Science Seminars: April 15 to 21

 

MONDAY, APRIL 15

"Invisibility and Retro-Reflection in Billiards," Alexandre Plakhov, University of Aveiro (Portugal) and Institute for Information Transmission Problems (Russia), 3:35 p.m., 114 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Mining Soil Metagenomes for Meeting," Jim Tiedje, Michigan State University, 3:35 p.m., 112 Buckhout Laboratory, Department of Plant Pathology (814-865-3761).

“Investigating Satiating Properties of Foods and Their Effects on Energy Intake,” Rachel Williams, Penn State, 4 p.m., 008 Mueller Laboratory, Department of Nutritional Sciences (814-863-0772).

“Nitrogenase Mechanism and Applications,” Markus W. Ribbe, University of California at Irvine, 4 p.m., 101 Althouse Laboratory, hosts: Squire Booker and Marty Bollinger, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (814-865-8793 / 814-863-5707).

"Three Frontiers in the Study of Behavioral Syndromes (aka Animal Personalities)," Andy Sih, University of California Davis, 4 p.m., 112 Borland Laboratory, host: Christopher Fernandez, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (814-867-0371).

TUESDAY, APRIL 16

"Optimal Pricing Strategies in a Limit Order Book," Giancarlo Facchi, Penn State, 11 a.m., 011 Agricultural Science Industries Building, adviser: Alberto Bressan, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

“Neutrino and Anti-Neutrino Cross-Section Results from MiniBooNE,” Joseph Grange, University of Florida, 1 p.m., 339 Davey Laboratory, host: Tyce DeYoung, Department of Physics (814-863-9594).

“Simulations of Water/Silica Interactions and Proton Behavior,” Stephen H. Garofalini, Rutgers University, 2 p.m., N-308A/B Millennium Science Complex, host: Kristen Fichthorn, Department of Chemical Engineering (814-865-2574).

(title to be announced), Radu Laza, Stony Brook University, 2:30 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

(title to be announced), Stephen Flood, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 315 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Transfer Operator Method, II," Omri Sarig, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel), 3:30 p.m., 216 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Uncovering General Physical Principles That Control the Formation of Synaptic Connections Between Neurons," Cristian Staii, Tufts University, 3:30 p.m., 339 Davey Laboratory, host: Jorge Sofo, Department of Physics (814-777-3450).

(title to be announced), Michael I. Weinstein, Columbia University, 3:45 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Mitochondrial Ion Circuits and Cardiac Disease," Brian O'Rourke, Johns Hopkins University, 4 p.m., 100 Life Sciences Building, The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences (814-865-5802).

“The Effects of Impacts on Planetary Climates: From Dead Dinosaurs on Earth to the River Valleys on Mars,” Brian Toon, University of Colorado, 4 p.m., 22 Deike Building, Department of Geosciences (814-865-2622).

"Understanding Variation in Behavioral Responses to Human-induced Rapid Environmental Change," Andy Sih, University of California Davis, 4 p.m., 112 Buckhout Laboratory, host: Christopher Fernandez, Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (814-867-0371).

"Using Models of Evolutionary History to Understand Human Genetic Variation,” Michael DeGiorgio, University of California at Berkeley, 4 p.m., 8 Mueller Laboratory, host: Kateryna Makova, Department of Biology (814-865-4562).

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17

“Is Present Earth Susceptible to Either a Runaway/Moist Greenhouse or Depleted Ozone Layer as a Consequence of the Burning of Fossil Fuels?” Ramses Ramirez, Penn State, 11:15 a.m., 529 Walker Building, Earth System Science Center (814-865-0478).

“The Devil’s Miner – Part 2” (video), 12:15 p.m., 105 Deike Building, Earth and Mineral Sciences Library (814-863-7073).

"Nanoparticle Mass Spectrometry: How it Works and What It Tells Us About Atmospheric Processes," Murray Johnston, University of Delaware, 2:30 p.m., 102 Chemistry Building, host: Miriam Freedman, Chemistry Department (814-865-4543).

"Transverse Nucleon Structure and Chiral Symmetry Breaking," Christian Weiss, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, 2:30 p.m., 339 Davey Laboratory, host: Mark Strikman, Department of Physics (814-865-7382).

"Problems of Optimal Resistance in Newtonian Aerodynamics," Alexandre Plakhov, University of Aveiro (Portugal) and Institute for Information Transmission Problems (Russia), 3:35 p.m., 114 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Head in the Clouds: Decoding the Spectral Features Produced by Brown Dwarf and Exoplanet Atmospheres," Kelle Cruz, Hunter College, 4 p.m., 538 Davey Laboratory, host: Jason Wright, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (814-865-0418).

"Homeostatic Control of Glial Progenitors in the Adult CNS," Dwight Bergles, Johns Hopkins University, 4 p.m., 108 Wartik Laboratory, host: Gong Chen, The Neuroscience Community of Penn State (814-865-2488).

THURSDAY, APRIL 18

"Ecology and Evolution of an Emerging Disease in a Songbird Host," Dana Hawley, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 11 a.m., W203 Millennium Science Complex, host: Laura Pollitt, Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (814-867-2396).

"Multiplicative and Inhomogeneous Diophantine Approximation," Sanju Velani, University of York (England), 11:15 am, 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

“Role of GODZ-Mediated Palmitoylation in GABAergic Inhibition,” Casey Kilpatrick, Penn State, 11:15 a.m., 101 Althouse Laboratory, host: Bernhard Luscher, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (814-865-5549).

"Progressing Towards a Better Astronomy," Kelle Cruz, Hunter College, noon, 538 Davey Laboratory, host: Sharon Wang, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics (814-865-0418).

"A Short History of Length," Joel C. Langer, Case Western Reserve University, 2:30 p.m., 113 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Reciprocity Theorems for Tempered Representations, 1," Nigel Higson, Penn State, 2:30 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Metric Diophantine Approximation: The Lebesgue and Hausdorff Theories," Sanju Velani, University of York (England), 3:35 p.m., 114 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

”A Network-based Penalized Regression Method with Application to Genomic Data,” Wei Pan, University of Minnesota, 4 p.m., 201 Thomas Building, Department of Statistics (814-865-1348).

(title to be announced), Seth Putterman, University of California Los Angeles, 4 p.m.,117 Osmond Labrotory, host: Jay Maynard, Department of Physics (814-865-6353).

FRIDAY, APRIL 19

"Bottom-Up Insect Management Approaches," Yasmin Cardoza, North Carolina State University, 11:15 a.m., 107 Forest Resources Building, host: Christina Grozinger, Department of Entomology (814-865-1895).

"Giant Planets Caught at Formation," Adam Kraus, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, noon, 538 Davey Laboratory, host: Jason Wright, Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds (814-865-0418).

"About D'Alembert's Paradox in Mathematical Fluid Mechanics," David Gerard-Varet, Jussieu Paris (France), 12:20 p.m., 114 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

(title to be announced), David Koslicki, Oregon State University, 2:20 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

"Mathematical Theory of the Boundary Layer Equations," David Gérard-Varet, Université Denis Diderot Paris 7 (France), 3:35 p.m., 106 McAllister Building, Department of Mathematics (814-865-7527).

(title to be announced), Robin Moore, 4 p.m., 112 Walker Building, Department of Geography (814-863-4562).

SATURDAY, APRIL 20
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SUNDAY, APRIL 21(None)

Cancellations and additions will be noted on weekly Science Seminar listings at www.science.psu.edu/science-seminars.

Last Updated April 10, 2013