The STEMinar Lecture Series is a forum designed give students an opportunity to hear from those in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. Delivered three times a semester, the lecture series provides a chance to hear from renowned scientists and industry leaders and learn about their area of expertise. Each 1-hour program includes an open forum discussion in which audience members are encouraged to ask questions of the guest speaker.
Lectures are open to the public and admission is free.
Tuesday, September 20
12:30 PM, S-100/101
Dr. Julie Martellini received her PhD in biomedical sciences at the University of Central Florida, focusing on HIV transmission research. She is a published research scientist, with manuscripts in the Journal of Immunology and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. After her postdoctoral research fellowship ended at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, she joined Dallas County Health and human Services as the epidemiology program planner, in the Public Health Preparedness Division. While at DCHHS, she has served the Dallas County community by working with the epidemiology team on multiple public health outbreaks, she served as the epidemiology subject expert in the DCHHS Ebola hotline during the 2014 outbreak, she serves as liaison to the health authority on matters of bioterrorism and emergency preparedness, and currently is working to disseminate the DCHHS Zika Prevention Kits to pregnant women who have possible exposure to the Zika virus.
Dr. Martellini’s lecture will focus on mosquito borne diseases past, present and future, understanding Zika virus – infection and transmission, the health consequences and public health preparedness and response.
Behind the scenes of fireworks
Wednesday, October 19
12:30 PM, S-100/101
What’s a celebration without fireworks!? Mr. David Rosenbaum will give the inside scoop on what it takes to create professional fireworks displays. From the chemistry and physics of the fireworks themselves, to the electrical components that allow the fireworks to be scripted and shot to the music.
David Rosenbaum is President of Illumination Fireworks, LLC. He oversees the strategic management direction for the company and designs large-scale professional fireworks displays and special effects shows. David also provides consulting and show design services to numerous companies across the United States and Central and South America. He founded Illumination Fireworks when he was a sophomore at the University of North Texas in 2006.
David lives in Flower Mound with his wife, Brittany, daughter, Lily, dog, and two cats.
There's a whole lot of Physics in sports
Wednesday, November 9
Being good at a sport, such as basketball or baseball, involves a lot of determination and practice that leads to improvement. Can physics help? After all, physics can describe the underlying laws of motion of the baseball, for example, and account for such effects as air resistance and spin. When coupled with newer technologies, such as video analysis, the motion can be analyzed, modelled better, and provides ways for improvement. This talk will look at the physics of a few sports, the use of video analysis in those sports, and what can be learned from studying players and how suggestions can be made for improvement. The talk will conclude with a real-life example from investigative work.
Richard P. Olenick is a Professor of Physics at the University of Dallas teaches all levels of physics and astronomy courses. He came to UD straight from graduate school at Purdue University. He has been named a Texas Professor of the Year and also a Minnie Piper Stevens Professor. He was Associate Director of the Annenberg/CPB Project, The Mechanical Universe and Beyond the Mechanical Universe and principal author of the accompanying texts for the 52-part PBS series. He also directed several National Science Foundation grants to develop curriculum materials for high school physics courses. As a Fulbright Scholar, he taught at Moscow State University and continues research collaboration there, which include taking students there for research. His research focuses on small telescope searches for exoplanets and the study accretion discs of cataclysmic variable stars.