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HMCSE Distinguished Lecture Series

The Hal Marcus of College of Science and Engineering (HMCSE) launched its first Great Minds Distinguished Lecture Series Spring 2018 with several notable speakers communicating the sciences with the community.

James Rea

March 8, 2018 - James Rea
Science Matters: On the Importance of Communicating Science to All

James Rea, Alan Alda Center for Communicationg Science
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Institute for Human Machine and Cognition (IHMC)
40 S Alcaniz Street, Downtown Pensacola

While research scientists recognize the importance of transferring knowledge out of labs and off campus, most struggle to share the excitement of their discoveries to non-academic audiences.  By using “clear, vivid, and engaging” language and communication methods, the public audience of citizens, media, and lifelong learners can better understand and actually use science to enrich and inform everyday life.

February 16, 2018 - Dr. Jyotika Vermani
XPRIZE: Incentivizing the Next Generation of Technology

Dr. Jyotica Virmani, Ocean XPRIZE
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Historic Museum of Commerce
201 E Zaragoza Street, Downtown Pensacola

Dr. Jyotika Virmani, the senior director of Planet & Environment at XPRIZE, shares the recognization of two significant moments that are currently upon us with profound implications for humanity. First, that individuals are rapidly becoming more empowered to invent and innovate using democratized technologies—e.g., AI, robotics, 3D printing, blockchain, sensors, bio-tech, big data, etc.—that only a few short decades ago were capabilities only afforded by large governments and big organizations. And second, that these individuals are getting digitally connected to one another across the globe, thus enabling the formation of small, powerful, and agile teams that are able to collaborate and innovate in ways we, the human race, have never experienced.

January 18, 2018 - Dr. Nathan Lewis
Where in the World Will Our Energy Come From?

Dr. Nathan Lewis, California Institute of Technology
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Historic Museum of Commerce
201 E Zaragoza Street, Downtown Pensacola

Dr. Nathan Lewis, George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry of the California Institute of Technology discusses ways energy can become more efficient. The modern heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems usually rely on a temperature measurement from a single location to control an entire building, or at least a large portion or zone of the building. More precise control of the system is required to improve user comfort and potentially reduce the power demands of HVAC systems. By designing a smarter control unit capable of utilizing an array of temperature and humidity sensors, the control unit directs valves to regulate air flow into or away from a zone thereby increasing personal comfort and reducing unneeded air conditioning to areas where the desired conditions have already been met. This project utilizes a Raspberry Pi microcontroller to receive data from the temperature sensors and relay commands to servo-controlled in-duct dampers, as well as stepper motor controller vent registers. The system was tested inside a multi-room demo home and was shown to provide an evener temperature distribution compared to the traditional single sensor/control system.

The Search for Water on Mars
Dr. Nadine Barlow
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Historic Museum of Commerce
201 E. Zaragoza St., Downtown Pensacola

The author of “Mars: An Introduction to its Interior, Surface and Atmosphere,” Barlow has researched impact craters on Mars, as well as the understanding of Mars’ climate history and Earth’s own climate, past and future. She is a member of multiple scientific societies, including the American Astronomical Society, Division for Planetary Sciences, American Geophysical Union, Planetology Section, Geological Society of America, Planetary Geology Division, International Astronomical Union, Sigma Xi and the Committee on Undergraduate Research.


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