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Science Seminars: 13 - 19 February 2012

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13 - 19 FEBRUARY 2012


  • "Algorithms for Reconstructing Genomes Using High-Throughput Sequencing," Paul Medvedev, University of California, 10:00 a.m., 333 Information Sciences and Technology Building, host: Raj Acharya, Department of Computer Science and Engineering (865-9505).
  • "Sound-Driven Soft Micro Swimmers," Daniel Ahmed, Penn State, 12:00 noon, S-5 Osmond Laboratory, Center for Nanoscale Science/MRSEC Interdisciplinary Research Group Two (863-0007).
  • "Assessing Ecophysiological Functions in the Fine Roots of Woody Plants," David Eissenstat, Penn State, 12:10 p.m., 108 Wartik Laboratory, host: Michael Axtell, Intercollege Graduate Program in Plant Biology (867-0241).
  • "Exploration of New Chemical Reactivities for Synthetic Efficiency," Chao-Jun Li, McGill University (Canada), 2:30 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, host: Gong Chen, Department of Chemistry (867-2590).
  • "Global Rgidity of Maximal Rank Anosov Abelian Actions," Federico Rodriguez Hertz, Penn State, 3:35 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (865-7527).
  • "Plants that Eat Other Plants: Evolutionary and Functional Genomics of Parasitic Plants," Claude dePamphilis, Penn State, 3:35 p.m., 112 Buckhout Laboratory, host: Tim McNellis, Department of Plant Pathology (865-3761).
  • "Dietary Patterns and Older Adults: Does It Matter What Your Grandpa is Eating?" Pao Ying Hsiao, Penn State, 4:00 p.m., 110C Chandlee Laboratory, Department of Nutritional Sciences (865-3448).
  • "Sharing Water Data for Research, Education, and Citizen Engagement: The Web-Services Revolution," Rick Hooper, Consortium of Universities for Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences (CUAHSI), 4:00 p.m., 112 Walker Building, Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (863-7091).


  • "Classical Limit of Spin Foams on Arbitrary Triangulation," Claudio Perini, Penn State, 10:00 a.m., 320 Whitmore Laboratory, Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos (863-9605).
  • "Understanding How the Evolution of a Bacterial Pathogen Shapes Its Ability to Cause Disease in Humans," Tamara O’Connor, Tufts University, 11:30 a.m., 101 Althouse Laboratory, host:  Greg Ferry, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (863-5721).
  • "Slaman-Woodin Coding: Part Two," Adrian Maler, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 315 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (865-7527).
  • "Applications of Topology of Three-Dimensional Manifolds to Dynamics: Part Two," Raul Ures, Institute of Mathematics and Statistics (Uruguay), 3:30 p.m., 216 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (865-7527).
  • "Quantum Information Processing Using Spins and Topological Quantum Systems," Jiang Jiang, California Institute of Technology, 3:30 p.m., 339 Davey Laboratory, host: David Weiss, Department of Physics (863-3076).
  • "Ecological Capacity and Biological Insurance: A Trait-Based Approach to Understanding Why Rare Species Matter," Shahid Naeem, Columbia University, 4:00 p.m., 100 Life Sciences Building (Berg Auditorium), host: MaryAnn Bruns, Intercollege Graduate Program in Ecology and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences (863-0779).
  • "Envelope Models and Methods," Zhihua (Sohpia) Su, University of Minnesota, 4:00 p.m., 201 Thomas Building, Department of Statistics (865-1348).
  • ""Using Mathematics to Understand Biological Function," Jim Keener, University of Utah, 4:00 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (865-7527).
  • "Look Local, Think Global: Local and Regional Controls on Global Phanerozoic Diversity," Mark Patzkowsky, Penn State, 4:00 p.m., 22 Deike Building, Department of Geosciences (865-2622).
  • "Modeling RNA Structure and Dynamics," Francois Major, Université de Montréal (Canada), 4:00 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, hosts: Phil Bevilacqua and Scott Showalter, Department of Chemistry (863-3812).


  • "The Construction of Time Models (Orbital Time Scales) and Their Integration with Proxy Data to Develop a Conceptual Model for Oceanic Anoxic Event 2," Stephen Meyers, University of Wisconsin, 12:00 noon, 213 Deike Buiding, Office of the Dean of the Graduate School and Worldwide Universities Network (865-6718).
  • "Welcome to the Nanoworld: Part Two" (video), 12:05 p.m., 105 Deike Building, Earth and Mineral Sciences Library (863-7073).
  • "Particle Physics  and  F-Theory," Natalia Saulina, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (Canada), 2:30 p.m., 339 Davey Laboratory, host: Murat Gunaydin, Department of Physics (863-0144).
  • "Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation," Daniel Veghte, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, host: Miriam Freedman, Department of Chemistry (867-4267).
  • "Progress on Diagnosing, Partitioning, and Understanding Cloud Feedbacks," Mark Zelinka, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 3:30 p.m., 112 Walker Building, Department of Meteorology (863-8566).
  • (title to be announced), Walter Neumann, Columbia University, 3:35 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (865-7527).
  • "The ABCs of Low-Mass Dwarfs," Andrew West, Boston University, 4:00 p.m., 538 Davey Laboratory, host: John Bochanski, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (865-0418).


