MONDAY, FEB. 17, 2020
Speaker Jodi Cooley from the Super Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (SuperCDMS)
4-5 p.m., DSC 163
Only a small fraction of the universe is made from ordinary, visible matter. A much larger portion remains dark, its existence known to us only by its interactions through gravity. The first evidence of this dark matter originates from studies of celestial bodies in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Since that time, astrophysicists and astronomers have determined that it constitutes the bulk of matter in our universe. Despite this fact, the composition still remains unknown. In this talk, Professor Jodi Cooley will discuss the history of dark matter research and how scientists are trying to uncover the properties of this evasive matter.
See the colloquia topics that took place earlier this academic year
MONDAY, NOV. 18, 2019
Speaker Anna Manis from the Medical College of Wisconsin
4-5 p.m., DSC 163
Anna Manis, a graduate student at the Medical College of Wisconsin, presented on her research into links between epilepsy and cardiorespiratory function. Patients with uncontrolled epilepsy at high risk for Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP), presumably die due to cardiorespiratory failure associated with repeated seizures. Kir genes have been linked to seizure disorders in humans. We previously established that a knockout rat model of Kcnj16 (gene encoding Kir5.1) on a Dahl salt sensitive background, as well as an audiogenic reflex epilepsy phenotype. We tested the hypothesis that repeated audiogenic seizures would acutely and chronically alter breathing in SSKcnj16-/- but not control SS rats.
Monday, Nov. 11, 2019
Eye Tracking in Engineering Psychology by Professor Arryn Robbins
4:05 p.m., DSC 163
Arryn Robbins, assistant professor of psychology and postdoctoral fellow, will give a presentation on Eye Tracking in Engineering Psychology. She will speak at 4:05 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 in the Sladek Distinguished Science Forum (DSC 163). All are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served before the seminar.
Engineering psychology (also known as human factors) is an applied field of psychology that aims to improve user experiences with everyday products and technology used at home and in the workplace. Eye tracking is a research tool that is increasingly used in engineering psychology research. This talk will provide an overview of how eye tracking is used by engineering psychologists to advise on issues of safety, design, and usability with products and devices.
MONDAY, NOV. 4, 2019
Research Experiences for Undergraduates Poster Presentations
4-5:30 p.m., Straz Atrium
Students from across the Division of Natural and Social Sciences will present posters on the work they completed as part of a research or internship experience during the summer of 2019. Projects in biology, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics, neuroscience, physics, and sociology will be featured. Come find out about these students’ exciting summer experiences and learn about how you can get into one of these programs! Application windows for these programs are opening soon.
Monday, Oct. 7, 2019
Macroeconomics and the Impact of Tariffs on Trade
Prof. Catherine Lau, Carthage College
4:05 p.m., DSC 163
How do tariffs impact an economy? Macroeconomics focuses on measuring factors that affect an entire economy and also examines policies that can promote growth and dampen volatility. This presentation will highlight the current status of those factors and the fiscal and monetary policies used to keep these factors within desired ranges, in an effort to keep the economy on an even keel. We will then discuss historical and current trade policy, the desired outcome from different policies versus actual outcomes. This is a constantly evolving topic without definitive answers, but should provide the audience with an understanding of the complexity and interrelatedness of the global economy. It is intended for a general audience; no prior knowledge of economics needed.
Monday, Sept. 30, 2019
Real-time development biology with a modular, shareable light sheet microscope
Jan Huisken, Morgridgide Institute
4:30 p.m.. DSC 163
Cutting edge microscopy drives new discoveries. Biologists mostly rely on commercial microscopes, which are often outdated and not well-tailored to the individual experiment’s requirements. An example is light sheet microscopy, which allows biologist to obtain 3D images with high speed and minimal phototoxicity. Unfortunately, only physics and engineering labs are able to custom design such an instrument to enable demanding biological applications. We have addressed this issue by developing the Flamingo (www.involv3d.org/flamingo), a modular, shareable light sheet microscope suited to a new model of scientific collaboration. Each microscope is customized for a given application, equipped to travel from lab to lab and to provide widespread access to advanced microscopy.
Monday, Sept. 9, 2019
2019 Natural and Social Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Poster Presentations
2019 NSS SURE participants
4 p.m., Straz Atrium
Summer research students across the division of Natural and Social Sciences will present the work they completed this summer. Projects range from analyzing the convergence of mathematical series, to studying lightning in thunderstorms, to investigating how physiological responses differ according to different personality traits. Projects in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Neuroscience, and Physics will be featured. Come find out about these students’ exciting summer experiences!