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Previous Science Cafe's


"Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Einstein's Cosmological Constant, and the Accelerating Universe"
April 10, 2018
Dr. Bharat Ratra, Distinguished Professor, KSU

Improving Natural Beauty and Wildlife Habitat at the Howard Reynolds Natural Area Through Large Scale Student Involvement
March 6, 2018
Dr. Mitch Greer, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, FHSU


Same Stress, Differet Animal
February 20, 2018
Dr. Medhavi Ambardar, Instructor, FHSU Biological Sciences 

"Making Stars on Earth: Using Plasma Physics to Power the Future"

January 16, 2018
Benjamin Faber, Department of Physics/University of Wisconsin-Madison

Mind Control: A How to Guide for Conquering Stress and Negativity through Mindfulness"

November 7, 2017
Dr. Whitney Jeter, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology/FHSU
Mrs. Brooke Mann, Lecturer, Department of Psychology/FHSU

"What Would Yoda Do? Exploring Good and Evil and the Balance of the Force in Star Wars"

October 10, 2017
Dr. Brad Will, Associate Professor of English/Assistant Dean College of Arts
Humanities & Social Sciences-Fort Hays State University

"Enhancing the Classroom and Workplace with Virtual/Augmented Realty (V/AR)
September 12, 2017
Dr. Robert Moody, Department of Enhanced Education Programs Professor

"Relativity, Gravitational Waves and Laser Interferometer Gravitational-
Wave Observatory"
July 16, 2017
Amber Henry, FHSU Physics Graduate, Educational and Outreach Coordinator
for LIGO Hanford Observatory

"August's Total Solar Eclipse; Where and How to See It" May 3, 2017
Dean Stramel, Adjunct Professor in Chemistry, FHSU

"Futuristic Computing and It's Impact on Society Today and Tomorrow" April 25, 2017
Presentation by Dr. Eduard Babulak, Department of Informatics at FHSU

"August's Total Solar Eclipse: Where and How to See It" March 28, 2017
Dean Stramel, Adjunct Professor in Chemistry, FHSU

"Plant Stressors and Responses" February 28, 2017
Dr. Brian Maricle, Associate Professor/Department of Biological Sciences, FHSU

"Tornado Valley" January 24, 2017
Dr. Grady Dixon, Department of Geosciences Chair & Associate Professor, FHSU

"Two Cultures: What American Scientists Think about Religion" November 3, 2016
Edward John Larson, Pulitzer Prize Winning American Historian/
Legal Scholar at Pepperdine University

"Past Nobel Peace Prize Laureates" October 11, 2016
Dr. Gavin Buffington/Dr. C.D. Clark/Dr. Eric Deyo/Dr. Jack Maseberg/
Dr. Kent Rohleder, Fort Hays State University

"75th Science Cafe - - Proxima b-to be, or not to be, a habitable planet"
September 27, 2016 Dr. Paul Adams, Dean - - FHSU College of Education

"ORION - American's New Spacecraft" June 23, 2016
Joe Erdman, Lockhead Martin Space Systems Company

"PechaKucha 20 Images x 20 Seconds" April 26, 2016
Dr. Gavin Buffington, Dr. CD Clark, Dr. Eric Deyo, Dr. Jack Maseberg, Dr. Kent Rohleder

"Current Trends in Photovoltaics Research: What's A Carrot Got to Do With It?"
April 12, 2016 Dr. Arvin Cruz, FHSU Chemistry Department

"Lesser Prairie-Chickens...The Rest of the Story" March 1, 2016
Randy Rodgers, Wildlife Biologist

"Beyond Recreation: Using Drones in Research" February 16, 2016
Beau Dealy & Curtis Moore

"Vermiculture: Let Worms Eat Your Garbage" January 26, 2016
Dr. Jean A. Gleichsner, FHSU Agriculture Department

"Bring Back the Monarchs" December 1, 2015
Angie Babbit, Communications Coordinator, Monarch Watch

