Spring 2014 Events
Alternative Energy Career Conversation
February 14, 2014 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Adams Hall, Room 111 (Common Room)
Are you interested in learning more about a career in the alternative energy field - from wind power to solar and hydro? Join three Bowdoin alums for pizza and a discussion of their work in the alternative energy field. They will also talk about how they got into the field, and give advice to students.
They have experience in financing, regulatory compliance and environmental assessments. There will be plenty of time for Q & A's and informal discussion with the panelists.
Trevor Peterson '02, Project Manager, Senior Wildlife Biologist, Stantec Consulting
Katie Chapman '07, Project Manager, EDP Renewables
Abriel Ferreira '10, Pricing and Product Manager, Competitive Energy Services
Co-sponsored by Career Planning and the Environmental Studies Program
Volcanoes and the Great Dying: The End-Permian Extinction.
February 24, 2014 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 016
"Volcanoes and the Great Dying: The End-Permian Extinction", a talk by Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Mineralogical Society of America Distinguished Lecturer. Around 252 million years ago the Siberian flood basalts intruded into and erupted onto the Siberian craton, producing about three million cubic kilometers of lava. The flood basalt event is among several possible causes for the end-Permian extinction, the largest extinction in Earth history.
"Galileo's Reading" Book Presentation by Crystal Hall
February 27, 2014 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room
Crystal Hall, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities with the Digital and Computational Studies Initiative, shares Galileo Galilei's insults written for philosophers and inspired by Italian poets with a reading from her new book. Also, in celebration of Galileo's 450th birthday and 404th anniversary of his observation of the moon and Jupiter, attendees will partake in a live demonstration using Galileoscopes. These telescopes allow one to view things the same as Galileo.
Crystal Hall holds a PhD and an MA in Italian from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research and teaching draw from the interdisciplinary crossroads of Italian literature, early modern science and philosophy, and digital studies. The research for Galileo's Reading generated the material for her digital humanities project "Galileo's Library" and the conclusions she reached while writing the book are allowing her to test new tools for large-scale text analysis in multilingual bodies of work.
Sponsored by Bowdoin's Digital and Computational Studies Initiative.
Dark Matter - Brooks Thomas
February 28, 2014 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315
Almost all of the matter that we're familiar with in our everyday lives is made up of protons, neutrons, and electrons. However, one of the most shocking realizations of the past century is that the vast majority of the matter in the universe is actually made of something else entirely - something so mysterious it has been dubbed "dark matter."
Research in this area sits at the border between high-energy physics, astrophysics, and cosmology, and physicists are very excited that we are now entering a pivotal decade when we will finally be able to "see this dark matter and explain its properties.
In this talk, Prof. Thomas will review the history of dark matter, explain why we believe it exists, and outline the diverse experimental and theoretical approaches that physicists are currently taking towards shedding light on dark matter and finally cracking this mystery.
National Climate Seminar: "Desalination as Adaptation?"
March 5, 2014 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Adams Hall, Room 103 (ES Room)
Bring your lunch and join us for this conference call with the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, and Micha Tomkiewicz,of Brooklyn College.
Micha Tomkiewicz is professor of physics at Brooklyn College; professor of physics and chemistry in the School for Graduate Studies of the City University of New York; and director of the Environmental Studies Program and the Electrochemistry Institute at Brooklyn College. Previously, he was divisional editor, Journal of the Electrochemical Society (1981-91); chairman, Energy and Technology Division, the Electrochemical Society (1991-93); and member, International Organizing Committee of the conferences on Photochemical Conversion and Storage of Solar Energy (1989-92).
The Mystery of Dark Matter: Kibbe Lecturer Blas Cabrera
April 3, 2014 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315