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The College of Science & Health Symposium Series runs monthly through the Fall and Spring semesters and features outstanding speakers who address relevant and current topics in the fields of science and health. Invited speakers, who are selected by the dean’s council, are experts in their fields and provide students and faculty with information on recent developments in science and health. Although the audience is primarily UVU students and faculty, the community is also invited and encouraged to attend. Topics have included treatment for patients with strokes, the legal battle over teaching intelligent design in public schools , and trends in air quality along the Wasatch Front. Each lecture typically runs 45 minutes with a question and answer period following.

College of Science & Health Symposium Series Utah Valley University

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The College of Science & Health Symposium Series runs monthly through the Fall and Spring semesters and features outstanding speakers who address relevant and current topics in the fields of science and health. Invited speakers, who are selected by the dean’s council, are experts in their fields and provide students and faculty with information on recent developments in science and health. Although the audience is primarily UVU students and faculty, the community is also invited and encouraged to attend. Topics have included treatment for patients with strokes, the legal battle over teaching intelligent design in public schools , and trends in air quality along the Wasatch Front. Each lecture typically runs 45 minutes with a question and answer period following.

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    The Vavilov-Lysenko Contention

    The Vavilov-Lysenko Contention

    • 53 min
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    The Priestess of Chornancap

    The Priestess of Chornancap

    Dr. Daniel Fairbanks and Dr. Haagen Klaus of Utah Valley University present the archaeological finding and excavation of an ancient female Peruvian ruler and the subsequent forensic sculptural facial reconstruction of said ruler performed by Dr. Fairbanks.

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    Advances in Image-Guided Therapies

    Advances in Image-Guided Therapies

    Dr. Black is a leading authority on interventional and vascular radiology, and a great public speaker. This talk will be fascinating for anyone interested in health care or in technological breakthroughs.

    • 40 min
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    High-Elevation Lakes in Grand Teton National Park

    High-Elevation Lakes in Grand Teton National Park

    Sarah is an Ecologist for the US Geological Survey National Water Quality Assessment program and is based at INSTAAR, University of Colorado. Her area of expertise is in the taxonomy and ecology of a group of algae, the diatoms. She is particularly interested in ice-covered lakes in the alpine and Antarctic, where she has worked on diatoms surviving under harsh conditions. Sarah is also the lead Editor and manager for a project to develop a national diatom flora in the form of an online database, Diatoms of the United States. Sarah would like everyone to know about diatoms and for all to have the resources to identify them correctly. In addition to spending time with diatoms, Sarah is also an avid rock climber and enjoys traveling around the western US.

    • 37 min
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    Cancer Dementia and Muscle Function

    Cancer Dementia and Muscle Function

    Dr. Laura Bridgewater, Cancer Dementia & Muscle Function: A Potential Genetic Connection. The BMP2 gene encodes a protein that regulates bone, cartilage, and limb formation, heart development, and programmed cell death. Dr. Bridgewater has discovered genetic variants in this gene that demonstrate its involvement in muscle strength and endurance, as well as possible links to cancer and dementia.

    • 42 min
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    The Evidence For Evolution

    The Evidence For Evolution

    Dr. Alan Rogers has been teaching evolution to college students for thirty years. Until recently, he seldom spent much time arguing that evolution happens. He took that for granted and launched directly into his real love--the mechanisms of evolution. This has lately begun to look like a mistake. According to polling data, most Americans doubt that evolution is a real phenomenon. How can one teach students how evolution works if they doubt that it happens at all?

    As soon as this dawned on him, he began looking for a text on evidence--something to assign during the first couple of weeks of his introductory course. Many of the books he found seemed to assume that the reader needed only to be told about evolution, not convinced.

    In the end he wrote his own book, which covers the evidence for evolution and nothing more. It does not merely summarize received wisdom; it recounts the give and take between skeptical scientists who first asked "how can we be sure" and then answered those questions with evidence.

    • 45 min

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