Come along to our monthly SciBar event where a new and exciting STEM presenter talks to us about their fascinating work in an informal pub-setting. Questions are encouraged! Free and open to the public, no booking required.
Talking about What?
A Brief History of X: Algebra and Mathematical Notation
Discussion with Who? Dr David Stewart, Lecturer in Pure Mathematics at Newcastle University
When should I arrive? Wednesday 15th May, 7.00 pm, but come earlier if you’d like food
Where should I go? The Old George, Old George Yard (off High Bridge St), NE1 1EZ (upstairs)
Details, I need details!
The X Factor, The X Files, The X-Men … the letter X is found all over the English language as a letter designating mystery—or more precisely, something unknown. This is the legacy of fairly recent mathematics, specifically the philosopher René Descartes, known for his famous phrase cogito ergo sum. In this public science lecture, I’ll tell the story of how X came to be the pre-eminent unknown quantity and why our equations look the way they do.
Look into the future….
Monday 3rd: The Science Quiz for the non-scientist! Free and open to the public, no booking required. @The North Terrace, 7.30pm. £5 pizza deal!
Wednesday 19th: ‘Great ape minds & human evolution: Understanding our great ape relatives’ talk by Dr Zanna Clay, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, Durham University
Chimpanzees and bonobos are human’s closest living relatives and thus represent crucial living models for reconstructing human evolution. Despite being closely related, chimpanzees and bonobos show many striking differences in behaviour and social organization and cognition. In this presentation, I will explore how understanding our great ape relatives can contribute to a richer and more balanced model of human evolution.
Wednesday 24th: ‘Extreme environments: The physiological and psychological impact of spaceflight‘ talk by Jonathan Laws, Researcher in the Aerospace Medicine Rehabilitation Laboratory at Northumbria University @ The Old George, Newcastle
While human beings are well-adapted to life on Earth, advanced technologies and intense motivation are needed to survive in the depths of outer-space. The zero-gravity environment beyond Earth’s protective atmosphere can have deadly consequences for astronauts if they do not push themselves to the limit to survive. Adventuring into outer-space can also impact the minds of astronauts, sometimes in a world-changing way. This talk will explore an overview of the psychological and physiological challenges and experiences that astronauts encounter during spaceflight.
Monday 5th: TBC
Wednesday 18th: ‘This is your skin on UV‘ talk by SarahJayne Boulton, Teaching Fellow in Biomedical Sciences, Newcastle University
There’s nothing more lovely than the warm, soft caress of gentle sunshine on your skin. That is until you’ve been out in the blazing solar assault for 3 hours, have become caustically dehydrated and your shoulders could get a part as an extra in the Walking Dead. We know sunburn is bad, so why do we let it happen? Is the sun really as damaging as we’ve been lead to believe? This Sci Bar, I’ll be guiding you through an adventure into skin tanning, colouring and the strange and wonderful world of the Cosmeceutical Industry. Together we’ll take a look at the scientific mechanisms behind how the sun and other exposures can change the molecular profile of our skin and what we can do to truly love the skin we’re in.
Wednesday 4th (TBC):’Catching Fire: Towards a Better Understanding of Arson‘ talk by Dr Faye Horsley, Forensic Psychologist and Lecturer at Newcastle University
Within the field of forensic psychology, our understanding of arson, when compared to other crimes is limited. This is despite the fact that arsonists are an extremely complex offender sub-group. In this talk I will outline some of the existing research, and suggest that a change in direction is required. I will present findings from two studies conducted with people who use fire, and explain why these findings could be of use in improving our understanding of arson.
And many more, 2019 is gearing up to be a science-packed year!