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Science Inquiry Lecture Series

Join MOR and the Gallatin Valley Friends of the Sciences as we explore cutting-edge science topics, their latest developments, and their relevance to society through speaker presentations followed by an engaging question and answer session. 

Wednesday, May 10 | The Exotic Stellar Graveyard with Dr. Bennett Link
All stars evolve to end up as white dwarfs, neutron stars, or black holes, each with extraordinary properties—capable of producing huge explosions and gravitational waves. Dr. Bennett Link, professor of physics at Montana State University, will discuss what these extreme objects tell us about the universe in which we live.

Sponsored by: The Gallatin Valley Friends of the Sciences

Previous Lectures:

  • Wednesday, January 18 | The Dinosaur in the Window | John Scannella, Ph.D., Interim Curator of Paleontology | Why study dinosaurs? Learn how Triceratops, T. rex, and other ancient creatures impact our understanding of the world around us. 
  • Wednesday, February 8 | Star Circle:  A Cosmic Mirror on Medicine Mountain | Ivy Merriot, Ph.D., Director of Sky Traditions | How has the Big Horn Medicine Wheel kept cosmic time over thousands of years? More accurate than atomic clocks or the calendar on our wall — the Wheel's tracking of cosmic cycles predicts our future.
  • Wednesday, March 22 | Adaptations in Owls with Denver Holt
    How well can they see at night, how well can they hear, how silently do owls fly, why are they so hard to find—and why do people admire them so much? Denver Holt, president of the Owl Research Institute, will discuss what owls can tell us about adapting to environments.  

  • Wednesday, April 19 | DNA Surgery for Curing Genetic Diseases with Dr. Blake Wiedenheft
    How can immune strategies used by bacteria to fight off viruses be employed to cure genetic diseases in humans? Dr. Blake Wiedenheft, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at MSU, and recent winner of a Presidential Early Career Award will present his research insights and their implications.