Science and Math Seminar Series Spring 2014 - Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Division

The Ohlone College Science and Math Seminar Series program features distinguished speakers who address interesting topics related to science, mathematics, or technology.

Sponsored by ASOC and Ohlone's Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Division. The seminars are free and open to the public.

  • Card Counting: What is it, how does it work, and can I use it to pay for college? (and if it does work, do I even have to go to college?!?)
    by Jeff O’Connell, Ohlone Math Professor
    • Friday, March 21, 2014, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    • Room 3201, Building 3, second floor, Fremont campus
    • The game blackjack dates back to the 17th century and has been played in casinos ever since. It is unique from other casino games in the sense that, under certain conditions, the player can have an advantage over the house. This talk will cover the Mathematics behind card counting, how card counting can give the player an advantage, and the 4 reasons why Mr. O does not, has not, and never will count cards in a casino.
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  • Cancelled - May be rescheduled Sterkfontein Caves: The fossils, frustrations and fun
    by Dr. Dominic Stratford University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
    • Friday, April 11, 2014
    • In this talk, Dr. Stratford will present some of the latest research being conducted at the world's richest Australopithecus site - from 'Little Foot', and exploring some of South Africa's oldest hominid-bearing deposits, to the challenges of deep cave excavation.

  • Scalpels, Dead Pigs, and Teenagers… in one room
    by Leena Bakshi of the Alameda County Office of Education
    • Friday, April 18, 2014
    • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    • Room 3201, Building 3, second floor, Fremont campus
    • Ms. Bakshi will talk about how she went from applying to medical school to becoming a K-12 science teacher. Come hear about her journey, and the joys and perils of math/science teaching!

  • The Science of Happily Ever After: What Really Matters in the Quest for Enduring Love
    by Dr. Ty Tashiro
    • Friday, April 25, 2014
    • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    • Room NC1100, first floor, Wing 1, Newark campus
    • Dr. Tashiro received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Minnesota and is an award winning professor. He is the relationship expert for Discovery Network’s Fit and Health Channel. He will be talking about his newly published book about how science can inform partner choice and significantly improve the odds of finding relationships that are satisfying and stable.