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Howard Community College to Hold Science and Cyber Talks By Professors

Learn about Secrets in Your DNA, Entrepreneurial App Success, and Astronomical Doom
a professor taking part in the lecture series

Columbia, MD – Howard Community College will host a series of community talks by faculty in the fields of biology, computer science, entrepreneurship, and astronomy. Named in honor of the college’s newest building, the SET (Science, Engineering, and Technology) Lecture Series will take place in the Catherine Joan Cochran Community Room, located in the SET Building at Howard Community College. While free and open to the public, seating is limited, so guests are asked to RSVP at

Tuesday, February 20 – 6:30 p.m.
“Revealing the Secrets Hidden in Your DNA” – Talk by Lyudmila Bard, professor of biology, and Kathryn Jones, Ph.D., adjunct faculty instructor of biology

Have you ever watched a commercial for DNA tests and wondered if they can really tell you about your ancestors? Or wondered whether to believe a friend who told you that they are likely to get a certain disease in the future? Every person has slight differences in their DNA, and over the past decade, dramatic advances in our understanding of these differences has led to genetic tests that are being used by health professionals to better prevent, treat, and cure a variety of illnesses. This talk will describe how these tests decode our DNA sequences, tell you about your past, and even keep you healthy for the future. This talk is sponsored by Ken and Linda Solow.

Tuesday, March 20 – 6:30 p.m.
“The Next Big App” – Talk by Roger Weber, associate professor of entrepreneurship, and Paul Hogan, instructor of computer science

Many people have ideas, but all too often new ventures fail. How do you take your innovative idea and make it happen? Success requires know-how in both the fields of computer science and entrepreneurship. Learn how coaching can transform a computer concept into reality through validating the idea, creating awareness, and positioning the business for the best chance for success. And how do you measure success? Reach 500,000 users, and maybe Google or Facebook will want your business. This talk is sponsored by the Freedom Consulting Group.

Tuesday, April 17 – 6:30 p.m.
“Astronomical Doom” – Talk by Brendan Diamond, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics and astronomy

There is something about a clear night sky that gives us pause and makes us wonder about the big questions. Amazingly, science has been closing in on the answers to many! In this interactive lecture, we’ll explore some of the ways planets, solar systems, and the Universe may meet their inevitable doom. Can we still have our fairy tale ending?

At the conclusion of each talk, faculty will take questions from guests and refreshments will be available. Faculty and staff will also be on hand to lead tours of the SET Building.

The SET Building opened for classes in the summer of 2017. At 145,300 square feet, the building offers dedicated laboratories for hands-on training in disciplines such as cybersecurity, computer forensics, genetics, geology, and plant science. For aspiring astronomers, there is a rooftop telescope observation area, with a telescope warming room and weather station with camera. With more than 1,000 total classroom seats, the SET Building will help meet growing demand for well-trained cybersecurity professionals, scientists, and engineers.

Howard Community College is located at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland. For more information and directions to the college, visit

Topics: Science & Tech
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