Thursday Night Lectures
All events are from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Genetic Engineering

Dr. Scott Tilley
Harris Auditorium
April 26, 2018

For the first time, humans are able to change their own genome. Technically, this development is an incredible scientific advancement. Are we on the path of improved health and increased longevity? Or are we revisiting the Island of Doctor Moreau?


Disagreements: Is There a Path to Lessening the Severity of Disagreement in Politics and Society at Large?

Dr. Andrew Aberdein
Center for Aeronautics and Innovation
May 10, 2018

Public life is ever more polarized, and disagreements all the more divisive. But disagreement itself has become the focus of a lively research area in philosophy and psychology. What can this research tell us about how we address disagreements in our own lives? What strategies can we use to make disagreements less disagreeable?


Do Plants Think? Seemingly Random Root Patterns Are Actually Strategic

Dr. Andrew Palmer
May 24, 2018

Plants use chemistry to create a highly accurate map of the road ahead for a particular root – the same chemistry that people once employed to develop black-and-white photos Though it may look haphazard, the network of intertwining plant roots snaking through the soil actually represents a deliberate process. Root growth is guided by chemical snapshots taken by young roots, allowing them to detect obstructions and coordinate the paths they take. Dr. Palmer presents new research led by Florida Institute of Technology.


Aviation Tour

Nick Galli
June 14, 2018

Lifelong will meet at the Center for Aeronautics and Innovation at 6:00 p.m., then travel just around the corner to the College of Aeronautics Emil Buehler Center for Aviation Training and Research. We will tour the facility and the flight line, have an opportunity to see all the FIT planes and learn all about Florida Tech’s Airline Pilot Training program from Nick Galli, student services manager. We will then return to the CAI building to tour the simulation training facility and will even have an opportunity to try flight training on one of the simulators! Florida Tech is the only regionally accredited national university to offer large jet airliner type rating courses for academic credit that may be applied to a four-year bachelor's degree, and this is a very special opportunity to get an inside look at FIT aviation.


Engineered Blood Vessels
Center for Aeronautics and Innovation

Dr. Christopher Bashur
June 28, 2018

Did you know that more than 30 percent of patients with coronary and peripheral artery disease do not have veins that can be used for grafts during surgery? Tissue engineering is used to generate grafts for patients who 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 and why the size of the vessel matters when engineering new tissue. This will include a description of the difference between engineering larger arteries and small capillaries that are found in skin, muscle and other tissue.


Space Entrepreneurship: Past, Present and Future

Dr. Andrew Aldrin
July 12, 2018

Dr. Andrew Aldrin of the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute gives an inside view of where we have been in space and where we are going.


Members' Social and Tony Robbin Exhibit at Foosaner Art Museum

Carla Funk, Director, University Museums
July 26, 2018

Foosaner Art Museum – Members Social and Tony Robbin Exhibit

Tony Robbin has had more than 25 solo exhibitions of his paintings and sculptures since his debut at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1974, and has been included in more than 100 group exhibitions in 12 countries.

Human Factors and How They Impact Safety

Dr. Debbie Carstens
August 9, 2018

Human factors and ergonomics (HF&E), also known as comfort design, functional design and systems, is the practice of designing products, systems, or processes to take proper account of the interaction between them and the people who use them. How does it impact our daily lives and our environment?

Hurricane Season 2018

Dr. George Maul
August 23, 2018

Same as last year, better, worse? What is waiting for us in the Atlantic this year.

The New Florida

Dr. Debbie Lelekis
September 14, 2018

Florida has shifted from a southern frontier state in the 19th century to one of the key locations in studies of the Urban South. What does this mean for people already living in the sunshine state?

Members Dinner Panther Dining Hall

September 27, 2018

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

Dr. Kevin Burke
October 11, 2018

Hollywood film noir offers a dark reflection of the social anxiety lingering in America. You are invited to delve into a melodic world filled with mystery, suspense and excitement and discover music’s role in shaping this unique genre of films!

WHIRL Florida Tech’s Wind and Hurricane Impact Research Laboratory

Dr. Jean-Paul Pinelli
October 25, 2018

What are the effects and impact of wind storms, including hurricanes, tornadoes, and thunderstorms, and other related meteorological hazards (e.g. flooding, and storm surges) on the natural environment and man-made structures.

Functional Genomics of Invasive Species

Dr. Ralph Turnigan
November 8, 2018

Invasive species impose critical threats to ecological and economic systems worldwide. Florida has more invasive species than any other state in the United States; even our marine environment is affected by invasions of exotic species like the venomous lionfish. Dr. Turingan will discuss plans for a novel approach - analyzing the entire genomes of fish species - to predict the magnitude of the threat of potential and actual invasive fish species, and to better understand how well native species perform in response to exotic invaders.

Members Dinner Panther Dining Hall

December 13, 2018

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