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.
Traveling to the next starsystem is an enormous undertaking. The social and engineering problems that are still unsolved stretch credulity and imagination.
DARPA seeded a study, “100 Year Starship”, of how to make long-distance space travel feasible. A serious attempt at having thinkers solve an actual journey’s problems will have unimaginable benefits as side-effects. More interestingly, an analysis of the effort could help discover how organizations can adapt to change and still maintain focus and momentum for many generations, which both is useful in-flight, and in solving big problems on politically-fickle Earth.
Our speaker, Dr. Handberg, a speaker and attendee of the October 2011, “100 Year Starship” conference will summarize the event and give his estimation of the problems he finds interesting.
Dr. Roger Handberg, professor and chair of the Political Science Department, specializes in space policy, national security policy, and judicial politics. He also teaches courses dealing with government policies in science and technology, economic and business policy, and American security policy, particularly military space policy and ballistic missile defense.
Handberg has worked at UCF since 1972. He has published nine books and more than 156 articles and book chapters plus presented over 125 papers. His recent books include “Chinese Space Policy: A Study in Domestic and International Politics”, “International Space Commerce: Building from Scratch” and “Reinventing NASA and the Quest for Outer Space.”
Our next scheduled topic is…
We are being invaded! Learn about the natural history of ants, how they assemble communities, and ant invasions in natural and human-altered landscapes. Better understand the ecology of one of the most abundant groups of organisms on Earth, insects. Our discussion leader will be Dr. Joshua King, an assistant professor and insect ecology researcher in the Biology department at the University of Central Florida.
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|Bees||14 January, 2014 - 18:30||downtown library|
|Frankenfood||10 December, 2013 - 18:30||downtown library|
|Global Elemental Cycles||4 December, 2013 - 19:00||Downtown Credo|
|Weather||12 November, 2013 - 18:00||downtown library|
|Medical Geography||6 November, 2013 - 19:00||Taste|
|3D Printing||8 October, 2013 - 18:00||downtown library|
|Brain on a Chip||2 October, 2013 - 19:00||Taste|
|Search for Extraterrestrial Life||10 September, 2013 - 18:00||downtown library|
|Math in Modern Medicine||4 September, 2013 - 19:00||Taste|
|Underwater Caves||13 August, 2013 - 18:00||downtown library|