Seminars

Upcoming Seminars / Seminars This Week

Thu 10/30/14 12 noonRosenstiel 118
Psychology Department Brown Bag
Jonathan Jackson (Aging, Culture & Cognition Lab)
Memory Enhancement via Induction of Self-Referential Modes in Younger and Older Adults
Matthew Hughes (Lifespan Lab)
The Relationship Between Older Adults' Subjective Age and Cognitive Functioning

Thu 10/30/14 4:30 pmGoldsmith 317
Joint Mathematics Colloquium
No Seminar today
Hosted by B. Lian

Thu 10/30/14 6:30 pmRosenstiel 118
GEARS Gene Expression and RNA Series (Co-Hosted with the Brandeis Biology Office)
Aoife McMahon (Brandeis University)
Hijacking an editing enzyme to reveal the targets of RNA-binding proteins
Jordi Xiol (Moazed Lab, Harvard Medical School )
Genome protection against transposons by the piRNA amplifier complex
Raul Mostoslavsky (MGH Cancer Center, Harvard Medical School, Broad Institute )
Linking cancer metabolism, DNA repair and epigenetics: SIRT6 provides some clues
Hosted by The Brandeis Biology Office

Fri 10/31/14 11:15 amGerstenzang 121
Biochemistry-Biophysics Friday Lunchtime Pizza Talks
NO SEMINAR
NO SEMINAR

Fri 10/31/14 12:30 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
Heather Panic (DiZio Lab)
Zach Feiger (Rodal Lab)

Fri 10/31/14 2 pmGoldsmith 226
Everytopic Seminar
Jason Miller (MIT)
Random Surfaces and Quantum Loewner Evolution
Hosted by O. Bernardi

Mon 11/3/14 11 amAbelson 307
String Theory Seminar
Parthasarathi Majumdar (Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics)
Critical Mass of Neutron Stars : A Black Hole Entropic View
Hosted by Howard Schnitzer

Mon 11/3/14 4 pmGerstenzang 121
Chemistry Department Colloquium
Marina Petukhina (University of Albany)
Charging Buckybowls with Multiple Electronics: Self-Assembly and Metal Binding Patterns
Hosted by Bruce Foxman

Tue 11/4/14 10 amGoldsmith 209
Combinatorics Seminar
An Huang (Harvard University)
CW complex associated to digraphs
Given a digraph with a choice of basis of certain path

space, one can construct a CW complex, and for different basis

choice, the resulting CW complexes are homotopic. This construction

provides a way to study digraphs, by familiar ideas in topology.

I will explain this construction, and some of its consequences.

This is joint work with S-T. Yau.

Hosted by I. Gessel

Tue 11/4/14 12:30 pmGerstenzang 121
Neurobiology Journal Club
Marc Nahmani (Turrigiano)
Equalizing excitation-inhibition ratios across visual cortical neurons
Sean O'Toole (Nelson)
Emergence of reproducible spatiotemporal activity during motor learning

Tue 11/4/14 12:30 pmGerstenzang 121
Neurobiology Journal Club
Erin Amelia Clark (Nelson Lab)
Efficient, Complete Deletion of Synaptic Proteins using CRISPR
Sean O'Toole (Nelson Lab)
Emergence of reproducible spatiotemporal activity during motor learning

Tue 11/4/14 2 pmGoldsmith 226
Topology Seminar
Charles Cunningham (Tufts University)
McCullough-Miller 4-Space is Not CAT(0)
McCullough-Miller Space (MM) is virtually a geometric model for the Outer Automorphism Group of a Universal Right-Angled Coxeter Group, Out(W). As it is currently an open question as to whether or not Out(W) is CAT(0) or not, it would be helpful to know whether MM can be equipped with an Out(W)-equivariant CAT(0) metric. I show that the answer is in the negative. This is particularly interesting as there are very few examples of proving that a space of independent interest is NOT CAT(0).
Hosted by R. Charney

Tue 11/4/14 3:30 pmGerstenzang 122
Chemistry Department Colloquium
Hien Nguyen (University of Iowa)
New Methods and Strategies for the Synthesis of Bioactive Carbohydrate, Amines and Fluorinated Molecules
Hosted by Isaac Krauss

