Summer Science Program Presents Cutting-Edge Public Lectures

SOCORRO, N.M., June 10, 2009  – The Summer Science Program at New Mexico Tech presents a series of lectures on some of the new and exciting frontiers of science. Although the lectures are primarily aimed at the science-oriented high schoolers from around the country who attend the Program, the lectures are open to the public, and anyone may attend. The series is sponsored by Lockheed Martin and Sandia National Labs.

Each of the speakers is a top researchers in their fields. All of the events are in room 102 of Weir Hall, and there is no admission charge.

  • “Caves: Exploring Life Underground from Earth to Mars and Beyond.” 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 22. Dr. Penelope Boston, Director, Cave and Karst Studies at New Mexico Tech
  • “Insect Societies, or: Ants, Bees and Termites, Oh My.” 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 26. Dr. Diana E. Wheeler, professor of entomology at the University of Arizona.
  • NOTE:  DATE AND TIME HAVE CHANGED: “Battling the Superbugs: Antimicrobial Stewardship and Beyond!” 2:30 p.m., Friday, July 3. Paul Pottinger, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center.
  • “Titan's Methane Monsoon.” 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 30. Dr. Henry Roe, assistant astronomer at Lowell Observatory.
  • “Mad? Science!” 1 p.m. Saturday, July 4. Dr. Larry Sverdrup, senior scientist at Trex Enterprises.
  • “Follow up and Characterization of Potentially Hazardous Asteroids using the MRO 2.4m Telescope.” 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 7. Dr. Eileen V. Ryan, adjunct professor of physics at New Mexico Tech
  • “Optics, Meteorology, and an Airline Crash.” 2:30 pm Friday, July 10. Dr. Michael Dubson, senior instructor and associate chair at UC Berkeley.
  • “Exploring the Formation and Bombardment History of the Moon.” 7 p.m. Saturday, July 11. Dr. William Bottke, assistant director, Dept. of Space Studies, Southwest Research Institute
  • July 13, 2:30 p.m., Weir 102. Mika McKinnon, science consultant on Stargate SG-1, speaks on "Disaster Science Fiction."
  • “Espionage in New Mexico.” Thursday, July 16, 2:30 p.m. E. Bruce Held, counterintelligence program manager at Sandia National Laboratories.

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(Kathleen Hedges)