"The Martian" Reality or Hollywood Movie Magic" November 19, 2015
Dr. Paul Adams, Fort Hays State University

"Increasing Wind Penetration: Challenges and Opportunities" October 22, 2015
Dr. Al Tamimi, Vice President Transmission Planning Policy
Sunflower Electric Power Corporation

"Research Topics in Biometeorology: Are Suicide Rates Affected by Weather?"
September 29, 2015 Dr. P. Grady Dixon, FHSU Department of Geosciences

"Night Storms" April 9, 2015
Dr. David Bodine, National Center for Atmospheric Research

"New Horizons - A Visit to Pluto Summer 2015" March 26, 2015
Dr. Paul Adams, Fort Hays State University

"Sometimes Truth is Greater than Fiction: Exploring Common Psychological Myths and even more interesting Psychological Facts"
February 12, 2015 Trey Hill, Ph.D, FHSU Assistant Professor

"10,000 Years of Human Communication in 30 Minutes" January 29, 2015
Dr. Gordon Carlson, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, FHSU

"Hail and Deer....And Several Other Answers To Your Questions About Storm Chasing"
November 20, 2014 P. Grady Dixon, FHSU Department of Geosciences

"Immunizations to Prevent and Eradicate Diseases" October 23, 2014
Bevra Brinkman, Kimberly Koerner, & Dr. Ellen Squire; Hays Medical Center

"NACA & NASA: The Early Years" October 9, 2014
John Ross

"The Art of Watering" September 11, 2014
Holly Dickman, K-State Research & Extension

"Prairieism" May 8, 2014
Brendon McCampbell

"Vive le difference!" April 24, 2014
Dr. Jon Hauxwell

"The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science" - - 50th Science Cafe! March 12, 2014
Chris Mooney

"Evolutionary Economics" February 13, 2014
W. Trey Hill, Department of Psychology, FHSU

"Comet Ison: The Comet that Was or Wasn't" December 5, 2013
Dr. Paul Adams, Fort Hays State University

"Changing Seasons" November 7, 2013
Dr. Greg Farley, FHSU Biology

"Still Curious About Curiosity" October 17, 2013
Dr. John Heinrichs, FHSU Geosciences

"De-Clawing Schrodinger's Cat: Quantum Physics for the Rest of Us" September 12, 2013
Dr. Elise Crull, University of Aberdeen

"Science of Suds" May 23, 2013
Gerald Wyman, Brewmaster, Lb. Brewing Company/Derk Brockelman

"Collaboration with Soil - Exploring the Art in Agriculture" April 25, 2013
Dr. Rhonda Janke, Kansas State University

"Crash and Burn: The Impact of Near-Earth Objects" March 28, 2013
Dr. Paul Adams, FHSU

"Vonnegut's View: Citizens and Science" February 28, 2013
Dr. Darrell Hamlin, FHSU

"Citizen Science: Science Of, By, and For People" January 31, 2013
Dr. Paul Adams, FHSU

"2012? Mayans, Nibiru, White Buffalo, OH MY!" November 29, 2012
Dr. Paul Adams, FHSU

"Pushing or Probing? The Inexact Science of Political Polling" October 25, 2012
Brett Zollinger, FHSU Sociology and Social Work

"Curious About Curiosity" September 6, 2012
Dr. John Heinrichs, FHSU Geosciences

"Of Mussels and Men" May 10, 2012
Curtis Wolf, Kansas Wetlands Education Center

"Astrobiology Through a Microscope: Extremophiles in our Cosmo" April 19, 2012
Dr. Samuel Zwenger, FHSU Biological Sciences

Kansas From 88,000 Feet: FHSU's High-Altitude Balloon Launch March 8, 2012
Dr. Jack Maseberg and Dr. Paul Adams

Still Image Video

Balloon Launch Video

"Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Universe" February 9, 2012
Dr. Bharat Ratra

"Neutrinos and the OPERA Experiment" January 26, 2012
Dr. Eric Deyo

"The Future is Now: Science Fiction Authors & Invention" November 3, 2011
Dr. Bradley Will, Associate Professor of English/Assistant Dean of Arts & Sciences

