Upcoming events at Bridgewater State University in South Yarmouth

"Ask the Professor" and information sessions

Ask the Professor

Dr. Martina Arndt - Tuesday, February 28, 6-7 p.m.

Title: The Great American Eclipse of 2017

Description: On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible across a huge swath of the United States. In New England, we will only see it as a partial solar eclipse.  In this presentation, I will talk about solar eclipses, what we can learn from them, and details of the 2017 eclipse including places to go see totality and how to safely view the partial eclipse from home. Attendees will even receive their own pair of eclipse viewing glasses to take home (one per person.)

Biography: Dr. Martina Arndt grew up in Massachusetts, majored in Astronomy at Wellesley College, and earned her PhD in Physics at the University of New Hampshire. She has been teaching physics and astronomy at Bridgewater State University for nearly 17 years. She has traveled the world on 10 different eclipse expeditions as part of the Solar Wind Sherpas. She is married, has a 12 year old daughter, and lives in North Grafton, MA.


Dr. Boriana Marintcheva - Tuesday, March 21, 6-7 p.m.

Title: HIV and AIDS: Where are we Today?

Description: The lecture will provide overview on the tremendous progress science and medicine have made in understanding, treating and preventing HIV infections since the onset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The lecture will demonstrate how treatment and testing protocols have changed as a function of understanding HIV virus inner workings and its interactions with the human body. Special emphasis will be placed on parallels between our society reactions toward HIV fifty years ago and the most recent Ebola scare.

Biography: Boriana Marintcheva is a molecular virologist who joined the Biology Department of Bridgewater State University in 2008 where she teaches Virology, Cell Biology and Molecular Biology.  In addition, she is passionate about science and science promotion and has published numerous articles reporting scientific research, development of new pedagogical tools or sharing her excitement about viruses and their biology. Throughout her career Dr. Marintcheva has studied the mode of propagation of Herpes virus (University of Connecticut) and bacteriophage T7 (Harvard Medical School). Recently, she was awarded BSU Presidential fellowship to write a book, Harnessing the Power of Viruses, focusing on applications of viruses and knowledge about them to solve practical problems and develop new technology.


Dr. Sandra Faiman-Silva - Thursday, March 30, 6-7 p.m.

Title: Provincetown: Community Culture-Building in an Era of Crisis,  Sandra Faiman-Silva, Ph.D.

Description: Locals and visitors alike describe Provincetown as a mecca of acceptance across the divide of difference, where diverse constituencies--gay and straight--have learned to come together, embrace one another, and get along.  How did Provincetown, a traditionally Portuguese-dominated fishing village at the tip of Cape Cod, become so tolerant of others whose conduct they didn't embrace, and with whom they didn't always get along?  This talk will explore the history of the Cape's land's end community and what we can learn, as the United States confronts a resurgence of intolerance and even hate across social divides.  

Biography: Sandra Faiman-Silva, Ph.D. is Professor Emerita and former Chair in BSU's Department of Anthropology, where she taught for nearly thirty years.  She retired in 2015.  Her areas of expertise include gender, Native North and Latin America, folklore, ethnicity, and political economy.  She has conducted study tours to Cuba and Belize.  She is a social justice  activist in her hometown, Falmouth, and serves on the Boards of the Coalition for Social Justice and Independence House, Inc.  She enjoys her grandchildren and great-grandson, gardening, traveling, and photography.


Dr. Madhavi Venkatesan - Tuesday, April 25, 6-7 p.m.

Title: The economic rationale: Climate change to Sustainability

Description: Economics evaluates human behavior relative to wants, needs and resource allocation within a natural environment. To the extent that a human culture incorporates non-human elements in decision-making, the economic system includes an understanding of the holistic inter-dependence of all living and non-living elements of the planet. However, to the extent that economic agents do not understand the holistic impact of their consumption decisions, make decisions based on short-term optimization, seek to maximize investment returns and compress prices, remain non-participatory in government and yet rely on regulatory intervention to minimize risk, they promote an environment that is not sustainable. In this one hour seminar, Dr. Venkatesan will share how economic assumptions of human behavior have prompted anthropomorphic climate change and discuss how conscious consumption can transform economic outcomes to enable sustainability.

Biography: Madhavi Venkatesan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Bridgewater State University. Her present academic interests are specific to the integration of sustainability into the economics curriculum and she is currently pursuing scholarly interests in sustainable development. Prior to re-entering academics, Madhavi held senior level positions in investor relations for three Fortune 250 companies. In this capacity she was a principal point of contact for investors and stakeholders and was instrumental in the development of socially responsible investing strategies and corporate social responsibility reporting. Madhavi started her financial services career after completing her post-doctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. She earned a PhD, MA, and BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University, a Masters in Environmental Management from Harvard University, and a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. She is the author of Economic Principles: A Primer, A Framework for Sustainable Practices and forthcoming Foundations in Microeconomics, A Framework for Sustainable Practices and Foundations in Macroeconomics,  A Framework for Sustainable Practices. Madhavi was recently granted the Fulbright-SyCip Distinguished Lecturing Award to the Philippines where she will give lectures in the host country on sustainable economic development in the fall of 2017.

Information Sessions 

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