Frontiers in Science

sarajediniWelcome to the 2020 season of our public lecture series, “Frontiers in Science.” As the Dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, it gives me tremendous pleasure to invite you to explore the sciences with us. We have experts this season from a range of scientific disciplines who are coming to FAU to speak about: artificial intelligence, the geology of glaciers, the biology of extreme movement, how mathematical modeling is changing the world, understanding the Big Bang, a look inside nanomachines, and more. We’ve brought them to you from across the globe and from right here in our own community.

My hope is that these lectures move you to deeper learning, explain your world, ignite your discussions, and bring the richness of the sciences to you.

Keep your eye out for our "pop-up" talks later in the spring that we will add to the Frontiers' schedule.

I look forward to the opportunity of meeting you and sharing my vision for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at Florida Atlantic University. It is never far from my mind that,  without your help, we would not have the confidence to plan boldly for our student’s future or to continue the race to scientific excellence and discovery.

Join me as we begin a new exploration of the sciences together!

Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D.
Dean, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science

2020 Public Lecture Series



“How Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are Redefining Neuroscience”

Michael Smirnov, Ph.D.
Neural Data Scientist, Max Planck Florida Institute

Location: FAU General Classroom North (GN), room 102    
Time:    4:00 p.m.
Parking:  Lot 4


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“The Secret Lives of Glaciers”

M Jackson, Ph.D.
National Geographic Society Arctic Expert and scholar at the University of Oregon's Center for Environmental Futures

Location: FAU General Classroom North (GN), room 10
Time:   6:00 p.m.
Parking: Lot 4




“From Fast to Ultra-Fast: The Biological World of Extreme Movement”

Sheila Patek, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Biology Department, Duke University

Location: FAU General Classroom North    (GN), room 102 
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Parking:  Lot 4

FEBRUARY 21   MARCH 6   MARCH 20 Talk is Cancelled


“Digital Dinosaurs and Diseases”

Ryan Carney, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Digital Science and National Geographic Emerging Explorer, University of South Florida

Location: FAU General Classroom North    (GN), room    102 
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Parking:  Lot 4



How Artificial Intelligence is Changing the World

William Hahn, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor at Charles E. Shmidt College of Science, Department of Mathematics

Location: FAU General Classroom North    (GN),    room 102 
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Parking:  Lot 4



“Understanding the Big Bang: The Universe Beyond Einstein”

Ivan Agullo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Physics, Louisiana State University


APRIL 3 Talk is Cancelled   APRIL 24 - Virtual Talk   MAY 12 - Virtual Talk and Hubble Film


“Capturing Molecular Movies of Nanomachines with Ultrafast Spectroscopy"

Chong Fang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry, Oregon State University



marianne “Tuning Fish: Changing Skeletons and Swimming"

Marianne Porter, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at FAU

In partnership with Manatee Lagoon

Virtual Talk Through Zoom OR
Watch on Facebook Live

Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Click here for more details about the talk. No registration required.

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ata sarajedini "The Most Important Hubble Photos Ever Taken"

Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Science

In partnership with Museum of Discovery and Science. Listen to an expert talk from astronomor Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., and get access to a viewing of the IMAX film,  Hubble.

6:00 p.m. - lecture
7:05 p.m. - Viewing of IMAX film,  Hubble



MAY 20 - Virtual Talk   Look for future talks!    

combo Left to right: Kate Detwiler, Ph.D., and Rindy Anderson, Ph.D.

“Virtual LIVE@Frost Science, Animal Behavior: Bird Songs and Monkey Business" 

Rindy Anderson, Ph.D.,  Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, FAU and
Kate M. Detwiler, Ph.D., 
Associate Professor of Anthropology, FAU

A joint lecture in Partnership with Frost Museum of Science

Time:  2:00 p.m., streamed live from the  Frost Museum of Science Facebook page.

Click here for more details about the talk. No registration required.

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Look for talks at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium later and other locations in the spring!

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All lectures are free and open to the public.

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Directions to General Classroom North (GN), Room 102

FAU General Classroom North, Boca Raton Campus


 Click here to view a map for Parking Lot 4.

Make a Gift, Make a Difference

Frontiers in Science is made possible by the generous donations of our attendees. If you would like to support the series or make a gift to benefit our students, click the  Give a Gift  link below or  please contact Kelly Kirkpatrick at 561-297-2689 or Your tax-deductible gift may also be made in the form of a check to: FAU Foundation, Inc. Please include “Frontiers in Science” or “Science Student Support” in the memo line.

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Supported By

The FAU Lifelong Learning Society
Endowed Professorship in Science

A Warren Lloyd Holtzman Seed Grant
A component fund of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley

Eric H. Shaw, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor
College of Business, Florida Atlantic University

Institute for Learning in Retirement

Planning Committee

Terrence Barnhardt, Ph.D.
Deguo Du, Ph.D.
Jonathan Engle, Ph.D.
Maria Fadiman, Ph.D.
Zach Greathouse, MBA
William Hahn, Ph.D.
Stephen Kajiura, Ph.D.
Kristen Morano
Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D., Dean
Tomas Schonbek, Ph.D.
Jeanette Wyneken, Ph.D.

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Additional Information
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science offers unparalleled experiential learning opportunities to prepare the next generation of scientists and problem solvers.
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Rd, SE-43
Boca Raton, FL 33431
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