Origins of the
Solar System

John Deere Chapter of Sigma Xi

"NOVA ScienceNow"

Three segments of recent PBS NOVA science programs
will be shown followed by a discussion by local experts.

Can We Slow Aging?
  Origins of the Solar System
  Can We Slow Aging?
  Lice and Human Evolution
      Local Scientist
Dr. Lee Carkner, physics & astronomy professor, Augustana College
Dr. Matt Halfhill, biology professor, St. Ambrose University
Dr. Allison Beck, biology professor, Augustana College

Lice and Human Evolution

6:30 pm, Thursday, April 21, 2011
 McCarthy Hall 013, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa

Pizza.  The evening will begin with pizza served in the hallway just outside of the lecture hall.  This dinner is provided by a joint collaboration of St. Ambrose University and the Eastern Iowa Community College District through a National Science Foundation S-STEM Grant.

Brief ceremony.  Several student members of Sigma Xi are graduating this spring.  In a brief ceremony preceding the scheduled program, they will be honored with the presentation of a Sigma Xi cord, to be worn with their graduation gown on the day of commencement.  Each student will bring us up to date on their plans for the future.  We wish them the very best in their future research projects.

Origins of the Solar System (13:02) - Lee Carkner
The shock wave from a supernova may have triggered the formation of our sun and planets five billion years ago.
Can We Slow Aging? (11:30) - Matt Halfhill
A gene called FOXO may be a real elixir of longevity. Can all of us harness its power?
Lice and Human Evolution (10:52) - Allison Beck
Icky and itchy, yes, but lice hold important clues to our evolution in their DNA.

Directions.  The St. Ambrose campus is located in Davenport, on the north side of Locust St., 2 blocks west of Harrison (U.S. 61 S) and 4 blocks west of Brady (U.S. 61 N).  McCarthy Hall is on the corner of Gaines and W. Lombard streets, building H on the map.  There is parking available in lots 4 and 5.  Here is a map of the campus.