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From lemurs, to coral reefs, dinosaurs to Mars, Hot Science - Cool Talks brings leading scientists and their research to you.
The Amazing Mission to Pluto
Dr. Alan Stern shares the amazing journey more than 3 billion miles and ten years in the making, the New Horizons Mission.
What are lemurs like?
Discover the secrets behind these enigmatic animals with wide eye stares and amazing leaping abilities! Dr. Rebecca Lewis shares her research on the behavior, social relationships, and power in these unusual primates.
Why are Bees Important Pollinators?
What is pollination? Why is important and how do bees play an important role? Dr. Shalene Jha shares secrets about bees.
Lucy's Last Moments
What can Lucy's fossil tell us about her life and death? Dr. John Kappelman unravels the secrets behind a 3.2-million-year-old mystery.
Is Climate Changing?
What is the difference between weather and climate? Is climate really changing? Dr. Katharine Hayhoe shares insights about climate change.
Some Like It Hot, Hot, Hot
Primates and rainforests in West Texas? Dr. Christopher Kirk takes us back to a time when you would encounter curious primates in Texas.
Top 10 Healthcare Problems
Dr. Clay Johnston, Dean of the Dell Medical School, shares the list of top 10 problems with healthcare.
Is Climate Change Good or Bad?
Climate scientist and award winning communicator Dr. Katharine Hayhoe explains if climate change is good or bad and how it affects Texas.
How a Salamander Saved a City
Dr. David Hillis shares how the Barton Springs salamander was identified as an endangered species and its impact in Austin's economic development.
What Might Dinosaurs Sound Like?
Many people imagine dinosaurs as these giant lizards but how are birds and dinosaurs related? What did they sound like? Dr. Julia Clarke shares the secret lives of dinosaurs.
What is a Drone?
Drones have been all over the media as well as our imaginations. Dr. Todd Humphreys shares what’s real and what’s possible for these remarkable flying machines.
The Six Americas of Global Warming
Award winning communicator and climate scientist, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe discusses the "Six Americas of Global Warming".
Can We Tell What Dinosaurs Looked Like?
How are birds and dinosaurs related? How did they really looked like? Dr. Julia Clarke shares the secret lives of dinosaurs.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018
University of Texas
Sarah Labowitz, Head of Communications and Policy,
Community Development Dept., City of Houston
Melissa Huffman, Lead Meteorologist
National Weather Service - Austin/San Antonio, TX
Suzanne Pierce, Research Scientist
Texas Advanced Computing Center
Hurricane Harvey was the most significant severe storm of 3-5 days duration in United States history, raining 50 inches or more in parts of Texas. A new National Water Model can forecast water flow in streams and rivers similar to how the National Weather Service forecasts weather. David Maidment shares his experience applying this model to Texas, including his behind-the-scenes experience working in the State Operations Center during Hurricane Harvey and his recommendations for how Texas can become resilient in the face of future large-scale floods. For the Q&A session, David will be joined by a panel of experts on disaster recovery. Registration will open three weeks prior to event date.
Co-sponsored by Planet Texas 2050, UT’s first grand challenge research initiative that’s bringing together more than 100 researchers from across campus to find ways to make Texas more resilient in the face of rapid population growth and climate extremes. Additional support provided by the Leon Jones Hot Science - Cool Talks Endowment.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2018
Research Scientist, Integrative Biology
University of Texas
The red imported fire ant is an invasive species in Texas that can produce life-threatening allergic reactions in people, and has major costs to the agricultural economy and causes severe impacts to native fauna. Dr. Rob Plowes shares insights into fire ant behavior and discusses remarkable biological control opportunity. Dr. Plowes researches one of fire ants’ deadliest enemies - tiny phorid flies, which actually turn ants into zombie-like, living incubators for their offspring. He also describes research approaches to other invasive species in Texas. Registration opens three weeks prior to event.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2018
Professor, Integrative Biology
University of Texas
Why do animals perceive certain traits as beautiful and others not? While Darwin explained why the animal world abounds in stunning beauty, he struggled to understand how. Dr. Michael Ryan, one of the world’s leading authorities on animal behavior, tells the remarkable story of how he and other scientists have taken up where Darwin left off and transformed our understanding of sexual selection. Join Dr. Ryan as he explores how beauty is defined through the brain of the beholder. Registration opens three weeks prior to event.