5th Annual Science Lecture Series

Visit the 2014-2015 Science Lecture website.

LectureHall.jpgFall 2013 Lecture Dates - Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, & Nov. 15
Spring 2014 Lecture Dates - Feb. 28, March 14, April 4

The Science Lecture Series 2013-2014 is composed of seven individual lectures. Each 1.5-hour program includes an introduction of the guest speaker followed by the featured lecture and ends with an open forum discussion. Lectures are open to the public and admission is free. Some lecture programs include activities, food, and prize giveaways. Seating is first come, first served. So we recommend you arrive early.
Watch lectures online at SCTV (Show Search: "science"). Available 1-2 weeks after event date.

Pregnancy at High Altitude Compromises Fetal Lung Development
September 27th @ 10:30am in SM313


Dr. Sean Wilson, Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Chronic hypoxia is a common prenatal stress associated with high altitude living, smoking, maternal anemia or placental insufficiency. Unfortunately, there are no cures for pulmonary hypertension and other related respiratory problems, which afflict about 2% of newborns in the U.S. These infants have long term health problems or they die from disease. Dr. Wilson will discuss his research on fetal and newborn sheep exposed to prenatal high altitude hypoxia. He will show that blood oxygenation is reduced when either lung blood flow or breathing are impaired. He will discuss how these studies have clinical relevance, since they provide details regarding the signaling pathways that govern vessel contraction and relaxation.

More information: www.llu.edu/medicine/basic-sciences/faculty/pharmacology/wilson-sean.page
Watch this lecture: SCTV Ch.39 Show ID#1438

Transformation to a Low Carbon Future: Business & Technology for Society
October 11th @ 10:30am in SM313


  Ryan Harty, Environmental Business Development Office Manager, American Honda Motor Co.

As a manufacturer of home power equipment and mobility solutions, Honda's mission is to be "A Company that Society Wants to Exist." It is incumbent on Honda to develop technologies that give society pathways to achieve nearly zero carbon dioxide emissions for consumers home and transportation needs. In order to do so, Honda needs to develop products that generate or use renewable fuels, which can be in the form of renewable electricity generated from solar or wind, or renewable energy stored in the form of chemical & bio- fuels for use in a fuel cells or internal combustion engines.
This presentation will explore Honda's philosophy and actions to achieve society's climate change goals.

Lecture dedicated to Dr. James Wright, SOCCCD Board of Trustees member. Dr. Wright will be honored for his commitment to the MSE Division at Saddleback College. He served as Dean of the division for 14 years, prior to which he was a full-time faculty member in the Chemistry Department.

Watch this lecture: SCTV Ch.39 Show ID#1448

The Global Climate Impacts of the Very Small
October 25 @ 10:30am in SM313


Dr. Emma Aronson, University of California Riverside
Microorganisms have adapted to live in every conceivable environment on Earth, from deep-sea hydrothermal vents to the bare rock on the top of the highest mountains. These ancient life forms can have significant and long-lasting impacts on the composition of our atmosphere. Many of these microorganisms are responsible for releasing 3 of the most problematic greenhouse (GH) gases - carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. However, there are soil microorganisms that can consume all of these GH gases. In this lecture, Dr. Aronson will describe how it is the environmental conditions that determine whether natural ecosystems contribute to global warming, or help to remove these harmful gases from the atmosphere.

Watch this lecture: SCTV Ch.39 Show ID#1462

Planetary Defense: An Overview
November 15, 2013 @ 10:30am in SM313


Dr. William Ailor, Center for Orbital & Reentry Debris Studies, The Aerospace Corp.
The presentation will give an overview of what is known about asteroid and comet threats to our planet, recent events that highlight the nature of possible threats, consequences of impact, techniques that might be used to deflect a threatening object, and political and policy issues that might affect a decision to act. A sample case will illustrate how an a asteroid warning and impact threat might evolve. International efforts to develop protocols and procedures for coordinated asteroid discovery and planetary defense actions will be highlighted. Dr. Ailor testified to Congress and has been featured on major news networks as an expert on meteor storms, space debris and reentry breakup, and has appeared on CNN, the Discovery Channel, and the Learning Channel on these topics.

Lecture dedicated to Dr. Curt McLendon, Emeritus Faculty. McLendon will be honored for his commitment to the MSE Division where he served as full-time faculty in the Chemistry Department for more than 33 years .


Probably More Than You Want to Know About Fishes of the Pacific Coast
February 28, 2014  @ 10:30am  in SM313


Dr. Milton Love, Marine Science Institute, UC Santa Barbara
Since 2002, Dr. Love has been a research biologist in the Marine Science Institute at UCSB. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Pacific Marine Conservation Council for 15 years and has been awarded numerous research grants from such notable sources as the California Department of Fish and Game, Environmental Affairs Agency, U.S. Geological Survey, and National Marine Fisheries Service. Dr. Love has published countless technical papers over the past 30 years, and is the author of six books, including Probably more than you want to know about the fishes of the Pacific Coast.  He produced the video The Common Rockfishes of California.  For more information: http://www.lovelab.id.ucsb.edu/

Lecture dedicated to Dr. Bayard Brattstrom.

Science of Google
March 14, 2014  @ 10:30am in SM313


David Otaguro, Senior Software Engineer, Google
David is a Senior Software Engineer for Google. In his recent capacity as engineering manager, he has been a strong proponent of agile development practices, usability engineering, and the art and practice of building strong organizations.  His primary goals are to continually make use and learn from the best technologies available in the software space (of which Spring and Hibernate are obvious examples), and to develop his understanding of the business space that technologies like those he develops serve.

This lecture is dedicated to Dr. Richard McCullough. Dr. McCullough will be honored for his commitment to the MSE Division at Saddleback College where he served as Dean and full-time faculty in the Biological Sciences.

Darwin: Live and In Concert
April 4, 2014 @ 10:30am in SM313


Richard Milner is an anthropologist and science historian who turns into his hero on stage - complete with white beard, bowler and cape- in this one-man musical performance. In this Science Lecture, Milner will present facts and stories about Darwin, Alfred Wallace, and evolution using a plethora of illustrations and his great comedic acting.
More info @ www.darwinlive.com/

This lecture is dedicated to the late Professor Micael Merrifield, who will be honored for his life-long commitment to the students of Saddleback College. Merrifield joined the college in 1977 as a professor of anthropology in the Division of Social  Behavioral Sciences.


Special thanks to the Associated Student Government of Saddleback College for sponsoring this event.
We’d like to acknowledge Dean Christopher McDonald and members of the MSE Division for all their support. Particular thanks go to the members of the Science Lectures committee who develop this program for the benefit of our students. We believe these efforts will inspire students to further explore the myriad of academic and career opportunities in the sciences.

Science Lectures committee members:
Dr. Tony Huntley, Karen Kelley, Sara Sheybani, Steve Teh, & Dr. Jim Zoval

To request future lecture topics, please e-mail from the Contact Form