Science Day 2012

Schedule of Events — Friday, October 19, 2012
 

9:00-9:50 "Chemistry Demonstrations" will be presented by Dr. Barrett Eichler (Chemistry) and students from Chem 341 Advanced Inorganic Class and SMACS (student members of American Chemical Society) at Augustana College. This is a very popular event.
10:00-10:50 Break-Out Sessions
11:00-11:50 Break-Out Sessions
12:00-1:00 Closing Session
The “Mysteries of the Universe Revealed” will be presented by Dr. Drew Alton, Dr. Amy Engebretson, Dr. Nathan Grau and Dr. Eric Wells, physics professors along with Augustana students. This will be an exciting show of “lights, bangs, explosions, and fun.”
1:00-2:00 Buffet Lunch in the Morrison Commons
2:00-2:15 Meet with Y.T. Johnson Science Day Scholarship Nominees – GSC 262
2:15 Students & Parents tour campus

Break-Out Sessions:

A Career in Sports Medicine
Professor Brian Gerry, HPER
Location: Elmen 236      Time: 10:00 a.m.      Limit: 30 students
This athletic training presentation is intended to give those interested in sports medicine a very firm understanding of the career field, employment options, salary options, and educational courses which need to be taken. Time will be allowed for student questions.

Acids, Bases and Indicators
Dr. Jared Mays, Biochemistry and Chemistry
Location: GSC 255      Time: 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.      Limit: 20 students/session 
Students will explore acids, bases and colored indicators and how this information can be used to understand common household products.

Alchemy at Work? Copper Converted to Silver and Gold
Dr. Duane Weisshaar, Chemistry
Location: GSC 243      Time: 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.      Limit: 20 students/session
Join us for an exploration of some physical and chemical changes of copper. Be prepared to work and think; this is not a show and tell. You will run the reactions on the pennies (provided), you will make the observations, and you and your group will work together to figure out what’s happening. Come and enjoy.

Be a Nurse, Save a Life!
Professors Beth Karel and Mary Nelson, Nursing
Location: GSC 111      Time: 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.      Limit: 30 students/session
Nurses needed stat to GSC 111. Forty-five-year-old female arriving by ambulance with cardiac arrest. CPR in progress. Seven-year-old female patient arriving from the clinic with an anaphylactic reaction. Be ready to intubate. Eighty-one-year-old male patient with acute left sided weakness and slurred speech. Stroke team activated. All nurses report for duty.

Careers in the Health Professions
Dr. Paul Egland, Biology
Location: GSC 101      Time: 10:00      Limit: 40 students
Join Prof. Matzner, Chief Health Professions Advisor, and a group of Augustana seniors to talk about preparation for careers in Medicine, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Optometry, Pharmacy, and Others.

Auctions, Duels, and Nim:  A Brief Introduction to Game theory
Dr. Martha Gregg, Mathematics
Location: GSC 29      Time: 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.      Limit: 16 students each session
A brief introduction to Game Theory, a branch of mathematics founded in 1944 by 20th century mathematical giant John von Neumann and economist Oskar Morganstern.  Perhaps the most family student of game theory is John Nash, whose remarkable life story is related is Silvia Nasar’s fine biography A Beautiful Mind (and later fictionalized in Ron Howard’s movie of the same name, starring Russel Crowe).  We will discuss a number of simple games, strategies for playing them, and important applications to areas such as economics, social and political science.

Swarming:  a mathematical approach
Dr. Timothy Sorenson, Mathematics
Location: GSC 31      Time: 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.      Limit: 20 students/ session
An investigation into how mathematics can assist in determining physiological facts from a general mathematical swarming  model.

Dancing with the Molecules: Computer Simulation of Chemical Reactions
Dr. Bijoy Dey, Chemistry
Location: GSC 40      Time: 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.      Limit: 10 students/session
We all know that molecules are made of atoms. Molecular properties and their ability to react are essentially the interplay of these atoms. Atoms in a molecule are constantly undergoing motions; these are, primarily, the vibrational motions. There is energy flowing from one vibrational motion to the other, and when this flow of energy is sufficient, a bond breaks at some place and a new bond is formed elsewhere. These atomic motions keep the molecule “alive.” Mathematically, these motions can be calculated by using classical Newtonian mechanics, which we all learn in our high school science curriculum. Attend this session and see how we can capture these motions in the form of a movie and watch how chemical reaction take place in real time, without ever doing a real experiment.

