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Science Seminars: 28 January - 3 Febuary 2013

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MONDAY, 28 JANUARY

  • “Electrons in Two Dimensions: Graphene and Beyond,” Kin Fai Mak, Cornell University, 11:15 a.m., 339 Davey Laboratory, host: Jun Zhu, Department of Physics (814-865-4376).
  • “Recent Results on Nanowires,” WeiWei Zhao and Duksoo Kim, Penn State, 12:00 noon, S-5 Osmond Laboratory, host: Center for Nanoscale Science/MRSEC (814-863-0007).
  • "Non-Mendelian Inheritance of Epigenetic Variation," Jay Hollick, Ohio State University, 12:10 p.m., 108 Wartik Laboratory, host:  Michael Axtell, Intercollege Graduate Program in Plant Biology (814-867-0241).
  • "Chemical Self-Replication," Kristin Beiswenger, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, advisor: Scott Phillips, Department of Chemistry (814-867-2502).
  • "Dietary, Lifestyle, And Genetic Factors Influencing Colorectal Cancer Risk," Joe Ashmore, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 110C Chandlee Laboratory, Department of Nutritional Sciences (814-865-3448).
  • "Optimal Investment with High-watermark Performance Fee," Mihai Sirbu, University of Texas-Austin, 3:30 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).
  • "A Diagnostician's Life:  A Look at the Samples, Science, and People in the Penn State Plant Disease Clinic," Sara May, Penn State, 3:35 p.m., 112 Buckhout Laboratory, Department of Plant Pathology (814-865-3761).
  • (title to be announced), Dan Thompson, Ohio State University, 3:35 p.m., 114 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).
  • "Climate Variability and Infectious Disease Dynamics in Changing Human Landscapes," Mercedes Pascual, University of Michigan, 4:00 p.m., 112 Borland, host:  Christopher Fernandez, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (814-867-0371).
  • “Genetic and Bioinformatics Studies of Yeast Chromatin,” John Wyrick, Washington State University, 4:00 p.m., 101 Althouse Laboratory, host:  Joseph Reese, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (814-865-1976).
  • "Quadratic Forms, Primes, and the Circle Method," Lillian Pierce, University of Oxford (United Kingdom), 4:00 p.m., 216 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).



TUESDAY, 29 JANUARY

  • "Algorithmic Exploration of 'Building-Block' Chemistry: Rapid Discovery of Optimal Gas Storage & Separations Materials", Christopher E. Wilmer, Northwestern University, 10:00 a.m., 102 Chemistry Building, host: Mike Janik, Department of Chemical Engineering (865-2577 or www.che.psu.edu/seminars/).
  • "Electrochemical Supercapacitors," Can Zhang, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, advisor: Ayusman Sen, Department of Chemistry (814-863-2460).
  • (title to be announced), Phil Hudelson, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 315 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).
  • "Stochastic Perron's Method in Linear and Non-linear Problems," Mihai Sirbu, University of Texas-Austin, 3:45 p.m., 114 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).
  • "Circuit Theory, Random Walks, And Model-Based Inference For Landscape Connectivity," Ephraim Hanks, Colorado State University, 4:00 p.m., 201 Thomas Building, Department of Statistics (814-865-1348).
  • “Frontier Fire in the Amazon: Local to Global Consequences of Human-altered Fire Regimes in Tropical Forests,” Jennifer Balch, Penn State, 4:00 p.m., 22 Deike Building, Department of Geosciences (814-865-2622).
  • "The Family Life of a Model Bird:  Hormones and Development,"  Elizabeth Adkins-Regan, Cornell University,  4:00 p.m. (refreshment served at 3:45 p.m.), Room 8 Mueller Laboratory, host: Tracy Langkilde, Department of Biology (814-867-2251).



