The Institute for the Science of Origins is excited to sponsor the Origins Science Scholars Program for the general public at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

red-rectangle-join-us-button-hiDuring 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. Each evening begins with a presentation by a world-class researcher, followed by dinner and open discussion among all the participants.

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!

Click here to see videos of past OSS lectures!
Click here to register online
To register by phone: Call Felicia at 216-368-2090

Spring 2022 Program

.The seven-week program addresses::

Climate Change
The Covid Mental Health Pandemic and the Science of Depression

Also on zoom, but registration and small donation to Siegal needed. More info coming soon, but in a nutshell:

When: Apr 12 through May 24, 2022
Where: on Zoom!
n.b. Sessions traditionally take place on the campus of Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, but this semester virtual attendance will be the exclusive means to attend.

Tuesday evenings
Lectures begin at 6pm, followed by Q&A and discussion


April 12

“The solar system as a laboratory for fundamental physics”

Harsh Mathur

Professor of Physics, Fellow of the Institute for the Science of Origins, CWRU


April 19

“Powering the Next Frontier: Manufacturing Solar Cells in Space”

Lyndsey McMillon-Brown, NASA Glenn Research Center 


April 26

“Climate change impacts on water in northeastern U.S. forests”

Mark B. Green

Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, Case Western Reserve University



May 3

“Microbes and Climate change”

Sarah Bagby

Department of Biology, Case Western Reserve University



May 10

“COVID-19 and depression: When does depression become a disorder?”

Awais Aftab

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University


May 17

“The Distance Cure: Covid-19 Depression and Teletherapy”

Hannah Zeavin

Departments of English and History, Berkeley, University of California, of the University of California at Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society


May 24

“Covid-19 and the Empire of Depression”

Jonathan Sadowsky

Theodore J. Castele Professor, Department of History, Case Western Reserve University




Postponed til Fall 2022:

Katie Hinde, Arizona State University  “Mother’s Milk & the Evolving Microbiome

Katie Hinde is studying breast milk’s status as the first superfood, providing babies with invaluable microbes custom-tailored to their individual needs, via an incredible and unlikely dialogue between the mother’s enzymes and the baby’s saliva. Mother’s milk is older than dinosaurs. Interestingly, the biological recipe of milk differs between sons and daughters. Breast milk is food and medicine and is the message that organizes a baby’s brain, body and behavior. Milk has been shaped by hundreds of millions of years of natural selection. As scientists decode the mysteries of milk and its evolution, we gain essential new tools for human health and well-being.

Many Thanks! 

The ISO Origins Science Scholars Program is presented in cooperation with Case Western Reserve University’s College of Arts and Sciences and The Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and taped and broadcast in cooperation with CWRU’s MediaVision and IdeaStream.

Click here to register online.
To register by phone: Call Felicia at 216-368-2090

CWRU Students:
If you’d like to sign up for a chance to attend the lecture and dinner on one of the above dates, please email Patricia Princehouse at