Simpson University Invites Community to ‘Encounter’ Science and Mathematics

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University invites the community to “Encounters in Science and Mathematics III,” a series of TED-style talks and interactive lab demonstrations on Thursday, Oct. 25. Admission is free.

Hosted by the Department of Science and Mathematics, the evening starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Humphries-Collord Room in the dining center on campus, 2211 College View Drive in northeast Redding. Refreshments are served at 6.

From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., laboratories on the first floor of the Science and Nursing Center will be open for demonstrations.

Featured speakers and topics include:

  • “Iron Mountain Mine, the Toxic Ooze in your Back Yard” – Dr. Brian Hooker, associate professor of biology
  • “Exploring the Marine Life on the Humboldt Coast” – Hillary Kraft, senior biology major at Simpson University
  • “Spuds in Space” – Dr. Trenton Smith, associate professor of biology
  • “What does it mean to be an Orphan Gene” – Dr. David Rice, assistant professor of biology

The Department of Science and Mathematics hosted its first Encounters event in October 2017 and another in February. Learn more about Simpson University’s science and math programs at and

Video: Dr. Berkeley Shorthill gives a hydrogen gas demonstration during a lab demonstration at the “Encounters in Science and Mathematics” event at Simpson University on Feb. 8.


Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduategraduate, and teaching credential programs. The university will celebrate its centennial in 2021. Simpson was named as one of the 2018 Colleges of Distinction. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings; the Betty M. Dean School of NursingA.W. Tozer Seminary, the School of Education, and the School of Graduate Professional Studies. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit