Lyceum Society: Is Engineering a Scientific Endeavor?
Monday, January 6, 2014
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.
Brown Bag: 11:30 AM
Brief-Brief: 12:45 PM
Lecture & Discussion: 1:00–3:00 PM
Genetic Aspects of Heart Disease
Speaker: Dr. Harmon McAllister
Long before anyone knew what genes were, it was obvious that some medical conditions, heart disease among them, arose more often in certain families and in some geographically isolated groups. The late midcentury development of techniques to sequence proteins and DNA fueled the discovery of single point mutations in DNA that resulted in disease. The more recent advent of high efficiency, low cost DNA sequencing has revealed over 2,000 (up to now) genetic “mutations” that may contribute negatively to various cardiovascular outcomes.
For this presentation, we will look at two genetically associated conditions; one, the now-classical Nobel prize-winning familial hypercholesterolemia and the other, a rare mutation that seems to prevent or significantly delay the onset of heart disease. We will also take a very brief look at the actual molecular mechanism that may have caused that to happen.
Is Engineering a Scientific Endeavor?
Speaker: Dr. Stuart Kurtz
Applied Science, technology and engineering have often been characterized as inferior to pure science and as merely the application of principles learned from science. What is missed in this characterization is the creativity, inventiveness, vision and skills that are necessary to make practical enterprises succeed. The feedback process that makes the various branches of science and the various branches of applied science, technology and engineering advance is a mutual ecology and shared process that require knowledge and applications across disciplines. To see how this comes about, the presentation will explore what science is in practice and what applied science, technology and engineering are in practice, and how they are mutually reinforcing.
|Nonmember (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow)||$10|
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