Unlocking Migraine: The Sodium Connection
Migraine is a disabling and recurrent neurological disorder affecting 38 million people in the United States. The primary cause of migraine progression is unclear. In this lecture, learn how high field magnetic resonance imaging of sodium and other technology has been utilized to evaluate the dynamic physiological changes that follow the trigger of a migraine.
Dr. Samuel C. Grant is an associate professor at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and director of the MRI program at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. Dr. Grant’s research demonstrates a particular focus on sodium MRI, localized spectroscopy and high field contrast. Current efforts are directed toward the evaluation of neurodegenerative disease (e.g. migraine and stroke) as well as novel therapies to treat them.
How Learning to Read is in Our DNA – And How it’s Not
Both nature (biological or genetic predisposition) and nurture (influences from one’s environment) are important to the development of reading and math skills, yet they are important in different ways depending on the situation. This lecture summarizes how and why nature and nurture matter for children in the classroom environment.
Dr. Sara Hart is an associate professor in psychology and the Florida Center for Reading Research at Florida State University. Dr. Hart’s research focuses on how and why people differ in their cognitive development, particularly as it relates to school achievement. Dr. Hart’s ongoing multidisciplinary research efforts integrate theories and methods from developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, education and behavioral genetics.
Preparing for the Next Big Storm: How Can the Panhandle Prepare?
It is extremely challenging to prepare for very fast Category 5 hurricanes like Hurricane Michael. Storms of this size generate extreme winds and storm surge that knock out communications, including cellphone towers, and transportation routes. Proactive planning and decision-making at the community level can ensure that no one is left without assistance.
Dr. Eren Erman Ozguven is an associate professor of civil and environmental Engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. Dr. Ozguven’s research interests include emergency transportation operations, hurricane resilience, intelligent transportation systems, smart cities, urban mobility and more. Dr. Ozguven established a multi-disciplinary research program addressing safety and accessibility in resilient infrastructure and smart communities.
Searching for New Habitats in Outer Space: The Role of Laboratory Studies
Detection of hundreds of exoplanets in recent years via telescopic missions has created opportunity for scientists to answer questions related to the habitability of these new exotic worlds. This lecture will introduce recent and future efforts in identifying potential habitats for humans, including laboratory experiments simulating such environments.
Dr. Beni Dangi is an assistant professor at Florida A&M University, overseeing an experimental laboratory focused on astrochemical reactions. Dr. Dangi received his PhD from the University of Nevada, Reno and performed postdoctoral research at the University of Kentucky and University of Hawaii. Dr. Dangi has extensively published his research findings in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Journal of the American Chemical Society and more.
Seismology: Feeling the Earth Move Under Our Feet
This lecture features an introduction to seismology, including how seismic waves travel through the Earth, how waves are detected and recorded by seismographs and how recordings are used to locate earthquakes. Experience a seismic recording of a large earthquake and hands-on demonstrations of types of seismic waves and how seismometers work.
Dr. Bob Hutt is a retired United States Geological Survey scientist emeritus. Dr. Hutt’s research interests include seismometer testing and noise reduction, digital signal processing and detection among others. Dr. Hutt previously worked as a developmental geophysicist and as Scientist-in-Charge for 17 years at the Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory, a station operator for the seismograph and geomagnetic station at the South Pole in Antarctica and more.