Upcoming Events

Our next event is April 6, 2021. More details coming soon.

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The Search for Life on Mars and Beyond

ONLINE COMMUNITY EVENT FEATURING: Dr. Sarah Johnson, Georgetown University and Dr. Carol Cleland , University of Colorado, Boulder

Recorded Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Exciting new research is attempting to find evidence for either extinct or existing life in the universe.  Previous Mars missions found that liquid water existed on Mars in the distant past, raising the question of whether there might be evidence for extinct life. 

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How Will Climate Change Impact Health in Montana?

Recorded Tuesday, January 26, 2021

An online community event featuring:

  • Alexandra Adams, M.D., PhD., Director and Principle Investigator for the Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity at Montana State University
  • Robert Byron, MD, MPH, FACP, Vice Chair of the Montana Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate
  • Bruce Maxwell, PhD., Co-Director for the Montana Institute on Ecosystems

We know about some of the ways in which climate change is impacting the U.S. West, through hotter temperatures, droughts, fire hazards, and changing ecosystems.  A special report published by the Montana Climate Assessment details how these changes are likely to impact human health.  Learn more about this event

Pandemic Politics and Polarization

Recorded: Wednesday, October 28th at 6:00 PM

This online WebEx event featured Cailin O’ Conor from UC Irvine and Eric Raile from MSU, who led a discussion about how political polarization has occurred over the pandemic, both nationally and in the state of Montana.  Q & A to followed the presentations. Learn more about the event.

Slowing the Spread: How We Can Detect the Virus in Multiple Ways

Recorded: Wednesday, September 23 at 6 pm (~1 hr)

This online WebEx event featured MSU researchers Dr. Blake Wiedenheft and Dr. Seth Walk as they discussd their efforts to monitor levels of the COVID-19 virus with wastewater testing in Gallatin County and increasing swab testing throughout our state.  Q & A followed the presentations.  Learn more about the event

** The video begins just as Dr. Wiedenheft starts his talk. His introduction is here.

 Spillover: Understanding the Origins of Pandemics

Recorded: Wednesday, August 26 at 6:00 PM (~1 hr)

David Quammen and Dr. Raina Plowright discuss how infectious diseases can be passed from animals to humans leading to pandemics that we have no natural immunity to (such as COVID-19). Read more about the spillover event

Other Past Events:

Canceled: L & S Distinguished Lecture Series: "Gendering AI and Robots: Robo-sexism in Japan and the United States"

Jennifer Robertson

Presented by Dr. Jennifer Robertson (University of Michigan) When: Wednesday, March 11th at 5:00pm in Procrastinator Theater, SUB.  

Follow this link to learn more!

Canceled: NEH Grant-writing Workshop

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020, 11:30-1pm in Inspiration Hall, NAH, Lunch served at 11:15.  This free workshop will be led by National Endowment for the Humanities Deputy Director, Jeff Hardwick.  One-on-one meetings with Dr. Hardwick will also be available between 8:45-10:45am and 1:30-3:30pm.  Registration is required. Visit montana.edu/facultyexcellence/ to request a one-on-one meeting and register. For more information contact Nika Stoop at
[email protected] or 406-994-5338. 

Postponed until Fall: STES Speaker Series: "The Promise of Immersive Technologies (Virtual and Augmented Reality) for Mental Health"

Tuesday, April 21st at 6:00pm in the Procrastinator Theater, MSU SUB
Presented by Laura Stanley (Gianforte School of Computing)

Join Dr. Laura Stanley (Gianforte School of Computing) to find out about how extended reality technologies (virtual, mixed, and augmented technologies) are being used in addressing pain and anxiety for a variety of challenging health problems.  Dr. Stanley will explain how these technologies work, share findings from her recent clinical trial research on their use with patients recovering from cancer, knee replacements, and show how they might be used in treating depression, anxiety, and other health problems.  This talk is free and open to the public and will be accessible to those from diverse educational backgrounds and disciplines.  The STES Speaker Series aims to create conversations across disciplines, and between researchers and the public, in order to consider the ways in which research and technology might address pressing social problems and impact communities.  A reception in Leigh Lounge in the Strand Union Building will follow. Follow this link to learn more!

