Great presentations and fun for kids of all ages
If you’re a student of any age, but especially if you’re a kid, the Environment Science Institute (ESI) at the University of Texas at Austin has an awesome program called “Hot Science – Cool Talks” where you can go and listen to scientists talk about their research. You’ll want to get there early since they have a lot of fun activities for kids before the presentation. (If you’re not in Austin, Texas, that’s okay. You can also watch a live webcast of the talks from wherever you’re at! :-) )
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- Prior posts and articles
- Essential links
- Power Trip: The Story of Energy with Dr. Michael Webber – February 20, 2015
- Why Do We Believe in the Unbelievable?: The Science of Supernatural Belief with Dr. Bruce Hood – April 10, 2015
- Better Living Through Microbes with Dr. Lydia Contreras – May 1, 2015
- How I Learned to Love Chemistry with Dr. David Laude – September 12, 2014
- Extreme Weather and Uncertainty in Forecasting with Dr. Kevin Kloesel (SXSW Eco special edition) – October 6, 2014
- Drones: Myths, Facts, Hacks, and The Future with Dr. Todd Humphreys – November 21, 2014
- Space Exploration: From Science Fiction to the Texas Spacecraft Laboratory – March 1, 2014
- Primate Social Behavior with Dr. Anthony Di Fore – April 4, 2014
- Human Mating Strategies with Dr. David Buss – September 6, 2013
- The Roving Search for Life on Mars with Dr. John Grotzinger – October 18, 2013
- Now You See Me, Now You Don’t Colorful Strategies for Surviving in Nature with Dr. Molly Cummings – November 22, 2013
Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 7:00 p.m. CT
The Gulf of Mexico has seen some of the most destructive hurricanes on record. What can residents in the Gulf region expect future storms to be like? Dr. Kerry A. Emanuel will share his groundbreaking research on how climate change can affect hurricane activity and discuss its implications for the Gulf region.
- Learn more about the future of hurricanes on the Texas Gulf Coast watch my video interview with Dr. Emanuel
Friday, February 22, 2013, 7:00 p.m. CT
Dr. Robert Bullard will present an insightful account of events, individuals, and organizations that have shaped the environmental justice movement over the past two decades. He will also describe a framework for how major advances in environmental justice can and should be achieved.
Thursday, April 4, 2013, 7:00 p.m. CT
What advances are being made to allow people without medical training to readily detect things like viruses? Can such biotechnology help us understand our own unique physiology? Dr. Andy Ellington will discuss exciting advances in low-cost, personalized diagnostics and the promise of creating virtual clinical trials through social networks to improve healthcare on a global scale.
- Learn about Cellular Engineering and Low Cost Medical Devices – Watch my video interviews with with Dr Andrew Ellington
Friday, September 14, 2012, 7:00 p.m. CT
“Black Swans” are infrequent and unpredictable events that can drive change in both human and natural systems. Dr. David Orr, one of our generation’s leading environmental philosophers, asks if we can prepare for, absorb, and recover from the unpredictable disruptions from climate-related ecological change.
Friday, October 26, 2012, 7:00 p.m. CT
Without water, life cannot exist. Yet, the crisis faced by our most precious resource will be the key issue the world faces in the 21st century. Dr. Jay Famiglietti explores this challenge for both Texas and California using innovative satellite technology and his experience as a featured scientist in the 2012 film, “Last Call at the Oasis”.
- Last Call at the Oasis: Interview series with Dr. Jay Famiglietti
- Invasive Hunter Academy Thrives at UT Austin’s Hot Science – Cool Talks
Friday, November 30, 2012, 7:00 p.m. CT
In 1971, U.S. President Richard Nixon declared war on cancer by signing the National Cancer Act. How has our understanding, awareness, and treatment of cancer progressed over the years? Have we identified new causes? What new breakthroughs lie just around the corner? Dr. Mark Clanton, Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society – High Plains Division, will provide insights on this war that most people never hear about despite seeing cancer’s prevalence across all segments of society.
Watch my video interviews with Dr. Clanton:
- How cancer begins with misbehaving DNA
- How does lifestyle affect your cancer risk?
- Talking about epigenetics with Dr. Mark Clanton
Friday, January 13, 2012, 7:00 p.m. CT
Dr. Andrew Howell from Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network, and host of National Geographic Channel’s third season of Known Universe, talks about “zombie stars” and the dark energy that makes our universe expand. See Dr. Howell now in the season 3 trailer of Known Universe on YouTube.
- Dr. Andrew Howell shines at Hot Science – Cool Talks
- Intercepted Transmission to Dr. Andrew Howell for Hot Science – Cool Talks
Friday, February 24, 2012, 7:00 p.m. CT
Dr. Michael Webber of UT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy, UT-Austin, discusses the current energy challenges faced at UT-Austin, in Texas, and across the globe.
Friday, April 13, 2012, 7:00 p.m. CT
Dr. Britney Schmidt of UT’s Institute of Geophysics, shares her recent discovery of a “great lake” on Europa, an icy moon of Jupiter, and explains why the existence of liquid water and floating ice on Europa suggests a potential new habitat for life in outer space.
- Watch my video interviews with Dr. Schmidt about possible life on Europa and planetary science. (7 great videos to watch)
December 2, 2011
Dr. Christopher Kirk, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, talks about the evolution of human vision from 65 million years ago to the present.
- Video preview
- All Eyes on Dr. Chris Kirk’s Hot Science – Cool Talks presentation – Pre-talk Video Interviews (4 great videos to watch)
- Commander Ben: Enemy to All Invasive Species!
Learn about Commander Ben with this article from the Environmental Science Institute. Discover how he’s an enemy to invasive plant species across Texas, and an inspiration to environmentalists of all ages!
- Commander Ben Lands at Hot Science – Cool Talks
Get an overview of the presentation series and pre-lecture activities. Commander Ben also talks with Dr. Jay Banner, Director of the Environmental Science Institute, and Dr. Mark Helper, Distinguished Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geological Sciences. Dr. Helper gave the October 2011 presentation, “Astronauts, Robots and Rocks: Preparing for Geological Planetary Exploration”.
- Commander Ben featured on the UT Austin Environmental Science Institute website
Join in Commander Ben’s wonderful surprise and learn about earlier Hot Science – Cool Talks presentations.
- Young Commander Ben and Dr. John Grotzinger Rocket to Mars at Hot Science – Cool Talks
I met Dr. Grotzinger at a 2005 presentation. How exciting to learn that Dr. Grotzinger is a research scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory that is part of the Curiosity Mars rover that landed on the red planet on August 6, 2012.