Ellen Theatre

The Ellen Theatre is seen from Main Street in downtown Bozeman.

From snow to sleep to software, scientists at Montana State University are doing research to push the boundaries of knowledge in a wide range of fields.

Ten researchers will share their work with the public Thursday night by giving a series of 10-minute lectures called the 10X10 Innovation Road Show at the Ellen Theatre in downtown Bozeman. Nearly 300 people attended the free event last year.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the talks will go from 6 to 8 p.m.

MSU started the 10X10 lecture series to offer the public a sample of the “brilliant and innovative ideas” being created at MSU.

Jason Carter, who has done extensive research on sleep and was hired recently as MSU’s new vice president for research, economic development and graduate education, will give a talk entitled “Sleepless in Montana: Is Sleep Deprivation the New Silent Killer?”

Kevin Hammonds, assistant professor of civil engineering and director of MSU’s Subzero Research Lab, will discuss snow research in his talk, “Snow! It’s so hot right now.”

Mary Miles, professor of health and human development, will talk about lifestyle strategies that target inflammation for disease prevention. Miles said it’s a fun challenge to make scientific work accessible to the public and she’s looking forward to the talk.

“The work has no value if people never hear about it,” she said. “The opportunity to show a little of the work to people who might incorporate it in their lifestyles is really a great thing.”

Other talks will range from Tim Delcurto on beef production to Clemente Izurieta on cyber security. Mark Schure will discuss using the internet to deliver behavior therapy to help rural residents.

A complete list of talks is on MSU’s website.

Gail Schontzler can be reached at gails@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2633. Follow her on Twitter @gailnews.

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