Thursday, Feb. 12, 4:00, Workman 101
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A Joint Seminar Sponsored by Earth and Environmental Science, Physics, Biology, and the
Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources.
Dr. Jonathan Wolfe, Executive Director of the Fractal Foundation.
"Fractals and the Evolving Patterns of Nature"
Fractals are infinitely complex, self-similar patterns. They are also often extraordinarily
beautiful and intriguing. A natural fractal pattern tells the story of the repetitive
processes that formed it, explaining how complex structures emerge from simple actions.
Learn about this exciting new realm in an engaging interdisciplinary presentation that
explores the evolving fractal patterns in nature, seen at scales from the microscopic to
Jonathan Wolfe, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Fractal Foundation, a New Mexico
nonprofit that uses the beauty of fractals to inspire interest in science, math and art.
With a scientific background in visual neurophysiology, and an international reputation
as the artist behind the flying fractal hot air balloons, Dr. Wolfe is ideally situated
to promote both the beauty and the intellectual impact of fractals. Since 2003, he has
taught over 21,000 children and 10,000 adults about fractals, and he is the creator of
the extremely popular First Friday Fractals show at the New Mexico Museum of Natural
History and Science.
Tentative Schedule: Friday, Feb. 13, 12:00-5:00, Workman 101
12:00-1:00. Birthday Celebration. Come and eat cake!
Sponsored by the New Mexico
Coalition for Excellence in Science Education.
1:00-1:30. Rebecca Reiss, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, NMT. "Evolution, Eugenics,
and Epigenetics: Why its Good to be a Mutt."
1:30-2:00 David Johnson, Ph.D., Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, NMT. "Assaults
on Science Education, the Year in Review."
2:00-3:00 Eileen Ryan, Ph.D., Project Scientist and Manager at the Magdalena Ridge Observatory.
"Asteroids: Their Impact on Evolution."
3:00-3:30 David Thomas, M.S., IRIS-PASSCAL. "The Age of the Earth."
3:30-4:00 Donald Wolberg, Ph.D., NMT. "Darwin and Mendel: An historical view."
4:00-4:30 Jesse Johnson, Vice-President, Coalition for Excellence in Science Education.
"CESE and Science Education: A Student Activist's Perspective."
4:30-5:00 Open Discussion.