Science Seminars: Feb. 18 to 24

Monday, Feb. 18

"The Juxtamembrane Domain: A Central Guardian of the Ron Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Activity," Xin Wang, Penn State, 10:30 a.m., 118 Agricultural, Science and Industry Building, host: Pamela Hankey, The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences (814-863-0128).

"Harnessing the Atom-like Properties of Single Spins in Diamond," Lee Bassett, University of California-Santa Barbara, noon, S5 Osmond Laboratory, host: Nitin Samarth, Department of Physics (814-865-6108).

"The Amborella Trichopoda Genome Sheds Light on Angiosperm Evolution," Joshua Derr, Penn State, 12:10 p.m., 108 Wartik Laboratory, host: Michael Axtell, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Plant Biology (814-867-0241).

"Iron Catalyzed Hydrosilylation," Yi-Chun Lin, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, Adviser: Alex Radosevich, Department of Chemistry (814-867-4268).

"Software Tools for the Construction of Detailed Kinetic Models", Michael T. Klein, University of Delaware, 3:30 p.m., 112 Walker Building, Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering (814-865-2273).

"The Career of a Plant Pathologist in Private Industry:  A Fresh Look," Peter Horevaj, DuPont Pioneer Plant Pathology, 3:35 p.m., 112 Buckhout Laboratory, Department of Plant Pathology (814-865-3761).

(title to be announced), Doris Hein, Princeton University, 3:35 p.m., 114 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"How Does Human Energy Metabolism Relate to Body Size?" Steven Heysmfield, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 4 p.m., 008 Mueller Laboratory, Department of Nutrional Sciences (814-865-3448).

"Symmetries of the Very Early Universe," Justin Khoury, University of Pennsylvania, 4 p.m., 320 Whitmore Laboratory, Institute for Gravitation
and the Cosmos (814-863-9605).

Tuesday, Feb. 19

"The Sub-Nanometer Length Scale:  Exploring Fundamental Challenges in Aerosols & Catalysis," Nicholas A. Brunelli, Georgia Institute of 
Technology, 10 a.m., 102 Chemistry Building, host: Mike Janik, Department of Chemical Engineering (814-865-2577 or

"Towards a Predictive Science of Complex Networks," Dani Bassett, University of California-Santa Barbara, 11:15 a.m., 339 Davey Laboratory, host: Nitin Samarth, Department of Physics (814-865-6108).

"The Function of Neuroligin-2 in Neuronal Development and Neuropsychiatric Disorders," Chicheng Sun, Penn State, 1 p.m., 301D Life Sciences Building, host: Gong Chen, The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

"Composite Nanoparticles for Early Detection of Human Cancer," Xiaomeng Tang, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, adviser: James Adair/Tom Mallouk, Department of Chemistry (814-863-6047/814-863-9637).

(title to be announced), Bin Zhang, Sichuan University (China), 2:30 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"III. Algebraic Approach: Enveloping Algebra, Infinitesimal Characters, Kontsevich Theorem, Family Algebras," Alexandre Kirillov, University of
Pennsylvania, 3:30 p.m., 114 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Design Principles for Light Harvesting," Greg Scholes, University of Toronto (Canada), 4 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, host: John Asbury,
Department of Chemistry (814-863-6309).

"Fine-Tuned Receptor Modifications in Hedgehog Signaling,"  Jianhang Jia, University of Kentucky, 4 p.m. (refreshments served at 3:45 p.m.),  Room 8 Mueller Laboratory, Department of Biology (814-865-7043).

(title to be announced), Benjamin Mirus, United States Geological Survey, 4 p.m., 22 Deike Building, Department of Geosciences (814-865-2622).

Wednesday, Feb. 20

"Lake Sediment Record Reveals Climate Change and Human-Environment Interactions in Southwestern China," Aubrey Hillman, University of
Pittsburgh, 11:15 a.m., 529 Walker Building, Earth System Science Center (814-865-0478).

"Libby Montana - Part 2" (video), 12:15 p.m., 105 Deike Building, Earth and Mineral Science Library (814-863-7073).

"Marcellus and the Media" (panel discussion), Andy Maykuth, Philadelphia Inquirer; Susan Phillips, StateImpact Pennsylvania; Denise Bortree, Penn State; 12:15 p.m., 117 Earth-Engineering Sciences Building, Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research/Earth & Environmental Systems Institute (814-865-1587).

