WBEZ | Hughes Auditorium, Northwestern University Chicago Campus http://www.wbez.org/content/hughes-auditorium-northwestern-university-chicago-campus Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Music and the Brain http://www.wbez.org/music-and-brain-105703 <p><p>Music surrounds us &mdash; but why does this art form take such a dominant role in our lives? What happens in our mind when we hear music and how does it effect our emotions? Even with passive listening to music, specific parts of the brain can show activation or increased &ldquo;neural&rdquo; activity. What is it about music that can so dramatically affect brain activity? &nbsp;Are there things that we can learn from music, and its effect on the brain that can help treat people with neurological and cognitive disorders? &nbsp;These are questions that our featured panel will discuss on March 13, 2013 at Hughes Auditorium.</p><p>More information about this event <a href="http://c2st.org/http:/c2st.org/programs-c%C2%B2st/music-and-the-brain">here.</a></p></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 15:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/music-and-brain-105703 CP-1: The Past, Present, & Future of Nuclear Energy and the 70th Anniversary of the First Nuclear Chain Reaction http://www.wbez.org/cp-1-past-present-future-nuclear-energy-and-70th-anniversary-first-nuclear-chain-reaction-104603 <p><p>On December 2, 1942, 49 scientists, led by Enrico Fermi, made history when Chicago Pile 1 (CP-1), under the west stands of the original Alonzo Stagg Field stadium at the University of Chicago, went critical and produced the world&rsquo;s first self-sustaining, controlled nuclear chain reaction.</p><div>Please join us for a lunch program to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the world&rsquo;s first self-sustaining, controlled nuclear chain reaction with Dr. <strong>Mark Peters</strong>, Deputy Laboratory Director for Programs Argonne National Laboratory, and Dr. <strong>Robert Rosner</strong>, Director, Energy Policy Institute Chicago at the University of Chicago. The two speakers will discuss nuclear energy from the history of CP-1 to what the future holds.</div></p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 12:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/cp-1-past-present-future-nuclear-energy-and-70th-anniversary-first-nuclear-chain-reaction-104603 Our Ocean's Health: An Ecosystem on the Brink http://www.wbez.org/our-oceans-health-ecosystem-brink-98148 <p><p>There are many serious threats facing our oceans today. "Oceans’ Health: An Ecosystem on the Brink" will explore two of these compounding issues. First, ocean acidification: over the last decade scientists have shown that human-caused increases in carbon dioxide (CO<sub>2</sub>) emissions are affecting the chemistry of our oceans, altering the main food web and proving harmful for many forms of marine life. Second, commercial fishing: in recent years scientists have also estimated that the global supply of wild-caught seafood will run out by the year of 2048 unless stronger fishery management practices are implemented. Join C2ST and leading area marine scientists as they discuss these two oceanic issues and what we as consumers can do to have a positive impact in addressing them. The speakers at this event at <strong>Allen LaPointe</strong>, vice president of environmental quality at the John G. Shedd Aquarium, and<strong> Kassia Perpich</strong>, sustainable seafood manager at the John G. Shedd Aquarium.</p></p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 17:00:09 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/our-oceans-health-ecosystem-brink-98148 China’s Clean Energy: Current Research, Development & Cooperation http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-29/china%E2%80%99s-clean-energy-current-research-development-cooperation <p><p>Diplomats from the Chinese consulate in Chicago will discuss China’s current research and development program to produce energy in an environmentally benign fashion. The discussion will cover Chinese activities in the alternative energy arena, including hydro, nuclear, wind, solar, clean coal, and other green energy production endeavors. The program will also highlight China’s objectives and efforts to reduce CO<sub>2</sub> emissions by 2020 as well as China-U.S. intergovernmental cooperation in clean energy production, with particular attention paid to collaborative activities in the greater Chicago area. Speaking at this event will be Mr. <strong>Jianye Cao</strong>, consul and director of the Science &amp; Technology Office, and Mr. <strong>Qingqing Zhao</strong>, consul, from the Chinese Consulate General in Chicago.</p></p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 11:02:17 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-29/china%E2%80%99s-clean-energy-current-research-development-cooperation About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-16/about-time-cosmology-and-culture-twilight-big-bang <p><p>Times change, literally, for human culture and the cosmos as a whole.<br> <br> According to astrophysicist<strong> Adam Frank</strong>, specific human conceptions of time don’t last forever and our “modern” version is already in the midst of a radical change. In his new book, <em>About Time</em>, Dr. Frank argues that new ideas in cosmology are pushing the revolution in time to its final stage.<br> <br> Just as a “clockwork universe” followed the invention of the clock 500 years ago, scientists are now moving beyond the Big Bang to talk about universes built from information pushing time into mind-boggling new territory. Imagine an eternal “multi-verse” made of infinite, parallel universes with infinite versions of you, or lots of little bangs but no big bang beginning, or a string theory universe in 10 dimensions of ever-repeating cycles, or a universe where time doesn’t exist at all. It’s impossible to say which of these new ideas will become the foundation for a new time because the science is still in flux. We do know we’re living at the twilight of the Big Bang. It’s the end of time as we know it now and as we live it now.</p></p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 10:51:10 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-03-16/about-time-cosmology-and-culture-twilight-big-bang Nano Technology: Small is Beautiful http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-02-23/nano-technology-small-beautiful <p><p>Nanoscale materials have a great potential for positive societal impact. For example, synthesized nanoscale materials and systems can be used to create innovative applications and technologies that solve problems in the biological and medical sciences, as well as in energy and climate change. This program will highlight the essentials of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology—including its history, societal importance, and future implications—and will discuss the interplay between nanoscale structures, properties, and functions.