Seminars

Upcoming Seminars / Seminars This Week

Thu 10/23/14 12 noonShapiro Campus Center
Psychology Department Colloquium (NIGMS Brain, Body & Behavior Training Grant, NIA Cognitive Aging in Social Context Training Grant)
David A. Rosenbaum (Pennsylvania State University)
Reaching, Walking, and Pre-Crastinating
Even though psychology is the science of mental life and behavior, very few psychologists have inquired into the means by which we get from mental life to behavior. How, in other words, do we select and control the physical actions we perform? Drawing inspiration from Jim Lackner, who kindly hosted me for several months in 1976 when I was still a graduate student at another university, I have pursued the cognitive psychology of physical action planning and control. In this talk, I'll tell you about some of the discoveries my lab-mates and I have made about reaching, combined reaching and walking, and a surprising phenomenon we stumbled upon recently, which we've called "pre-crastination." Since the announcement of pre-crastination in Psychological Science last Spring, it has been the subject of a New York Times article, a Guardian (of England) article, a Scientific American article, and many other media reports, including radio interviews and a TV report. Come to the talk to learn what all the fuss is all about. I'll look forward to your suggestions about how to study the phenomenon further. If you come to the talk, your physical ability to do so will be nothing short of miraculous, at least relative to what we know about the planning and control of physical actions in the everyday world. Try getting a robot to roll out of bed, get dressed, make breakfast, hop into a car and drive to campus, open doors, walk into the lecture hall and sit down.

Hosted by Paul DiZio

Thu 10/23/14 3:30 pmAbelson 229
Special Astrophysics Seminar
Ravi Subrahmanyan ( Raman Research Institute)
Evolution of the Universe sketched in the light of the night sky
Hosted by Professor David Roberts

Thu 10/23/14 4 pmGoldsmith 317
Graduate Student Seminar
Katherine Raoux (Brandeis University)
Foliations and the Thurston norm
Hosted by M. Cordes

Thu 10/23/14 4:30 pmGoldsmith 317
Joint Mathematics Colloquium
No Seminar today
Hosted by B. Lian

Fri 10/24/14 11:15 amGerstenzang 121
Biochemistry-Biophysics Friday Lunchtime Pizza Talks
BioChemistry & Biophysics Friday Lunchtime Pizza Talks

Fri 10/24/14 12:30 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
Anuja Mehta (Haber Lab)
Neil Ritter (Van Hooser)

Fri 10/24/14 2 pmGoldsmith 226
Everytopic Seminar
Evgeniy Zorin (University of York)
Mahler numbers and Diophantine approximation
Hosted by O. Bernardi

Fri 10/24/14 3:30 pmAbelson 229
Special Astrophysics Seminar
Lakshmi Saripalli (Raman Research institute)
Giants among radio galaxies
Radio galaxies have been the icons of radio astronomy almost since the opening of this window to the universe more than half-century ago. Radio galaxies, with linear extents in radio wavelengths spanning up to two orders of magnitude more than their optical host galaxies, have a special role in understanding diverse phenomena from, regulatory star formation in massive galaxies and galaxy clusters to kinetic impact on scales of megaparsecs to behavior of central supermassive black holes to learning about the elusive and tenuous inter-galactic medium. The giants among the population of radio galaxies have carved a niche for themselves in science related to active galaxies. In this talk I will describe some of my work related to the giant radio galaxies and I will touch upon their growth to giant sizes, delve into their unique role in unraveling the behavior of unseen central engines powering active galaxies and what we learn of the pervasive inter-galactic medium.
Hosted by Professor David Roberts

Mon 10/27/14 11 amAbelson 307
String Theory Seminar
Jie Gu (Bonn University)
Hosted by Masoud Soroush

Mon 10/27/14 12 noonRosenstiel 118
Molecular Genetics Journal Club
Neal Silverman (UMASS Medical School)
Learning on the fly: Innate Immune Recognition and Signal Transduction in Drosophila
Hosted by Rodal Lab

