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Saul Krasner Memorial Science Lecture Series
The Saul Krasner Memorial Science Lecture Series features prominent speakers in physics, marine biology, chemistry, and the general sciences four to five times per semester. Seminars are intended for a diverse audience. The series is generously sponsored by the Robert T. Alexander Trust. For more information, contact LT James Toomey.

Previous Seminar Speakers 

April 18, 2017 – Dr. Melanie Fewings, University of Connecticut – Avery Point
Title Forthcoming

March 14, 2017 – Dr. Jason Dahl, U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Title Forthcoming

February 28, 2017 – Dr. Penny Vlahos, University of Connecticut – Avery Point
Title Forthcoming

February 23, 2017 – LCDR Kyle Young, U.S. Coast Guard Academy
“Catching Water in the West: An Analysis of Runoff Availability for Groundwater Recharge in Coastal California”

February 06, 2017 – Dr. Joshua Gray, U.S. Coast Guard Academy
“Chemical Weapons from WWI to the Present”  

November 17, 2016 – Dr. Daniel Prober, Yale University
“Global Climate and Energy Models: Energy and Carbon Use”

October 6, 2016 – Dr. Matthew Enjalran, Southern Connecticut State University
“Frustrated? Magnetic Systems Can Empathize”

September 15, 2016 – Dr. David Harris, US Coast Guard Academy
“A Simulation of Black Hole Spatial Distribution in the Milky Way”

April 14, 2016 – Dr. David Conlin, National Park Service
Ticking Time Bombs and a Marine Eco-Pocalypse: Legacy Shipwrecks from WWII and the Oil Threat from USS Arizona”

March 24, 2016 – Dr. David Lund, University of Connecticut
“Sea Level Influence of Mid-Ocean Ridge Magmatism: A Climate Thermostat for the Ice Ages”

February 04, 2016 – Dr. Mindy Levine, University of Rhode Island
“Non-Covalent Interactions for Toxicant Detection and Oil Remediation”

January 21, 2016 – Dr. Jimmie Oxley, University of Rhode Island
“Energetic Material Research at URI”

December 03, 2015 – Dr. Maria Aristizábal Vargas, U.S. Coast Guard Academy
“The Influence of Tides and Winds on Salinity and Temperature Fluctuations in Coastal Systems”

November 12, 2015 – Dr. Daniel Prober, Yale University
“Global Climate and Energy Models”

October 08, 2015 – Dr. David Harris, U.S. Coast Guard Academy
“Using Spectroscopy to Understand How Matter Falls into Supermassive Black Holes”

April 23, 2015  Dr. Alicia Timme-Laragy, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
“Understanding the Oxidative Stress Response During Embryonic Development”

April 16, 2015  Dr. Hugh Roarty, Rutgers University
“The Use of Ocean Surface Currents for Coast Guard Search and Rescue”

April 15, 2015 – Mr. Chris Stoafer, Columbia University
“High Beta Tokamak - Extended Pulse Experiment”

March 19, 2015 – Dr. Royce James, U.S. Coast Guard Academy
“The Fight for Fusion Power; A Path to Full-time Green Energy”  

December 01, 2014 – LT James E Toomey IV, U.S. Coast Guard Academy
“Radio Astronomy: Observing the Center of the Milky Way”

November 13, 2014 – Dr. Daniel Prober, Yale University
“Global Climate and Energy Modeling”

October 06, 2014 – LT Christopher Verlinden, U.S. Coast Guard Academy
“Applications of Sources of Opportunity in Passive Ocean Acoustics”

March 27, 2014 – Dr. Mohamed Diagne, Connecticut College
“Optogenetics-Based Techniques for Neural Studies/Free-Space Optical Communication”

March 19, 2014 – Ms. Caitlyn Raines, Esri
“Marine Geographic Information Systems”

December 3, 2013 – Ms. Judi Connelly, et al., USCG RDC
““OREOS” - Optimizing RADAR and electro-optic sensors”

