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Fall 2015 Series

All events take place at 7 p.m. at the Beckman Cente rin Irvine, CA. 

October 7, 2015  7:00 p.m.
Balancing Act – The Science and Art of Dance

Dancers encounter a diverse array of neuromechanical challenges with each practice and performance. The science behind how dancers maintain balance in a variety of situations – from balancing on the ball of one foot to retaining control during contact improvisation – will be discussed and demonstrated by dancers from BalletMet Columbus and the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts.  Research in the Human Biomechanics Lab at Denison University, seeks to discover how dancers regain balance while rotating, and the latest findings will be presented.

Melanie Lott, Denison University 

October 13, 2015  7:00 p.m.
Digital Media and Developing Minds

Megan Moreno is a member of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington. Dr. Moreno received her MD degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and also completed a Master’s Degree in Education. Dr. Moreno’s research focuses on ways in which technology can be used towards improving adolescent health with particular interests in social media.

October 27, 2015  7:00 p.m.
Urban Infrastructure

Urban infrastructure systems, such as highways, potable water systems, and the electric power grid, form the foundation for life in the US.  Yet many critical components were designed more than fifty years ago and are reaching the end of their intended service life.  Issues related to managing and improving these complex systems will be discussed.

Sharon Wood, University of Texas, Austin  

November 4, 2015  7:00 p.m.
Cybersecurity and Privacy and the Human Factors Behind It

Society is dependent on networked computer systems and software for everything from running the smart grid that powers your house to social networking with your family and friends. The societal dependency has raised new responsibilities for scientists to develop sound methods and practices to protect computer systems from attack - not just securing systems against lone individuals, but also nation states using computer systems to carry out their political and military agendas – as well as protect the user against privacy threats created by ubiquitous computer systems. This talk will discuss these challenges from the viewpoint of implementing security across layers of abstraction, and designing systems that protect user privacy and that take into account the social, behavioral and economic implications of security.

Daniela Oliveira, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida

November 11, 2015  7:00 p.m.
Art-Science Interface

The Renaissance has been described as an “integrative period” of unified knowledge – a time during which art and science were one.  Homo Universalis, or polymaths, embraced a proficient understanding of art, architecture, science and engineering, leading to a period of wondrous discovery.

This event will showcase some of the exhibits and interactive displays at the Beckman Center as part of the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative 2015 Conference Art and Science, Engineering and Medicine Frontier Collaborations: Ideation, Translation and Realization.  After an introduction by Roger Malina (University of Texas, Dallas) and JD Talasek (Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences), participants will have a self-guided tour of the exhibits to explore how arts, design, sciences, engineering, and medicine can stimulate a  renaissance of  innovation that solves real-world problems; discover how collaborations can engage the public and other scientists and encourage discourse in important issues;examine how creative disruption and aesthetic experience engage the human mind to stimulate creativity and innovation. 

December 9, 2015  7:00 p.m.
Sports head injuries and cognitive aging

C. Munro Cullum, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center



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