Bio colloquium

Harvey Mudd College Biology Colloquium
Spring 2015

Colloquium starts at 4:15 pm on Wednesdays* in Big Beckman Auditorium.

(* except where noted)

(Beckman Auditorium is Beckman 126, in the basement below the central stairway in the Olin Building)

Monday, January 26: Dr. Matthew Mattozzi (HMC '02)

    Harvard University

    Title: "Improving growth with a hacked photosynthesis"

    Time and location: 4:00 pm in Room B480 (Drinkward Recital Hall), Shanahan Teaching and Learning Building

February 4: Dr. Jae Hur

    Harvey Mudd College

    Title: "Prevention and Cure in the Context of Aging"

February 11:

seminar canceled

February 17

   Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellman

    CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Title: "Leadership, innovation and impact"

 ***Annenberg Lecture Series, 6 pm, Platt Green Room

February 18

Dr. Anil Rana

Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology


Title: "Modulating Mitochondrial Dynamics:  An Anti-Aging Intervention"

February 25

March 4

Dr. Sara Wasserman

Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology


Title: "Multi-modal sensory integration underlying decision-making in flying Drosophila"

March 11

Prof. Behzad Varamini

Department of Biological Sciences

Biola University

Title: "Does calorie restriction ameliorate the metabolic consequences of circadian disruption?"

March 25

Dr. Andrea Quattrini

USGS, Southeast Ecological Science Center

Title: "Testing the depth differentiation hypothesis in deepwater octocorals in the Gulf of Mexico"

April 1: Dr. Raul Diaz

La Sierra University

Title: "Development, Diversification and Evolution of the Autopodium in Chameleons"

April 8

Dr. Douglas Fudge 

University of Guelph

Title: Hagfish Slime Unraveled

April 15

April 22

Prof. Diane M. Thomson

Keck Joint Science Department

Title: TBA

April 29: Prof. Lars Schmitz

Keck Science Department

Title: "Organism - environment interactions and the adaptive evolution of eyes"

Fall 2014

Colloquium starts at 4:15 pm on Wednesdays in Big Beckman Auditorium.

Four of the talks are marked with asterisks are part of the Nelson series (and are thus at non-standard times and places).

September 3

Senior thesis intro

September 10

Department Mixer - Hixon Court

September 17

All About Graduate School

September 24

Dr. Michael Berumen
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Title:  "An overview of KAUST’s Reef Ecology projects: movement ecology, larval dispersal, population genetics, and cataloguing biodiversity in the Red Sea"

October 1

Dr. Daniel Pondella
    Occidental College
    Title: "Rocky Reef Ecosystem Restoration in the Southern California Bight"

October 8

Suzanne Kern

Keck Science Department

Title: "Pathogens, antibiotics, and redox cycling: a tale of anaerobic survival"

*October 9 (Thursday evening, 7 pm)

Adam Arkin

Dean A. Richard Newton Memorial Professor, Bioengineering, UC Berkeley;Director, Physical Biosciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Title: “Knowledge, Context and Process: Engineering cells for use in an uncertain world”

Shanahan 1430

*October 15 (Wednesday evening, 7 pm)

Frances Arnold

Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry and Director, Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center, Caltech

Title: “Innovation by Evolution: Engineering Tiny Life”

Shanahan 1430

October 22

Senior Thesis Proposal Presentations:

Musa Kiyani
Mary May
Suzy Beeler
Misha Visotskiy

October 29

Senior Thesis Proposal Presentations:

Elsie Gibson
Philip Woods
Greta Gadbois
Sherry Zhang

*November 4 (Tuesday evening, 7 pm)

Kristala L.J. Prather

Theodore T. Miller Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT

Shanahan 1430

November 5

Senior Thesis Proposal Presentations:

Taylor Hanley
Maddie Hansen
Devon Stork

*November 11 (Tuesday evening, 7 pm)

Sarah Reisinger ’99
Senior Director, Research & Development, Amyris
Shanahan 1430

November 12

No Colloquium

November 19

Dr. Jamil Momand

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

California State University, Los Angeles

"Cancer Biology: How cells become cancerous and evade chemotherapy"

November 26

No Colloquium- Thanksgiving

December 3

Dr. Samantha Butler

Department of Neurobiology, Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research

University of California, Los Angeles

"Using developmental mechanisms to accelerate axon regeneration"

December 10

Dr. Noa Pinter-Wollman

BioCircuits Institute

University of California, San Diego

"Individual variation in collective behavior"