Meet-Up (10/25) – The Impact of Information

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eytan-adarThe Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics are having a meet-up on Saturday, October 25th from 4:00 to 7:00pm at the Classic Cup Cafe. Our special guest will be Dr. Eytan Adar, Associate Professor of Information and Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, at the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan.

This will be a little different from past meet-ups, but I think it will be a fun topic to learn more about … especially those of us who use the internet a lot.

Dr. Adar’s research is on temporal-informatics which is the study of the change of information—and our consumption of it—over time.   He has had numerous papers published ranging from a variety of topics such as benevolent deception in human-computer interaction, a better way of organizing your internet feeds, the dynamics of web content, and more.

The conversation for this meetup will likely touch on many different topics, but it will have the common theme of how information on the internet is affecting us all.

The first part of the event will be for general socializing and ordering refreshments. After which, there will be some announcements, and then we’ll start the informal Q & A at approximately 4:30pm.

There is no cost to attend but donations to cover the guest speaker’s meal and beverages, as well as general group expenses are appreciated.ClassicCupThumbnail

 

If interested in attending, please RSVP here or on our Meeup page.

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Have some time to kill before the meet-up? Check out the Great Lakes Zoological Society’s “A World of Discovery” located just down the road from our get-together venue.   Admission is just $8 (children 3-11 $5.50).  And there is a $1 off coupon located on our website.

Great Lakes Zoological Society

(09/12/14) – RELATE Presents “Science By The Pint”

Science by the PintIf you missed the previous events, you have time to attend this last one for 2014!  The RELATE group (Researchers Expanding Lay-Audience Teaching and Engagement) is hosting their final “Science by the Pint” at the Tap Room of the Arbor Brewing Company (114 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104) on Friday, September 12th, from 7 to 10pm.

Listen to student scientists as they provide short presentations on topics of which they are studying.

For more information about Friday’s event, you can visit Science By The Pint.  And to find out more about RELATE, you can visit their website, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter (@RELATEatUM).

(09/06/14) – RELATE Presents “Science By The Pint”

Science by the PintA local group of faculty and graduate students at the University of Michigan called RELATE (Researchers Expanding Lay-Audience Teaching and Engagement) is hosting an event called “Science by the Pint” at the Tap Room of the Arbor Brewing Company (114 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104).

On Saturday, September 6th, from 7-10pm, student scientists will give 15 to 20 minute talks on a variety of topics involving human physiology and health.

For more information about Saturday’s event, you can visit Science By The Pint.  And to find out more about RELATE, you can visit their website, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter (@RELATEatUM).

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Download Now – “Observing the Universe: Telescopes and Dark Matter Skepticism

Mario-Mateo-HeadshotThis is the audio recording of the 04/19 meet-up with Dr. Mario Matteo, professor of Astronomy at the University of Michigan.  In this meet-up, Dr. Matteo discusses the importance of instrumentation in cosmology and astronomy, including his own development of several powerful telescopes.  And Dr. Matteo also explains why some of his work challenges current models of dark matter as an explanatory reason of the distribution of mass in nearby galaxies.

Some of the highlights of the conversation:

(12:50) What is meant by measuring velocities when using a telescope, (20:00) The skepticism of dark matter as an explanation for the distribution of mass in galaxies, (36:50) The excitement over the Gaia Satellite Mission, (45:00) What is a dwarf galaxy, (49:10) How gravitation lensing is used as data, and (1:08:50) Why Dr. Matteo doesn’t speculate on dark energy.

UM mathematics professors develop new jet-lag app

(From UM News Service) … A different kind of jet-lag mobile app released today by University of Michigan mathematicians reveals previously unknown shortcuts that can help travelers snap their internal clocks to new time zones as efficiently as possible.

“Overcoming jet lag is fundamentally a math problem and we’ve calculated the optimal way of doing it,” said Danny Forger, a professor of mathematics at the U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. “We’re certainly not the first people to offer advice about this, but our predictions show the best and quickest ways to adjust across time zones.”

The new iPhone app, called Entrain, is believed to be the first to take a numbers-based approach to “entrainment,” the scientific term for synchronizing circadian rhythms with the outside hour. It’s based on new findings by Forger and Kirill Serkh, a doctoral student at Yale University who worked on the project while an undergraduate at U-M.

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Reported by Nicole Casal-Moore from University of Michigan News Service

Download Now – “Innovation in Manufacturing & Engineering”

jay guoThis is the audio recording of the 04/05 meet-up with Dr. L Jay Guo, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Macromolecular Science and Engineering and Applied Physics at the University of Michigan.  In this meet-up, Dr. Guo provides an overview of potential industrial uses of nanotechnology, the advantages and disadvantages of nano-materials and more.

Some of the highlights of the conversation:

Organic Flexible Solar Cells, Carbon Nanotubes, Invisibility, The issue of Patents, Nano-Robots, Environmental concerns of nanotechnology, Exploiting Quantum Physics in nanotechnology, Colored Solar Panels and How research moves from the university level to commercial development.  We even talk a bit about dark matter at the very end which ties into our next group event.