Research Unplugged: Weekly discussion led by Penn State experts

March 04, 2009

Research Unplugged, the popular speaker series in its fifth year, opens the spring 2009 season at noon Wednesday, March 18, in the gallery of the Penn State Downtown Theatre. Richard Kopley, professor of English at Penn State DuBois will discuss “Before Sherlock Holmes: Edgar Allan Poe and Detective Fiction.”

The concept of Research Unplugged — modeled after the U.K.'s Café Scientifique movement — is to create an informal forum for the entire community to explore and discuss ideas with Penn State researchers across the disciplines. Every event runs from noon to 1 p.m. in the Penn State Downtown Theatre and begins with a brief introduction of the topic, followed by an open discussion. Complimentary refreshments are provided at each event.

On March 25, Mercedes Richards, professor of astronomy, will lead a discussion titled “Pluto and the Dwarfs: A New Design For Our Solar System.” Sridhar Anandakrishnan, professor of geosciences, will give a talk titled “Secrets Beneath the Ice: Studying Antarctica’s Glaciers” on April 1. On April 8, Robert Shaler, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and director of Penn State’s department of forensic science, will discuss “Crime Scene Investigators: Weigh the Evidence.” Elisha Clark Halpin, professor of dance in the School of Theatre, will host an event titled “Reviving Isadora: Staging Works by the Mother of Modern Dance” on April 15. Claude dePamphilis, professor of biology, will close the spring 2009 season on April 22 by discussing “Primordial Plants: Lessons from Earth’s Oldest Flowers.”

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