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Science Seminars: 16 - 22 MARCH 2009

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"Making Routers Last Longer with ViAggre," Hitesh Ballani, Cornell University, 10:00 a.m., 333 Information Sciences and Technology Buildinig, Department of Computer Science and Engineering (865-9505).

"Lessons from Out-of-Place Crop (Trans) Genes : Environmental and Other Implications," Norman Ellstrand, University of California, 12:10 p.m., 108 Wartik Laboratory, host: Andrew Stephenson, Intercollege Graduate Program in Plant Biology + Intercollege Graduate Program in Ecology (863-1553).

"Network-Free Simulation Method for Rule-Based Models of Biochemical Systems," James Faeder, University of Pittsburgh, 2:30 p.m., 216 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (865-7527).

"New Developments in Folate-Targeted Therapeutics," Jenay Robert, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, host: Kenneth Feldman, Department of Chemistry (863-4654).

"Two-Electron Mixed Valence Complexes for Hydrogen Production," Ian Sines, Penn State, 3:00 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, host: Raymond Schaak, Department of Chemistry (865-8600).

"Computable Symbolic Dynamics," Steve Simpson, Penn State, 3:30 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (865-7527).

(title to be announced), Sawsan Elateek, Ohio State University, 3:30 p.m., 112 Buckhout Laboratory, Department of Plant Pathology (863-3206).

"The Intersection Between the Built Environment, Public Health, and Law," Sheila Fleischhacker, National Institutes of Health + University of North Carolina, 4:00 p.m., 110C Chandlee Laboratory, Graduate Program in Nutrition (865-3448).

(title to be announced), Ed Ireland, Barnett Shale Energy Education Council, 4:00 p.m., 112 Walker Building, Earth and Environmental Systems Institute + College of Earth and Mineral Sciences + College of Agricultural Sciences + Earth Mineral Sciences Energy Institute, + Environment and Natural Resources Institute + Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (863-7091).


"The Role of Catalysis and Reaction Engineering in Coping with the Energy Crisis," Dionisios Vlachos, University of Delaware, 10:00 a.m., 102 Chemistry Building, Department of Chemical Engineering (863-1375).

"A q-Analog of Beckwith's Identity," Kagan Kursungoz, Penn State, 11:15 a.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (865-7527).

"Periodic Table for Topological Insulators and Superconductors," Alexei Kitaev, California Institute of Technology, 2:30 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (865-7527).

"Unexpected Regularities in Newtonian N-Body Dynamics: Part One," Alain Albouy, Paris Observatory (France), 3:30 p.m., 216 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (865-7527).

"Live Cell Imaging: Virus-Cell Interaction," Wenhui Ren, Penn State, 4:00 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, host: Tae-Hee Lee, Department of Chemistry (867-2232).

"Pathogen Discovery," Ian Lipkin, Columbia University, 4:00 p.m., 100 Life Sciences (Berg Auditorium), host: Diana Cox-Foster, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences (865-1022).

(title to be announced), Sue Bilek, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 4:00 p.m., 22 Deike Building, Department of Geosciences (865-2622).


"Before Sherlock Holmes: Edgar Allen Poe and Detective Fiction," Richard Kopley, Penn State, 12:00 noon, Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (127 S. Allen Street), Office of the Senior Vice President for Research (865-3477 or www.rps.psu.edu/unplugged/).

"The Hundred-Year Hunt for the Red Sprite" (video), 12:15 p.m., 105 Deike Building, Earth and Mineral Sciences Library (863-7073).

"Chemical Approaches to Understanding Copper and Peroxide Biology in the Brain," Chris Chang, University of California, 2:30 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, host: Scott Phillips, Department of Chemistry (867-2502).

(title to be announced), Anton Gorodetski, Universty of California, 3:30 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (865-7527).

