From Prof. Dan Gold – Biology Seminar Series Coordinator
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.
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.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Raychelle Burks was invited to attend the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) 2017 49th General Assembly in Sao Paolo, Brazil 9 – 14 July 2017 as one of the Young Observers selected by the U.S. National Committee of the National Academy of Science for IUPAC. Dr. Burks was one of only 8 young scientists selected as part of a national competition.
Dr. Burks also secured travel funding to support her attendance from the Central Texas Chapter of the American Chemical Society and from the ACS International Activities office.
Congratulations to Dr. Burks. We look forward to hearing about your travels and what you learned at the conference!
It’s been a fantastic first 2 days of our second annual Go For Launch! Austin at St. Edward’s University. We are excited to hear all the brilliant ideas the students who participated this year will present and want to invite you to join us for this!
You are welcome to join us for any, or all, of the following TODAY in Carter Auditorium (JBWS):
1:30-2:15 Talk From Astronaut Don Thomas
2:15-3:50 Student presentations of their experiment ideas
3:50 – 4:00 Overview of St. Edward’s University
4:00-4:30 Break with refreshments
4:30-5:00 Award Ceremony
Check out this post. Our own Amy Belaire is quoted in the article. Kudos to Wild Basin!
First-year Assistant Professor of Chemistry Raychelle Burks was recently identified in a Discover Magazine story entitled, “The Heroes of Science” as one of the “Science Stars of the next generation.” The list of “Heroes” includes Jane Goodall, Stephen Hawking, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Carl Sagan — pretty good company, indeed! Congrats to Dr. Burks!
Congratulations to yet another in a series of well-deserved teaching award winners from the School of Natural Sciences. This year, Prof. Michael Kart of Computer Sciences has won the Distinguished Teaching Award. Quoting from the letter:
“The Distinguished Teaching Award Committee was impressed by your thoughtful and pedagogically rich teaching materials, and they equally admired your engaging work in the classroom.”
Dr. Kart will receive his award at the Faculty Recognition Ceremony at 4 pm on April 27 in the Mabee Ballrooms. Please make sure to congratulate him next time you see him.
The next Biology seminar is scheduled for 5:15 pm on Tuesday, 4 April in Moody 300. See our very own Dr. Raelynn Deaton-Haynes present on the relationship between names and perceived attractiveness.