January 28, 2010
10-019

Jennifer Tanner
Communications Specialist

VSU Hosts Spring 2010 Science Seminar Series

VALDOSTA -- Innovative approaches to renewable energy will be the focus of the first installment of Valdosta State University's Spring 2010 Science Seminar Series, which will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in Powell Hall Auditorium.

Guest lecturer Sean Bartonwill speak about "Solar Chimneys and Inflatable Vacuum Chambers: a new approach in renewable energy." During the presentation, the Florida State University physics professor will discuss the practical, economic and structural aspects of these potential advancements in energy efficiency.

The annual series will continue through the semester with weekly appearances by both VSU professors and visiting lecturers who will focus on a variety of topics including biology, chemistry, psychology and philosophy. Beginning this Thursday and continuing through Thursday, Nov. 19, each will take place at 4 p.m. in the Powell Hall Auditorium. 


Visit http://www.valdosta.edu/cas/scisem/Spring2010.shtml for more information on individual presentations or see below for the weekly list.

* All presentations are held at 4 p.m. on Thursdays in Powell Hall Auditorium

Feb. 4 Undergraduate Research, from Balloons to Europe
Presenter: Dr. Tom Manning, VSU
Hosted by: Chemistry

Feb. 11 Role of mitochondrial dysfunction in cardiovascular diseases
Presenter: Dr. Sergey Dikalov, director of Free Radicals in Medicine Core, Emory University School of Medicine
Hosted by: Chemistry

Feb. 18 Distributed Bipartite Matching and its Applications to Network Switch Scheduling
Presenter: Dr. Krishnendu Roy, VSU
Hosted by: Math and Computer Science

March 4 Adult Mosquito Ecology in Southwestern Georgia
Presenter: Eva Whitehead, Odom School of Ecology, University of Georgia
Hosted by: Biology

March 11 Observations of Cell Phone Use on Pedestrian and Driver Safety
Presenter: Dr. Chuck Talor, VSU
Hosted by: Psychology

March 18 Spring Break -- no seminar

March 25 Sonor Technology as a Philosophy of Science Case Study
Presenter: Dr. Christine James, VSU
Hosted by: Philosophy and Religious Stidies

April 1 TBA
Presenter: Dr. Patricia Timper, USDA-ARS Crop Protection and Management Research Unit, Tifton, Ga.
Hosted by: Biology

April 8 An Emerging Model Organism: Kryptolebias marmoratus, a Hermaphroditic Wonder
Presenter: Dr. Brian Ring, VSU
Hosted by: Biology

April 15 TBA
Presenter: Carl Whittington, doctoral candidate in the Department of Biological Science at Florida State University
Hosted by: Biology

April 22 TBA
Presenter: Dr. Sara Gremillion, Department of Biology at Armstrong Atlantic State University
Hosted by: Biology