October 9, 2019
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Instituto Cervantes
31 West Ohio Street, Chicago, IL 60654, USA

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About this Event

By Dr. Ismael Santa-María Pérez, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology, Columbia University, New York

In collaboration with ECUSA (Españoles científicos en EE.UU.)

The MidWest Science & Innovation Cervantes Network is an effective science monthly meeting created to improve the relationship between science and society. It is an inclusive community of scientists, engineers, economists, public health specialists, and sciences enthusiasts across the Midwest.

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Tiny but mighty, the kidneys are small, but powerful chemical factories that remove waste, balance your body’s fluids, and keep your blood pressure in check. Despite being as essential to keeping us alive and healthy, kidney health often isn’t discussed with the same urgency as heart disease, cancer, or diabetes. Read more…

September 25, 2019
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Center
Harold Washington Library, 400 South State Street, Chicago, IL, USA

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This event will highlight Dr. Lederman’s contributions to science research at Fermilab and beyond, science education, and science outreach.

Dr. Leon Lederman was a Nobel prize-winning physicist with a passion for science education. He served as the director of Fermilab from 1979 to 1989. In 1992, he moved to the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he chose to teach freshman physics. He retired in 2011. With a career that spanned more than 60 years, Lederman, who passed away last year, became one of the most important figures in the history of particle physics. He was responsible for several breakthrough discoveries, uncovering new particles that elevated our understanding of the fundamental universe. His Nobel Prize was awarded in 1988 for discovery of the muon neutrino. But perhaps his most critical achievements were his influence on the field of physics and his efforts to improve science education. In later years, Lederman continued his outreach efforts, often in memorable ways. Sometimes, he would even set up shop on the streets of New York City and Chicago, and answer science questions from passersby.

Through his research, Lederman set the stage for Fermilab’s past and future success. The international Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility/Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, hosted by Fermilab, is an international flagship science project to unlock the mysteries of neutrinos. By studying neutrinos, particles at the heart of Dr. Lederman’s work, scientists at Fermilab and across the world will paint a clearer picture of the universe and how it works. This will be the largest science experiment ever hosted on U.S. soil.

During this celebration of Dr. Lederman’s legacy, expect a variety of physics-themed discussions and events, including a Physics Slam and an Ask-a-Physicist panel!

A Physics Slam is a fun competition that pairs a student from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (co-founded by Dr. Lederman) with a Fermilab scientist. Expect a no-holds-barred, light-hearted competition. Who will the audience choose as the winner?

In the spirit of his outreach efforts, the program also will have an Ask-a-Physicist panel. A team of scientists will take questions from the audience, in the same informal style of Dr. Lederman taking questions from people in Chicago and New York City.

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September 13, 2019
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Illinois Institute of Technology, Hermann Hall, Ballroom
Hermann Hall, South Federal Street, Chicago, IL, USA

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Join us for the 2019 Darsh T. Wasan lecture. Ellen Ochoa, Former Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and the first Hispanic woman astronaut will deliver this year’s lecture. The lecture will be followed by a reception in the Hermann Hall Gallery Lounge.

September 11, 2019
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Northerly Island Park
Northerly Island Visitor Center, Chicago, IL, USA

Just as the summer is starting to cool off we are going to explore the outdoors! Come join us at Northerly Island Park for a guided tour with experts on local plants and animals. Read more…

August 27, 2019
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Osmium Coffee Bar
Osmium Coffee Bar, West Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA

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Coffee and tea are among the most widely consumed beverages in the world and have received considerable attention regarding health risks and benefits. These beverages are major sources of caffeine, a psychostimulant, but each contains a unique set of chemicals that also contribute to their unique taste and possible health effects. Read more…