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Upcoming Events
Wednesday, March 2, Noon,  at The Exploreum
Dr. Errol Crook,  Co-Director of the USA Center for Healthy Communities. He is also a Professor and Abraham Mitchell Chair of Internal Medicine at the University Of South Alabama College Of Medicine and the president of the American Federation of Medical Research.  Topic: “Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes
Wednesday, April 6, Noon, at The Exploreum
Dr. Sytske Kimball, professor, department of Earth Sciences.  Topic: “USA Mesonet”.  This is a network of weather stations of significant relevance to the Gulf Coast. The 26 weather stations are located in coastal counties along the region, measuring 18 different meteorological variables every minute. Data are used for weather forecasting and issuing severe weather warnings, but also for a wide range of non-weather related applications. Examples include climate change, air quality, agriculture, renewable energy, ecosystem protection, air traffic, litigation, etc.
Wednesday, May 4, Noon, at The Exploreum Dr. Bret Webb is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of South Alabama. Bret's research is coastal and estuarine hydrodynamics, which seeks to better describe the impacts of circulation, waves, and increased water levels on civil engineering infrastructure in the coastal environment. These research areas require expertise in field and lab experimentation, data analysis, and hydrodynamic modeling.  Topic:  of a personal watercraft to collect data on water quality, hydrocarbon distributions, bathymetry (water depth), and water movement (flow and discharge) in coastal areas.
Wednesday, June 1, Noon, at The Exploreum Dr. Julio Turrens,  Associate Dean, Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Helath Professions.  Topic: “Bioethics: thinking about moral dilemmas in biology and medicine"
Past Events
Thursday, April 24, 2008, 3:30pm
Life Sciences Building
Talk: Why Are They Putting Genes In My Food? The Use of Biotechnology in Agriculture, Dr. Greg Traxler
(Dr. Greg Traxler's CV), Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Auburn University.
Thursday, October 19, 2006, 4:00pm
Medical Sciences Building (1st floor auditorium)
Talk: Unlocking the mystery of  Columbia's Tragic Accident Through Forensic Analysis, Dr. Sandeep Shah, NASA, Huntsville.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006,
Instructional Laboratory Building (ILB) 140
Talk: "Perhaps I might explain this..." : The Toys and Humor of  James Clerk Maxwell,
Professor Dan Silver, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, USA.

Abstract: James Clerk Maxwell is remembered by generations of physics students for his profound insights about electricity and magnetism, summarized in a series of daunting equations. Maxwell also left  behind a collection of serious toys and a string of commendably funny  poems. We take a look at Maxwell's toys and humor, finding clues  about his modes of thought.
February 16, 2007,
Mobile Public Library,
(West Regional Br.)
1st Science Café: Global Warming
Speakers: Keith Blackmwell, Sytske Kimball & Ron Kiene
October 12, 2007,

College of Medicine
conference room
2nd Science Café: Breast Cancer
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. This is an open forum for informal discussions to address any queries regarding the management of breast cancer. This is an opportunity to listen to clinicians and researchers on various aspects of breast cancer, including surgical management of breast cancer, advances in the treatment of breast cancer and breast cancer research.
Dr. Lynn Dyess, Professor, Surgery Departmentb
Dr. Hung Khong, Interim-Chief, Medical Oncology Servicea,b
Dr. Adam Riker, Chief of Surgical Oncologya,b
Dr. Rajeev S. Samant, Assistant Professor, Oncologic Sciencesa,b
Dr. Lalita R. Shevde-Samant, Assistant Professor, Oncologic Sciencesa,b
Dr. Raymond Wynn, Chief, Radiation Oncology Servicea,b
 (a)Mitchell Cancer Intitute, (b)University of South Alabama

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