Seminars & Events
New this year, we’re thrilled to share MƒA Thursday Thinks, a monthly speaker series held (typically) on the first Thursday of each month. Thursday Thinks feature thought-provoking talks from STEM experts – including scientists, mathematicians, authors, journalists and educators – that are open to MƒA teachers, their colleagues, and their guests.
April 19 — The Story Collider
Since 2010, The Story Collider has been bringing true, personal stories about science to life both through their many live shows as well as their weekly podcast, and they’ve used what they’ve learned about science and stories to teach scientists to use narrative in their work. They believe that, now, more than ever, science is a part of everyone’s life. At this Thursday Think, you’ll hear from MƒA Master Teacher story tellers about all the times things went wrong, and occasionally right, in their labs, classrooms, and beyond. Some of the stories will be heartbreaking, others will be hilarious, but they will all be true and very personal. Welcome to the Story Collider!
- MƒA teachers should please register on the Small-World Network, other guests should please register here.
May 10 — The Zoomable Universe: Putting Reality into Perspective with Caleb Scharf
Science is about building a rational and recognizable picture of the world, but it's challenging because humans only have direct experience of a very narrow range of cosmic phenomena. In this talk, Caleb Scharf, will discuss how physical scale lets us begin to relate our day-to-day senses to the deeper fundamentals of nature. Spanning some 63 orders of magnitude in size, reality as we know it extends from the cosmic horizon all the way to the Planck scale, and the breakdown of current physics. A journey through scale allows us to not just see what we know, but to stop along the way and ask questions about all that we still don't understand: From dark matter to exoplanets, and the origins of life to quantum mechanics, it's the puzzles that capture our imaginations.
- MƒA teachers should please register on the Small-World Network, other guests will be able to register in mid-April.