Science Seminars: Dec. 3 to 9

Monday, Dec. 3

"Advanced Synchrotron X-ray Techniques to Probe Octahedral Tilts in Perovskite Thin Films," Reagan Johnson, Penn State, noon, S-5 Osmond Lab, Center for Nanoscale Science/MRSEC (814-863-0007).

"Protein Interaction Network in Guard Cell ABA Signaling," Biswa Ranjan Acharya, Penn State, 12:10 p.m., 108 Wartik Laboratory, host: Sally Assmann, Intercollege Graduate Program in Plant Biology (814-863-9579).

(Title to be announced), Boris Kalinin, Penn State, 3:30 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Climate Change and the Emergence of Opportunistic and Invasive 'Symbiotic' Dinoflagellates in Reef-Building Corals," Todd LaJeunesse, Penn State, 3:35
 p.m., 112 Buckhout, Department of Plant Pathology (814-865-3761).

"Interactions Between Factors and the Surface Structures of RNA Polymerase II," Jianhua Fu, Medical College of Wisconsin, 4 p.m., 101 Althouse Laboratory, host: David Gilmour, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (814-863-8905).

Tuesday, Dec. 4

"Dynamics at the Surface of Organic Glasses," Zahra Fakhraai, University of Pennsylvania, 10 a.m., 301 Steidle Building, Department of Materials Science and
Engineering (814-865-4992).

"A Combinatorial Formula for Certain Hecke Algebra Characters," Sam Clearman, Lehigh University, 11:15 a.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Results in Measure Theoretic Regularity," Noopur Pathak, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 315 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Electronic Structure of Dye-Sensitized TiO2 Clusters from Many-Body Perturbation Theory," Noa Marom, University of Texas at Austin, 3:30 p.m., 339 Davey Laboratory, host: Jorge Sofo, Department of Physics (814-777-3450).

"Higher Cohomology for Group Actions with Hyperbolic Structure, II," Felipe Ramirez, University of Bristol, 3:30 p.m., 216 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Metabolomics as a Unique Biochemical Approach for Understanding Disease Pathogenesis," Gary Siuzdak, Scripps Research Institute, 4 p.m., 100 Life Sciences Building/Berg Auditorium, host: Andrew Patterson (814-867-4565).

Wednesday, Dec. 5

"The Age of Stupid - Part 2," (video), 12:15 p.m., 105 Deike Building, Earth and Mineral Sciences Library (814-863-7073).

(Title to be announced), Nikolaos Mykoniatis, Penn State, 12:30 p.m. (lunch provided), 215 Armsby Building, Earth & Environmental Systems Institute (814-863-7597).

"Hurricanes and Global Warming: Expectations Versus Observations," Chris Landsea, National Hurricane Center, 3:30 p.m., 112 Walker Building, Department of Meteorology (814-863-8566).

"Knot Theory of R-covered Anosov Flows: Homotopy Versus Isotopy of Closed Orbits," Thomas Barthelmé, Tufts University, 3:35 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Itchy Mice and Star-Nosed Moles: New Approaches to Study Itch Touch and Pain," Diana Bautista, University of California Berkeley, 4 p.m., 108 Wartik Laboratory (with video-conferencing to Room CG623 at the College of Medicine), host: Melissa Rolls, Intercollege Graduate Program in Neuroscience (814-867-1395)

Thursday, Dec. 6

(Title to be announced), (presenter to be announced), 9 a.m., 114 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Defect Engineering in Graphene-like Nanostructures: Theory and Experiment," Humberto Terrones, Penn State, 9:45 a.m., 26 Hosler Building, Department of Materials Science and Engineering (814-865-4992).

"Animal Migration and Infectious Disease Risk: Monarchs as a Global Case Study," Sonia Altizer, University of Georgia, 11 a.m., W203 Millennium Science Complex, host: Timo Smieszek, Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (814-857-4651).

"Bijective Proofs Using Two-line Matrix Representations for Partitions," Jose Plinio Santos, University of Campinas (Brazil), 11:15 a.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Recognizing and Reporting Behaviors that may be Aggressive, Disruptive or Dangerous in our Classrooms and Student Interactions, and the Risks Associated with Such Behaviors," Rebecca B. Bywater, Penn State, 11:30 a.m., 114 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Carry That Weight: Enabling Catalysis Studies of Amine-Borane Dehydrogenation Towards Renewable Transportation Fuels," Tom Baker, University of Ottawa (Canada), 2:30 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, host: Ryan Byrne, Department of Chemistry (814-865-6079).

"On Random Network Iinference Using Bootstrap," Yulia Gel, University of Waterloo (Canada), 4 p.m., 111 Tyson Building, Department of Statistics (814-865-1348).

"The Higgs Boson - Latest Results from the Large Hadron Collider," Nick Hadley, University of Maryland, 4 p.m., 117 Osmond Laboratory, host: Ty DeYoung, Department of Physics (814-863-9594).

"Why You Will Eventually Become What Your Mother Ate: Golden Arches Evolution," Doug Cavener, Penn State, 5:15 p.m., 100 Life Sciences Building/Berg Auditorium, host: Megan Matthews, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences (814-865-2625).

Friday, Dec. 7

"Molecular Determinants of Reproductive Life Span," Aleksandar Rajkovic, University of Pittsburgh, 11 a.m., 324 Ag Science and Industries Building, Department of Animal Science (814-865-7638).

"Examples From Africa For a Transition To Agroecology," Han Herren, Millenium Institute, 11:15 a.m., 107 Forest Resources Building, host: Maggie Douglas, Department of Entomology (814-865-0772).

"Isometric Training and Blood Pressure Regulation," Cheri McGowan, University of Windsor, 11:15 a.m., 127 Noll Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology (814-865-3453).

"Imaging the Surfaces of Stars," John Monnier, University of Michigan, noon, 538 Davey Laboratory, host: Ming Zhao, Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds (814-865-0418).

"Brief Introductions to the Faculty, Graduate Students and Research Programs in the Newly Formed Department of Ecosystem Science and Management," various speakers, Penn State, 12:20 p.m., 102 Forest Resources Building, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management (814-865-7541).

"Roles of Rhizoctonia Fragariae and Terbacil in Black Root Rot Development of Strawberry," Emily Lavely, Penn State, 12:20 p.m., 101 ASI Building, Department of Plant Sciences (814-865-2571).

"Stokeslets," Francisco-Javier Sayas, University of Delaware, 12:20 p.m., 114 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Quantum Effects in Surface-Enhanced Molecular Spectroscopy," Lasse Jensen, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, Department of Chemistry

"Old and New Problems on the Discretization of the Stokes Equation," Francisco-Javier Sayas, University of Delaware, 3:35 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

(Title to be announced), Roger Downs, Penn State, 4 p.m., 112 Walker Building, Department of Geography (814-865-4562).

Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9

Last Updated November 28, 2012