Can medical specimens be more than mere objects of study and curiosity?
Sarah Halter, Executive Director, Indiana Medical History Museum
Sarah Halter will discuss the history of the Museum's specimen collection, about the history of the Indiana Medical History Museum's specimen collection, how and why they were collected in the early 20th century at the Pathological Department of Central State Hospital, their contribution to current research on schizophrenia, and our new efforts to "rehumanize" them..
How to create a drug epidemic
Dan Rusyniak, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Indiana University
In 2016, more Americans died from drug overdoses than died in the entire Vietnam war. How did we get to this point? This talk will focus on the role of physicians, hospitals, regulatory agencies, and the pharmaceutical companies in the current opioid epidemic.
Forensic entomology: from 9th century crime fighting to todays genomic revolution
Christine Picard, Assistant Professor of Forensic and Investigative Sciences, IUPUI
Dr. Picard will discuss the history of forensic entomology, from the first case of its use, how the plague pushed the science behind it, to todays current scientific advances in the pursuit of justice.
Forensic Analysis of the Skeleton: Making the Bones Speak
Stephen Nawrocki, Professor of Biology and Anthropology, Director of Osteology at the Archaeology and Forensic Laboratory
When decomposed or skeletonized human remains are discovered, a forensic anthropologist is often called in to assist with the investigation. The unique training and skills of the anthropologist help to (1) conduct a controlled archeological recovery of the bones and evidence from the crime scene, (2) establish the identity of the decedent, and (3) determine how the individual died. This presentation will look at the science of analyzing the skeleton, which is not always presented accurately on television or by the media.
Secrets of Forensic Pathology: Gunshot Wounds
Darin Wolfe, Board Certified Forensic Pathologist
Dr. Darin Wolfe, a board certified forensic pathologist, will discuss the basic physics of gunshots, how wounds are created in human tissues and how the range of the gunshot is determined in legal cases.
Good Vibrations: Music and the Brain
Meganne Masko, Assistant Professor of Music and Arts Technology, IUPUI
Dr. Masko will explain how the brain processes music through the example of brain injury recovery.
Spatial Play and STEM
Sharlene Newman, Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Director of Imaging Research Facility, Indiana University
Play is an important way that young children learn. Playing with spatial toys and engaging in spatial activities may prove to be an essential part of the development of spatial thinking. There are a number of studies that have related spatial play with spatial skill and number processin both of which are important for success in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). I will discuss some evidence in support of the spatial play STEM achievement relationship.
The "Body as Evidence:" Bioarchaeological Investigations of 11,000 Years of Societal Change
Jeremy Wilson, Associate Professor of Anthropology, IUPUI
Walk this way; with apologies to Aerosmith.
DAVID WOLFE, BIOLOGY INSTRUCTOR, UNIVERSITY OF INDIANAPOLIS
Thinking about the biomechanics of human movement; what happens when we "get better" at different movements, how we learn them, and how our injuries and activities are controlled, recorded, and presented.
Sonic Copier: Interpreting and Re-interpreting Sound Objects Through Technology
Jordan Munson, Senior Lecturer of Music and Arts Technology, IUPUI
In this performance presentation, composer, performer, and educator Jordan Munson will demonstrate the use of technology as a compositional tool. Munson will share his fascination with the change of sonic information that occurs as you interpret sound back and forth between digital and analog. Through live performance, he will also demonstrate how sound can be interpreted via visual medium.
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A Science Communicator’s Guide to the Galaxy — the Don’t Panic Edition
Jenna Marston, R&D Communications Specialist and Guest Relations Coordinator, Dow AgroSciences
It’s 2018 and planet Earth is facing challenges like never before. World hunger, climate change and a distracted public may lead to global devastation. Is it time to panic? Not quite. Luckily for us, science is saving the day! However, even the best scientific advancement doesn’t mean anything if the general public doesn’t understand it. This talk will explore how science advocates can better communicate their message in a way that consumers will connect to—so we can support the scientists who are trying to save us all.
A discussion of the evolution of stone tools and
humans: a flintknapping demonstration
Ed Hermann, Research Scientist, Geoarchaeology, Indiana University
Stone tools have been made by our ancestors for at least 2.6 million years. As an enduring artifact type, in many cases, stone tools are all archaeologists have to understand the past. Tool types and production methods have evolved in parallel with our early ancestors. Through stone tool research, archaeologists can learn about our cognitive evolution, how far people traveled, settlement distributions, diet changes through time, chronologies, technological advances, and more. The flintknapping demonstration will offer a glimpse of how stone tools were manufactured, while providing insight into the intellectual challenges of tool production.
Like it or not, it’s getting warmer. How will this change when and where extreme weather events like tornadoes happen? How will disease-carrying insects like mosquitoes move with changing climate? Join us while we talk about what we are learning about the risk of extreme weather and disease in our changing climate.
The universe is YUGE, but much of what makes it tick happens at an infinitesimally small scale. We will talk about how we can change what happens at the ultra-small scale simply by observing it, and about the impressive tools we use to observe the universe in action over massive distances. We promise that no real cats will be harmed, though some imaginary cats will have a very good AND bad time.
The human brain is an interesting place. We will talk about how it helps us make good (or not so good) decisions, and how science is helping us learn how to keep it healthy. We will hear about imaging the brain to understand decision making, and efforts to get medicine through the brain’s protective barrier when brain cancer strikes.