Science Talks

GRCC Science Talks features field experts on awe-inspiring subjects. Join in conversation or listen in as GRCC faculty and other experts from our community walk us through the world around us from a scientist's perspective.

Science Talks are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

2019 Science Talks

All Science Talks will be hosted in the Calkins Science Center auditorium, room 348.

Color Changing Technologies

Sept. 19 at 4 p.m.

In the last 30 years the auto-dimming mirror, a product developed and manufactured in West Michigan, has become standard equipment on cars around the world. These electrochromic mirrors operate with color changing, chemical redox reaction in a thin cell. The presentation will show examples of electrochromism, thermochromism and photochromism. The chemistry involved in these technologies will be described.

David Theise

With Dr. David Theiste, GRCC's chemistry professor who is a research chemist where he has been credited as an inventor on over 50 U.S. patents.

Monarch Migration in the Americas: How They Orient and Navigate their Way to their Overwintering Roosts

Nov. 12 at 4 p.m.

This presentation investigates the cues for monarch butterfly migration, the evolutionary origins of the migration in both hemispheres and discusses their unique orientation behavior prior to migration.

Matt Douglas

With Dr. Matthew Douglas, GRCC's biology professor and expert in entomology, comparative animal biology, evolutionary biology and authoring.

Past Science Talks

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Interested in presenting a topic for Science Talks?

We welcome expert faculty, student and community members to present a GRCC Science Talks. If you are interested, please email