November 18, 2013 – Dr. Daniel Prober, Yale University
“Ultrasmall and Untrasensitive Carbon Nanostructures –Nanotubes and Graphene”

October 9, 2013 – Dr. Justin Hall, Pfizer
“The First Principles of Macromolecular Assembly in Protein Systems”

April 23, 2013 – LT Paul Blodgett, USN
“STEM Education in Leadership and Decision Making”

April 11, 2013 – CDR Kenneth Boda, USCG
“Science and Your Coast Guard Career”

March 04, 2013 – LCDR Michele Fitzpatrick (ret.), USCG
“Nuclear Detection Using Seismology”

September 17, 2012  Dr. Ned Heindel, Lehigh University
"Tonics, Tintures, and Patent Medicines Before the Food and Drug Act"

November 14, 2011  Dr. Daniel Prober, Yale University
"Microwave Studies of Superconducting Detectors and Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes"

October 24, 2011  Dr. Chinh Bui, Flight Safety Manager, Hamilton Sundstrand Space System International
"Safety Engineering Management"

September 29, 2011  Dr. Larissa Williams, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
"The New Bedford Harbor Superfund Site: Politics, Pollution, Adaptation"

April 12, 2011 – Dr. Richard Easther, Yale University 

March 29, 2011 – Dr. Amanda Durante, City of New Haven/Yale University 

March 15, 2011 – Dr. Jorg-Micha Jahn, Southwest Research Institute/University of Texas San Antonio
"Space Weather in Earth's Magnetosphere: How "Vacuum" Can Be Stormy"

March 15, 2011 – Dr. Blair Tuttle, Penn State University
"Hydrogen in Materials Science: From Basic Ideas to Advanced Technology to Undergraduate Research"

March 14, 2011 – Dr. Eric Page, University of San Diego
"Infused Photonic Crystal Fibers: Using light to Investigate Cancer-Linked Proteins"

March 3, 2011 – Dr. James McDonald, University of Hartford
"Helium Implanted Targets for Nuclear Accelerators"

March 2, 2011 – Dr. Roberto Ramos, Drexel University
"100 Years of Superconductivity: From Zero Resistance to Giant, Artificial Atoms"

March 1, 2011 – Dr. Michael Mauel, Columbia University
"Bringing the Stars to Earth: The Path to Fusion Power"

October 27, 2010 – CAPT Michael Alfultis (Ret), University of Connecticut at Avery Point
"Oceanographic Implications of the Sea of Okhotsk Ice Cover"

October 8, 2010 – LT Christopher Roettgen, United States Navy
"Navigating a U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine"

October 7, 2010 – Dr. Joe Vinson, University of Scranton
"Chocolate: Is it Really Good For You?"

April 21, 2010 – Dr. Jed Goldstone, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
"The Chemical Defensome: Sensing and Responding to Pollution in Marine Animals"

April 15, 2010 – Prof. Ronald L. Mallet, University of Connecticut
"Time Travel: Possibility and Promise"

April 7, 2010 – Dr. Steve Spengler, Pacific Hydrogeologic
"Mycoremediation: Use of Fungi to Restore Contaminated Environments"

March 17, 2010David Mouer
"Taming High Temperature Matter for Fusion Energy Production"

November 18, 2009 – Dr. Joanna Levine, Mount Holyoke College
"Seeing Into the Dark: An Infrared View of Star Formation in Orion and Beyond"

October 20, 2009 – Phil Grossweiler, M.S., M&H Energy Services of Houston, Texas
"Evolving U.S. Policies on Energy and Climate Change"

October 8, 2009 – Dr. Charles Keeton, Rutgers University
"A Ray of Light in a Sea of Dark Matter"

September 15, 2009 – Tony Del Genio, Ph.D., National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA)
"Weather Forecast for Saturn and Titan: Hazy, Windy, and Chance of Storms"