Thompson Hall Science & Mathematics Seminars

The seminars are normally held on Thursdays, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Thompson 175 unless otherwise posted. They are open to the general public.

Students, faculty, staff, and guests are invited to gather for refreshments and conversation at 3:45 p.m. before each seminar.

The Thompson Hall Science and Mathematics Seminars have been held on a regular basis since 1978-79. Once again the seminar series will feature presentations by Puget Sound faculty and students and invited guest speakers on a wide range of topics. Please join us in welcoming the following speakers:

Spring 2015 schedule

Presentation Schedule, Fall 2014

Sept. 11, 2014

Fall Student Research Symposium
All summer science research students will present posters of their research
4 pm to 6 pm, Harned Colonnade

Sept. 18, 2014

Gene amplification provides a molecular foothold for viral adaptation to new hosts

Greg Brennan

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

4 pm, Thompson 175

Sept. 25, 2014

The biogeography and genetic connectivity of Antarctic ribbon worms

Megan Schwartz
University of Washington Tacoma
4 pm, Thompson 175

Friday, Sept. 26, 2014

Learning and teaching about human genetic variation and race

This is one of several spotlight sessions scheduled for the 2014 Race & Pedagogy National Conference. Registration is required for this free event. 

10:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. Session A1
Presentations: Learning and Teaching about Biology and Race


Tales of Human History Written in Our Genomes -- Dr. Josh Akey, Genome Sciences at University of Washington, Seattle
What Type of Person Are You? Species, Race, Variety, Population, Individual -- Dr. Kenneth Weiss, Department of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University
The Population Genetics of the Bronx -- Dr. Harry Ostrer, Pathology and Genetics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, New York
Why (and How) We Should Teach Our Students About Race -- Dr. Joseph Graves, Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering at NCATSU & UNC Greensboro

1 - 1:45 p.m. Lunch

1:45 - 3:45 p.m. Session B1
Panel Discussion: Teaching About the Genetics of Race

Panel Members:
Dr. David Boone,
Gonzaga University

Dr. Peter Wimberger, University of Puget Sound
Dr. Alexa Tullis,
University of Puget Sound
Dr. Christine Mangarano '03,
Maryland Institute College of Art

For specific information about the Learning and Teaching About Human Genetic Variation and Race Spotlight Series, please contact Dr. Andreas Madlung at 253.879.2764 or email

Oct. 2, 2014

The use of social information by non-social insects

Jeremy Davis

University of Washington Tacoma

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Kena Fox-Dobbs

Oct. 9, 2014

The two Earths of Eratosthenes

James Evans

University of Puget Sound Physics Department

4 pm, Thompson 175


Oct. 16, 2014

Where apes and songbirds are left behind: A comparative assessment of the requisites for speech

Erin Colbert-White

University of Puget Sound Psychology Department

4 pm, Thompson 175


Oct. 23, 2014


Species-level deconvolution of metagenome assemblies with Hi-C-based contact probability maps

Ivan Liachko

University of Washington Department of Genome Science

4 pm, Thompson 175

Oct. 30, 2014

Sparking imaginations--An exhibit on the history of electrical science and electrical power
Amy Spivey

University of Puget Sound Physics Department

4 pm, Thompson 175

Nov. 6, 2014

Patrick El-Khoury

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Amanda Mifflin

Nov. 13, 2014

The natural history of Manacus manakins, an unusual group of birds of neotropical rainforests

Timothy Billo

University of Washington Program on the Environment

4 pm,  Thompson 175

Nov. 20, 2014

Genes that escape X inactivation vary between tissues and can exhibit female-specific functions
Joel Berletch
University of Washington Department of Pathology
4 pm, Thompson 175

Nov. 27, 2014


Dec. 4, 2014

Impact of chronic exposure to bisphenol A on the developing GnRH3 neural system and behavior in Japanese Medaka
Tomoko Inagaki
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Departments of Biology & Neuroscience, University of Puget Sound
4 pm, Thompson 175

Presentation Schedule, Spring 2015

Jan. 22, 2015

Eric Scharrer

University of Puget Sound Chemistry Department

4 pm, Thompson 175

Jan. 29, 2015

Automated identification of mouse ultrasonic vocalizations

Adam Smith

University of Puget Sound Mathematics & Computer Science Department

4 pm, Thompson 175

Feb. 5, 2015 

Identify theft at the heart of cardiovascular development
Nathan Palpant
University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Pathology

4 pm, Thompson 175


Feb. 12, 2015   
Feb. 19, 2015   
Feb. 26, 2015   
March 5, 2015 

Keith Benson

University of Washington History of Science Department, Professor Emeritus

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Kristin Johnson

March 12, 2015  
March 19, 2015 

 Spring Break

March 26, 2015   
April 2, 2015   Phi Sigma Symposium keynote speaker
April 9, 2015   
April 16, 2015   
April 23, 2015 

Alison Scoville

Central Washington University Biology Department

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Vanessa Koelling

April 30, 2015 

Monkeyflower business: Genomic and molecular perspectives on the repeated evolution of flower coloration

Arielle Cooley

Whitman College Biology Department

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Vanessa Koelling

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