  • "The Tumor Promoting Roles of Lymphocytes During RAS Initiated Inflammation and Skin Carcinogenesis," Andrew Gunderson, Penn State, 10:00 a.m., 252 Food Science Building, Intercollege Graduate Program in Immunology and Infectious Diseases (865-7170).
  • "Muizenberg Fever: Instructive Outbreaks of a Novel Agent," Julliet Pulliam, University of Florida, 11:00 a.m., 203 Millennium Science Complex, host: Alexander Hernandez, Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (865-9594).
  • "The Materies Genome Initiative (MGI) and Integrated Computational Materials Science and Engineering (ICMSE) at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Portfolio," Julie Christodoulou, Office of Naval Research, 11:15 a.m., 26 Hosler Building, Department of Materials Science and Energy (865-4992).
  • "Radical Approaches for Functionalizing Unactivated sp2 and sp3 Carbon Centers: Mechanistic Analysis of Key Steps in the Biosynthesis of Lipoic Acid and the Antibiotic Thiostrepton A," Nicholas Lanz, Penn State, 11:15 a.m., 101 Althouse Laboratory, host: Squire Booker, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (865-8793).
  • (title to be announced), Florian Enescu, Georgia State University, 11:15 a.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (865-7527).
  • "Polymer Membranes for Water Purification," Benny Freeman, University of Texas, 11:30 a.m., 102 Chemistry Building, host: Robert Rioux, Department of Chemical Engineering (867-2503 or www.che.psu.edu/seminars).
  • "Co-opting Moore's Law: Vaccines, Medicines, and More from a Wafer" (Marker lecture), Joseph DeSimone, University of North Carolina, 1:00 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, host:  Adam Biacchi, Department of Chemistry (867-2402).
  • "Two Sides of the Same Coin: Virus Maturation from Multiple Perspectives," Eric May, University of Michigan, 1:00 p.m., 101 Althouse Laboratory, host: Craig Cameron, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (863-8705).
  • "A New Perspective on the Inonu-Wigner Contractions," Eyal Subag, Isreal Institute of Technology (Technion), 2:30 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (865-7527).
  • "Cardiolipin Remodeling by Enzyme ALCAT1 at the Crossroad of Oxidative Stress, Mitochondrial Dysfunction, and Age-Related Diseases," Yuguang (Roger) Shi, Penn State, 4:00 p.m. (refreshments at 3:45 p.m.), 8 Mueller Laboratory, host: Douglas Cavener, Department of Biology (865-4562).
  • "Fredholm Meets Hodgkin, Huxley, Fokker, Planck, Keizer, and Gillespie," Jim Keener, University of Utah, 4:00 p.m., 114 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (865-7527).
  • "Inference in Some Nonstandard Problems," Emilio Seijo, Columbia University, 4:00 p.m., 201 Thomas Building, Department of Statistics (865-1348).
  • "Thinking About the Brain: Scale Invariance in the Dynamics of Spontaneous Behavior," Jayanth Banavar, University of Maryland, 4:00 p.m., 101 Thomas Building, host: Nitin Samarth, Department of Physics (863-1089).


  • "Revealing the Transcriptional Regulatory Mechanisms Controlling Floral Development," Xuan Ma, Penn State, 9:00 a.m., 301D Life Sciences Building, Intercollege Graduate Program in Cell and Developmental Biology (863-6414).
  • "Why the Bovine Y Chromosome," Wansheng Liu, Penn State, 11:00 a.m., 324 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building, Department of Dairy and Animal Science, (865-7638).
  • "The Honey Bee Microbiome: Niche, Pathogen Defense, and Genome Function," Kirk Anderson, Carl Hayden Bee Research Center, 11:15 a.m., 107 Forest Resources Building, host: Harland Patch, Department of Entomology (865-1895).
  • "Northeast Woody/Warm-Season Biomass Consortium," Thomas Richard, Penn State, 12:20 p.m., 101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences (865-6541).
  • "We're 90% Certain You'll Want to Be a Bayesian After this Seminar: Free Software and Modern Computers Make It Easy," Duane Diefenbach, Tyler Wagner, and W. David Walter, United States Geographical Survey, 12:30 p.m., 105 Forest Resources Building, School of Forest Resources (865-0772).
  • (title and speaker to be announced), 2:30 p.m., 157 Hosler Building, Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering (865-2273).
  • "Tree Throw Mini Symposium," Tim White, Rudy Slingerland, and Eric Kirby, Penn State, 3:30 p.m., 301 Steidle Building, Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (865-9910).
  • "Computational Issues in Numerical Weather Prediction," Fuqing Zhang, Penn State, 3:35 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (865-7527).
  • (title to be announced), Tom Colledge, Penn State, 4:00 p.m., 112 Walker Building, Department of Geography (863-4562).


  • "Feeding the Future: From the Lab Bench to the Dinner Table" (Frontiers lecture #5 of 6), Bruce McPheron, Penn State, 11:00 a.m., 100 Thomas Building, Eberly College of Science (863-0901 or science.psu.edu/frontiers).



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