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STEMinar Series

2020 STEM Events Cancelled

Due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, all College of DuPage events have been cancelled until further notice. Please continue to check back for updates


The STEMinar Series consists of a variety of talks related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics. These talks are FREE and open to the public and take place throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. Pre-registration is required. Please Register Here or contact Continuing Education with questions or to register by phone at (630) 942-2208. For more information about each talk, see below.

Artificial Intelligence for Science

4:30 to 6 p.m., Free
Student Resource Center (SRC)
Room 2000

Prasanna Balaprakash, Computer Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory

What is Artificial Intelligence? How can it revolutionize scientific discovery? Join us as Argonne computer scientist Prasanna Balaprakash explains the development, role, and importance of AI in science, our understanding of the world, and the development of beneficial, advanced technologies. 

Pre-registration is required. Please Register Here or contact Continuing Education with questions or to register by phone at (630) 942-2208.

The View from Earth: 400 Years of Astronomical Discovery

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020
7:30 to 9 p.m., Free
Student Resource Center (SRC)
Room 2000

Joseph DalSanto, Assistant Professor of Astronomy, College of DuPage

Humans have always looked up at the night sky and wondered. But the invention of the telescope 400 years ago completely changed our view of the cosmos. This presentation will provide an overview of the numerous, incredible discoveries such as planets, stars, and galaxies made possible by the most important astronomical invention ever created.

This talk is free as part of the Sage Series but requires pre-registration. To register, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208.


Visit our College of DuPage YouTube channel to see videos of past talks, or click on each presenter below.

Saturday, October 12, 2019
Joseph DalSanto, Assistant Professor of Astronomy, College of DuPage
"Pluto and the Kuiper Belt"

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Trachette Jackson, Professor of Mathematics, University of Michigan
"Using Math to Treat Cancer"

Saturday, July 20, 2019
Joseph DalSanto, Assistant Professor of Astronomy, College of DuPage
"Apollo 11: Mankind's Greatest Adventure"

Friday, April 5, 2019
Shane L. Larson, CIERA/Northwestern University
"Songs from the Stellar Graveyard: Probing the Cosmos in Gravitational Waves"

Friday, March 15, 2019
Sheena Erete, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Computing and Digital Media, DePaul University
"Taking an Assets-Based Approach to Designing Socio-Technical Solutions with Resource-Constrained Communities"

Sunday, February 17, 2019
Captain Mark Kelly, Retired Astronaut and Navy Pilot
"Endeavour to Succeed"

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Emily Zvolanek, Senior GIS Analyst, Environmental Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory
"The Power Behind Maps: Geographic Information Systems"

Saturday, February 9, 2019
Joseph DalSanto, Assistant Professor of Astronomy, College of DuPage
"The Hubble Space Telescope"

Saturday, November 10, 2018
Joseph DalSanto, Assistant Professor of Astronomy, College of DuPage
"Black Holes"

Friday, October 19, 2018
Nim TottenhamProfessor of Psychology, Columbia University
"Development of Emotion Regulation Neurobiology and the Role of Early Experiences"

September 12, 2018
Michael Swierz, Founder and Participatory Ecologist, People Are a Part of Nature
"Participatory Ecology and Foraging Walk: Can We Be Stewards of Biodiversity and Life Off the Land at the Same Time?"

May 7, 2018
Terry Miesle, Native Bee Expert
"Native Bees: Their Abundance and Importance"

April 20, 2018
Dr. Ted Daeschler, Curator and Professor, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
"Great Steps in the History of Life: The Origin of Limbed Vertebrates"

April 12, 2018
Dr. Mark SubbaRao, Adler Planetarium
"Advancing Education and Research through Immersive Data Visualization"

April 6, 2018
Dr. Wesley Ketchum, Associate Scientist, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
"Understanding the Universe through Neutrinos"

March 9, 2018
Dr. Andrew N. Jansen, Engineering Research Group Leader, Argonne National Laboratory
"Development of High-Energy Density Lithium-Ion Batteries"

March 3, 2018
Joseph DalSantoAssistant Professor of Astronomy, College of DuPage
"Extrasolar Planets"

February 23, 2018
Eric Earley, Ph.D. Student in Neural Engineering, Northwestern University
"Neural Engineering: Designing Bionic Limbs Controlled by the Brain"

November 3, 2017
Dr. Pauline Gagnon, Science Communicator
"Improbable Feats and Useless Discoveries"

October 6, 2017
Angel Price, Attractions Engineering Services Manager, Disney's Animal Kingdom
"Engineering My Dream: Redlines Included"

September 15, 2017
Neal Sales-Griffin, CEO of CodeNow
"Starting the First Coding Bootcamp"

March 17, 2017
Dr. Christina Dunbar-Hester, University of Southern California
"Low Power to the People! Media Activism, DIY, and the Challenge of Democratic Technology"

February 23, 2017
Dr. Amanda Petford-Long, Argonne Distinguished Fellow
"Understanding Nanomaterials: How Microscopy Can Help"

November 12, 2016
Prof. Joseph Orgel, PhD, Illinois Institute of Technology
"The Non-Conventional Approach to Science and Engineering"

October 15, 2016
Dr. Shane Larson, Northwestern University and Adler Planetarium
"Astronomy Frontiers: 25 Years Ago and 25 Years From Now"

September 17, 2016
Joseph DalSanto, College of DuPage
"Einstein's Theory of Relativity"


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Contact Information

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Division
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06, (630) 942-3210

STEM Outreach Coordinator
Institutional Resource Center (IRC), Room 1062, (630) 942-3021

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