Academic Lecture Series–The Sciences

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A collaboration by the Brookdale Community College STEM Institute (science, technology, engineering and math) faculty and Lifelong Learning.

Life Span Perspective And Aging – Feb 1

Dr. Rajkumari Wesley, assistant professor, psychology

Life-span perspective assumes that aging is a natural, inevitable, complex process that occurs across dimensions throughout life, and represents interacting causes, both within and outside of the person. As a result, two people of the same chronological age may differ greatly when it comes to their health, attitudes, capacity, performance, and motivation. We’ll explore how the brain changes, and what we can do in everyday life to enrich our grit and resilience. Break out of the mindset that makes you think of your age first, and your identity second.

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Cybersecurity, But Were Afraid To Ask – Feb 8

Mike Qaissaunee, professor, engineering and technology, program lead for cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is in the news every day. Whether it’s nation-states attacking other countries, digital criminals stealing valuable data, attacks on our systems or the work of so-called hacktivists, there is a never-ending onslaught of cyber activity – ranging from benign to malicious to destructive. Learn about recent trends in cybersecurity, including breaches, attacks, vulnerabilities and how best to protect yourself and your family online. Get a better understanding of the risks associated with online activity and how to mitigate these risks.

The GW Breakthrough: A Telescope That Can Peek Inside Black Holes – Feb 15

Sarbmeet Kanwal, PhD, physicist, adjunct physics instructor

Exactly a century after Einstein predicted their existence, and following a 50-year long relentless, single-minded pursuit by a handful of visionary physicists, the world woke up on the 11th of February, 2016 to the news of the first ever direct detection of Gravitation Waves from a pair of colliding black holes 1.3 billion light years away. At long last, scientists now have a way to test Einstein’s shocking black hole predictions!

Genetic Modification: The Future is Now – Feb 22

Margo L. Wolfson, assistant professor of biology

Humans have modified organisms throughout history by selective breeding of plants and animals. But in 1985 when Genentech released human growth hormone made by inserting the human gene into bacteria, genetic modification took a leap forward. We have the tools to directly edit DNA, modifying the code to create chimeras by combining genes from two different creatures. Just last year the promise and the specter of genetic modification took another leap forward with a chemical tool called CRISPR. We will explore what current genetic modification does in our lives, and peek at the promise and fears of these techniques.

Advances In Cancer Treatment: Enlisting The Immune System For Battle – Mar 1

Thomas Riley, chemistry instructor

For two decades, there have been four ways to battle cancer: surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and targeted therapies. In recent months the FDA has approved immunotherapy as a fifth way to battle cancer. This presentation details how scientists are developing breakthrough gene therapies to teach the immune system to recognize cancer and eliminate it.

Thurs, Feb 1-Mar 1, 11:45 am-1:15 pm
Fee and Code: $65, XHUMN 273