Science and Math Seminar Series Fall 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.

  • NASA's Space Shuttle—Best Spacecraft Ever
    by Dr. Eric Wegryn
    • Friday, October 17, 2014, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    • Room 3201, Building 3, second floor, Fremont campus
    • Over the 30 years from 1981 to 2011, NASA's five Space Shuttles flew 135 missions. Most were highly successful. Two became national tragedies. The Shuttles carried hundreds of astronauts into space, scores of satellites and planetary probes, and most of the components for the International Space Station. Shuttle astronauts also repaired and upgraded some satellites—most famously the Hubble Space Telescope—and even returned several to Earth. Although the Shuttles were retired more than 3 years ago, no other spacecraft, of any country, can match their accomplishments. They remain the most versatile and capable spacecraft ever built. They were also, by far, the most expensive. In other words, they're truly American.
    • Dr. Erıc Wegryn is an aerospace engineer who helped NASA launch their Space Shuttles, and an astronomer who helped explore Mars and Saturn. He enjoys traveling, and has written several books about his journeys, including Round the World in 32 Days, Eclipse Journey, and Just Twelve Men. Dr. Wegryn teaches astronomy, physics, and engineering at Ohlone College. He is faculty advisor for the Ohlone Astrophysics Club.

  • Gay Conversion Therapy
    by Sheldon Helms, Ohlone Psychology Instructor
    • Friday, November 14, 2014, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    • Room 3201, Building 3, second floor, Fremont campus
    • In this seminar, Professor Helms will detail the history of gay conversion therapy, the procedures used, why it is ineffective, and the aftermath for its victims.
    • Download Gay Conversion Therapy seminar flyer (PDF)

  • Ebola
    by Dr. Gessica Johnston, Ohlone Instructor
    • Friday, November 21, 2014, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    • Room 3201, Building 3, second floor, Fremont campus
    • Did you know Ebola has been around for 16,000,000 years? How close are we to a vaccine? Or even a cure? Why was the US Army investigating Ebola-like viruses? Is Ebola likely to evolve to an airborne form? How long is Ebola dangerous in a dead body? Would you be willing to volunteer to care for an Ebola patient? Was the nurse in Maine right to fight her quarantine? Find out the real science behind Ebola that you won't find on Twitter, Facebook, or TV.
    • Dr. Gessica Johnston, PhD, virology MD, retired emergency physician, Instructor at Ohlone College
    • Download Ebola seminar flyer (PDF)
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