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Human Mating Strategies

Human Mating Strategies

By Dr. David Buss

What are the motivations behind mating desires in men and women? To understand many differences and conflicts between the sexes, we must look into our evolutionary past. Dr. David Buss presents a unified theory of human mating strategy using insights from a global study of human mating behavior.

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Diagnosing Ourselves: Take Two Assays and Don’t Call Me in the Morning

Diagnosing Ourselves: Take Two Assays and Don’t Call Me in the Morning

By Dr. Andrew Ellington

Our ability to monitor and maintain our health largely relies on interactions with the medical community.  Dr. Andy Ellington discusses exciting advances in low-cost, personalized diagnostics and the promise of creating virtual clinical trials through social networks to improve healthcare on a global scale.

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Space Telescopes as Time Machines: Hubble’s Legacy and the Future through James Webb Space Telescope

Space Telescopes as Time Machines: Hubble’s Legacy and the Future through James Webb Space Telescope

By Dr. Jason Kalrai

Dr. Jason Kalirai provides an overview of the stunning discoveries that the Hubble telescope yielded, and outline how the James Webb telescope will build on those discoveries by peering deeper than ever into our universe’s past to help us better understand how stars and planets formed.

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Environmental Justice: Progress Towards Sustainability

Environmental Justice: Progress Towards Sustainability

By Dr. Robert Bullard

Hurricane Katrina provided a startling reminder that environmental health threats such as pollution and climate change disproportionately affect historically disadvantaged communities in our society. Dr. Bullard will present an insightful account of events, individuals, and organizations that have shaped the environmental justice movement over the past two decades.

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Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico: The History and Future of the Texas Coast

Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico: The History and Future of the Texas Coast

By Dr. Kerry A. Emanuel

The Gulf of Mexico has seen some of the most destructive hurricanes on record. What can residents in the Gulf region expect future storms to be like? Dr. Emanuel shares his groundbreaking research on how climate change can affect hurricane activity and discuss its implications for the Gulf region.

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The War on Cancer: 41 Years After Nixon’s Declaration

The War on Cancer: 41 Years After Nixon’s Declaration

By Dr. Mark Clanton

In 1971, U.S. President Richard Nixon declared war on cancer by signing the National Cancer Act. How has our understanding, awareness, and treatment of cancer progressed over the years? Dr. Clanton provides perspectives and insights on this war that most people never hear about despite seeing cancer’s causes, effects, and prevalence across all segments of society.

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Last Call at the Oasis: Will There Be Enough Water for the 21st Century?

Last Call at the Oasis: Will There Be Enough Water for the 21st Century?

By Dr. Jay Famiglietti

Without water, life cannot exist. Yet, our most precious resource faces major threats which are pushing it to the brink of depletion in many regions. Dr. Jay Famiglietti explores how climate change and population growth affect the way water is replenished.

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Black Swans & the U.S. Future: Building Sustainable & Resilient Societies

Black Swans & the U.S. Future: Building Sustainable & Resilient Societies

By Dr. David Orr

‘Black Swans’ are infrequent and unpredictable events that can drive change in both human and natural systems. What qualities make societies resilient and sustainable in the face of environmental Black Swans? How can we prepare for, absorb, and recover from the unpredictable disruptions from climate-related ecological change?

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Life on Europa? Exploring Jupiter’s Icy Moon

Life on Europa? Exploring Jupiter’s Icy Moon

By Dr. Britney Schmidt

Do you ever wonder about the possibility of life on other planets? Evidence of a shallow lake of liquid water on Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons, suggests the potential for life may exist within our solar system. Dr. Schmidt takes us on a journey that examines some essential environmental conditions necessary to support life, and how these conditions may arise on other planets.

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From Fracking to the 40 Acres: Energy Challenges for UT, Texas, and the World

From Fracking to the 40 Acres: Energy Challenges for UT, Texas, and the World

By Dr. Michael Webber

Energy is important to every aspect of our lives. What are the energy challenges faced in Texas and across the globe? Dr. Michael Webber shares how energy consumption has changed worlwide over the years and what challenges we will face in the future.

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