Antarctica is almost entirely covered by ice, precluding use of the usual geological sampling and mapping methods. According to seismologist Wiens, the history of these ice sheets is intertwined with the continent’s geological record. He'll discuss his ongoing research and the surprising discoveries that have been made about the continent.
Increased evidence of climate change hasn’t shifted the global debate on the topic, and many doubt its effects. According to Climate Outreach's Marshall, this is because we're in denial. He'll outline how evolution and human values have caused us to ignore this threat, and offer advice on how to fix it. Event details: http://www.townhallseattle.org/george-marshall-the-psychology-of-climate-change/
252 million years ago, microbes almost killed all life on Earth -- because of this, Money argues that the long-overlooked, understudied microbial world is the most important facet of all life. "The Amoeba in the Room" advocates for changing the way scientists think about these tiny organisms. Event details: http://www.townhallseattle.org/nicholas-p-money-the-microbes-around-us/
Oceanography student Banner’s study of coastal science in the Mekong Delta connects the changing planet to economic and social livelihoods of these communities; she’ll share how rising sea levels have altered the balance between the river and those who depend on it. Tickets only $5!
From the splitting a whole cake to the science behind lasagna, math professor Cheng explores basic kitchen math concepts -- then takes it to the next level by connecting them to overall category theories of the subject. She’ll open the world of math for everyday use, exploring what it is, how it works, and why everyone should care about it. Tickets only $5!
Following an investigation of Noah’s Flood, UW geologist, MacArthur fellow, and Town Hall Scholar in Residence David Montgomery, author of "The Rocks Don’t Lie," explores the shifting nature of truth, whether viewed through the lens of science or religion. Tickets: http://townhallseattle.org/david-montgomery-a-geological-perspective-on-noahs-flood/
With football injuries appearing more frequently in the news, understanding neuroplasticity (how the brain heals itself) could be more important than ever. No one knows this better than neuroscientist Elliott, who'll share the story of his 1999 car crash, subsequent concussion, and years-long quest to restore his mind using groundbreaking science. Tickets only $5!
At what age do we start liking vegetables? How do family habits influence taste preference? Why does your location impact food predilection? Award-winning food writer Wilson will have the answers to these and other questions in an exploration of her latest work.
Veteran science writer Andrew Lawler offers a glimpse at one of humanity’s oldest friends and food sources--the chicken. He’ll describe how this bird has transcended nations, culture, religion, and cuisine to become the most eaten–and dominant–domesticated animal that exists today.
In addition to the Himalayan blackberry, more than 700 invasive species exist in Washington state. Contrary to what many people believe about these nuisances, journalist Pearce says their presence is actually a good thing. He'll outline how the world's invasive species are the key to preserving our ecosystem, offering concrete steps forward on the road to conservation. Tickets only $5!
Drawing us into the greatest discovery of Einstein’s career, A. Douglas Stone examines Einstein’s personal correspondence and early life in an assessment of his unparalleled contributions to quantum theory. Tickets: http://townhallseattle.org/a-douglas-stoneeinsteins-greatest-success/