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Cafe Scientifique

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You are cordially invited to come and chat with a scientist about an interesting and/or controversial science topic.  Patterned after the International Cafe Scientifique, the Science Department has initiated an outreach program to promote public interest in science.
Our goal is simply to have regularly scheduled sessions for informal discussions of scientific topics.

Schuler Books & Music
Eastwood Towne Center
Thursday, April 14th, 2016, 7:00pm

The Maker Movement

The Maker Movement is one of the fastest growing trends in the world today. New tools enable children, inexperienced adults, experts, and entrepreneurs to quickly turn ideas into real objects for fun, for education, or for profit. We will talk about some of these tools, about the history and future of the Maker Movement, and how you can get involved locally even if you have never made anything before. Join Thomas Deits as we discuss this exciting movement!

Schuler Books & Music
Eastwood Towne Center
Tuesday, May 17th, 2016, 7:00pm

Disguising Messages: A Look at Cryptology Over the Centuries

Arnie Hammel, Retired Professor of Mathematics from CMU will be joining us to discuss cryptology. Cryptology has been used to encrypt messages for over 2000 years. In this power point presentation several of the classic methods of encryption will be given, as well as actual examples of their use by militaries, governments, security bureaus, and spies. These were all secret key, used the alphabets A-Z or 0-1, and involved transpositions and substitutions. In the 1970's businesses and the public also needed secrecy for their passwords, credit cards, email, etc. The concept of public key was born. Public key methods are more mathematical than in the past,  often using One-way Functions and Number Theory. Examples will be given. What is protecting us today is the phenomenal work of mathematicians, computer scientists, programmers, algorithm creators, and engineers.

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Please join us.  If you have any questions, please contact Alan O'Keefe by phone at (517) 483-1110 or e-mail at

Science at Lansing Community College

Science Department
Arts & Sciences Building, Room 301
Phone: (517) 483-1092
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