Origins goes Online!

Origins has moved its public programs online!

Join us on Zoom for…

Life, the Universe and Hot Dogs
Thursdays, 7:30pm.

Origins Science Scholars
Tuesdays, 6pm (through 11/17)

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updates on the LUH 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 LUH Understanding Coronavirus with Harsh Mathur  & Neil Greenspan Video:

March 28: LUH 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! Video:

March 31:  LUH “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 50 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: LUH Glenn Starkman “What’s Hot in Cosmology Right Now?”

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

Apr 7: LUHD Isaiah Nengo

Apr 11: LUHD Emily Hilgenberg “Predator and Play”

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, Dept of Art History, CWRU.  “Science & Art: Macabre Encounters” The presentation discusses late medieval brushes with epidemics and the imagery that arose during these times. Dr Gertsman was just named a 2020 Guggenheim fellow!

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

Apr 21: OSS “Human-Machine Relationships: Engineering the Future” with Dustin Tyler, CWRU Dept of Biomedical Engineering

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  “Rafting Monkeys: The Plot Thickens”

Apr 28: OSS “The 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic” with Jurgen Bosch, Johns Hopkins University & Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

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

May 2: LUHD Rebecca Rupert “What Should I Feed My Dog? Nutrition for pets vs performance sport dogs”

May 5: OSS “Breastfeeding and Maternal & Child Health” with Nicole Burt, Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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

May 9: LUHD “Flat Earth Rising” with Glenn Branch, National Center for Science Education
   When Charles K. Johnson, the president of the International Flat Earth Research Society, died in 2001, he seemed at the time to be the last apostle of his unusual creed. Nineteen years on, however, the flat earth is alive and well, especially on line. In his talk, Glenn Branch will sketch the history of the flat-earth movement, from its source in the ancient Near East through its coalescence in Victorian Britain to its modern rebirth on the Internet. Highlights include the identification of the author of the 1819 pamphlet that inspired the founder of the flat-earth movement and a critical discussion of recent public opinion polls on the shape of the earth.  

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.

May 14: LUHD Ann Reid, Director, National Center for Science Education
“The 1918 Flu Pandemic: Looking Back at 1918 from 1995 and Today”

May 16: LUHD Sarah Dixon “Effects of Early Experience on Resiliency in Puppies” Video:

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.

May 21: LUHD “Migration and displacement in pandemic times: How COVID-19 affects refugees”
with Nadia El-Shaarawi, Colby College and McGill Refugee Research Group

May 23: LUHD Kate Carter, National Center for Science Education,  “Evolving Beyond Adaptation”

May 26: OSS “New Skull Reveals Human Ancestor’s Face” with Yohannes Haile-Selassie,  Cleveland Museum of Natural History

May 28: LUHD Michael Fricke “Gas Masks and the Cleveland ‘Mousetrap’ super gas: Cleveland Chemistry Contributions to WWI Defense”

May 30: LUHD Emily Strong “Canine Enrichment”

June 9 Laura Bernstein Kurtycz, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and CWRU Dept of Biology, “Smart Chimpanzees”

June 11: Andrea Milne “In the Crosshairs of Viruses: Doctors, Nurses and Ordinary People doing Extraordinary Things”

June 16: Isaiah Nengo “What Makes Us Apes? Scientific & Cultural Considerations”

June 18: Jurgen Bosch “Coronavirus Evolving”

June 13   Rachel Olson “Canine Structure and Function”

June 23  Cynthia Beall “Human biological diversity, where it comes from and why?”

June 25  Amanda Mahoney of the Dittrick Medical History Center

June 30 Nandini Trevedi of The Ohio State University Physics Dept

July 2     Miriam Levin “Worlds Fairs: Technology and Trade”

July 7 Geoffrey Landis of NASA. “Mars”

July 9 Denise Dewald “Evolution of The Upper Airway and Human Sleep Apnea”

July 11 Kingman Strohl “Evolving Treatments for Sleep Apnea”

July 14 Laura Bernstein-Kurtycz, Cleveland MetroParks Zoo. “Smarter than the Average Bears?”

July 16 Amanda Lund and Harsh Mathur, Dept of Physics, “On Language”

July 21 Emmitt Jolly “Parasitic Worms”

July 23 Ashu Sheth, “Evolution of Obesity”

July 25 Nikki Puccini, “Dock Diving as Canine Enrichment”

July 28 Geoffrey A. Landis, Mary A. Turzillo, and Marie Vibbert, “An Evening of Science Poetry”

July 30 Joe LaManna “Climate Change, Temperature and Atmosphere: The Interplay of Carbon and Oxygen”

Aug 1 TBA,

Aug 4 Jesse Berezovsky on Music & Physics,

Aug 6 Glenn Starkman “Big Bang: How Did this Party get Started?”,

Aug 8 LUHD Kids Edition! Carrie Bassett, Akron Zoo “Scientific Research at the Zoo & Zoo Careers for Kids to Think About”
Sponsored by the Greater Cleveland STEM Foundation invites kids of all ages to have some fun at this free public lecture with Live Animals! ~ Open to all ~

