The Digital Revolution: Consequences for science

Friday, February 8, 2019
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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Join us in welcoming SOU Biology Department Affiliate Professor, Dr. Jim Bower, as he discusses the digital revolution and consequences on science education.

Historians have argued that the movable type invented by Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg in 1441 provided a critical technological underpinning for both the reformation and the renaissance. Certainly, the printing press has had a profound influence on universities, education and science. Now almost 600 years later, we are likely only starting to sense the consequences for society, education and science of a new even more scalable and flexible information technology. This talk will consider the common underpinnings in two seemingly unrelated research projects conducted by Dr. Bower and his students over the last 35 years: GENESIS a simulation platform used by computational neuroscientists around the world to construct realistic models of the brain and <> an online simulation and gaming based virtual world that has so far engaged more than 8 million young children world wide.

Dr. Bower is a computational neurobiologist and was recently appointed the new Executive Director of the Pacific Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  His career has involved a mix of basic research in Computational Neuroscience,  inventing infrastructure and new methods for research, and innovation in K-12 science education.  In addition to his academic appointments, in 1999, Dr. Bower founded Numedeon Inc. whose game-based virtual on-line learning space has engaged millions of young users around the world in STEM education.

When: Friday, February 8th, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Where: SOU Science Auditorium (room 151)

This is a free event and open to the public. Please visit our website to learn more about our future lecture series topics. Light refreshments provided by the STEM Division.

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