Seminars

Upcoming Seminars / Seminars This Week

Thu 2/11/16 12 noonRosenstiel 118
Psychology Department Brown Bag
Nicole Ayasse (Memory & Cognition Lab)
Knowing and Indicating Knowing: The time course of sentence comprehension in older adults
Hosted by Xiaodong Liu

Thu 2/11/16 2:15 pmGoldsmith 317
Everytopic Seminar
Olivier Bernardi (Brandeis University)
TBD
Refreshments at 2pm in Goldsmith 100

Fri 2/12/16 11:30 amGerstenzang 122
Biochemistry-Biophysics Friday Lunchtime Pizza Talks
Tijana Ivanovic (Brandeis)
Virus Yoga and Checkmating Flu

Fri 2/12/16 12:30 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
Gonen Memisoglu (Haber)
Meredith Blankenship (Katz)

Fri 2/12/16 5:30 pmRosenstiel Penthouse
MRSEC Social Hour, TGITacos
*Grad students and postdocs only*

Mon 2/15/16 11 amVolen 201
Computational Neuroscience Journal Club
No Journal Club (Presidents Day Holiday)

Tue 2/16/16 12:30 pmGerstenzang 121
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium
No Colloquium (Feb Break)

Tue 2/16/16 1 pmGoldsmith 226
Combinatorics Seminar
No Seminar (Spring Recess)

Tue 2/16/16 2 pmGoldsmith 317
Topology Seminar
No Seminar (Spring Recess)

Tue 2/16/16 4 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
No Physics Department Colloquium (Midterm Recess)

Wed 2/17/16 2 pmGerstenzang 121
Thesis Seminar
Vinay Eapen (Haber Lab)
A DNA Damage Induced Pathway of Autophagy
Hosted by Molecular and Cellular Biology Program

Thu 2/18/16 2:15 pmGoldsmith 317
Everytopic Seminar
No Seminar (Spring Recess)

Thu 2/18/16 4 pmAbelson 229
MRSEC Seminar
Madison Krieger (Brown University)
Locomotion in liquid crystals
Swimming at the micron scale is a topic that is nearly a century old, yet has seen renewed interest as novel swimming mechanisms, fluid backgrounds, fluid-structure- and collective-effects have been discovered. Recent theoretical attention has been payed to swimming in rotationally-isotropic viscoelastic fluids and gels, and also to active nematics, which are inherently anisotropic. A phenomenon that lies between these two extremes is that of a single motile microorganism immersed in a nematic liquid crystal, where the nematogens are not active but the viscous and elastic anisotropy gives rise to several interesting swimming behaviors. We discuss some aspects of this locomotion problem in its own right and also seat it between these existing literatures as an active phase known as a "living liquid crystal."

Fri 2/19/16 11:15 amGerstenzang 122
Biochemistry-Biophysics Friday Lunchtime Pizza Talks
Sabine Petry (Princeton University)
From branching microtubule nucleation to mitotic spindle assembly: role and mechanism
Hosted by Rodal

Fri 2/19/16 12:30 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
Narendra Mukherjee (Katz Lab)
Danielle DiTirro (Sengupta Lab)

Mon 2/22/16 11 amVolen 201
Computational Neuroscience Journal Club
Giancarlo La Camera (Stony Brook University)
Similarity of evoked activity in cortex to ongoing spontaneous activity
Pizza at Noon
Hosted by John Lisman

Mon 2/22/16 11 amAbelson 307
String Theory Seminar
Tarek Anous (MIT)
Hosted by Ida Zadeh

Mon 2/22/16 12 noonRosenstiel 118
Molecular Genetics Journal Club
Charlotte Kelley (Rodal Lab)
Cara Pina (Lovett Lab)

Tue 2/23/16 12:30 pmGerstenzang 121
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium
William Theurkauf (UMass Medical School )
Building the piRNA genome immune system
Hosted by Nelson Lau

Tue 2/23/16 1 pmGoldsmith 226
Combinatorics Seminar
TBD
TBD

Tue 2/23/16 2 pmGoldsmith 317
Topology Seminar
TBD
TBD

Tue 2/23/16 4 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
Aram Harrow (MIT)
What should we do with a small quantum computer?
A large-scale quantum computer would be able to solve problems that existing classical computers would take much longer than the age of the universe to solve. This would have dramatic implications for cryptography, chemistry, material science, nuclear physics and probably other areas that are still unknown. But what about quantum computers that will be available in the next few years? Experimentalists working with ion traps and superconducting qubits have plans to build quantum computers with 50-100 qubits capable of performing some thousands of quantum gates. The company D-Wave is already selling devices with over 1000 qubits, although they can only run a single algorithm (the adiabatic algorithm) and they suffer high rates of noise.

In this talk, I will analyze two algorithms that can be run on current and near-term quantum computers. First I will look at the adiabatic algorithm, which has shown promise in its ability to use quantum tunneling to solve optimization problems more efficiently than classical local search. Here I will show that a different classical algorithm can simulate the adiabatic algorithm in these cases, suggesting that this is not a promising approach to quantum speedup. Second, I will look at a recently proposed Quantum Approximate Optimization Algorithm (QAOA), which is a method of performing combinatorial optimization using very few gates. I will show that conjectures from complexity theory imply that this algorithm cannot in general be simulated by classical computers


Wed 2/24/16 1 pmGerstenzang 122
Safety Training (General lab safety)
Andrew Finn
Lab safety and hazard identification
Students and staff in labs should attend this course annually

Wed 2/24/16 4 pmGerstenzang 121
Neurobiology Journal Club
Timothy Wiggin (Griffith)
Global Brain Dynamics Embed the Motor Command Sequence of Caenorhabditis elegans
Ref: Science. 2016 Jan 15;351(6270):267-71
Anna Moore (Paradis)
Early Somatostatin Interneuron Connectivity Mediates the Maturation of Deep Layer Cortical Circuits
Ref: Tuncdemir et al., Neuron. 2016 Feb 3;89(3):521-35.

