Jan 19-23

Monday, Jan 19

No Seminar

Tuesday, Jan 20

No Seminar

Wednesday, Jan 21

No Seminar

Thursday, Jan 22

“The Making of  a Neurosurgeon or Anyone Else for that Matter!” (Lecture by Dr. Gaylan Rockswold ’62)

Thursday, January 22, 2015 in Viking Theater, Buntrock Commons


3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Lecture 

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Conversation and Refreshments

Join Dr. Gaylan Rockswold ’62 for a one-hour lecture about his journey from the Hill to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he serves as Medical Director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Center. Dr. Rockswold is one of the country’s foremost experts on traumatic brain injury. His lecture will address how students can achieve elite performance in any field.

The lecture will be followed by a one-hour reception with Dr. Rockswold. Refreshments will be served. Plan to join us for an afternoon with this inspiring alum!

Dr. Gaylan Rockswold is Medical Director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Center at Hennepin County Medical Center. He has retired from an active clinical practice of 37 years and has cared for thousands of patients with various neurosurgical problems. Throughout his career, he has been extensively involved in mentoring and educating medical student and neurosurgical residents and has personally trained more than 70 neurosurgical chief residents who have gone on to academic and private practice.

On December 4, 2014, Dr. Rockswold received The Guiding Light Award for Generosity in recognition for his exemplary commitment to the growth of generosity for Hennepin County Medical Center.

Dr. Rockswold is Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota Medical School and is concluding a three-year service as Board Chair of the Hennepin Health Foundation. Dr. Rockswold is the foremost authority in the use of hyperbaric oxygen in traumatic brain injury and has received three prestigious National Institutes of Health grants to conduct the most advanced traumatic brain injury research.  He has been recognized by his peers as one of America’s Top Doctors in US News and World Report.

Friday, Jan 23
No Seminar

Dec 8 – 12

Monday, December 8

Chemistry Distinction Seminars
Jorden Johnson ‘15
Functionalization of silicon nitride membrane for protein immobilization

Emily Reeves ‘15
Synthesis of Hybrid PVP-Cysteine Coated Silver Nanowires
3:00 p.m. refreshments, seminar will begin at 3:15 RNS 390

MSCS Mega Menger Build-a-thon
St. Olaf will play its part in a world wide Mega- Menger Project by bringing a Level 2 Menger Sponge to life here on campus. Menger Sponge is a common example of a fractal and can be generated with a handful of simple functions, yet it is a fascinating object with infinite surface area and zero volume. In this participatory colloquium you will be introduce to the Menger Sponge, and then help build one out of paper.
3:30 p.m., RMS 6th Floor Lounge

Biology Seminar: Development and Flexibility in Wild Birds: An Eco-Immunology Approach
Biology Department Faculty Candidate
4:00 p.m., RNS 410

Tuesday, December 9

MSCS Game Night
Enjoy a fun night of playing one of your favorite games or choose a game you have not played before from the large selection, with friends and faculty.
6 p.m. – 9 p.m., RMS 6th Floor Lounge

Wednesday, December 10

Biology Seminar
Biology Department Faculty Candidate
4:30 p.m., RNS 410

Thursday, December 11

No Seminar

Friday, December 12

Biology Club Christmas Party
Take a break from your end-of-the-semester studies to enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies and the holiday spirit!
Sponsored by the Tri-Beta Officers
3:00 p.m., RNS 4th Floor Central Atrium

Dec 1 – 5

Monday, December 1

Chemistry Seminar
3:00 refreshments, 3:15 seminar will begin
RNS 390

MSCS Colloquium: CaMP
Olaf Hall-Holt Associate Professor, St. Olaf College; Eileen King, ’13; Stephen Akers, ’17
What do the Google search algorithm, Lego robots, and real-life role models have in common?  All have been part of a middle school camp here in Northfield that provides younger students with exposure to topics in mathematics and computing.  In this colloquium, everyone will get a chance to learn about the PageRank algorithm (which involves simple probability and graphs), consider paths that can lead to MSCS majors, and interact hands-on with robots! Accessible to all students.
3:30 p.m., RNS 310

Biology Seminar
Biology Department Faculty Candidate
Understanding the Role of Neurovascular Dysfunction in Cognitive Impairment and Dementia
4:00 p.m., RNS 410

Tuesday, December 2

No Seminar

Wednesday, December 3

Physics Colloquium  
Eric Hazlett, Professor of Physics, Carleton College
What’s Colder Than Cold?  
Dr. Hazlett will explain how lasers are used to take atoms at temperatures greater than 500 Kelvin, down to within billionths of a degree from absolute zero!  He will also describe the research he has done to characterize quantum interactions shifts that will allow for more precise atomic clocks, the simulation of condensed matter systems, and the prospects for trapping atoms in a hollow laser beam.
2:00 p.m., RNS 210

Thursday, December 4

No Seminar

Friday, December 5

No Seminar