Friday, March 11, 2011

Year of Science lectures available online


Last month the College hosted four free lectures in honour of the provincial government's Year of Science.

Hundreds of faculty, staff, students and members of the public streamed through the doors of the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre, New Westminster Campus, to listen to experts speak on matters relating to climate change, nanotechnology, psychiatric disorders and more.

If you missed any of the lectures - or would like to revisit them - they are just a click away.

Here's a breakdown of the presentations:

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." 

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.

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. 

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.