corvallis, oregon

GKC July 18-19 2015
Seeing things differently

da Vinci Days 2017 STEAM Speaker Series

Science:  Monday, May 15, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Hilton Garden Inn

Speaker: Benjamin Dalziel

Topic: Cities as natural experiments in ecology and evolution

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 Columbia.

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 materials.

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 Garden Inn

Speaker: Tom Dick

Topic: Seeing the nature of mathematics through the mathematics of nature

The technical utility of mathematics for solving scientific problems
sometimes obscures its more aesthetic side.  This presentation will
invite you to "smell the roses" and appreciate the beauty of mathematics
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.