Tue 11/4/14 4 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
Parthasarathi Majumdar (Ramakrishna Mission Vivekanandan University)
The Quantum and the Continuum: Einstein's dichotomous legacies
Hosted by Prof. Howard Schnitzer

Wed 11/5/14 4 pmGerstenzang 121
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium
Kang Shen (HHMI Stanford University )
Molecular Mechanisms of Dendrite Morphogenesis in C. elegans
Hosted by Piali Sengupta and Suzanne Paradis

Thu 11/6/14 12 noonRosenstiel 118
Psychology Department Colloquium
Shantanu Jadhav (Brandeis University)
TBA
Hosted by Xiaodong Liu

Thu 11/6/14 4:30 pmGoldsmith 317
Joint Mathematics Colloquium
No Seminar today
Hosted by B. Lian

Fri 11/7/14 Gerstenzang 121
Biochemistry-Biophysics Friday Lunchtime Pizza Talks
Ellen Lumpkin (Coumbia University )
Illuminating Touch: Mechanosensory mechanisms in epidermal touch receptors
Hosted by Chris Miller

Fri 11/7/14 12:30 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
Katelyn Kenny (Paradis Lab)
Maria Genco (Griffith Lab)

Fri 11/7/14 3:45 pmShapiro Science 2-09
Fly Fest
Kate Koles (Rodal Lab)
CRISPR technology in Drosophila
note time change this week only
Hosted by Trish Goodwin

Fri 11/7/14 4 pmAbelson 229
MRSEC Seminar
David L. Hu (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech)
Fire ant rafts assemble, morph and repair
Fire ants are model organisms for studying active self-healing materials. By linking their legs together, they build highly interconnected networks that can quickly rearrange themselves in response to applied stress. In this talk, we present experiments and modeling that elucidate their construction. Spherical rafts of ants morph into pancakes within minutes; towers are constructed to provide an equal compressive load on each ant. We also use plate-on-plate rheology to show ants modify their elastic and viscous moduli by rearrangement of their bodies. At the end of the talk, we present our outreach work on the Law of Urination, which states that animals from cats to elephants empty their bladders over the same duration of 21 seconds.
Hosted by Z. Dogic

Mon 11/10/14 11 amAbelson 307
String Theory Seminar
Albion Lawrence (Brandeis University)
Hosted by Prof. Matthew Headrick

Mon 11/10/14 4 pmGerstenzang 121
Chemistry Department Colloquium
Ravi Nargund (MERCK)
Design, Synthesis and Profile of Peptidomimetic agonists of Melanocortin Subtype-4 Receptor
Hosted by Li Deng

Tue 11/11/14 10 amGoldsmith 209
Combinatorics Seminar
No Seminar today
Hosted by I. Gessel

Tue 11/11/14 12:30 pm
Neurobiology Journal Club
Vivekanand Vimal (Dizio)
Temporal structure of motor variability is dynamically regulated and predicts motor learning ability
Erin Amelia Clark (Nelson)
Efficient, Complete Deletion of Synaptic Proteins using CRISPR

Tue 11/11/14 4 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
Seth Fraden (Brandeis University)
Testing Turing's Theory of Morphogenesis
Hosted by Prof. Matthew Headrick

Wed 11/12/14 10 amAbelson 333
Thesis Seminar
Ning Li (Physics Department (Fraden Lab))
Nonlinear Chemical Dynamics and Synchronization

Wed 11/12/14 4 pmAbelson 229
Theory IGERT Seminar
Ryan Grady (Boston University)
Applications of quantum field theory to geometry and topology: observables and index theory
Hosted by D. Ruberman

Wed 11/12/14 4 pmGerstenzang 121
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium
John Deutch (Department of Chemistry MIT )
Unconventional Oil and Gas Development in North America

Thu 11/13/14 4:30 pmGoldsmith 317
Joint Mathematics Colloquium
No Seminar today
Hosted by B. Lian

Fri 11/14/14 3 pmShapiro Science 2-09
Fly Fest
Dragana Rogulja (Harvard Medical School)
Behavioral States
Hosted by The Rosbash lab

Mon 11/17/14 11 amAbelson 307
String Theory Seminar
Thomas Dumistrescu (Harvard University)
Hosted by Prof. Matthew Headrick

Mon 11/17/14 4 pmGerstenzang 121
Chemistry Department Colloquium
Nilay Hazari (Yale University)
Mechanism Guided Improvement of Pd(II) Precatalysts for Cross-Coupling
Hosted by Bruce Foxman

