STEM Café: Musical Bow Research and Creative Artistry in Africa and Brazil
At this festive STEM Café, we’ll hear and learn about the berimbau, a musical bow or single-stringed percussion instrument, from Brazil. Percussionist, composer, teacher and researcher Gregory Beyer will share his knowledge of musical bows from Africa and Brazil, the mathematics behind tuning and the incredible possibilities for creative composition. We’ll also have a chance to play the instruments and experience the joy of learning something new.
Speaker: Gregory Beyer, Professor and Head of Percussion Studies, NIU School of Music
STEM Café: Measles Epidemics and Immunizations
Measles was declared eradicated in 2000, but measles outbreaks are now at a new high, with more than 1,100 confirmed cases in the United States in the first half of 2019. What are the immunization facts and current situation? What has happened to those who have not been vaccinated, and why should we care?
Speaker: Cindy Graves, DeKalb County Health Department
STEM Café: Nuclear Waste – A Dangerous Problem or a Valuable Resource?
What is nuclear waste, and how is it handled and stored? Find out how the United States stores used nuclear fuels, how nuclear fuel is successfully recycled in other countries and how new research is helping us develop options for reuse of this valuable resource.
Speaker: Melissa Rose, Nuclear Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory
STEM Café: Combatting the Opioid Epidemic – One Year Later
Experts in DeKalb County continue to collaborate to reduce opioid usage and address related issues. Find out what progress is being made toward eliminating this crisis. Interested audience members will have a chance to be trained in the use of Narcan to prevent death related to overdose. Narcan will be provided to anyone who attends the training.
Cindy Graves, DeKalb County Health Department
Rick Amato, DeKalb County State’s Attorney
Joe Przybyla, NIU Police Commander and Paramedic
Laura Meyer-Junco, UIC College of Pharmacy
Representatives from the DeKalb Police Department
This event is free and open to the public. Food and drink will be available for purchase.