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Young Scientist Roundtable

Young Scientist Roundtable

A monthly program designed for students in kindergarten through 12th grade and their parents to learn about exciting ideas and developments presented by professors and prominent experts in many scientific fields presented at Central Middle School. All programs are always free and no registration is required. The main presentation begins at 7:00pm and is generally followed by a "Teen Roundtable" where students can participate in an in-depth discussion and question/answer session with the speaker. All programs are recorded for playback on ED's TV and some programs may be viewed online on the Young Scientist Roundtable webpages.
Dates for 23rd Season (2014-2015 School Year) announced
Mark your calendars for the next exciting season of Young Scientist Roundtable programs held in the Central Middle School Auditorium. The scheduled dates are:
  • Monday, October 6:  "Air Quality Engineering to Combat Air Pollutants" - Dr. Julian Marshall, University of Minnesota
  • Tuesday, November 11:  "Perspectives on the Ebola Outbreak" - Dr. Michael Osterholm, University of Minnesota
  • Monday, December 1:  "Facial Surgery: Where Dentistry Meets Medicine" - Deepak Kademani, DMD, MD, FACS  
  • Tuesday, January 6:  Topic and Presenter to be announced
  • Monday, February 2:  Topic and Presenter to be announced
  • Monday, March 2:  Topic and Presenter to be announced
  • Tuesday, April 7:  Topic and Presenter to be announced
Watch this webpage for topics and presenters as they are confirmed.

Julian Marshall First Program of the Year:  Monday October 6, 2014
"Air Quality Engineering to Combat Air Pollutants"
Dr. Julian Marshall, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Minnesota
According to the World Health Organization, urban air pollution is one of the top ten cases of death in high-income countries.  How we can reduce those health effects and improve public health is a focus of this presentation.  Dr. Marshall will discuss pollutants from various types of fuels (such as fossil, biofuel), and computer modeling to reduce exposure to them.  The goal is to understand whether biofuels are better for human health and the environment than the fossil fuels they replace.  The discussion will cover a range of scenarios from an urban U.S. locality to a rural village in India or Uganda.

Flyers for 2014-2015 Young Scientist Roundtable Programs:

Young Scientist Roundtable Wraps Up 22nd Season!
The 2013-2014 Season featured a school year full of a variety of fascinating science programs for students and their parents. The first program on Tuesday September 24 featured Mr. Mark Marshall, a Senior Principal R&D Engineer with Medtronic, speaking on the technology behind heart therapy. The October 7 program was all about the science of food products. The November 12 program featured Dr. Gerald Kulcinski returning to Young Scientist Roundtable to discuss "Nuclear Energy Without Nuclear Waste". YSR also went on the road on January 30 to Coon Rapids high School and featured Orthopedics Suregeon Dr. Allan Hunt (read the ABC Newspapers Review of the program). For additional biographical information and links for each program, go to 2013-2014 Programs.

Young Scientist Roundtable Programs and Videos:
Check the YSR Program Archives webpages in the left menu for more details of previous year's programs. 
Visit the Video Gallery to view short video clips of programs, a video of the program opening, and other videos of interest.
DVD copies may also soon be available for viewing/checkout.
Online videos of entire Young Scientist Roundtable Presentations and Teen Roundtables are being posted on the webpage of the individual program record. Video programs available for online viewing include:
Young Scientist Roundtable is on Facebook! Check it out!

News of Interest:

Dr. John Ohlfest (Posted January 24, 2013): 
Dr. Ohlfest Young Scientist Roundtable regrets the passing of Dr. John Ohlfest, who was a pioneering brain tumor researcher and a friend of YSR.  In December of 2011, Dr. Ohlfest gave a presentation that was an outstanding example of service in science and to the community.  The picture to the left shows him sketching gene interactions during his Teen Roundtable session with students, which can be viewed in a video. The full YSR program has been shown on ED's TV along with the program featuring his colleague and research partner Dr. G. Elizabeth Pluhar.  
We extend our sympathies to Dr. Ohlfest's family, friends, and colleagues.

Ever wonder how a knuckleball seems to defy the laws of aerodynamics? (see video clip above)
This was just one of many interesting aspects of the February 5, 2013 program on Physics and Fluid Dynamics presented by Dr. Paul Strykowski.