Science Cafe Podcasts

Biomechanics

Sara A. Myers, PhD, an assistant professor in the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, and Assistant Director of the Biomechanics Research Building at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, discussed Biomechanics at the Omaha Science Café, on Aug. 12 at the Slowdown.

 
The Biomechanics Research Building’s mission is to provide a new understanding of the dynamical aspects of human movement via multidisciplinary approaches. Her research focuses on improving quality of life in individuals with various movement disorders such as older individuals and those with peripheral arterial disease. Sara has received research funding from several foundations and societies, including a prestigious predoctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Health and from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

 
Science Cafe is a free educational event sponsored by UNMC and other groups to increase the population’s science literacy. Hosted by UNMC and the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, Science Cafes are held the first Tuesday of each month in Omaha and a few times a year in Lincoln. They are open to everyone 21 and older.

For more information about Science Cafes, go to www.unmc.edu/sciencecafe.

No More Sex in the Dark : Shedding light on sexuality, anatomy, and gender

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Two of Omaha’s leading sex researchers made a return at the Omaha Science Café held on July 8, at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. They discussed bodies, sex/gender, and sexuality.

Presenters included: Sofia Jawed-Wessel, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation; and Jay A. Irwin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology, both at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

This was the third of a four-part series of Science Café presentations dealing with sexual health topics. The fourth cafe in this series will be offered to those under 21 at a different location in the fall.

Science Cafe is a free educational event sponsored by UNMC and other groups to increase the population’s science literacy. Hosted by UNMC and the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, Science Cafes are held the first Tuesday of each month in Omaha and a few times a year in Lincoln. They are open to everyone 21 and older.

For more information about Science Cafes, go to www.unmc.edu/sciencecafe.

Autism

Amanda Zangrillo, Psy.D.

Autism spectrum disorders was the topic of the Omaha Science Café on May 6 at 7 p.m. at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.

Amanda Zangrillo, Psy.D., an assistant professor and case manager for the severe behavior disorder program in the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Munroe-Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, was the featured speaker.

Dr. Zangrillo discussed functional analysis of problem behaviors, treatment and prevention of problem behavior, verbal behavior and skill acquisition in early learners with autism spectrum disorders.

She has a doctorate of psychology from the University of Southern Maine, a master of science in educational psychology from Georgia State University and a bachelor of science in human development and family life from the University of Kansas.

Better Boinking: STDs, HIV and safe sex

Omaha is home to four sex researchers, sometimes called sexologists, who form the Omaha-based Midlands Sexual Health Research Collaborative (MSHRC). The team has broad expertise in men’s and women’s sexual health, sexual literacy, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations, HIV and STDs.

Learn about STIs, HIV and safer sex at the Omaha Science Café, that was at 7 p.m. April 1 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th Street.

Presenters included: Christopher Fisher, Ph.D., director of the MSHRC and Jason Coleman, Ph.D. For more information about the Midlands Sexual Health Research Collaborative visit the website at: http://www.unmc.edu/publichealth/mshrc

This was the second in a four-part series that will be held over the year at various dates dealing with different sexual health topics.

Bipolar Disorder

Stephen P. Wengel, M.D., discussed bipolar disorder at the February 4, 2014, Omaha Science Café.

The event marked the fifth anniversary of UNMC’s Science Café.

Dr. Wengel is chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, as well as a professor in the department and a practicing geriatric psychiatrist.

Dr. Wengel is an Omaha native and UNMC graduate. He trained in the Creighton-Nebraska Psychiatry Residency Program and was the first geriatric psychiatry fellow in the state of Nebraska. He joined the UNMC faculty in 1991.

The National Institute of Mental Health calls bipolar disorder, or manic-depressive illness, a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.

Dr. Wengel discussed symptoms, treatment and coping with the disorder.