Science Seminars: Nov. 12 to 18

Monday, Nov. 12

"Oxide Nanoelectronics on Demand," Jeremy Levy, University of Pittsburgh, noon, S-5 Osmond Laboratory, Center for Nanoscale Science/MRSEC (814-863-0007).

"Testing the Complementarity Requirements of Plant MicroRNA Target Interactions," Qikun Liu, Penn State, 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, host: Scott Phillips, Department of Chemistry (814-867-2502).

"Global Rigidity of Abelian Anosov Actions on Tori," Zhiren Wang, Yale University, 3:30 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Exoelectrogenic Bacteria that Drive Bioelectricity Production in Different Types of Microbial Electrochemical Technologies," Bruce Logan, Penn State, 3:35 p.m., 112 Buckhout Laboratory, Department of Plant Pathology (814-865-3761).

"Exploring the Structure and Function of Human Genomes," Aaron Quinlan, University of Virginia, 4 p.m., 101 Althouse Laboratory, host: Anton Nekrutenko, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (814-865-4752).

"Taste and Reward in Obesity and After Gastric Surgery," Andras Hajnal, Penn State, 4 p.m., 110C Chandlee Laboratory, Department of Nutritional Sciences (814-865-3448).

"Where Does Water Go After it Rains? Revealing an Underground Super-Highway and the Melody of Soil Moisture," Henry Lin, Penn State, 4 p.m., 112 Walker Building, Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (814-863-7091).

Tuesday, Nov. 13

"Understanding Ion Transport in Imidazolium-Based Polymers Using Dielectric Spectroscopy," U. Hyeok Choi, Penn State, 10 a.m., 301 Steidle Building, Department of Materials Science and Engineering (814-865-4992).

"A Graph-Theoretical Approach to Euclidean Oriented Matroids," Leandro Junes, California University of Pennsylvania, 11:15 a.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Quantum Matter 'on-a-Chip'!" Vincent Meunier, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 3:30 p.m., 339 Davey Laboratory, host: Mauricio Terrones, Department of Physics (814-865-0343).

"Computable Randomness and Martingales a la Probability Theory," Jason Rute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2:30 p.m., 315 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Formal Hecke Algebras and Oriented Cohomology Theories," Alexander Hoffnung, Temple University, 2:30 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Ion Gradient-Driven Micropumps," Vinita Yadav, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, host: Ayusman Sen, Department of Chemistry (814-863-2460).

"Modeling and Simulation of the Self-Assembly of Crystalline Microstructures," Maciek Korzec, Technical University of Berlin (Germany), 2:30 p.m., 216 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Algebraic K-Theory and Its Applications to Dynamics: Part II," Kurt Vinhage, Penn State, 3:30 p.m., 216 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Earthquakes Across the Continent: Seismological Insights into Earthquake Physics," Bill Ellsworth, U.S. Geological Survey, 4 p.m., 22 Deike Building, Department of Geosciences (814-865-2622).

Wednesday, Nov. 14

"Quantitative Reconstruction of Precipitation in the Pacific Northwest from Lake Sediment Records and Mass Balance Models," Bryon Steinman, Penn State, 11:15 a.m., 529 Walker Building, Earth System Science Center (814-865-0478).

"Creating Memories and Mathematics in Upper Austria," James Sellers, Penn State, noon, 410 Boucke Building, University Office of Global Programs (814-865-0771 or jah3@psu.edu).

"How Earth Made Us: Fire" (video), 12:15 p.m., 105 Deike Building, Earth and Mineral Sciences Library (814-863-7073).

(title to be announced), Uday Shanbhag, Penn State, 12:30 p.m., 215 Armsby Building, Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy Initiative + Earth and Environmental System Institute (814-863-7597).

"Non-Gaussianity as a Probe of Particle Physics and Inflation," Sarah Shandera, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 339 Davey Laboratory, Department of Physics (814-863-9595).

"Quantitative Assays Using Paper Microfluidics," Greg Lewis, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, host: Scott Phillips, Department of Chemistry (814-867-2502).

"Learning about Ecosystem Engineers and Their Unseen Interactions," Alessandra Marins, Penn State, 3 p.m., 105 Forest Resources Building, host: Jason Hill, Intercollege Graduate Program in Ecology (814-867-0371).

"It Rains Cats and Dogs in a Clear Sky!?!" Kiran Alapaty, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 3:30 p.m., 112 Walker Building, Department of Meteorology (814-863-8566).

"The Future of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey," Michael Blanton, New York University, 4 p.m., 538 Davey Laboratory, host: Donald Schneider, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (814-865-0418).

"Post-Transcriptional Regulation of Adult Neural Stem-Cell Fate," Xinyu Zhao, University of Wisconsin, 4 p.m., 108 Wartik Laboratory (with video-conferencing to room CG623 at the College of Medicine), host: Yingwei Mao, Intercollege Graduate Program in Neuroscience (814-863-8019).

Thursday, Nov. 15

"Matrix-Free Hybrid Nanocomposites: Toward Functional Applications," Richard Vaia, U.S. Air Force, 9:45 a.m., 26 Hosler Building, Department of Materials Science and Engineering (814-865-4992).

(title to be announced), Daniel Hernandez, University of Minnesota, 11:15 a.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Analyzing the Options for Monetizing the Shale Gas Resource," Uday Turaga, ADI Analytics, 1 p.m., Marcellus Shale Webinar (login information found at ), Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research and the College of Agricultural Sciences/Penn State Extension (814-865-1587).

"Selective, Catalytic Functionalization of Alkyl and Aryl C-H Bonds" (Marker lecture), John Hartwig, University of California, 2:30 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, host: Gong Chen, Department of Chemistry (814-867-2590).

"A Short Look at the Long History of the Lemniscate of Bernoulli," Joel Langer, Case Western Reserve University, 2:30 p.m., 113 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Bose-Einstein Condensates Subject to Synthetic Gauge Fields," Ian Spielman, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 4 p.m., 117 Osmond Laboratory, host: Nate Gemelke, Department of Physics (814-865-6871).

"Hidden Markov Models with Applications in Cell-Adhesion Experiments," Ying Hung, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, 4 p.m., 111 Tyson Building, Department of Statistics (814-865-1348)

"The Molecular Epidemiology and Forensics of Bacterial Pathogens: Whole Genome Analysis Leads Great Resolution," Paul Keim, Northern Arizona University, 4 p.m., 100 Life Sciences Building (Berg Auditorium), host: Philip Smith, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences (814-863-3650).

Friday, Nov. 16

"Uncovering Mechanisms Regulating Mammalian Oocyte Development," Melissa Pepling, Syracuse University, 11 a.m., 324 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building, Department of Animal Science (814-865-7638).

"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).

"Mathematical Analysis of Linearized Peridynamics," Tadele Mengesha, Penn State, 12:20 p.m., 114 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Sustainable Corn-Stover Removal Systems for Mushroom-Substrate Production," Chris Houser, Penn State, 12:20 p.m., 101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building, Department of Plant Sciences (814-865-2571).

"Interfacial Electron Transfer between Mixed-Valence Compounds Bridged by a Nanostructure," Anthony Cirri, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, host: Benjamin Lear, Department of Chemistry (814-863-0889).

"Mathematical Theory for Charged Particles: From Kinetic Equations to Continuum Models," Hao Wu, Fudan University (China), 3:35 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"TV Weathercasters as Climate Educators: Making the Abstract Concrete," Ed Maibach, George Mason University, 4 p.m., 112 Walker Building, Department of Geography (814-863-4562).

Saturday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov. 16

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Last Updated November 08, 2012