Fall 2009 Frontiers of Science Schedule 

With the new fall semester at Cal State San Marcos (CSUSM) comes another series of seminars exploring the frontiers of science. These seminars are intended to introduce audiences from all disciplines and academic levels to the beauty and fun of scholarly pursuits in the natural and physical science disciplines.

This semester, seminar topics range from biophysics to astronomy, mining, and fusion energy. The first seminar of the semester will feature three CSUSM undergraduate students who will speak about their summer research experiences.

All seminars will be held from Noon to 1:00 p.m. in Science Hall 2, room 242, and will include refreshments. This event is free and open to the public.  For more information go to http://physics.csusm.edu/events/events.html.

The fall 2009 Frontiers of Science schedule is as follows:

September 17
Summer Research Experiences
Speakers: Cyprian Czarnocki (Physics), Melinda Lopez (Math), and Keau Wong (Biology)

September 24
Accidental Science - A New Genre of Herbicides & Antibiotics
Christopher M. Smith, Ph.D., Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, UCSD 
 
October 8
The Ground Upon Which We Walk - Perspectives from a Mining Engineer
Ian Firth, Engineer, Hanson Aggregates West Region 
 
October 22
400 Years of Astronomy - A Brief History of the Telescope
Scott Kardel, Palomar Observatory 
 
November 12
Remembering Forgotten Peoples: Working to Eradicate Transmitted Helminthiasis
Raffi Aroian, Ph.D., Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology, UCSD

 
December 3
The Physics and the Future of Fusion Energy Research
Chris Holland, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Center for Energy Research, UCSD

Directions and Parking
CSUSM is located at 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos. For more information or directions to the campus, visit http://www.csusm.edu/guide. Parking is available in campus lots with fees ranging from $2 to $7 depending upon length of stay.

These seminars are intended to introduce audiences from all disciplines and academic levels to the beauty and fun of scholarly pursuits in the natural and physical science disciplines.