LUHD Videos

Videos from Life, the Universe & Hot Dogs
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Apr 2: Glenn Starkman “What’s Hot in Cosmology Right Now?”

April 18 Janet McGrath COVID-19 in Africa   

March 31:  Jurgen Bosch  Coronavirus Update: How the Virus Ticks and What we are Doing to Stop it

March 26: Neil Greenspan and Harsh Mathur “Coronavirus Function and Modeling”

March 28: Nikki Puccini “Operant Conditioning of Puppies”

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

May 14: Ann Reid, Director, National Center for Science Education, “The 1918 Flu Pandemic”

May 16: Sarah Dixon “Early Experiences, Resiliency and Puppies”

May 28: Michael Fricke “Gas Masks, Nela Park and the Cleveland Mousetrap”


Videos coming soon:

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.

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

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, 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” 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  “Rafting Monkeys: The Plot Thickens”
Many charismatic monkeys call Central and South America home. These include tamarins and marmosets, spider and wooly monkeys, titi and saki monkeys, and the ever-popular capuchin (“organ grinder” monkey), among others. The fossil record indicates that these monkeys and their extinct relatives have lived in South America for millions of years, but the question of how they got there has long been a topic of heated debate. In recent decades, a consensus has emerged: South American monkeys evolved from African ones that crossed the Atlantic Ocean more than 25 million years ago on some type of natural raft (probably a “floating island” of soil and vegetation). Sound incredible? A paper recently published in the journal Science made the bold suggestion that this occurred not just once but twice! Come hear the evidence for “rafting” monkeys and decide for yourself whether this sounds like a reasonable scientific explanation or a Kiplingesque just-so story. 

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 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
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 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.
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 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 Kate Carter, National Center for Science Education,  “Evolving Beyond Adaptation”
Evolution acceptance is growing in the United States, but many people still don’t understand the basic principles. In this talk, we will look at a number of evolutionary misconceptions, particularly in human evolution, and discuss effective strategies for identifying and redirecting these claims. Then, we will talk about effective ways to present evolutionary information to avoid reinforcing these misconceptions. As you’ll see, the problem with adaptation in human evolution isn’t black and white.

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 Michael Fricke

May 30: LUHD Emily Strong “Canine Enrichment”