Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Our 5th year of Science on Tap continues!

Thanks to the continued support of UNM, Explora and the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History

 

 A time to eat, drink & talk about science!


on Central is our new home 

Join us Thursday, April 6 at 5:30!


Infectious Diseases:
where's the line between public health and security?

 

Jennifer Gaudioso, Ph.D.

Sandia National Laboratories



Bioscience research is changing rapidly. For example, improvements in sequencing have exceeded Moore's Law. In parallel with the scientific advances, there has been a growing concern about the threat of bioterrorism. A selective review of the changes in the science and in bioterrorism incidents will provide a background for considering the various controls to address bioterrorism that are being implemented in the US and internationally. Should the materials be controlled? Should the equipment be controlled? Should there be controls on the expertise that could contribute to biological weapons? There is not a consensus approach to assessing the risks or the appropriate measures to address those risks, or how to evaluate tradeoffs of possible impacts to science and public health.


Jennifer Gaudioso leads the International Biological and Chemical Threat Reduction (IBCTR) program at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM, USA.  This program enhances United States and international security by seeking innovative solutions for countering biological and chemical threats globally.  Specifically, IBCTR develops and applies systems-based approaches to reduce the risk of intentional or accidental release of dangerous biological and chemical agents globally. The program has organized many international conferences, trainings, and workshops to build local capacity to address these issues.  In the last five years, Jennifer and her team have visited facilities in more than 40 countries specifically to consult on biosecurity and chemical security issues. IBCTR is an OIE Collaborating Centre for Laboratory Biorisk Management. Jennifer has served on the National Academies' Committee on Education on Dual Use Issues in the Life Sciences and their Committee on “Anticipating Biosecurity Challenges of the Global Expansion of High Containment Biological Laboratories”. She has served as a member of three international teams to develop biosafety and biorisk management international standards. She has been named a principal-external collaborator with the Japanese National Institute for Infectious Disease. Jennifer is author of numerous journal articles, and book chapters, and has presented her research at national and international meetings. Gaudioso co-edited the book Laboratory Biorisk Management: Biosafety and Biosecurity. She also co-authored the Laboratory Biosecurity Handbook.  Jennifer has served on SNL’s Institutional Biosafety Committee, is an active member of the American Biological Safety Association, and is on the board of the Elizabeth R Griffin Research Foundation. She earned her Ph.D. in chemistry at Cornell University.



Thursday, February 9, 2017

Our 5th year of Science on Tap continues!

Thanks to the continued support of UNM, Explora and the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History

 

 A time to eat, drink & talk about science!


on Central is our new home 

Join us Thursday, March 2 at 5:30!


How Safe is Safe?
A Water Engineer's Perspective on Water and Public Risk

 

Bruce M Thomson, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor Emeritus and Research Professor
Department of Civil Engineering

University of New Mexico

 



Life is filled with all sorts of risks, some are voluntary like rock climbing and smoking, while others are involuntary like breathing the air and being struck by lightning.  The first canon in the professional engineers’ code of ethics states that engineers “shall hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public” but it gives no guidance on what level of safety is expected.  Achieving zero risk for most activities is virtually impossible, so what are acceptable levels of risk and who makes those decisions?  Water poses both voluntary and involuntary risks to humans.  Two of the most recognized involuntary risks are health risks from contaminants in drinking water and threats to life and property from flooding.  This talk will discuss what level of risk has been determined to be acceptable for each situation, how this determination was made, and consider some of the factors that may influence whether the goal is being met and at what cost.
Then, after we’ve all consumed an adult beverage or two, we’ll head home and test the transportation risks on the Albuquerque road system.


 
Bruce Thomson is Professor Emeritus and Research Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of New Mexico.  He served as Director of UNM’s Water Resources Program from 2005 to 2013.  He has recently been re-elected to a 6 year term and is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA).  He has been at UNM since the late Pleistocene epoch and is among the last practicing engineers in the state who still knows how to use a slide rule.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Our 5th year of Science on Tap continues!

Thanks to the continued support of UNM, Explora and the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History

 

 A time to eat, drink & talk about science!


on Central is our new home 

Join us Thursday, February 2 at 5:30!


Radioactivity
“Nothing to be worried, it is to be understood”
 ~Madam Marie Curie

 

Veena Tikare

Sandia National Laboratories

Manager, Multiscale Science

 

Virtually all experiences we have with the physical world around us are through electrons.  What we see, feel, taste, smell and hear is mostly due to electrons in materials and their interactions with the environment.  However, radioactivity, defined as the emission of ionizing radiation or particles caused by the spontaneous disintegration of atomic nuclei, is, fundamentally, a nuclear property.  This will be a talk on radioactivity: what is it, how does it originate, how can we detect and measure it, how can we use it, and what are its effects on materials and people.  It will be structured informally to encourage audience questions and participation.  If you would like to bring fiesta ware or other belongings that you suspect are mildly radioactive, please do.  We will have Geiger counters to measure their radioactivity.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Our 5th year of Science on Tap continues!

Thanks to the continued support of UNM, Explora and the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History

 

 A time to eat, drink & talk about science!


on Central is our new home 

Join us Thursday, November 3 at 5:30!


Fantastic, Flexible Foams

Lisa Whalen

Chemistry and Chemical Biology

University of New Mexico

Mat Celina

Sandia National Laboratories 
 

This talk is about all kinds of foams we encounter in our lives, and how their structures and properties are impacted by their chemical composition. With the help of the ACS Student Chapter at UNM, we will explore a variety of foams and discuss the chemical reactions that produce them.  The properties are all widely different and have produced some fun and surprising results in the lab and delicious results in the kitchen.