Speakers and Events

2012 - 2013 Events Coming Soon

 

2011 - 2012 Events

Wilson College Seminar Series: Science in Society


Thursday, November 11, 6:30 p.m.
Brooks Science Complex Auditorium

Dr. Kate Givney
will present "Untangling Probability Paradoxes." She will explore several classical probability problems which are easy to state but whose solutions have been known to stump mathematicians and non-mathematicians alike. These problems involve card games, game shows, gambling and more. We'll explore similarities between these problems and also see how conditional probability lies at the heart of these paradoxical problems.

Dr. McGivney is Professor of Mathematics at Shippensburg University.


Monday, November 14, 6:30 p.m.
Patterson Lounge, Laird Hall

Dr. Mary Blair will present "Women and Diversity in Science: An Imperative for Biodiversity Conservation." The field of biodiversity conservation aims to address the challenges that threaten the persistence of biodiversity. Today's complex conservation challenges require input and analysis from a variety of voices, vantage points, and expertise. The present day conservation workforce, and the scientific workforce in general, does not reflect the potential diversity that could be brought to bear to address complex biodiversity conservation issues. Why do certain groups remain underrepresented, and what can we do about it?

Dr. Blair is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History.


Cumberland Valley ESTEEM
Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Earth Science and Mathematics
A career exploration program for seventh grade girls jointly presented by Wilson College and Shippensburg University.
Friday, May 11, Cumberland Union Building, Shippensburg University

Franklin County Tenth Grade Career Expo
Tuesday, May 22, Shippensburg University

2010 - 2011 Events

Thursday, November 11, 6:30 p.m.
Brooks Science Complex Auditorium

Dr. Annalisa Crannell will present "Math and Art: The Good, the Bad, and the Pretty".  She will ask, "how do we fit a three-dimensional world onto a two-dimensional canvas?" Answering this question will change the way you look at the world. We will learn where to stand as we view a painting so it pops off that two-dimensional canvas seemingly out into our three-dimensional space. We will explore the mathematics behind perspective paintings, which starts with simple rules and will lead us into really lovely, really tricky puzzles.

Dr. Crannell is Professor of Mathematics at Franklin & Marshall College. Her primary research is in topological dynamical systems or "chaos theory". She is also active in developing materials on Mathematics and Art.

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar
Monday, October 4, 6:30 p.m.
Brooks Science Complex Auditorium

 

Dr. Rochel Gelman will present "Early Cognitive Development and Beyond". This talk will focus on the paradoxical fact that infants and preschoolers know much more about math and science than we thought. Yet, older students have real problems mastering the material they are supposed to learn in these domains.

Dr. Gelman is the Co-Director of the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers University. Her PhD, from UCLA, is in Developmental Psychology and Learning. She has developed ways to uncover and study the ease with which young children acquire intuitive understandings of science and mathematics.

Wilson College Seminar Series: Science in Society

Thursday, November 11, 6:30 p.m.
Brooks Science Complex Auditorium

Dr. Annalisa Crannell will present "Math and Art: The Good, the Bad, and the Pretty".  She will ask, "how do we fit a three-dimensional world onto a two-dimensional canvas?" Answering this question will change the way you look at the world. We will learn where to stand as we view a painting so it pops off that two-dimensional canvas seemingly out into our three-dimensional space. We will explore the mathematics behind perspective paintings, which starts with simple rules and will lead us into really lovely, really tricky puzzles.

Dr. Crannell is Professor of Mathematics at Franklin & Marshall College. Her primary research is in topological dynamical systems or "chaos theory". She is also active in developing materials on Mathematics and Art.

Wilson College Seminar Series: Science in Society

Tuesday, February 22, 6:30 p.m.
Brooks Science Complex Auditorium

Dr. Veronique Delesalle will present "Sex and the Single Flower," a discussion of sex allocation theory using two species of the genus Clarkia.

Dr. Delesalle is Professor of Biology at Gettysburg College.


Monday, April 4, 12:00 noon
Brooks Complex Auditorium

Dr. Judith Bond will present "The Journey of Discovery of Meprin Metalloproteinasis," a discussion of her journey to becoming a biochemist, including how her experiences at a small liberal arts college influenced her future and her work.

Dr. Bond is Professor and Chair of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department at Penn State College of Medicine.

2009 - 2010 Events

Wilson College Seminar Series: Science in Society

Wednesday, February 17, 6:30 p.m.
Brooks Science Complex Auditorium

Dr. Pamela Glass will present "The Trials of Vaccine Development: From the Bench to the Clinic". This talk will focus on the generation of new vaccine candidates and the long road from their inception - involving production and regulatory requirements - to the clinic, where a vaccine can make meaningful public health impact.

Dr. Glass earned her doctorate in Virology from the Baylor College of Medicine. She is a microbiologist with the U.S. Army Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.

Wilson College Seminar Series: Science in Society

Wednesday, April 21, 6:30 p.m.
Brooks Science Complex Auditorium

Dr. Julia Blum will present "From Zelienople to Chambersburg, Not in a Straight Line". She will discuss her career path and how science has impacted her career during the last 26 years. She will also discuss recent developments in radiation oncology and treatment options available in Franklin County.

Dr. Blum earned her medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her residency training in radiation oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and her fellowship training at Washington University. She is a Radiation Oncologist with Summit Health in Chambersburg, PA.

Expanding Your Horizons Science and Mathematics Conference for Girls

Saturday, April 24, 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Brooks Science Complex, Wilson College

Join us for a joint Wilson College/Shippensburg University science and mathematics conference for girls in 9th and 10th grade.

This event will feature four hands-on workshops: The Mathematics of Carnival Games, Introduction to Computer Science, Environmental Science and Geographic Information Systems. Additionally, there will be a panel discussion with alumnae from both Wilson and Shippensburg focusing on career paths in science and mathematics, and a keynote address by Dr. Laura Altfeld, assistant professor of Biology at Wilson College.