Engage with local scientists as they discuss their latest research and discoveries in a friendly, inviting environment. These lectures address hot topics on the first Monday of every month, in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. Stay for a special noon documentary showing. 

The Sharp Minds lecture is free with general admission or a Senior Monday ticket.  


 

Lecturers

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Dave Stegman
Oct 7
Astrobiology: The Search for Life
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David Stegman, PhD
Jul 1
How the Indian Continent Broke the ‘tectonic speed limit!’
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Eric Michelsen
Jun 3
Shooting the Moon—Getting Down with Gravity
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Michael Frazier - Sharp Minds
May 6
Metamaterials: What's That?
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Dr. Erin Sundermann
Apr 1
The Role of Sex/Gender & Lifestyle on Alzheiner's Disease Risk
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Melanie Dratva
Apr 1
The Role of Sex/Gender & Lifestyle on Alzheiner's Disease Risk
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An indian woman with shoulder length dark hair wearing a blue checkered collared shirt smiles casually in front of a grey background
Mar 4
Why are women more likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease?
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Save the Date  

How the Indian Continent Broke the ‘tectonic speed limit!’
Jul 1 at 10:30–11:30am

Approximately 70 million years ago, the Indian plate traveled at the fastest speeds ever recorded, before crashing into Eurasia, forming the highest mountain range on Earth—the Himalayas. Dr. Stegman describes the journey as preserved in the Indian Ocean seafloor and modeled by powerful computer simulations of the Earth’s interior. 

Astrobiology: The Search for Life
Oct 7 at 10:30–11:30am

People have often pondered the question of whether we are alone in the universe. More than seeking intelligent life, a fundamental question is whether life of any form exists on other planets or moons. This talk will examine how NASA is seeking out the possibility of life on other worlds—from planets that orbit other stars, to planets and moons in our own Solar System. The answers may also give us understanding of how life came to pass on Earth.

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