Stimulating conversation and free refreshments on Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 pm in Schlow Centre Region Library, Downsbrough Commmunity Room.

April 4th: Digital Lifeline? Information & Communication Technologies (ITCs) for Refugees and Displaced Persons

Dr. Carleen Maitland, College of Information, Sciences & Technology

It's time to kickoff our spring semester with Dr. Carleen Maitland, as she takes a look at how cell phones and other information & communication technologies have changed the lives of refugees around the globe.

April 11th: How Corals May Survive Climate Change

Dr. Iliana Baums, Dept. of Biology

Time is running out for our coral reefs--and it's in our best interest to understand and protect these diverse ecosystems. Join Dr. Iliana Baums as she discusses the future of preserving our reefs against the rising tide of climate change.

April 18th: Disrupting Democracy: How to Redesign Online Life to Strengthen Democratic Governments

Dr. John Gastil, Dept. of Communication Arts & Sciences and Political Science

The Internet is implicated in some of the worst pathologies of modern politics. Dr. John Gastil shares his vision of an alternative internet that encourages deliberation, effective public consultation and an engaged citizenry--if we can all work together long enough to see it come to life.

April 25th: Mosquito-borne Viral Infections: A Global Problem

Dr. Sujit Kumar Pujhari, Dept. of Entomology

In a world where human travel is on the rise, they stand as the deadliest animal on the planet. Transmitting a host of human pathogens, mosquitoes, and the diseases they bring with them, have become a matter of global concern. How can we fight back against this miniscule menace? Dr. Sujit Pujhari takes a look at facing some of our tiniest foes.

May 2nd: Don't miss a special RU event, where PSU Graduate Students will discuss the latest trends in their fields!

All Research Unplugged events are free and open to the public.