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 2020 schedule

Presentation Schedule, Fall 2019

September 5, 2019

Cognitive Bias in Domestic Dogs and Horses (abstract)
Robin Foster, PhD, Research Professor

University of Puget Sound, Department of Psychology

4 p.m., Thompson 175

Host: Jo Crane 

September 12, 2019 Fall Student Research Symposium
All summer science research students will present posters of their research
4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Harned Colonnade
September 19, 2019

Design, Synthesis, and Evaluation of New Drugs for African Sleeping Sickness

Dr. Amy Dounay, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Colorado College, Department of Chemistry

4 p.m., Thompson 175

September 26, 2019

Biology can do that?! How little microbes can have a big impact on national security

Alex Titus, Head of Biotechnology

United States Department of Defense

4 p.m., Thompson 175

Host: Dan Burgard

October 3, 2019

Rapid evolution of HIV drug resistance through time and space

Alison Feder, Miller Postdoctoral Fellow

University of California Berkeley, Department of Integrative Biology

4 p.m., Thompson 175

Host: Rachel Pepper 

October 10, 2019 Domestication of Bacteria by Maple Aphids
Marie Bunker, Research Technician
University of Puget Sound, Department of Biology
4 p.m., Thompson 175
Host: Stacey Weiss 
October 17, 2019

Setting temporal baselines for benthic resources using Conservation Paleobiology

Julieta Martinelli, Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Washington, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

4 p.m., Thompson 175

Host: Kena Fox-Dobbs 

October 24, 2019

Seeing without eyes: Functional evolution of the light receptor phytochrome

Andreas Madlung, Professor

University of Puget Sound, Department of Biology

4 p.m., Thompson 175

October 31, 2019

The deer of the U.S. Virgin Islands: A case study in environmental resiliency

Suzanne Nelson, Fish and Wildlife Biologist

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 

4 p.m., Thompson 175

November 7, 2019

Primary succession and plant sex influence ecosystem function in streams of Mount St. Helens

Carri LeRoy, Professor

Evergreen State College, Freshwater Ecology Lab

4 p.m., Thompson 175

Host: Kena Fox-Dobbs

November 14, 2019

Title TBA

Jay Goldberg ('14), PhD Candidate

University of Indiana

4 p.m., Thompson 175

Host: Stacey Weiss

November 21, 2019

Title TBA

Daisuke Takagi, Associate Professor

University of Hawaii, Department of Mathematics

4 p.m., Thompson 175

November 28, 2019 Thanksgiving
December 5, 2019 State of the Climate, 2018-19
Steven Neshyba, Professor
University of Puget Sound, Department of Chemistry
4 p.m., Thompson 175 

Presentation Schedule, Spring 2020

January 23, 2020

State of the Climate

Peter Hodum, Associate Professor

University of Puget Sound, Depts. of EPDM and Biology 

4 pm, Thompson 175

January 30, 2020

Tuning Selectivity for Supramolecular Hydrochalcogenide Anion Binding 

Hazel Fargher, Graduate Student

University of Oregon

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Jo Crane

February 6, 2020

Title TBA
Katherine Aidala, Professor

Mt. Holyoke College, Department of Physics

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Rachel Pepper 

February 13, 2020  
February 20, 2020  
February 27, 2020  
March 5, 2020

Title TBA

Richard Gandour, Professor

Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Department of Chemistry

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Eli Gandour-Rood 

March 12, 2020 Title TBA
Madison Cox (Class of 2015), Graduate Student
University of Wisconsin Madison, Department of Microbiology
4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Stacey Weiss 
March 19, 2020 Spring Break
March 26, 2020

Title TBA

Dr. Kristin Johnson, Professor
University of Puget Sound, Department of Science, Technology, and Society

4 pm, Thompson 175 

April 2, 2020

Title TBA

Caitlin Latimer, MD, PhD

University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Pathology

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: David Latimer

April 9, 2020  
April 16, 2020  
April 23, 2020

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Strategies for Understanding Nanoparticle Surface Interactions

Leah Casabianca, Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry, Clemson University

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Dan Burgard

April 30, 2020  

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