Seminars

Upcoming Seminars / Seminars This Week

Tue 10/19/21 2 pmGoldsmith 317 In Person
Topology Seminar
Daniel Alvarez-Gavela (MIT)
The nearby Lagrangian conjecture from the K-theoretic viewpoint.
I will discuss two K-theoretic aspects of the nearby Lagrangian conjecture. The first is joint work with M. Abouzaid, S. Courte and T. Kragh and uses a factoring of the Waldhausen derivative to obtain new restrictions on the smooth structure of nearby Lagrangians. The second is joint work in progress with K. Igusa and M. Sullivan and attempts to use a higher Whitehead torsion invariant to obtain new restrictions on the stable isomorphism classes of tube bundles which may be used to generate nearby Lagrangians
Hosted by Carolyn Abbott, Ruth Charney, Daniel Ruberman and Kiyoshi Igusa

Tue 10/19/21 3 pmVirtual/Online
Combinatorics Seminar
Guillaume Chapuy (CNRS/Universite de Paris)
Maps on non-orientable surfaces and Jack polynomials
It is well known that maps on surfaces and their relatives (branched covers of the sphere, Hurwitz numbers) have strong connections with the symmetric group and its representations. In particular, the generating function of maps or branched covers can be written as a linear combination of products of Schur functions -- a "hypergeometric 2-Toda tau-function". In 1996, Goulden and Jackson formulated the "b-conjecture" stating that if one replaces Schur functions by Jack polynomials of parameter (1+b), then the corresponding series is b-positive, with coefficients counting, in a certain sense, maps on non-orientable surfaces. I will talk about recent progress on the subject and natural developments. This is based on joint works with Valentin Bonzom and Maciej Do ga
https://brandeis.zoom.us/j/92650710647 Please email the organizers if you would like to know the password.
Hosted by Olivier Bernardi, Changxin Ding

Tue 10/19/21 4 pmGerstenzang 123
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium
No Joint Seminar this Week

Tue 10/19/21 4 pmGerstenzang 123
Special Seminar
Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (University of New Hampshire, Research Affiliate in Program in Science,Technology, and Society, MIT)
Black Feminism in Space
A green passport, as well as a mask, are required to attend. Passports will be checked at the door.
Sponsored by: Brandeis Provost's office, The Dean's co-curricular fund, Women and Gender Studies, Division of Science and Physics

Wed 10/20/21 10 amVirtual/Online
Thesis Seminar: Neuroscience PhD Program
Andrea Stacy (Van Hooser Lab)
Early visual neural circuit development and the role of acute visual experience
https://brandeis.zoom.us/j/94713354480?pwd=YjNEUVdFQkFxM3pjQXFHd3Nob0d6Zz09
Sponsored by: Neuroscience PhD Program

Wed 10/20/21 11 amVolen 201
Computational Neuroscience Journal Club
Ben Ballintyn (Miller Lab)
Attractor dynamics gate cortical information flow during decision-making
Time change for this week only

Wed 10/20/21 12 noonGerstenzang 124
Molecular Genetics Journal Club
No Class

Thu 10/21/21 12 noonVirtual
Gabbay Award Lectures in Biotechnology and Medicine
Frank Bennett (Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc)
Antisense Drugs For Neurological Diseases
Adrian R. Krainer (St. Giles Foundation Professor and Cancer Center Deputy Director of Research, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)
Antisense Modulation of RNA Splicing for Rare-Disease Therapy
To register please visit:

https://brandeis.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__7eLjNh2QliYswfnSH7tpg

Hosted by Office of the President Brandeis University

Thu 10/21/21 12:15 pmVirtual/Online
New England Dynamics and Number Theory Seminar
Dubi Kelmer (Boston College)
The light cone Siegel transform, its moment formulas, and their applications
In this talk I will describe an analogue of the Siegel transform where the role of Euclidean space is replaced by a light cone corresponding to an indefinite quadratic form.In this case one can use results on the spectral theory of incomplete Eisenstein series to establish moment formulas analogous to the classical formulas of Siegel, Rogers, and Schmidt.I will then describe several applications of these formulas to counting lattice points on the light cone, as well as for the distribution of rational points on the sphere. All new results are based on joint work with Shucheng Yu.
https://brandeis.zoom.us/j/93966619553?pwd=ZWZDOFVRbGd1di9mOXN2SFFqV1cyQT09#success
Hosted by Dmitry Kleinbock, Lam Pham

Thu 10/21/21 1 pmShapiro Campus Center, Multipurpose Room/Online
Thesis Seminar: Neuroscience PhD Program
Raul Ramos (Turrigiano Lab)
Synaptic Plasticity Governs the Specificity and Generalization of CTA Memory
https://brandeis.zoom.us/j/2937271852?pwd=ZUJVSlkweUlCQ0ZaaEFacXVxSis0UT09
Sponsored by: Neuroscience PhD Program

