College of Science Virtual Seminar

Upcoming Seminar

Seminar: Friday, October 15, 2021at 4:00 pm, by Dr. Jordan Schettler, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, entitled: "Salvador Dali's Shadows from the Fourth Dimension: New Mathematical Interpretations".

Abstract: Salvador Dali was quite fond of science and mathematics, and he frequently incorporated these themes into his work. Dali even met with and was inspired by the mathematicians Thomas Banchoff and Rene Thom. We will focus on Dali's representations of four dimensional objects in his artwork and discuss the underlying roles of geometry, topology, and catastrophe theory. We will further discuss some new mathematical interpretations and how these can be used to generate original artwork and visualizations.


Past Seminars

Seminar; Friday, October 8, 2021, by Dr. Jennifer Avena, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, enitled: "Undergraduate Learning Assistants at the Boundary: Supporting a Community of Teachers and Learners".

Seminar: Friday, October 1, 2021, by Dr. Robert Miller, Professor of Geology, entitled: "What Happens When an Oceanic Island Like Iceland Collides with a Continental Margin - Insights from the Eocene (~50 Million Year Ago) Pacific Northwest" .

Seminar: Friday, September 24, 2021, by Dr. Liam Stanton,  Assistant Professor of Mathematics & Statistics, entitled,  
"Exploring Inertial Confinement Fusion with Multiscale Modeling"

Seminar: Friday, September, 17, 2021, by Dr. Susan D. Blum, Professor of anthropology, University of Notre Dame, enitled, "Ungrading in a Pandemic, and the Rest of the Time, Too".

Seminar: Friday, September 10, 2021, by Dr. Wendy Lee, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, entitled, "The impact of BPA exposure on neurodevelopment at the molecular level.

Seminar on Friday, September 3, 2021 with a talk by Dr. Christopher Smallwood, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, entitled, "Color Centers in Diamond as Teeny Tiny Quantum Light Bulbs".

Seminar on Friday May 21st, 2021 with a talk by Dr. Aaron Romanowsky - Professor from Department of Physics and Astronomy, entitled "The Dark Side of Extreme Galaxies".

Seminar on Friday May 14th, 2021 with a talk by Dr. Bree Grillo-Hill - Assistant Professor from Department of Biology and Sciences, entitled "Roles for intracellular pH dynamics in development and disease"

Seminar on Friday April 30th, 2021 with a talk by Dr. Natasha Batalha - Associate Professor from Physics & Astronomy, entitled "Unveiling the Nature of Terrestrial Worlds at the Onset of Next Generation Space Telescopes"

Seminar on Friday April 16th, 2021 at 4pm with a talk by Dr. Eugene C Cordero - Professor from Department of Meteorology and Climate Science, entitled "The role of climate change education on individual lifetime carbon emissions"

Seminar on Friday April 4th, 2021 with a talk by Dr. Thomas Connolly, Assistant Professor from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, entitled "Impacts of ocean circulation on marine ecosystems in the California Current System"

Seminar on Friday March 26th, 2021 with a talk by B-G Andersson, Principal Scientist, SOFIA/USRA, NASA Ames, entitled "The [Astro]Physics of why Spinning Dust in Space Lines Up- and why it Matters."

Seminar on Friday March 19th, 2021 with a talk by Dr. Jonathan S. Miller, Professor and Chair of Department of Geology, entitled "Insights into the construction of large crustal magma systems from zircon geochronology and geochemistry of Cretaceous intrusions of the North America Cordilleran arc."

Seminar on Friday March 12th, 2021 with a talk by Dr. Elizabeth Skovran, Associate Professor from Department of Biological Sciences, entitled "New life metals bring new biological applications: Biorecycling of rare earth metals from e-waste"

Seminar on Friday March 5th, 2021 with a talk by David J. Des Marais, Senior Space Scientist, NASA – Ames Research Center, entitled "Astrobiology and Mars Exploration: Concepts of Life in the Contexts of Planetary Environments"

Seminar on Friday February 26th, 2021 with a talk by Dr. Resa Kelly - Professor from the Department of Chemistry & Science Education, entitled "Epistemic Games for Activating Atomic Level Ideas about Precipitation Reactions"

Seminar on Friday February 19th, 2021 with a talk by Dr. Sonia Singhal - Assistant Professor from Department of Biological Sciences, entitled "The role of genetic and environmental context in viral adaptations for thermostability"

Seminar on Friday February 12th, 2021 with a talk by Dr. Thomas Madura - Assistant Professor from Department of Physics and Astronomy, entitled "3D Printing Exploding Stars: Astronomy for Students with Visual Impairments and Development of the STEM Career Exploration Lab"

Seminar on Friday February 5th, 2021 at 4pm with a talk by Dr. Navrati Saxena - Assistant Professor from Department of Computer Science, entitled "Sustainability in Wireless Networks for a Greener Tomorrow: Steps beyond 5G"

Seminar on Friday January 29, 2021 with a talk by Dr. Laura C. Miller Conrad, Associate Professor of Department of Chemistry, entitled "Helping old drugs beat bad bugs: Serendipitous discovery of an antibiotic adjuvant"

Seminar on Friday January 15th, 2021 with a talk by Dr. Cassandra Paul, Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy and Science Education, entitled "Research and Strategies for Equity in Science Grading and Assessment"

Seminar on Friday December 4th, 2020 with a talk by Dr. David Brook -Professor from the Department of Chemistry, entitled "Molecular Magnetism: Is it possible to store information magnetically at a molecular level?"

