Science Seminars: April 1 to 7

 

MONDAY, 1 APRIL

"Enhancement of Plant Growth and Stress Resistance by Fungal Volatile Organic Compounds: A Novel Mechanism Underpinning Plant-Fungal Interactions," Seogchan Kang, Penn State, 12:10 p.m., 108 Wartik Laboratory, host: Michael Axtell, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Plant Biology (814-867-0241).

"Functionalized Catanionic Vesicles as Artificial Pathogens: Novel Approaches to the Production of Vaccines Against Bacterial Pathogens," Philip DeShong, University of Maryland, 2:30 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building (814-865-6553).

"Cucumber Mosiac Virus and Plant Virus Evolution," Justin Pita, Penn State, 3:35 p.m., 112 Buckhout Laboratory, Department of Plant Pathology (814-865-3761).

“Histone Transfer Among Chaperones,” Mair Churchill, University of Colorado Denver, 4 p.m., 101 Althouse Laboratory, host: Song Tan, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (814-865-3355).

"Invasion Biology: Where Did it Come From, Where is it Going, and Why Don't Some People Like it?" Dan Simberloff, University of Tennessee, 4 p.m., 112 Borland Laboratory, host: Christopher Fernandez, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (814-867-0371).

“Tracking the Metabolism of Vitamin A in Neonates Using Mathematical Modeling Approach,” Libo Tan, Penn State, 4 p.m., 110C Chandlee Laboratory, Department of Nutritional Sciences (814-863-0772).

TUESDAY, 2 APRIL

“Solid Polymer Electrolytes for Lithium Batteries: Multi-Ionic Salts and Lithium Channels,” Stephanie Wunder, Temple University, 10 a.m., 301 Steidle Building, Department of Materials Science and Engineering (814-865-4992).

“Algorithms for Identifying Significant Mutations in Cancer Genomes,” Fabio Vandin, Brown University, 11:15 a.m., 101 Althouse Laboratory, host: Paul Medvedev, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (814-865-2733).

"Designing Chemically Robust Metal Oxides for Visible Light Photocatalysis: Toward Solar Z-Scheme Water Splitting," Bart Bartlett, University of Michigan, 2:30 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, host: Alex Radosevich, Department of Chemistry (814-867-4268).

(title to be announced), Jason Morton, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Algebraic K-theory and its applications to dynamics, III," Kurt Vinhage, Penn State, 3:30 p.m., 216 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Cascadic Multilevel Algorithms for Saddle Point Systems," Constantin Bacuta, University of Delaware, 3:30 p.m., 114 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

“Mapping Spin-Orbit Effects in Semiconductors,” Vanessa Sih, University of Michigan 3:30 p.m., 339 Davey Laboratory, host: Nitin Samarth, Department of Physics (814-865-6108).

"Drug Delivery with Copolymeric Nanoparticles," Brittney Nagle, Penn State, 4 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, adviser: Karl Mueller, Department of Chemistry, (814-863-8674).

“Interpreting the Noisy Historical and Geological Records of Sea Level Change: What Can the Past Tell Us About the Future,” Bob Kopp, Rutgers University, 4 p.m., 22 Deike Building, Department of Geosciences (814-865-2622).   

WEDNESDAY, 3 APRIL

“Molecular Paleothermometry in Lacustrine Systems: Progress and Problems,” Josef Werne, University of Pittsburgh, 11:15 a.m., 529 Walker Building, Earth System Science Center (814-865-0478)

“Science Under Attack” (video), 12:15 p.m., 105 Deike Building, Earth and Mineral Sciences Library (814-863-7073).

"DNA Architectures for Programmable Self-assembly," Hao Yan, Arizona State University, 2:30 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, Host: Paul Cremer, Department of Chemistry, (814-865-6259).

“Physics Reach of Neutrino Oscillation Facilities: How Much Room for Improvement is There After T2K and NOvA?” Pilar Coloma, Virginia Tech, 2:30 p.m., 339 Davey Laboratory, host: Irina Mocioiu, Department of Physics (814-865-6108).

“Teary Eyes to Blue Skies: A Global Source Attribution for Peroxyacetyl Nitrate (PAN),” Emily Fischer, Harvard University, 3:30 p.m., 112 Walker Building, Department of Meteorology (814-863-8566)

"Growth Estimates for Orbits of Self-Adjoint Groups," Pat Eberlein, University of North Carolina, 3:35 p.m., 114 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527)

"Pregnancy, Parenthood and Aging: Why Hormones Matter for Brain Health," Liisa Galea, University of British Columbia (Canada), 4 p.m., 108 Wartik Laboratory with video to Hershey Room CG 623, host: Sheri Berenbaum, Neuroscience community of Penn State University (814-865-6140).