Diversity of Birds in an Urban Environment
Dr. Amy Lewis, Biology
Location: GSC 201      Time: 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.      Limit: 25 students/session
Learn how to identify some of the common winter birds of our area. After a short presentation, we will divide into two groups and go census some birds. Back in the lab, each group will calculate bird diversity and we will explore the reasons for why we found differences or similarities between groups.

Fire, Glass, and Fun
Dr. Jetty Duffy-Matzner, Chemistry
Location: GSC 259      Time: 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.      Limit: 10 students/session
Different techniques of glass sculpting and blowing will be demonstrated and practiced. Students will be able to take their “creations” home!

Heartbeat: Taking an Electrocardiogram
Dr. Jennifer Gubbels and Dr. Anne Vogelmann, Biology
Location: GSC 109      Time: 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.      Limit: 12 students/session
The heart begins beating 18 days after conception and does not stop until death! Find out more about this amazing organ where you will learn how to take an electrocardiogram (EKG) at rest and after exercise. Learn how to interpret the EKG trace and how the electrical impulses conduct through the heart. Examine and dissect a pig heart, which is close in size and anatomy to a human heart.

Mathematics Treasure Hunt
Professor Jay R. Smith, Mathematics
Location: GSC 21      Time: 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.      Limit: 20 students/session
Students who successfully follow a compass course will discover the meaning of life.

Physics at an Abandoned Gold Mine
Dr. Drew Alton, Physics
Location: GSC 207      Time: 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.      Limit: 40 students/session
As you may have heard in the news, the state of South Dakota has taken ownership of the Homestake Gold Mine in Lead, SD, with the plan that the National Science Foundation will construct a Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL) there. Plans are underway for some of the first experiments that might take place. We will discuss dark matter, observation of neutrino from the core of the sun, and neutrino oscillations among other things.

Careers in Forensic Science
Matthew Jorgenson, Sioux Falls Police Department Crime Lab Manager
Location: GSC 241      Time: 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.      Limit: 25 students/session
Crime shows such as CSI and NCIS have propelled forensic science into the forefront of today’s pop culture. The question that gets asked most often is usually …what does it “really mean” to be a forensic scientist? It isn’t all driving around in Hummers and carrying a badge and gun, but using science to help solve crimes is a fun and rewarding career. During this presentation, we’ll go through some of the science disciplines involved in today’s crime labs and cover a few of the scientific techniques being used. We will cover what kinds of jobs are to be found in this field and the educational path that will most get the student ready. There will be time for student questions at the end.

Evolution: Separating the fact from the fiction
Steven Matzner, Biology Department
Location:  GSC 169      Time: 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.      Limit:  15 students/session
Perhaps nowhere has Science and Religion come into greater conflict than in the subject of evolution.  Do Science and Religion have to be in conflict or can Science and Religion be integrated?  This session will survey your current views and discuss ways to view the relationship between Science and Religion.  In addition, we will look at examples of hominid skulls and homologous bones.

Career in Computer Science
Steve Shum, Computer Science Department
Location:  GSC 34      Time: 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.      Limit:  25 students/session
We will discuss what Computer Science is, and what Computer Science students typically do after their graduation.  We will also discuss local opportunities for Computer Science students during and after their college career in Sioux Falls.

Growing Crystals
Steve Schultz, Chemistry Department
Location:  GSC 153      Time: 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.      Limit: 20 students/session
Explore the art and science of growing crystals!  Students will use a variety of substances and approaches to grow different types of crystals.  At the end of the session, we will vote for the largest, prettiest, most artistic, and most unusual crystals.  Awards will be given!

Not your everyday fish bait: Catch these worms with neon DNA
Dr. Cecelia Miles and Dr. Lisa Baye, Biology Department
Location:  GSC 151      Time:  10:00 and 11:00 a.m.      Limit: 12 students/session
If you Google “glow in the dark” you can find glowing running shoes, t-shirts, glasses, and even toilet paper! But, today you are going to use a special microscope to look at worms with DNA that glows when you shine a certain wavelength of light on them. Yes, they are alive!  These worms are hermaphrodites that self-fertilize and have very young offspring still growing inside of them. Because we can see the DNA inside each cell of the developing offspring, we can watch cell division happening in real time. If you ever wondered what it really looks like when a mother cell divides its DNA up between two daughters, this is your chance!