Archive for September 2016

September 26-30, 2016

Monday, Sept 26

Biology Seminar Nature Walk in the Natural Lands!
Meet outside the Hustad Science Library at 4:00PM. We’ll bring the granola bars, you bring the water for a tour of the Natural Lands!

MSCS Colloquium: Subfractals and subshifts
Liz Sattler, Visiting Assistant Professor at Carleton College
Fractals provide some of the most beautiful and interesting examples in mathematics.  In this talk, we will introduce some of the most popular examples of fractals, including the Cantor set, Sierpinski’s triangle, and the Koch snowflake.  We will carefully discuss the strong connection between fractals and infinite strings on a finite alphabet (symbolic space).  We will take special interest in subfractals, defined by a specific type of subset of the symbolic space.  Finally, we will explore methods to distinguish two fractals and discuss why our usual methods (length, area, volume) will not be helpful.
3:30pm, RNS 310 (3:15pm cookies and conversation)

Tuesday, Sept 27

No Seminars

Wednesday, Sept 28

No Seminars

Thursday, Sept 29

Seminar: Joint Chemistry & Physics Seminar – Materials Chemistry!
Miles Arthur White; Iowa State University
3:15 pm, RNS 150

Seminar: Dual degree program in Engineering info session (St. Olaf / Washington University)
11:30 a.m. Regents 210

  Learn about the 3-2 and 4-2 dual degree programs in engineering, a cooperative program between St. Olaf College and Washington University in St. Louis, MO.  A wide variety of engineering fields are supported.
  Christopher Ramsay, Assistant Dean in the School of Engineering at Wash U will be here to describe the programs and visit with students.

Friday, Sept 30

MSCS Seminar: On differing Numbers of Different Differences
Peter Blanchard, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics, St. Olaf College
Arithmetic progressions have been part of the mathematical landscape almost forever.  We will discuss a small amount of history around arithmetic progressions before using alternative characterizations to show why they are so special.
3:30pm, RNS 204 

September 19-23, 2016

Monday, Sept 19

Seminar: Biology – Trojan Horses? How Parasites Pilot White Blood Cells Into the Brain.
Lisa Drewry – St. Olaf Grad (2012) and Graduate student at Washington University, St. Louis

RNS 410 at 4:00 PM

MSCS Colloquium:The German Tank Problem and Statistical Simulation
Bob Eisinger, Visiting Assistant Professor of Statistics, St Olaf College
During WWII the Allies were interested in determining the production of German       armaments, such as tanks, trucks and rockets. Using clever statistical and mathematical tools, scientists were able to estimate the production of these armaments more accurately than data obtained from industry, interrogation, or spying. We’ll use the German Tank Problem to explore estimation, statistical simulation and the dangers of using serial numbers.
3:30, RNS 310

Tuesday, Sept 20

Seminar: No Seminar

Wednesday, Sept 21

Seminar: No Seminar

Thursday, Sept 22

Seminar: Chemistry – Pharmacotherapy: A Primer
Layne Moore, M.D., M.P.H., Mayo Health Systems Faribault
3:15-4:15, RNS 410

Friday, Sept 23

Biology Club Waffle Social – 3:00-4:30 PM see poster for details.

Physics Colloquium  Speaker Nate Eigenfeld ’11, UC Boulder, Mech Eng.  RNS 210, 3:15-4:15

September 12-16, 2016

Monday, Sept 12

Seminar: Biology Meet and Greet your Professors! 4pm 4th floor NW Atrium


Tuesday, Sept 13

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Wednesday, Sept 14

Seminar: The Annual Physics Faculty Demo!
Come see your favorite physics professors offer some of their favorite demonstrations and hear about our colloquium schedule for the fall!
3:30-4:30 pm, RNS 210

Thursday, Sept 15

Seminar: Chemistry Meet and Greet and liquid nitrogen ice cream social

3:30-4:30PM RNS 4th floor atrium


Friday, Sept 16

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