Seminars

Upcoming Seminars / Seminars This Week

Mon 3/2/15 11 amAbelson 307
String Theory Seminar
Sarah Harrison (Harvard University)
Moonshine and string theory
Hosted by Albion Lawrence

Mon 3/2/15 11 amVolen 201
Computational Neuroscience Journal Club
Paul Miller (Brandeis)
The importance of mixed selectivity in complex cognitive tasks
Ref: Author: Rigotti et al
Pizza Provided

Mon 3/2/15 12 noonRosenstiel 118
Special Seminar (Quantitative Cell Biology Faculty Search)
Bing He (Princeton University)
From molecular determinants to physical principles: how genetically patterned forces change cell shape
Pizza served
Hosted by Paul Garrity

Mon 3/2/15 4 pmGerstenzang 121
Chemistry Department Colloquium
Dr. Alan Goldman (Rutgers )
Catalytic Alkane Conversion Reactions with Pincer-Iridium Complexes. Mechanism and Selectivity
Hosted by Casey Wade

Tue 3/3/15
Physics Department Colloquium
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No Colloquium due to APS Meeting
No Colloquium: Due to APS Meeting

Tue 3/3/15 12:30 pmGerstenzang 121
Neurobiology Journal Club
Meredith Blankenship (Katz Lab)
Spatial Patterns of Persistent Neural Activity Vary with the Behavioral Context of Short-Term Memory
Jonathan D. Jackson (Gutchess Lab)
Slow cortical potentials and inner-time consciousness

Tue 3/3/15 12:45 pmGoldsmith 226
Combinatorics Seminar
Olivier Bernardi (Brandeis)
Regions in hyperplane arrangements and trees

Tue 3/3/15 2 pmGoldsmith 226
Topology Seminar
Katherine Raoux (Brandeis)
Knot Floer homology and the four-ball genus

Tue 3/3/15 3:30 pmGoldsmith 226
Everytopic Seminar
Arunima Ray (Brandeis)
Shake slice and shake concordant knots
Consider the set of knots in the 3-sphere. There are a number of four-dimensional equivalence relations on knots, which have interesting implications towards the study of 4-manifolds. The most well-studied of these is the relation called concordance, under which knots form an abelian group; knots concordant to the trivial knot are said to be slice. We study a generalization of concordance, called shake concordance; in this realm, the analogue for slice knots are called shake slice knots. Any slice knot is shake slice, but the converse is unknown. We construct infinite families of knots that are pairwise shake concordant but not concordant. We also give a complete characterization of shake concordant and shake slice knots in terms of concordance, which allows us to construct new infinite families of shake slice knots. (This is a joint project with Tim Cochran.)
Hosted by Olivier Bernardi

Wed 3/4/15 12 noonShapiro Science Center 1-03 Library
Bridging the Two Cultures Lecture Series (Special Seminar)
Chad Williams

Wed 3/4/15 4 pmGerstenzang 121
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium
Yingxi Lin (MIT)
Capturing Experience
Hosted by Suzanne Paradis

Thu 3/5/15 12 noonLurias, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Psychology Department Colloquium (NIGMS Brain, Body & Behavior; NIA Cognitive Aging in Social Context )
Mieke H. Verfaellie, Ph.D. (Boston University School of Medicine)
The role of the medial temporal lobes in future-oriented thought: Evidence from amnesia
The hallmark of medial temporal lobe (MTL) amnesia is the inability to retrieve memories of personally experienced events. In recent years, however, neuroimaging work has suggested a role for the MTL not only in remembering past events, but also in imagining future events. Consistent, with this notion, we have shown that amnesic patients have difficulty imagining future personal (episodic) events. However, our subsequent work has demonstrated that MTL patients are also impaired at imaging future impersonal (semantic) scenarios. I will discuss possible mechanisms underlying these impairments, as well as consequences for other forms of future-oriented thought.
Hosted by Angela Gutchess

Thu 3/5/15 1 pmAbelson 131
Special Seminar (Quantitative Cell Biology Faculty Search)
Reza Farhadifar (Harvard University )
Scaling and Evolutionary Dynamics of the Mitotic Spindle
Pizza Provided
Hosted by Jané Kondev and Piali Sengupta

