Distinguished Speaker Series

The College of Sciences Distinguished Speaker Series brings renowned speakers from the University of Central Florida and across the country to enrich lives of members of the Central Florida community. Our speakers will address topics relevant to the natural, computational, social or behavioral sciences and to the societal implication of developments in these fields.

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All of the talks will be held at Tuscawilla Country Club, 1500 Winter Springs Blvd., Winter Springs, FL 32708.  There is no charge for parking.

There will be a full dinner buffet at each event for the low price of $20 (payment due on site).  Alcoholic beverages can be purchased at the event for an additional cost.

We invite you to join us and enjoy these wonderful evenings with food, drink, and intellectual stimulation.

*If you have any dietary restrictions, please indicate on your RSVP in the designated area.

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2016 – 2017 Talks

Dr. Matthew Tocheri

Evolution and the Significance of the Hobbits

Matthew Tocheri, Ph.D.
Canada Research Chair in Human Origins,
Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Clint Bowers

A Mostly Serious Talk About Serious Games

Clint Bowers, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology,
University of Central Florida

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Deanna Tim Sellnow

Communicating During a Crisis:
Making Connections that Matter with Diverse Publics

Tim & Deanna Sellnow, Ph.D.’s
Professors of Strategic Communication,
Nicholson School of Communication,
University of Central Florida

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Gunes Murat Tezcur

What do Terrorists and Freedom Fighters Have in Common?

Güneş Murat Tezcür, Ph.D.   
Jalal Talabani Chair of Kurdish Political Studies,
University of Central Florida

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Richard Rosenfeld

2015 Homicide Rise and the ‘Ferguson Effect’

Richard Rosenfeld, Ph.D.
Founders Professor of Criminology,
University of Missouri – St. Louis

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Dr. Daniel Britt

Orbits and Ice Ages: The History of Climate

Daniel Britt, Ph.D.
Professor of Astronomy,
University of Central Florida

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Charissa de Bekker

The Story of Zombie Ants:
How Can a Fungal Parasite Control Animal Behavior

Charissa de Bekker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology,
University of Central Florida

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.