Neutrino Astronomy Made Easy

Neutrinos barely exist: They have almost no mass or interactions.  Yet they are blazing forth from the hot, dense centers of nuclear reactors, the Sun, supernova explosions and who knows what else?  If only we could see them!  With new detectors, now we can, but faintly, opening up new vistas, questions and possibilities.

John Beacom is Ohio State professor of physics and astronomy; director, Center for Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (CCAPP); and frequent public speaker and contributor to online publications.


Science Sundays- Cara Malek @ Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theatre
Apr 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cara Malek

How Would A Dragon Fly? The Science & Art of Rigging Animated Characters

Before an animated dragon can fly or a panda can execute a kung fu kick, a character rigger must design and create the digital puppet to bring the character to life. Part anatomy, part computer science, part sculpture, character rigging is a challenging, interesting blend of aesthetics and usability. Malek has 10-years rigging experience and shares how it’s done.

Cara Malek supervises DreamWorks’s Character Technology team, directing rigging on all studio productions. Credits include, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda 2 & 3. She trained at ACCAD, earning an MFA in digital animation from Ohio State’s design department.