Thursday, January 27, 2011

Fire up your left brain at four free lectures

Ready to give your left brain a workout while learning about some of the most topical and controversial  theories and technologies of our time?

As part of the province's Year of Science, the Faculty of Science and Technology at Douglas College presents four lectures on topics ranging from climate change, to nanotechnology and more. All are free, open to the public and take place at the New Westminster Campus over the next month.

Feb. 4 - Where Darwin meets Freud: psychosis and autism as diametrical disorders of the social brain  Bernard Crespi, a professor of biological sciences at SFU, delivers his groundbreaking theory that psychiatric disorders such as autism and psychosis have a shared genetic basis. The New York Times hailed Crespi's theory as providing "psychiatry with perhaps its grandest working theory since Freud."  Reception 6pm; Lecture 7-8pm, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre (room 4100)

Feb 11 - Towards a Healthy Environment Using Coal, Oil and Gas: What are the long-term implications to climate change?  William Gunter, an expert in geochemical processes and their impact on the environment and on the oil and gas industry, speaks on how capturing carbon dioxide and burying it underground can mitigate the effects of climate change.  Lecture 3-4pm; Reception 4:30-6pm, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre (room 4100)

Feb 18 - Designer Nanomaterials: materials to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow  Ever wonder what nanoscale materials are or what role they might play in your everyday life? Join Byron Gates, associate professor of chemistry at SFU, for a discussion on how these materials are becoming increasingly important in new technological developments - and the controversies surrounding them.  Lecture 1-2:30pm; Reception 2:30-4pm,  Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre (room 4100)

Feb 25 - Stinks & Bangs  Join the Science in Action team from SFU as they turn water into wine, make things go bang, coax solutions into magically changing colour and much, much more in this truly Scienctacular Show.  Lecture 1-2pm, Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre (room 4100)

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