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Lifelong Scholar Society

Thursday Night Lectures

How do you spend your Thursday nights? Stuck on the couch, watching the same old television show or surfing the web to find something new and interesting? Put down that remote and step away from the keyboard. The Lifelong Scholar Society is where you need to be!

The Thursday Night Lecture Series gives you the satisfaction of stimulating the brain without the worry of attending a college course. Every other Thursday evening, you will have the opportunity to interact with accomplished Florida Institute of Technology professors and local experts of their respective fields. Plus, you'll get to know fellow members and guests. 


Florida Tech’s Lifelong Scholar Society has moved online until it is deemed safe for us to meet in person again. We are using the online meeting website Zoom. It is super easy and you don’t have to be a computer whiz to join in the fun. You can participate via desktop, laptop, tablet, or simply listen on your phone.

Currently, there will be no charge for this pilot "members only" online version of the Lifelong Scholar Society. Join in, enjoy the lecture, and see your Lifelong friends online.

6PM | Select Thursdays | Online
Currently for Members Only (Learn how to become a member)


Upcoming 2020 Lectures


July 9

Thunderstorm Lightning of the Unusual Kind

Dr. Steven Lazarus is a Professor of Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences. Dr. Lazarus's research interests are varied and include data assimilation, electrical phenomena such as gigantic jets, surface layer meteorology, and wind/wave interactions. He has authored or co-authored 30 peer-review articles and has had two dozen proposals funded totaling a little over $2 million. Over the past decade, he has reviewed over 30 articles or proposals and has served on both NASA and NSF panels. He has also graduated eight master's students, and more recently, two Ph.D. students. He is currently supervising a Ph.D. student who is funded under a NIST grant involving the impact of wind loading on residential structures. Dr. Lazarus is a PI on a SECOORA grant involving the installation and operation of a coastal (wind and wave) radar system here in east-central Florida. Presently, he is serving as an academic member representative for the University Center for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), a consortium that includes 120 North American universities with programs in meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, atmospheric chemistry, climate science, etc.

Description: While most folks are familiar with cloud-to-ground and intercloud lighting,  there are a host of other lighting phenomena that exist that and referred to as transient luminous events (or TLEs). The subject of this talk focuses on one kind of TLE, particularly the gigantic jet, a relatively rare and spectacular form of upward propagating lightning that reaches up to the ionosphere, 100 km above the Earth’s surface. What causes a thunderstorm to send these bolts up instead of down? Why do they tend to occur more often in association with tropical disturbances? Why don’t we see more of them? Participants will experience these events as viewed from high-speed, low-light cameras and learn about their meteorology from weather balloons, satellite animations and radar observations.


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July 23

Mathematics of Human Diseases

Dr. Munevver Mine Subasi is an associate professor and Head of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Florida Tech. She earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics, Cukurova University, Adana, Turkey, and Ph.D. in Operations Research, Rutgers University, NJ, USA. Subasi’s areas of expertise include optimization under uncertainty with applications to engineering and finance and machine learning and data mining with applications to medicine. Subasi co-authored 35 scholarly publications and presented at 40+ professional conferences. At Florida Tech, she supervised eight Ph.D. and two master’s theses and 32 undergraduate research projects. Subasi served as the Principal Investigator of breast cancer research project funded by the Community Foundation of Brevard’s Kenneth R. Finken and Dorothy Hallam Finken Endowment Fund and co-Principal Investigator of Research at the Intersection of Biology and Mathematics Program funded by National Science Foundation.

Description: As natural phenomena are being probed and mapped in ever-greater detail, life scientists are facing an exponentially growing volume of increasingly complex structured data. A fundamental challenge is to extract, analyze, and interpret knowledge from those large-scale datasets effectively and efficiently. To address this challenge, the traditional statistical methods are complemented by sophisticated machine learning techniques and computational tools. In this talk, we present how machine learning can be used to identify clinical and genomic risk factors associated with human diseases, including chronic kidney disease, melanoma, and COVID-19.


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