The popular Natural and Applied Sciences seminar series, now in its second year, continues to attract interest from students, faculty and staff eager for the chance to learn and socialize every other Friday. NAS offered its final seminar of fall semester, featuring Associate Prof. Michael Zorn, Nov. 30.
Titled “Environmental Sensors for Continuous, In-Situ Water Monitoring in the Great Lakes,” Zorn’s talk explored sensors attached to buoys or moored stations, which can minimize seasonal and weather-related disruptions to data collection, for example. As it usually is for series lectures, ES 328 was packed for Zorn’s address.
The NAS crowd was treated to a different department’s perspective Nov. 16, when Assistant Prof. Christopher Martin, Humanistic Studies, presented “The Rational Structure of the Order of Things.” Martin is one of several faculty members from different disciplines who have spoken as part of the series. The NAS seminars also draw guest lecturers from other universities.
For example, visiting Prof. Joseph Peterson of the UW-Oshkosh geology program, presented “Dinosores — Injury and Behavior in Cretaceous Dinosaurs” as part of the NAS series, Nov. 2. Peterson has studied injuries in dinosaurs species including tyrannosaurus rex, triceratops, and the “thick-headed” pachycephalosaurus. By studying the fossil records and comparing them to modern records, a better understanding of the lives and hazards of dinosaur days can be found. See photos from Peterson’s presentation at the bottom this gallery.
October’s programs included an Oct. 5 presentation by Prof. Heidi Fencl, who describe her work in physics in a presentation titled “The Box and the Boson: Reflections on Teaching Physics Process in an Answers-Oriented World.” On Oct. 19, Prof. Michael Draney adressed “What I’m Trying To Do In Panama.” His focus was developing protocols to assess rapidly dwindling biodiversity, as UW-Green Bay faculty members have been taking students to Central America for several years.
See also a video on the NAS Seminar Series, click here.
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