Spicy New Distinguished Speaker Series


The College of Sciences at the University of Central Florida presents its 2nd annual Distinguished Speaker Series. The series brings renowned speakers from across the country to enrich the lives of students, faculty, alumni and the 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.

All seven talks will be held at a new venue this year, Cevíche Tapas Orlando (125 W. Church Street Orlando, FL 32801).  The talks will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m., but guests may arrive at 6:00 p.m. to mingle with the speaker, other attendees and order food and drink. The talk will run for about an hour with a question and answer session at the end.

Guests are asked to RSVP online to reserve their place.

The first speaker is Dr. Sarah Parcak, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. On Sept.23rd, she will be presenting her speech on “A Digital Revolution: Archaeology from Space.”

On October 21st, Dr. Deborah Beidel, a Pegasus professor of Psychology and Medical Evaluation at the University of Central Florida, will be speaking about “Examining Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”.

Talk three will be presented by Dr. Qiang Du, Fu Foundation Professor of Applied Mathematics at Columbia University.  On Nov. 18. he will be presenting “Bumblebees, Cracks and Nonlocal Calculus.”

Speaking about “Earth Abundant Materials for Solar Energy Conservation” on Jan. 20, is Dr. Giulia Galli. Dr. Galli collaborates with the institute for Molecular Engineering and is also a Liew Family Professor at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Walter DeKeseredy is set to speak on Feb. 24th, about “Understanding Violence Against Women in Rural Communities.” Dr. DeKeseredy is a professor of sociology and the Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences at the University of West Virginia.

On Mar. 16th, Dr. Henry Nau will be speaking on the question of “Is America Heading Again Toward Isolationism?“. Dr. Nau is a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University.

The last speaker in the Distinguished Speaker Series is Dr. Will Crampton. Dr. Crampton is an associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Central Florida and on Apr. 20th he will be speaking about “The Electric Amazon.”

For more information on each speaker and to RSVP visit our Distinguished Speaker Series website at http://www.cos.ucf.edu/dss/

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