Thompson Hall Science & Mathematics Seminars

For the Fall 2020 semester, the Thompson Hall Seminars will be held virtually on Thursdays, from 4:10 to 5 p.m. (PDT). They are open to the general public.

We will utilize the following Google Meet address for the semester (except for the Summer Quest Symposium on September 10):

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(US) +1 316-550-0106 (PIN: 141543102)

Students, faculty, staff, and guests are invited to begin entering the Thompson Hall Seminar site at 4 p.m. (PDT). 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 to the seminar site.

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 2021 schedule

Presentation Schedule, Fall 2020

September 3, 2020

How phosphorus—the staff of life—and microbes take part in the ocean’s methane cycle: inquiries of a microbial oceanographer

Oscar Sosa, Assistant Professor

University of Puget Sound, Department of Biology

4:10 p.m. (PDT)

Host: Jo Crane

September 10, 2020

Summer Quest: A celebration of student research, scholarship, and creative work 

All summer research students will present posters of their research
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

This will be a virtual event. Details TBA.

September 17, 2020

Investigating Interactions at the Nano-Protein Interface

Emily Tollefson, Assistant Professor

University of Puget Sound, Department of Chemistry

4:10 p.m. (PDT)

Host: Jo Crane

September 24, 2020

Discovering the forest among the trees: Testing community assembly hypotheses in the forgotten layers of temperate and tropical ecosystems

Michelle Spicer, Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Puget Sound, Department of Biology

4:10 p.m. (PDT)

Host: Carrie Woods

October 1, 2020

Monitoring purple olive snails (Olivella biplicata) on the Makah Reservation following a mass mortality event
Adrianne Akmajian
Makah Fisheries Management 
4:10 p.m. (PDT)
Host: Joel Elliott

October 8, 2020

Should We Trust the Polls?: Polling the American Electorate

Jake Price, Assistant Professor

University of Puget Sound, Department of Mathematics

4:10 p.m. (PDT)

Host: Jo Crane

October 15, 2020

Epigenetic responses to environmental stress

Thelma Madzima, PhD, Assistant Professor

University of Washington, Bothell

4:10 p.m. (PDT)
Host: Andreas Madlung

October 22, 2020

Timescapes of Behavior: Adaptation and Long-Term Ecological Research  

Erika Milam, Professor
Princeton University, History of Science Program

4:10 p.m. (PDT)

Host: Amy Fisher

October 29, 2020

Saving an Endangered Species: Using Science to Inform Policy for Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery

Grace Ferrara (Class of 2013), Natural Resource Management Specialist, West Coast Region

NOAA Fisheries, U.S. Department of Commerce

4:10 p.m. (PDT)

Host: Dan Burgard

November 5, 2020

"The View From Here:  A look back at 18 years of monitoring a lizard population"

Dr. Chris Agard 

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology, Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)

Senior Product Manager for NAEP Process Data, at ETS (Princeton, NJ)

Educational Testing Service

4:10 p.m. (PST)

Host: Stacey Weiss

November 12, 2020

On the Front Lines of COVID-19; Effects and Implications for American Indigenous Populations

Shira Goldstein (Class of 2010)

Program Director Navajo Nation

Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE)

4:10 p.m. (PST)

Host: Barry Goldstein

November 19, 2020

Exploring the aerodynamics of morphing wings and flexible feathers

Brett Klaassen, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Puget Sound, Department of Physics

4:10 p.m. (PST)

Host: Rachel Pepper

November 26, 2020 Thanksgiving
December 3, 2020

State of the Climate Series, Part 1

Steven Neshyba, Professor

University of Puget Sound, Department of Chemistry

4:10 p.m. (PST)

Host: Jo Crane

Presentation Schedule, Spring 2021

January 21, 2021

State of the Climate Series, Part 2

Steven Neshyba, Professor

University of Puget Sound, Department of Chemistry

4 pm

January 28, 2021

Measuring the impact of military flights on the Olympic Peninsula soundscape 

Lauren Kuehne, Independent Researcher

Omfishient Consulting

Host: Carrie Woods

February 4, 2021

"Picture a Scientist" Film Discussion 

Host: Kena Fox-Dobbs

February 11, 2021


February 18, 2021


February 25, 2021

Title TBA

Sarah McQuate, PhD (Class of 2007), Public Information Officer

University of Washington

Host: Eric Scharrer

March 4, 2021

Title TBA
Madison Cox (Class of 2015), Graduate Student
University of Wisconsin Madison, Department of Microbiology
4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Stacey Weiss

March 11, 2021

“Where we look and why it matters: How dynamic signaling alignment shapes animal communication”

Dr. Sebastian Echeverri 

University of Pittsburgh

Host: Visible Spectrum

March 18, 2021

Title TBA

Dr. Vincent Racaniello

Columbia University, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Host: Mark Martin

March 25, 2021


April 1, 2021


April 8, 2021

The role of interleukin-2 signaling in immune health and disease

Erika Hayes (Class of 2013)

Graduate student, University of Washington, Department of Immunology

Host:  Leslie Saucedo

April 15, 2021


April 22, 2021


April 29, 2021  

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