Mon 10/27/14 12 noonVolen 201
Computational/Systems Neuroscience Journal Club
Hava Siegelmann (UMass Amherst)
Super-Turing Computation
Hosted by Paul DiZio

Mon 10/27/14 12:45 pmVolen 201
Thesis Seminar (Graduate Program in Neuroscience)
Pavel Sountsov (Paul Miller Lab)
Biologically Plausible Feed-Forward Inference

Mon 10/27/14 3:30 pmGerstenzang 121
Gabbay Award Lectures in Biotechnology and Medicine
Feng Zhang (McGovern Inst. for Brain Research, MIT)
Development and Applications of CRISPR-Cas9 for Genome Editing
Jennifer Doudna (Dept. of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology, UC Berkeley)
CRISPR-Cas9 Discovery and Development of Programmable Genome Engineering
Emmanuelle Charpentier (Dept. of Molecular Biology. Umea University; Dept. of Regulation in Infection Biology, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research)
CRISPR-Cas9: How a Bacterial Immune System Revolutionizes Life Sciences and Medicine
Hosted by Rosenstiel Basic Medical Sciences Research Center

Tue 10/28/14 10 amGoldsmith 209
Combinatorics Seminar
No Seminar today
Hosted by I. Gessel

Tue 10/28/14 12:30 pmGerstenzang 121
Neurobiology Journal Club (Bauer Talk)
Rene Hen (Columbia University & The New York State Psychiatric Institute )
Hippocampal Neurogenesis and Pattern Separation
Hosted by John Lisman

Tue 10/28/14 2 pmGoldsmith 226
Topology Seminar
No Seminar today
Hosted by D. Ruberman

Tue 10/28/14 3:30 pmGerstenzang 122
Genetic Counseling Journal Club
Lynette Cegelski (Stanford University)
Structure, Function, and Inhibition of Bacterial Cell Walls and Biofilms: Lessons from Small Molecules and a Big Magnet
Hosted by Judith Herzfeld

Tue 10/28/14 4 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
Raymond Brock (Michigan State University)
That Spin 0 Boson Changes Everything: The Future of the Energy Frontier in Particle Physics
The "Higgs Boson" discovery requires us to think differently about planning for the future of Particle Physics. While the decades-long confirmation of the Standard Model itself an historic episode, as a dynamical model of nature it is unhelpful as a clear guide to the future. I'll review the features of the Standard Model that make it superb, I'll point out why it's frustrating, and I'll describe the hints that motivate us in the coming decades.

Hosted by Prof. Gabriella Sciolla

Wed 10/29/14 9:30 amAbelson 333
Thesis Seminar (Graduate Program in Physics)
Jonathan Hayim Dar (Paul Miller Lab)
Linking via Active Maintenance: Recontextualizing Buffer Memory

Wed 10/29/14 3:30 pmGerstenzang 122
Chemistry Department Colloquium
Champak Chatterjee (University of Washington)
Chemical approaches to study ubiquitin-like proteins in bacteria and humans
Hosted by Isaac Krauss

Wed 10/29/14 4 pmGerstenzang 121
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium (Bauer Talk)
Rene Hen (Columbia University & The New York State Psychiatric Institute )
Role of the Hippocampus in Anxiety and Depression
Hosted by John Lisman

Thu 10/30/14 12 noonShapiro Campus Center
Psychology Department Colloquium
Jonathan Jackson
TBD

Thu 10/30/14 12 noonShapiro Campus Center
Psychology Department Colloquium
Matt Hughes
TBD

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

Fri 10/31/14 11:15 amGerstenzang 121
Biochemistry-Biophysics Friday Lunchtime Pizza Talks
Scott Blanchard (Weill Cornell Medical College)
Direct Imaging of Solute Transport Mechanisms
Hosted by Dorothee Kern

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

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
No Seminar today
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 2 pmGoldsmith 226
Topology Seminar
No Seminar today
Hosted by D. Ruberman

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 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 4 pmAbelson 229
MRSEC Seminar
David L. Hu (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech)
TBA
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 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

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

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
No Seminar today
Hosted by I. Gessel

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

 
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