Laura Stanley

"What's Killing the Bees? The Impacts of Pathogens and Other Factors on Honey Bees" 

Thursday, March 5th at 4:30pm in Barnard 126
Presented by Michelle Flenniken (Plant Pathology & Plant Sciences)
Learn more and register here

Honey bees are the primary insect pollinators of U.S. crops and whose work
is valued at approximately $17 billion annually. Unfortunately, for the past
10 years, honey bee colony losses have approached 30 percent, annually.
Join Michelle Flenniken, MSU microbiologist and co-director of MSU’s
Pollinator Health Center, for an exciting conversation on what’s affecting
honey bee colony health and the importance of basic and applied science to
address this important global challenge.  Snacks and discussion to follow!

Flenniken Talk

The Science, Technology, Ethics & Society (STES) Speaker Series is a speaker series aimed at facilitating interdisciplinary conversations and collaborations between faculty and students across campus.  

"Challenges and Opportunities in Public Infrastructure"

Tuesday, February 25th at 4:30pm in Barnard 108
Presented by Craig Woolard (Civil Engineering)

Learn more and register here

The Bozeman area is rapidly growing and we are close to hitting a population of 50,000.  What does this mean for the public infrastructure systems that we will need, the challenges we will face, and the opportunities that may arise?  Come find out as we kick-off the STES Interdisciplinary Speaker Series with a talk by Dr. Craig Woolard (Civil Engineering). Discussion and snacks to follow the talk! 

A talk by Craig Woolard

The Science, Technology, Ethics & Society (STES) Speaker Series is a speaker series aimed at facilitating interdisciplinary conversations and collaborations between faculty and students across campus. 

Science Matters Lecture Series, Kate Brown

Museum of the Rockies, Hager Auditorium

Learn about the Kate Brown talk here

STES Grant-Writing Bootcamp  

October 28th, 2019- January 13th, 2020

Facilitated by Nika Stoop, Center for Faculty Excellence and Co-Sponsored by MEERC

Thinking of submitting a grant related to the ethical/social/policy dimensions of science or technology? Want to identify collaborators from other disciplines? Want to broaden the impacts of a grant you are working on, particularly in mentoring or public engagement? This is for you!

This 6-week long program (over four months) is specifically for faculty, post-docs, or graduate students who are interested in collaborating on interdisciplinary grants to submit to NSF’s Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM, which has a due date of February 24, 2020 or to NSF’s Science & Technology Studies Program, which has a due date of February 3rd 2020).  Those working on specific proposals to other programs or funding agencies would also be welcome.  Each session is approximately 3 hours long and lunch will be provided. CLICK ON THIS LINK TO APPLY AND RESERVE YOUR SPOT  You are encouraged to apply, even if you cannot attend every session (or all three hours of every session).  Applications are due by midnight on October 21st and confirmation of your participation will be sent by Wednesday, October 23, 2019.  

Schedule & Topics

WEEK #1 (October 28th): GENERATING PROPOSAL IDEAS

  • Read the program summary for CCE-STEM and STS programs
  • Identify opportunities
  • Hear from those who have successful grants or served on panels from these programs
  • Generate ideas for proposals
  • Homework: write a proposal summary for your grant

WEEK #2 (November 4th): DESIGNING PROJECTS – SIGNIFICANCE, METHODOLOGY, ASSESSMENT (CCE)

  • Refine project ideas
  • Challenges in selecting and explaining interdisciplinary methodologies
  • What assessment is required (e.g., in the case of interventions proposed for CCE)
  • Identify collaborators/expertise needed
  • Homework: draft project significance OR methodology OR expertise OR assessment section.

WEEK #3 (November 18th): HOW TO BROADEN IMPACTS

  • Understanding different components of the BI criterion.
  • Opportunities for broadening impacts at MSU and with local/state/national communities
  • Non-academic avenues for dissemination
  • Understanding engagement vs. dissemination
  • Increasing participation (particularly among underrepresented groups).
  • Homework: Statement of broader impacts

WEEK #4 (November 25th): WRITING YOUR STORY, PUTTING THE PUZZLE TOGETHER

  • Refining project descriptions, timelines
  • Adding Biosketches
  • WHY this project should be carried out at MSU by THIS team with the FACILITIES we have
  • Ethics of Mentoring Plans and Data Management
  • Homework: Biosketch, Facilities, Mentoring, Data Management

WEEK #5 (December 2nd): BUDGETS

  • Budget Basics
  • Q & A with OSP
  • Reading budgets critically to spot what might raise red flags for reviewers.
  • Homework: Draft Budget 

WEEK #6 (January 13th): FULL PROPOSAL PEER-REVIEW

  • Review criteria/what reviewers are looking for
  • Work in groups to evaluate full proposals and provide feedback
  • Homework: Revise proposals

FEBRUARY 2020: Support for proposal submissions, last-minute trouble-shooting.

