Math and Science

Target Audience Codes: 

GS - Grade Schools
HS - High Schools
AG - Adult Groups

MON/RAND - Speaker will travel to Monroe/Randolph Counties  


Amazonia: The Neotropical Rain Forest

Ecology of plants and wildlife of Amazonia's major ecosystems will be addressed.

Leo Welch, Retired Faculty

Target Audiences:  HS, AG 

MON/RAND

Amphibians and Reptiles of Southwestern Illinois

This informative presentation will introduce your group to the frogs, toads, salamanders, lizards, snakes and turtles that are native to southwestern Illinois.  PowerPoint slides of amphibians and reptiles from the area will be presented.

Bob Weck, Faculty, Biology

Target Audiences:  GS, HS, AG 

MON/RAND

Botswana: Africa's Last Eden

Ecology of plants and wildlife of Botswana's major ecosystems will be addressed.

Leo Welch, Retired Faculty

Target Audiences:  HS, AG 

MON/RAND

Brown Pelican Restoration in Louisiana

A decades long story about the ecological mystery behind the disappearance of brown pelicans in Louisiana, their restoration, and their subsequent decline again due to habitat loss.

Kyle Donaldson, Assistant Professor

Target Audiences:  HS, AG 

Costa Rica: A Biological Crossroad

This session features an in-depth look at Costa Rica's biological life and environment.

Leo Welch, Retired Faculty

Target Audiences:  HS, AG 

MON/RAND

Darwin's Islands: The Galapagos

Ecology of plants and wildlife of the Galapagos Islands' major ecosystems will be addressed.

Leo Welch, Retired Faculty

Target Audiences:  HS, AG 

MON/RAND

Hurricanes, New Orleans and Katrina

Hurricane formation, mechanics in gulf, mechanics in New Orleans scenario, importance of defending New Orleans for ports and energy, “Venice” scenario.  This presentation would be well-suited as a follow-up to the Wetlands Loss and Preservation in Louisiana presentation.

Kyle Donaldson, Assistant Professor

Target Audiences:  HS, AG 

Lengths Mod Fibos

The Fibonacci Sequence is about 800 years old.  You let the first two numbers be 0 and 1.  To get the next number in the sequence, just add the previous two numbers.  This sequence is: 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21 and it continues forever.  If one picks a modulus over which to perform the addition, the sequence will repeat itself, somewhat like a repeating fraction.  We call the number of numbers it takes to repeat the "Length of the Fibo-Mod Sequence."  If the modulus is a prime number, the lengths have an interesting relationship to the modulus.  This also occurs when the modulus is a power of a prime.

Chris Niemann, retired

Target Audience:  HS

Mona Island: The Galapagos of the Caribbean

This session provides an overview of Mona Island: environment, habitat and a character similar to Galapagos.

Leo Welch, Retired Faculty

Target Audiences:  HS, AG 

MON/RAND

Natural History of Stemler Cave

This is an introduction to the biology, geology and history of Stemler Cave Nature Preserve.  Stemler Cave is one of the most interesting natural features in St. Clair County and is home to rare and threatened species.  Power Point slides of organisms and cave features will be presented.

Bob Weck, Faculty, Biology

Target Audiences:  GS (6-8th), HS, AG 

MON/RAND

Space Travel

How is space flight different than flying in an airplane?  Discover the challenges astronauts face once they blast off. (Can be combined with The Solar System.)

Tami Hughes, Assistant Professor

Target Audiences:  GS 

MON/RAND

The Flight of the Phoenix

Any irrational can be approximated by fractions.  This presenter has created a function, titled "Phoenix Pi," which will deliver pi = C/D with virtually unlimited accuracy.  For example, it zeros in on two fractions (one on its left and one to its right) that are accurate for pi to more than 11,000 decimal places in less than five minutes, using Mathematica 7.

Chris Niemann, Retired Faculty

Target Audiences:  HS 

The Maya: People of the Corn

This is a presentation on the Maya of MesoAmerica. It includes Maya ruins found in Guatemala, Belize, and the Mexican states of Yucatan, Quintana Roo, and Chiapas. The culture, contemporary and historical, and ecology of this civilization will be considered.

Leo Welch, Retired Faculty

Target Audiences:  HS, AG 

MON/RAND

The Shrinking Aral Sea: Development and Disaster in Central Asia

This visual presentation examines the causes, consequences, and catch-22s of one of the world's worst environmental disasters. Designed to illustrate the importance of understanding interaction between physical and human geographies.

Jeff Arnold, Faculty

Target Audiences:  HS, AG  

The Solar System

Explore characteristics of the planets in our solar system and find out about the figure from mythology associated with each planet. (Can be combined with Space Travel.)

Tami Hughes, Assistant Professor

Target Audiences:  GS  

MON/RAND

The Teaching of Evolution-Creationism: The Legal Landscape

This discussion will focus on issues significant to court cases involving attempts to teach creationism in public schools.

Leo Welch, Retired Faculty

Target Audiences:  HS, AG 

MON/RAND

Wetlands Loss and Preservation in Louisiana

History of land loss problem, importance of wetlands to area and U.S., restoration efforts, radical proposals under consideration.

Kyle Donaldson, Assistant Professor

Target Audiences:   HS, AG