SCIENCE IN YOUR LIFE 2023
January 25th, February 1st & February 8th
8:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Each lecture will be preceded by a musical program beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The 2023 series will be at 7:30 p.m. on January 25th, February 1st & February 8th, 2023. As in the past, each program will consist of an understandable talk by a scientist involved in research on the topic, and an opportunity for questions from the audience. Brochures giving speakers, and subjects and the location will be distributed in January. The purpose of these lectures is to bring together the general public and scientists to explore topics of interest and importance to everyone. Admission is free.
2023 Science in Your Life will be virtual
2023 Science In Your Life Programs
Register in advance with the button under the title of EACH webinar
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
7:30 PM Music by Arlington High School Philharmonia (orchestra conducted by Jonathan Handman)
8:15 PM “What nature can teach us about living longer, healthier”
Speaker: Dr. Steven N. Austad
University of Alabama
Dr. Austad is a Distinguished Professor and Protective Life Endowed Chair in Healthy Aging Research of the Department of Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Scientific Director of the American Federation for Aging Research. In addition, he directs the NIH-supported UAB Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, one of only six such Centers in the United States. He is also the Co-director of the Nathan Shock Centers Coordinating Center and serves on the Executive Committee of the National Institute on Aging’s Research Centers Collaborative Network. Dr. Austad is the author of more than 200 scientific peer-reviewed publications covering nearly every aspect of aging from cells to societies. Dr. Austad is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and of the Gerontological Society of America. He has received multiple prestigious awards for his research work.
He will discuss how nature can teach us about living longer and healthier lives.
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
7:30 PM Music by Arlington High School Jazz Machine (Conducted by Rich Guillen)
8:15 PM “Near earth objects: what we know and how to defend earth against them”
Speaker: Dr. James Green
Former Chief Scientist
NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC
NASA began a program in the late 1990’s to search for all Near Earth Objects or NEOs that cross or come close to the Earth’s orbit and could therefore have the potential for impacting Earth. The NEO population contains comets, but they are largely asteroids thrown out of the asteroid belt by Jupiter. Today we estimate that there are ~60,000 NEOs of various sizes that can impact the Earth. This extremely large number contains over 900 objects that could wipe out most life on Earth after impact. Recently, NASA performed a successful test to defend the planet by moving a NEO from its orbit by a direct satellite impact. Our current knowledge of the orbits of the NEO population tells us there is no need to be alarmed at this time, but we need to know and be prepared for this low likelihood but high impact events that are in our distant future.
Jim Green officially retired from NASA at the end of 2022 and is now the Chief Scientist of the Metavisionaries. The Metavisionaries are developing capabilities to use the metaverse for teaching complete concepts in specifies areas of science.
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
7:30 PM Music by Vivace Orchestra (string orchestra conducted by Jonathan Handman)
8:15 PM “Research advances in long Lyme and synergies with long Covid”
Speaker: Brian A Fallon, MD
Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY
This talk will review some of the recent advances in Lyme research and describe novel treatment approaches for Long Lyme and Long COVID. Results of our nationwide study of neuropsychiatric Lyme disease among 7 million people in Denmark over a 22-year period will be presented. Finally, he will describe a newly launched study of Vagus Nerve Stimulation to reduce inflammation and symptoms of Long Lyme.
Brian A. Fallon, MD, MPH, is the director of the Center for Neuroinflammatory and Somatic Symptom Disorders and director of the Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center at Columbia University. In addition to his work on illness anxiety, hypochondriasis, obsessive compulsive disorder, and somatoform disorders, Dr. Fallon is recognized internationally for his research on neurologic and neuropsychiatric Lyme disease. He has served on expert panels for the National Institutes of Health in different areas, including OCD and neurologic and chronic Lyme Disease, and has received over $10 million in both private and governmental grants to continue his research.
Maung S. Htoo, President, Ph.D.
Robert Brickner, Secretary
Arne C. Christensen, Treasurer
Board of Trustees
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Maung S. Htoo, Ph.D.
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