Thompson Hall Science & Mathematics Seminars

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 2021 semester, the Thompson Hall Seminars will be held virtually on Thursdays, from 4 – 4:50 pm (Pacific).  They are open to the campus community and the general public.

The Google Meet link is available on request to Holly Jones:

Students, faculty, staff, and guests are invited to begin entering the Thompson Hall seminar site at 3:50 pm (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.

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

Ellen Moore

Professor, University of Washington, Tacoma

and Chris James

Senior Advisor, Regulatory Assistance Project and Air Quality Consultant

4 pm

Host: Steven Neshyba

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 Viewing 

Pre-register (for free) here!

Host: Kena Fox-Dobbs

February 11, 2021

"Picture a Scientist" Film Discussion

Host: Kena Fox-Dobbs

February 18, 2021


February 25, 2021

Salmonella, slugs and Smellicopter: The path to becoming a science writer

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

University of Washington

Host: Eric Scharrer

March 4, 2021

The Mountains Around Us - The Contrasting (but Interconnected) Origins of the Olympic and Cascade Ranges

Jeff Tepper and Ken Clark, Professors

University of Puget Sound, Department of Geology

Host: Jo Crane

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

Virology in a Pandemic

Dr. Vincent Racaniello, Higgins Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Columbia University

Host: Mark Martin

March 25, 2021

State of the Climate Series, Part 3

Peter Hodum, Professor

University of Puget Sound, Departments of Biology and Environmental Policy & Decision Making

4 pm

Host: Steven Neshyba

April 1, 2021

The Intriguing Mechanics of Soft Interfaces

Dr. Katharine Jensen, Assistant Professor of Phyiscs

Williams College

4 pm

Host: Rachel Pepper

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

4 pm

Host:  Leslie Saucedo

April 15, 2021

Senior Research Showcase

April 22, 2021

Senior Research Showcase

April 29, 2021 Senior Research Showcase

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