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Wonderlust Spring 2018

Register (for FREE!) for one or all of the following presentations at montana.edu/wonderlust. Wonderlust presentations at Belgrade Community Library are free and open to the public thanks to sponsorship by First Interstate Bank.

Wonderlust spring 2018 poster

Redefining “History” for the 21st Century — Thurs April 5 at 3:00PM

How “history” is perceived, defined, and used has changed over the centuries, sometimes radically. In this presentation, we will journey through history’s past, noting major shifts and the people and events that drove those shifts.

Are we on the cusp of another major change? Humans are rapidly transforming the natural world in highly impactful ways. And those transformations are, in turn, transforming us – our bodies, our cultures, our institutions. Is the discipline of history expanding to include and better articulate this relatively new reality?

Brett Walker is Regents Professor of History at Montana State University, the youngest Regents Professor in the Montana University System. A Montana native, he was assistant professor of history at Yale University prior to returning to Montana in 1999. In 2013, Brett received the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for his global research project The Slow Dying: Asbestos and the Unmaking of the Modern World. At MSU, he teaches environmental history, Japanese history and world history.

Osteoarthritis & Cartilage — Move It or Lose It! — Thurs May 17 at 6:00PM

What happens when you combine mechanical engineering skills with facets of cell biology and chemistry to address the mobility-inhibiting disease osteoarthritis? New thinking and perhaps novel therapies. Recent evidence demonstrates that mechanical stresses and loads on joints cause cellular changes in cartilage. Understanding these changes is leading to new therapies and better outcomes for those of us suffering from osteoarthritis, the most common joint disease. (Yes, there will be a new prescription!)

Ron June received an undergraduate degree in Engineering Mechanics with Honors from Dartmouth College in 2002. He continued his studies, earning a PhD in Biomedical Engineering with an emphasis in Orthopedic Biomechanics in 2007. He then completed postdoctoral studies in both Rheumatology and Molecular Cell Biology before starting his research and teaching program in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at Montana State University in 2011.

Driverless Cars — The Evolution of the Revolution — Thurs May 31 at 6:00 PM

The concept of a driverless car has been around almost as long as the car itself. Research in this area was continuous through the years, but relatively low-scale. Research picked up in the 1970s, with machine vision technology, and leapt ahead in the 1990s with the advent of GPS, radar, and lidar. This presentation will cover work on driverless vehicles from the 1950s through today, and will include a current status report and a tutorial on how driverless cars “work.” The program will conclude with a discussion of what’s next for driverless cars – and their passengers.

Craig Shankwitz is a Senior Research Scientist at Western Transportation Institute, Montana State University. He holds a doctorate in electrical engineering in the area of control theory, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering. Before coming to MSU, he worked as a principal research and development engineer for MTS Corporation and as Director of the University of Minnesota Intelligent Vehicles Laboratory.