da Vinci Days 2017 STEAM Speaker Series
Monday, May 15, 6:00 - 8:00
PM, Hilton Garden Inn
Speaker: Benjamin Dalziel
Topic: Cities as natural experiments in ecology and
Humanity recently crossed a particular landmark - over half of
us now live in cities. Cities are complicated, and, at times,
beautiful. Through a range of perspectives, from mathematics to
art, this presentation invites you to consider the surprising
impacts of cities on their inhabitants, from viruses to humans.
Bio: Benjamin Dalziel is an Assistant Professor in the
Departments of Integrative Biology and Mathematics at Oregon State
University. His research investigates the drivers of growth and
change in populations and communities, by contrasting mathematical
models with data.
Technology: Tuesday, May 16, 6:00 - 8:00
PM, Hilton Garden Inn
Speaker: Ben Lester
Topic: Science from
the Air: Unmanned Aerial Systems
Unmanned aerial systems, aka drones, are giving scientists
unprecedented views of wildlife, forests, farm fields and
infrastructure from bridges to road networks. In this talk, Ben
Lester, OSU engineering student and one of the first FAA-certified
drone pilots in Oregon, will show a variety of drone technologies
and discuss their applications.
Bio: Ben grew up in the Portland area and transferred to OSU
from Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, in 2016. As student
coordinator for UAS operations, he has trained students and faculty
in the safe and legal use of drones for research and flown missions
for research projects. To demonstrate the benefits of analyzing
infrastructure, he mapped Reser Stadium with precision, showing the
curved surface of the football field. Next summer, he will
participate in a study of gray whales off the coast of British
Engineering: Wednesday, May 17, 6:00 -
8:00 PM, Hilton Garden Inn
Speaker: Joe Baio
Topic: New Materials Inspired by Nature
From sticky frog tongues to specific molecules that allow
viruses to infect hosts - the natural world is full of novel
materials. In this talk we will explore how these materials have
inspired engineers to rethink how we design new biomedical
Bio: Joe Baio is an Assistant Professor within the School of
Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering at OSU. He
holds a B.S. in chemical engineering (UC Berkeley, 2004) and a
Ph.D. in chemical engineering (University of Washington, 2011).
Prior to his appointment at OSU, Joe was a NSF postdoctoral
fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research.
Arts: Thursday, May 18, 6:00 -
8:00 PM, at The Arts Center
Speaker: Rebekah Perry
Topic: Leonardo da Vinci: The Artist, the Scientist
In today's popular culture, fifteenth-century Florentine
Leonardo da Vinci is best known for his paintings, like the Mona
Lisa and the Last Supper. But Leonardo was also a gifted anatomist,
mathematician, botanist, engineer, and inventor. His genius lay at
the intersection of art, science, and technology. This presentation
discusses how Leonardo's breadth of creative vision made him one of
the most influential figures of the Renaissance and how it has left
an indelible mark on western culture.
Bio: Rebekah Perry teaches premodern and early modern art
history in the School of Arts & Communication at OSU. Her
research focuses on urbanism and civic culture in medieval and
early Renaissance Italy.
Mathematics: Friday, May 19, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Hilton
Speaker: Tom Dick
Topic: Seeing the nature of mathematics through the mathematics
The technical utility of mathematics for solving scientific
sometimes obscures its more aesthetic side. This
invite you to "smell the roses" and appreciate the beauty of
in some amazing example in the natural world around us.
Bio: Tom Dick is a current Oregon State University mathematics
faculty member and former chair of the OSU mathematics department.
He specializes in the preparation of future mathematics teachers at
all levels, from kindergarten to college.