Wayzata Public Schools

Young Scientist Roundtable

Learn about exciting ideas and developments presented by professors and prominent experts.

All programs are always free and no registration is required. The main presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. and is generally followed by a "Roundtable Part 2" where students can participate in an in-depth discussion and question/answer session with the speaker.

Contact

Charlene Barghini
Volunteer Coordinator
763-745-5045
Charlene.Barghini@wayzataschools.org

Colleen Wier
Volunteer Coordinator Paraprofessional
763-745-5058
Colleen.Wier@wayzataschools.org

2017-2018 Young Scientist Roundtable Events

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – October 2, 2017

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a nerve compression syndrome caused by increased pressure to the median nerve at the wrist. Basically, the median nerve becomes pinched at the wrist. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the most common nerve compression in the upper extremity. As a hand and upper extremity specialist, Dr. Mark Wilczynski, MD, Orthopedic Surgery/Hand Specialist at TRIA Orthopaedic Center, understands how disorders of the hand and upper extremity affect those of all ages and negatively impact their quality of life.

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Roving Mars Spirit, Opportunity and the Exploration of the Red Planet - November 2, 2017

In January of 2004, a team of 4,000 engineers and scientists developed twin robotic explorers named Spirit and Opportunity that landed on Mars. Their mission has lasted more than 13 years. Its objective is to search for evidence of past water and to determine if Mars ever had conditions that would have been suitable for life. Spirit and Opportunity both found strong evidence for long-ago water on Mars. Spirit’s mission ended after six years; Opportunity is still exploring the Martian surface.

Dr. Squyres will provide an up-to-date summary of the missions of Spirit and Opportunity, from their initial conception through their development, launch, landing and operations on the surface of Mars.

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The Art and Technology of Caramel Color - November 14, 2017

Caramel color is one of the world’s oldest and most widely used color additives. Primarily through cooking sugar, a myriad of brown shades are obtained. While the concept of caramel color is fairly simple, there are a lot of complex reactions going on. Unfortunately, the reactions are poorly understood and outcomes are measured indirectly. The manufacturing of caramel color is still an art form even with a variety of science available. The presentation will look at how caramel color is made, what caramel is used in, what goes into designing a new product and what are the current challenges caramel manufacturers face.

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Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs - December 4, 2017

Unlike natural disasters, infectious disease has the terrifying power to disrupt everyday life on a global scale, overwhelming public and private resources and bringing trade and transportation to a grinding halt.

Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, internationally recognized expert in infectious disease epidemiology, explores in detail the resources and programs we need to develop if we are to keep ourselves safer from infectious disease.

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An Orthopedic Surgeon is a ‘Carpenter’ – January 9, 2018

Learn about orthopedic surgery and sports-related injuries.

Allan F. Hunt, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine with a focus in arthroscopic shoulder reconstruction, shoulder instability, rotator cuff repair, total joints and cartilage resurfacing. Working with patients of all ages, Dr. Hunt’s areas of expertise include arthroscopic shoulder and knee reconstruction and adult shoulder, knee, and hip reconstruction.

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Loss of Vision Resulting from a Retinal Disease – February 5, 2018

Our ability to see depends on many specialized parts of the eye working together to produce a visual image. Some older adults experience a loss of vision or even blindness when one or more of these specialized parts stops working. Dr. Ferrington is studying a retinal disease known as age-related macular degeneration, the number one cause of blindness in older adults.

Dr. Deborah Ferrington, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Ferrington has been at the University of Minnesota since 1999, where her research is focused on discovering the cause of and finding treatments for age-related macular degeneration.

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Nourishing Health - Trust Your Gut – April 16, 2018

Joanne L. Slavin, PhD, RD
University of Minnesota Department of Food Science and Nutrition

Our health is dependent on the microbiota, the diverse and desirable organisms that live in our gut. Interest in modifying the gut microbiota has taken on new signi cance because nutrition research has established that changes in the gut microbiota are linked to obesity and other diseases. Dietary interventions do increase gut microbiome diversity; the examples include dietary ber, probiotics and prebiotics. Drugs like antibiotics impact microbiota and make re- establishment of the good bacteria necessary.

Joanne L. Slavin, Ph.D., RD, is a professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota and teaches Advanced Human Nutrition. She has authored more than 300 scientific articles on dietary fiber, carbohydrates, whole grains, protein, snacking and the role of diet in disease prevention. Her 350+ worldwide presentations are a testimony that Dr. Slavin is a premium nutritionist on a global basis.

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