April 25 – 29, 2016

Monday, April 25

Seminar: Chikungunya, malaria, and many mice: a St. Olaf grad’s research career
Kristina (Stoermer) Burrack graduated from St Olaf in 2008 and then attended the University of Colorado Denver – Anschutz Medical Campus for graduate school.  For her PhD in Immunology, Kristina investigated the pathogenesis of chikungunya virus infection.  She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota and is investigating an immune modulatory factor that protects mice from succumbing to severe malaria disease.  In addition to her research, Kristina will discuss graduate school and careers in biomedical research.
RNS 410 4:00 PM

MSCS Colloquium: The X Factor: Unraveling Patterns of X Chromosome Inactivation in Ovarian Cancer
Stacey Winham, PH.D., Statistical Geneticist at the Mayo Clinic
In genetic association studies, the X chromosome is often exclude, because the number of copies differ between men and women, complicating analyses. But for traits specific to women, such as ovarian cancer, the X chromosome may play a crucial role. In females, X chromosome inactivation (XCI) randomly silences one of the two copies of the X chromosome in order to equalize levels of gene expression with males. Studies suggest that one chromosome is preferentially activated in the blood of ovarian cancer patients, but the role of XCI in tumors is largely unknown.
3:30pm, RNS 310 (Cookies and conversation at 3:15pm)

Tuesday, April 26

Nitroarenes: Building Blocks for Pharmaceuticals and Agrochemicals
Ryan Daley ’16 and Abigail Schnaith ’16
6:30 pm-8:30 pm, RNS390

Optimization of Monolithic Silica Based Sol-Gel for Nuclear Forensics
Anna Mattson ’16

6:30 pm-8:30 pm, RNS390

Mechanistic Studies of Biaryl Bond Formation: Musical Chord Progression in Organic Chemistry
Bryce Sadarananda ’16
6:30 pm-8:30 pm, RNS390

Wednesday, April 27

Physics Colloquium: Career Panel
Kathryn Wineman ’11, Vehicle Safety Engineer at Ford Motor Company at Ford Motor Company
Steve Hornberger ‘87, Sr. Program Manager at Medtronic
Pete Malamen ’71, Project Manager at C.E.G. Project
7:00 pm, RNS 210
8:00-9:00 pm – Dessert reception outside of RNS 210

MSCS Colloquium: Modeling Radio Tower Interference with Graph Labeling
Deb Czarneski, Ph.D. in mathematics from Louisiana State University and taught at at Simpson College for ten years.
Graphs can be used to model interference between radio towers where the distance between two vertices represents the amount of interference.  This talk will introduce a graph labeling technique with three levels of interference that minimizes the number of frequencies required in order to eliminate interference.
3:30pm, RNS 204, (Cookies and conversation at 3:15pm).

Thursday, April 28

Math Across the Cannon: 
Sara Billey, an algebraic Combinatorist from the University of Washington.

Afternoon lecture: Trees, Tanglegrams and Tangled Chains. 3:30-4:30 RNS 410 (St. Olaf), Reception beforehand beginning at 3:00.  (Intended for Math Majors)

Evening lecture: Computer Assisted Proofs: coming soon to a theorem near you!. 7:00 – 8:00, Weitz Cinema (Carleton), Reception immediately following lecture.  (Intended for a general audience)

Full abstracts, and a poster for the event are posted here:

Friday, April 29

Detection of Nitriles on Titan using ALMA
Maureen Palmer ’16
3:00 pm-4:30 pm, RNS310

MSCS Colloquium
Andrea DeMott, Industrial and Systems Engineering Instructor at Ohio University
3:30pm, RNS 204