Frontiers in Science

Welcome to the 2021 season of our public lecture series, “Frontiers in Science.” This season will be fully virtual, yet just as interactive as past years, with live talks and question and answer sessions. We invite you to explore the sciences with us. We have experts this season from a range of scientific disciplines who are speaking about: understanding the big bang, chance in the making of the planet and life, inequities in infancy, mathematical puzzles, the discovery of early human species, how economic collapse from Covid-19 is creating the future faster, and more! We’ve brought them to you from across the globe and from right here in our own community.

We hope 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.

It is never far from our 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 us as we begin a new exploration of the sciences together!

2021 Virtual Public Lecture Series


ivan “Understanding the Big Bang: The Universe Beyond Einstein”

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

Time:  4:00 p.m.

Watch Recorded Talk Here


chris “Human Health Assessment and Rehabilitation: What Does the Future Hold?”

Christopher Rhea, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Kinesiology, University of North Carolina Greensboro

Time:  4:00 p.m.

Watch Recorded Talk Here


shiela “Homo naledi and the Rising Star Cave”

Marina Elliott, Ph.D.
Biological Anthropologist, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Time:  4:00 p.m.

Watch Recorded Talk Here


brenda “Inequities in Infancy: Race and Infant Health and Development"

Brenda Jones Harden, Ph.D.
Alison Richman Professor for Children and Families, University of Maryland

Time:  4:00 p.m.

Watch Recorded Talk Here


sean “A Series of Fortunate Events: Chance and the Making of the Planet, Life, and You”

Sean Carroll, Ph.D.
Vice President for Science Education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Head of HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, and the Balo-Simon Chair of Biology at the University of Maryland 

Time:  4:00 p.m.

Watch Recorded Talk Here


peter “Covid, Cities, and Climate: How the Next Technologies are Happening Faster”

Peter Newman, Ph.D.
Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University (Perth Australia), and Co-ordinating Lead Author with IPCC

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Watch Recorded Talk Here

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"Mathematical Puzzles"

Peter Winkler, Ph.D.
William Morrill Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, Dartmouth College

Time:  4:00 p.m.

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“A New Horizon in Precision Oncology - Proteogenomics"

Henry Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Cancer Clinical Proteomics Research, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Senior Scientific Officer,

Time:  4:00 p.m.

RSVP and virtual talk link



ata "The Universe as a Time Machine"

Ata Sarajedini, Ph.D.    Professor of Physics and Bjorn Lamborn Endowed Chair in Astrophysics at Florida Atlantic University, Chair of Hubble Space Telescope Time Allocation Committee

Time:    3:00 p.m.

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All lectures are free and open to the public.

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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

Stephen Kajiura, Ph.D., Committee Chair
Shailaja Allani, Ph.D.
Terrence Barnhardt, Ph.D.
Jonathan Engle, Ph.D.
Maria Fadiman, Ph.D.
Zach Greathouse, MBA
Michael Hall, Ph.D.
John Renne, Ph.D.
Tomas Schonbek, Ph.D.
Jeanette Wyneken, Ph.D.

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Click here    to view the 2020 Frontiers in Science Lecture Series.

Click here to view the 2019 Frontiers in Science Lecture Series. 

Click here to view the 2018 Frontiers in Science Lecture Series.

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
Fax: (561) 297-3292