Science Seminars: March 18 to 24

Monday, March 18

"Progress Towards Comprehensive Annotation of Plant Small RNA Genes," Michael Axtell, Penn State, 12:10 p.m., 108 Wartik Laboratory, host: Michael Axtell, Intercollege Graduate Degree in Plant Biology (814-867-0241).

"Accessing and Harnessing Metalated Intermediates toward Synthetic Utility," Eric Ferreira, Colorado State University, 2:30 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, Host:  Gong Chen, Department of Chemistry (814-867-2590).

(title to be announced), Ray Ban, Ban & Associates, 112 Walker Building, 3:30 p.m., Department of Meteorology (814-863-8566).

"Linking Microbial Composition to Plant Type in Restored and Natural Wetlands," Stephanie Yarwood, University of Maryland Environmental Science & Technology, 3:35 p.m., 112 Buckhout Laboratory, Department of Plant Pathology (814-865-3761).

"Steppe Changes? Warming and Other Interactive Pressures in Northern Mongolia Grassland," Brenda Casper, University of Pennsylvania, 4 p.m., 112 Borland Laboratory, host: Christopher Fernandez, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (814-867-0371).

“Understanding Chromatin Architecture,” Michael Buck, State University of New York at Buffalo, 4 p.m., 101 Althouse Laboratory, host: Joseph Reese, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (814-865-1976).

"You Are What Your Mother Ate: True Confessions of a Mendelian Geneticist and Evolutionary Biologist," Douglas Cavener, Penn State, 4 p.m., 008 Mueller Laboratory, Department of Biology (814-865-9131).

Tuesday, March 19

"Phoretic Nanomotors," Plory Wong, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, adviser: Ayusman Sen, Department of Chemistry (814-863-2460).

"The Evolution of Gecko Diversity since the Cretaceous," Aaron Bauer, Villanova University, 4 p.m. (refreshments served at 3:45 p.m.), 008 Mueller Laboratory, host: Blair Hedges, Department of Biology (814-865-9991).

“Experimental Constraints on Late Accretion of the Earth and Moon,” James Brenan, University of Toronto, 22 Deike Building, 4 p.m., Department of Geosciences (814-865-2622).

Wednesday, March 20

“Split Estate: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You – Part 1”  (video), 12:15 p.m., 105 Deike Building, Earth and Mineral Sciences Library (814-863-7073).

"Utilization: Power, Plastics and Transportation,” James O’Donnell, Alternative Fuel Solutions of Pennsylvania LLC and Robert McDaniel, Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc., 12:15 p.m., 117 EES Building, Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research/Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (814-865-1587).

"The Hodgkin Huxley Model, Misunderstood by Experimentalists and Theorists," James Bower, University of Texas Health Science Center, 4 p.m., 108 Wartik Laboratory with Video to Hershey COM Room CG623, host: Lyle Long, Graduate Program in Neuroscience (814-865-1172).

Thursday, March 21

“Dynamics of GATA1 Action During Inducible Erythroid Differentiation,” Deepti Jain, Penn State, 11:15 a.m., 101 Althouse Laboratory, host: Ross Hardison, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (814-863-0113).

"High-Valent Iron-Oxos: Synthesis, Spin States and C-H Bond Cleavage," Larry Que, University of Minnesota, 2:30 p.m., 108 Wartik Laboratory, host: Marty Bollinger, Department of Chemistry (814-863-5707).

"Allostasis, Resilience and Coping With a Changing World," John Wingfield, University of California Davis, 4 p.m., 110 Wartik Laboratory, host: Christopher Fernandez, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (814867-0371).

”Cross-sample Profiling of Genomic Copy Number Changes,” Nancy Zhang, University of Pennsylvania, 4 p.m., 201 Thomas Building, Department of Statistics (814-865-1348).

Friday, March 22

“Bovine Semen Processing for Maximum Fertility,” Dr. Kari Beth Krieger, Genex, 11 a.m., 324 Agricultural Science and Industries Building, Department of Animal Science (814-865-7638).

"Aging, Estrogen and Inflammation in the Cardiovascular System," Anne Knowlton, University of California Davis, 11:15 am, 127 Noll Laboratory, host: Donna Korzick, Department of Kinesiology (814-865-3453).

"Floral Dimension of African Malaria," Woodbridge Foster, Ohio State, 11:15 a.m., 107 Forest Resources Building, host: Matt Thomas, Department of Entomology (814-865-1895).

"The Wonders of Electron Density: From Fractional Charges and Fractional Spins to the Noncovalent Interactions of Biomolecular Complexes," Duke University, 2:30 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, host: Lasse Jensen, Department of Chemistry (814-867-1787).

"Connecting Microclimates to Plant Species' Range Dynamics in a Changing Climate," 4 p.m., Frank Davis, 112 Walker Building, Department of Geography (814-863-4562).

Saturday, March 23, and Sunday, March 24None

Cancellations and additions will be noted on weekly Science Seminar listings at

Last Updated January 09, 2015