The Department of Biological Sciences is pleased to host Dr. Kirk Jensen, Assistant Professor from the University of California, Merced. His talk is entitled: “Hacking the immune system: a parasite’s perspective”. Dr. Jensen‘s work further extends into the role of pathogens in auto-immune gut disorders such as Crohn’s Disease. Carter Auditorium. Friday 3/2 at 5 PM (pizza at 4:30 PM)
The Department of Biological Sciences is pleased to host Dr. Michael Reiser, a Senior Group Leader from the HHMI Janelia Research Campus for an upcoming seminar. His talk is entitled “Why are flies so hard to swat? The circuits and computations for motion vision in fruit flies”. Dr. Reiser is a pre-eminent scientist combining neurobiological, computer science, and engineering approaches to understand neurological control of animal behavior.
Fleck 305. Monday, 2/26 at 5 PM (pizza at 4:45 PM)
Dr. Mandana Sassanfar (email@example.com) will be at St. Edward’s on Friday 3/16 at 3 PM in JBWS 267 to answer questions and establish connections with students interested in applying to the MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) in Cambridge, MA. There is a Biology-specific MSRP and a general MSRP for other scientific disciplines. Information about both programs can be found here:
Please note that we are past the deadline for applying for this summer; this info session’s benefit is to lay the groundwork for future summer research. This is an excellent opportunity and experience for any student interested or curious about going to graduate school.
2D or not 2D? Tribology, energy, and 2D nanomaterials
NSCI Chemistry Department hosts Dr. James D. Batteas, professor of chemistry at Texas A&M University, on Friday, 16 February at 3:00 p.m. in JBWN 206. An expert in surface chemistry and nanoscience, Dr. Batteas’ research focuses on the exploration and control of the surfaces and interfaces of materials, including the use of scanning probe microscopies to examine material properties on the atomic scale. His research group specializes in using nanomaterials and devices to develop custom-engineered surfaces and interfaces. They have developed a model platform to investigate the adhesive and fricational interactions at nanoscaled asperity-asperity contacts by using silica nanoparticles to for substrates with asperities of controlled radius of curvature (ca. 5-20nm), matching those found in many machined interfaces. In addition to the science of tribology, research activities and opportunities for REU experiences at TAMU will also be described.
Our Biology Seminar Series continues with Dr. Juan S. Ramirez-Lugo from the University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras, who will present a seminar about Science Education and Community building. He will also discuss the state of the island and science education in the post-hurricane environment. The seminar is at 5 PM on Wed. Feb. 14th in the Carter Auditorium, where no food is allowed so pizza will be served outside the auditorium at 4: 30 PM.
The Environmental Management and Sustainability Graduate Student Research Symposium will take place on Thursday, Dec 7 from 6:30-9pm in Carter Auditorium. The symposium will feature MSEM graduate student research conducted over the last year on the following topics: seahorse population dynamics in Aransas Bay, ozone pollution before and after the Bastrop fire, heavy metal contamination in bridge run-off around the Edwards Aquifer, lead contamination monitoring in Travis County’s drinking water, and flow patterns in the Edwards Aquifer using a dye-tracing approach.
This event is free and open to the public, and there will be a reception with light snacks and refreshments to follow.
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The Center for Ethics and Leadership is hosting an unprecedented event next week on 11.15.17. Our guest speaker is Shuli Dichter, who is travelling to Austin from Israel, where he is a long-time civil-society activist.
Dichter is the executive director of Hand in Hand, whose mission is to create a strong, inclusive, shared society in Israel through a network of Jewish-Arab integrated bilingual schools and organized communities. Hand in Hand currently operates schools and communities in six locations with 1,578 Jewish and Arab students and more than 8,000 community members.
Members of the St. Edward’s community are invited to hear Dichter speak about creating a viable new form of partnership and peace education between Arab and Jewish children, families, and communities in Israel.
Details and RSVP link can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/center-for-ethics-leadership-shuli-dichter-on-arabjewish-partnership-tickets-36162397705.
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