Math and Science
The Prisoner's Dilemma is a paradox with real-world importance that has confounded mathematicians, economists, and political scientists for decades. A game is played where if each player does their mathematically best moves, they both lose. Participants will actually play a form of this game, and some related ones, with a neighbor during the presentation.
The Collatz Conjecture is an unsolved math problem that can be understood by fourth graders, using nothing more than very simple arithmetic. Dr. Shaw presents the problem, and shows off some very pretty mathematics lurking in the concept of adding one and multiplying by three.
Discussions include software design, artificial intelligence and computer programming.
Typical titles include: "Patterns in Music: Steve Reich's 'Clapping Music'"; "Mathematical Aspects of Escher's Prints"; "Connections between Mathematics and the Arts"; "Mayan Mathematics: The calendar and Geometry"; "Ancient Chinese Mathematics"; "The Fractions of Ancient Egypt."
Epidemiology and research in breast cancer risk factors and survival.
The controversy over Plan B has again brought issues of personal conscience to the fore in health care. Should pharmacists be allowed to refuse a legal prescription (or even behind the counter) due to the pharmacist's personal beliefs? On a broader level, how does this issue apply to other care givers, such as physicians and nurses?
The New Madrid Fault Zone had five earthquakes greater than magnitude of 8 between December 1811 and February 1812.
The Blackout of 2003 highlights the problems we continue to face in the field of energy. Understanding these problems empowers us to implement solutions in our home, workplace, state, and nation.
A review of forensic anthropological investigative techniques and methods, with associated case studies and applications.
Issues of artificial head molding practices among various cultures around the world, and the contemporary correlates.