Cornell College Events

Thursday, May 24th

Time Event Title
9:00 amCampus Currents meeting Thomas Commons
11:10 amSIG Lecture West Science
Derin Sherman, associate professor of physics, will speak on "Science through Film and Fiction: A Science Writing/FYS Course." The course PHY 125 Science through Film and Fiction uses fiction to teach science. Students in the course explore the scientific method using virtual worlds: they perform a wide array of scientific experiments, build and refine theoretical models, make detailed measurements, and test hypotheses. Their "virtual lab work" is complemented by the work done by characters in Greg Egan's novel "Permutation City." In the novel, the characters design and debate the scientific laws that will be used to create a complete virtual world where "copies" of humans will live their lives. Egan's characters also explore some of the more abstract ideas in physics, including the multiverse theory. The novel gives the scientific ideas both context and meaning which enables fruitful classroom discussion. Through their reading, writing, and virtual lab work assignments, students learn that science is a creative process used to construct and refine theoretical models that approximate reality.
3:00 pm-4:30 pmCareer Engagement Center End of the Year Celebration and Ice Cream Social
It's been a fun and exciting year in the Career Engagement Center! CEC ran dozens of programs, interacted with hundreds of students, and traveled thousands of miles meeting with alumni and employers, spreading the word about the talented Cornell student population. Now it's time to celebrate the end of the year, as well as many of the successes of students. Visit CEC for an open house to learn more about their programs and enjoy a cool ice cream snack!
7:00 pm-9:30 pmMeet President Brand Des Moines
Alumni and Friends event held in Des Moines with President Brand.

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