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The Institute for the Science of Origins is excited to bring the Origins Science Scholars Program beyond University Circle.

Just as with on-campus OSS, during this unique program members of the community engage with each other and with leading scholars of the origins sciences to investigate everything from the big bang to the developing mind and emerging life.

OSS-Parma is a little different. We are partnering with the Cuyahoga County Public Library on Snow Rd to bring presentations by world-class researchers, followed by open discussion among all the participants. 

This more flexible format does not include dinner and results in an earlier evening than on-campus or Beachwood OSS.

These talks are free and open to the public. 


Spring 2015 Program


To register by phone: Call Felicia at 216-368-2090

Time: Four Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m .

Dates: Jan 22, Feb 19, March 19, and April 9, 2015
Locations: All sessions will be held on the campus of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 2111 Snow Road, Cleveland, OH 44134. 

We are excited to share unique and challenging perspectives and hope to leave participants better educated about origins research and the Institute for the Science of Origins. We look forward to seeing you!

For more information: Call Felicia at 216-368-2090

Course Schedule and Details

6-6:45 p.m. – Lecture
7-7:30 p.m. – Q & A , refreshments and discussion

January 22 – Glenn Starkman “From Atoms to Quarks
We all know that matter is made out of atoms.  But what are atoms made of? The process of answering that question​ ​has taken us from small experiments that we do today in undergraduate teaching laboratories to the construction of the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva — the largest machine in the world.   In the process we have come to uncover and understand the Standard Model of particle physics, the single best-tested theory in all of science. Join me as we experience that journey of discovery for ourselves.

February 19 – Cynthia Beall “Are We Still Evolving? Climate & Recent Human Evolution”
We sometimes think of evolution as something that happened a very long time ago, but in fact humans are still evolving and adapting to their environments. Extreme climates such as those found at high altitudes have led to some surprising adaptations among humans inhabiting the earth today!

March 19 – Danny Solow “The Origins and Evolution of Computers” 
Laptop computers are ubiquitous today…but how did we get here? What discoveries were necessary? Not just the evolution of different computing devices over the centuries but also the people, the human insights and creativity that brought us to this point.

April 9 – Bruce Latimer “A Backache of Longstanding”
From sore feet to backaches, blame it on human evolution. Adapting to a very new mode of locomotion, upright walking, has created physical challenges from flat feet and bunions to slipped discs, hernias and fallen pelvic floors. And as bizarre as it sounds, rising from four to two feet resulted in reshaping the face and head, producing dental problems such as wisdom teeth with no room to grow!