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Past STEM Cafes

Past STEM Cafe PresentationsPseudoscienceDr. Suzanne Willis, Department of Physics

This is Your Brain on Social NetworkingDr. Kristin Brynteson, Division of Outreach, Engagement, and Regional Development and Dr. Melissa Scotti,Department of Psychology

The Trouble with Asian CarpVic Santucci, Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Star GazingDavid Hedin, Department of Physics and Donna Kubic, Astrophysicist at Fermilab

Making Stuff StrongerDr. Michael Haji-Sheikh, Department of Electrical Engineering

Making Stuff Smaller, Professor Tao XuDepartment of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Making Stuff CleanerDr. Petr Vanysek, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Future of American Manned FlightJoel Knapper, NASA Solar System Ambassador

Miracle Crops of Frankenfoods?Dr. Thomas Sims, Department of Biological Sciences

For Your Eyes Only!Dr. James Dillon, Department of Biological Sciences

The Impact of Tourism on EcosystemsDr. Melissa Lenczewski, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences

Be Smart About Using Credit and DebtJudge John Squires and Attorneys Janice Alwin and Donna Wallace

Putting Worms to Work: An Introduction to Vermicomposting, Monika Merryman

Building Community, One Garden at a Time, Dan Kenney and Sheryl Nakanechy,DeKalb County Community Gardens

Going Native: The Perks of Native LandscapingDr. Janet Giesen

WISSARDs of the Antartica, Professor Ross Powell, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences

Gaming to Engage Your MindDr. Brianno Coller, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aline Click, Director of NIU eLearning Services

The Science of BeerJeremy Bogan, Head Brewer and Brewhouse Manager of Two Brothers Brewing Company

Star GazingJoel Knapper, NASA Ambassador, Paul Stoddard, Associate Professor Plate Tectonics, Geodynamics & Planetary, and Matthew Wiesner, Observatory Manager/Physicist

For Your Eyes Only: Part Two - The RetinaElizabeth R Gaillard, Presidential Research Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Attack of the Drones? Abul Azad, Department of Technology, and David Gunkel, Department of Communication

Nobel Pursuit: Why Discovering Higgs Boson MattersDr. Dhiman Chakroborty,Department of Physics (video)

Saving the Brain: New Breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s ResearchDr. Doug Wallace, Department of Psychology

The Good, The Bad, and The Buggy; The Uneasy Alliance of Pests, Pesticides, and Agriculture, Dr. Bethia King and Ted Burgess, Department of Biological Sciences

Making Credit Work for You: Smart Ways to Manage Your CreditAttorneys Donna Wallace, Janice Alwin, and Joseph Schorer

Chasing the Storm! Tornadoes in a Warming WorldDr. Walker Ashley, Department of Geography
Follow up interview with Walker Ashley on NTC News Tonight

Cyber Crime, Dr. Raimund Ege, Department of Computer Science

Infecticide: Using Cellular Immunity to Control Insect Pest PopulationsDr. Jon Miller, Department of Biological Sciences

Beer BiologyEric Scherzer, Quality Control Manager of Two Brothers Brewing Company

Star Gazing at the OrchardDavid Hedin, Department of Physics, Daniel Stange, Davis Observatory, and Sheldon Turner, Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy

The Physics of FootballMichael Eads, Department of Physics

Encore Presentation: Even More Physics of FootballMichael Eads, Department of Physics

The 3D Printing Revolution: How Additive Manufacturing Can Change the WorldFederico Sciammarella, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Tumultuous Temperatures: Winter Bites AgainDavid Changnon, Department of Geography

More Fun than a Barrel of Monkey Bones: What Primate Fossils Can Tell Us about Ourselves, Dan Gebo, Department of Anthropology

The Maker Movement: A Democracy of Doers! Andrew Morrison, NIU Alum and Russ Lankenau, Workshop 88 cofounder

Combating Cancer in the 21st Century: Where are we in the Fight against Cancer, Barrie Bode, Department of Biological Sciences

Encore Presentation: The 3D Printing Revolution, Federico Sciammarella, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Vaccines and Quarantines: It’s Not Really a Question Jan Lux, DeKalb County Public Health Administrator

Physics of Baseball Jahred Adelman, Department of Physics

Encore Presentation: Combating Cancer in the 21st Century, Barrie Bode, Department of Biological Sciences

Good Vibrations: The Physics of Musical Instruments, Andrew Morrison, NIU Alum

Stargazing, Jeremy Benson, STEM Outreach, Joel Knapper, NASA Ambassador, Paul Stoddard, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences

Breakfast with the Bison, Holly Jones, Department of Biological Sciences and Nick Barber, Department of Biological Science

Byte by Byte: How the Internet's Devouring Your Data, Alexander Eddy and Brian Gillet, NIU Alum

The Physics of Game of Thrones, Rebecca Thompson, American Physical Society

Encore Presentation: The 3D Printing Revolution Federico Sciammarella, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Antarctic Adventures: Tales from a Shrinking Continent Reed Scherer, Department of Geology

What's Really Being Coughed Up by Our Cars? Michael Haji-Sheikh, Department of Electrical Engineering and Theodore Hogan, Department of Technology

R2D2 and You: How Star Wars Droids are Shaping Robotics and Human Robot Interactions Brianno Coller, Department of Mechanical Engineering and David Gunkel, Department of Communications

Predicting the Primaries: How Math Shapes Presidential Elections Matthew Streb, Department of Political Science

Tornado Tracking: How Meteorologists Predict and Pursue Storms Walker Ashley, Department of Geography

Renewable Nation: How Hybrid Cars and Smart Grids Will Change America Kevin Martin, Department of Technology

RoboRevolution: The Future of Sentient Machines at Home and in the Workplace
Ji-Chul Rye, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Stephen Haliczer, Division of Information Technology

Saving the Brain: New Breakthroughs in Alzheimer's Research Doug Wallace, Department of Psychology

The Human Blueprint: How Understanding Our Genes Will Impact the Future of Medicine Rick Johns, Department of Biological Sciences

Stargazing
Jeremy Benson, NIU STEM educator, Gregory Alley, NIU Observatory, Shane Larson, Northwestern University Astrophysicist, Paul Stoddard, Department of Geology and Enviornmental Geosciences

The Ripple Effect: What We Can Learn from the Flint Water Crisis Melissa Lenczewski, Department of Geology and Enviornmental Geosciences and Eric Zeemering, Department of Public Administration 

Physics of Baseball Jahred Adelman, Department of Physics

Market Morph: How the Sharing Economy is Disrupting Traditional Business Models Alex Eddy and Dr. Ursula Sullivan, Department of Marketing

Volcanoes! Science, Sci-Fi, and the Study of Our Explosive Earth Jim Walker, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences and Mike Mullin, Young Adult Author

Our Icy Planet: The Future of the Cryosphere in a Warming World Ross Powell, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences

Getting Dirty: How Bacteria Impact Human Health Sherine Elsawa, Department of Biological Sciences

All About Chocolate HyVee dietitian Lisa Brandt and chocolate entrepreneur Cathy Bouchard, owner of Le Chocolat du Bouchard

The Rhetoric of Climate Change: Why people disagree about climate change and what we can do about it Philip Eubanks, Professor Emeritus, Department of English

For additional information, contact Judith Dymond at 779.777.7713 or jdymond@niu.edu