Fri 3/6/15 11:15 amAbelson 131
Biochemistry-Biophysics Friday Lunchtime Pizza Talks
Third Graduate Student Rotation Talks
Pizza Provided

Fri 3/6/15 12:30 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
Aaron Bergman (Katz Lab)
Daniel Stoddard (Nicastro Lab)
Pizza Provided

Mon 3/9/15 10 amRosenstiel 118
Special Seminar (Quantitative Cell Biology Faculty Search)
Baoyu Chen (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center)
The WAVE Regulatory Complex Links Diverse Receptors to the Actin Cytoskeleton
Refreshments Served
Hosted by Bruce Goode and Piali Sengupta

Mon 3/9/15 11 amAbelson 307
String Theory Seminar
Matthew Headrick (Brandeis University)
TBA
Hosted by Albion Lawrence

Mon 3/9/15 1 pmGerstenzang 122
Physics Department Colloquium
Dustin Kleckner (University of Chicago)
Vortex Knots in Fluids and Superfluids
Linked and knotted field lines appear as important features in many physical fields, e.g., tangled vortex lines in turbulent flows or braided loops of plasma on the surface of the sun. In idealized examples, the topology (knottedness) of these field lines may never change, and is associated with a conserved quantity. Real dissipative fields, however, go through ‘reconnections' which may untie knots and raise difficult questions about the role of topologically conserved quantities. I will describe novel techniques we have developed to generate vortex knots in experimental fluids and simulated superfluids. Our first glimpses into the behavior of these elemental knots show that their dynamics can be understood in terms of system-independent geometric principles.
Pizza outside Abelson 131 at 12:45pm
Hosted by Zvonimir Dogic

Mon 3/9/15 4 pmGerstenzang 121
Chemistry Department Colloquium
Dr. Jeffrey Byers (Boston College)
Iron Catalysis for the Synthesis of Value-Added Products
Hosted by Casey Wade

Tue 3/10/15 11 amRosenstiel 118
Special Seminar (Quantitative Cell Biology Faculty Search)
Chris Aaron Groen (Harvard Medical School)
The Dynamics of Microtubules During Cell Division
Hosted by Bruce Goode and Zvonimir Dogic

Tue 3/10/15 3:30 pmGoldsmith 226
Everytopic Seminar
Paul Monsky (Brandeis)
Some Characteristic 2 Hecke algebras. A theme of Nicolas and Serre, with variations

Tue 3/10/15 4 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
Markus Deserno (Carnegie Mellon Physics)
TBA

Tue 3/10/15 5 pmGerstenzang 124
Special Seminar
Jamie Metzl
Homo Sapiens 2.0: Genetic Enhancement, Ethics, and the Future of Humanity
Hosted by Larry Wangh

Wed 3/11/15 12 noonGoldsmith 226
Theory IGERT Seminar
Brad Marston (Brown University)
TBA
Hosted by Albion Lawrence

Wed 3/11/15 4 pmGerstenzang 121
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium (M.R. Bauer Colloquium Series)
Erik Herzog (Washington University)
For whom the bells toll: Networked circadian clocks in the brain
Hosted by Leslie Griffith and Michael Rosbash

Thu 3/12/15 12 noonLurias, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Psychology Department Colloquium
Jennifer Gutsell, Ph.D. (Brandeis)
TBA

Thu 3/12/15 2 pmGerstenzang 122
Chemistry Department Colloquium
Dr. Gregory Yablonsky
A Brief History of Time in Chemistry
Hosted by Irving Epstein

Thu 3/12/15 2 pmGerstenzang 122
Chemistry Seminar
Gregory Yablonsky (Washington University, St. Louis)
A Brief History of Time in Chemistry
Hosted by Irving Epstein

Fri 3/13/15 11:15 amAbelson 131
Biochemistry-Biophysics Friday Lunchtime Pizza Talks
Sun Hur (Harvard Medical School)
Hosted by Prof. Timo Street

