Lyceum Society: Becoming Earthlings: Citizen-Observers in Nineteenth-Century Geoscience

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Lyceum Society: Becoming Earthlings: Citizen-Observers in Nineteenth-Century Geoscience

Monday, October 6, 2014

The New York Academy of Sciences

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Presented by the Lyceum Society

 

The Lyceum Society comprises the Academy's retired and semi-retired members.
Talks cover various scientific fields. All Academy members are welcome.

All Lyceum meetings (except December) are Brown Bag lunches.

PLEASE NOTE EARLIER START TIME FOR MEETING AND CHANGE IN ORDER OF MAIN AND BRIEF PRESENTATIONS.

Brown Bag: 11:30 AM
Announcements: 12:30 PM
Lecture & Discussion: 12:40–2:15 PM
Brief-Brief: 2:15-2:45 PM

Main Presentation:
Becoming Earthlings: Citizen-Observers in Nineteenth-Century Geoscience
Speaker: Deborah R. Coen, PhD

Before the satellite age, geoscientific exploration often depended on the observations of local citizens, who helped scientists build up regional maps of climate and seismicity. For these volunteers, earth science was a way to come to terms with the expanding horizons of the nineteenth century. Tracking weather patterns, seasonal changes, or seismic waves opened the imagination to unfamiliar geographic scales. But how did the experiences of laypeople actually function as scientific evidence? And what light might this history shed on the challenges of communicating science today?

Brief-Brief Presentation:
New Evidence for the Inheritance of Acquired Characteristics
Speaker: Ralph S. Kaslick, DDS

Speaker Bios

Deborah R. Coen, PhD

Deborah R. Coen is associate professor of history at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she teaches modern European history and the history of science. She is the author of Vienna in the Age of Uncertainty: Science, Liberalism, and Private Life (2007) and The Earthquake Observers: Disaster Science from Lisbon to Richter (2013). Her current project is a history of climate science and the politics of scale in nineteenth-century central Europe.

Ralph S. Kaslick, DDS

Ralph S. Kaslick, DDS, graduated from Columbia College in 1956, receiving his DDS from Columbia's medical campus. He was active for 23 years at Fairleigh Dickinson U, serving as Professor of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, Dean of the College of Dental Medicine, and Campus Provost. During the following 15 years, he was Chief of Dentistry and Medical Consultative Services and President of the Medical Staff at Goldwater Memorial Hospital, while holding the position of Professor of Periodontics and Hospital Dentistry at NYU's College of Dentistry. For the past 7 years, he has been Chair of the Visiting Professorship Program dedicated to Contemporary Issues in Dentistry at Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine.

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