SCIENCE IN YOUR LIFE 2022
January 26th, February 2nd & February 9th
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 2022 series will be at 7:30 p.m. on January 26th, February 2nd & February 9th, 2022. 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.
2022 Science in Your Life will be virtual
2022 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 26, 2022
7:30 PM Music by Arlington High School Philharmonia (string orchestra conducted by Jonathan Handman)
8:15 PM “Perseverance Rover and Ingenuity Helicopter on Mars”
Speaker: Dr. James Green
NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC
Mars orbiters, landers, and rovers have made extraordinary discoveries about the evolution of Mars and its potential for life. The detection of complex organics by Curiosity has increased the potential for preserving “fingerprints of life” that may be locked away in the rock record. These and other factors have led NASA to mount a Mars sample return (MSR) campaign. The first mission of MSR is the Perseverance rover. Designed to core and store rock, soils, and atmospheric samples in sealed tubes for later return, Perseverance landed in Jezero crater in February 2021 near an extensive ancient river delta. Other missions will follow to bring these samples back to Earth. Perseverance also carried the Ingenuity helicopter which has been tremendously successful and may lead to other future aerial missions on the Red Planet.
After 42 years Jim Green just retired from NASA and now, after being hired back, serves as a science consultant for the Agency.
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
7:30 PM Music by Arlington High School Jazz Machine (Conducted by Rich Guillen)
8:15 PM “The Covid-19 Pandemic”
Speaker: Charles Kutler, MD
Dr. Charles Kutler has 20 years of experience as an Infectious Disease specialist. Dr. Kutler graduated from New York University, completed his residency training at St. Vincent’s in New York, and fellowship training at Beth Israel. Dr. Kutler has extensive experience in immunosuppressive disorders including HIV, oncology, immune system disorders, tick-borne diseases, and all infections of the body. Dr. Kutler was the Associate Medical Director of one of the largest HIV centers in the country, the Center for Comprehensive Care AIDS Center in NYC. He was the Medical Director of wound care for the Health Alliance in NY and the Medical Director of antibiotic stewardship at Nuvance in Rhinebeck, NY. He has performed multiple medical missions in resource poor countries such as Nicaragua, Honduras and Tibet. Dr. Kutler taught “The Art of Medicine” at Albany Medical Center for many years. During the beginning months of the Covid pandemic, Dr. Kutler worked exclusively at Vassar Hospital as part of the multi-disciplinary team overseeing therapeutic strategies and interventions for Covid patients. He will discuss the evolution of COVID-19 treatment and outlook in this lecture.
Wednesday, February 9, 2022
7:30 PM Music by Vivace Orchestra (string orchestra conducted by Jonathan Handman)
8:15 PM “The Creative Species: Imagination and Collaboration in Human Evolution”
Speaker: Agustín Fuentes
Over the last two million years, the human lineage went from a group of small, fangless, clawless, naked bipedal ape-like beings to the makers of stone tools, the controllers of fire, and the producers of cave art. They later became the constructors of towns, cities and empires, ultimately becoming a core force in the global ecosystem. How did this happen? Our ancestors collaborated to deal with the challenges the world threw at them. We have a cocktail of creativity and collaboration that is unique to our species—no other species has ever been able to do so well—and it has propelled the development of our bodies, minds, and cultures, both for good and for bad. We are first and foremost the species singularly distinguished and shaped by creativity.
Agustin Fuentes is a Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University. His books include “Race, Monogamy, and other lies they told you: busting myths about human nature” (U of California), “Conversations on Human Nature(s)” (Routledge), “The Creative Spark: how imagination made humans exceptional" (Dutton), and “Why We Believe: evolution and the human way of being” (Yale).
Maung S. Htoo, President, Ph.D.
Robert Brickner, Secretary
Arne C. Christensen, Treasurer
Board of Trustees
Arne C. Christensen
Margaret A. Horton
Maung S. Htoo, Ph.D.
Steven C. Johnson