The Spring 2017 season of Hofstra’s Science Night Live public lecture series will examine the design of the universe, the dangers of designer drugs and the existence of a built-in human GPS system. The lectures, featuring Hofstra faculty, are free and will be held at the Helene Fortunoff Theater, located at Monroe Lecture Center, California Avenue, South Campus. For more information, contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.
Wednesday, February 15, 7 p.m.
Darwin and Hume’s Excellent Intelligent Design Adventure
Does evidence show that an intelligent agent designed our universe? Come see Charles Darwin and philosopher David Hume tackle this question live on stage! Have your cake and eat it too while we celebrate Charles Darwin’s 208th birthday.
Speaker: J Bret Bennington, Professor of Geology, Hofstra University
Wednesday, March 8, 7 p.m.
Tales of Designer Drugs: A Chemist’s Discovery
Designer drugs such as “Spice,” “Bath Salts” and “Molly” have spread rapidly around the world in the past decade, fueled by cheap and inventive chemistry and the rapid distribution through Web 2.0. Hospitals, law enforcement and legislators are struggling to keep up with increasing cases associated with these dangerous products. What are our solutions?
Speaker: Ling Huang, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Hofstra University
Wednesday, April 12, 7 p.m.
Is There a Human GPS System?
How is it that some people instinctively know how to get from one place to another and others always get lost? What do we know about how humans navigate, and can we predict their actions before they even start? This talk explores navigation research using everything from video games to real-world forests – and confirms the belief that there are good navigators and people who are perpetually lost.
Speaker: Elisabeth J. Ploran, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Hofstra University