Simpson University Invites Community to “Encounters in Science and Mathematics”

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Encounters in Science and Math

Encounters in Science and Math

REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University invites the community to “Encounters in Science and Mathematics,” an evening of “TED-style” talks hosted by the Department of Science and Math on Thursday, November 9.

The Science and Mathematics Night will be held in LaBaume-Rudat Hall, room 204, and the Science and Nursing Center on Simpson’s campus at 2211 College View Drive. It starts at 7 p.m., with refreshments served beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The event will feature five talks given by science and math faculty members and students. Lab demonstrations will be held in each of the first floor science labs in the Science and Nursing Center after the presentations.

The following topics will be discussed:

Professor Seth AbrahamsonCalculus and the Gold King Mine Spill, by Professor Seth Abrahamson. Professor Abrahamson earned his master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Miami and spent 20 years teaching a wide variety of college-level math and physics courses. He was the senior research analyst at San Juan College for five years before being hired as an associate professor of mathematics at Simpson University in 2017.

Dr. Brian HookerBlood from Potatoes, by Dr. Brian Hooker. Dr. Hooker has over 25 years of experience in the field of biotechnology. He has published over 60 scientific and engineering publications in international recognized journals and holds five U.S. patents. Prior to coming to Simpson in 2010, Dr. Hooker was a senior research engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with a research focus on plant-made pharmaceuticals and environmental restoration.

Corinne SchaliHealing the Earth: Iron Mountain Mine, by Corinne Schali. Corinne is a senior biology student at Simpson University, a lifelong resident of Cottonwood, Calif., and a graduate from West Valley High School. Corinne plans on pursuing a career as a physician’s assistant after she graduates from Simpson.

Jordan AllenInfinity: The Grand Hotel Paradox, by Jordan Allen. Jordan is a junior at Simpson University with a double major in mathematics and cross-cultural studies. She participated in Simpson's student-led mission trip to Albania, works in the Academic Success Center, and tutors Simpson students in math and grammar. Her plans for the future include teaching English overseas and studying math at the graduate level.

Dr. Trenton SmithPower in the Blood, by Dr. Trenton Smith. Dr. Smith is a cellular/molecular biologist who obtained his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 2001. He has been teaching at the college level since that time and has been at Simpson since 2007. His research interests primarily focus on the molecular interactions between plants and the viruses that infect them.

“The world needs new scientists,” said Dr. Gayle Copeland, the university’s provost. “Those who are speaking provide wisdom collected from a lifetime of experience -- and reminds us that wonder and creativity are the center of the scientific life.”

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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