RAZOR LECTURE SERIES


The Challenger Learning Center RAZOR Lecture Series is designed to provide an intellectual, engaging experience for the local community. Lectures are presented by scholars, researchers and experts in various science fields. In line with the Challenger Learning Center’s mission to foster long-term interest in STEM fields, the series will provide an illuminating look at cutting edge research.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 – STEM CELL THERAPY: HOPE OR HYPE? with Cathy W. Levenson, PhD
Stem cells have been hailed as the ultimate treatment for a wide variety of diseases including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. But what is the current state of the science? Is the promise real? Is it hype? This presentation will feature the different types of stem cells and trials currently underway. Examine newly published data and explore the possible use of adult stem cells to treat traumatic brain injury.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 – DATA FROM SCIENCE TO CITIES with Reza Arghandeh, PhD
Given the tremendous amount of data in cities, there is a need for new tools that can automatically generate useful knowledge from a variety of data and present them to cities’ systems operators. To create knowledge mining tools, researchers have been exploring methods and algorithms developed in machine learning, statistics, information theory, and network theory. This presentation will address a compendium of ideas on the rule of urban data analysis for our urban life and outlines Arghandeh and Ozguven’s current research direction on smart cities.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 – COOLING WITH MAGNETS: REINVENTING YOUR REFRIGERATOR TO SAVE THE PLANET with Michael Shatruk, PhD
Magnetic cooling is an intriguing physical phenomenon that holds potential to provide highly efficient and environmentally friendly refrigeration technology. A revolutionary jump at the end of the 20th century shifted the interest in magnetic refrigeration to conventional uses in commercial and household appliances. This presentation will provide a brief historic and scientific background for magnetic refrigeration and discuss this promising technology in light of environmentally sustainable energy-conversion technologies.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 – A MAJOR MEDICAL CRISIS: INJURIOUS FALLS AND THEIR RISK IN HEALTHY ELDERLY AND PEOPLE NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS with Leonard L. Lapointe, PhD
Discover the causes, consequences and prevention of injurious falls. Certain people are at a greater risk for a fall-related injury, including those more vulnerable due to a neurological disorder. This presentation will feature multiple aspects of injurious falls and the results of Lapointe’s ten years of research on this costly medical crisis. Examine how these accidents particularly affect people who have suffered Parkinson’s disease and other brain-based disorders.

Tuesday, April 17, 2017 – TOWARDS THE CARBON NEUTRAL HOLY GRAIL USING WATER: A PATH TO CLEAN AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY with Jose L. Mendoza-Cortes, PhD
Computational chemistry and scientific algorithms are now powerful enough that they can predict many properties of materials before they are synthesized. This presentation will showcase Mendoza-Cortes’ work towards developing an alternative way to generate and store energy. Explore a new strategy to capture and convert sunlight, a promising building block to making the entire process sustainable.

Ticket Information:
Free admission; recommended donation of $5 per seat
Call (850) 645-7777 or visit the box office to reserve seats
First-come, first-serve; limited seats available