California State University, Fullerton

News Categories

Titantic Explorer Robert Ballard Speaks at CSUF

Student Research, Faculty Lectures Highlight Science and Math Symposium

March 12, 2013


Robert D. Ballard, leader of the team that discovered the Titantic and other contemporary and ancient shipwrecks around the world, is among keynote speakers at the March 20-21 College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics’ Inter-Club Council “Explorations in Math and Science” symposium at Cal State Fullerton. The event is open to the public and held in conjunction with CSUF’s Research Week March 18-22.


Wednesday, March 20 – Thursday, March 21
Titan Student Union’s Portola Pavilion
Cal State Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831


March 20

  • Noon-1 p.m. Aravindhan Vivekanandhan will present “Extended Hygiene Hypothesis: From Allergies to Autoimmunity to Metabolic Diseases — How Far Can We Extend?” Vivekanandhan, who leads the molecular immunology lab at Anna University in Chennai, India, will talk about parasites within the human body and the effects they have on the body.
  • 5-6 p.m. Robert D. Ballard will discuss "Deep Sea Explorations," focusing on his research on the Titanic, general deep-sea exploration and the use of telepresence technology. A book signing will follow his presentation. Ballard is president of the Institute for Exploration, scientist emeritus from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and director of the Center for Ocean Exploration at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography.  

March 21

  • 5-6 p.m. Timothy Chartier will present “Putting a Spring in Yoda’s Step.” The associate professor of mathematics at Davidson College, North Carolina, will present the mathematics behind movie special effects and how math was used to digitally create Yoda in “Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones” and the subsequent episodes.


The symposium allows students, who have received NSM Inter-Club Council funding to present their research, said geology major Natalie Hollis, organization chair.
“Overall, it’s an opportunity for students to practice their presentation skills, especially before attending a conference of larger significance in their field,” said Hollis. “This experience allows students to have their work evaluated and questioned on an intellectual level by our guest judges who are knowledgeable in the STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] fields.”


Student Poster Research Presentations
March 21, noon-3 p.m. 

CSUF Faculty Lectures 
March 21

  • 11-11:30 a.m. Michael Loverude, professor of physics and director of the Catalyst Center, “An Introduction to Research on the Teaching and Learning of Physics”
  • 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Alison Miyamoto, assistant professor of biological science, “Regulating Protein Activity on a Knife Edge: the Example of MAGP-2 Proteolysis”
  • 3-3:30 p.m. Michael D. Bridges, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, “The Intrinsically Disordered Protein Stathmin as Studied Using Physical Chemistry Techniques: Microwaves and Electrons and Biochemistry, Oh My!”
  • 3:30-4 p.m. Jere H. Lipps, director of the John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center, “Sea Level Rise in Orange County (and the World, of course)”
  • 4-4:30 p.m. Patrick M. Kimani, assistant professor of mathematics, “Crocheting in Mathematics Education” 


The symposium’s full schedule is posted online:


$2 per hour or $8 for a daily permit Monday through Friday. Details are available online.

Media Contact:               

Debra Cano Ramos, 657-278-4027,

Tags:  Academics & ResearchCampus UpdatesCommunityEvents