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Public Talks

The MagLab loves sharing our research with the community. Find out where our scientists will be giving public lectures, talks or workshops near you.

Upcoming Events

2020/2021 Gold Medal Award ceremony

Date: March 30, 2022
Speaker: Carlos R. Villa, K-12 education director
Description: The Tallahassee Scientific Society invites the public to the 2020/2021 Gold Medal Award ceremony honoring Dr. Susan Blessing and Mr. Carlos Villa on Wednesday, March 30, 2022. The event will be held at the Challenger Learning Center (200 S. Duval Street) starting with a reception at 6:00 p.m. followed by the awards ceremony and presentations by the honorees at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Blessing’s presentation will be “The FSU Women in Math, Science and Engineering Program” and Mr. Carlos Villa is known for Science Outreach.
Location: The Challenger Learning Center (200 S. Duval Street)
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.


Past Events

Scientist Speed Session with Laura Greene

Date: October 14, 2021
Speaker: Laura Greene, Chief Scientist, MagLab
Description: Wondering what it's like to be the Chief Scientist at the MagLab or to advise the President on science and technology policy? Come meet Dr. Laura Greene, MagLab Chief Scientist, new member of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and widely respected researcher on quantum materials and the mechanisms of unconventional superconductivity.
Find out what it's like to shape science policy across the globe, what fuels her love of physics, or even what her favorite Halloween costume was as a kid. Plus bring your own questions to this Ask Me Anything-style Scientist Speed Session.
Location: Zoom Webinar
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.


Scientist Speed Session with MagLab Director Greg Boebinger

Date: May 27, 2021
Speaker: Greg Boebinger, MagLab Director
Description: Get to know MagLab Director & new National Academy of Sciences member Dr. Greg Boebinger at this FREE virtual event! Find out what it’s like to run the world's largest and highest-powered magnet lab, if he's part of any pop-culture fandoms, or what music he listens to at the lab. Plus bring your own questions to this Ask Me Anything-style Scientist Speed Session.
Location: Zoom Webinar
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.


Fieldwork Webinar- Topics for the 2020-2021 season

Date: January 12, 2021
Speaker: Samuel C. Grant, Director of MRI Program, MagLab
Title: Stroke of Genius
Description: In just half an hour, while prepping dinner, sipping a drink, or enjoying some after-work couch time, soak up some of the latest science from the National MagLab. Watch how the lab's Sam Grant, a professor at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, pairs the world's strongest MRI machine with a novel sodium MRI technique to create new treatments for serious diseases. Featuring a live Q&A with the scientist.
Location: Zoom Webinar
Time: 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.


Date: March 10, 2020
Speaker: Samuel C. Grant, Director of MRI Program, MagLab
Title: Unlocking Migraine: The sodium connection
Description: Migraine is a disabling and recurrent neurological disorder initiated by a host of potential triggers but affecting 38 million people in the United States. Broadly, various triggers initiate migraine to differing degrees, and treatment methodologies target a variety of pathways, mostly related to pain mitigation, with varied results. The fundamental mechanism propagating migraine progression is unclear. In this presentation, we demonstrate how high field magnetic resonance imaging of sodium and localized magnetic resonance spectroscopy has been utilized to evaluate the dynamic physiological changes that follow the trigger of a migraine analog of central sensitization in a preclinical rodent model. We have identified unique energetic remodeling and sodium fluxes (intra- and extracellular) that suggest that the dysfunction of sodium regulation is implicit in migraine progression.
Location: The Challenger Learning Center , Tallahassee
Time: 6:30 p.m.
More Info: The RAZOR Lecture Series


Date: January 28, 2020
Speaker: Jeremy Owens, MagLab geochemist
Title: Biological Evolution During Major Climatic Events
Location: The Flowers Foods Executive Classroom in Smith Bonvillian Hall on Thomas University's Forbes Campus
Time: 6-6:30 p.m.: Reception with the speaker, 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Presentation
More Info: Science Café at Thomas University


Date: January 21, 2020
Speaker: Thierry Dubroca, Visiting Research Scientist, National MagLab
Title: Popcorn, Radar and Cell Phones: How Microwaves Rule the World
Description: Microwaves are a form of electromagnetic radiation. Today, microwave technology is used at the Mag Lab for chemistry and physics research, as well as a variety of everyday uses. Take a look at one of the most widespread modern technologies from a historical vantage point, from its discovery to its modern use in cell phones, radar and more.
Location: The Challenger Learning Center , Tallahassee
Time: 6:30 p.m.
More Info: The RAZOR Lecture Series


Date: November 12, 2019
Speaker: Laura Greene, Chief Scientist, National MagLab
Title: The Dark Energy of Quantum Materials
Location: Challenger Learning Center, Tallahassee
Time: 7:00 p.m.
More Info: This presentation is part of the Tallahassee Scientific Society’s Gold Medal award ceremony. Prior to the ceremony, the Society will host a reception and cash bar beginning at 6 pm.


Date: October 10, 2019
Speaker: Gregory Boebinger, Director of the MagLab
Title: Physics Department Colloquium - Exploring the Heart of Quantum Matter with Extreme Magnetic Fields
Host: Prof. Kirby Kemper
Location: 101 UPL (Richards Building)
Time: Refreshments served at 3:15pm, Lecture at 3:45pm
Abstract: In "Quantum Matter" intrinsic electronic charges and spins conspire in strange and weird ways to create new materials properties. High magnetic fields are uniquely positioned to probe the mysteries that remain at the heart of Quantum Matter, where Nature creates 1/3 fractional electric charges, "spin liquids" of fixed charges but mobile spins, and high-temperature superconductivity in which the existence of electrons as particles becomes uncertain.


Date: October 8, 2019
Speaker: Thierry Dubroca, Visiting Research Scientist, National MagLab
Title: Science Salon at Waterworks: Popcorn, Radar and Cell Phones: How Microwaves Rule the World
Location: Waterworks
Time: 7:30 p.m.
More Info: Thierry Dubroca will be discussing microwave from a historical perspective (discovery, technology development and use in modern time including scientific research using microwaves).


Date: September 24, 2019
Speaker: Gregory Boebinger, Director of the MagLab
Title: New Initiatives at the Mag Lab
Location: The Flowers Foods Executive Classroom in Smith Bonvillian Hall on Thomas University's Forbes Campus
Time: 6-6:30 p.m.: Reception with the speaker, 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Presentation
More Info: Science Café at Thomas University


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Last modified on 28 March 2022