Seminar on Friday November 20th, 2020 with a talk by Dr. Sogol Jahanbekem - Assistant Professor from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, entitled "The Minimum Corridor Problem on Grids".

Seminar on Friday November 6th, 2020 with a talk by Dr. Ryan Portner - Assistant Professor from the Geology Department, entitled "Do submarine volcanoes have the fizz to pop?"

Seminar on Friday November 6th, 2020 with a talk by Dr. Rachael French - Assistant Professor from Biological Sciences, entitled "Long term changes in metabolism and gene expression in a Drosophila model of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder"

Seminar on Friday October 30th, 2020 with a talk by Dr. Tammie Visintainer - Assistant Professor from Science Education, entitled: "What Is & Who Can Do Science? Exploring Intersections of Race, Identity & Learning in Science at the High School and Undergraduate Levels"

Seminar on Friday October 23rd, 2020 with a talk by Dr. Scott Shaffer -Professor from the Department of Biological Sciences, entitled: "Devil’s in the details: adaptability of habitat use in western gulls"

Seminar on Friday October 16th, 2020 with a talk by Dr. Madalyn Radlauer - Assistant Professor from the Department of Chemistry, entitled: "Catalysis within Polymers: The Design and Development of Synthetic Enzyme-Like Catalysts for Highly Efficient and Selective Catalysis"

Seminar on Friday September 25th, 2020 with a talk by Dr. Elly Walsh - Associate Professor from the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science, entitled: “Best” practices for whom?: Investigating student experience to create more equitable science learning environments

Seminar on Friday September 18th, 2020 with a talk by Dr. Cristina Tortora - Assistant Professor from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, entitled: "Cluster analysis: finding patterns within the data"

Seminar on Friday September 11th, 2020 with a talk by Dr. Ehsan Khatami -Associate Professor from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, entitled: "Quantum Mechanics of Strongly Interacting Electrons"

Seminar on Friday September 2nd, 2020 with a talk by Dr. Melody Moh - Professor from the Department of Computer Science, entitled: "From Networks, Cloud, to Deep Learning, or How I Survived the RTP Process and Beyond"

Seminar on  August 21st, 2020 with a talk by Dr. Carlie Pietsch - Assistant Professor from the Department of Geology, entitled: "Two tales of evolution and extinction using snail shells"

Seminar on August 14th, 2020 with a talk by Dr. Walter Adams - Assistant Professor from the Department of Biological Sciences, entitled: "Two Truths and a PLY: Neutrophils, Epithelial Integrity, and a Toxin You Can’t Trust"

Seminar on August 7th, 2020 with a talk by Dr. Ningkun Wang - Assistant Professor from the Department of Chemistry, entitled: "Understanding Allosteric Regulation within SIRT1"

Seminar on July 31st with a talk by Dr. Minghui Diao - Assistant Professor from the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science, entitled: "Clouds and Aerosols: The Wild Cards in Climate Change and Air Quality".

Seminar on July 24th with a talk by Dr. Ben Reed - Professor from the Department of Computer Science, entitled: "Disconnected Data Distribution for Hard-To-Reach Areas"

Seminar on July 17th with a talk by Dr Birgitte McDonald - Assistant Professor from Moss Landing Marine Lab, entitled: "Pushing the limit: Diving physiology of marine mammals"

Seminar on July 10th with a talk by Dr. Gina Quan from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, entitled: "The Access Network: Supporting Equity and Student Leadership in STEM"

Seminar on June 26th with Dr Kimberly Blisniuk from the Department of Geology, entitled: "A Geologic Perspective on assessing seismic risk in northern California".

Seminar on June 19th, 2020 with Dr. Lionel Cheruzel from Chemistry Department, entitled: "Light-driven P450 biocatalysis featuring Ru(II) photosensitizers".

Seminar on June 12th, 2020 with Dr. Katie Wilkinson from Department of Biological Sciences, entitled: "Muscles Have Feelings Too: Understanding Stretch Sensitivity in the Muscle Spindle"

Seminar on June 5th, 2020 with Dr. Craig Clements from Department of Meteorology, entitled: "Advances in Observing the Wildfire Environment: Role of New Mobile Remote Sensing Systems"

Seminar on May 22th, 2020 with Dr. Marion Campisi from Department of Mathematics & Statistics, entitled, "Analysis of Partisan Gerrymandering Tools in Advance of the US 2020 Census"

Seminar on May 1st, 2020 with Dr. Philip Heller from Department of Computer Science, entitled, "Deep Learning in the Deep Ocean"

Seminar on April 24th, 2020 with Dr. Amanda Kahn from Moss Landing Marine Laboratory, entitled, "The Secret Life of Sponges: Energy flow in ecosystem from suspension feeder's perspective"

Seminar on April 17th, 2020 with Dr. Alejandro Garcia from Department of Physics, entitled, "Making it Small: Physics and Scale in the Movie "Trolls" "