2017 Presentations
All events are from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Criminal Minds – The TV Show Isn’t Real, But What I Do Sure Is!

Dr. Julie Costopoulos
Center for Aeronautics and Innovation
July 27, 2017


Americans are fascinated by criminals; there are approximately 106 TV shows about crime currently airing. However, most of them give outlandish descriptions of super-hero like profilers who can tell you about the childhood of the culprit using nothing more than a gum wrapper. This talk will cover the real utility of criminal motivation in the justice system, including some cases with unusual motivations from the speaker’s work in forensic psychology, describe some challenges and successes managing mentally ill offenders and how FIT’s forensic psychology program is contributing to this social need.


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Tissue-Engineered Grafts for Patients: The Importance of the Local Environment

Center for Aeronautics and Innovation
August 10, 2017

Tissue engineering is used to generate grafts for patients that need surgical replacement tissue, including the more than 30 percent of patients with coronary and peripheral artery disease who do not have veins that can be used for grafts during surgery. Dr. Bashur will discuss what vascular tissue engineering is, how close tissue-engineered grafts currently are to being used in hospitals and what some of the current strategies are to produce a graft. He will also explain the importance of the local cellular environment using the research in his lab as examples.

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GMOs 101: An Introduction to Genetically Modified Foods

Center for Aeronautics and Innovation
August 24, 2017

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are a divisive topic in our society, often eliciting extreme responses from people either in support or opposition. However, most of us do not really understand how these products differ from traditional breeding, their potential benefits or the concerns held by some researchers. Tonight we will discuss the techniques behind GMO production, dispel some commonly held misconceptions and envision the future of our world’s agricultural programs.

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Hearing the Dark: Music’s Narrative Functions in Hollywood Film Noir

Center for Aeronautics and Innovation
September 14, 2017

Hollywood film noir from the 1940s and early 1950s offers a dark reflection of the social anxiety lingering in America after WWII. Much scholarship has attributed this developing style not only to the plots and characters, but also to innovations in cinematography and lighting. Little research, however, has directly considered music’s role in shaping this unique genre of films. This presentation spotlights several musical deviations from conventional Hollywood practice in scenes from Double Indemnity (1944), Detour (1945), The Third Man (1949), and D.O.A. (1950). These fissures in sound-image synchronization form paranarrative cues, which feed the prevailing sentiments of expressionism and melodrama.

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Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Or Romeo and Juliet with a Happy Ending

Center for Aeronautics and Innovation
September 28, 2017

Many people are familiar with Shakespeare’s story of the ill-fated love between Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet—perhaps because it is one of the most widely taught plays in high school curriculum—but significantly fewer people are familiar with his comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, written roughly around the same time as Romeo and Juliet. This lecture will provide a concise, yet in-depth investigation of both plays, and attendees will learn how the plot and characters of one play serve as the focus for the other.

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Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias: Research and Treatment in 2017

Center for Aeronautics and Innovation
October 12, 2017

Alzheimer’s disease threatens all of us as we age. But, what determines who is most and least likely to suffer Alzheimer’s in the future, and what can be done to prepare and treat this disease? Dr. Webbe will discuss the nature of this disease, its epidemiology, the most cogent risk factors, available treatments, and breaking research finding.

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Media Ecology: How Media Shape Our Lives

Center for Aeronautics and Innovation
October 26, 2017

 


Over There and Over Here: America Enters World War I

Center for Aeronautics and Innovation
November 9, 2017

One hundred years ago in 1917, the United States opted to enter WWI in Europe and thus discovered the price of being a world power. This presentation will focus on the military challenges American faced in sending a large army to France and preparing it to face the Germans in the trenches and the war’s consequences.

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