CLICK ON THIS LINK TO APPLY AND RESERVE YOUR SPOT! You are encouraged to apply, even if you cannot attend every session (or all three hours of every session).  Applications are due by midnight on Monday, October 21st and confirmation of your participation will be sent by Wednesday, October 23, 2019.  

An Enemy Of The People By Henrik Ibsen

October 10-13 & 19-20

Bozeman Actors Theater will preform An Enemy of the People (adapted by Arthur Miller) at The Museum of the Rockies, Hager Auditorium (7:30pm Thursday-Saturday & 3:00pm on Sunday).  Tickets can be purchased here: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=bat.  

Enemy of The People About the play: 

When Dr. Thomas Stockmann learns that the famous and financially successful baths in his hometown are contaminated, he insists they be shut down for expensive repairs. For his honesty, he is persecuted, ridiculed, and declared an “enemy of the people” by the townspeople, including some who have been his closest allies. Bozeman Actors Theatre returns to the Museum of the Rockies to stage one of the most frequently performed plays by the “father of modern drama.”

Directed by Gordon Carpenter

Friday, October 18 -- FREE Discussion Event of the issues raised in An Enemy of the People, featuring work by MSU students

This event, featuring a panel discussion and research presented by MSU graduate and undergraduate students will be at 7:30pm in Inspiration Hall, Norm Abjornson Hall.

 

Deborah G. Johnson will deliver the 2019 Hausser Lecture, "Will Autonomous Cars Ever Be Safe Enough?" in the  Hager Auditorium at the Museum of the Rockies, at 5:30pm on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019.  It is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. RESERVE YOUR TICKETS HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/margaret-harry-hausser-lecture-tickets-72320389231. Doors will open at 5:00pm.

Johnson

Deborah G. Johnson

About the Speaker:

Deborah G. Johnson recently retired as the Anne Shirley Carter Olsson Professor of Applied Ethics in the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia.  Best known for her work on computer ethics and engineering ethics, Johnson’s research examines the ethical, social, and policy implications of technology, especially information technology.

 Johnson is the author/editor of seven books including most recently, Engineering Ethics: Contemporary and Enduring Debates to be published by Yale University Press in 2020.  In addition to her books, Johnson has published over 100 papers in a wide variety of journals and edited volumes.

 In recognition of her contributions, Johnson received the Joseph Weizenbaum ward for life-long contributions to information and computer ethics from the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology in 2015. She received the John Barwise prize from the American Philosophical Association in 2004; the Sterling Olmsted Award from the Liberal Education Division of the American Society for Engineering Education in 2001; and the Making a Difference Award from the ACM Special Interest Group on Computers and Society in 2000.

A reception will follow in the lobby of the Museum of the Rockies.

Charles Falco, Emeritus Professor in the College of Optical Sciences and Department of Physics at the University of Arizona, Tucson, will present "The Science of Optics; The History of Art"  in the Hager Auditorium at the Museum of the Rockies at 5:30pm on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019,  as part of the Science Matters Lecture Series.  Free and open to the public, doors will open at 5:00pm.

Summary

Recently, renowned artist David Hockney observed that certain drawings and paintings from as early as the Renaissance seemed almost "photographic" in detail. Following an extensive visual investigation of western art of the past 1000 years, he made the revolutionary claim that artists even of the prominence of van Eyck and Bellini must have used optical aids. However, many art historians insisted there was no supporting evidence for such a remarkable assertion.

Falco

Charles Falco

In this talk, Charles Falco will show a wealth of optical evidence for Hockney's claim that Hockney and Falco subsequently discovered during an unusual, and remarkably productive, collaboration between an artist and a scientist.