Thu 2/25/16 12 noonShapiro Campus Center, Room 236
Psychology Department Colloquium (NIGMS Brain, Body & Behavior Training Grant, NIA Cognitive Aging in Social Context Training Grant )
Dr. Krista Wilkinson (Pennsylvania State University)
Improving the design of augmentative and alternative communication interventions: Applications of tools of neuroscience to understand visual, motor, and semantic processing by individuals with severe intellectual disabilities
Abstract: This presentation examines how various tools of neuroscience -- including EEG, eye tracking, and kinematic analysis of reaching -- can reveal important conceptual, visual, and motor processing behavior of individuals with Down syndrome. We seek to understand how such individuals respond to visual communication supports, in order to improve the effectiveness of these aids.

Hosted by Paul DiZio

Thu 2/25/16 2:15 pmGoldsmith 317
Everytopic Seminar
Alex Perry (Harvard University)
TBD
Refreshments at 2pm in Goldsmith 100

Fri 2/26/16 11:15 amGerstenzang 122
Biochemistry-Biophysics Friday Lunchtime Pizza Talks
Chris Miller (Brandeis)

Fri 2/26/16 12:30 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
Anna Kazatskaya (Sengupta)
Zach Knecht (Garrity)

Fri 2/26/16 3 pmVolen 201
Cognitive Neuro-Science Journal Club
Jeremy Simon (Gutsell Lab)
TBA
Hosted by Laura Paige

Mon 2/29/16 11 amAbelson 307
String Theory Seminar
Mark Mueller (MIT)
Entanglement Entropy and Variational Methods in Interacting Quantum Field Theories

Mon 2/29/16 11 amVolen 201
Computational Neuroscience Journal Club
TBD
TBD
Pizza at Noon

Mon 2/29/16 12 noonRosenstiel 118
Molecular Genetics Journal Club
Itai Yanai (Faculty of Biology, Lorry I. Lokey Interdisciplinary Center for Life Sciences and Engineering Technician, Israel Institute of Technology)
TBD
Hosted by Sengupta

Mon 2/29/16 4 pmGerstenzang 121
Chemistry Department Colloquium
Jin Xie (University of Georgia)
Surface Modified Nanoparticles for Cancer Imaging and Drug Delivery
Hosted by Bing Xu

Tue 3/1/16 12:30 pmGerstenzang 121
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium
Dylan Taatjes (University of Colorado Boulder)
Mediator kinases and transcription regulation
Hosted by Michael Marr

Tue 3/1/16 1 pmGoldsmith 226
Combinatorics Seminar
TBD
TBD

Tue 3/1/16 2 pmGoldsmith 317
Topology Seminar
Lee Rudolph (Clark University)
TBD

Tue 3/1/16 4 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
Marcelle Soares-Santos (Fermilab)
The Dark Energy Survey and Gravitational Waves
DES is an ongoing imaging sky survey, the largest such survey to date. Its main science goal is to shed light onto dark energy by making precision measurements of the expansion history and growth of structure in the universe. In this talk I present our latest results and introduce a new DES initiative: searches for optical counterpart of gravitational wave events.

Wed 3/2/16 12 noonShapiro Science Center 1-03 Library
Special Seminar (Bridging the Two Cultures Lecture Series Six Talks by Humanities Faculty to the School of Science Faculty)
Paul Jankowski (History Dept., Brandeis)
Were We To Blame? Popular Origins of the Second World War
Open to Faculty (RSVPs Reqired), Lunch Provided

Wed 3/2/16 4 pmGerstenzang 121
Neurobiology Journal Club
Mark Zielinski (Jadhav)
TBA
David Levitan (Nelson)
TBA

Thu 3/3/16 12 noonRosenstiel 118
Psychology Department Brown Bag
Eileen Rasmussen (Aging, Culture & Cognition Lab)
TBA
John Ksander (Aging, Culture & Cognition Lab)
TBA

Thu 3/3/16 2:15 pmGoldsmith 317
Everytopic Seminar
TBD
TBD
Refreshments at 2pm in Goldsmith 100

Thu 3/3/16 4 pmAbelson 229
MRSEC Seminar
Baptiste Blanc (Fraden Lab)

Fri 3/4/16 11:15 amGerstenzang 122
Biochemistry-Biophysics Friday Lunchtime Pizza Talks
3rd Rotation Graduation Student Talks

Fri 3/4/16 12:30 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
Joey Adams (Griffith)
Sarah Richards (Van Hooser)

Mon 3/7/16 11 amAbelson 307
String Theory Seminar
Brent Nelson (Northeastern University)

Mon 3/7/16 11 amVolen 201
Computational Neuroscience Journal Club
TBD
TBD
Pizza at Noon

Mon 3/7/16 12 noonRosenstiel 118
Molecular Genetics Journal Club
Elinor Karlsson (University of Massachusetts Medical School)

Mon 3/7/16 4 pmGerstenzang 121
Chemistry Department Colloquium
Peter Zhang (Boston College)
Metalloradical Catalysis for Homolytic Radical Chemistry
Hosted by Bing Xu

Tue 3/8/16 12:30 pmGerstenzang 121
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium (M.R. Bauer Colloquium Series)
Erin Schuman (Max Planck Institute for Brain Research )
TBA
Hosted by Sue Paradis

Tue 3/8/16 1 pmGoldsmith 226
Combinatorics Seminar
TBD
TBD

Tue 3/8/16 2 pmGoldsmith 317
Topology Seminar
TBD
TBD

 
415 South Street, Waltham, MA 02453 (781) 736-2000