Spring 2011 Events
Wednesday, March 9 at 7:00 PM in Diamond 122
Presenter: Alex de Sherbinin  from CIESIN, The Earth Institute at Columbia University
The Effects of Climate Change on Displacement and Migration

Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 7:00 PM in Lovejoy 213
Presenter: Professor Kelly DeVries, Loyola University
The Sieges of Rhodes in 1480 and 1522

Tuesday, March 15, 2011at 7:00 PM in Diamond 142
Presenter: James Sheppard, a Tuskegee Airman

Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 7:00 PM in Diamond 122.
Presenter: Professor Lenny Reich, STS and Administrative Science
Oil Supply and the American Economy: The Decades Ahead

Thursday, April 28th, 2011. 4:00-5:30 PM in Parker Reed Room, SSW
Senior Poster Session and Reception

Thursday, April 28th, 5:30-7:00 PM in Parker Reed Room, SSW
STS End-of-the-Year Banquet

Fall 2010
Thursday, Sept. 23 @ 11:45 am at The Center, 93 Main St., Waterville
Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control
Is there a technological fix for global warming?  What about quick fixes for other aerial problems?  This presentation examines the long and checkered history of rainmakers, rain fakers, weather warriors, and climate engineers, connecting this tragicomic history with current public policy discussions about “fixing the sky.”Jim Fleming, Colby STS professor

To register for optional catered lunch ($10), call  859-4624 or e-mail [email protected] by Sept. 22

Seminar Schedule

Monday, Oct. 4 @ 7:00 pm in Olin 01
The Cartoon Medicine Show (see more program info)
 David Cantor, Deputy Director, Office of History, National Library of Medicine

Tuesday, Oct. 19 @ 1:00-3:30 pm in Diamond 242 via video link
Visionary Architecture: Building Up
Geoff Manaugh, USC Architecture Department and Wired, UK,
BLDG BLOG http://bldgblog.blogspot.com, and
Nicky Twilley, http://ediblegeography.com

Friday, Oct. 22 @ 4:00 pm in Kassman Auditorium
Nuclear Deterrence and Proliferation Strategy in the Obama Administration
Kenneth Rodman, William R. Cotter Distinguished Teaching Professor of Government
Last year in Prague, President Obama proclaimed his vision of a world without nuclear weapons and over the past two years has sought to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in US national security strategy and strengthen multilateral cooperation to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons and materials.  Professor Rodman explains how the administration’s deterrence, arms control and proliferation policies differ from those of its predecessor and assesses their prospects both for the near-term goal of reducing the risks of nuclear war and the long-term goal of a non-nuclear world.

Monday, Oct. 25 @ 7:00 pm in Olin 01
Spacesuit Architecture
Nicholas de Monchaux, U.C. Berkeley Architecture and Urban Planning professor
This presentation links an architectural history of the Apollo 11 spacesuit with interdisciplinary design perspectives on cities, networks, and objects.

Monday, Nov. 1 @ 7:00 pm in Olin 01
Body as Environment: What the science of human biomonitoring reveals about the fate of industrial chemicals
Gail Carlson, Visiting Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies Program, Colby College
For more than half a century, the world has invested heavily in, and benefited from, the development and use of synthetic chemicals. From plastics and herbicides to perfumes and stain-resistors, we are dependent upon chemicals to meet our industrial and household needs.
Recent advances in biomonitoring, the science of measuring chemical body burdens in living organisms, have shown us that these synthetic chemicals are not only present in consumer goods but that they build up in the environment and in our own bodies.  Indeed, we are learning what our bodies do to the chemicals we inhale, ingest, and absorb through the skin or placenta.  It turns out that most Americans today have measurable levels of hundreds of synthetic chemicals in their bodies, most of which have no natural counterpart.
This presentation will highlight specific cases of chemical body burdens in humans, possible disease links, and the scientific, policy, and consumer-based approaches we have used to limit these exposures.

Monday, Nov. 8 @ 7:00 pm in Olin 01
Access to Space: The Case of the Space Shuttle
Roger Launius, Senior Curator, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
This presentation reviews the history and legacy of the Space Shuttle program after thirty years. It suggests that while the shuttle was not an unadulterated success on balance it served a venerable role in spaceflight and deserves an overall positive assessment in history. Additionally, the Space Shuttle provided three decades of significant human spaceflight capability and stretched the nature of what could be accomplished in Earth orbit much beyond anything envisioned previously. Most significantly since the American human spaceflight program has always been focused in national prestige, the Space Shuttle served well as a symbol of American technological verisimilitude. Finally, this presentation discusses the retirement of the Space Shuttle and possibilities for the future of human spaceflight.

Thursday, Dec. 9 @ 12:00 noon in Page Commons, Cotter Union
NASA Astronaut Steve Bowen
Lunch and extended discussion (RSVP required to Carole Evans, [email protected])
Stephen G. Bowen is the first Submarine Officer selected by NASA to serve as a mission specialist.  He is a veteran of two spaceflights, STS-126 in 2008 and STS-132 in 2010, and has logged over 27 days in space, including 34.5 hours in 5 space walks.

Thursday, Dec. 9 @ 7:00 pm in Olin 01
Body, Place, Planet: An astronaut’s perspective
NASA Astronaut Steve Bowen
Stephen G. Bowen is the first Submarine Officer selected by NASA to serve as a mission specialist.  He is a veteran of two spaceflights, STS-126 in 2008 and STS-132 in 2010, and has logged over 27 days in space, including 34.5 hours in 5 space walks.