Falco will also discuss the imaging properties of the "mirror lens" (concave mirror), and some of the implications this work has for the history of science as well as the history of art and the modern fields of machine vision and computerized image analysis. These discoveries convincingly demonstrate optical instruments were in use—by artists, not scientists—nearly 200 years earlier than commonly thought possible and account for the remarkable transformation in the reality of portraits that occurred early in the 15th century.

About the Speaker

Charles Falco has joint appointments as Emeritus Professor in Optical Sciences and Physics at the University of Arizona where he held the UA Chair of Condensed Matter Physics. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Optical Society of America and the Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). He has published more than 275 scientific manuscripts, co-edited two books, has seven U.S. patents and given over 400 invited talks at conferences, research institutions and cultural organizations in 32 countries.

In addition to his scientific research, he was co-curator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum's "The Art of the Motorcycle" which, with over 2 million visitors in New York, Chicago, Bilbao and the Guggenheim Las Vegas, was by far the most successful exhibition of industrial design ever assembled. More recently, he and the world-renowned artist David Hockney found artists of such repute as van Eyck, Bellini and Caravaggio used optical projections in creating portions of their work. Three international conferences have been organized around these discoveries and recognition for them includes the Ziegfield Lecture Award from the National Art Education Association, the Dwight Nicholson Medal from the American Physical Society and a presentation in the opening ceremony of the 2015 United Nations 'International Year of Light'.

A reception will follow in the lobby of the Museum of the Rockies.

 

Timon of Anaconda

Dr. Gretchen Minton at Montana State University presents an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens in Bozeman and Butte on September 7th and 8th. These free outdoor performances represent Minton’s latest research project, which endeavors to use site-specific classical drama as a way of addressing the challenges of human impact on our ecosystems. The performance venues—The Silos at Story Mill in Bozeman and Mountain Con Mine Yard in Butte—were chosen because these sites are formerly industrial areas that have been reclaimed as spaces for public gatherings and artistic projects.

Timon of Athens has become popular recently due to its topics of greed, friendship, loyalty, economic disaster, and environmental degradation. Minton is setting her 75-minute adaptation of this play, called Timon of Anaconda, in 1960s-70s Butte, Montana. The play tells the story of a mining mogul who loses everything and is abandoned by his friends. He then attempts to retreat to the wilderness, only to find that there is no place that does not have the mark of human activity.   

Dr. Minton is a full professor of English at Montana State University, specializing in Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Since 2011, Minton has served as Dramaturg for Shakespeare in the Parks and Bozeman Actors Theatre, as well as giving lectures at international festivals and conferences.  ecosystems. The performance venues—The Silos at Story Mill in Bozeman and Mountain Con Mine Yard in Butte—were chosen because these sites are formerly industrial areas that have been reclaimed as spaces for public gatherings and artistic projects.

Minton uses drama, Shakespeare in particular, as a means of exploring the Anthropocene, a time when human impact upon the earth has become the most dominant force on the environment. She notes that Shakespeare was concerned about human impact on the earth as far back as the beginning of the seventeenth century when he wrote Timon. Because the vast majority of Montanans love their public lands and show a high concern for environment protections, this play can help us consider our culpability in ecological disaster, but also imagine a way forward that can include better stewardship of our natural world.

Free public outdoor performances are offered in Bozeman on Saturday 7 September at 3 pm at The Silos at Story Mill, and in Butte on Sunday 8 September at 3 pm at Foreman’s Park at Mountain Con Mine Yard.

For more information, please contact Dr. Gretchen Minton at [email protected] or 612.710.5185. Visit her webpage at www.gretchenminton.com

 

(third in the  SymBozium Series, Presented by the Bozeman Public Library).  7pm at the Emerson's Crawford Theater.

From Siri to robotic surgery, from media and music streaming to Google Maps, artificial intelligence (AI) has a significant impact on our lives. But, what are the implications of AI on human development and personal autonomy? What effect will AI have on jobs in the future? What ethical concerns must we address as AI systems are deployed? Join in on the discussion as our panel explores the benefits and drawbacks of AI and its rapidly evolving technology.Symbozium participants

More information and FREE registration can be found at: Symbozium.org