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Science Seminars: 23-29 January 2012

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23 - 29 JANUARY 2012


  • "Constructing Optical Metamaterial via Deterministic Assembly," Lan Lin, Penn State, 12:00 noon, S-5 Osmond Laboratory, Center for Nanascale Science/MRSEC Interdisciplinary Research Group 4 (863-0007).
  • "The Evolution of Eukaryotic DNA Methylation," Daniel Zilberman, University of California, 12:10 p.m., 108 Wartik Laboratory, host: Michael Axtell, Intercollege Graduate Program in Plant Biology (867-0241).
  • "Ten Years After the Sequencing of the First Human Genome: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?" Brendan Keating, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 12:20 p.m., 101 Osmond Laboratory, host: Mitchell Holland, Forensic Science Program (865-5286, or mmh20@psu.edu).
  • "Thermodynamic Formalism for the Henon Map at the First Bifurcation," Samuel Senti, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), 3:35 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (865-7527).
    "Effects of an Estrogen Metabolite on Binge Eating," Keith Babbs, Penn State, 4:00 p.m., 110C Chandlee Laboratory, Department of Nutritional Sciences (865-3448).
  • "Heroes, Heroines, and Villains: Exploring the Mythology of a Single Epigenetic Mark: Histone H3 Lysine 4 Methylation," Michael Cosgrove, State University of New York, 4:00 p.m., 101 Althouse Laboratory, host: Song Tan, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (865-3355).
  • "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines," Michael Mann, Penn State, 4:00 p.m., 112 Walker Building, Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (863-7091).
  • "Understanding the Role of Phylogeny in Community Assembly," Jean Burns, Case Western Reserve University, 4:00 p.m., 112 Borland Building, host: Jason Hill, Intercollege Graduate Program in Ecology (867-0371).


  • "Biomolecular Smart Materials: New Materials for Sensing, Actuation, and Energy Harvesting," Donald Leo, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 10:00 a.m., 301 Steidle Building, Department of Materials Science and Engineering (865-4992).
  • "Cohen Forcing and Sacks Forcing in Recursion Theory," Noopur Pathak, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 315 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (865-7527).
  • "Global Rigidity of Riemannian Manifolds of Non-Positive Curvature," Weisheng Wu, Penn State, 3:30 p.m., 216 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (865-7527).
  • "Conformational Dynamics in the Fidelity of Poliovirus RNA-Dependent-RNA-Polymerase," Xinran Liu, Penn State, 4:00 p.m., 301A Chemistry Building, host: David Boehr, Department of Chemistry (863-8605).
  • "A Mechanism for Extreme Slip and Exceptional Tsunamigenesis in the 2011 Tohoku-oki Earthquake," Greg Beroza, Stanford University, 4:00 p.m., 22 Deike Building, Department of Geosciences (865-2622).
  • "Reproductive Organ Development, Homeostasis, and Regeneration," Richard Behringer, Baylor College of Medicine, 4:00 p.m., 100 Life Sciences Building (Berg Auditorium), Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences (865-7043).


  • "Phoenix Mars Mission: Onto the Ice" (video), 12:05 p.m., 105 Deike Building, Earth and Mineral Sciences Library (863-7073).
  • "On the Geometry of Tensor Network States," Ke Ye, Texas A&M University, 2:30 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (865-7527).
  • "Transit Timing Variation Studies from NASA's Kepler Mission," Jason Steffen, Fermilab, 4:00 p.m., 538 Davey Laboratory, host: Doug Cowen, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (865-0418).


  • "The Emergence of Pandemic Canine Parvovirus, and the More Limited Spread of Canine Influenza Virus: Understanding Mechanisms of Host Range Switching," Colin Parrish, Cornell University, 11:00 a.m., 203 Millennium Science Complex, host: Alexander Hernandez, Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (865-9594).
  • "Nicotinamidase Modulated Cofactor Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD+) Salvage Biosynthesis Affects Muscle Activity and Energy Production in C. elegans," Wenqing Wang, Penn State, 11:15 a.m., 101 Althouse Laboratory, host: Wendy Hanna-Rose, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (865-7904).
  • (title to be announced), Kevin Tucker, Princeton University, 11:15 a.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (865-7527).
  • "Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching," Susan Ambrose, Carnegie Mellon University, 11:30 a.m., 114 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (865-7527).
  • "Sustainability via Synthetic Biology: A Growing Role for Biotechnology in the Chemical Industry," Brian Pfleger, University of Wisconsin, 11:30 a.m., 102 Chemistry Building, host: Robert Rioux, Department of Chemical Engineering (867-2503 or
  • www.che.psu.edu/seminars/).
  • "Molecular Motions in Enzyme Function and Allostery Studied by Solution Nuclear-Magnetic-Resonance (NMR) Spin Relaxation," Pat Loria, Yale University, 12:30 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, host: David Boehr, Department of Chemistry (863-8605).
  • "Reciprocity and p-adic Groups: Part Two," Nigel Higson, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (865-7527).
  • "The Future is Bright: Charting a Course for Genomic Medicine," Eric Green, National Institutes of Health, 4:00 p.m., 100 Life Sciences Building (Berg Auditorium), host: Scott Selleck, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences (867-4373).
  • "Probing Nanoscale Electronic Phases in Complex Quantum Materials," Keji Lai, Stanford University, 4:00, 117 Osmond Laboratory, host: Eric Hudson, Department of Physics (863-5345).
  • "Global Recession, Recovery, and the Future World-Energy Architecture: Scenarios to 2030," Alexander Van de Putte, PFC Energy International, 4:15 p.m., 135 Reber Building, host: Darryl Farber, Strategic and Global Security Program and the School of International Affairs (865-3042).


  • "In Search of 'Green' Beef," John Comerford, Penn State, 11:00 a.m., 324 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building, Department of Dairy and Animal Science (865-7638).
  • "Ants, Plants, and Bacteria: A Tale of Evolutionary Diversification," Corrie Moreau, Field Museum of Natural History, 11:15 a.m., 107 Forest Resources Building, host: David Hughes, Department of Entomology (863-7344).
  • "Spectra of Transiting Extrasolar Planets: Past, Present, and Future," Peter McCullough, Space Telescope and Science Institute, 12:00 noon, 538 Davey Laboratory, host: Chad Bender, Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds (865-0418).
  • "Laser Probes of the Dark Sector," Jason Steffen, Fermilab, 2:30 p.m., 339 Davey Laboratory, host: Doug Cowen, Department of Physics (863-5943).
  • "Research by Fixed-Term Faculty," organized by Denice Wardrop, Penn State, 4:00 p.m., 112 Walker Building, Department of Geography (863-4562).


  • "The Global Pollinator Crisis" (Frontiers lecture #2 of 6), Christina Grozinger, Penn State, 11:00 a.m., 100 Thomas Building, Eberly College of Science (863-0901 or science.psu.edu/frontiers).


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