State College has a lot going on. So much sometimes, it can be hard to keep on top of the who, what and when. This semester seems to have raised the caliber of science-related excitement with the number of high quality, popular science events. The trend seems only bound to continue with promising events on the calendar for the rest of 2014. So that no one in CGSA misses out, here’s a digest of science-related talks, workshops and fun that may have escaped your personal radar:
1)”Extrasolar Planets, Blue Dots, and the Origin of Life” lecture with Thomas Henning, director of the Planet and Star Formation Department at the Max Planck Institute. Oct. 21 @ 7 p.m. in 101 Thomas. That is today.
2) Margaret Atwood book discussion series on her latest science fiction book, Oryx and Crake, which brings up ethical issues related to genetic engineering. Webster’s Cafe @ 4 p.m. on Oct. 21 & 28, Nov. 4.
3) Science Pub Night at State Theater. The topic is “Maps and the Geospatial Revolution” with guest speaker Anthony Robinson who taught the MOOC offered by Penn State’s geography department. $5. Nov. 7 @ 7 p.m.
4) Should we have mandatory vaccinations? A Rock Ethics event in 102 Paterno library, Nov. 10 @ 12-1:15. The topic is of interest to infectious disease researchers and there is no scheduled CIDD lunch that week, meaning no schedule conflict for CIDD members. RSVP-ing is recommended and you can do so here.
5) Nancy Moran‘s two-part seminar on insect microbiomes. Dr. Moran has won a MacArthur “Genius” award and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Dec. 8 @ 5 p.m., Dec. 9 @ 4 p.m. in the Berg.
6) Marcellus Shale Documentary showing at the Palmer Museum of Art. The exhibit provides an artistic approach to learning about how the gas industry is influencing our local community and to start conversations on sustainability. Now through Dec 14. Closed on Mondays.