STEM Outreachâs March STEM CafĂ© focuses on the human eye
âEventually, we all develop cataracts,â says James Dillon, an NIU expert on eyes.
At the next STEM CafĂ©, Dillon will speak on how the eye changes with age and what people can do to slow the deterioration of vision.Â His talk, âFor Your Eyes Only,â will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Eduardo’s Restaurant, 214 E. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb.
In addition to explaining the amazing biological process that allows us to see, Dillon will share practical advice on protecting the eyes. For instance, he says that many sunglasses on the market today do not provide protection from ultra-violet rays, which can harm vision. He will also discuss changes in vision before and after cataract surgery.
âFor Your Eyes Onlyâ is the first in a series of STEM CafĂ©s dealing with health and disease research. A future session will include the latest scientific perspectives on glaucoma, macular degeneration, and other conditions that diminish vision in older adults.
Dillon has conducted extensive research on the human lens, the retina, and eye disease.Â He directs NIUâs Center for Biochemical and Biophysical Studies, which emphasizes projects related to human health.Â The Center includes faculty members and students from a number of departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Health and Human Sciences. Dillon earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University.
This talk is one of NIU STEM Outreachâs popular monthly STEM CafĂ©s, which invite people to meet at restaurants throughout the area to eat, drink, and have lively discussions about the latest innovations in science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM CafĂ©s are free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from Eduardoâs.
STEM Outreach is also planning several STEM CafĂ©s in April to share the latest research on everything from ground water to credit card debt.
- Saturday, April 20, 1 p.m.: âThe Impact of Tourism on EcosystemsâÂ âÂ Lincoln Inn in DeKalb
- Tuesday, April 23, 6:30 p.m.: âBe Smart about Using Credit and DebtâÂ â Claddagh Irish Pub at Geneva Commons
- Thursday, April 25, 5 p.m.: STEM CafĂ© will join the Green Lens Environmental Film Festival in Downtown DeKalb for several short discussions about going green.