Monday, November 17
Biology Seminar: Influences on nest success in a reintroduced population of whooping cranes
Jeb Barzen, International Crane Foundation, Baraboo, WI
Most aspects of the reintroduction of whooping cranes to the tallgrass prairie have been successful. Adult survival is high and pairing, foraging, migratory, and copulatory behaviors appear normal. Reproductive rates, however, are low due to blood-feeding black flies, slow maturation of breeding birds, inappropriate energy-storage patterns, maladaptions to wild situations, inappropriate habitat use and predation. Our research on nest success is helping to guide reintroduction efforts as the reintroduced birds respond to varied situations for the first time in more than a century.
4:00 p.m., RNS 410
3:00 refreshments, 3:15 seminar will begin
RNS 390 (note room change)
MSCS Colloquium: Linear Algebra is Everywhere! Groups, Products, Automorphisms, and Matrices
Jill Dietz, Professor of Mathematics, Chair of MSCS
Much of my recent research and that of my students has focused on properties of “semi-direct products” of groups. In this talk I will gently lead the audience from “clock arithmetic” to metacyclic groups, and from linear transformations to automorphisms of metacyclic groups. Along the way we’ll talk about group actions, different products of groups, and the role of linear algebra in these endeavors. Anyone who knows what functions and matrices are (e.g. anyone who has had a least a half-semester of Math 220) will be able to follow along for most of the talk; anyone who knows what groups are (e.g. anyone who has had a least a half-semester of Math 252) will know some of the secret details; and all will learn something new and interesting.
3:30 p.m., RNS 310
Tuesday, November 18
Biology Movie Night (for those not going to the Biology in South India informational meeting! :) )
TriBeta is hosting a biology themed movie night. Kick back, relax and watch a biology themed movie. Popcorn provided. Movie title to be revealed as date nears and your curiosity peaks.
7:00 p.m., RNS 410
Biology in South India Informational Meeting
Biology in South India is an interdisciplinary exploration of ecosystem and human health. This study service program features two independent research projects. Come to the meeting to meet experienced India travelers, find out what makes this a “study service” program, learn where students in South India travel, who teaches the courses, and more.
7:30 p.m., RNS 435
Wednesday, November 19
Student Panel on Summer REUs
Panelists: Jon Schut ’15, Sara Swenson ’15, Daniel Hickox-Young ’16, Emily Witt ’17
2:00 pm, RNS 210
RNS 410 (note the room change)
Thursday, November 20
Friday, November 21