Linda Hall Library Webcasts

Smithsonian | Panama Canal | Color Science | Art and Science | On Time | This Great Enterprise | Relatively Human

Modern Inventions | Nobel Laureates | Nuclear Age | Are We Alone? | To the Moon | Professor Ashworth

Climate Change Symposium | Paul D. Bartlett Sr. Lecture | Fellowship Lectures | Other Lectures

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Smithsonian Lecture Series

Saving American Orchids (June 12, 2014)
Dennis Whigham, Senior Botanist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Panama Canal Lecture Series

Big-Ship Ready: The Post-Panamax Era (May 20, 2014)
Geraldine Knatz, Executive Director (retired), Port of Los Angeles
Rails Across Panama: From '49ers to 40-foot Containers (May 8, 2014)
Peter Hansen, editor, Railroad History; and Michael Haverty, Former Chairman, President & CEO, Kansas City Southern Railway
The Panama Canal Expansion Project (April 8, 2014)
Alberto Alemán Zubieta, former CEO, Panama Canal Authority, 1996-2012

Color Science Lecture Series

Aesthetic Preference for Colors (November 21, 2013)
Stephen Palmer, Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, University of California, Berkeley
Listening to Colors: Life with Extra Senses (November 7, 2013)
Neil Harbisson, Artist, cyborg, and colorologist
Reweaving the Rainbow (October 10, 2013)
Jay Neitz, Bishop Professor of Ophthalmology and Color Vision Researcher, University of Washington

Art and Science Lecture Series

Intersections: The Art of Science (March 28, 2013)
Oliver Uberti, Illustrator and Visual Journalist, Oliver Uberti Creative
Using Nuclear Techniques to Analyze Art (May 9, 2013)
Philippe Collon, Associate Professor, Experimental Nuclear Physics, University of Notre Dame
Next-Gen Paleontology: 3D Printed Dinosaurs (September 12, 2013)
Kenneth Lacovara, Associate Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science, Drexel University

On Time: The Quest for Precision Lecture Series

What Time is it Anyway?: Clocks, Timescales, and How the World Decides What Time It Is (September 27, 2012)
Christopher Ekstrom, Chief of Advanced Clock Development, U.S. Naval Observatory
Myth, Math, and the Measure of Maya Time (October 22, 2012)
William Saturno, Assistant Professor of Archaeology, Boston University

This Great Enterprise: Railroads and the Making of America Lecture Series

Breaching Mountains, Crossing Deserts: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad (June 14, 2012)
Kyle Wyatt, Curator of History and Technology, California State Railroad Museum
Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America (September 13, 2012)
Richard White, Margaret Byrne Professor of American History, Stanford University

Relatively Human Lecture Series

Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans (March 29, 2012)
Brian Fagan, Professor Emeritus of Archaeology, University of California, Santa Barbara
Lucy's Legacy: The Quest for Human Origins (April 24, 2012)
Donald Johanson, Founding Director, Institute of Human Origins, Arizona State University
Lecture video not available. Listen to Dr. Johanson's interview on KCUR's "Up to Date" with Steve Kraske.
Neanderthal Genome Project: New Insights into Human Evolution (May 3, 2012)
Richard Edward Green, Assistant Professor, Biomolecular Engineering, University of California-Santa Cruz
The Pleistocene Meets Middle Earth: The Significance of the Indonesian Hobbits in Human Evolution (May 10, 2012)
Matthew Tocheri, Human Origins Program, Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History

Modern Inventions Lecture Series

The Man Who Invented the Computer (October 19, 2011)
Jane Smiley, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
Disruptive Innovation: The Story of the First Digital Camera (October 26, 2011)
Steve Sasson, inventor of the digital camera, and retired electrical engineer, Eastman Kodak Company
Pandora Radio & the Music Genome Project: What Musicology & Science Reveal About Our Musical Tastes (November 2, 2011)
Nolan Gasser, Pandora Radio and the Music Genome Project

Nobel Laureate Lecture Series: The Future of Innovation

Celebrating the Experiment (April 19, 2011)
Kary Mullis, Inventor of PCR
GFP: Adventures in Nontranslational Research (April 26, 2011))
Martin Chalfie, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
Crime of Reason and the Closing of the Scientific Mind (May 4, 2011)
Robert Laughlin, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Physics, Stanford University  

Exploring the Nuclear Age Lecture Series

Bringing Star Power to Earth: Is Fusion Energy in Our Future? (October 6, 2010)
Jeff Wisoff, Principal Deputy Principal Associate Director, National Ignition Facility
The Bomb’s Early Light (October 13, 2010)
Richard Rhodes, Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winner Author
The New Face of Nuclear Research (October 20, 2010)
Dwight Williams, Senior Science Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy
The Future of Nuclear Energy in the U.S. (October 27, 2010)
Marvin Fertel, President and CEO, Nuclear Energy Institute

Are We Alone? Lecture Series: The Scientific Search for Extraterrestial Life

Exoplanets and the Search for Habitable Worlds (May 5, 2010)
Sara Seager, Ellen Swallow Richards Professor of Planetary Science and Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
When Will We Find The Extra-Terrestrials? (May 10, 2010)
Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer, SETI Institute
The Paradoxes of Time Travel (May 19, 2010)
Sean Carroll, Senior Research Associate in Physics, California Institute of Technology

