University of Houston-Clear Lake’s School of Science and Computer Engineering presents the schedule for the 2013 Physics and Space Science Spring Seminar Series. The series includes experts presenting a variety of topics in sessions beginning Jan. 24 and running through April 18. All lectures are held at 7 p.m. in room 1218 of the university’s Bayou Building, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, 77058.
Offered since 2003 and sponsored by the university’s Physics program, this series of seminar topics have ranged from physics education, interdisciplinary areas with applications for disciplines such as biology or computer science, intellectual property law, science policy, career opportunities for physics majors, advanced physics, astronomy and space science research conducted at UH-Clear Lake, University of Houston, Rice University and NASA.
“We feel that it is part of our responsibility as a university, and a major part of the physics department tradition, to provide this type of education opportunity to the community,” says Associate Professor and Chair of Physics David Garrison.
2013 Physics and Space Science Spring Seminar Series
Jan. 24 – “Have you Ever Considered Being a Seismologist?” presented by Sandra Saldana, geophysicist at Geoscience Technology Group, IRIS Internship Program, Minority Recruitment Speaker Series.
Jan. 31 – “High Density Magnetized Fusion Plasmas” presented by University of Texas at Austin Professor of Physics Roger Bengston.
Feb. 7 – “The Climatic and Hydrologic Evolution of Water on Mars” presented by Lunar Planetary Institute Senior Staff Scientist Stephen Clifford.
Feb. 14 – “By the Light of the Watery Moon: New Discoveries about Lunar Volatiles,” presented by Lunar Planetary Institute Staff Scientist Paul Spudis.
Feb. 21 – “Where Physics and Neuroscience Meet,” by presented Lee College Physics and Engineering instructor Evan Richards.
Feb. 28 – “Physical Theory of the Immune System” presented by Rice University John W. Cox Professor in Biochemical and Genetic Engineering Michael Deem.
March 7 – “Space Radiation Research at Prairie View A&M University” presented by Prairie View A&M Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Center for Radiation Engineering and Science for Space Exploration Richard Wilkins.
March 21 – “Waves in the Earth: An Introduction to Borehole Seismic Geophysics,” presented by Schlumberger’s Data and Consulting Services Borehole Geophysicist Katie Mahoney.
March 28 – “Fluorescence of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes: From Fundamental Studies to Applications” presented by Rice University Professor of Chemistry Bruce Weisman.
April 4 – “Interaction between the Lunar Surface and the Solar Wind” presented by Lunar Planetary Institute Visiting Scientist Georgiana Kramer.
April 11 – “Numerical Cosmology,” presented by UH-Clear Lake Associate Professor and Chair of Physics David Garrison.
April 18 – “Characteristics and Physics of Plasma Detachment in the VASMIR Engine” presented by Rice University doctoral candidate Chris Olsen.
All lectures are free and open to the public. Continuing education credits are available for teachers and engineers or others seeking credits. The cost is $15 per individual seminar, $40 for any three or $99 for the whole series. This year’s first lecture is co-sponsored by IRIS Internship Program, Minority Recruitment Speaker Series. Live recordings of the presentations are available after each seminar.
For more information or to register for continuing education unites, call UH-Clear Lake’s Center for Educational Programs, 281-283-3530. To find out more about the physics program at UH-Clear Lake, visit http://sce.uhcl.edu/physics.
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University of Houston-Clear Lake offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral program, from its four schools, which include the School of Business, School of Education, School of Human Sciences and Humanities, and School of Science and Computer Engineering. For more information about the university, visit http://www.uhcl.edu.