Science Seminars (Fall 2014-Spring 2015)

The Natural and Behavioral Sciences (NBS) seminar series brings scientists to campus to present their original research. The goal is not only to expose our students to a broad range of cutting-edge scientific work and technology but also to connect them with scientists from academic, goverment and industrial sectors. The NBS Division is made up of many departments including Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science, Physics and Engineering, and Psychology, and speakers are encouraged to make their presentations accessible to a broad scientific audience. The public is also welcome.

The Pascal Society hosts interdisciplinary speakers who present on issues of science and faith. Pascal Society speakers may present at one of the below dates or, more typically, arrangements are made for an evening lecture in Hieronymus Lounge, Kerrwood Hall.

*Seminars are scheduled for Fridays at 3:30 pm, in Winter Hall, Room 210 unless otherwise noted*

Fall Semester:

Oct. 17 - Biology: Christopher Norment, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Science and Biology, The College at Brockport, SUNY

"Of Pupfish and People: Endangered Aquatic Species in the Desert Southwest"

Oct. 24 - Computer Science: America Chambers, Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Pomona College

"Error rate of the Naive Bayes Classifier for Text Classification"

Spring Semester:

Feb. 6 - Biology: Steve Julio, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, Westmont College

"New Kid on the Block: A Role for the Sensor KinasePlrS in Bordetella Pathogenesis"

Monday, Feb. 9 - Pascal Society Lecture - Mathematics: Elaine Ecklund, Herbert S. Autrey Chair Professor of Sociology and Director of The Religion and Public Life Program at Rice University

"What Scientists Think About Faith and What People of Faith Think About Science and Why We Should Care"

Apr. 10 - Mathematics and Computer Science: Marylesa Howard, Ph.D., Scientist/Mathematician, National Security Technologies, LLC

"The Need for Mathematics, Science,and Engineering in Nuclear Security"

Apr. 17 - Chemistry: Lykourgos Bougas, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research, UC Berkeley

"What is Left? How Nature Answers a Simple Question"

* Please note: Location is Winter Hall, Room 212 for this seminar.