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Lecture and Reception

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Museum of the Rockies, Hager Auditorium

Joe Seymour is co-director of the Magnetic Resonance (MR) Laboratory and a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Montana State University. His research involves laboratory magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the motion of fluid molecules in complex materials and field studies in Antarctica and Siberia applying MR methods to characterize sea ice and subsurface hydrology. Dr. Seymour is an international leader in application of MR methods to engineering systems and is a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and the NSF CAREER Award.

Title: Chaos and Randomness: the global climate, technological development and a career in science

Despite living in the most technologically advanced time period in history, technological literacy at a societal level is extremely limited. This leads to limitations in understanding important societal issues rooted in scientific concepts, such as the global climate and development of new technologies. The global climate is a current topic which has been hyper politicized with little attention to communicating relevant scientific issues in an intelligible context. Using simple examples from the undergraduate Chemical Engineering curricula a perspective on current climate data in terms of concepts of system stability are considered. The development of new technologies drives economic advances and impacts quality of life. How technology develops is not an orderly linear process. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the premier soft tissue clinical imaging modality. The MR Lab at Montana State University is an international leader in application of MRI to study engineering systems such as foam and ceramic filters, turbulent fluid mechanics and microfluidic devices for sensors. MRI provides a case study for understanding development of new technology. The way in which a teacher leads students is reflected by their own experiences and scientific understanding. The speakers own journey into a life in science and approach to mentoring students is considered in the context of the scientific issues discussed.

Introduction will be given by Assistant Professor Paul Gannon Chem and Bio Eng at MSU

The Provost's Distinguished Lecturer Series recognizes outstanding faculty at Montana State University for
scholarship and leadership. Faculty presenting during the series will reflect on the inspirations for their work in lectures for the professional and lay person alike.
Other members of the Provost's Distinguished Lecturer Series include: Trevor Douglas, Brett Walker, Ilse-Mari Lee, and Frances Lefcort. John Priscu, a polar ecologist who studies the microbial ecology of Antarctic ecosystems and winner of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research will be the final speaker for the Provost's Lecture Series this academic year. Priscu was one of the leaders of a 2013 expedition studying the ecosystem under the Ross Ice Shelf and won international recognition.

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