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 2019 schedule

Presentation Schedule, Fall 2018

August 30, 2018

Retooling an Enzyme: Converting a Glycosidase into a Thioglycoligase

John Hanson, Professor

University of Puget Sound, Department of Chemistry

4 pm, Thompson 175


September 6, 2018 Fall Student Research Symposium
All summer science research students will present posters of their research
4 pm to 6 pm, Harned Colonnade
September 13, 2018

From the Forest to the Deep Blue Sea, Wood Shapes Animal Communities

Jenna Judge

Puget Sound Partnership

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Peter Wimberger

September 20, 2018

Probing Natural Products Biosynthesis with Chemical Reporters

Tony Davis, Postdoctoral Fellow

University of California, San Diego

4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Dan Burgard

September 27, 2018

Is Race Real? A Century of Asking the Wrong Question

Prof. John Jackson

James Madison College for Public Affairs and Public Policy, Michigan State University

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Kristin Johnson

October 4, 2018

Designing supramolecular assemblies for the molecular recognition of beta-chiral primary alcohols

Matt Minus, Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Texas at Austin

4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Dan Burgard 

October 11, 2018

Shallow Urban Lakes Increase Arsenic Exposure from Legacy ASARCO Contamination

James Gawel, Associate Professor
University of Washington Tacoma, Department of Environmental Studies

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Kena Fox-Dobbs


October 18, 2018

Assessment of altered lipid homeostasis in human diseases by mass spectrometry‚Äč
Libin Xu, Assistant ProfessorUniversity of Washington, Department of Medicinal Chemistry
4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Megan Gessel


October 25, 2018

Snapping shrimps as a model system to explore marine biodiversity

Kristin Hultgren
Seattle University, Biology Department
4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Stacey Weiss 

November 1, 2018

The State of the Climate: 2018

Steven Neshyba and Barry Goldstein

University of Puget Sound, Departments of Chemistry and Geology

4 pm, Thompson 175 

November 8, 2018

Cancer evolution: Lessons from Barrett’s esophagus

Thomas Paulson, Sr. Staff Scientist

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Barrett's Esophagus Program 

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Leslie Saucedo

November 15, 2018

Chasing glaciers: life history and phenotypic changes associated with life at high elevation in western fence lizards (Sceloporus occidentalis) in Yosemite National Park
Sima Bouzid

University of Washington, Department of Biology

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Stacey Weiss 


November 22, 2018


November 29, 2018

Comprehensive identification of HIV envelope mutations that permit infection of Rhesus macaque
Jeremy Roop, Postdoctoral Fellow
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

4 pm, TH 175
Host: Leslie Saucedo 

Presentation Schedule, Spring 2019

January 24, 2019 The effects of external flow on the feeding currents of sessile microorganisms
Rachel Pepper, Associate Professor
University of Puget Sound, Department of Physics
4 pm, Thompson 175

January 31, 2019

New Mass Spectrometry Based Technologies for Biophysics and Structural Biology (Abstract)

Matthew F. Bush, Assistant Professor‚Äč of Chemistry

University of Washington

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Megan Gessel

February 7, 2019

Outcomes of the Summer Science Research Student Survey: Where to go from here?
Amy Spivey and Kena Fox-Dobbs
University of Puget Sound

4 pm, Thompson 175

February 14, 2019

Environmental Change and Avian Life Histories: An Ecophysiological Perspective

Dan Ardia
Franklin and Marshall College
4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Peter Wimberger 

February 21, 2019

Conservation and Education Through Photography
Drew Collins, Founder of Made in Puget Sound

4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Leslie Saucedo 

February 28, 2019 Beavers: Their Landscapes, Our Future
Ben Goldfarb, Science Writer
Author of Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter
4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Peter Wimberger
March 7, 2019

Chemical Characterization and Control of Diesel-Related Air Pollution
Robert Harley

Carl W. Johnson Professor

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley 

4 pm, Thompson 175

March 14, 2019

Natural salinization of the Jemez Watershed, New Mexico: an insight from trace element geochemistry
Jon Golla

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico
4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Kena Fox-Dobbs

March 21, 2019

Spring Break

March 28, 2019

Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Exotic Deep Sea Life Off Our Coast

Deborah Kelley

University of Washington School of Oceanography

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Jeff Tepper 

April 4, 2019

The ecology and evolution of high-altitude biodiversity in North America

Scott Hotaling, Postdoctoral Researcher

Washington State University

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Peter Wimberger

April 11, 2019

Saving Southern Resident Killer Whales
Joe Gaydos

SeaDOC Society

4 pm, Thompson 175

Hosts: Lindsay Walker and Peter Wimberger 

April 18, 2019

The Evolution and Development of Jaw Protrusion in Fishes

Dr. W. James Cooper, School of Biological Sciences

Washington State University

4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Alyce DeMarais 

April 25, 2019 Untangling the Interfacial Details of Biologically and Environmentally Relevant Nanoemulsions
Andrew Carpenter, PhD Candidate
University of Oregon
4 pm, Thompson 175
Host: Dan Burgard 
May 2, 2019

Behavior in the city: Can we uncover personality traits in urban coyotes using movement ecology?

Chris Schell

University of Washington, Tacoma

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Stacey Weiss 

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