Fri 3/13/15 12:30 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
Mikael Garabedian (Goode Lab)
Nicole Amichetti (Wingfield Lab)

Mon 3/16/15 11 amAbelson 307
String Theory Seminar
Martin Kruczenski (Purdue University)
TBA
Hosted by Albion Lawrence

Mon 3/16/15 4 pmGerstenzang 121
Chemistry Department Colloquium
Dr. Suning Wang (Queens University)
Organoboron-Enabled Transformation and Applications
Hosted by Casey Wade

Tue 3/17/15 12:30 pmGerstenzang 121
Neurobiology Journal Club
Arani Roy (Van Hooser Lab)
Anna Hartmann (Sengupta Lab)

Tue 3/17/15 2 pmGoldsmith 226
Topology Seminar
Peter Feller (Boston College)
Cobordisms between torus knots given by smooth algebraic curves
Hosted by Daniel Ruberman, Ruth Charney and Kiyoshi Igusa

Tue 3/17/15 3:30 pmGoldsmith 226
Everytopic Seminar
Anna Medvedovsky (Brandeis University)
The nilpotence method for obtaining lower bounds for dimensions of Hecke algebras
Hosted by Olivier Bernardi

Tue 3/17/15 4 pmabelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
Robert J. Wood (Harvard University)
Manufacturing, actuation, sensing, and control for robotic insects

Wed 3/18/15 4 pmGerstenzang 121
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium (2015 Jay Pepose ’75 Award in Vision Sciences)
William Newsome, Ph.D. (Professor of Neurobiology, Stanford University School of Medicine)
A New Look at Gating: Selective Integration of Sensory Signals through Network Dynamics
Refreshments at 3:45pm
Hosted by John Lisman

Thu 3/19/15 12 noonRosenstiel 118
Psychology Department Brown Bag
Franklyn Graham (Knight Lab)
Hosted by Xiaodong Liu

Thu 3/19/15 4 pmAbelson 229
MRSEC Seminar
Roy Ziblat (Wyss Institute at Harvard)
TBA
Hosted by Host: Seth Fraden

Fri 3/20/15 11:15 amAbelson 131
Biochemistry-Biophysics Friday Lunchtime Pizza Talks
Isaac Krauss (Chemistry Dept., Brandeis)

Fri 3/20/15 12:30 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
Meredith Blankenship (Katz Lab)
Anna Hartman (Sengupta Lab)

Fri 3/20/15 3 pmVolen 201
Cognitive Neuroscience Journal Club
TBD
TBD
Hosted by Lisa Payne

Sat 3/21/15 4 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
Daniel Prober (Yale University)
TBA
Hosted by Aparna Baskaran

Sat 3/21/15 7 pmTBA
Brandeis 3D Printing Club (Sponsored by: Brandeis3D, Pre-Health Society and BioChemistry Department)
TBD (TBD)
Biopolymers and Additive Manufacturing
Hosted by Joseph Smith

Mon 3/23/15 11 amAbelson 307
String Theory Seminar
Ilarion Melnikov (Harvard University)
TBA
Hosted by Albion Lawrence

Mon 3/23/15 12 noonRosenstiel 118
Molecular Genetics Journal Club
Jagesh Shah
Hosted by Sengupta

Tue 3/24/15 12:30 pmGerstenzang 121
Neurobiology Journal Club
Aaron Bergman (Katz Lab)
Matthew Ranaghan (Oprian Lab)

Tue 3/24/15 3:30 pmgoldsmith 226
Everytopic Seminar
Jonathan Novak (MIT)
TBA

Tue 3/24/15 4 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
Sanjoy Mahajan (MIT)
Flipping the classroom to improve STEM learning

Wed 3/25/15 TBA
Brandeis 3D Printing Club
Benedetto Morelli (Tissue Engineering Resource Centre at Tufts)
Biopolymer hybridization and additive manufacturing
Hosted by Joseph Smith

Wed 3/25/15 4 pmGerstenzang 121
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium
Aaron Gitler (Stanford University)
High-throughput screens to define mechanisms of human neurodegenerative diseases
Hosted by Avital Rodal

 
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