More than the Score: Beyond Oil, Coal and Natural Gas: Opportunities and Challenges for Renewable Fuels and Chemicals9/12/09 - The finite availability of fossil fuels has prompted a hunt for alternative resources to power us into the future. On September 12, 2009, Chemical Engineering Professor Robert Davis updated alumni on some of the current ideas and challenges related to the use of renewable biomass as a replacement for oil, coal and natural gas.
Giving Toddlers a Learning Head Start6/6/09 - Dr. Jason Downer, senior research scientist at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, describes the long-term benefits
of high-quality pre-kindergarten education. He demonstrates how an investment in pre-kindergarten education can result in higher
lifetime wages, lower rates of disability assistance, and many more self-reliant, contributing members of our community.
Air Pollution Destroys the Aroma of Flowers, Confuses Bees and Butterflies6/5/09 - Several areas of the world are experiencing a decline in
their flowers’ aromas. In this academic lecutre, José Fuentes, professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences, describes the impact of air pollutants such as power plants and automobiles in altering the scent trails provided by floral fragrances. He discusses
how air pollution prevents bees and butterflies from finding their nectar and the consequences that follow.
Unsolved Mysteries in the Universe6/5/09 - Many profound questions about the nature of the cosmos are still in their infancy and often fall at the nexus of science, philosophy, and metaphysics. Kelsey Johnson, astronomy professor and adjunct assistant astronomer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, explored a number of these issues, including the beginning and end of the universe, extraterrestrial life, black
holes, dark matter, and dark energy.
The Medical Center Hour: Novel Paradigms for Personalized Therapy and Drug Discovery in Cancer10/29/08 - Moving beyond trial-and-error treatments, cancer researchers see a breakthrough on the
horizon: patient-specific, individualized therapy based on physiology, overall health, and disease
type and stage. UVa urologist Dan Theodorescu explores personalized medicine: Where are we in the quest for customized cancer treatment? How will it benefit patients, medicine, and society?
The Medical Center Hour: An Environmental Health Science Revolution: New Opportunities to Prevent Disease10/22/08 - New research reveals that environmental contaminants at low levels alter gene expression, resulting in inadequate current health safety standards. Experts Peterson Myers, Ph.D. and Jonathan Z. Cannon, J.D examine how scientific insights can yield both better health standards and benefits. Co-presented with the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life.
You Are What You Eat? The Hair Detective Reports10/11/08 - Fundamental to the understanding of human history is the ability to make interpretations about an ancient population. Stephen Macko, Professor of Isotope and Organic Geochemistry in the Department of Environmental Sciences, discusses how he can analyze hair samples to determine the diet of both contemporary and historic people. The event is part of the More Than The Score pre-football game lecture series.
New Research Center Will Free Chemistry from Earth's Bonds10/8/08 - A new, multi-institutional research center combining the tools of chemistry and astronomy, to be headquartered at U.Va. and led by chemistry professor Brooks Pate, will use the unique laboratory of interstellar space to free the study of basic chemistry from the restrictive bonds of Earth.
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