Science

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6:00 – 7:00pm

UW Science Now
Shelley Chestler: Slow Earthquakes
Michelle Weirathmueller: Quakes and Whales

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5. Double Feature!

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Chestler’s research in UW’s Dept of Earth and Space Sciences applies the lessons of slow earthquakes to mitigation of the “big one.” Weirathmueller, School of Oceanography, studies fin whale calls in earthquake recordings and how they might save these endangered mammals.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Gavin Hayes
Mitigating Disasters
Earthquake Response in the 21st Century

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

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More than 1,000 earthquakes occur annually in Washington. Hayes, of the U.S. Geological Survey, will discuss different ways of earthquake response and how best to reduce their disastrous effects.

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Friday, April 25, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Judith Orloff
Learning to Surrender

Downstairs at Town Hall; Enter on Seneca Street. $5.

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In The Ecstasy of Surrender, UCLA psychiatrist Orloff offers a guide to help reduce stress, achieve goals, and “empower your life.” By learning when to let go and when to retain control, a happier, more fulfilled life can be achieved.

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Monday, April 28, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Patrick Allitt
The Unseen Environmental Disaster

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5.

Patrick Allitt
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The American environmental movement has created what historian Patrick Allitt calls “a climate of crisis.” Stemming from our long environmental history, this ongoing debate is filled with “exaggeration” and “fear-mongering” on both sides.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6:00 – 7:00pm

UW Science Now
Natalia Woodward
Climate Change: Keeping Our Lakes Healthy Into the Future

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. Double Feature! $5.

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Woodward, Master’s candidate in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, will explain how we keep regional lakes clean and how we can continue to do so in the face of climate change.

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Monday, May 5, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Jason Padgett: ‘Struck By Genius’

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

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Twelve years ago, Tacoma resident Padgett’s life suddenly changed when a mugging altered his brain forever. Struck By Genius is his story of acquired savant syndrome with mathematical synesthesia — he now sees the world around him in a series of mathematical designs.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014, 6:00 – 7:00pm

Cameron Camp: The Dementia-Friendly Community

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5.

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These inclusive communities focus on enhancing quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias by recognizing and responding to their needs. Psychologist Camp will discuss this model, how it translates into long-term care, and how it benefits everyone.

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Monday, May 19, 2014, 6:00 – 7:00pm

UW Science Now: Chelsea Kahn: Communicating Climate Change

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5. Double Feature!

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Conveying environmental issues to the public has challenges, but according to Kahn, this is especially difficult when the facts are disseminated through the media. She’ll share research on the communication of info before and after scientific reports have been published.

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Monday, May 19, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Joshua Howe: The Global Warming Rut

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5. Double Feature!

Joshua Howe
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Despite a better understanding of the science behind climate change, Reed College’s Howe says we still don’t have a handle on the problem. Behind the Curve traces the global warming debate and the lesser-known political side of the issue.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 6:00 – 7:15pm

Sam Kean: Picking the Brain

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5. Double Feature!

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The human brain has long been a mystery and early attempts to understand it stemmed from the misfortunes of others. Kean’s Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons highlights the everyday people whose “trauma, madness, and recovery” made modern-day neuroscience possible.

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