Missouri S&T's virtual Speakers Series brings together knowledge experts from academia and industry to discuss a wide range of topics of interest to busy professionals — from cutting-edge research, leading during uncertain times, health and well-being, and more. The Spring 2021 series will include talks on learning all about epidemics, the dark side of technology, the ABCs of getting your Zzzzz, and leadership techniques that hold up outside the halls of higher education. 

Each talk is approximately 30 minutes in length and includes a Q&A. All talks are open to the public. 

The Speakers Series is hosted by Missouri S&T's Office of Global Learning, in collaboration with S&T's Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate StudiesStudent Diversity Initiatives, the College of Arts, Sciences and Business, Research on Tap, and the College of Engineering and Computing, and is part of S&T's 150th Anniversary

Through the Office of Global Learning, Missouri S&T extends education and training opportunities beyond the classroom. Offering 19 distance graduate degree programs, more than 60 graduate certificates, and numerous online medallions, Missouri S&T provides an education that fits.

Spring 2021 Speakers

Dr. Fiona Nah 

Dr. Fiona Fui-Hoon Nah
Professor
Business and Information Technology
Missouri University of Science and Technology

About Your Speaker

 

Shining Light on the Dark Side of Technology

April 21, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. (CDT)

ZOOM LINK

Technology touches almost every aspect of our lives, but did you know there was a bright and a dark side of technology? Join Dr. Fiona Nah and explore the light and dark sides of technology, learning how to improve the quality of your life through maximizing the light side and minimizing the dark side. Learn how design principles impact both sides of technology and how to better mitigate the down side of technology.

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Speaker Series Flyer April 21 (pdf)

Chancellor Mo Dehghani

Dr. Mohammad (Mo) Dehghani
Chancellor
Missouri University of Science and Technology

About Your Speaker

Leading in Uncertain Times: Lessons from COVID-19

May 5, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. (CDT)

Zoom Link

Learn how Dr. Mohammad (Mo) Dehghani navigated the impact of COVID-19 on higher education at Missouri S&T. Through strategic coordination, logistical planning, communications and leadership, S&T was able to proactively manage the pandemic challenges and these principles can apply to other uncertain situations. 

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Speaker Series Flyer May 5 (pdf)

Previous Speakers

View on-demand video of the Fall 2020 Speakers Series. The series included talks on life during the pandemic, entrepreneurship, diversity and inclusion and highlighted the kick-off of S&T's 150th anniversary.

Check out Fall 2020 Speakers

 

Dr. Dave Westenberg

Dr. David Westenberg
Professor of Biological Sciences
Missouri University of Science and Technology

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Epidemics in a Connected World

January 27, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. (CST)

Archived Video

Do you ever wonder where new infectious diseases originate, how they spread, and how you can protect yourself and others? Dr. Dave Westenberg explores the concept of One Health, which addresses the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment when addressing global health. This will be an interactive and engaging presentation that peeks into society response to global diseases – past, present and future.

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Speaker Series Flyer Jan 27 (pdf)

Dr. Matthew Thimgan

Dr. Matthew Thimgan
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Missouri University of Science and Technology

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The ABCs of Zzzzz - The Importance of Sleep

March 17, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. (CDT)

Archived Video

Along with diet and exercise, sleep is a critical pillar of health.  Americans are getting less sleep due to work, technology, and increasing rates of sleep disorders.  Dr. Thimgan will talk about how sleep has changed over the last century, the impacts of sleep deprivation on cognitive performance and personal health, and sleep disorders that can disrupt sleep, as well as strategies that might improve one’s sleep.

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Speaker Series Flyer March 17 (pdf) 

Bernie Frazier

Bernie Frazier
Founder and President
CAREERCompass, LLC

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COVID-Proof Your Career in 2021

March 31, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. (CDT)

Archived Video

The 2020 economic fallout from COVID-19 does not have to derail your 2021 career goals. Learn strategic tips on how to make your resume stand out from the crowd, how to master the virtual interview, and how to negotiate to earn more with your next job offer.

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Speaker Series Flyer March 31 (pdf)

Dr. Grace Yan 

Dr. Grace Yan
Associate Professor
Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology

About Your Speaker

 

Live in Harmony with Natural Disasters

April 7, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. (CDT)

Archived Video

2020 was a disastrous year, by anyone’s standards. Hurricanes, tornados, wildfires and even the COVID-19 pandemic. What can we expect from climate changes in the future? Are you prepared for an unexpected natural disaster? Is your city prepared? Dr. Grace Yan examines the current trends, what they mean to individuals, as well as to our planet. Learn how to contribute to community preparedness and what you can do to live more harmoniously with nature.

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Speaker Series Flyer April 7 (pdf)