Frontiers in Science Public Lecture Series

Welcome to the 2022 season of our public lecture series, “Frontiers in Science,” hosted by the Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of 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: conservation photojournalism, artificial intelligence, white holes: how a black hole dies, survival of the "friendliest," the social science of disasters and community resilience, 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!

2022 Virtual Public Lecture Series


buckner“Imagination and the Prospects for Empiricist Artificial Intelligence

Cameron Buckner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Houston

Time:  4:00 p.m.

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silverberg Cryptography: How to Keep a Secret

Alice Silverberg,  Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Irvine

Time:  4:00 p.m.

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vidotta White Holes: How a Black Hole Dies and What Comes Next

Francesca Vidotto, Ph.D.
Canada Research Chair in Foundations of Physics, Western University, Canada

Time:  4:00 p.m.

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guytonConservation Through a Lens: Why Stories Matter"

Jen Guyton, Ph.D.
Award Winning, International Conservation Photojournalist

Time:  4:00 p.m.

RSVP is closed.  This talk was not recorded at the request of the speaker.


hare"Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding our Origins and Rediscovering our Common Humanity"

Brian Hare, Ph.D.
Professor in Evolutionary Anthropology, and Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University

Time:  4:00 p.m.

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kim The (Social) Science of Disasters and Community Resilience

Karl Kim, Ph.D.
Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and
Executive Director, National Disaster Preparedness Training Center University of Hawaii

Time:  4:00 p.m.

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 MARCH 25    APRIL 8   APRIL 22

j corey williams md ma"Why the Evolution of Science Must be Harnessed for Equity, Inclusion and Justice"

J. Corey Williams, MD, MA
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Co-Director of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion, Georgetown University Medical Center

Time:  4:00 p.m. ET

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Location:  FAU Boca Raton campus, General Classroom North, Room 102
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Parking:  No-cite parking for visitors in Lot 4
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This lecture is in partnership with the college's  Inaugural Diversity in Science Festival.


quan "Body and Mind: Why They Matter to Each Other"

Ning Quan, Ph.D.
Professor of the Brain Institute and the Department of Biomedical Science, Florida Atlantic University

Time:  4:00 p.m.

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schneider "AI and the Future of the Mind"

Susan Schneider, Ph.D.
Founding Director, FAU Center for the Future Mind; William F. Dietrich Distinguished Professor, FAU; NASA Chair, NASA; Distinguished Scholar, Library of Congress

Time:  4:00 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

Institute for Learning in Retirement

Planning Committee

Stephen Kajiura, Ph.D., Committee Chair
Shailaja Allani, Ph.D.
Rindy Anderson, Ph.D.
Terrence Barnhardt, Ph.D.
Jonathan Engle, Ph.D.
Maria Fadiman, Ph.D.
Zach Greathouse, MBA
John Renne, Ph.D.
Shaefali Rodgers, Ph.D.
Tomas Schonbek, Ph.D.

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Click here   to view the 2021 Frontiers in Science Lecture Series.

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