WEDNESDAY, 30 JANUARY

  • (title to be announced), Navdeep Gill, Pace Global, 10:00 a.m., C213 Coal Utilization Laboratory, Earth and Mineral Sciences Energy Institute (814-865-4575).
  • “Listening to Graphene Noise: Can We Hear Single Microwave Photon?,” K. C. Fong, Caltech, 11:15 a.m., 339 Davey Laboratory, host: Moses Chan, Department of Physics (814-863-2622).
  • “Climate Change and U.S. Electric Power,” Ian Sue Wing, Boston University, 12:00 noon, 117 Earth-Engineering Science Building, Earth & Environmental Systems Institute (814-865-5007).
  • “Dirty Business: 'Clean Coal' and the Battle of Our Energy Future – Part 2,” (video), 12:15 p.m., 105 Deike Building, Earth and Mineral Sciences Library (814-863-7073).
  • "On-Chip Conversion of Optical Biomolecule Detection to an Electrical Readout," Sarah Boehm, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, advisor: Chris Keating, Department of Chemistry (814-863-7832).
  • "Not Your Grandmother's HII Regions: An X-ray Tour of Massive Star-forming Complexes," Leisa Townsley, Penn State University, 4:00 p.m., 538 Davey Laboratory, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics (814-865-0418).



THURSDAY, 31 JANUARY 

  • "Mechanistic Investigations Of Surface-Mediated Reactions For Heterogeneous Catalysis And Efficient Energy Conversion", Bingjun Xu, California Institute of Technology, 10:00 a.m., 102 Chemistry Building, host: Mike Janik, Department of Chemical Engineering (865-2577 or www.che.psu.edu/seminars/).
  • "Estimating Indirect, Total, and Overall Effects of Vaccination in the Field," M. Elizabeth Halloran, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 11:00 a.m., W203 Millennium Science Complex, host: Timo Smieszek, Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (814-857-4651).
  • “ATF4-SESN2 Circuit: A Possible Therapeutic Target for p53-independent Cancer,” Shu Wang, Penn State, 11:15 a.m., 101 Althouse Laboratory, host: Yanming Wang, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (814-865-3775).
  • "Generalized Exponents, Family Algebras and Representations with Simple Spectrum," Alexandre Kirillov, University of Pennsylvania, 3:35 p.m., 114 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).
  • "Semiparametric Sparse Discriminant Analysis in High Dimensions," Qing Mai, University of Minnesota, 4:00 p.m., 201 Thomas Building, Department of Statistics (814-865-1348).
  • “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches From The Front Lines,” Michael Mann, Penn State, 4:00 p.m., 117 Osmond Laboratory, host: Moses Chan, Department of Physics (814- 863-2622).



FRIDAY, 1 FEBRUARY

  • "Building a More Efficient Cloud - from Servers to Software ", Aman Kansal , Microsoft Research,  10:00 a.m., 222 Information Sciences and Technology Building, host: Sofya Raskhodnikova, Department of Computer Science and Engineering (814-865-9505).
  • "The Use Of Animal Activity Data And Milk Components As Indicators Of Clinical Mastitis," Andrea Tholen, Penn State, 11:00 a.m., 324 Ag Science and Industries Building, Department of Animal Science (814-865-7638).
  • (title to be announced),  Keith Baar, University of California-Davis,  11:15 a.m., 127 Noll Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology (814-865-3453).
  • "Genomics of Cooperation and Conflict in Honey Bees", Christina Grozinger, Penn State, 11:15 a.m., 107 Forest Resources Building, host: Shelby Fleischer, Department of Entomology (814-865-1895).
  • "What Can Images of Dusty Debris Disks Tell Us About Extrasolar Planets?," Marc Kuchner, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, 12:00 noon, 538 Davey Laboratory, host: Jason Wright, Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds (814-865-0418).
  • "Graphene in Molecular Spintronics," Dhabih Chulhao, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, advisor: Lasse Jensen, Department of Chemistry (814-867-1787).
  • "Efficient, Reliable, and Robust A Posteriori Error Estimation of Recovery Type," Zhiqiang Cai, Purdue University, 3:35 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).
  • “Restoring the American Chestnut,” Sara Fitzsimmons, American Chestnut Foundation, 4:00 p.m., 112 Walker Building, Department of Geography (814-863-4562).



SATURDAY, 2 FEBRUARY

  • "Bringing Genomic Medicine into Focus" (Frontiers lecture #3 of 6), Eric Green, National Institutes of Health, 11:00 a.m., 100 Thomas Building, Eberly College of Science (814-863-8453 or science.psu.edu/frontiers).
  • (title to be announced), Julie Lockwood, Rutgers University, 4:00 p.m., 112 Borland, host:  Christopher Fernandez, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (814-867-0371).



SUNDAY, 3 FEBRUARY

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