“When Dinosaurs Ruled New York” is the inaugural event of Science Night Live or SNL at Hofstra University, a new free, public lecture series that features exciting research presented by some of the top scientists and lecturers in their fields. Science is becoming more important in everyday life, and these timely lectures will inspire and challenge their audiences in unexpected ways. All events, unless otherwise noted, take place at The Helene Fortunoff Theater, located at Monroe Lecture Center, California Avenue, South Campus. For more information call the Hofstra Cultural Center, 516-463-5669.
“When Dinosaurs Ruled New York” will be held on Wednesday, February 3, at 7 p.m. Dr. Bret Bennington, chair and professor of the Department of Geology, Environment and Sustainability will look at Mesozoic fossils and discuss the important history of dinosaur studies in New York and the Northeast.
Future SNL events:
Wednesday, February 10, 11:15 a.m. ~ Darwin Day at Hofstra University
Join us for our annual commemoration of Charles Darwin, author of On the Origin of Species, who in his 1859 book, explained his theory of evolution with convincing scientific evidence.
Location: Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library
Wednesday, March 2, 7 p.m. ~ Superbugs and Superdrugs: The Future of Antibiotics
Dr. Scott Lefurgy traces the problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria from the early victories of penicillin to the current struggles against MRSA and the threat of CRE. His research focuses on understanding the structure of bacterial enzymes that cause resistance to antibiotics, so that drug designers can address this ever-changing threat.
Speaker: Dr. Scott Lefurgy, Department of Chemistry
Wednesday, April 13, 7 p.m. ~ Hunting for Beneficial Microbes on Long Island
An introduction to the microbes being studied in the lab of Javier Izquierdo, Hofstra assistant professor of biology – including their uses in biofuel production and agriculture. The focus of the lab is on “locally grown” microbes that have been collected from various sources, from vineyard soils on the North Fork to sand dunes on the South Shore to zoo animals.
Speaker: Dr. Javier Izquierdo, Department of Biology