The Biology Department is hosting a seminar presented by Dr. Rickey Cothran from Southwestern Oklahoma State University on Tuesday 10/24 at 5 PM in the Carter Auditorium. As no food is allowed in the auditorium, pizza will be served in the lobby outside at 4:30 PM until 5 PM. Any remaining pizza will be served after the seminar has concluded.
This Thursday, October 19th at 5:15pm JBWN 206, We will have Pizza at 5:00pm
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This seminar will be given by Dr. Jennifer Gumm, Assistant Professor at Stephen F. Austin University. She is being hosted here at SEU by Dr. Raelynn Deaton Haynes. The title of Dr. Gumm’s talk is “From genes to behavior: An integrative approach to sensory ecology in freshwater fishes.” There will be pizza served between 4:30-5 PM in the lobby outside Ragsdale 100 (Jones Auditorium). Note that no food is allowed in the auditorium.
In August 2017, the Department of Defense Basic Research Office hosted their first-ever Science, Technology & Innovation Exchange (STIx). This event which brought together speakers to address three major topics:
- The big question that my research seeks to answer
- The big question that my technology addresses
- The big question of identifying, nurturing, recruiting, and/or retaining top STEM talent
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Raychelle Burks was invited to speak on topic #3. She spoke about how she integrated to federally funding programs – one by the National Science Foundation and another by the U.S. Army – to recruit, train, and retain students to her research group. Her talk can be viewed in its entirety below and other STIx talks can be found here.
Dr. Michael F. L’Annunziata (’65, Chemistry) has published several books with Elsevier over the years, including the Handbook of Radioactivity Analysis and Radioactivity: Introduction and History. In recognition of 50 years of working with Elsevier, the publisher posted a two-part interview with Dr. L’Annunziata. In it, he recalls the important role St. Edward’s played in laying the foundation for a successful career. Congratulations, Dr. L’Annunziata!
From the 2017 Lucian Professor and Chair of Chemistry, Dr. Tricia Shepherd:
This week Friday, the Lucian Symposium will be held in Carter Auditorium beginning at 8:50 am. You can find details on the Lucian Symposium website: https://sites.stedwards.edu/lucian/. The Lucian Symposium is an annual event, open to the public.
Lunch follows the keynote speakers. After lunch, student research posters will be available for viewing in the halls of the John Brooks Williams North Building from 1:30 – 3:30 pm.
There will be four keynote speakers:
- Thomas E. Cheatham, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry & Director of the Center for High Performance Computing at the University of Utah
- Michelle M. Francl, Professor and Chair of Chemistry at Bryn Mawr College
- Ward Thompson, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Kansas
- Garritt Tucker, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado School of Mines (http://inside.mines.edu/Garritt-Tucker)
While there will be a common thread among speakers in terms of the using various computational methods in their research, the application/connections with undergraduates in each Natural Science discipline was my goal for the symposium. In particular, the presentations will be broadly applicable as follows: Cheatham: Biology/Computer Science, Francl: Mathematics, Thompson:Chemistry, Tucker:Physics/Engineering. I have advised all the speakers to include background/context appropriate for a broad audience of majors that span the Natural Sciences. Below is the schedule with tentative titles:
Friday, Sept 29th
8:50 am welcome
9:00-9:45 Garritt Tucker: Exploring the Nanoscale Mechanisms of Functional Materials with Computational Materials Science
9:45-10:30 Ward Thompson: The Big Deal about Being Small: Dynamics and Spectroscopy in Nanopores
10:45-11:30 Michelle Francl: Tools for predicting and understanding molecular structure from paper and pencil to Beowulf clusters
11:30-12:15 Tom Cheatham: Optimizing the use of computers to understand the complexity of biomolecular systems
1:30-3:30 poster session
I appreciate your support of this annual event for our school!
Tricia Shepherd, PhD
Chemistry Professor & Dept. Chair
St. Edward’s University
Many students come into the University of Notre Dame’s ESTEEM Graduate Program feeling restless and boxed in by the career choices laid out in front of them, but full of energy to create a better world and make an impact. They are fascinated and passionate about science or engineering while yearning to put their learning into action with the tools of business, innovation, and entrepreneurship. It is not unusual for ESTEEM graduates to leave the program throwing around words like “transformed”, “confident”, “problem solver”, and “entrepreneur” to describe themselves. ESTEEM allows students with technical backgrounds to explore the world of business and entrepreneurship, learning how to combine their current skills with new ones to become leaders in their chosen fields. Our alums include Janaee Wallace (2016), Karl de Zoeten (2017), Ralph Hayyat (2017), EB Conklin Reyes (2018), and Valeria Gonzalez (2018) from St. Edward’s University.
Launching next month is SciPop Talks!, a speaker series that explores topics at the intersection of science and pop culture. Think Wonder Woman and The Chemists’ War, comic book physics, or why is bacon so popular. Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Raychelle Burks, who co-created SciPop Talks! at University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL) while a postdoctoral scholar, is hoping these Science Cafe style events will attract a diverse crowd of pop culture and science fans. SciPop Talks! program will be a collaboration with the Munday Library, who will host the talks and offer a multi-media content that supports each talk’s content. Talks are aimed toward a general audience, being 20-30 minutes in length, with Q&A to follow. Like a movie night, snacks will be provided!
The Hilltop’s SciPop Talks! will kick-off on October 4th with Dr. Michael Saclolo (Mathematics) shedding light on Euler’s Method, brought into the mainstream with the success of the book and movie Hidden Figures. Our October 11th talk will trigger your Spidey sense, with Dr. Matthew Steffenson (biology) talking Spider-Man science. Biology’s Emily Hooser Hartman’s will tackle the Harry Potter and the Transfiguration Problem on October 18th. Winter is coming to the Hilltop on October 25th when Dr. Burks talks The Song of Ice and Fire and Chemistry. All talks will start at 7pm in Munday Library room 141.
We hope to see all pop culture and science fans there!
The Office of Information Technology is bringing students an opportunity to network with Google fiber, Microsoft, Mozilla Foundation, and Adobe. They will be joining us at St. Edward’s University with product demonstrations, interactive discussions, and presentations. Please see the flyer for more details and make sure to add the dates to your calendars!