Signature Seminars are a chance to interact with some of UF's top Faculty.

Enrollment is limited!  Apply now for these Fall '18 classes.  Send an email to Dr. Mark Law with your UFID and a brief (max 200 word) essay entitled "Why I am drawn to this class"

Extreme Cosmos

Tumor Science and Engineering

The Extreme Cosmos

The Universe can challenge your understanding of nature in strange ways!

The Universe hosts a broad range of physical environments and phenomena. In the most extreme conditions, events and behaviors there can challenge our current understanding of the laws of Nature. In this 1-credit discussion-based Honors course, we will take an overview of some of the most extreme physical environments in the cosmos - some of which are in our own astrophysical "back yard". We will cover phenomena ranging from supernovae and gamma-ray bursts, to merging black holes, to Dark Matter and Dark Energy. Assignments will consist of weekly readings before class, with in-class activities focused on discussing the phenomena and their implications for our understanding of the Universe. While the course will be largely non-mathematical in its approach, some previous exposure to physics and mathematics at the college level will be required to facilitate the discussions.

Professor Stephen Eikenberry

Dr. Eikenberry is currently a Professor of Astronomy and of Physics at the University of Florida. He completed his Ph.D in Astronomy at Harvard University in 1997 under Dr. Giovanni Fazio, and from there moved to the Sherman Fairchild Postdoctoral Prize Fellowship in Physics at Caltech. He moved next to an Assistant Professorship (1998) and then tenured Associate Professorship (2002) in Astronomy at Cornell University, where he won an NSF CAREER award in 2000. In 2003, he left Cornell to become a Professor of Astronomy at the University of Florida.

Tumor Science and Engineering

Learn the Hallmarks of Cancer

Cancer is a complex and heterogeneous disease involving more than just cancer cells. A diverse cast of components in the surrounding microenvironment interact with cancer cells and actively facilitate malignant progression in a three-dimensional (3D) structure. In this 1-credit course we will explore a wide range of topics guided by the “Hallmarks of Cancer”. We will analyze and examine how cancer is illustrated and discussed, the breadth of treatment strategies and the mechanisms of action for the strategies, and the science and engineering behind exciting new therapies along with the recent convergence of medicine, science, and engineering in new research to combat this disease. 

Professor Greg Sawyer

W. Gregory Sawyer is the N. C. Ebaugh Chair and Professor in the Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering. He is also a Distinguished Teaching Scholar at the University of Florida. His research interests have led to many adventures, from operating experiments (remotely) in space to conducting experiments in vivo on a cornea. He was elected as a Fellow of the National Academy in Inventors. He was recognized for demonstrating a prolific spirit of innovation that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life and economic development. Sawyer’s work in the field of tribology includes new materials for ultra-low friction and wear for a number of applications ranging from space to biomedicine.