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STEM Events

On-Campus Event Highlights

2014-2015 STEM Speaker Series

APRIL

Skyway STEM Poster Competition
Fri., Apr. 17, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Prairie State College, 202 S Halsted St, Chicago Heights, IL 60411

USA Science +  Engineering Festival at Oakton
Sat., Apr. 25, 2015
Open Session from 10:00a to 2:30p in Rooms 1608 and 1610 Des Plaines
Register for a workshop.
Companies and organizations interested in serving as an exhibitor and/or workshop presenter should contact Gloria Liu at glorial@oakton.edu for more information or register.


MAY

College Math Competition Award Ceremony
Mon., May 4 at 3:30p in Room 1550 Des Plaines

Guest Speaker: Eugenia Cheng., Ph.D., senior lecturer at University of Chicago and University of Sheffield and author of "How to Bake Pi" to speak on "Deep Structures:Seeking the Essence of Mathematics"

You might think mathematics is all about numbers, but in this talk Cheng will show that it is all about structures. The idea here is that mathematics studies everything logically, and in order to do that we have to ignore the illogical parts of things. This is a process of abstraction, and once it’s done, many different things look more similar than they used to. This is like when you ignore the paint and carpets and furniture in a building, and the foundations and structure are revealed.

Cheng will reveal the sorts of deep structures she studies in mathematics, by way of some structures you might be more familiar with including Bach, juggling, hair, cake and custard. Cheng will show how all of these fit into the same story, and describe how mathematics is about making connections between apparently different ideas.

Contact Gloria Liu at glorial@oakton.edu to preorder a copy of Dr. Cheng's book by April 8th for an opportunity to have it signed.

STEM Students Symposium
Tue., May 5 from 3:00p to 5:00p in Room 1550 Des Plaines
Wed., May 6 from 2:30p to 5:00p in Room 1550 Des Plaines

Oakton students present about their findings in STEM research projects. To help us order enough refreshments, register here.


Summer

Summer Youth STEM Learning for students between 8 and 14 years old

STEM Students Symposium
Wed., Jul. 29 from 2:30p in Room TBA Des Plaines

Oakton students present about their findings in STEM research projects.


2015-2016 STEM Speaker Series

Frisbee® Dog Physics
Date: TBA
Jen Gilbert

Exploring a microbial solution to allergies and asthma
Wed., Oct. 14, 2015, 2:30pm, Room 1604 Des Plaines and Room C240 Skokie
Jack Gilbert, PhD

Allergies and Asthma are a modern day plague, which reduce quality of life for million of Americans. One theory about why we are seeing an increase in the prevalence of these conditions is that people are growing up with a reduction in their exposure to a diverse microbiome. The bacteria, archaea, viruses and fungi that we interact with during our lives have big impacts on the development of our immune system. Before we started to live such sanitized lives, which in themselves have been beneficial for reducing pathogenic disease, we were exposed to a much greater diversity of microbial life. Now that we live in homes with air conditioning and sterilizing cleaning products, the microbiome a baby is exposed to derives primarily from other humans in their family. Introducing a greater level of microbial diversity into a child's life may have significant benefits for their physiological and psychological health. In this lecture Gilbert will explore some of the cutting edge research we have been performing to get at the specific microbes involved in training our immune systems to respond appropriately. Gilbert will also detail ways in which we are planning to alter our ecosystems reduce the likelihood of developing these disease states.

9th Annual Conference for Promoting STEM for Educators
Nov. 6, 2015 at 8:30am to 3:00pm, Room 1604 Des Plaines

The effects of music and language experience on neuroplasticity, perceptual abilities, and cognitive transfer
Wed., Nov. 18, 1:30pm, Room 1606 Des Plaines and Room C240 Skokie
Gavin M. Bidelman, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Memphis, Institute for Intelligent Systems, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Description TBA

Complete STEM-related activities may be found online.

Many Thanks to:

Oakton's Student Government Association who voted to support the 2013-2014 STEM Lecture Series. This will allow CP-STEM to bring STEM speakers to campus and offer hands-on workshops.

Oakton's Educational Foundation who awarded the Center for Promoting STEM a grant in 2013-2014 to provide an internship stipend to students who successfully complete STEM research course, present their findings, and spend a minimum number of hours on the project.


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Joe Kotowski
Director, Center for Promoting STEM
Professor, Mechanical Design & Mathematics
Room B231, Skokie
koto@oakton.edu
847.635.1268
Gloria Liu
Coordinator & Co-Director, Center for Promoting STEM
Room 2166, Des Plaines
glorial@oakton.edu
847.635.1924
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