Astrophysicist Brian Schmidt's public talk Aug. 25, 2013: 'The First Stars in the Universe'

2013-08-26 by

Astrophysicist Brian P. Schmidt went to high school at Bartlett High in Anchorage after arriving here at age 13.

He went on to a very distinguished career that included sharing the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics for finding evidence that the universe is expanding at an ever-faster rate.

Schmidt’s talk is titled: “The First Stars in The Universe.”

The Universe was born 13.8 billion years ago devoid of the stars, galaxies, and black holes we see today. Schmidt discusses how astronomers are in the process of uncovering the life-history of the Cosmos, learning about how the first stars in the Universe transformed cold lifeless space into the exciting world of the present.

This event was recorded in the Main Stage of the UAA Fine Arts Building on August 25, 2013.

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Brian P. Schmidt
Website: tour his workplace and his vineyard
Nobel Prize
Website, Brian P. Schmidt's announcement

Polaris Shakespeare Lecture with Barry Kraft, 'Shakespeare's Shifting POV'

2012-03-02 by

Barry Kraft recently played the title roles in “King Lear” at Southern Oregon University and in “Julius Caesar” and “King Lear” at the Marin Shakespeare Company. He has acted in all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays—more than 100 roles in 85 full productions at theatres and festivals around the country, including 20 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

He is author of “After-Dinner Shakespeare: Thy Father is a Gorbellied Codpiece” and “On the Theatrical Worth of Discarded Words” in On-Stage Studies. Kraft is also a dramaturg, an educator, an avid chess and Go player and a poetry lover.

In this lecture, he offers skillful readings of key characters from a handful of Shakespeare’s plays from his middle period, especially “The Merchant of Venice,” “King Henry V,” “Julius Caesar” and “Hamlet,” Barry Kraft will explore the enigma of why we are unable to see them all simultaneously in satisfactory focus.

The Polaris Lecture series, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Forty-Ninth State Fellows Program of the University Honors College and the Polaris Society.

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University Honors College
Sponsor of the Polaris Shakespeare Lecture
49th State Fellows
Program overview, lecture series sponsor
Polaris Lecture Series
Program overview
Barry Kraft, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Bio page

Network Scaling: The Growth and Behavior of Organisms and Societies, with Dr. Melanie Moses

2011-10-24 by

Scaling properties of networks that deliver energy and information within industrial societies can affect the behavior of people living in those societies. Scaling theory offers the perspective that human life spans, reproductive choices, and economic structures may be constrained by the way that energy flows through networks in modern societies.

Melanie Moses is an assistant professor in the Department of computer science at the University of New Mexico with a joint appointment to the Department of Biology. She concentrates on scaling properties of biological social and information networks, and the general rules governing the acquisition and efficiency of energy and information exchanges in complex adaptive systems.

This talk was co-sponsored by Undergraduate Research, College of Arts and Sciences and the UAA Honors College. This podcast was recorded Oct. 13, 2011.

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Melanie Moses
Bio page, University of New Mexico
Research page for Dr. Melanie Moses
UAA University Honors College
UAA Complex Systems

Lessons from Jonesboro, Littleton, and Vietnam: How Kids are Learning to Kill and Learning to Like It

2011-05-16 by News, Sports, and Art

The UAA University Honors College presents Lt. Col. Dave Grossman as the keynote speaker for the sixth annual Undergraduate Research and Discovery Syposium. In this podcast, Lt. Col. Grossman presents, “Lessons from Jonesboro, Littleton, and Vietnam: How Kids are Learning to Kill and Learning to Like It”

This podcast was recorded on April 22, 2011.

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Dr. Patricia Kuhl on 'How Infants Crack the Speech Code'

2010-08-24 by News, Sports, and Art

Dr. Patricia Kuhl is one of the world’s preeminent researchers on early language and brain development. Research shows that infants use computation to ‘crack the speech code,’ but that social interaction also plays a critical role. ‘Motherese,’ the exaggerated, high-pitched speech we use to speak to babies, is used in virtually every language studied.

These precursors to language in typically developing infants are leading to the identification of children at risk for developmental disabilities involving language, such as autism. Soon, the techniques of modern neuroscience will play an ever-increasing role in our understanding of the interaction between biology and culture in human learning.

This public event was sponsored by the Honors College and was recorded on Aug. 23, 2010.

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Press release on talk
Offers good background on Dr. Kuhl's research and work
UW Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences
Dr. Kuhl's biography
UAA Honors College
Details on the college and its resources for students

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