corvallis, oregon

GKC July 18-19 2015
Gearing up!

da Vinci Days 2016 STEAM Speaker Series

STEAM Speaker Series, May 16 - 20

Science: Monday, May 16, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, at 2 Towns Ciderhouse

Speaker: Stacy Simonich

Topic: What Goes Around Comes Around-Tracking Chemical Pollutants Across the Globe

Chemical pollutants travel through the atmosphere and can create a risk to populations world wide. Staci Simonich, OSU Professor of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, is the project leader of a research program to evaluate the levels of contamination at various sites around the U.S. and to determine sources of the chemicals.  Sampling sites include Okinawa, Cheeka Peak observatory, Marys Peak observatory, Mt. Bachelor observatory, and eight western U.S. National Parks.

Technology: Tuesday, May 17, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, at 2 Towns Ciderhouse

Speaker: Bill Smart

Topic: Playing with Robots: How Should we Interact with our Metal Overlords?

As robots make their way into our daily lives, we're going to have to figure out how to interact with them.  Should we treat them just as fancy tools, or are they closer to co-workers?  In this talk, we'll see some of the situations in which humans and robots are interacting today, and look at some of the things that make human-robot interaction tricky.

Engineering: Wednesday, May 18, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, at 2 Towns Ciderhouse

Speaker: Ben Mason

Topic: Paying our overdue lunch debt: Timely lessons for Oregonians from the 2015 Nepal Earthquake

The title alludes to the old cliché: "There's no such thing as a free lunch." Oregon's natural beauty results, in part, from the Juan de Fuca plate subducting under the Pacific plate. The subduction process creates majestic volcanoes and hills, but also large earthquakes and tsunamis. The impending earthquake and tsunami hazard will affect many Oregonians. The presenter has traveled to Nepal three times to study the April 25, 2015 Earthquake's effects, and there are many lessons learned in Nepal that are relevant to Oregon. During the talk, the presenter will introduce important facts gathered from the 2015 Nepal Earthquake reconnaissance, discuss how the observations relate to Oregon, and talk about what we can do, as Oregonians, to prepare for the impending earthquake and tsunami hazard.

Arts: Thursday, May 19, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, at Corvallis Arts Center

Speaker: Lee Ann Garrison

Topic: Exploring boundaries in Art, Craft and Design

Art today has the widest range of media and materials than ever before.  What is art?  What is craft?  What is design?  What happens when we blur those boundaries? In this talk, we will explore contemporary art practices through the lens of history.

Mathematics: Friday, May 20, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, at 2 Towns Ciderhouse

Speaker: Holly Swisher

Topic: Making Mathematics Great Again

Can mathematics help us decide what constitutes a democracy or who to
elect president? In this presentation I will present some interesting
ideas that mathematics can bring to community decision making and
questions of fairness. I will then discuss a modern collaborative
approach to mathematics research, including a massive new database