spring 2014 SEMINAR SERIES  


Neal-PerryMAPS Meeting Speaker: 

Genevieve Neal-Perry, M.D. Ph.D.

February 10, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Musser Auditorium in Pfahler Hall
Dr. Genevieve Neal-Perry is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health and the Dominick D. Purpura Department of Neuroscience at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Neal-Perry also serves as the Associate Dean for Diversity Mentoring. For further information, please contact Carlita Favero.


 

Fall 2013 SEMINAR series  

Barnard HarrisAn Astronaut’s Perspective:
Healthcare is a Human Right

September 3, 2013
7 p.m.
Lenfest Auditorium in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center
NASA Astronaut Bernard A. Harris Jr., M.D
Defining himself as a “dreamer who believes nothing is impossible,” Dr. Harris is a NASA astronaut, physician and businessman. He currently serves as president of The Harris Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization he founded in 1998 to develop math/science education and crime prevention programs for America’s youth. Because he credits his personal achievements to self-empowerment and self-determination, he uses this foundation to inspire young people.


KeesingBiodiversity and Infectious Diseases – 
The Case of Lyme Disease

September 9, 2013
7 p.m.
Dr. Felicia Keesing
David and Rosalie Rose Distinguished Professor of Science, Mathematics, and Computing,
and Professor of Biology, Bard College
Lenfest Theater, Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center


WisemanIncredible Universe, Complex World:
Science, Religion, and Ethics Today

October 7, 2013
7 p.m.
Dr. Jennifer Wiseman

Director, Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Lenfest Theater, Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center


Faye FlamWhat I Learned About Science and Religion by Writing an Infamous Sex Column

October 29, 2013
7 p.m.
Ms. Faye Flam

Author of The Score: How the Quest for Sex Has Shaped the Modern Man and the Lightning Rod blog at WHYY’s Newsworks and keeper of Higgs the Cat, who blogs at Parade Magazine
Lenfest Theater, Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center


PAST SEMINARS 
 

Theoretical Physicist Matt StrasslerTHE QUEST FOR THE HIGGS BOSON, AND WHY IT MATTERS

April 8, 2013
7 p.m.
Musser Auditorium, Pfahler Hall
Matt Strassler, Theoretical Physicist, Professor at Rutgers University
Dr. Strassler believes that science is one of the world’s great spectator sports, and should be a source of joy and excitement for the public — especially for kids and for kids at heart. He explains particle physics and events related to the Large Hadron Collider. He went to college at Simon’s Rock, Princeton University and got his Ph.D. at Stanford. He has worked at the Institute for Advanced Study, University of Washington and University of Pennsylvania, and has been a visiting assistant professor at Harvard. more>


Roger King

Roger King

"Love and Fatigue in America –Sickness, Healthcare, and the Pursuit of Happiness."
Monday, March 18, 2013
7:00 PM
Roger King, film maker, international aid worker and author of Love and Fatigue in America (2012) and A Girl from Zanzibar (2002), will speak at Ursinus College on March 18. The free public talk will be held in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center’s Lenfest Theater. "Love and Fatigue in America" is an autobiographical description of what the author has learned about health, healthcare, America, and life generally through making an immigrant life while disabled by a chronic illness.

 


Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

"From the Lab to the Living Room and Beyond:
Where Psychological Science Meets the Common Good"
Thursday, Jan 31, 2013
7:00 PM
Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Professor in the Department of Psychology at Temple University, where she serves as Director of the Infant Language Laboratory. She has written 11 books and her work has appeared in more than 100 publications.

 

 

 


 

SalkJonas Salk: The Legacy of His Later Years and
'The Shot Felt 'Round the World' Film Screening

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

7:00 PM
Lenfest Theater, Kaleidoscope Lenfest Theater
This free event is open to the public. PLEASE RSVP HERE
The Center for Science and the Common Good welcomes Peter L. Salk, M.D., to campus. Peter Salk is the son of Jonas Salk (developer of the polio vaccine) and president of the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation.

Dr. Salk worked in his father's laboratory at the Salk Institute from 1972 to 1984 conducting research on immunotherapy of cancer, autoimmune disease and strategies for vaccine production. He worked again with his father from 1991 to 1995 on a project to develop an inactivated vaccine for HIV infection, and subsequently worked on the introduction of AIDS treatment programs in Africa and Asia.

The film The Shot Felt ’Round the World, which details Jonas Salk’s development of the polio vaccine, will immediately follow the lecture.

 


Michael VitezMichael Vitez

Journalist, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Monday, December 3, 7 p.m.
Lenfest Theater, Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center
This free event is open to the public.
Storytelling is our Salvation!
My life as a journalist and how I came to love medical narratives.

A winner of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for his series of medical narratives, Life Choices, Mike Vitez has been a staff writer at The Philadelphia Inquirer since 1985. In a world overrun with facts, websites, cable channels, press releases and noise, Michael believes the best way to reach people is through stories.

The Center for Science and the Common Good at Ursinus College provides opportunities for all Ursinus students to consider the impact of science on the common good and to learn to better communicate scientific research to the public. It is funded by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.


Dr. Matt Wenham

Institute on Science for Global Policy

Thursday, November 15, 7 p.m.
Pfahler Auditorium
This free event is open to the public.
Bridging the Science-Policy Gap

Dr. Matt Wenham is an Associate Director with the Institute on Science for Global Policy.  Dr. Wenham received his bachelor’s and honors degrees in biochemistry from the University of Adelaide, South Australia and his Ph.D. from the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. As a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, Dr. Wenham’s research examined the interaction of protein toxins produced by pathogenic E. coli strains with human cells.

The Center for Science and the Common Good at Ursinus College provides opportunities for all Ursinus students to consider the impact of science on the common good and to learn to better communicate scientific research to the public. It is funded by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.


Lessons from Abroad: The Opportunities of a Borderless World

September 12, 2012
7 p.m.
Lenfest Theater, Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center

Richard Heinzl, Doctors Without Borders

Richard Heinzl is the founder of the first North American chapter of Doctors Without Borders, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization that has inspired a movement among medical professionals to help the world’s most vulnerable populations. Heinzl founded the chapter in 1988, just out of medical school, and shortly thereafter he became its first field volunteer, spending an extraordinary year in remote Cambodia. His experiences are captured in his memoir, Cambodia Calling. Hundreds of volunteers have since followed in his footsteps.


Our Options Have Changed: Consumer Health Literacy in a Changing Environment

October 9, 2012
7 p.m.

Lenfest Theater, Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center

Population growth, aging Baby Boomers, an expected shortage of primary care doctors and expansion of coverage under the new health care law will require innovative solutions – and more informed consumers! The paradox of the healthcare information age is that consumers have more access to more medical information than they have ever had before. The Internet has democratized access to information about health trends, medical data, and information about health resources…  but consumers still lack the basic information they need to make informed health decisions.  Plan to join in this discussion about how innovations in health care delivery, costs and payment systems have changed our experiences as health care consumers.