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Cafe Sci brings interesting speakers from around the Pittsburgh region to Carnegie Science Center once a month to share their knowledge in their respective fields. This podcast provides an archive of past speakers.

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Cafe Sci brings interesting speakers from around the Pittsburgh region to Carnegie Science Center once a month to share their knowledge in their respective fields. This podcast provides an archive of past speakers.

    Beyond the Looking Glass: Bird-Friendly Windows

    Beyond the Looking Glass: Bird-Friendly Windows

     
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    Glass windows are the second greatest human-related cause of mortality to North American birds, accounting for nearly 1 billion deaths annually. In an effort to make the skies safer for our feathered friends, researchers are looking for ways to reduce collisions by making glass more visible to birds.
    Matt Web, the Urban Bird Conservation Coordinator for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, will present his talk: Beyond the Looking Glass: Bird-Friendly Windows on Monday, May 1. Web will discuss developing research as to why certain types of glass are more prone to avian collisions, as well as how companies are making bird-friendly glass available.
    Webb is involved in research at Powdermill Nature Reserve, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s field research station located in the Ligonier valley. He and fellow Powdermill avian researchers are using an innovative flight tunnel to safely test bird-friendly glass prototypes to use on new buildings.
    Webb also started BirdSafe Pittsburgh in 2014, a local partnership of organizations dedicated to bird conservation in southwestern Pennsylvania. Teams of BirdSafe Pittsburgh volunteers spend the early hours of each day through the spring and fall migration combing the sidewalks of Pittsburgh, looking for birds that have collided with windows. Data is collected about each collision found and dead birds are brought back to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History to become a part of the permanent museum collection. Birds that survived a collision are captured and brought to Animal Rescue League's wildlife center for rehabilitation and release. Citizen scientists also monitor the windows of personal homes, helping researchers learn more about what makes some bird-friendly window products more effective than others.
    Webb has studied birds with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History for the past four years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, Colorado.
     
    Recorded Monday, May 1, 2017 at Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, PA

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Cafe Sci: Harnessing Electricity from Biofilms to Create Sustainable technologies

    Cafe Sci: Harnessing Electricity from Biofilms to Create Sustainable technologies

    Dr. David Sanchez
    Assistent Professor, University of Pittsburgh
     
    Biofilms play a central role in the ecosystem’s ability to sustain life and provide goods and services for economic development. In the biosphere they support key biochemical transformations that clean water, provide fertilizer and allow you to digest your food. What else can they do? Are engineers able to electrically harness the talents of the “best chemists in the world”? Join a discussion with Dr. Sanchez on how engineers are reconceptualizing the role of biofilms in creating innovative sustainable technologies.
    Dr. Sanchez is an Assistant Professor Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and the Assistant Director for the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation at the University of Pittsburgh. His research is focused on fusing sustainability principles and design thinking to address our Water and Energy grand challenges for both natural systems and the built environment. Current projects include engineering biofilm-electrodes, designing hydroponic systems for phytoremediation, improving electrocatalytic water disinfection technologies for aquaculture, and creating real-time environmental quality sensor platforms. Engineering education research also plays a major role in his work as his team looks at creating innovative K-12 engineering programs, infusing Sustainable Design into engineering curricula, and evaluating the role of extra-curricular innovation/entrepreneurship landscape in student formation. He serves as the Faculty Director for the Design EXPO, the Innovation/Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and the university-wide Sustainability Certificate.
     
    Recorded Monday, March 13, 2017 at Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Cafe Sci: Is Carbon Capture Realistic?

    Cafe Sci: Is Carbon Capture Realistic?

    Is Carbon Capture Realistic?

