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 2018 schedule

Presentation Schedule, Fall 2017

August 31, 2017

Icy Invertebrates: A biodiversity tour of the Southern Ocean

Megan Schwartz, PhD

University of Washington, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Alyce DeMarais 

Sept. 7, 2017 Fall Student Research Symposium
All summer science research students will present posters of their research
4 pm to 6 pm, Harned Colonnade
Sept. 14, 2017 The dog aging project: Can old dogs teach us new tricks?
Daniel Promislow
University of Washington Department of Pathology
4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Vanessa Koelling 

Sept. 21, 2017

Genomic exploration of the plant domestication process through 18th century floral crops

Aureliano Bombarely

Virginia Tech, Department of Horticulture

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Andreas Madlung

Sept. 28, 2017

Mt. St. Helens and our dangerous Pacific Northwest
Steve Olson
Author of Eruption: The Untold Story of Mt. St. Helens
4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Jeff Tepper

Oct. 5, 2017

Studying coevolution of viruses and antibody responses in HIV-infected mothers and infants
Laura Noges
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Leslie Saucedo

Oct. 12, 2017

Epigenetic bookmarking from exposure to hydrogen sulfide in C. elegans

Dana Miller

University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Biophysics

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Mark Martin


Oct. 19, 2017

Cellular and molecular mechanisms of auditory wiring

Thomas M. Coate, Ph.D.

Georgetown University, Department of Biology

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Alyce DeMarais

Oct. 26, 2017

Unlocking the genomes of museum specimens to address longstanding questions in avian biology

Dave Slager

University of Washington

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Peter Wimberger

Nov. 2, 2017

LIGO and the era of gravitational wave astronomy

Joey Shapiro Key

University of Washington Bothell, Department of Physics

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Amy Spivey

Nov. 9, 2017

Petrology and chemistry of meteorites from the moon and Mars: Windows into extraterrestrial geology
Anthony J. Irving
University of Washington, Department of Earth & Space Sciences

4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Jeff Tepper

Nov. 16, 2017

The Unalaska Sea Ice Project and its unlikely connection to the Slater Museum

Mike Etnier
Western Washington University Research Associate in Zooarcheology
4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Kena Fox-Dobbs

Nov. 23, 2017


Nov. 30, 2017

The biomechanics of gait

Michael Pohl

University of Puget Sound, Department of Exercise Science

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Leslie Saucedo 

Presentation Schedule, Spring 2018

January 18, 2018

Title TBA

Marc Mangel, Distinguished Research Professor

University of California Santa Cruz, Department of Applied Mathematics & Statistics

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Kena Fox-Dobbs 

January 25, 2018  
February 1, 2018  
February 8, 2018

Toxic highways: Evaluating contaminants in Puget Sound stormwater

Katherine Peter, Research Scientist

University of Washington Tacoma, Center for Urban Waters

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Dan Burgard

February 15, 2018

Title TBA

Jenn Stebbings, Environmental Project Manager I, Biologist

Port of Tacoma

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Vanessa Koelling 

February 22, 2018

The role of sunlight in the degradation of aquatic pollutants 

Doug Latch, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Seattle University, Department of Chemistry

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Dan Burgard

March 1, 2018

Title TBA

Erik Conway, Historian

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

4 pm, Thompson 175

Hosts: Amy Fisher and Kristin Johnson 

March 8, 2018  
March 15, 2018 Spring Break
March 22, 2018  
March 29, 2018  
April 5, 2018

Title TBA

Geri Richmond, 2017 Winner of the Priestly Medal, American Chemical Society

University of Oregon

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Dan Burgard 

April 12, 2018

Evolution on the bright side of life: Experimental coevolution of a microbial mutualism

Kristina Hillesland, Associate Professor of Biology

University of Washington Bothell

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Mark Martin

April 19, 2018

Title TBA

Jamie Kirkpatrick

McGill University, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Kena Fox-Dobbs 

April 26, 2018  

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