May 5-9

Monday, May 5

Biology Seminar: In a flood or drought: consequences of seasonal variation in water availability on evergreen live oaks (Quercus oleoides) of Central American dry forests
Alyson Center, Biology Department, St. Olaf College
4:00, RNS 410

Psychology Seminar: Under and Out: Head Direction Cells and the Neural Basis of a Sense of Direction
Gary Muir, Psychology Department, St. Olaf College
4:00, RNS 150
This is part of the Psychology Department Spring Celebration.

Tuesday, May 6

Chemistry Seminar – Candidate for Term Chemistry Position
Dr. Ekaterina N. Kadvikova, Gustavus Adolphus College
“Helping students succeed in organic chemistry with peer-evaluated presentations, study baskets, and social media”
RNS 310, 3:00 refreshments, 3:15 seminar will begin

Wednesday, May 7

No Seminar

Thursday, May 8

Chemistry Senior Banquet and Awards Presentations – Chem Majors 2014 only
4th Floor Atrium
5:30 p.m. photo session, 6:00 p.m. catered dinner, followed by speaker, Dr. Cassidy Terrell, and followed with presentations of senior awards.  All Senior Chem Majors invited to attend, and Chemistry Faculty and Staff.

Friday, May 9

Chemistry Seminar
Dr. Rebecca L. Davis, University of Manitoba
“Exploring the Origins of Reactivity and Selectivity in Asymmetric Organocatalysis”
RNS 310, 3:00 refreshments, 3:15 seminar will begin.

MSCS Seminar: Stochastic Simulation-Based Methods for inferring Biological Mechanisms
Bernie Daigle, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Despite their widespread use in systems biology, cell population-level models of biological processes (e.g. using ODEs) are unable to capture and characterize the cell-to-cell variability exhibited even by genetically identical cells. This limitation inhibits our ability to answer detailed questions about single-cell biological mechanisms, where low copy numbers of DNA, mRNA, and protein species often lead to large stochastic fluctuations. In order to make sense of these fluctuations, which are often linked to important cellular behaviors and disease states, methods for modeling, simulation, and analysis of stochastic biological systems are required.
3:35 p.m., Regents 204

Carleton Physics Seminar
Is there a Universal Character to Plasma Turbulence?
Dr. Mike Brown of Swarthmore College
3:30-4:30 pm at Carleton in Olin 141

Saturday, May 10

Phenology Walk: Join the student naturalists for a walk around the Natural Lands and Norway Valley.  Open to all.
2:00 p.m., Meet outside the Science Library