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Science Salon & Humanities Hour - Lectures at Lunch for Staff

There is remarkable research and scholarship that surrounds us every day at Northwestern University. Weinberg College staff members host an ongoing series of faculty talks given especially for staff where there is plenty of opportunities to ask questions, discuss, and learn about what the scholars we work with do, and the new knowledge they create.

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2020-2021 Science Salon & Humanities Hour Schedule
Faculty Department or Field Date  Room Title of Talk

Mary Weismantel




Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Noon – 1:00 PM

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Foods of the Americas: Natives and Newcomers

Every time we munch a bowl of popcorn, order some French fries, or drink some bubble tea, we are eating history: every ingredient and every recipe has a story to tell about Native Americans and immigrants, farmers and cooks, innovations and traditions. This talk traces the surprising histories of some favorite American foods.


Michelle Driscoll



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Complex fluids: a liquid, a solid, and everything in-between

Complex fluids are all around us - toothpaste, peanut butter, makeup, and shaving cream are all common examples. These materials are called 'complex fluids' because they can behave both like solids or like liquids, depending on what kind of forces are applied to them.  My work involves subjecting these materials to extremely high forces and using high-speed photography to look at the results. I will show that this leads to these materials breaking apart, flopping around, and in general behaving in beautiful and surprising ways.

Molly Schnell

Molly  Schnell



Friday, March 19, 2021

Noon – 1:00 PM



The lasting impacts of school shootings.

While over 240,000 American students experienced a school shooting in the last two decades, little is known about the impacts of these events on surviving youth. In this talk, I will discuss my recent work on the persistent effects of school shootings on students' well-being and economic trajectories. 

mcadams,-dan-168x210.gifDan P. McAdams


Thursday, August 19, 2021

Noon - 1:00 PM


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The Story of Your Life

People make sense of their lives through stories. I will describe my research program into the function and structure of life stories, with special emphasis on redemptive narratives, in which the protagonist overcomes adversity to achieve an enhanced state or status in life. Redemptive life narratives are associated with psychological well-being and a positive engagement with the world. I will also briefly consider a strange case of an especially prominent person who never formulated a story for his life, and the broad ramifications of that particular psychological oddity.

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For information contact: Nancy Hickey

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