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

What Is That Smell?
The Indian River Lagoon Restoration Project

Dr. John Windsor
Center for Aeronautics and Innovation
Feb 22, 2018

The Indian River Lagoon stretches across 40 percent of Florida’s east coast and is 156 miles in length. It stretches from the Ponce de Leon Inlet in Volusia County to Jupiter Inlet in Palm Beach County. It consists of three lagoons: Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River and the Indian River. What are we doing to protect it and preserve it for generations to come?



Dr. Cliff Bragdon
Center for Aeronautics and Innovation
March 22, 2018

We are developing an inventory of drone swarming and its potential impact on our 500-plus FAA-certified air carrier airports in the U.S. is significant. Is drone technology rapidly becoming an aerial threat to transportation systems?


What Lies Behind the Eyes:
From Perception to Cognition

Dr. Nasri Nesnas
Center for Aeronautics and Innovation
April 12, 2018

Vision is inarguably our most dependable of the major senses. Without it, you would not be reading this sentence. Scientific research has come a long way from early fifth century BCE ideas that our eyes emanate rays onto objects, allowing us to see them, to the details of vision down to the molecular level. The journey of light traveling to the eyes followed by neuronal signaling to the brain will be discussed. The role of chemistry in learning about these discoveries will also be presented, along with the recent advances in using light to control the brain.


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?


Engineered Blood Vessels
Center for Aeronautics and Innovation

Dr. Christopher Bashur
May 24, 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.


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