Science on Tap, “Inventive Connections: Movie Stars, Math, and Marine Mammals”

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 7:00pm

Movie stars are adored by the public, but often just for their looks and talents on the silver screen. Actress Hedy Lamarr was once known as “the most beautiful woman in the world,” but was also an inventor. She and a colleague designed radio-skipping technology to help the U.S. Navy guide torpedoes more effectively during WWII, but her invention was ignored for decades until it was revisited and used as part of the foundation for Wi-Fi, GPS and cellphones. She and many other women have contributed to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, but have been dismissed or deliberately forgotten by virtue of their gender. The contributions of these women play an integral role in our everyday lives and in that of scientists around the world, but their work is often forgotten.

At this Science on Tap, Leslie New, assistant professor of statistics, will celebrate the unique life and mathematical accomplishments of Lamarr. In a satisfying twist, New will also describe how Lamarr’s work on wireless technologies, originally intended for the Navy, currently helps her study and protect marine mammals such as whales and dolphins.

Doors open at 6 p.m., event starts at 7 p.m. Cost: $15 general admission, $8 students with ID. (Minors under 21 with parent/guardian only)

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​Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Street, Portland, OR 97211