Science Cafe Podcasts

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.

Sex Science Café: Meet the Local Sexperts

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.

Attendees met these “sexperts” at the December 3, 2013, Omaha Science Café, at 7 p.m.  at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. to learn more about their research, ask questions about sex and get answers based on science.

Presenters included: Christopher Fisher, Ph.D., director of the MSHRC; Sofia Jawed-Wessel, Ph.D., assistant director; and associate directors Jay Irwin, Ph.D., 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 first in a four-part series that will be held over the next year at various dates dealing with different sexual health topics.

Marie Curie: She Liked Flowers, Too

Jennifer Steinkamp, Madame Curie

Joslyn Art Museum curator Karin Campbell discussed the artwork of California digital artist Jennifer Steinkamp at the April 16, 2013, Omaha Science Café at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.

Steinkamp’s latest installation, Madame Curie, inspired by Marie Curie, is/was an enveloping panoramic work of some of the favorite flowers of the Polish physicist and chemist, who also was an avid gardener.

“After reading Curie’s biography, Steinkamp became intrigued by her love of nature,” Campbell said. “She is one of the most accomplished time-based, digital video artists working today.”

Campbell is the Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art at Joslyn, where she curated the fall 2012 exhibition Under Pressure: Contemporary Prints from the Collection of Jordan Schnitzer and His Family Foundation.

Before starting at Joslyn in June 2012, Campbell curated the 2011-2012 installment of Espai 13, an annual series at La Fundació Joan Miró, in Barcelona, Spain. Titled The End is Where We Start From, her series featured commissions by five young, female artists. From 2006-2009, Campbell served as curatorial assistant in the contemporary art department at Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, where she helped organize Life on Mars, at the 55th Carnegie International.

As a graduate student at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Campbell worked alongside artist Jon Rubin to conceive Thinking About Flying, a commissioned project featuring homing pigeons.