    Christopher Wilmer
    Assistant Professor,Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department,University of Pittsburgh

    Join University of Pittsburgh professor Chris Wilmer for a discussion of the future of carbon capture technology. This very active area of engineering research explores the development of technologies that can be retrofitted onto fossil fuel-based power plants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. Retrofitting thousands of coal power plants across the globe would be a massive undertaking, and researchers need to know how feasible such a project would be.
    In his talk, Wilmer will consider this problem from the molecular scale and ask what the most efficient carbon capture membrane would look like, whether it can realistically help mitigate global warming, and how it compares to existing technologies.
    Wilmer is an assistant professor in the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department at the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on the use of large-scale molecular simulations to help find promising materials for energy and environmental applications.
     
    Recorded Monday, February 6, 2017 at Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Science News and Q's Pilot -- Seahorses, Antimatter, and Rivers

    Science News and Q's Pilot -- Seahorses, Antimatter, and Rivers

    Hello, and welcome to Carnegie Science Center’s newest experiment in podcasting. This is a pilot episode of Science News and Q’s or “SNaQ” for short. It’s  a show designed to highlight science current events and answer user submitted science questions. We hope you enjoy this pilot and will share your feedback with us. Thank you and enjoy Science News and Q’s.
     
    Science Headlines:
    Spinning Black holes: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/12/universe-s-brightest-supernova-may-be-something-much-more-exciting-spinning-star-eating
    Zika Modeling: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/05/yes-zika-will-soon-spread-united-states-it-won-t-be-disaster
    Seahorse Genes: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v540/n7633/full/nature20595.html
    Universal Rhythm: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v540/n7633/full/nature20595.html
     
    In-Depth Discussion:
    CERN Antimatter Spectroscopy: https://home.cern/about/updates/2016/12/alpha-observes-light-spectrum-antimatter-first-time
     
    Try It At Home:
    Buy your own spectroscopy glasses! https://www.teachersource.com/product/prism-glasses-double-axis-pkg-of-10/light-color
     
    Sponsor:
    Cafe Sci at Carnegie Science Center. www.CarnegieScienceCenter.org/CafeSci
     
    Recorded December 2016 at Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

    • 21 min
    Light Up the Sky with Stars

    Light Up the Sky with Stars

     
    Light Up the Sky with Stars

    Presenter:
    Diane Turnshek
    Lecturer, Author, & Astronomer

    How far do you have to travel to see the stars clearly? Join lecturer, author, and astronomer Diane Turnshek as she discusses how light pollution not only prevents us from living under a sky bright with stars, but also negatively impacts human health and the environment. Turnshek will examine how innovative science and technology can reverse this steady creep of sky glow, allowing us to view the same star-filled sky that all past generations did.
    Diane Turnshek is a lecturer in the Department of Physics at Carnegie Mellon University and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh. She has published hard science fiction with a focus on space colonization and first contact. Her love of both astronomy and science fiction led her to crew the Mars Desert Research Station near Bryce Canyon, Utah in 2012, where she turned her attention to dark sky advocacy. Her fight against light pollution has taken many forms, including giving a TEDxPittsburgh talk. Turnshek is also a 2015 Dark Sky Defender award recipient, recognized by the International Dark-Sky Association for her contribution to light pollution mitigation.
     
    Recorded Monday, December 5, 2016 at Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    The Science of Soccer Strength

    The Science of Soccer Strength

    Michael Whiteman Pittsburgh Riverhounds
    Director of Sports Science
     
    The Science of Soccer Strength
    Join Pittsburgh Riverhounds Director of Sports Science Michael Whiteman as he discusses truths and misconceptions about soccer athletes, and how energy systems develop in elite players. During his talk, Whiteman will discuss the various strengthening and endurance exercises soccer players go through to train their muscles and bodies for sports performance.
     
    Whiteman is a Pittsburgh native and holds a certified qualification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Whiteman has trained various professional athletes including NFL players Antonio Brown and Terrelle Pryor. He has been the strength and conditioning coach for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the USLPro soccer league since 2011. Whiteman also is the Director of Sports Science for the Riverhounds Development Academy.
     
    Recorded Monday, November 7, 2016 at Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, PA. 

    • 1 hr 23 min

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