Want to connect with the worldwide scientific community without leaving your home or office? Rockville Science Center offers two online monthly lecture series to interested adults (younger participants are welcome to join us, too) and we'd love to have you join us:
Rockville Science Tuesday
1:00 - 2:00 PM on the second Tuesday of the month
Rockville Science Cafe
7:00 - 8:00 PM on the third Tuesday of the month
Both sessions feature a guest scientist or technologist who shares about their area of expertise and leads a discussion with the audience that encourages conversation, debate, and interaction. Our online Zoom format allows us to welcome presenters and audience members from around the world. The presentations are free and open to the public. See below for what's coming up this month.
For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Rockville Science Center at 240-FUN-8111.
"Finding the Fun in Video Games"
with Heather Chandler
Tuesday, March 14, 1:00 - 2:00 PM on Zoom
This presentation discusses Game User Experience (Game UX) and how it is used to find the fun in video games. Heather will provide an intro to Game UX and how user testing helps game developers find the fun in their games. Heather Chandler is a video game producer with 26 years and counting under her belt in the game industry. She’s led teams at Epic Games, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, and Activision. She’s launched over 40 games across all gaming platforms and has worked on popular franchises including Fortnite, Star Trek, and Ghost Recon. In 2018 Heather started her consulting company, Heather Makes Games, to help developers and publishers create and publish their games.
"Spark: The shared origin story
of the electrical and
with Timothy J. Jorgensen, Ph.D.
Tuesday, March 21, 7:00 - 8:00 PM on Zoom
It is an irony of our age that while electricity increasingly drives nearly every aspect of our daily lives, we tend to view it as an external physical force that powers our appliances rather than an internal force that animates our bodies. But that wasn’t always the case. In fact, the story of how we came to understand electricity is rooted in early experiments that sought to measure the influence of electricity on the body—influences governed largely by the body’s nervous system. But the nervous system itself was a mystery at the time. Limitations in the understanding of neuroscience complicated the interpretations of electrical experiments. And likewise, limitations in our understanding of electricity stymied progress in neuroscience. Consequently, these two branches of science progressed in tandem, with discoveries in one discipline enabling discoveries in the other, “leap-frogging” over each other, if you will, in a continuous march to our current level of understanding. This knowledge is now enabling the development of electrical interventions for a variety of health conditions, including diseases not only of our nerves and muscles, but also our brains. This interaction between the two disciplines continues at a rapid pace, as recently evidenced by Elon Musk’s new company Neuralink, which has the goal of linking the human nervous system with computers via high-electrode-density brain implants. In his presentation, Tim Jorgensen will discuss the steady progress in electrical understanding afforded by using an iterative approach between different scientific fields, and describe a scientific synergy that likely represents the prototypical model for what we now call “interdisciplinary research.” Timothy J. Jorgensen is a professor of radiation medicine and biochemistry at Georgetown University. He is author of the recent book Spark: The Life of Electricity and the Electricity of Life (Princeton University Press, 2021), as well as an earlier book Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation, which received the American Institute of Physics Communication Award of 2017 for “Best Book of the Year.” He received his PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and he currently resides in Rockville, Maryland.