September 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Science Café | The Physics and Future of Cornstarch, Sept. 21

Dr. Sarah Hormozi

Dr. Sarah Hormozi

Science Café features Dr. Sarah Hormozi on “The Physics of Cornstarch” on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 5 p.m. in the Baker Center Front Room.

What if a common household product could let one walk on water, or it was potentially the future of military-grade armor? Cornstarch, when mixed with water, is complicated, to say the least. So how does this complex fluid act as both a solid and a liquid simultaneously?

In her Science Café presentation, “The Physics of Cornstarch,” Hormozi, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Ohio University, talks about cornstarch’s composition and what makes it so unique.

“My team and I look at the physics of the cornstarch, meaning that we study the size, shape, makeup of the cornstarch grains and their influences on the behavior of the cornstarch,” Hormozi says. “We do this because when a force is applied to the mixture, these are the characteristics that allow the starch to ‘lock-up’ and form a complex fluid.”

Science Cafe logoScience Café and Café Conversations are held on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in the Front Room at Baker University Center. They are free and open to students, faculty and staff. Science Café is a venue for students to share their interests informally during a conversation exchange in a friendly setting. Free coffee is offered to the first 50 attendees, and participants who ask questions will win a free t-shirt.

The Science Café is hosted by Dr. Sarah Wyatt, Professor of Environmental & Plant Biology and Vice President of the Ohio University Chapter of Sigma Xi, and Roxanne Malé-Brune, Director of Grant Development and Projects in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Creativity.

Science Café and Café Conversations are sponsored by the Office of Vice President for Research and Creativity and the Ohio University Chapter of Sigma Xi.

Fall 2016 Science Café & Café Conversations

Sept. 7, Dr. Daniel Phillips, Professor, Physics, Symmetries in Nature: A Key to the Subatomic World, on A&S TV

Sept. 21, Dr. Sarah Hormozi, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, on A&S TV

Sept. 28, David Mould, Professor Emeritus, Media Arts and Studies, The perils and opportunities of being a journalist in foreign countries, on A&S TV

Oct. 5, Dr. Guy Riefler, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering; and John Sabraw, Professor of Painting and Drawing, on A&S TV

Oct. 19, Dr. Claudia Gonzalez-Vallejo, Associate Professor, Psychology, on A&S TV

Oct. 26,  Aimee Edmondson, Associate Professor, Journalism; John Grimwade, Assistant Professor, Visual Communication, on A&S TV

Nov. 2, Dr. Lisa Crockett, Professor, Biological Sciences, on A&S TV

Nov. 16, Dr. Gurgen “Greg” Hayrapetyan, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, on A&S TV

Nov. 30, Dr. Sonia Najjar, Professor, Biomedical Sciences / Associate Dean of Research and Innovation, HCOM, on A&S TV

Spring 2017 Science Café & Café Conversations

Jan. 18, Dr. Joseph Shields, Professor, Physics & Astronomy

Jan. 25,  Rajko Grlic, Distinguished Professor, Film, on A&S TV

Feb. 1, Dr. Brian Clark, Professor, Biomedical Science, Director OMNI

Feb. 15, John Bowditch, Director, The Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab, Scripps College of Communication

Feb. 22,  Andy Alexander, Scripps Howard Visiting Professional, Journalism, on A&S TV

March 15, Dr. Gerardine Botte, Professor of Engineering

March 29, Craig Grimes, Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences

April 20, Sigma Xi Initiation Ceremony

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