The Fall 2017 season of Science Night Live or SNL at Hofstra University will tackle the mysteries of sinkholes, STEM and baseball, and physics – the sexiest of the sciences. SNL, a free public lecture series featuring exciting scientific research, takes place 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, October 4, 7 p.m.
Sinkholes of Doom: Understanding Collapsing Landscapes
Sinkholes form all over the world, but there are some places where they form more than others. Why is there such a variation in sinkhole formation over time and space? Why do places like Brooklyn and Florida seem to get more sinkholes than other places? This lecture, by Dr. Robert Brinkmann, author of Florida Sinkholes, Science and Policy, the first book of its kind on sinkholes, will review the formation of some of the most dramatic sinkholes on the planet—including some in our own backyard.
Vice Provost for Scholarship and Engagement
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
Professor of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability
Wednesday, November 1, 7 p.m.
Engineering Baseball: STEM, Management, and the National Pastime
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and management have been used in professional baseball from the time of “scientific baseball” in the early 1900s to the application of Moneyball, big data analysis, and advanced analytics today. Professional baseball has long been linked to applications in STEM and such diverse fields as statistical analysis and optimization, ergonomics, material science, as well as organizational behavior and management theory. This discussion may change how you watch and think about America’s favorite pastime. The evening’s speaker, Dr. Richard Puerzer, is chair of Hofstra’s Department of Engineering and an expert in the application of scientific and technological principles to baseball.
Richard J. Puerzer
Chair and Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering
The Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), Department of Engineering
Wednesday, November 29, 7 p.m.
Physics for Rock Stars: Making the Laws of the Universe Work for You
Mechanical engineer Christine McKinley says, “Physics is the sexiest of the sciences. Sure, you would argue that biology is all about reproduction, and chemistry has an intrinsically hot name, but when you get down to the guiding principles of the universe, it’s all physics. The laws of motion, energy, gravity, and entropy rule. Literally. They trump all other laws and inform all other activity. That’s what makes physics sexy. It is firmly in charge.”
Christine McKinley is a mechanical engineer, musician and author. Her musical Gracie and the Atom won a Portland Drammy for Original Score. Her book Physics for Rock Stars was published in 2014 by Penguin Random House. McKinley hosted Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on History Channel and Under New York on Discovery Channel.