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

Thanksgiving

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

Understanding the Decline of The Western Alaskan Steller Sea Lion: 

Assessing the Evidence Concerning Multiple Hypothesis

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

Biochemical analysis of a Plasmodium α/β-hydrolase that modulates parasite invasive-stage morphogenesis

Dr. Anna Groat-Carmona, Instructor 

Western Washington University, College of Science & Engineering

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Alyce DeMarais

February 1, 2018

Examining cell signaling in complex environments with microscale systems

Ashleigh Theberge, Assistant Professor

University of Washington, Department of Chemistry

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Dan Burgard

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

Disseminating Technical Information to the Public in a Palatable Format: Diary of a Port Biologist

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

Impacts Past and Future: A Short History of the Risk of Cosmic Impacts

Erik Conway, Historian

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

4 pm, Thompson 175

Hosts: Amy Fisher and Kristin Johnson 

March 8, 2018

The trickle-down effects of losing a top carnivore in a rural community

Catherine Cardelús, Associate Professor

Colgate College, Departments of Biology and Environmental Studies

4 pm, Thompson 175 

Host: Carrie Woods 

March 15, 2018 Spring Break
March 22, 2018

Blood coagulation, antibody inhibitors and hemophilia: can structural biology help in developing better therapeutics?
P. Clint Spiegel, Professor of Biochemistry

Western Washington University, Department of Chemistry

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Dan Burgard

March 29, 2018

Stories of fungal engineering: hyphal highways, evaporative anemometry and mushroom winds
Marcus Roper, Professor of Mathematics

University of California Los Angeles, Department of Mathematics

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Rachel Pepper

April 5, 2018

Exploring the effects of drugs of abuse on memory, motivation, and reward

Dr. Sierra Stringfield, Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Pittsburgh, Department of Psychiatry

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Visible Spectrum

 

*Special Seminar*

Empowering Global Scientific Engagement (Abstract)

Geri Richmond, 2018 Winner of the Priestly Medal, American Chemical Society

University of Oregon

7 pm, Kilworth Chapel

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

Drilling for earthquakes at the Japan Trench: insights into the 2011 M9 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami

Jamie Kirkpatrick

McGill University, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Kena Fox-Dobbs 

April 26, 2018

Distilling Taxa from Complex Microbial Communities Using MinHash Sketches
Phillip Brooks, Postdoctoral Research Scientist

University of California Davis

4 pm, Thompson 175

Host: Andreas Madlung 

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