The Distinguished Speaker Series is Back!

The UCF College of Sciences Distinguished Speaker Series is back with exciting new topics presented by renowned experts in their fields.

This year’s 2016-17 series will be held monthly at Tuscawilla Country Club at 6:00pm, on the last Wednesday of each month, from September 2016 to April 2017 (excluding December).

The Distinguished Speaker Series includes seven speakers who will address topics relevant to the natural, computational, social and behavioral sciences to enrich lives of members of the Central Florida community. Five of the seven speakers are experts from the College of Sciences at the University of Central Florida.

A full dinner buffet will be provided at each event for $20 (paid at the event), including non-alcoholic beverages.  Alcoholic beverages can be purchased at the event. Free parking will also be available at the venue.

The series will kick off with ‘Evolution and the Significance of the Hobbits’ on Wednesday September 28, presented by Matthew Tocheri, Ph.D., Canada Research Chair in Human Origins at Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada. The event will begin at 6 p.m. RSVP.

On October 26, Clint Bowers, Ph.D., from the UCF Psychology Department, will present ‘A Mostly Serious Talk about Serious Games.’

In November, Tim Sellnow, Ph.D., and Deanna Sellnow, Ph.D., from UCF Nicholson School of Communication, will present ‘Communicating During a Crisis: Making Connections that Matter with Diverse Publics.’

In January, Güneş Murat Tezcür, Ph.D., from the UCF Political Science Department, will present ‘What do Terrorists and Freedom Fighters Have in Common?’

In February, Richard Rosenfeld, Ph.D., from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, will present ‘2015 Homicide Rise and the ‘Ferguson Effect.’

In March, Daniel Britt, Ph.D., from the UCF Physics Department, will present ‘Orbits and Ice Ages: The History of Climate.’

And in conclusion of the series, in April, Charissa de Bekker, Ph.D., of the UCF Biology Department, will present ‘The Story of Zombie Ants: How Can a Fungal Parasite Control Animal Behavior’.

To read more about this year’s speakers and to RSVP, click here.

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