Archive for December 2014

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