2014 Conference: “Science Peers into the Future”

September 8, 2014



Calling all who love science… join us for an exploration of the vanguard of scientific research and discovery!

The Center for Inquiry Northeast Ohio (CFINO) is proud to present its biennial conference for 2014: Science Peers into the Future: Research for the 21st Century and Beyond. The conference will run from 9am to 4pm and will feature four distinguished guest speakers who do cutting-edge research in four distinct fields of science: astrophysics, artificial intelligence/computer science, biomedical engineering/nanotechnology and climate change/ecology:

Yale University professor Priyamvada Natarajan is a theoretical astrophysicist interested in cosmology, gravitational lensing, and black hole physics. Her research involves mapping the detailed distribution of dark matter in the universe, exploiting the bending of light en route from distant galaxies. In particular, she has focused on making dark matter maps of clusters of galaxies (the largest known repositories of dark matter). Priya also has been developing the methodology and techniques of using gravitational lensing of galaxy clusters to test evolving dark energy models. (www.astro.yale.edu/priya)

Roman Yampolskiy is an associate professor in the department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Louisville. He holds a PhD degree from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Yampolskiy is an alumnus of Singularity University and a visiting fellow of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute. Dr. Yampolskiy’s main areas of interest are Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence.  Dr. Yampolskiy is an author of over 100 publications including multiple journal articles and books. His research has been profiled in popular magazines, websites, on radio and TV. Reports about his work have attracted international attention and have been translated into some 20 languages. (cecs.louisville.edu/ry

Nicole Steinmetz is an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University, where she is leading a research lab at the interface of bio-inspired, molecular engineering approaches and biomedical research and materials science. Dr. Steinmetz trained at The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA (AHA and NIH post-doctoral fellow), John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK (Ph.D. in bionanotechnology), and RWTH-Aachen University in Germany (master’s in molecular biotechnology). Dr. Steinmetz has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters; research in the Steinmetz Lab is funded by the federal agencies of NIH, NSF, DOE, as well as private foundations. (steinmetzlab.com)

David Karowe is a biology professor at Western Michigan University. He and his students are investigating the potential ecological consequences of elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide. Dr. Karowe’s lab is asking how the nutritional quality and defensive chemistry of plants change under elevated CO2, and how such changes effect the growth, survivorship and behavior of fauna. The ultimate goal of this research is to expand our understanding of the ecological and evolutionary consequences of elevated carbon dioxide to include higher trophic levels. The work of David’s lab is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (homepages.wmich.edu/~karowe)

Registration costs are per person and include a full banquet lunch. In order to reserve enough space and meals, all registrations must be received by Friday, September 26. Be sure to register early (by Sept. 19) to get the early-bird prices! Pricing is as follows:

General Admission: $65 ($70 after 9/19)

CFI Members: $55 ($60 after 9/19)

Students: $25 ($30 after 9/19)

(Pssst, students… there will be a limited number of free student sponsorships available. If interested, email Mark Tiborsky at sponyak@gmail.com or Monette Richards at mo@froglabs.com as soon as possible.)

Four different meal choices are available: Maple Glazed Salmon (gluten free), Honey Roasted Chicken, Vegetable Lasagna, or Vegan option (most likely a grilled veggie stack).

How to register:

Registration is now open!


Also, those of you on the CFI—NE Ohio mailing list will be receiving conference brochures in the mail very soon. You can use these for mail-in registrations if you wish. To request one or more brochures, contact Matt Marshall at matthew.marshall@att.net.

It’ll be a wondrous cornucopia of science! See you there! smile