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:

Go to: Spring 2017 schedule          

Presentation Schedule, Fall 2016

Sept. 1, 2016 Getting a 'chemist's eye' view of catalytic selectivity using classical and quantum molecular simulations
Will Pfalzgraff '10
Stanford University Department of Chemistry
4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Steven Neshyba
Sept. 8, 2016 Fall Student Research Symposium
All summer science research students will present posters of their research
4 pm to 6 pm, Harned Colonnade
Sept. 15, 2016 Nitrogen cycle history in the Earth system: From planet birth to Snowball Earth
Ben Johnson '06
University of Victoria School of Earth and Ocean Sciences
4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Jeff Tepper
Abstract
Sept. 22, 2016

Sex sells: Using the evolution and biology of sex to engage non-majors in the process of science
Sehoya Cotner
University of Minnesota Biology Teaching and Learning Department

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Stacey Weiss

Sept. 29, 2016 Race, gender and disability in American engineering education: Why STEM diversity must and cannot work
Amy Slaton
Drexel University Department of History and Politics
4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Amy Fisher
Support for this seminar provided by the Dean of Students, the Bioethics Program, the STS Program, and President Emeritus Ron Thomas
Oct. 6, 2016 Ecological impacts of land use on wildlife in Seattle
Mark Jordan '97
Seattle University Biology Department
4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Peter Wimberger
Oct. 13, 2016 What I learned in Chile about teaching, learning, and climate change
Steven Neshyba
University of Puget Sound Chemistry Department
4 pm, Thompson 175
Oct. 20, 2016 Erin Pettit
University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Geosciences
4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Kena Fox-Dobbs
Oct. 27, 2016 William Ristenpart
UC Davis College of Engineering
4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Rachel Pepper
Nov. 3, 2016 Building unnatural proteins using enzymatic ligations
John M. Antos
Western Washington University College of Science & Engineering
4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Dan Burgard
Nov. 10, 2016 "Bdellovibrio and Ensifer and Water Bears," Oh My: Why I love all matters microbial
Mark Martin
University of Puget Sound Biology Department
4 pm, Thompson 175 
Nov. 17, 2016

Designing nanoparticles to improve luminescent solar concentrators and to "green" photocatalysis
Andrea Munro
Pacific Lutheran University Chemistry Department
4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Amy Spivey

Nov. 24, 2016 Thanksgiving
Dec. 1, 2016 Gut microbiota and barrier function: Using prebiotics to understand the early consequences of a high fat diet
Kristi Hamilton
University of Oregon Meta Center for Systems Biology
4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Alyce DeMarais

Presentation Schedule, Spring 2017

Jan. 19, 2017 Catfish: Hidden species, hidden senses
Jacob Egge
Pacific Lutheran University Department of Biology
4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Gregory Johnson
Jan. 26, 2017 Cooperation and the origins of life
Niles Lehman
Portland State University Department of Chemistry
4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Vanessa Koelling
Feb. 2, 2017

The dog aging project: Can old dogs teach us new tricks?
Daniel Promislow
University of Washington Department of Pathology
4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Vanessa Koelling

Feb. 9, 2017

Understanding the adaptive immune response to malaria infection
Nicole Arroyo
University of Washington Immunology Department

4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Mark Martin

Feb. 16, 2017

**Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Lecture--Note different time and location**

Catalysis: A frontier at the center of chemistry
Eric Jacobsen
Harvard University Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
7 pm, Schneebeck Concert Hall
Host: John Hanson

Feb. 23, 2017  
March 2, 2017 Reserved
March 9, 2017

Towards a more complete kinetochore: Identifying factors that enhance kinetochore-microtubule attachment
Amitabha Gupta
Post-doctoral fellow, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Leslie Saucedo

March 16, 2017 Spring Break
March 23, 2017  
March 30, 2017  
April 6, 2017  
April 13, 2017 Genetic and electrical engineering approaches to understanding plant-pollinator coevolution
Toby Bradshaw
University of Washington Department of Biology
4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Vanessa Koelling
April 20, 2017  
April 27, 2017

The subterranean web of trees
Suzanne Simard
University of British Columbia Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences
4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Vanessa Koelling

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