"A Downward Spiral: Regulation of Neuronal Death by Cell-Cycle Molecules," David Liu, Penn State, 4:00 p.m., 108 Wartik Laboratory (with video conferencing to room CG623 at College of Medicine), host: Bernhard Luscher, Penn State Neuroscience Institutes (865-5549).

"Integrated and Organic Fruit Production in New York State: A Four-Year Comparative Trial in a 'Liberty' Apple Orchard," Gregory Peck, Cornell University, 4:00 p.m., 111 Tyson Building, Department of Horticulture (865-2571).

"What Can Nearby Young Stars Tell Us About Star and Planet Formation?" Eric Mamajek, University of Rochester, 4:00 p.m., 538 Davey Laboratory, host: Kevin Luhman, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (865-0418).


"Leveraging Code Comments to Improve Software Reliability," Lin Tan, University of Illinois, 10:00 a.m., 333 InformationSciences and Technology Building, Department of Computer Science and Engineering (865-9505).

"Functional Analysis of the John Cunningham Virus Tumor Proteins," Marta Reviriego-Mendoza, Penn State, 11:15 a.m., 101 Althouse Laboratory, host: Richard Frisque, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (863-3523).

"The Koblitz Conjecture on Average," Alina Cojocaru, University of Illinois, 11:15 a.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (865-7527).

"Understanding and Designing Engineering Materials Based on Ab Initio Thermodynamics," Jorg Neugebauer, Max Planck Institute (Germany), 11:15 a.m., 26 Hosler Building, Department of Materials Science and Engineering (865-4992).

(title to be announced), Yi-Jun Yao, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (865-7527).

"Bayesian-Grouped Factor Models," Merrill Liechty, Drexel University, 4:00 p.m., 201 Thomas Building, Department of Statistics (865-1348).

"Bromine Puzzles," Ross Salawitch, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, 4:00 p.m., 112 Walker Building, Department of Meteorology (863-8566).

"New Insights into Hepatitis C Virus Replication and Assembly: Exploitation of Host-Cell Pathways" (Robert T. Simpson Memorial lecture), Ralf Bartenschlager, University of Heidelberg (Germany), 4:00 p.m., 100 Life Sciences Building (Berg Auditorium), host: Kouacou Konan, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (863-8254).

"Use of Risk-Based Approaches for Ensuring Food Protection at the United States Department of Agriculture," Isabel Walls, United States Department of Agriculture, 4:00 p.m., 252 Food
Science Building, host: Edward Dudley, Department of Food Science (867-0439).

(title to be announced), Helmut Hofer, New York University, 4:00 p.m., 114 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (865-7527).


"The Transcriptional and Metabolic Response of Plants to Aphid Feeding," Gustavo MacIntosh, Iowa State University, 11:00 a.m., 101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building, host: Department of Entomology (865-1895).

"Effects of Simultaneous Wall-Shear Stress and Circumferential Strain on Endothelial Cell Junctions," Danielle Berardi, Penn State, 12:00 noon, 210 Hallowell Building, Department of Bioengineering (865-1407).

"What We Have Learned About Milk Fat Depression and Where We Are Going," Kevin Harvatine, Penn State, 12:20 p.m., 324 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building, Department of Dairy and Animal Sciences (865-7638).

"Hydrogen Storage in Carbon Materials," Krista Kane, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 102 Chemistry Buiding, host: Lasse Jensen, Department of Chemistry (867-1787).

"Galileo’s Battle for the Heavens" (video), 3:35 p.m., 211 Davey Laboratory, Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library (865-7617 or http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/pams/fridayflicks.html).

"Changing Dynamics of Tropical Deforestation and Implications for Atmospheric Carbon," Ruth DeFries, Columbia University, 4:00 p.m., 112 Walker Building, Department of Geography (863-4562).

"Trading Old Plaques for New Ones: Consequences of Pesticide and Antibiotic Use in Agriculture for Human Health," Jonathan Weinkle, Squirrel Hill Health Center, 12:20 p.m., 101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences (865-6541).



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