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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 Wayzata 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.  Programs are recorded for playback on ED's TV and some programs may be viewed online.
Dates for 2015-2016 School Year (24th Season) Announced!
Mark your calendars for the next exciting season of Young Scientist Roundtable programs held at Wayzata Central Middle School (unless otherwise noted).
  • Monday October 5, 2015
  • Monday October 12 (at Coon Rapids High School)
  • Monday November 2
  • Tuesday December 1
  • Wednesday January 13, 2016
  • Tuesday February 2
  • Monday February 29 (Leap Day!)
  • Tuesday April 19
Programs Presented in 2014-2015 School Year:
  • 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 November 17 at Coon Rapids High School
    "Using Veterinary Science to Understand Combat Injuries"
    Dr. G. Elizabeth Pluhar, University of Minnesota
  • Monday, December 1
    "Facial Surgery: Where Dentistry Meets Medicine"
    Deepak Kademani, DMD, MD, FACS
  • Tuesday, January 6
    "New Treatments for Spinal Cord Injury"
    Dr. Ann Parr, University of Minnesota
  • Monday, February 2 -- "The Amazing World of Modern Optics" - Dr. Jim Leger, University of Minnesota
  • Monday, March 2
    "Leukemia: The Search for a Cure"
    Dr. John Wagner, University of Minnesota
  • Tuesday March 3 at Minneapolis Public Schools ESC
    "Innovations in Cardiac Surgery"
    Dr. Bernard Harrison
  • Tuesday, April 7 -- "Computer Data Centers: Management of Generated Heat" - Dr. Suhas V. Patankar, U of Minn.

Dr. Leger Monday February 2
"The Amazing World of Modern Optics"
Dr. James Leger is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota where his research group is studying a wide variety of optical techniques, including laser mode control and beam shaping techniques, spectral and coherent laser beam combining, optical metrology, solar energy optics, design of nonclassical imaging systems and microoptical engineering.  Holograms were discussed in the Teen Roundtable. 

Dr. Michael Osterholm Tuesday, November 11
"Perspectives on the Ebola Outbreak"
Dr. Michael T. Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. Michael Osterholm has appeared several times at Young Scientist Roundtable. He is Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota and worked previously as the state epidemiologist at the Minnesota Department of Health. His appointments include the National Science Advisory Board on Biosecurity and the World Economic Forum Working group on Pandemics. Dr. Osterholm had been traveling, meeting and speaking extensively about the Ebola outbreak in the Fall of 2014.  He spoke to young scientists to discuss his work on this important disease crisis as it was unfolding.
Dr. Osterholm's program is now posted online:  Main Presentation and Question & Answer (Teen Roundtable)
The program was played back on ED's TV on Thursday-Sunday January 22-25.  Watch for future showings.

Julian Marshall
Monday, October 6
"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 was a focus of this presentation. Dr. Marshall discussed pollutants from various types of fuels (such as fossil, biofuel), and computer modeling to reduce exposure to them. The goal was to understand whether biofuels are better for human health and the environment than the fossil fuels they replace. The discussion covered a range of scenarios from an urban U.S. locality to a rural village in India or Uganda.

Dr. John Wagner Young Scientist Roundtable is pleased to announce the return of Dr. John Wagner, who will speak on "Leukemia: The Search for a Cure" at the March 2, 2015 program. Dr. Wagner is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and Director of the Division of Blood and Marrow. He also spoke to young scientists about "Biological Revolution: Stem Cells" on March 11, 2009.

Flyers for 2014-2015 Young Scientist Roundtable Programs:

Young Scientist Roundtable Programs and Videos
Check the YSR Program Archives for more details of previous year's programs. 
Visit the Video Gallery for video segments of programs, the program opening, and other videos of interest.
Videos of selected Young Scientist Roundtable Presentations and Teen Roundtables are posted on the webpage that features the individual program. Programs available for viewing include:
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News of Interest:
YSR Honeybees article
The Star Tribune published a series on the decline of honeybees in September 2014, including a feature on Dr. Marla Spivak entitled "A Scientist's Aim: Save the Bees".Dr. Spivak spoke to young scientists on November 9, 2010. Watch her presentation online.
The new fruit is a cross between the Honeycrisp and the MonArk, according to apple researcher Jim Luby, director of the University's fruit crops breeding project, as reported in the Pioneer Press in October 2014. Mr. Luby was at Young Scientist Roundtable on October 5, 2010 to speak on "The Birth of the Honeycrisp Apple".
Politico published this article by Dr. Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota on September 30, 2014. Dr. Osterholm returns to Young Scientist Roundtable on Tuesday November 11 to talk about the current Ebola outbreak. He also presented "An Infectious Disease Medical Detective in a Modern World" to young scientists in November 2008.
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? This was just one of many interesting aspects of the February 5, 2013 program on Physics and Fluid Dynamics presented by Dr. Paul Strykowski.