Title: New Expert Line-up of Science Speakers Explores Sharks, NanoScience, Mars and Optics at Rochester Museum & Science Center
Location: 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607
Dates/Times: Selected evenings at 7:30pm (see below). Series starts January 22
Admission: $45 general public series ticket price; $35 RMSC member series ticket price. See below for further pricing details.
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New Expert Line-up of Science Speakers Explores Sharks, NanoScience, Mars and Optics at Rochester Museum & Science Center
ROCHESTER, NY—Sharks, nanoscience, Mars and optics are the exciting topics covered in the new season of the Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge Lecture Series at the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). Community members have the opportunity to learn from an excellent new line-up of expert presenters. The series kicks off at 7:30pm on January 22 with a local expert.
The Science on the Edge Lecture Series has provided insight and understanding about current research in a broad array of topics for a general audience for more than 30 years. Science on the Edge sparks intelligent conversations throughout the community and appeals to a broad audience, whether it's with the technical side of science or the general wonders of our planet and beyond.
The 2014 series includes:
Noninvasive Vision Correction
Wednesday, January 22: 7:30pm
Presenter: Wayne H. Knox, Professor of Optics, Physics and Vision Science, University of Rochester
Knox and researchers have developed a new approach to vision correction that works by changing the ocular material on a microscopic scale with a very short pulse laser. This could lead to replacement of eyeglasses and contact lenses in many cases, and a new kind of direct vision correction that, in contrast to LASIK surgery, does not cut the cornea.
'JAWS' Revisited: New insights into the ecology of the white shark in the North Atlantic
Wednesday, February 5: 7:30pm
Presenter: Gregory Skomal, Ph.D., Marine Fisheries Scientist and Author
There is strong evidence that white sharks have expanded their foraging strategies to include active predation on the North Atlantic gray seal off Cape Cod, Mass. For the first time, researchers have predictable access to white sharks. From 2009-2013, Skomal and the team tagged 39 white sharks off the coast of Cape Cod with coded acoustic transmitters and/or satellite-based tracking tags to examine movements, habitat use, site fidelity, residency and feeding behavior. This research has been featured on Discovery Channel's "Shark Week."
Recent Activities and Discoveries of the Mars Rovers Opportunity and Curiosity
Wednesday, February 19: 7:30pm
Presenter: Robert Sullivan, Senior Research Associate, Cornell University
Two rovers are actively exploring the surface of Mars. The MER Opportunity rover landed 10 years ago for a planned 90-day mission, and has been working hard ever since. The MSL Curiosity rover landed successfully and has been in search of clues about the ancient geologic history of Mars. Explore current activities and the latest discoveries from both rover missions, with implications for the past presence of water on Mars.
The 21st Century Nanotechnology Landscape: Health, Safety, and Nanomedicine Applications
Wednesday, April 16: 7:30pm
Presenter: Sara Brenner, MD, MPH, SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
Nanomedicine holds promise for truly innovative treatments. From an economic perspective, nanotechnology applications are projected to impact nearly every known industry as well as create entirely new industrial clusters. The rapid growth and projected acceleration of nanotechnology also creates urgency in understanding, predicting and managing the potential health risks associated with occupational, environmental and consumer exposures to nanomaterials. Explore Dr. Brenner's research and the impact of nanomaterials worldwide.
Each presentation is followed by a brief reception where visitors enjoy snacks, beverages and meet the presenter. All lectures are held in the Eisenhart Auditorium on the RMSC campus at 657 East Avenue. Ticket prices include:
Series Tickets: RMSC Members: $35 adult, $20 student*; General Public: $45 adult, $25 student*
Single Lecture Tickets: RMSC Members: $14 adult, $7 student*; General Public: $15 adult, $8 student*
*students through grade 12 or college students with valid college ID.
Call 585.697.1942 or visit www.rmsc.org for additional information and to purchase tickets.
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