Aug 11 Peter Whitehouse and Danny George “American Dementia: Brain Health in an Unhealthy Society” Password: 713170

Aug 13 Emerson McGuinness “Escobar’s Escapee Hippos’ Return to the Jungle” Password: 713170

Aug 15 LUHD Kids Edition! Deborah Schulman “Genes and Food” Sponsored by the Greater Cleveland STEM Foundation invites kids of all ages to have some fun at this free public lecture! ~ Open to all ~

Aug 18 Colin McLarty “The Marvelous, Mysterious Mathematical Genius Emmy Noether” Password: 713170

Aug 20 Patricia Princehouse “Wild and Wooly Oligocene Animals” Password: 713170

Aug 22  “Making and Decorating Masks and Face Shields: How to and Why We Wear Them!” Sponsored by the Greater Cleveland STEM Foundation CLESTEM invites kids of all ages to have some fun at this free public lecture! ~ Open to all ~   Note: This LUHD Kids Edition episode is geared toward kids 5 and over. Tune in for great ideas and feel free to join the fun and show off your creations at the end! It only takes a bandanna and 2 good sized rubber bands to make a basic mask! Or be ready with your fabric of choice to make matching mask, face shield and head scarf. Glitter and sequins optional! We’ll discuss mask care, where and where not to put glue, paint, and other substances, and what makes a mask work best to keep the coronavirus at bay.

Aug 25 Christine DeJesus, “Cannabis Farming with the Soil Food Web” Password: 713170

Aug 27 Jurgen Bosch “The SARS2 Coronavirus” Password: 713170

Aug 29  Nikki Puccini “Dogs: A Kid’s Best Friend” Sponsored by the Greater Cleveland STEM Foundation CLESTEM invites kids of all ages to have some fun at this free public lecture! ~ Open to all ~

Sept 1 Steve Eppell “Nanoscale Collagen and Calcium or Bone Cells Can’t Eat Titanium!” Password: 713170

Sept 3 Laura Ellyn Smith “The Politics of Anti-Science” Password: 713170

Sept 5 Sarah Roelle “The Brain, Movement, and Brain Stimulation.”  An introduction to the brain and its control of motor movement, as well as how brain stimulation is used to deliver and monitor therapy.  Sponsored by the Greater Cleveland STEM Foundation CLESTEM invites kids middle school-aged and up to have some fun at this free public lecture! ~ Open to all ~

Sept 8 Harsh Mathur “Quantum Computing: Are We There Yet?”

Sept 10 LUH 7:30pm Cynthia Beall ““Living High: Evolution, adaptation, and anemia at high altitudes – from basic research to applied public health” Password: 713170

Sept 15 LUH 7:30pm Corbin Covault “Gamma Rays!” Password: 713170

Sept 17 LUH 7:30pm Isaiah Nengo ”Black Lives: Science and Race” Password: 713170

Sept 22 LUH 7:30pm Giuseppe Strangi “Nanoscience for human health: the next big thing will be very small” Password: 713170

Sept 24 LUH 7:30pm Dustin Tyler on the Human-Machine Interface Password: 713170

Sept 26 LUH 7:30pm Emmitt Jolly “DNA and Human Health” Password: 713170

Sept 29 No Program

Oct 1 LUH 7:30pm Scott Hardy “The Science behind Harmful Algal Blooms and Other Lake Erie Critical Issues” Password: 713170

Oct 6 OSS 6pm Blanton Tolbert “RNA viruses: A chemist’s approach to discovering antiviral targets” Register at: 

Oct 8 LUH 7:30pm Laura Bernstein-Kurtycz on Chimpanzee Economics Password: 713170

Oct 13 OSS 6pm Jurgen Bosch “SARS-2 Coronavirus: Innovations in Testing Technologies” Register at: 

Oct 15 LUH 7:30pm Joe LaManna “Origin of Life” Password: 713170

Oct 20 OSS 6pm Lisa Hildebrand “Stone-Age Africa: Sophisticated Shared Identity Among Cultures” Register at: 

Oct 22 LUH 7:30pm Darin Croft “Extreme Mammals” Password: 713170

Oct 27 OSS 6pm Mark Aldenderfer “Genes, Evolution, and Archaeology Meet in the High Himalayas: Denisovans, Tibetans, and Others” Register at: 

Oct 29 LUH 7:30pm “Jonathan Sadowsky on “Depression, Social Inequality and the Medical Model” Password: 713170

Nov 3 OSS 6pm Sara Seager “The Future of Exoplanet Research” Register at: 

Nov 5 LUH 7:30pm Sam Mesiano “Evolutionary biology of birth timing and maternal-fetal conflict” Password: 713170

Nov 10 OSS 6pm Neil Cornish “The Future of Gravitational-Wave Astronomy” Register at: 

Nov 12 LUH 7:30pm Nov 7:30pm Isaiah Nengo “Almost Human? The Fascinating Story of Ape Evolution” Password: 713170

Nov 17 OSS 6pm John Ruhl “The Future of CMB Observations and What They Will Tell Us About Cosmology” Register at: 

Nov 19 LUH 7:30pm  Walter Boron on Physiology Password: 713170

Nov 24 No Program Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 26 No Program Happy Thanksgiving!

