One of the greatest accomplishments in recent astrophysics is the creation of a model for the complete inventory of the universe. All the observational data tells us with extremely high certainty that ordinary matter (every particle ever detected by every person who ever lived) makes up only on...
Friday, March 9 2018 6:30 PM — 8:15 PM
Companies are paying $4,000,000 and more for 30 seconds of airtime during the Super Bowl. Who are companies trying to reach and what are they selling? How do the ads appeal to different audiences? How effective are the ads? These questions and more will be touched on as we view clips and share id...
Friday, February 9 2018 6:30 PM — 8:15 PM
Sierra College Insights presents architect Todd Gordon Mather. To survive, man needs food, water and shelter. From this root, delicious food and artisanal waters have sustained the artistic side of sustenance. Architecture, with its origins in a cold damp cave, has also developed into nearly uni...
Friday, December 8 2017 6:30 PM — 8:15 PM
From Mockery (the Darwin Awards) to Sarcasm (National Sarcasm Society- like we need your support), comedy can be viewed as a diagnostic tool for the investigation of enduring questions about the human condition. Humor has a critical purpose - What’s wrong? What needs to be expressed? Humor has a...
Friday, November 17 2017 6:30 PM — 8:15 PM
Saving working memory using training and neurostimulationMany of us fear losing our cognitive abilities. Advances in experimental techniques are being paired with cognitive training to see if lasting measurable benefits can be found. "Our work in healthy young and older adults pairs working memo...
Friday, October 13 2017 6:30 PM — 8:15 PM
Positive Psychology is the scientific study of human flourishing and optimal well-being. This interactive presentation by Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee professor Christopher Old will explore ideas and activities that help people thrive. "The relatively new field of Positive Psychology continues ...
Friday, September 8 2017 6:30 PM — 8:15 PM
Writer, humorist and environmentalist Michael Branch will share insights from his most recent book, "Raising Wild: Dispatches from a Home in the Wilderness" and touch on his forthcoming book "Rants from the Hill." Learn more about the author at MichaelBranchwriter.com.
Friday, May 12 2017 6:30 PM — 8:15 PM
Through a personal travelogue on his own trip to the Galapagos, Professor Derek Larson will review the specifics of evolutionary theory and explore examples of how evolution is researched today. Larson will also outline some of the controversy over the theory at Darwin’s time, ending with a discu...
Friday, April 21 2017 6:30 PM — 8:15 PM
While debates over vaccination programs, genetic modification, and other hot topics may seem impossibly complex, they actually follow some predictable rhetorical patterns. Understanding these patterns helps us become better deliberators in discussions over science policy. Returning for a second ...
Friday, March 10 2017 6:30 PM — 8:15 PM