"Reactions at Calcite (10-1 4) Surfaces," Danielle Bittner, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, adviser: Miriam Freedman, Department of Chemistry (814-867-4267).

"Magnetic Flux 1/f Noise: A 30 Year Saga,"  John Clarke, University of California-Berkeley, 3:30 p.m., 339 Davey Laboratory, host:  Moses Chan, Department of Physics (814-865-6108).

"Gas and the Galaxy 'Main Sequence' Scaling Relation: What Have We Learned?" David Schiminovich, Columbia University, 4 p.m., 538 Davey Laboratory, host: Mike Eracleous, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics (814-865-0418).

"Regulation of Glutamate Receptor Trafficking by the Ubiquitin Signaling System in C. Elegans," Peter Juo, Tufts University, 4 p.m., 108 Wartik Laboratory with video to Hershey COM Room CG623, host:  Melissa Rolls (814-863-0167).

"Superconductivity: From Trains to Brains," John Clarke, University of California-Berkeley, 8 p.m., 119 Osmond Laboratory, host: Moses Chan, Department of Physics (814-865-6108).

Thursday, Feb. 21

"Synthetic Riboswitches for Controlling Bacterial Gene Expression," Justin Gallivan, Emory University, 10 a.m., 102 Chemistry Building, host: Howard Salis, Department of Chemical Engineering (814-865-1931 or

"Chemical Modeling of Direct Coal Liquefaction," Michael T. Klein, University of Delaware, 10:30 a.m., C213 Coal Utilization Lab, Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering (814-865-2273).

"The Ecology of Pathogen Amplification - Trophic Cascades, Resource Pulses, and the Dilution Effect," Felicia Keesing, Bard College, 11 a.m., W203 Millennium Science Complex, host:  Alexander Hernandez, Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (814-865-9594).

"Completeness of the TCA Cycle in Cyanobacteria and Potential Application," Shuyi Zhang, Penn State, 11:15 a.m., 101 Althouse Laboratory, host: Don Bryant, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (814-865-1992).

"The Trans-translation Pathway as a Target for Broad-spectrum Antibacterial Development," Nitya Ramadoss, Penn State University, 1 p.m., 101 Althouse Laboratory, host: Ken Keiler, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (814-863-0787).

"Tempered Representations from the Point of Vview of C*-algebras, III," Nigel Higson, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Getting the Most Out of a Black Hole," Alexander Tchekhovskoy, Princeton University, 4 p.m., 538 Davey Laboratory, host: Steinn Sigurdsson, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics (814-865-0418).

"The Ubiquitous SQUID: Then and Now," John Clarke , University of California-Berkeley, 4 p.m., 117 Osmond Laboratory, host:  Moses Chan, Department of Physics (814-865-6108).

Friday, Feb. 22

"Local Control of Skeletal Muscle Blood Flow," Philip Clifford, Medical College of Wisconsin, 11:15 a.m., 127 Noll Laboratory, host:  Lacy
Alexander, Department of Kinesiology (814-865-3453).

"Mosquito Ecology and Disease Transmission Across Ecological Scales," Michael Reiskind, North Carolina State University, 11:15 a.m., 107 Forest Resources Building, host: Courtney Murdock, Department of Entomology (814-865-1895).

"Making the Moon from a Fast-spinning Earth," Matija Cuk, SETI Institute,  noon, 538 Davey Laboratory, host: Suvrath Mahadevan, Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds (814-865-0418).

"Gamma-Convergence and Minimizing Energies," Marta Lewicka, University of Pittsburgh, 12:20 p.m., 114 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Electrochemical Hydrogen Evolution Catalyzed by Cobalt Complexes," Yinxi Yu, Penn State, 2:30 p.m. 102 Chemistry Building, adviser: Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, Department of Chemistry (814- 865-1383).

"Isometries on Surfaces, Elasticity and Calculus of Variations," Marta Lewicka, University of Pittsburgh, 3:35 p.m., 106 McAllister Building,
Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Living With HIV: Women and Antiretroviral Treatment in Uganda," Margaret Winchester, Penn State, 4 p.m., 112 Walker Building, Department of Geography (814-863-4562).

Saturday, Feb. 23

"Genome Instability: The Crucible of Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Children?" (Frontiers lecture No. 6 of 6), Scott B. Selleck, Penn State, 11 a.m., 100 Thomas Building, Eberly College of Science (814-863-8453 or

Sunday, Feb. 24

Last Updated February 14, 2013