On the second Friday of the month, you can enjoy a presentation by a member of our Scientific Council on topics ranging from medicine to dinosaurs to the edges of the universe.
The Maryland Science Center traces its roots back to 1797 when members of the Maryland Academy of Sciences met to discuss papers on astronomy, botany, zoology, and other subjects then known as the “natural sciences.” Since the Maryland Science Center opened in 1976, the Academy’s Scientific Council, made up of prominent individuals from the local scientific and educational communities, has advised the museum on all aspects of science education.
Now the public can learn from these local giants of science!
This fall, we’re launching our Lunchtime Lecture series. On the second Friday of the month, you can enjoy a presentation by a member of our Scientific Council on topics ranging from medicine to dinosaurs to the edges of the universe.
All lectures will be held at noon in the MSC Theater at the Maryland Science Center and will last an hour, including time for questions and answers. Admission is free. Feel free to bring your lunch or purchase lunch from Elements Café on the first floor of the Maryland Science Center.
Each lecture will also be available for viewing as a live-streaming event at noon on the day of the lecture, on the Maryland Science Center’s Facebook Page.
Friday, November 9, 2018
Presenter: Jerry Bonnell, Ph.D. – NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and University of Maryland
Go on a visual exploration of environments in the near and far-flung cosmos and learn the science behind the incredible sights featured in NASA’s popular online Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Friday, December 14, 2018
Presenter: Mark Southerland, Ph.D. – AKRF, Inc.
The Biodiversity Library of Knowledge: Let’s Not Burn Another Alexandria
When species go extinct, unique information is lost forever. Discover the benefits that biodiversity provides to humankind.
friday, January 11, 2019
Presenter: Joel Greenspan, Ph.D.
Pain, Pain, Go Away.
Everyone has first-hand knowledge about pain, most often as it serves as a warning signal for potential or present injury. But, even as you think to yourself “My foot hurts,” the pain is not really in your foot, it is in your brain. Neuroscience has recently revealed several remarkable discoveries about how your brain tells you that you are in pain, including when pain “goes rogue,” and appears without apparent injury.
Friday, February 8, 2018
Presenter: Terry Teays, Ph.D.
Are We Alone?
The search for intelligent, technological life elsewhere in the universe. I’ll start with the Fermi paradox, and briefly allude to some of the more speculative/science fiction type of answers. Moving on to the Drake equation and just discussing the various factors that go into it, in light of the latest results and theories. We will touch on astronomical, geological, biological, and sociological topics that relate to the question. I’ll finish with an overview of the SETI efforts and how we would handle first contact.
Friday, march 8, 2018
Presenter: Ned Tillman
Climate Change in the Chesapeake
Ned will look at the significant challenges we face as we try to act for the long-term benefit in a society focused strongly on near-term issues. How can we communicate science in a way that individuals, businesses, and governments will plan for the future? Who will be the winners and losers?
Friday, October 12, 2018
Presenter: Steve Schenkel, M.D. – Mercy Medical Center
A (Scientific) Day in the Life of the ER: Emergency Medicine and Its Underlying Science
Follow a patient through an ER visit – from arrival and triage through evaluation, treatment, and decisions about what comes next – with an emergency room physician.