Thu 10/21/21 4 pmAbelson 229/Online
MRSEC Seminar
Yonggang Ke (Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology)
Programmable self-assembly of DNA-based nanomaterials
A key challenge in nanotechnology is the precise fabrication of complex nanostructures and nanodevices, which can be used as general platforms for basic science research (e.g., materials science, structural biology, molecular biology), and for practical applications. DNA nanotechnology has attracted significant attentions due to its programmability and its precise control of matter at nanoscale. By encoding the sequences of DNA strands in a rational-designed fashion, we can program the DNA strands to self-assemble into prescribed nanostructures. A core mission of our lab (ke-lab.gatech.edu) is to develop novel strategies for DNA-based self-assembly of programable nanomaterials and nanomachines. Our recent works focus on making massive and intricate DNA nanostructures and dynamic DNA-based nanodevices. The seminar will open with a brief introduction of structural DNA nanotechnology, followed by discussing our recent progress in making complex DNA nanostructures and dynamic DNA nanomachines. Specifically, I will discuss how we can fabricate fully addressable, three-dimensional nanostructures with rationally designed shapes and sizes. I will also discuss dynamic DNA nanomachines that can perform a range of controlled motions at nanoscale. By combining DNA self-assembly with other molecules, we can create an even richer repository of functional nanomaterials and nanomachines. I will discuss some of our most recent works on the self-assembly of functional nanomaterials, include DNA-guided self-assembly of plasmonic nanoparticles, magnetic nanoparticles, peptides, proteins. Through collaborations, we have also demonstrated that these new nanomaterials can enable a range of new applications, such as nanoscale drug delivery systems, single-molecule study of cell biology.
https://brandeis.zoom.us/j/96250269817

Fri 10/22/21 10 amVolen 101/Online
Computer Science Seminar
Dr. Xuhao Chen (MIT CSAIL)
System Specialization for Graph Pattern Mining
Abstract: Numerous real-world applications in social networks, e-commerce, biomedicine and security, are driven by graph algorithms. The massive irregular graph data processed in these algorithms poses great challenges on computing system design. In this talk, I will explore system design tradeoffs for an important class of graph algorithms -- graph pattern mining (GPM) . I will describe experiences creating abstractions, optimization techniques and automation methodologies for GPM, across different layers of the system stack, including software programming framework and hardware accelerator. As I will demonstrate, cross-layer system design can bridge both the performance gap and programmability gap between the domain algorithms and the underlying hardware.

Speaker Bio: Xuhao Chen is a research scientist at MIT CSAIL, working with Prof. Arvind. Dr. Chen is broadly interested in parallel systems for AI & big-data, with a focus on systems and architecture for emerging graph algorithms. He has built multiple software and hardware systems for data mining and machine learning on graphs. His work has been published in ISCA, MICRO, VLDB, ICS and DAC. Before joining MIT, Dr. Chen was a research fellow at UT Austin.

https://brandeis.zoom.us/j/3615824913
Hosted by Hongfu Liu
Sponsored by: Computer Science Department

Fri 10/22/21 11 amRosenstiel 118
Biochemistry-Biophysics Friday Lunchtime Pizza Talks
Sarah Woodson (Johns Hopkins)
Assembly of RNA-protein complexes during transcription
Hosted by Jeff Gelles
Sponsored by: Biochemistry and Biophysics PhD Program, Quantitative Biology Program

Fri 10/22/21 12:45 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
Abuzar Mahmood (Katz Lab)

Mon 10/25/21 12 noonAbelson 131
Neurobiology Journal Club (Lisman Award Lecturer)
Doris Tsao (Molecular and Cell Biology, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, Howard Hughes Medical Institute)
The macaque face patch system: a neural rosetta stone
NOTE NEW LOCATION!

Event is hybrid, to join virtually please use: https://brandeis.zoom.us/j/92817626520?pwd=TnBtYUhGdm9DNmpCTVN0aHoydjdLQT09


Mon 10/25/21 4 pmVirtual/Online
Chemistry Department Colloquium
Christine Isborn (University of California Merced)
Simulating Linear and Nonlinear Optical Spectra for Chromophores in the Condensed Phase
https://brandeis.zoom.us/j/95805891090 Please email chemofc@brandeis.edu from your Brandeis email account for the password.
Hosted by Rebecca Gieseking

Tue 10/26/21 4 pmGerstenzang 123
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium (Lisman Award Lecturer)
John Elliott Dowling (Harvard University)
Twists and Turns: Vitamin A, Vision and Memory
Event is hybrid, to join virtually please use: https://brandeis.zoom.us/j/94443500062?pwd=eW5icDY4a1Z0U3pvQ0Q2clprclhxdz09

Tue 10/26/21 4 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
TBA
TBA

Wed 10/27/21 12 noonGerstenzang 124
Molecular Genetics Journal Club
Michela Zaffagni (Kadener Lab)
Enterococcus peptidoglycan remodeling promotes checkpoint inhibitor cancer immunotherapy
Rey Aguilar Lopez (Goode Lab)
To join the class virtually please use: https://brandeis.zoom.us/j/92941531873 and email bisson@brandeis.edu or rados@brandeis.edu for password.

