September 24, 2013

Northwestern University, Chicago Campus, Baldwin Auditorium
303 East Superior Street, Chicago, IL, USA

Since 1974, there has been mounting evidence of declining human sperm counts in several industrialized populations. But there are marked differences in occurrence and timing between regions, suggesting an environmental effect. Sperm counts have not yet declined to levels where fertility is severely threatened, but how serious is the problem and what might the future hold for our species?

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February 21, 2013

McDermot, Will & Emery
227 West Monroe Street, Chicago, IL, USA

Bioluminescence is everywhere on earth—most of all in the ocean, from angler fish in the depths to the flashing of dinoflagellates at the surface. Woody Hastings explores the natural history, evolution, and biochemistry of the diverse array of organisms that emit light.

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April 19, 2012

Northwestern University, Chicago Campus, Hughes Auditorium
303 E Superior St, Chicago, IL, United States

Abstract:
There are many serious threats facing our oceans today. Oceans’ Health: An Ecosystem on the Brink will explore two of these merging issues. First, ocean acidification: over the last decade scientists have shown that human-caused increases in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are affecting the chemistry of our oceans, altering the main food web and proving harmful for many forms of marine life. Read more…

November 10, 2011

Northwestern University, Chicago Campus, Hughes Auditorium
303 East Superior Street, Chicago, IL, United States

Abstract:
A patent case entitled The Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. was recently decided by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the appellate court responsible for hearing all patent appeals. Read more…

April 27, 2011

Northwestern University, Chicago Campus, Hughes Auditorium
303 E Superior St, Chicago, IL, United States

 

For years, humans have wondered what it would be like to get inside the mind of another species, to understand how they thought, felt and saw the world around them. Until recently our understanding of the minds of other species that share this planet was little more than guess work; however, new technological and scientific methods have advanced to the point where some of these important questions are now able to be addressed. Read more…

In 1998 a British gastroenterologist published a paper with a shocking allegation: the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine might cause autism. The media seized the story and, in the process, helped launch one of the fastest-spreading health scares ever—linking childhood vaccines and autism. Read more…