Origins goes Online!

Origins has moved its public programs online!

Join us on Zoom for…

Life, the Universe and Hot Dogs
Every Thursday and Saturday, 7:30pm; plus Tuesday Apr 7

The Origins Science Scholars Program
Tuesdays April 14-May 26 at 6pm


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updates on the LUHD Happy Dog talks

Current Schedule
(subject to change, so check back frequently! Videos will be posted below)

Origins Online

Mar 24 Ben Monreal & Glenn Starkman “Nobel Physics: The Infancy of the Universe and Worlds Beyond our Solar System”

Mar 26 LUHD Understanding Coronavirus with Harsh Mathur  & Neil Greenspan

March 28: LUHD Puppies- the Plusses & Pitfalls of Operant Conditioning with Patricia Princehouse and Nikki Puccini. Join Patricia Princehouse, Associate Director of the Institute for the Science of Origins, and special guest, dog training virtuoso Nikki Puccini for a lively discussion of what science can tell us about how to train puppies –with lots of show and tell!

March 31:  LUHD “Coronavirus Update: How the Virus Ticks and What we are Doing to Stop it” with Jurgen Bosch, CWRU School of Medicine. Dr Bosch has over 80 scientific publications and 5 patents. He is an expert on vaccine design and has been working on a vaccine for malaria but has retooled for coronavirus. Video:

Apr 2: LUHD Glenn Starkman “What’s Hot in Cosmology Right Now?”

Apr 4: LUHD Patricia Princehouse on “The Origins Dog Project”

Apr 7: LUHD Isaiah Nengo “Are We Apes?”
“Hey ya big ape!” Not everybody takes it as a compliment to be called an ape -in fact, most people bristle at the idea! Director of science and research at the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya and Stony Brook University, and author of “The Ape Haters,” paleoanthropologist Dr Isaiah Nengo –one of our most popular speakers– will give us food for thought and lead a lively discussion around questions like whether we are just descended from apes or should just consider ourselves to be apes outright. How much of a gap is there? Just what is an ape anyway? What does make us different? Note different Zoom address for this talk:

Apr 9: LUHD No Program

Apr 11: LUHD Emily Hilgenberg “Predator and Play”
Dogs are among the most playful animals on earth –possibly even more so than humans! But a scientific understanding shows that classic dog play behaviors have their roots in the predator-prey relationship of their ancestors in the wild. In this talk, Emily will discuss how various play behaviors relate to different aspects of the predatory sequence of wild canids. Emily Hilgenberg, CDBC is founder of Dog Momentum in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. She specializes in applying scientific methods and knowledge in analyzing and addressing problem behaviors in dogs. This requires an in-depth understanding of dog behavior and health, the science of learning, and how to effectively and humanely help dogs with eg fear, anxiety, and aggression. 

Apr 14: OSS “Biology and Human-Machine Relationships in the Present” with Dustin Tyler, CWRU Dept of Biomedical Engineering
Building on 40+ years of neurotechnology success, Tyler’s lab at CWRU explores the fascinating interface between the body and machine guided by a vision that goes beyond prosthetic limbs to interface the human body with technological advances to achieve direct neural connections between machine and human sensorimotor systems to create human-centered, symbiotic relationships between humans and technology.

Apr 16: LUHD Elina Gertsman “Science & Art”

Apr 18: LUHD Janet McGrath “COVID-19 in Africa”

Apr 21: OSS “Human-Machine Relationships: Engineering the Future” with Dustin Tyler, CWRU Dept of Biomedical Engineering
Tyler’s lab at CWRU strives to spin out revolutionary HFi technology to new enterprises, to expand the limits of human experience through a human technology interface, and to enhance one’s sense of self, community, and capability beyond  biological barriers. Tyler is working toward a world of human fusion in which a person can be directly connected to an avatar in a place far remote, perhaps a surgeon in Cleveland could perform an operation on a patient on the other side of the world. The human experience connects to the Avatar’s experience, the human and the robotic system become symbiotically linked. The human experiences the world of the robot. The robot becomes the extension of the human and the human intelligence.

Apr 23: LUHD Joe LaManna  “Living without oxygen: anoxic tolerant animals”
Special treat: Joe will perform songs on his guitar after the talk!

