STEM Talks

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This UAA-wide program offers inspiring and engaging presentations by and conversations with UAA's experts in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. These talks are open to the community and are designed to be particularly of interest to high school students. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions during our Q&A time at the end.

Attendees can choose to attend upcoming STEM Talks on Zoom or watch them live on Facebook--both platforms will be moderated allowing audience engagement during Q&A. Recordings of past STEM Talks can be found in our STEM Talk Library

When: Every other Wednesday, 6:00-7:00 PM

Where: Zoom and/or Facebook

Next STEM Talk


April 28, 2021, 6:00-7:00 PM

Rust and Rot: Corrosion Chemistry (Dr. Raghu Srinivasan)

What is the difference between rust and corrosion? Why doesn't gold corrode? Please join us for a fun evening to learn more about corrosion and how it affects every one of us. Corrosion is ubiquitous and it is defined as the degradation of metals when exposed to a corrosive environment. Atmospheric corrosion is surely the most visible of all corrosion processes and you can see that in rusty bridges, flag poles, buildings, cars, ships and outdoor monuments. I will be focusing on my recent research work on atmospheric corrosion in a cold arctic environment.

Whodunit? An introduction to engineering failure analysis (Dr. Matthew Cullin)

A pipeline leaks, a bridge collapses, and rocket explodes. The goal of failure analysis is to determine the root cause of the failure in order to prevent future occurrences. It is the engineering version of CSI. This talk will introduce some of the tools and strategies used to investigate engineering failures.

Spring 2021 Schedule

Date Theme Presenters
3/3/21 Covid and Waste Water Dr. Brandon R. Briggs & Dr. Eric Bortz
3/17/21 The Light Side and the Dark Side of the Universe Dr. Erin Hicks & Dr. Nate Hicks
3/31/21 Wildfire Dr. Micah Hahn & Dr. Jen Schmidt
4/14/21 Neuroscience Dr. Rachael Hannah & Dr. Jonathan Stecyk
4/28/21 Corrosion Dr. Raghu Srinivasan & Dr. Matt Cullin


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