How I Befriended a Vampire

On Friday, March 30, Katharina Dittmar (National Science Foundation) discussed her research on co-evolution of blood-thirsty bats, their blood-feeding parasites, and the zoo of microbial symbionts. Integrating molecular genetics, population biology, and systematics, Dr. Dittmar presented an integrative approach to understanding he evolution of complex ecological interactions and its implications for global health across the scale of biological systems, from molecules to ecosystems.

Fossil Fuel: from Paleozoic Past to Geopolitical Present

Oil and gas are some of the most important commodities affecting global market and geopolitical balance today. Despite economic benefits, the exploration of the fossil fuel reserves, their processing, transport, and use have a tremendous impact on the environment and human health on the planetary scale. These resources are finite and non-renewable, with their origin, composition, and distribution resulting from an eon-long geological history. This week’s speaker, Dr. Paul H. Nadeau, a professor of University of Stavanger, Norway, will discuss the way the geological past processes produced the present-day distribution of oil and gas with the glimpse into their significance in the future, with special references to the United States.

Evolution of Hip Hop

Pushing the boundaries of the Science Seminar Series to include human culture, Dr. Aram Sinnreich of American University presented his research on how the changing interpretation of copyright laws and regulations shaped the development of hip-hop from its inception to the present day.

Nano-materials… with Mega Consequences

Moving from the largest animals that have ever lived on Earth (the subject of the last science seminar) to the other side of the size spectrum, the intriguing processes at the atomic scale, NOVA Science Seminar series is proud to present Dr. Ashok Vaseshta (New Jersey City University), who will review state-of-the-art developments in nanotechnology, ranging from anti-terrorism applications to saving the environment from pollution. Join Ashok Vaseshta at the CE Forum at noon this Friday, October 27. Refreshments will be served.

The reinvented NOVA Science Seminar series has a big start… with whales!

We are excited to host a marine biologist, Dr. Matthew Leslie (National Museum on Natural History, Smithsonian), who will share his research on rorqual whales, a family of cetaceans that includes arguably the largest animal that has ever lived on Earth, the blue whale. What could be more grand than this to kick off the new season of NOVA Science Seminars? Please join Matt at the CE Forum at noon this Friday, September 29. Refreshments will be served.