Saturday Morning Science to return Feb. 20

February 15, 2016 | Events, UToday, Natural Sciences and Mathematics
By Ashley Gearheart

Saturday Morning Science is back for 2016 with five programs on topics that include exoplanets, forensic science, sustainable chemistry and more.

Each of the programs will begin at 9:30 a.m. on The University of Toledo’s Main Campus in Wolfe Hall Room 1205. A light breakfast provided by Barry Bagels will be available before the program.

saturday science 2016The free, public talks are presented by the UT Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Dr. Joseph Schmidt, UT associate professor of chemistry and an organizer of the event, said the goal is to find speakers whose talks can be understood by anyone.

“We tried to come up with topics that are of general public interest as well as interesting to us. Everyone should feel welcome to come,” Schmidt said.

Listed by date, the programs and speakers are:

• Feb. 20: “Exoplanets: The Discovery of Alien Worlds and Habitable Planets” by Dr. Steve B. Howell, UT alumnus and project scientist for the NASA Kepler Mission.

• March 19: “Goghing, Goghing, Gone! The Analysis of Color Fading in Masterpieces by Vincent van Gogh” by Dr. Gregory D. Smith, Otto N. Frenzel III Senior Conservation Scientist for the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

• April 16: “The Human Microbiome: Good for What Ails You” by Dr. Patrick D. Schloss, associate professor in the University of Michigan Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

• April 23: “Green Chemistry: Making Better Molecules for a Sustainable Future” by Dr. Amy S. Cannon, executive director of Beyond Benign.

• April 30: “Deadly Doodle: How One Sketchy Sketch Led to Murder” by Kimberly Zebrowski, forensic scientist in the Controlled Substances Unit of the Michigan State Police Department.

“I really hope attendees learn something interesting and get a better understanding of science. Maybe some of the younger members of the audience will consider a career in science,” Schmidt said.

He invited anyone with topic suggestions for future programs to contact him at

Free parking will be available in area 13 and the west parking ramp.

For more information about Saturday Morning Science, click here or contact Schmidt at

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