The Thompson Hall Science and Mathematics Seminars have been held on a regular basis since 1978. The seminar series features presentations by Puget Sound faculty, alumni, and invited guest speakers. 

For the Spring 2022 semester, the Thompson Hall Seminars will be held virtually on Thursdays, from 4 – 4:50 p.m. (Pacific).  They are open to the campus community and the general public. To request the meeting link, please contact Jo Crane, the THSMS coordinator, at

Students, faculty, staff, and guests are invited to begin entering the Thompson Hall seminar site at 3:50 p.m. (Pacific).  If you are accessing the seminar via phone or entering the site as a guest, please allow extra time so that the moderator can grant you access into the seminar site.


Spring 2022 Schedule

January 20

Steve Diamanti, PhD
Geisys Ventures

Blending Oil and Water: the chemistry and engineering breakthroughs that made silicone hydrogel contact lenses possible

January 27

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow and Gerstner Scholar
University of Washington and the American Museum of Natural History

Linking natural history to species diversification and individual fitness

February 3

Craig Van Bruggen, UPS 2012
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Minnesota

Enhancing Gene Editing with Polymerized Quinine

February 10

Carrie McIntosh
Postdoctoral Researcher
Scripps Institute of Oceanography

A geochemical examination of the lunar pyroclastic glasses 15426 and 74220

February 17

Phillip A. Morin, PhD, UPS 1986
Research Molecular Geneticist, Marine Mammal Genetics Program
Southwest Fisheries Science Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

A tale of two porpoises: Genomics and conservation of the harbor porpoise and the critically endangered vaquita

February 24

Jack Shaw
PhD Candidate in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Yale University and Research Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute

Using big data to understand the fossilization potential of marine communities​

March 3 Joe Groom

Post-doctoral researcher, Dept of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington

Fighting climate change with methane-eating microbes, metals, and molecular genetics

March 10

Norma Morella
Post-doctoral researcher, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Bacteriophages as a tool for microbiome manipulation in the gut

March 24 Zach Armstrong, UPS 2018 PhD candidate in Chemistry

University of Wisconsin

Understanding ultrafast energy transfer in novel solar energy materials

March 31

Julie Smith
Associate Professor, Department of Biology
Pacific Lutheran University

The Role of Coevolution in Promoting Ecological Speciation in Red Crossbills (Loxia curvirostra complex)

April 7

Amy Fisher, Kristin Johnson, Ben Lewin, Justin Tiehen
University of Puget Sound

What are science, technology, health, and society studies?

April 14

Wilson Bailey, UPS 2011
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Gonzaga University

Late Transition Metal Complexes for Oxidative Transformations

April 21

Caitlin Latimer
MD, PhD Assistant Professor Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
University of Washington

Resistance and resilience in Alzheimer's disease

April 28

David Latimer
Professor and Chair, Department of Physics
University of Puget Sound

The feeble interactions of self-conjugate particles