Mon 11/17/14 4:30 pmGoldsmith 317
Joint Mathematics Colloquium
No Seminar today
Hosted by B. Lian

Tue 11/18/14 10 amGoldsmith 209
Combinatorics Seminar
Olivier Bernardi (Brandeis University)
Differential equations for colored lattices
We will present a solution to a statistical mechanics model on random lattices. More precisely, we consider the Potts model on the set of planar triangulations (embedded planar graph such that every face has degree 3). The partition function of this model is the generating function of vertex-colored triangulations counted according to the number of monochromatic edges and dichromatic edges. We characterize this partition function by a simple system of differential equations. Some special cases, such as properly 4-colored triangulations, lead to particularly simple equations waiting for a more direct combinatorial explanation.

This is joint work with Mireille Bousquet-Melou.

Hosted by I. Gessel

Tue 11/18/14 12:30 pmGerstenzang 121
Neurobiology Journal Club
NO Neuro/Bio Journal Club

Tue 11/18/14 4 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
Ian Hutchinson (MIT)
Physics of Fusion Energy; What we know and what we don't know
Hosted by Prof. John Wardle

Wed 11/19/14 4 pmGerstenzang 121
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium
Gerard Karsenty (Columbia University Medical Center Department of Genetics & Development )
The Contribution of Bone to Whole-Organism Physiology

Thu 11/20/14 4 pmAbelson 229
MRSEC Seminar
Guillaume Duclos (Institute Curie)
Nematic order and defect dynamics in a fibroblast tissue
We study the emergence of a nematic order in a two-dimensional tissue of apolar elongated fibroblast cells. Cells are initially very motile and the monolayer is characterized by anomalous density fluctuations, a signature of far-from-equilibrium systems. As the cell density increases because of proliferation, the cells align with each other forming large oriented domains while, at the same time, the cellular movements and the density fluctuations freeze. Topological defects that are characteristic of nematic phases remain trapped at long times thereby preventing the development of infinite domains.

I will present results on the dynamics of these defects in nematic tissues and on the collective cellular motion resulting from their migration. A second part of the talk will deal with the effect of confinement on such nematic tissues. In particular, experiments performed in cross-shaped patterns show that in the situation of two competing populations, both the number of cells and the degree of alignment impact the final orientation.

Hosted by Z. Dogic

Fri 11/21/14 12:30 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
Marjena Popovic (Van Hooser Lab)
Andrew Russell (Ringe Lab)

Mon 11/24/14 11 amAbelson 307
String Theory Seminar
Ben Safdi (MIT)

Mon 11/24/14 4 pmAbelson 229
MRSEC Seminar
Jayson Paulose (Dept. of Physics, Leiden University )
Hosted by Z. Dogic

Tue 11/25/14 10 amGoldsmith 209
Combinatorics Seminar
No Seminar today
Hosted by I. Gessel

Tue 11/25/14 12:30 pmGerstenzang 121
Neurobiology Journal Club
Jason Osik (Van Hooser)
No title yet
Fang Guo (Rosbash) (Rosbash)
No title yet

Tue 11/25/14 4 pm
Physics Department Colloquium
No colloquium.

Fri 11/28/14 2 pmGoldsmith 226
Everytopic Seminar
No Seminar today
Hosted by O. Bernardi

Mon 12/1/14 11 amAbelson 307
String Theory Seminar
Masoud Soroush (Brandeis University)

Mon 12/1/14 4 pmGerstenzang 121
Chemistry Department Colloquium
John Straub (Boston University)
Toward a Molecular Theory of Early Events in Amyloid-B Protein Aggregation
Hosted by Judith Herzfeld

Tue 12/2/14 10 amGoldsmith 209
Combinatorics Seminar
No Seminar today
Hosted by I. Gessel

Tue 12/2/14 12:30 pmGerstenzang 121
Neurobiology Journal Club
Maurice Chacron, (McGill University)
No title Yet
Ref: Hosted by: Grad Students
Maurice Chacron, (McGill University )
No title Yet
Ref: Hosted by: Grad Students

Tue 12/2/14 2 pmGoldsmith 226
Topology Seminar
No Seminar today
Hosted by D. Ruberman

 
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