"Understanding Exoplanets in Light of their Host Stars: Stellar Astrophysics and Kepler," Lucianne Walcowicz, Princeton University, 4 p.m., 538 Davey Laboratory, host: Jason Wright, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics (814-865-0418).

THURSDAY, 4 APRIL

"Ecoimmunology From Both Sides of the Invasive Species Coin: Endocrine-Immune Interactions in Fence Lizards and Cane Toads," Sean Graham, Penn State, 11 a.m., W203 Millennium Science Complex, host: Emily Hornett, Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (814-865-9594).

“Ruth Pike Lecture,” James McClung, U.S. Army Research Institute for Environmental Research, 11 a.m., 110 Henderson Building, Department of Nutritional Sciences (814-863-0772).

“Disruption of Heparan Sulfate Biosynthesis Induces Autophagy in Drosophila Muscle Cells,” Na Zhao, Penn State, 11:15 a.m., 101 Althouse Laboratory, host: Scott Selleck, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (814-867-4373).

“Growth of a Specialty Metals Company,” Russell E. Reber Jr., Carpenter Technology Corp., 11:15 a.m., 26 Hosler Building, Department of Materials Science and Engineering (814-865-4992).

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

"Competitive Interactions between Malaria Parasite Strains: Implications for Disease Transmission," Laura Pollitt, Penn State, 11:30 a.m., W203 Millennium Science Complex, host: Emily Hornett, Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (814-865-9594).

“Robust Optimization for Water Systems Planning Under Uncertainty: and Climate Change in Jordan,” Patrick Ray, George Fox University, noon, 541 Deike Building, Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (814-865-5007).

"Ghostbusting and property A," John Roe, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Protein Analogous Micelles: Versatile, Modular Nanoparticles," Matthew Tirrell, University of Chicago, 2:30 p.m., 108 Wartik Laboratory, Host: Chris Keating, Department of Chemistry, (814-863-7832).

"Symplectic Geometry of the Moduli of Ordinary Differential Equations," Leon Takhtajan, Stony Brook University, 3:35 p.m.,114 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

”Bayesian Computation Using Design of Experiments-Based Interpolation Technique,” Roshan Vengazhiyil, Georgia Tech, 4 p.m., 201 Thomas Building, Department of Statistics (814-865-1348).

“The Changing Models of Soil and Earth’s Critical Zone,” Dan Richter Jr., Calhoun Soil-Ecosystem Experiment, 4 p.m., 112 Forest Resources Building, Earth & Environmental Systems Institute (814-865-9910).

“Magma-tectonic Interactions Revealed by Satellite Geodesy and Modeling,” Christelle Wauthier, Carnegie Institution of Washington, 4 p.m., 22 Deike Building, Department of Geosciences (814-865-2622). 

(title to be announced), Karsten Heeger, Wisconsin University,  4 p.m., 117 Osmond Laboratory, host: Doug Cowen, Department of Physics (814-865-6108).

FRIDAY, 5 APRIL

"Forensic Science Legal Tools," David Kaye and Cedric Neumann, Penn State, 10 a.m., Greg Sutliff Auditorium, Lewis Katz Building, The Dickinson School of Law (814-865-8900).

“Application of Metabolomics in Animal Science,” Andrew Patterson, Penn State, 11 a.m., 324 Agricultural Science and Industries Building, Department of Animal Science (814-865-7638).

"Aromatase Inhibitors:  A Novel Emergency Contraceptive or a Fertility Therapy?" Heather Allaway, Penn State, 11:15 a.m., 127 Noll Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology (814-865-3453).

"The Influence of the Host Microbiome on Wolbachia Transmission in Anopheles Mosquitoes," Grant Hughes, Penn State, 11:15 a.m., 107 Forest Resources Building, host: Jason Rasgon, Department of Entomology (814-865-1895).

"Protein Molecular Dynamics Simulations: Informing Experimentation through Computation,” Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, Adviser: Scott Showalter, Department of Chemistry (814-865-2318).

“The Triumph of Economics Over Geography: A New Theory of Scarcity,” Lucky Yapa, Penn State, 4 p.m., 112 Walker Building, Department of Geography (814-863-4562).

SATURDAY, 6 APRIL

"Science News in the Digital Age: A Brave New World," Dan Vergano, USA TODAY, 11 a.m., 100 Thomas Building, Eberly College of Science (814-863-8453).

SUNDAY, 7 APRIL
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Cancellations and additions will be noted on weekly Science Seminar listings on the Web at www.science.psu.edu/science-seminars.

Last Updated March 28, 2013