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JMuse Cafe Demystifying the Expert: Chris Hughes


Demystifying the Expert event on November 6 featured Chris Hughes, a professor in the Physics & Astronomy department and the director of the center for Material Science at JMU. He received his Bachelor's in Science from Davidson Collegeand his Ph.D. from UNC - Chapel Hill.
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JMuse Cafe Demystifying the Expert: Shanil Virani


The purpose of the Demystifying the Expert series is to provide the public with a forum in which they can informally learn about science in a fun and unique way. With the combined effort of the JMU Physics and Astronomy department and JMU's New and Improv.'d Comedy Troupe, learning has never been more entertaining. The expert this evening was Dr.Shanil Virani, Director of the John C. Wells Planetarium. He the organizer of the monthly star parties on east campus and the public science talks that happen twice a semester. He earned his PhD from Yale University and before that he worked at the NASA Chandra Space Telescope. As an avid promoter of informal science education, he was named a NASA Solar System Ambassador two years in a row, 2013 and 2014 - which is no small feat.
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Thursday, April 16th Rose Library 3rd Floor Flex Space 6:30-8:00 p.m. Remember when butter was the enemy? Now it's good for you...or is it? You probably lived through times when the Atkins Diet was good, then bad, then good again. You may be wondering why all your friends cut down on salt or went Paleo, and you might even be thinking about cutting out wheat products from your own diet. For readers suffering from dietary whiplash, The Gluten Lie is the answer. Combining in-depth research and interviews with specialists, Levinovitz demonstrates that we are no closer to discovering an "ideal diet" than we were two thousand years ago. Far from being based on settled science, nutritional guidelines are a product of overzealous policy-makers and inadequate evidence, as are the steady stream of bestselling diet books, cleansing regimens, and super-foods so eagerly devoured by the public.