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 2016 schedule          
           Fall 2016 schedule

Presentation Schedule, Fall 2015

Sept. 3, 2015

Antioxidants: Suddenly a foe once you have cancer

Leslie Saucedo

University of Puget Sound Biology Department

4 pm, Thompson 175

Sept. 10, 2015

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

Sept. 17, 2015

Land, livelihood and legacy: Community-based conservation and natural resource management--Lessons from a year of study and international travel as a 2014 Watson Fellow

Kelsey Crutchfield-Peters '14

4 pm, Thompson 175

Sept. 24, 2015

How to build a mouse muscle in 3 easy steps: Functional divergence of myogenic transcription factors

Melissa Conerly

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

4 pm, Thompson 175

 Oct. 1, 2015

Applying evolutionary ecology to real world problems

Megan Van Etten

University of Michigan Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Vanessa Koelling

 Oct. 8, 2015

Larkspurs in the wake of the flood: Origin and diversification of an endangered  PNW wildflower

Keith Karoly

Reed College Biology Department

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Vanessa Koelling

 Oct. 15, 2015

Extensive antibody mutations and the road to HIV vaccine discovery

Mesfin Mulugeta Gewe

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

4 pm, Thompson 175

 Oct. 22, 2015

Larval biology of organisms from deep-sea cold seeps and hydrothermal vents

Shawn Arellano

Western Washington University Shannon Point Marine Center

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Kena Fox-Dobbs

 Oct. 29, 2015

Ion mobility mass spectrometry: New instrumentation and applications to structural biology

Matthew Bush

University of Washington Department of Chemistry

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Megan Gessel

 Nov. 5, 2015

Does mate choice speed adaptation in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster?

Devin Arbuthnott

University of Washington Department of Pathology

4 pm, Thompson 175

 Nov. 12, 2015

Discovery of novel per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs) in aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) and AFFF-impacted groundwater

Krista Barzen-Hanson

Oregon State University Chemistry Department

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Dan Burgard

 Nov. 19, 2015

Mercury cycling in Pacific Northwest forests

Abir Biswas

Biogeochemist, The Evergreen State College

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Kena Fox-Dobbs

 Nov. 26, 2015 Thanksgiving
 Dec. 3, 2015

Blue whales: Great size, tiny prey

Louise McGarry

Cornell University Ocean Resources & Ecosystems Program

4 pm, Thompson 175

Presentation Schedule, Spring 2016

Jan. 21, 2016

Get stressed! Protein degradation in plant responses to the environment
Bryan Thines

University of Puget Sound Biology Department

4 pm, Thompson 175

Jan. 28, 2016

Coupled vibrations in musical drumheads: Experimental and numerical methods
Rand Worland

University of Puget Sound Physics Department

4 pm, Thompson 175

Feb. 4, 2016

Chemical and biological sensing using liquid crystals
Sandra Ward
University of Puget Sound Chemistry Department

4 pm, Thompson 175

Feb. 11, 2016

Aging brains and lifestyle choices: From humans to bumblebees
Sue Hannaford

University of Puget Sound Biology Department

4 pm, Thompson 175
Abstract

Feb. 18, 2016

Aneuploidy and adaptation in yeast
Maitreya Dunham

University of Washington Genome Science Department

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Rachel Pepper
Abstract

Feb. 25, 2016

Methods promoting forest recovery by accelerating ecological succession
Jenise Bauman

Western Washington University Huxley College of the Environment

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Leslie Saucedo

March 3, 2016

Gene regulation in Borrelia burgdorferi, the tick-borne agent of Lyme disease

Scott Samuels

University of Montana Division of Biological Sciences

4 pm, Thompson 175

March 10, 2016

The Visioneers: How a group of elite scientists pursued space colonies, nanotechnologies, and a limitless future

Patrick McCray

University of California Santa Barbara History Department

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Kristin Johnson

March 17, 2016 Spring Break
March 24, 2016

Accretion of the Olympic Mountains and the Eocene transformation of Washington geology
Jeff Tepper
University of Puget Sound Geology Department

4 pm, Thompson 175

March 31, 2016

Exploring the molecular mechanisms that allow plants to interpret light signals and alter their development
Keisha Carlson

University of Puget Sound Biology Department

4 pm, Thompson 175

April 7, 2016

Sex, stress and plastics: How the brain responds to chemicals in the environment

Siddharth Ramakrishnan

University of Puget Sound Biology and Neuroscience Departments

4 pm, Thompson 175

April 14, 2016

The maintenance of an ecologically relevant trait in nature: Herbicide resistance in the common morning glory, Ipomoea purpurea
Regina Baucom

University of Michigan Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Vanessa Koelling

April 21, 2016

Investigating metacognition and learning: Implications for teachers and students

Amy Siegesmund

Pacific Lutheran University Biology Department

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Gregory Johnson

April 28, 2016

Building a brain with stem cells: TAF lessons from fruit flies
Alexandre Neves

Postdoc, Eisenman Lab, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Leslie Saucedo

 Presentation Schedule, Fall 2016

Sept. 1, 2016  
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

Geological components of the global nitrogen cycle
Ben Johnson '06
University of Victoria School of Earth and Ocean Sciences
4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Jeff Tepper

Sept. 22, 2016

Sehoya Cotner
University of Minnesota Biology Teaching and Learning Department

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Stacey Weiss

Sept. 29, 2016 Amy Slaton
4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Amy Fisher
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  
Oct. 20, 2016  
Oct. 27, 2016  
Nov. 3, 2016  
Nov. 10, 2016  
Nov. 27, 2016  
Nov. 24, 2016

Thanksgiving

Dec. 1, 2016  

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