Public Lecture: Watching Chemical Reactions Happen One Molecule at a Time
Dr. Heather Lewandowski of University of Colorado Boulder, will present Watching Chemical Reactions Happen One Molecule at a Time. Dr. Lewandowski will explore how we can cool atoms and molecules down to near absolute zero to observe how they interact with each other over the course of many minutes, as opposed to mere fractions of a second. These studies can help us understand how the complex molecules all around us came to be from simple reactions in space.
Public Lecture: The World of Single Molecule Microscopy
Dr. David Nesbitt will kick off his presentation with interactive experiments that illustrate the science of cooking and involve hands-on audience participation.
After the demonstrations, this talk will include a few stories on how we can use modern laboratory techniques to measure the folding of DNA, RNA in real time. This folding is what allows long strands of DNA and RNA to fit inside our cells. Dr. Nesbitt will discuss the effect of heating and cooling or adding other compounds on the folding of DNA and RNA, and why this is important. These stories reveal the development of simple physical pictures that help us interpret, explain and potentially influence the process of DNA and RNA folding at the single molecule level.
Public Lecture by Nobel Laureate: Looking for Fossils of the Big Bang
Dr. Eric Cornell will present Looking for Fossils of the Big Bang in the Laboratory in the Frost Planetarium at Frost Science. He will concentrate on the working being done in the laboratory and how we can use precise measurements to look for fossils of the Big Bang which are tiny hints left over from the first few seconds after the universe was born.