The Music of Medicine: Tuning the body to light and sound

The wealth of information contained in light and sound is staggering, as can be seen in 8th century Asian Ink drawings and the vibrating pollination technique used by the bumblebee. And the ways we process light and sound are equally complex, it turns out–join us on an exploration of human auditory and visual systems, as we talk about Night Shift, fire alarms, and medical applications … Continue reading The Music of Medicine: Tuning the body to light and sound

Charting the Hidden World of the Brain: A tale of lasers, magnets, and fish

Recent advances in biology and physics have enabled the creation of exquisitely detailed maps of the brain that describe the structure and function of specific brain regions or even individual cells. We will discuss the technologies behind these maps as well as the insights they have revealed about how complex phenomena like behaviors and emotions can emerge from a squishy glob of cells.   Continue reading Charting the Hidden World of the Brain: A tale of lasers, magnets, and fish

When Food Fights Back: Exploring Salmonella’s journey through the body

Over 1 million people in the United States get food poisoning from Salmonella bacteria each year – that’s almost one out of every 300 Americans! You might have heard that this bacteria enters our bodies when we eat contaminated foods, but what happens after? In this talk, we’ll answer this question by exploring the ins and outs of a typical Salmonella infection – from a … Continue reading When Food Fights Back: Exploring Salmonella’s journey through the body

Dawn of a New Era: Detecting wrinkles in spacetime

Presented by Ashley Villar and Tansu Daylan The detection of gravitational waves has crowned a decades-long experimental endeavor in physics, confirming the major prediction of Einstein’s general theory of gravity. For the first time physicists are able to detect the wrinkles of spacetime produced by colliding stars and black holes. We will discuss the history of gravitational wave detectors and the physics behind these fascinating … Continue reading Dawn of a New Era: Detecting wrinkles in spacetime

The Study of Instinct: unraveling how the brain generates behavior

Presented by Nick Jikomes All animals, including humans, display a variety of innate motivational drives built in to the architecture of their brains. These include the drive to eat, sleep, find mates and defend against threats. Cutting-edge neuroscientific tools are now available that make it possible for scientists to map and interrogate the specific brain circuits that control these behaviors. Modern neuroscience now stands poised … Continue reading The Study of Instinct: unraveling how the brain generates behavior

Preventing Broken Hearts: The science behind cardiovascular disease

presented by Mary Gearing Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the world’s leading cause of death. This disease is often called “the silent killer” because it develops slowly over time without obvious symptoms. In this talk, I’ll explain how CVD develops and why it’s so dangerous. I’ll also discuss standard treatments as well as new and exciting research in the field. Lecture Continue reading Preventing Broken Hearts: The science behind cardiovascular disease

Awaken the force within: immunotherapy brings a new hope to cancer treatment

presented by Joy Jiao Cancer immunotherapy, the use of the immune system to fight cancer, has revolutionized treatment options for diseases such as advanced lung cancer and melanoma. Recently, cancer immunotherapy has obtained additional fame as former president Jimmy Carter is currently being treated with this cutting-edge therapy. In this talk, I will explain how cancer immunotherapy works, our current understanding of how cancer cells … Continue reading Awaken the force within: immunotherapy brings a new hope to cancer treatment

Air Pollution Knows No Boundaries

presented by Yanina Barrera How do atmospheric scientists understand air pollution in a city, when the air is constantly moving from state to state, and country to country? Answering this question is crucial for developing public health and environmental policy. By directly measuring air pollutants and combining information about the winds with a computer model, atmospheric scientists can better understand transport of urban air pollution. … Continue reading Air Pollution Knows No Boundaries

Skin Deep: Illuminating our body’s immune defenses

Presented by Vinidhra Mani The skin is our first barrier to entry of pathogens. The tightly regulated immune system in our skin provides us with a robust arsenal to combat potential invaders, yet also has checkpoints to ensure that the battlefields don’t harm our own bodies in return. How does immunity in the skin protect us? How can we bolster our barrier defenses through vaccination … Continue reading Skin Deep: Illuminating our body’s immune defenses