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Whatcom Chautauqua

  • Date: 08/01/2017 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: WCC Campus

Back by popular demand, the Whatcom Chautauqua returns August 1 with another robust day of the College’s most dynamic and inspirational faculty, speaking on subjects they love. The 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1 gathering on WCC’s campus will feature dynamic, inspirational faculty, sharing insights and the latest research on subjects they love.

The $150 registration fee includes a full day of classes, catered locavore lunch with President Kathi Hiyane-Brown, and an optional campus art tour after class. The morning begins with an entertaining presentation on WCC’s 50th anniversary, which the College is celebrating in 2017. Faculty topics include:

“The Future of Math in 3-D” by Lee Singleton. No headache-inducing 3-D glasses required! This session covers 3-D printing and how it is being used to transform the classroom. See how three-dimensional objects that students help design and create can become a “hands-on” way of learning math and inspiring future engineers. Each attendee will receive a 3-D printed souvenir.

“Why Still So Few? The ‘Woman Problem’ in STEM” by Heidi Ypma and Tran Phung. The STEM fields—science, technology, engineering and mathematics—have a woman problem: men are dominant in the tech industry, and for women, the numbers aren’t growing. Even with progressive initiatives and legislation to boost opportunities for women to enter STEM fields, women are still underrepresented in many STEM disciplines. As women in these fields, Ypma and Phung will share their experiences and some of the current research around this gender gap.

“Intensities of Silence” by Ben Kohn. All music comes from silence and goes to silence. But some forms of musical composition artfully use silence within the music itself to create intense emotions in the listener. Western classical music is rich in silences that rivet our attention, seize the heart, and speak louder than the sounds around them. The session examines the range of this “powerful nothingness” with subtle and dramatic examples from this tradition.

“Out of the Lab and Into the Real World” by Kaatje Kraft. In geology, oceanography and archeology, students have engaged in real-world problems while providing a service to their community. Through this process, they have not only learned science content and new life skills, but they’ve also faced the complex challenges that arise when science interacts with the community. This session explores student projects, examines their methods and results, and looks at the impact this “real world” science has had on students’ lives.

For more information, including how to register, contact the WCC Foundation at 360.383.3320 or foundation@whatcom.edu

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