Wednesday, October 4, 7 pm
Sinkholes of Doom: Understanding Collapsing Landscapes
Sinkholes form all over the world, but there are some places where they form more than others. Why is there such a variation in sinkhole formation over time and space? Why do places like Brooklyn and Florida seem to get more sinkholes than other places? This lecture will review the formation of some of the most dramatic sinkholes on the planet—including some in our own backyard.
Vice Provost for Scholarship and Engagement
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
Professor of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability
Wednesday, November 1, 7 p.m.
Engineering Baseball: STEM, Management, and the National Pastime
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and management have been used in professional baseball from the time of “scientific baseball” in the early 1900’s to the application of “moneyball,” big data analysis, and advanced analytics today. Professional baseball has long been linked to applications in STEM and such diverse fields as statistical analysis and optimization, ergonomics, material science, as well as organizational behavior and management theory. This discussion may change how you watch and think about baseball.
Richard J. Puerzer
Chair and Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering
Department of Engineering
Wednesday, November 29, 7 p.m.
Physics for Rock Stars: Making the Laws of the Universe Work for You
Join us as we discuss the sexiest of sciences – PHYSICS. Mechanical engineer Christine McKinley says, “Physics is the sexiest of the sciences. Sure, you would argue that biology is all about reproduction, and chemistry has an intrinsically hot name, but when you get down to the guiding principles of the universe, it’s all physics. The laws of motion, energy, gravity, and entropy rule. Literally. They trump all other laws and inform all other activity. That’s what makes physics sexy. It is firmly in charge.”
Christine McKinley is a mechanical engineer, musician and author. Her musical Gracie and the Atom won a Portland Drammy for Original Score. Her book Physics for Rock Stars was published in 2014 by Penguin Random House. McKinley hosted Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on History Channel and Under New York on Discovery Channel.
Location for all lectures: Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center
For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or visit hofstra.edu/culture.