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Physics Virtual Lecture on Biomedical Applications of Nanotechnology @ Livestream:
Oct 1 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Southwestern’s Physics and Astronomy Virtual Lecture Series:
Biomedical Applications of Nanotechnology

Southwestern Oregon Community College welcomes Dr. Jason Hafner from Rice University in Houston, Texas to present at the first lecture of our 2020-21 Physics and Astronomy Virtual Lecture series. Dr. Hafner is a physics, astronomy and chemistry professor who will discuss his biomedical research on nanotechnology applications and how it may apply to early diagnosis of medical conditions and other critical applications.

The lecture will take place virtually on Thursday October 1, 2020, and will be available via Southwestern’s live stream at beginning at 6:30 pm.

Dr. Hafner will present results analyzing lipid bilayer structures using spectral analysis of Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) enhanced using gold nanorods. SERS can detect minute quantities of substances based on their molecular vibrations. It has been widely pursued as a platform for label-free biological and chemical sensing, allowing for identification of minute quantities of substances on the nanoscale.

To learn more about Dr. Hafner’s research visit his blog at

The Physics and Astronomy Lecture Series is a presentation of the Physics and Engineering department at Southwestern supported in part by the Southwestern Foundation. Media and interested community members can contact Dr. Aaron Coyner, Associate Professor of Physics at Southwestern, via phone at (541) 294-5992 or via email at [email protected] for more information.

Geology Lecture Series: How the Gold Rush and the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake enabled us to divine our seismic future @ Livestream:
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Southwestern Oregon Community College’s Geology Lecture Series has gone virtual for 2020-2021. To continue our series, on October 10, 2020 at 7 pm, Dr. Ross S. Stein will present a lecture on “How the Gold Rush and the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Enabled Us to Divine our Seismic Future.” Dr. Ross S. Stein is CEO and cofounder of Temblor, Inc., Adjunct Professor of Geophysics at Stanford University, US Geological Survey Scientist Emeritus, Past President of the Tectonophysics section of the American Geophysical Union, and 2018 International Distinguished Lecturer of the Geological Society of America.

Dr. Stein describes his lecture: “Almost everything we love about the San Francisco Bay area is brought to us by the faults. Absent the San Andreas and Hayward faults, there would be no San Francisco Bay, the only deep protected harbor on the California coast, and so the wellspring of the Gold Rush. The Hayward fault lifts up the Berkeley and Oakland Hills, with their magnificent sunset views of the Golden Gate Bridge. The San Gregorio fault makes Big Sur ‘big.’ A bend in the San Andreas fault thrusts up the Santa Cruz mountains, the spine of the peninsula, and the Marin headlands. These coastal ranges temper the climate, bathe us in fog, and crown us in Redwoods. What I want you to see is that we enjoy the fruits of the faults every day. And so, we must learn to live with their occasional spoils — as befell the San Francisco Bay area in 1868, most famously in 1906, and 1989. You will see that while we can’t predict earthquakes, we know where and why the hazard is high. And we know how to erect buildings that can withstand anything the faults can hurl at them. During this presentation, we’ll move from the discovery of gold to the discovery of what an earthquake is, and how quakes interact, illustrated with four different demos. You will leave the lecture with the means to assess your own seismic risk, to ensure the safety of your own family.”

Dr. Stein is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and Geological Society of America. Stein received the 2012 Gilbert F. White Natural Hazards Award from the American Geophysical Union, and the 2000 Eugene M. Shoemaker Distinguished Achievement Award of the US Geological Survey. In 2003, the Science Citation Index reported that Stein was the second most cited author in earthquake science during the preceding decade; he was tenth most cited during 1900-2010. Stein frequently brings insights to public media interviews and public talks, and in IMAX and Discovery Channel films. He gave a 2012 TEDx talk, ‘Defeating Earthquakes,’ which has been viewed more than 50,000 times. Stein has given the Francis Birch Lecture, Gilbert White Lecture, a Centennial Plenary Lecture, and the Frontiers of Geophysics Lecture — all keynote presentations during annual Fall Meetings of the American Geophysical Union. Stein co-founded the Global Earthquake Model (GEM Foundation) and chaired its Science Board until 2015. He is a member of the Resilient America Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Advisory Council on Catastrophes of Zurich Insurance.

Geology Lecture Series talks are free and are held virtually on the college website, For additional information, please contact Ron Metzger at 541-888-7216.