24th May 2019 at 14.15: Bergita Ganse

For our colloquium on 24th of May, we will be joined by Dr. Bergita Ganse. Dr. Ganse is a medical doctor, book author and scientist specialising in space medicine, working as a lecturer in space medicine at RWTH Aachen University in Germany. Her research deals with the musculoskeletal system in space, and she is involved in large international studies with both NASA and ESA.

In her talk, titled Space Medicine – Weightlessness and Shrimp Cocktail, she will tell us about the physiological toll that spaceflight places on the human body, and research that is currently underway to mitigate its effects. Here is her abstract:

Human spaceflight is associated with massive challenges to the body and health. While planning missions to Mars, asteroids, moons and other planets of the solar system, health and human physiology are major operational concerns for mission success. Phenomena such as space motion sickness, bone and muscle loss, space adaptation back pain, cardiovascular changes, G-measles, decompression sickness during space walks and the Apollo-15-syndrome need to be addressed to guarantee crew safety. Space Medicine is still a “final frontier” 50 years after the first men walked on the moon.

This talk will give an overview of the field of space medicine with regards to medical and physiological issues connected to human space flight. It will also give an insight into research methods used in space medicine, such as bed rest studies, human centrifugation and parabolic flights. In addition, it will explain why Shrimp Cocktail is the favourite dish on board the International Space Station.

After the 30 minute talk, there will be a cocktail reception. Welcome!

16th November 2018 at 14.15 in D101: Michael Ramsey-Musolf

Our next colloquium will be on Friday 16th November. Our speaker is an internationally renowned particle physicist, Professor Michael Ramsey-Musolf from UMass Amherst. Michael is also director of the Amherst Center for Fundamental Interactions. He is known for his advocacy for the LGBTQ community in physics. He is a co-author of the Best Practices Guide for LGBT+ Inclusivity in Physics and Astronomy, jointly developed by the lgbt+physicists and the AAS Committee for Sexual and Gender Minorities in Astronomy. In his colloquium talk this week, titled Shattering the Lavender Ceiling: A Gay Theoretical Physicist’s Perspective, he will share his own insights as well as discuss some positive actions we can take as a community. Here is his abstract:

Science advances most effectively when the scientific community embraces and supports scientists from all backgrounds and identities. In this talk, I focus on the particular challenges to full inclusion in the scientific enterprise faced by LGBTQ physicists – the “lavender ceiling”. I will share insights from my own experience as an out gay theoretical physicist and from a recent American Physical Society climate study. I will also highlight some “best practices” that a physics department may adopt to engender a more inclusive climate for sexual and gender minorities.

After the 30 minute talk, there will be a cocktail reception. Welcome!