Dec 1 LUH 7:30pm  Vincent Monnier “The Maillard Reaction in Human Evolution and Aging: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” Password: 713170

Dec 3 LUH 7:30pm  Todd Oakley on “Mouth-to-Mouth or Hand-to-Mouth?: Evolutionary Trajectories of Human Language” Password: 713170

Dec 8 LUH 7:30pm  Jurgen Bosch on Coronavirus Vaccines Password: 713170

Dec 10 LUH 7:30pm  Jim Van Orman “Water on the Moon!” Password: 713170

Dec 15 LUH 7:30pm Cynthia Liukus Pierce on the Engare Sero footprints Password: 713170
Engare Sero, Tanzania, is the largest human fossil footprint site ever been discovered in Africa.

Dec 17 LUH 7:30pm Stephanie Corbett “CWRU’s Road to Climate Neutrality and Sustainability”

Dec 22, 24, 29, 31, Jan 5, Jan 7:  winter break. Happy Holidays!

For updates see:

Jan 12 LUH 7:30pm Todd Oakley “Mouth-to-Mouth or Hand-to-Mouth?: Evolutionary Trajectories of Human Language” Password: 713170

Jan 14 LUH 7:30pm Darin Croft “Bringing Dead Bones to Life” Password: 713170

Jan 19 LUH 7:30pm Natasha Vitek on paleontology Password: 713170

Jan 21 LUH 7:30pm Scott Simpson on Human Evolution: “A walk in the desert: the search for our ancestors in the Ethiopian Rift Valley” Password: 713170

Jan 26 LUH 7:30pm Isaiah Nengo on Ape Evolution

Jan 28 LUH Jurgen Bosch on “Coronavirus: Where things stand now”

Feb 4 LUH Ralph Harvey on the Mars Rover Perseverance in Jezero Crater

Feb 6 LUH Harsh Mathur on Islamic Art and Physics

Feb 9 LUH 7:30 pm Russell Engelman “How “Giant” Were Extinct Giant Mammals?” Join us  to hear paleontologist Russell Engelman separate reality from fantasy about the giant animals of the past using a revolutionary, highly accurate. new technique he discovered! Which ones might not be as long, tall, or heavy as formerly thought, and which ones truly are behemoths? The results may surprise you! Password: 713170

Feb 11 LUH Joe LaManna on the discovery of the mitochondrial cytochrome chain – 7:30 on zoom: Password: 713170

Feb 16 LUH Patrick Amon on Cyber Security 7:30 on zoom: Password: 713170

Feb 18 LUH Emmitt Jolly on Great Black Scientists – 7:30 on zoom: Password: 713170

Feb 23 LUH Mike Hinczewski on the interplay of biology and physics – 7:30 on zoom: Password: 713170

Feb 25 LUH Charlie Bruce, East Tennessee State University, on the origins of mustelids -the family that includes, otters, badgers, mink, ferrets, polecats, and honey badgers – 7:30 on zoom: Password: 713170

Mar 2 LUH Glenn Starkman on physics – 7:30 on zoom: Password: 713170

Mar 4 LUH Ashu Sheth on Public Health – 7:30 on zoom: Password: 713170

Mar 9 LUH and Astronomy on Tap! Live from the Cosmic Microwave Background Extravaganza I – 7:30 on zoom: Password: 713170

Mar 11 LUH and Astronomy on Tap! Live from the Cosmic Microwave Background Extravaganza II – 7:30 on zoom: Password: 713170

Mar 18 LUH Lisa Forman Neall on Forensic Anthropology – 7:30 on zoom: Password: 713170

Mar 25 LUH Jurgen Bosch “Are We Turning the Corner on Coronavirus?” – 7:30 on zoom: Password: 713170

Apr 20 OSS Juan Maldacena “Black holes, Hawking radiation, and the structure of spacetime.” 1st installment in our series on black holes! (6pm)**

Apr 22 LUH Spencer Schmidt “On the 13-million year old fossil ape N. alesi” – 7:30 on zoom: Password: 713170

Apr 27 OSS Demetrios Psaltis – 2nd installment in our series on black holes! (6pm)**

May 4 OSS Janna Levin “The Black Hole Survival Guide” – 3rd installment in our series on black holes! (6pm)**

May 11 OSS Blanton Tolbert on CRISPR-CAS9 (6pm)**

May 18 OSS Joe LaManna on 2020’s Nobel Prize for Medicine – “Living with oxygen: How genes are regulated in response to changes in oxygen availability” (6pm)**

May 25 OSS Cyrus Taylor on Climate Change (6pm)**

June 1 OSS Beverly Saylor and Joe Ortiz on the “Lake Erie hydroclimate over the last 10,000 years” (6pm)

and more!**

* All talks are at 7:30 unless otherwise indicated, and use the same zoom address: Meeting ID: 971 5751 5958 Password: 713170

**6pm OSS talks require pre-registration and request a $5 donation at and have individual zoom links

This page will not be updated after Feb 9.

Check out our Season Two page for further updates!