• Young Scientist Roundtable is designed for K-12 students and their parents to learn about exciting ideas and developments presented by professors and prominent experts. All programs are always free and no registration is required. The main presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. and is generally followed by a "Roundtable Part 2" (formerly known as "Teen Roundtable") where students can participate in an in-depth discussion and question/answer session with the speaker.


    2017-2018 Young Scientist Rountable Events

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – October 2, 2017

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a nerve compression syndrome caused by increased pressure to the median nerve at the wrist. Basically, the median nerve becomes pinched at the wrist. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the most common nerve compression in the upper extremity. As a hand and upper extremity specialist, Dr. Mark Wilczynski, MD, Orthopedic Surgery/Hand Specialist at TRIA Orthopedic Center, understands how disorders of the hand and upper extremity affect those of all ages and negatively impact their quality of life.

    Main Presentation Roundtable Part 2


    Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity and the Exploration of the Red Planet – November 2, 2017

    In January of 2004, a team of 4,000 engineers and scientists developed twin robotic explorers named Spirit and Opportunity that landed on Mars. Their mission has lasted more than 13 years. Its objective is to search for evidence of past water and to determine if Mars ever had conditions that would have been suitable for life. Spirit and Opportunity both found strong evidence for long-ago water on Mars. Spirit’s mission ended after six years; Opportunity is still
    exploring the Martian surface.

    Dr. Squyres will provide an up-to-date summary of the missions of Spirit and Opportunity, from their initial conception through their development, launch, landing, and operations on the surface of Mars.

    Main Presentation  


    The Art and Technology of Caramel Color – November 14, 2017

    Caramel color is one of the world’s oldest and most widely used color additives. Primarily through cooking sugar, a myriad of brown shades are obtained. While the concept of caramel color is fairly simple, there are a lot of complex reactions going on. Unfortunately, the reactions are poorly understood and outcomes are measured indirectly. The manufacturing of caramel color is still an art form even with a variety of science available. The presentation will look at how caramel color is made, what caramel is used in, what goes into designing a new product, and what are the current challenges caramel manufacturers face.

    Main Presentation Roundtable Part 2


    Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs – December 4, 2017

    Unlike natural disasters, infectious disease has the terrifying power to disrupt everyday life on a global scale, overwhelming public and private resources and bringing trade and transportation to a grinding halt.

    Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, internationally recognized expert in infectious disease epidemiology, explores in detail the resources and programs we need to develop if we are to keep ourselves safer from infectious disease.

    Main Presentation Roundtable Part 2


    An Orthopedic Surgeon is a ‘Carpenter’– January 9, 2017

    Learn about orthopedic surgery and sports-related injuries. Allan F. Hunt, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine with a focus in arthroscopic shoulder reconstruction, shoulder instability, rotator cuff repair, total joints and cartilage resurfacing. Working with patients of all ages, Dr. Hunt’s areas of expertise include arthroscopic shoulder and knee reconstruction and adult shoulder, knee, and hip reconstruction.

    Main Presentation Roundtable Part 2


    Loss of Vision Resulting from a Retinal Disease – February 5, 2017

    Our ability to see depends on many specialized parts of the eye working together to produce a visual image. Some older adults experience a loss of vision or even blindness when one or more of these specialized parts stops working. Dr. Ferrington is studying a retinal disease known as age-related macular degeneration, the number one cause of blindness in older adults. Dr. Deborah Ferrington, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Ferrington has been at the University of Minnesota since 1999, where her research is focused on discovering the cause of and finding treatments for age-related macular degeneration.

    Main Presentation Roundtable Part 2


    Upcoming Young Scientist Roundtable Events

    For more information, contact Charlene Barghini at 763-745-5045 or charlene.barghini@wayzataschools.