To the Moon and to the Planets Beyond Lecture Series

A Rationale for a Return to the Moon, and Soon! (September 2, 2009) (Podcast on iTunes)
Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 17 astronaut
Finding Our Origins: The Hubble and James Webb Space Telescopes (September 9, 2009) (Podcast on iTunes)
Steve Hawley, five-time Shuttle astronaut, and Jonathan Gardner, deputy chief scientist, James Webb Space Telescope, NASA Goddard
Planetology: Unlocking the Secrets of the Solar System (September 16, 2009) (Podcast on iTunes)
Tom Jones, four-time Shuttle astronaut and Ellen Stofan, planetary scientist
Lone Eagles: America's First Orbital Spaceflights (September 23, 2009)
Scott Carpenter, Mercury 7 Astronaut, with Thomas Mallon and Kris Stoever

Professor William B. Ashworth Jr. Videos

Star Struck! Sidereal Messages from Galileo to Herschel (April 22, 2010)
Cockefair Course - Charles Darwin and the Origin of Species
          Voyage of the Beagle (October 7, 2009)
          Galapagos and Beyond (October 21, 2009)
          Road to Origin of Species (October 14, 2009)
          Road to Origin of Species II (October 28, 2009)
Cockefair Course - Atomic Perspectives
          Radioactivity, X-rays, and the Atom, 1895-1913 (February 9, 2011)
          A Quantum Leap, 1900-1932 (February 16, 2011)
          From Transmutation to Fission, 1932-1939 (February 23, 2011)
          The Road to Trinity, 1939-1945 (March 2, 2011)

2009 Linda Hall Library Climate Change Symposium

Introduction and Overview of the Morning Sessions
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Hayden Planetarium, New York, New York
An Introduction to the Science of Climate Change
Thomas Lovejoy, Heinz Center Biodiversity Chair, H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment
A History of Climate Change
James Fleming, Professor and Director of Science, Technology and Society, Colby College
Human and Natural Drivers of Climate Change
Johannes Feddema, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Kansas
Deconstructing Global Warming
Richard Lindzen, Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Paul D. Bartlett Sr. Lecture

The Lost Art of Finding Our Way (May 13, 2014)
John Huth, Donner Professor of Science, Department of Physics, Harvard University
The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World (April 16, 2013)
Sean Carroll, Senior Research Associate in Physics, California Institute of Technology
The Evolution of Economic Irrationality: Insights from Monkeys (February 23, 2012)
Laurie R. Santos, Associate Professor of Psychology, Yale University, and the Director of Yale University's Comparative Cognition Laboratory
Who Discovered the Periodic Table?: The Anatomy of a Priority Dispute (April 13, 2011)
Michael Gordin, Professor, History of Science, Princeton University
Catching Fire: How Cooking Made us Human (February 25, 2010)
Richard Wrangham, Ruth Moore Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Biological Anthropology, Harvard University

Fellowship Lectures

Feather Wings, Leather Wings: Victorian Geology and the Moral Hierarchy of Deep Time (September 10, 2014)
Caitlin Silberman, Ph.D. candidate in art history, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Through Dark and Mysterious Paths: The Search the Origin of Springs from the 16th to the 18th Century (July 23, 2014)
Dr. Francesco Luzzini, Adjunct Professor, Department of Biosciences, University of Milan
Jesuit Science in Lisbon: the practice of astronomy in the court of King Joćo V, 1723-1750 (November 13, 2013)
Luis Tirapicos, PhD Candidate, Interuniversity Centre for the History of Science and Technology, University of Lisbon
Making Oil in Mexico in the 19th Century: The U.S. Oilmen and Scientists Who Took a Chance (October 30, 2013)
Dr. Francesco Gerali, Post-doctoral researcher, National Autonomous University of Mexico
Assessing the Value of Modular Design (October 23, 2013)
Eric Friesel, Ph.D. Candidate in Technology Management, Indiana State University
"Taming Our Machines:" Race and America's Robots, 1790-2010 (August 14, 2013)
Dr. Dustin Abnet, Indiana University
Homology, Redux: Revisiting Pre-Darwinian Debates within Comparative Biology (July 24, 2013)
Dr. Catherine Kendig, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Missouri Western State University
Governing Technological Landscapes: The Historical Making of Rural Electrification Co-operatives (July 10, 2013)
Monica Brannon, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology, New School for Social Research
Engineers' Class Struggle and the Question of "Technology" in the Era of High Industrialism (April 26, 2013)
Adelheid Voskuhl, Associate Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University
"...what a great many Authors have said...": Learning about New World Plants in Early Modern Europe (March 21, 2013)
Jerusha Westbury, Ph.D. Candidate, New York University
Engineering the Environment: The Rise of a Control Technology in Federal Air Pollution Policy (March 14, 2013)
Jongmin Lee, Ph.D. Candidate, Virginia Tech
Colonizing Amazonia From Above: Aeronautical Technology in the Brazilian Frontiers (March 7, 2013)
Felipe Cruz, Ph.D. Candidate, The University of Texas at Austin
Faith and Facts, Experience and Expedience: A Comparison of Protestant and Italian Catholic Perspectives in 17th and 18th-century Theories of the Earth (July 18, 2012)
Dr. Francesco Luzzini, University of East Piedmont, Italy

Other Lectures

The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind (March 18, 2014)
Michio Kaku, Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics, City College of New York
C-SPAN Book TV lecture at Unity Temple in cooperation with Rainy Day Books
The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know has an Expiration Date (April 25, 2013)
Samuel Arbesman, Senior Scholar, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America (March 12, 2013)
Ernest Freeberg, Distinguished Professor of the Humanities, University of Tennessee
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined (October 12, 2011)
Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology, Harvard University
The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry) - (September 29, 2011)
Siva Vaidhyanathan, Associate Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia
The Future of Cell Phone Innovation (March 31, 2011)
Dan Hesse, COE, Sprint Nextel Corporation
We Can Now Solve the Oldest Environmental Problem (March 24, 2010)
Wes Jackson, President, The Land Institute
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