UNC Charlotte Public Science and Technology Lecture Series

Expert Panel Discussions:

“Healthy Aging”

Monday, April 11, 7 pm

Bioinformatics 105

With the ongoing retirement of the  Baby Boom Generation, America is an aging country – but what will that old age look like? Aging inevitably involves serious health issues that we all would prefer to minimize. A panel  of experts on health and well-being in the senior years present the latest findings on maintaining health in our senior years and lead an open discussion with the audience. The panel features health researchers from UNC Charlotte’s College of Health and Human Services  and Department of Psychology: Mike Turner, Jane Gaultney, Trudy Moore-Harrison,  and Julian Montoro-Rodriguez.

“Cancer Biology”

Sunday, April 24, 7 pm

Bioinformatics 105

Cancer is a devilishly complicated and diverse set of diseases, but recent advances in biological science have been revealing much that has never been seen before, leading us at last to the hope that we may finally be able to control or conquer this “Emperor of Maladies.” A discussion of  new areas of research in studying the biology of cancer, featuring researchers from UNC Charlotte’s departments of Biological Sciences and Bioinformatics and Genomics : Pinku Mukherjee and Anthony Fodor

Science Film and Panel Discussion:

Merchants of Doubt” (Sony Pictures Classics, 2014)

Tuesday, April 12, 7 pm

Student Union Cinema

Science and politics don’t mix, right? In 2016, that’s old-school: “Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway,  (this semi-documentary) takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver- tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.” The film will be followed by a panel of experts discussing how political and economic discourse is impacting modern science and leading an open discussion with the audience. Panelists: Ian Binns, Brian Magi. and Susan Joy Hassol, director of Climate Communication.