Cafe Scientifique Orlando is a gathering of scientifically-inclined people in Central Florida, who meet at a cafe, coffee house, pub, or nonacademic location to discuss events and ideas in the world of science. We enjoy beer and wine, and we use plain language to talk about extraordinary ideas.
The age of the solar system (and Earth) has had a long history of contentious debate, most famously in the last decade of the 19th century between Lord Kelvin and his one-time assistant John Perry. Today radiometric dating has the precision to detail events during the formation of the solar system and the geochemical evolution of the Earth. Dr Britt will review how we know the ages of the Solar System and the Earth and how that knowledge has changed our understanding of their formation and evolution.
Dr. Daniel Britt is an Associate Professor of Astronomy and Planetary Sciences in the Department of Physics at UCF. He was educated at the University of Washington and Brown University, receiving a Ph.D. from Brown in 1991. He has had a varied career including service in the US Air Force as an ICBM missile launch officer and an economist for Boeing before going into planetary sciences. He has served on the science teams of two NASA missions, Mars Pathfinder and Deep Space 1. He was the project manager for the camera on Mars Pathfinder and has built hardware for all the NASA Mars landers. He currently does research on the physical properties and mineralogy of asteroids, comets, and Mars under several NASA grants. Honors include 5 NASA Achievement Awards, election as a Fellow of the Meteoritical Society, and an asteroid named after him: 4395 DanBritt. He was recently elected President of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society.
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We’ll explore the different facets of solid-organ transplant and identify scientific breakthroughs that have helped us improve the quality of life among patients, and we’ll shed light onto the potential future of the field. Additionally, we will examine the fundamental principles of transplant and how they have resulted in medical and surgical innovation.
Giridhar Vedula MD is a multi-organ transplant surgeon at Florida Hospital, and focuses his practice primarily on liver, kidney and pancreas transplants. He trained at Columbia University in transplant surgery.
|Science Experiments in Microgravity||11 June, 2013 - 18:00||downtown library|
|Space-Faring Civilization||5 June, 2013 - 19:00||Taste|
|Skulls of Our Ancestors||14 May, 2013 - 18:00||downtown library|
|After the Maya Apocalypse||1 May, 2013 - 19:00||Taste|
|Nanotechnology Is Already Here||3 April, 2013 - 19:00||Taste|
|New National Wildlife Refuge||6 March, 2013 - 19:00||Taste|
|Teamwork||6 February, 2013 - 19:00||Taste|
|Asteroids, Water, and Life on Earth||9 January, 2013 - 19:00||Taste|
|Poor and Homeless in Florida||5 December, 2012 - 19:00||Taste|
|Seeing cancer before it's too late||7 November, 2012 - 19:00||Taste|
|Marine Ecosystems In Peril||3 October, 2012 - 19:00||Taste|
|A Theory of Everything||5 September, 2012 - 19:00||Taste|