Sept 15-20

Monday, September 15

Biology Seminar: Biology Nature Walk
Join the Curator of the Natural Lands and Professor Kathy Shea, and St. Olaf Student Naturalists for this walking biology seminar.  Your tour will include the natural and restored forests and wetlands behind Regents Hall.  You’ll learn about ongoing bird studies and water resource management.  We will supply granola snacks.  You bring water!
4:00 p.m., Meet outside Hustad Science Library

MSCS Colloquium: “The Game is Afoot!”
First years and returning students welcome! Come and meet the MSCS faculty and fellow MSCS students. There will be fun, food, and drinks! (and popcorn!).
3:30 p.m., RMS 6th floor lounge

Tuesday, September 16

No Seminar

Wednesday, September 17

No Seminar

Thursday, September 18

Chemistry Seminar: The Discovery of New Medicines: Science and Business
John Schaus, Retired: Senior Research Fellow at Eli Lilly

7:00 – 8:00 p.m., RNS 150
Refreshment will be served and this seminar is open to the public
Life expectancy in the United States has increased by over 10 years since 1950. A significant factor in this increase has been the use of medicines to combat such maladies as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and infectious diseases. New medicines are needed to continue to improve the treatment of these and other disorders. How are these new medicines discovered? I will discuss how medicines work and the process that scientists use to identify new medicines as well as the challenges facing people as they work to identify new medicines to treat patients in need.

Friday, September 19

Chemistry Seminar: The Discovery and Application of PET Ligands to Image CB1 Receptors in Living Humans
John Schaus, Retired: Senior Research Fellow at Eli Lilly
3:00 refreshments, 3:15 seminar will begin, RNS 310
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging has been used to image brain structure and function in living humans. This method is limited by the availability of suitable PET radioligands. I will discuss neurotransmitters, neurotransmitter receptors and radioligand binding assays, and show how this information can be used to identify new PET radioligands. As an example, I will present the discovery of PET ligands which have been used to image CB1 receptors in human and the application of these ligands to drug discovery and to the study of how chronic alcohol and marijuana use alter the human brain.

Saturday, September 20

Cannon River Clean-up
Join us for the 6th Annual River Clean-up for the Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP).  This is a chance to be part of a larger clean-up hosted by the CRWP to promote healthier rivers and lakes and a healthier community that everyone can enjoy.  Sign-up here.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00