Wed 10/27/21 5:30 pmVirtual
SciComm Lab Workshop
Thalia Sass and Xiang Li (Brandeis University)
Writing an Effective Statement of Purpose for Graduate and Medical Schools
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Fri 10/29/21 11 am
Biochemistry-Biophysics Friday Lunchtime Pizza Talks
First-Year BCBP PhD Students
First-Year Biochemistry & Biophysics Doctoral Student Rotation Talks
Sponsored by: Biochemistry and Biophysics PhD Program

Fri 10/29/21 12:45 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
Susannah Adel (Paradis Lab)
Jenny Choi (Haber Lab)

Mon 11/01/21 12 noonGerstenzang 124
Neurobiology Journal Club (Postdoc IPRC Speaker)
Heather Snell (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)
The Role of Adrenergic Transmission in Stress-Induced Cerebellar Dysfunction

Mon 11/01/21 4 pmGerstenzang 123
Chemistry Department Colloquium
Jim Morken (Boston College)
Hosted by Daniel Polyak

Tue 11/02/21 4 pmGerstenzang 123
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium (The Gordon Lecture Series)
Ariel Bazzini (Stowers Institute for Medical Research)
Translation affects gene expression
This series is made possible through a grant by the Gordon Family
Hosted by Sebastian Kadener

Tue 11/02/21 4 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
Philip Harris (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
TBA

Wed 11/03/21 12 noonGerstenzang 124
Molecular Genetics Journal Club
Kaushik Ragunathan (University of Michigan)

Wed 11/03/21 4 pmGerstenzang 122
Special Seminar
Fabian Schulte
Mass Spec Facility Open House: Proteomics - a Versatile Tool in Biological Research
Pizza will be served as you exit the seminar room.
Hosted by Mass Spec
Sponsored by: Mass Spectrometry, Biochemistry and Biophysics PhD Program

Fri 11/05/21 11 am
Biochemistry-Biophysics Friday Lunchtime Pizza Talks
Daniel Dowling (UMass Boston)
Hosted by Niels Bradshaw
Sponsored by: Biochemistry and Biophysics PhD Program

Fri 11/05/21 12:45 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
Mason Towne (Lovett Lab)
Ryan Kirk (Nelson Lab)

Mon 11/08/21 12 noonGerstenzang 124
Neurobiology Journal Club
Amy Scalera (Rodal Lab)
Susannah Slepian Adel (Paradis Lab)

Mon 11/08/21 4 pmVirtual
Chemistry Department Colloquium
He Dong (University of Texas Arlington)
Please email chemofc@brandeis.edu from your Brandeis email account for the password.
Hosted by Bing Xu

Tue 11/09/21 4 pmGerstenzang 123
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium (Distinguished Speaker)
Ruth Lehmann (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Moving toward immortality: germ cell migration in Drosophila

Tue 11/09/21 4 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
TBA
TBA

Wed 11/10/21 12 noonGerstenzang 124
Molecular Genetics Journal Club
Lydia Joh (Kardon Lab)
William Dahl (Marr Lab)

Fri 11/12/21 11 amVirtual
Biochemistry-Biophysics Friday Lunchtime Pizza Talks
Jacopo Marino (Paul Scherrerr Institute)
The structure of the native CNGA1/CNGB1 CNG channel purified from retinal rods
Zoom info will be released a week prior.
Hosted by Daniel Oprian
Sponsored by: Biochemistry and Biophysics PhD Program

Fri 11/12/21 12:45 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
NO TALK - ABRCMS and SfN

Fri 11/12/21 4:30 pmGoldsmith 317
Joint Mathematics Colloquium
Ivan Losev (Yale University)
TBA
Hosted by Bong Lian

Mon 11/15/21 12 noonGerstenzang 124
Neurobiology Journal Club
No Class - SFN

Mon 11/15/21 4 pmVirtual
Chemistry Department Colloquium
Nagarjuna Gavvalapalli (Georgetown)
Please email chemofc@brandeis.edu from your Brandeis email account for the password.
Hosted by Chris Konow

Tue 11/16/21 4 pmGerstenzang 123
Joint Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium
Min Wu (Yale University)

Tue 11/16/21 4 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
TBA
TBA

 
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