Apr 25: LUHD Darin Croft on Paleontology

Apr 28: OSS “The 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic” with Jurgen Bosch, Johns Hopkins University & Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
The 2020 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has upended lives across most of the world.  Jurgen Bosch will give us an insider’s view of the current state of the pandemic and introduce us to the tools and techniques scientists are using to fight the outbreak. Before turning his attention to SARS-CoV-2, Dr Bosch’s focus was on finding a vaccine against Malaria, and research on aspects of Cancer, Cystic fibrosis and Antifungals. He is the author of more than 80 peer reviewed publications and holds five patents.

Apr 30: LUHD Cynthia Beall “Why and How We Get Fevers -an Evolutionary Understanding”

May 2: LUHD

May 5: OSS “Breastfeeding and Maternal & Child Health” with Nicole Burt, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Biological and forensic anthropologist Nicole Burt uses stable isotope analysis to reconstruct dietary patterns in children. Her work has yielded information about breastfeeding and weaning patterns in ancient and modern human populations, studying diet, childhood growth and osteology by analyzing teeth and bone. Isotope ratios reflect what an individual’s dietary makeup was in life. Burt’s unique research methods allow her to reconstruct what a person ate—more corn than wheat, or more fish than pork, for example. In infants, breastfeeding and weaning patterns are preserved in their teeth, which allows Burt to determine when a child was weaned and what he or she ate afterward. She is even able to discern what the child’s mother ate during pregnancy. Burt is now turning her innovative techniques to the present, reaching out to connect with the area’s medical community and organizing a long-term research study examining the effects of maternal choices about breastfeeding and weaning on infant and maternal health. Her goal is to gather data that can be used to engage communities in Cleveland in conversations about ways to optimize maternal and child health.

May 7: LUHD Lydia Kisley “Microscopy: Historical Perspective, Recent Noble Prize-winning Advancements, and Really Cool Pictures”

May 9: LUHD

May 12: OSS “Fire, Food and our Climate Future” with Chris Cullis, Dept of Biology, Case Western Reserve University; Presented in collaboration with CWRU’s Emeriti Academy.
Climate change is already transforming the world in which we live. Wildfires burning out of control aided and abetted by severe weather effects driven by global warming. Volatile changes in moisture, temperature and the other environmental factors on which our major food crops rely are putting the world’s bread baskets at risk. Most research on climate change offers a dim vision for our future, but is there hope? Plant geneticist Chris Cullis is working to develop heat and drought-resistant crops and strategies for farming that, alongside other measures, may be able to mitigate the ravages of climate disruption. It’s not too late. Judicious action today can bring about a better future if we act now.

May 14: LUHD

May 16: LUHD

May 19: OSS “Storing Energy for our Renewable Future” with Robert Savinell, Case Western Reserve University School of Engineering; Presented in collaboration with CWRU’s Emeriti Academy.
The major challenge of renewable energy resources such as solar and wind involve how to store the energy they generate for future use. Robert Savinell’s expertise lies in electrochemical energy storage and conversion and his interests have included batteries, electrolysis, fuel cells, supercapacitors, and water treatment. His research is directed at fundamental science and engineering research for electrochemical systems and novel device design, development, and optimization. Savinell holds many  patents and his ground-breaking work has provided the inspiration for world-wide activity in developing high temperature polymer electrolytes, and has been licensed to several large multi-national corporations.

May 21: LUHD

May 23: LUHD

May 26: OSS “New Skull Reveals Human Ancestor’s Face” with Yohannes Haile-Selassie,  Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Curator of Physical Anthropology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and an ISO Fellow, and a team including Dr Beverley Saylor of CWRU’s Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Science, and several CWRU students and alums discovered a beautifully preserved, nearly complete skull of the fossil hominid species Australiopitchecus anamensis, published last fall in the prestigious journal Nature. The anatomy of the fossil shows clear-cut features indicating it has ancestral (aka “primitive”) characteristics, as well as new “derived” characteristics not found in A. afarensis, the species to which Lucy belongs. The geology demonstrates that this species survived much later than had previously been thought. Indeed, at 3.8mya it overlaps considerably with Lucy’s species Australopithecus afarensis. Dr Haile-Selassie will walk us through the discovery and what it means to the emerging story of human origins.

May 28: LUHD

May 30: LUHD