Explore cutting edge science topics, their latest developments, and their relevance to society through speaker presentations followed by question-and-answer period with the audience.


The Winter/Spring 2022 Science Inquiry Series

Join us for the 2022 Winter/Spring Science Inquiry Series beginning January 12.  Given current uncertainties with the COVID-19 pandemic and other circumstances, the Series will be conducted virtually, via Zoom.

Our exciting and varied line-up of speakers will include Dr. Yves Idzerda, Dean of the MSU College of Letters & Science, on quantum information technology and setting up a “quantum foundry” at MSU . . . Dr. Erika Espinosa-Ortiz, MSU Assistant Research Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering, on creating sustainable alternatives to concrete using microorganisms . . . Plains archaeologist Bonnie Lawrence-Smith on the connections between Bighorn Basin indigenous rock art and golden eagles . . . Dr. Alexandra Adams, Director & Principal Investigator for MSU’s Center for American Indian and Rural health Equity, on the effect of climate change on human health . . . and Dr. John Marzluff, Ridgeway Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington, on the interactions of ravens with wolves and humans in the Greater Yellowstone region.

Check “Upcoming Presentations” for details. We hope to see you with us online in 2022.


Science Inquiry Series Explores Quantum Technology Applications

How does quantum mechanics work, and how can it be applied to practical, everyday use?  Dr. Yves Idzerda, MSU Professor of Physics and Dean of the College of Letters and Science, will address these questions in the first presentation of the Winter/Spring 2022 Science Inquiry Series.

The talk will be presented online via Zoom on Wednesday, January 12, at 7 pm.  It’s sponsored by the Gallatin Valley Friends of the Sciences, and co-sponsored by the non-profit community service organization Hopa Mountain and the Museum of the Rockies.

The series explores cutting edge science topics, their latest developments, and their relevance to society through speaker presentations followed by questions from the audience.  The talks are free to the public.

Courtesy Y. Idzerda

In his presentation, titled “Quantum Materials and the MonArk Quantum Foundry,” Idzerda will discuss the latest advances in quantum technology and how MSU’s NSF-funded quantum “foundry” will research and develop quantum materials and devices that will connect science and industry.

Dr. Idzerda holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Maryland with an additional degree in electrical engineering.  He has served as MSU Physics Department Chair, President of the National User Facility Organization representing researchers at scientific facilities, General Chair for the Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.  Among his awards are the Wiley and Dean’s Awards for Meritorious Research, and he is widely published in professional Journals.

The Zoom presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer period via the Zoom chat function; the event will last approximately an hour.

To join the Zoom session on the evening of the talk, click the Zoom link below:

Science Inquiry Series Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 821 0939 0204
Passcode: 419126

+1 346 248 7799 US
+1 669 900 6833 US

Note: If you have not used Zoom before, you will need to download the Zoom application.  If you cannot or do not wish to connect via your computer, you can connect using one of the telephone numbers above and enter the meeting ID and passcode to listen in.


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January’s Featured Article:

From Vox:
Eleven Epic Mysteries Scientists Totally Can’t Solve

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