"NASA: Dollar$ and $en$e" October 6, 2011
Randy Gish, Johnson Space Center, ret

"Weather Extremes: Natural or Not" September 22, 2011
Dr. John Heinrichs, Fort Hays State University, Geoscience Department

"Bag It: The Damaging Effects of Plastic Bags on our Ecosystem" May 17, 2011
Keegen Olson & Delphine Brisson-Burns

"Using Social Networking Sites: How Facebook Usage is Impacting Us" May 10, 2011
Dr. John Raacke & Dr. Jennifer Bonds-Raacke

"Space: The Final Frontier, NASA's Next Ten Years" April 19, 2011
Dr Paul Adams, Fort Hays State University

"Peak Oil: What is the World Energy Outlook" April 12, 2011
Dr. Keith Miller, Kansas State University, Department of Geology

"Embracing the Honeybee" March 8, 2011
Greg Swob

"Dust World" February 15, 2011
Dr. Paul Adams, Fort Hays State University

"Auger North" January 11, 2011
Dr. Nick Solomey, WSU Department of Physics

"Who's Afraid of Frankenfoods (and why)" November 9, 2010
Dr. Larry Davis, Kansas State University, Professor of Biochemistry

"The Face of Mars: A Critical Look" October 5, 2010
Dr. John Heinrichs, Fort Hays State University, Geoscience Department

"Can Citizens Prevent Global Warming?" September 21, 2010
Dr. Bob Mosil - 1985 Nobel Peace Prize Winner/Woodrow Wilson Scholar

"God, Darwin and Global Warming?" July 29, 2010
Kenneth Miller, Brown University Biologist

"Why Fear Snakes? What's Fact, What's Fiction, What's Evolution?" July 13, 2010
Brian Bartels, Museum Educator, Sternberg Museum

"What is a Pelican doing in Kansas? Cheyenne Bottoms: Sights and Sounds of Bird Migration"
May 11, 2010 CJ Wolf

"Where Does Kansas stand on common core standards?" April 21, 2010
Sally Cauble, Kansas Board of Education, District 5

"Super Darn Radar" March 23, 2010
Mark Garret, Fort Hays State University

"Nanotechnology: How small is that? Is it dangerous?" February 23, 2010
Dr. Cathy Clewett, Fort Hays State University

"2012: The End of Time?" January 19, 2010
Dr. Paul Adams, Fort Hays State University

"Wonder Drugs gone bad" the dark side of antibiotics November 10, 2009
Jon Hauxwell, M.D.

"Violence in Women" October 20, 2009
Dr. Janett Naylor, Fort Hays State University, Psychology

"Satellites and Strange Space Clouds" October 8, 2009
Dr. Dianne Robinson, Hampton University, VA

"Using Genomics to Address Environmental Change" September 15, 2009
Dr. Mike Herman, Kansas State University, Biology

"Mankind's Giant Leap" July 21, 2009
Dr. Paul Adams, Fort Hays State University

"How Stable Isotopes in Bird Feathers Give Us a Sense of Place in Time" June 16, 2009
Dr. Dave Rintoul, Kansas State University Division of Biology

"Exoplanet Discovery" May 12, 2009
Dr. Paul Adams, Fort Hays State University

"Bioethics: How Science and Ethics Intersect" April 21, 2009
Dr. Carl E. Miller, Fort Hays State University, Philosophy

"What's A Hadron, and Why Do We Want to Collide Them?" March 11, 2009
Dr. Phil Baringer, KU Physics, LHC Researcher

"Academic Freedom" February 17, 2009
Dr. Darrell Hamlin, Fort Hays State University

"Mosasaurs, Plesiosaurs, and Sea Monsters: Oh My!" January 20, 2009
Mike Everhart

"Wind + Alternative Energies" November 25, 2008
Dr. Ruth Douglas Miller, KSU Electrical Engineering Department

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