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STEM Events

On-Campus Event Highlights

2014-2015 STEM Speaker Series

College Math Competition Award Ceremony
Tue., Dec. 2 from 2:00p to 3:00p in Room 1625 Des Plaines

Guest Speaker: Brad Wright, M.D., Ph.D., medical resident at the University of Utah

"The Incredible Shrinking Brain: Normal Aging, Alzheimer's Disease, and Neuroimaging"

The human brain shrinks as we grow old.  This atrophy happens in normal healthy aging and in various forms of dementia such as Alzheimer disease and frontotemporal dementia.  Can different patterns of brain atrophy be used for the diagnosis and prognosis of dementia?  Traditionally Alzheimer disease and other dementias have been diagnosed with a clinical exam and confirmed only after death with an autopsy of the brain.  In recent years, increasingly sophisticated neuroimaging and biochemical tools - such as FDG-PET, amyloid PET imaging, and quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) - have been developed as potential biomarkers of dementia.  Biomarkers based on MRI are particularly attractive because MRI scans are widely available and noninvasive, and already routinely included in the workup of dementia.  Our research and other studies have shown that quantitative MRI analysis can detect different patterns of brain atrophy and potentially increase the accuracy of clinical diagnosis.  MRI may even be able to make predictions about the future, i.e., whether a patient with mild memory problems will eventually progress to Alzheimer disease. 

"Adventures in Our Microbial World"
Tue., Feb. 10 from 2:30p to 4:00p in Room 1610 Des Plaines and via streaming live Room C240 Skokie
Jack A. Gilbert, Ph.D., Microbial Ecologist at Argonne National Laboratory and Associate Director of Institute of Genomic and Systems Biology at University of Chicago

Think you know your closest neighbors? Think again. While you may have never seen them, your body teems with microbial life. Learn how lifestyle, diet, and medical treatment affect your microbiome – and find out how these organisms influence your health, your neurological development, and even your behavior. You might even get the chance to have your microbial world sequenced and interpreted at Argonne National Laboratory!


STEM Students Symposium
Tue., Dec. 9 from 3:00p to 5:00p in Room 1550 Des Plaines
Wed., Dec. 10 from 2:30p to 5:00p in Room 1550 Des Plaines

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.

American Mathematics Contest
AMC 10 - Tue., Feb. 3, 2015 at 4:30pm

Register here by Jan. 7, 2015 to guarantee your spot. After Jan. 7, spaces are available on a first come first served basis.

AMC 12 - Wed., Feb. 25, 2015 at 4:30pm

Register here by Jan. 21, 2015 to guarantee your spot. After Jan. 21, spaces are available on a first come first served basis.

Two-Days Workshop on "Introduction to Robotics for Girls only"
Feb. 21 and 28 from 9:00a to 12:00p in Room 1550 Des Plaines
Spaces are limited. Registration is required.

Two-Days Workshop on "Robotics for Girls only, Take II"
Sat., Mar. 7 and Mar. 14 from 9:00a to 12:00p in Room 1550 Des Plaines
Spaces are limited. Registration is required.

College Math Competition
Mon., Feb. 23 from 2:00p to 4:00p in Room 1608 & 1610 Des Plaines and Room P104 Skokie

Oakton students are welcome to participate in this one-hour competition. The level of competition questions is precalculus mathematics. Questions are from a standard syllabus in College Algebra and Trigonometry and may involve precalculus algebra, trigonometry, synthetic and analytic geometry, and probability; questions that are completely self-contained may be included as well. All questions are short-answer or multiple choice (multiple choice questions will have at least 4 response choices). No partial credit is awarded. Each student who participates in the competition will receive a certificate of participation. To be eligible for an Oakton award, a student must enroll in a credit course.

Students are permitted to use any scientific or graphics calculator that does not have a QWERTY (i.e. typewriter) keyboard. No books, mathematical tables, computers or questions are permitted during the test.

At the discretion of the moderator, students arriving before the end of the first hour may be allowed one full hour. Students who have classes until 2:50pm may be admitted at 3:00pm. The earliest time that a student can leave the competition room is 3:05pm.

The administration of this math competition shall comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act in accordance with Oakton procedures. Please contact Dorota Zak at dzak@oakton.edu by Oct. 20, 2014 if you require accommodations.
 
Sample tests may be found at AMATYC Math League.

The top five contestants from Oakton who participated in both fall and spring semester competitions will automatically be entered into the national competition for an AMATYC scholarship. See AMATYC SML Rules for entry into national competition and award details.

For additional information about this competition at Oakton, contact Dorota Zak at dzak@oakton.edu.

STEM Speaker Series sponsored by the Center for Promoting STEM and Oakton Student Government Association.

USA Science +  Engineering Festival at Oakton

tentatively Sat., Apr. 26, 2015

Open Session from 10:00a to 2:30p in Rooms 1608 and 1610 Des Plaines

Representing companies and organizations include IEEE, Working Bikes, Civil Air Patrol, IDOT, After School Matters Robotics, American Nuclear Society, Optoelectronic Society, Society of Structural Engineers, and Society of Women Engineers

90-Minutes Hands-on Workshops from 9:00a to 12:15p, RSVP required by Apr. 20, Check-in at 8:45a Room 1610 Des Plaines

Topics TBA

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

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.


02/10/2015 - STEM Speaker Series: Adventures in Our Microbial World

Learn how lifestyle, diet, and medical treatment affect your microbiome – and find out how these organisms influence your health, your neurological development, and even your behavior. Presented by Jack A. Gilbert, Ph.D., Microbial Ecologist at Argonne National Laboratory and Associate Director of Institute of Genomic and Systems Biology at University of Chicago. This event will be available in the Distance Learning room on the Skokie campus in Room C240.

Contact STEM

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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