ABOUT THE SERIES
The RMSC Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge lectures in Bausch Auditorium have provided insight and understanding about current research on a broad array of topics for a general audience for more than 30 years. Science on the Edge sparks intelligent conversations throughout the community. Designed to engage those interested in broadening their scientific understanding, lectures promote the continuation of education and sharing of ideas.
Science on the Edge lectures are supported in part by the Richard C. Shultz Endowment Fund.
Thursday, October 5, 2023
Chocolate and witches
The history of the magic of chocolate
For many people, the word “chocolate” in October evokes memories of trick-or-treating and Halloween. There’s no question that witches are more top-of-mind around Halloween. Did you know that there is a connection between witchcraft and chocolate as well? During this presentation, we’ll explore the origins of chocolate, and how it was popularized around the world. You’ll discover what witchcraft has to do with this “food of the gods.”
Is chocolate truly as magical as some believed it to be?
About the speaker
Ever the chocoholic, Lindsay Tarnoff started the socially conscious business Laughing Gull Chocolates in 2014. Inspired to change the world with chocolate, she aims to find a sustainable way to bring chocolate to our community. Lindsay’s knowledge stems from academic studies, hands-on experience eating and making chocolate, and first-hand experiences visiting cacao farms. Together with her business partners Karla and Allison, she enjoys pushing the boundaries of flavors, and thoroughly enjoys eating what she creates.
Tuesday, November 14, 2023
(Not so) Rare Earth Elements and Their Role in the 21st Century
Dr. Howard Heitner will explore the unique history of rare earths, including the very origin of the term itself. Their physical and chemical properties are the basis for their continued application in modern technology, where there are often no good replacements. Rare earths occur in ore deposits all over the world, and because of their usefulness, are highly sought after. However, production of these elements can cause serious environmental problems which are related to ore composition and refining processes. Dr. Heitner will delve into these issues alongside complicated geopolitical factors to discuss the ramifications of continued rare earth metal production.
About the speaker
Dr. Howard Heitner spent most of his career developing water-soluble polymers used in processing minerals for which he has a number of patents–the major applications of which include waste processing and energy use reduction. Dr. Heitner has also been an avid collector of minerals for many years and has continuously written and lectured on the subject.