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GKC July 18-19 2015
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da Vinci Days Speakers

da Vinci Days Speakers

112 Kearney Hall (OSU)

Saturday: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Stories from the Edge of Science by OSU faculty on science, technology, engineering, arts, math (STEAM)

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Jack Barth

Dan Rockwell

Marty Fisk

Seri Robinson

Andrew Thurber

Tiffany Garcia

Skip Rochefort

Zach Dunn

Michael Wing

More details about these stories are further noted below.

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Saturday, July 20th


11 a.m. Jack Barth and the ocean glider team

Title: Ocean Exploration with Underwater Gliders

Underwater gliders are a key component of OSU's new Ocean Observatories Initiative. As they patrol the ocean depths, these autonomous robots are giving scientists new views of the marine ecosystems. See a glider and learn how it navigates, dives and resurfaces in the course of collecting data on ocean currents, dissolved oxygen, plankton and more.

12 p.m. Dan Rockwell

Title: A Mathematical Detective Story: Decoding the Golden Ratio

We're surrounded by pattern and rhythm. From the branching of an ancient oak to the classical architecture of a courthouse, our environment reflects principles of harmony and repetition. We can use the language of mathematics to see this underlying reality. We'll explore our world through the Golden Ratio and other tools that show how forms lead to function.

1 p.m. Marty Fisk

Title: Curiosity on Mars: NASA's search for habitable environments.

Scientists have found life in surprising places: in rocks a mile under the ocean floor and in scalding pools of hot water. In comparison, Mars may not be such a long shot. Martin Fisk, OSU marine geologist, is part of the NASA team that analyzes the Martian landscape for places where life existed in the past or could exist today.

2 p.m. Seri Robinson

Title: Art and Science of Spalted Wood

The art of wood spalting dates back to 15th century Italy. Wood scientist Seri Robinson will talk about how it's done and give visitors a chance to make their own by applying fungi to wood veneer.

3 p.m. Andrew Thurber

Title: Life in the Polar Ocean

Life under polar ice thrives in surprising abundance. Sponges, sea stars, tube worms and anemones dot the sea floor around Antarctica while ice fish carve out caves to hid from predatory seals. Overhead during the summer, a light show flashes sunset colors and illuminates natural ice sculptures. At this presentation, see images from the seafloor near the U.S. Antarctic station at McMurdo, learn what it's like to dive into a dark nearly frozen realm and hear how art is informed by science.



Sunday, July 21st


12 p.m. Tiffany Garcia

Title: Bullfrogs and Other Threats to Aquatic Ecosystems

The American bullfrog is an invasive species in Oregon. Find out how the bullfrogs got here, where they came from, what we can do to control them. We will discuss specific impacts to our aquatic ecosystems, our native frog and salamander species, and what makes them such effective predators and competitors in the Pacific Northwest invasion range. This demonstration will include live bullfrog adults and tadpoles.

1 p.m. Skip Rochefort

Title: Stories from the Game of Life: Engineering for Fun and Function

Let's face it. Every day seems to bring some new problem: life-threatening illness, an oil spill, hunger. Engineers look for solutions in the oddest places. They use wool from Willamette Valley sheep to clean up oil spills. They create Jello-O-like beads to deliver cancer therapy and replace spinal discs. They turn recycled plastics into building insulation. They solve personal transportation problems with the Segway scooter and the i-Bot stair-climbing wheelchair. Come find out what else engineers are doing!

2 p.m. Zach Dunn

Title: Kel Wer: A film about water, survival, and hope in Lela, Kenya

In July of 2012, a group of Oregon State University students traveled to the small village of Lela, Kenya with the goal of helping the community gain access to safe water. Kel Wer ("to bring song" in the native Dholuo language) is a film that tells the story of their journey, the challenges they faced, and the incredibly welcoming and resilient people they met along the way. Zachary Dunn, currently a graduate student at OSU, was part of that expedition and will present the film and answer questions.

3 p.m. Michael Wing

Title: The Future of Unmanned Aerial Systems

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are now becoming available at prices well below $2000. Coupled with light weight sensors, UAS are capable of capturing high resolution imagery that can support natural resource management, disaster response, and search and rescue operations. This presentation will include information about low-cost UAS and how this technology can be used for the benefit of society."

4 p.m. Steve Amen, OPB

Title: Oregon Splendor


da Vinci Days Speakers Location

112 Kearney Hall (OSU)

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