Science and Technology Week celebrates advancements in the field of science and technology, as well as the hardworking, dedicated students and professionals who make those advancements possible. Past keynote speakers include television personality Bill Nye, theoretical physicist Brian Greene and more. Science and Technology Week presentations are free and open to the public.
Details: Monday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. - Old Main Room, Bone Student Center
Speaker: Dr. K. Donald Shelbourne, Pioneer Orthopedic Surgeon
Dr. K. Donald Shelbourne, who has performed more than 4000 ACL reconstructions, is an internationally recognized orthopedic surgeon at the Shelbourne Clinic at Methodist Sports Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a pioneer of orthopedic surgery and his surgical techniques have revolutionized the treatment of knee injuries.
He pioneered the contralateral ACL reconstruction for torn ACL and developed the accelerated ACL reconstruction rehabilitation protocol. This advancement in treatment offers patients the ability to rehabilitate their knee faster with more predictable results. Over 2000 patients have undergone this procedure and most athletes return to their desired sport by 3 months after surgery. In his presentation, Dr. Shelbourne will share his knowledge and expertise on the treatment of knee injuries, specifically injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
Co-sponsored by the School of Kinesiology and Recreation.
Details: Tuesday, April 26 at 2:30 p.m. - Milner Library
Speaker: David Levy
A Conversation with David Levy on Joining Science and Literature: Shakespeare, Eclipses and Changing Ideas of the Cosmos. On October 2, 1605, Londoners were treated to an almost total eclipse of the Sun at around the same time that Shakespeare's King Lear was exploring humanity's relation to the cosmos. "These Late Eclipses in the Sun and Moon" (a passage from the play) begins a sophisticated discussion of that relation, based on real events in the night sky. This is just one example of the richness of astronomical allusions in English Literature that are explored in this presentation, which will be accompanied by illustrations and music.
This presentation will be introduced by Cheryl Elzy, Dean of Libraries and there will be a presentation followed by Q & A with the audience.
David H. Levy is one of the most successful comet discoverers in history. He has discovered 21 comets, eight of them using his own backyard telescopes. With Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker at the Palomar Observatory in California he discovered Shoemaker-Levy 9, the comet that collided with Jupiter in 1994. That episode produced the most spectacular explosions ever witnessed in the solar system. Levy is currently involved with the Jarnac Comet Survey, which is based at the Jarnac Observatory in Vail, Arizona but which has telescopes planned for locations around the world.
Levy is the author or editor of 31 books and other products. He won an Emmy in 1998 as part of the writing team for the Discovery Channel documentary, “Three Minutes to Impact.” As the Science Editor for Parade Magazine, he is able to reach more than 78 million readers, almost a quarter of the population of the United States . A contributing editor for Sky and Telescope Magazine, he writes its monthly “Star Trails” column, and his “Nightfall” feature appears in each issue of the Canadian Magazine Skynews . David Levy has given some 975 lectures and major interviews, and has appeared on many television programs, such as the Today show (4 times), Good Morning America (twice), the National Geographic special “Asteroids: Deadly Impact”, and ABC's World News Tonight, where he and the Shoemakers were named Persons of the Week for July 22, 1994.
Also, Levy has done nationally broadcast testimonials for PBS (1995-present), and for the Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon (1998-1999). He and his wife Wendee host a weekly radio show available worldwide at www.letstalkstars.com. In 2004 he was the Senator John Rhodes Chair in Public Policy and American Institutions at Arizona State University . He has been awarded four honorary doctorates, and asteroid 3673 (Levy) was named in his honor. Levy resides in Vail, Arizona , with his wife, Wendee. After teaching Physical Education in the Las Cruces school district for 26 years, in 1996 Wendee became the manager of Jarnac Observatory, and was promoted to Director in 2004. Wendee is an integral part of our Jarnac Comet Survey, helping to organize the program and scan the images.
Details: Tuesday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. - Braden Auditorium, Bone Student Center
A look at the exciting history of Mars, including Jonathan Swift's prediction of the discovery of two moons in Gulliver's Travels, Orson Welles' War of the Worlds, and the idea that life on Earth might have been seeded from Mars. This lecture is open to the general public including local community, students and faculty. There will be a forty-five minute presentation followed by 15 minutes of Q & A from the College faculty and audience. There will be a book signing in the lobby of Braden Auditorium immediately following the Q & A session.
Co-sponsored by the Alice and Fanny Fell Foundation Trust, Milner Library, and the ISU Credit Union.
Details: Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. - Circus Room, Bone Student Center
Speaker: Donald Kauerauf
Homeland Security in Illinois: A Statewide Response presented by Donald Kauerauf, B.S., Bioterrorism Coordinator, IllinoisTerrorism Task Force. Learn about the State of Illinois' preparation for acts of terrorism. Learn how you can get involved in the State-wide effort to prepare. Learn what you can do for yourself and your family to be better prepared for acts of terrorism.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Health Sciences.
Details: Thursday, April 28 at 2:30 p.m. - Circus Room, Bone Student Center
Join your CAST colleagues for fellowship and to share the year's accomplishments.
Details: Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. - Founders Suite, Bone Student Center
Speaker: Ty Woodin
Energy Conservation and its Impact on Global Warming presented by Ty Woodin an Environmental Engineer with the Caterpillar Corporation. Caterpillar Corporation recently announced plans for a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from their manufacturing facilities by 2010. Caterpillar plans to achieve this goal by switching to more energy-efficient alternative sources. Come and hear how one corporation is fighting global warming and saving money at the same time. If you wish to learn more about this initiative, see Caterpillar's web-site.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Health Sciences.