Les Johnson holding a piece of solar sail

Conventional rockets will not take humans to the stars; interstellar travel requires advanced propulsion, from solar sails to antimatter drives. Les Johnson, NASA rocket scientist, will join Interstellar Seminar from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 in 104 Jabara Hall or online via Zoom.

Johnson is a leader in the Interstellar Research Group, a true futurist. In addition to being a physicist and mission scientist, Johnson writes popular books on interstellar travel and science fiction novels.

The first physics seminar of the spring semester will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 in 128 Jabara Hall and also on Zoom.  This talk will be given by Atri Dutta, associate professor of aerospace engineering.

Dr. Andrew Orr from Kansas State University. Dr. Orr is a white man, wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a bookshelf.

The Department of History invites the campus community to hear Dr. Andrew Orr, associate professor of history at Kansas State University, present the lecture, “The Gay Girl in Damascus: Stolen Identities, Western Progressivism, and the Arab Spring” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 in 218 Hubbard Hall.

The Department of Biological Sciences’ spring 2024 seminar series continues from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26 in 231 Hubbard Hall with Dr. John Brungardt, USDA – Agricultural Research Service, with his talk, “Transcriptome profile of pecan scab resistant and susceptible trees from a pecan provenance collection.”

Seminars are open to the public and undergraduates are encouraged to attend.

James Schwartz Speaker Series Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Keynote Presentation, February 22, 2024 at 9:30 AM in Woolsey Hall. Gene Camarena and Yolanda Camarena, Barton School of Business

Yolanda and Gene Camarena — the dynamic Entrepreneurs-in-Residence duo at the Barton School of Business for the spring 2024 semester — will provide a keynote presentation as part of the James Schwartz Lecture Series, “Unlocking Success: Key Insights from Visionary Entrepreneurs on Building, Innovating, and Transforming Futures.”

Gene is the president and CEO of La Raza Pizza, Inc., and Yolanda is a dedicated leader in social justice and equity advocacy in education, bringing unparalleled expertise and insights to our academic and entrepreneurial community.

The keynote event is at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 in the Woolsey Hall Auditorium.

Doors open at 9 a.m. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this free event.

Scholar David Getsy is pictured, dressed in black.

In connection with “Fully Dimensional: Artists of the Outdoor Sculpture Collection,” art historian, curator and art writer, David J. Getsy, will speak about the career of artist Scott Burton and discuss his award-winning book, “Queer Behavior: Scott Burton and Performance Art,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 in 210C McKnight Art Center.

Getsy’s current projects address queer methodologies, links between transgender studies and art history, and recoveries of suppressed or lost histories of queer and genderqueer performance. Sponsored by Clayton Staples Gallery as well as the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

A blonde woman poses in front of a bronze sculpture, curator Jo Reinert.

Jo Reinert, Ulrich curator of modern and contemporary art, will discuss the process of curating “Fully Dimensional: Artists of the Outdoor Sculpture Collection,” at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21 in the Ulrich Museum.

“Fully Dimensional: Artists of the Outdoor Sculpture Collection” is on display this spring in the Polk/Wilson Gallery and Amsden Gallery.

James Schwartz Speaker Series Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Keynote Presentation, February 22, 2024 at 9:30 AM in Woolsey Hall. Gene Camarena and Yolanda Camarena, Barton School of Business

Yolanda and Gene Camarena — the dynamic Entrepreneurs-in-Residence duo at the Barton School of Business for the spring 2024 semester — will provide a keynote presentation as part of the James Schwartz Lecture Series, “Unlocking Success: Key Insights from Visionary Entrepreneurs on Building, Innovating, and Transforming Futures.”

Gene is the president and CEO of La Raza Pizza, Inc., and Yolanda is a dedicated leader in social justice and equity advocacy in education, bringing unparalleled expertise and insights to our academic and entrepreneurial community.

The keynote event is at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 in the Woolsey Hall Auditorium.

Doors open at 9 a.m. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this free event.

Daniel Czech Standing in Nature

Interstellar Seminar will be joined by Daniel Czech, a project engineer for UC Berkeley’s Breakthrough Listen Technosignature Survey at the MeerKAT radio telescope, remotely at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21 in 104 Jabara Hall.

SETI teams search for evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence by listening to the cosmos, and Dr. Czech develops software to identify potential messages from alien civilizations. He will join WSU’s Dr. Mark Schneegurt in a session on planetary protection and SETI.

The Department of Biological Sciences’ spring 2024 seminar series continues from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19 in 231 Hubbard Hall with Dr. Andrew George, Pittsburgh State University, with his talk, “Bird conservation in managed forests: insights from a 100-year ecological experiment.”

Seminars are open to the public and undergraduates are encouraged to attend.