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Lectures from Pacific Science Center

Science In The City Lecture Series

Science in the City Lecture Series
Science is everywhere in Seattle, there’s no question about that. Keep up with the latest scientific trends, topics and research happening literally in our backyard at Pacific Science Center’s Science in the City Lecture Series.

Each month, join Pacific Science Center for a discussion on current science topics and research from leading, local organizations that dives into topics that affect our community. At the Science in the City Lecture Series, seize the opportunity to join lively conversation with scientists and researchers in Pacific Science Center’s Communication Fellowship Program. Each lecture will include a short presentation and moderated question and answer. Periodically, lectures will include special presentations of IMAX documentaries and hands-on activities; be sure to check back to see for upcoming topics.

“Global Warming and the Arctic Ocean”
Dr. Mike Steele, Senior Principal Oceanographer, Polar Science Center, Applied Physics Laboratory at University of Washington
October 11, 7 p.m. Pacific Science Center’s PACCAR IMAX® Theater

Some of the most extreme climate changes on the planet are happening at the top of the globe. The area covered by the floating sea ice pack is shrinking, and individual floes are on average much thinner than they used to be. These changes are affecting other parts of the climate system. For example, in summer much more ocean area is now exposed to direct sunlight, leading to warming and changes in marine ecosystems. It is perhaps disturbing to contemplate the causes of these changes and how they might affect the future of the Arctic Seas, but at the same time it’s honestly an exciting time to study this area. In this talk, we’ll show simple graphs illustrating these changes, and also some cool field pix from The Only Ocean You Can Walk On (for now).

“The Neuroscience of Zombies”
Kaitlyn Casimo, Graduate Program in Neuroscience at University of Washington
October 26, 7 p.m. Pacific Science Center’s PACCAR IMAX® Theater

Zombies are people too…or they were, at least. Whether they shamble, sprint, or just decompose, zombies are everywhere, and they’re out to eat human flesh. What is it about the undead plague that causes the distinctive and irreversible transformation from friendly neighbor to mindless cannibal? Come learn about neuroanatomy and what these parts of your brain normally do, how common symptoms of zombie infection originate in brain damage to specific areas, and the real-life science of neural regeneration and degenerative disease.