The "Woods" Series was established
by a generous gift from the estate of J. James Woods. The goal of
the Woods bequest is to bring prominent mathematicians and
scientists to Butler University in order to speak on theories at
the frontier of their disciplines, as well as on related
technologies and other issues of public concern.
The 2014-2015 Season is announced! See our entire
2014-2015 Woods Series Schedule.
Cities Unseen: How Microbes Can Make Better Public Spaces,
Buildings, and Human Beings Healthier
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 7:30 p.m., Reilly
How can a
deeper understanding of microbes help us create sustainable cities,
healthier buildings (including our hospitals and homes), and more
robust green spaces? Green explains how in this visually stunning
talk, while ultimately touching on even deeper questions about
humanity: What does it mean to be an individual? Where does your
identity begin, and where does it end?
Every person has a unique and unseen universe of microorganisms
living in, on, and around them. These trillions of tiny creatures
define who we are. Yet we are only just beginning to understand how
our microbes interact with the people around us, our buildings, and
the natural environment. How do microbes make us healthier, more
resilient, and more vibrant? How do microbes influence our moods,
our public spaces, our relationships with everything we touch?
Green, a scientist and TED Fellow, explores the microbial cities
living in our gut, on our skin, and in our homes.
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