</p><p>Speakers: <strong>Mark A. Ratner</strong>, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry and CoDirector, Initiative for Sustainability and Energy, Northwestern University; <strong>Milan Mrksich</strong>, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University.</p></p> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 12:43:44 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-02-23/nano-technology-small-beautiful Fracking: The Quest for Energy Independence http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-01-19/fracking-quest-energy-independence <p><p>Fracking is a step in the production of gas and oil by the high pressure fragmentation of shale using water, sand, and chemicals. Using fracking to produce shale oil and shale gas has the potential to make the United States largely independent of foreign sources of natural gas and significantly less dependent on foreign sources of oil. The major exploitation of shale oil and gas will depend on dealing with environmental concerns surrounding potential ground water contamination and water depletion that result from the fracking process.</p><p>The speaker for this event is<strong> Gerald D. Holder</strong>, Ph.D. Holder is the U.S. Steel dean of engineering and a professor of chemical and petroleum engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.</p></p> Sun, 18 Dec 2011 13:48:45 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-01-19/fracking-quest-energy-independence The Science and Policy of Obesity http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-12-01/science-and-policy-obesity <p><p>The Chicago Council on Science and Technology and the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy present "The Science and Policy of Obesity." This program is composed of two parts addressing the causes and effects of obesity. In the first part, Chicago-based scientists will present the current science of obesity, describing the various ways obesity harms the body, how our food choices can impact our health, and different local and national health-determinant patterns. In the second part, a panel of experts will discuss the latest research informing obesity interventions as well as challenges and the potential roles played by government, community organizations, private industry, and individuals to prevent and combat obesity and the long-term implications of this epidemic.</p><p>Part I is from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Part II is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.</p></p> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 20:28:46 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-12-01/science-and-policy-obesity Gene Patenting http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-11-10/gene-patenting <p><p>A patent case entitled <em>The Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. v. Myriad Genetics, Inc.</em> was recently decided by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the appellate court responsible for hearing all patent appeals. The case involves the issue of whether the two human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer, known as BRCA 1 and 2, are the proper subject of patent protection. While many doctors, researchers, and patients claim that human genes are “products of nature” and should not be patented, the defendant contends that gene patenting is critical to the development of biotechnology and is in the best interest of patients.</p><p>Are human gene patents in the best interest of the public? Do they facilitate or impair scientific discovery and commercialization of medical tests and treatments? What are the biological, ethical, legal, and scientific implications of this decision? The controversy may be heading to the Supreme Court or may become the subject of Congressional hearings that could lead to changing the patent laws.<br> <br> This special program presents the science behind gene isolation and a panel of experts representing different viewpoints on this issue at the forefront of the public concern. A special addition to this program is a mock legal argument conducted by experienced patent trial lawyers introducing the key legal concepts involved in determining whether human genes should be patented.</p><p>Speakers include: <strong>Philip Iannaccone</strong>, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president, deputy director for research-basic sciences, Children’s Memorial Research Center, Northwestern University; <strong>Rena Conti</strong>, Ph.D., assistant professor of Health Economics and Policy, Department of Pediatrics and Medicine, University of Chicago; <strong>Robert J. Kriss</strong>, <strong>Joseph A. Mahoney</strong>, and <strong>James Ferguson</strong>, partners at Mayer Brown LLP, Chicago;<strong> Kevin E. Noonan</strong>, Ph.D, partner at McDonnell, Boehnen, Hulbert &amp; Berghoff, LLP, Chicago.<br> <br> &nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 24 Oct 2011 20:22:51 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-11-10/gene-patenting Nuclear Non-Proliferation http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-05-25/nuclear-non-proliferation <p><p>A nuclear explosive device detonated in an American city would cause catastrophic loss of life and long-term economic damage. Such event is not likely, at present, but the threat may increase. Reducing the likelihood of nuclear terrorism is not a simple matter. The possible interventions are few; most involve strengthening our deterrents and augmenting our defenses. Dr. Robert Gallucci will argue that the effort is necessary and prudent, despite the complex political and technical challenges involved.</p><p><strong>Robert Gallucci </strong>became president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on July 1, 2009, having previously served for thirteen years as dean of Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Prior to this, Gallucci completed a twenty-one year career in the government where he served in several capacities, including with the U.S. Department of State as ambassador-at-large and as a special envoy to deal with the threat posed by the proliferation of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction. He held this position, concurrent with his appointment as dean, until January 2001. Before joining the State Department, he taught at Swarthmore College, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and Georgetown University. He has authored a number of publications on political-military issues, including <em>Neither Peace Nor Honor: The Politics of American Military Policy in Vietnam </em>and <em>Going Critical: The First North Korean Nuclear Crisis </em>with Joel S. Wit and Daniel Poneman. For <em>Going Critical</em>, he received the 2005 Douglas Dillon Award given by the American Academy of Diplomacy for a book of distinction in the practice of diplomacy. Gallucci earned his B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University.</p></p> Wed, 11 May 2011 20:47:24 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-05-25/nuclear-non-proliferation