Archive for February 2015

Feb 23-27

Monday, February 23

Seminar: Equatorial Biology / The Peruvian Medical Experience
Equatorial Biology – A group of 19 students and Alyson Center explored the biodiversity of Ecuador during the interim Equatorial Biology course.

The Peruvian Medical Experience – Considering a career in healthcare? So the 18 Oles who traveled to Peru this interim in search of service and learning.

Come hear about their experiences!
4:00 P.M. RNS 410


MSCS Colloquium: Ever wonder what mathematics is good for after college?
This colloquium is being given by the students of this January’s Mathematics Practicum.  The problems are real world problems from three different real world sponsors.  The students will present their problems (from Target, Inc., Tiger Risk, Inc. and the Town of Bridgewater), say something about the mathematical and statistical techniques they used, and be available for questions about the Math Practicum course itself.  After all, it will be offered again next January, and you might want to take it yourself!
3:15pm snack 3:30pm Colloquium, RNS 310

Tuesday, February 24

Women in MSCS: Alumnae Panel Discussion and Dessert
Come meet St. Olaf graduates who majored in mathematics, statistics, or computer science. These women are coming back to campus to share their experiences and advice about their careers. Find out about the many ways they are using their MSCS skills in their current work. Get advice about classes, internships, and everything else! Dessert will be offered!
7:00p.m., RMS 6th floor lounge

Wednesday, February 25


Thursday, February 26

Chemistry Seminar: Exploring Ligand Scaffolds for the Isolation of Stable Alkane Sigma Complexes
Dr. Jessica Demott, Texas A & M
3:00 p.m refreshments, 3:15 p.m. seminar will begin, RNS 310

Friday, February 27


Saturday, February 28

The 23rd Annual Konhauser ProblemFest Mathematics Competition
The is an annual competition for the Pizza Trophy, pitting teams from St. Olaf against teams from Carleton, Macalester, and St. Thomas. This is a really fun contest and is done in teams of up to three.
8:30 a.m. check-in, RNS 150
9:00 a.m. – 12pm, Event, lunch provided afterwards

Feb 16-20

Monday, February 16

Seminar: Biology in South India

Detecting leprosy, observing chital, finding coliforms, spotting a tiger, combating anemia, diabetes, and much much more…

Presented by: Angela Amoako, Eva Carlson, Tiffany Eisenbach, Lisa Koetke, Dylan Leonard, Charles Ligget, Kristen Rudberg, Ruth Wittington.

Monday February 16th
4pm in RNS 410
cookies at 3:45

Every Fall term, students from St. Olaf travel to South India to explore aspects of environmental and human health through lectures, excursions, and especially two significant research projects with local organizations active in these areas. Highlights of this semester will be presented including some of these challenging applied research projects and their outcomes. The photographs will transport us to India and its vast cultural and biodiversity.

Interested in the Program ? Please come and hear first-hand from the students. Further information provided by Anne Walter and Mike Swift, Program Advisors after the seminar.

Tuesday, February 17

No Seminar:

Wednesday, February 18

No Seminar:

Thursday, February 19

No Seminar:

Friday, February 20

Chemistry Seminar:  National Labs and Nanoscience: My rebellious year
Emily Rabe ’14

“So do you want to do industry or academia?” Starting out as a chemistry major, I thought those were my only options, until I heard about the mystical third choice of national labs. Deciding to be a bit of a rebel, I pursued that hidden third option at Argonne National Laboratory and found it to be an interesting mix of industry and academia. Continuing my rebellious streak, I abandoned the traditional branches of chemistry and joined an interdisciplinary group focusing on nanoscience for energy applications. My projects range from magnetic nanotube production and characterization to surface treatment of silica nanoparticles. I take part in the whole process: synthesis, characterization, and materials testing. I see a lot of different fields and work with a lot of different people, but remained convinced that chemists are awesome, and everybody benefits when we’re around.
3:00 p.m. refreshments and 3:15 p.m. seminar will begin  RNS 310


Feb 9-13

Monday, February 9

NO Seminar 

Tuesday, February 10

No Seminar 

Wednesday, February 11

NO Seminar 

Thursday, February 12

No Seminar 

Friday, February 13

Chemistry Seminar: Why Visualize? Not Just a Pretty Picture
Bob Hanson, Professor of Chemistry
3:00 p.m. refreshments, 3:15 seminar will begin in RNS 310