Colloquium Schedule


All colloquia are in TBL 112 at 1:10pm on the dates below (except where noted).

September 18, 2015 – “Strategies for designing and delivering a scientific presentation” (by Matt Carter, Assistant Professor of Biology and Author of “Designing Science Presentations: A Visual Guide to Figures, Papers, Slides, Posters, and More”)
It takes time, effort and skill to design and deliver an engaging scientific talk that audiences understand and remember.  In this one-hour presentation, we will discuss three aspects of designing an outstanding scientific talk: (1) organizing complex scientific information into a clear narrative; (2) using PowerPoint or Keynote software to visually communicate scientific concepts; and (3) improving verbal and nonverbal delivery during a presentation. This seminar is open to anyone and is especially applicable to senior thesis students.

September 25, 2015 (BIOL 60s Scholar) Jack Bateman, Bowdoin College
“Interchromosomal interactions and nuclear organization in Drosophila melanogaster
Studies from diverse systems have shown that distinct interchromosomal interactions are a central component of nuclear organization in eukaryotes. In fact, in some cases, genetic regulatory elements encoded on separate chromosomes can interact and influence gene expression. This phenomenon greatly complicates a long-standing question in genetic research: in the crowded three-dimensional space of the interphase nucleus, how do regulatory elements choose their correct target genes, and avoid acting on the “wrong” genes? My lab explores this question using Drosophila melanogaster as a model system.

October 2, 9, 16, 2015 – Thesis talks (on two of these dates depending on Mt. Day)

October 23, 2015Yaowu Yuan, University of CT
“Developmental Genetics of Pollinator-associated Floral Traits”
Most flowering plants rely on animal pollination for reproductive success. However, the genes and developmental networks regulating many of the pollinator-associated floral traits remain poorly understood, largely because the conventional genetic model system, Arabidopsis, is not particularly suitable to study these traits. We have developed a wealth of genomic and genetic resources and functional tools in a classical ecological and evolutionary model system, monkeyflowers (Mimulus), to dissect the genetic bases and developmental mechanisms of floral trait evolution. The bulk of this talk will be composed of two stories: the first involves identification of a causal gene underlying natural flower color variation that contributes to pollinator preference between bumblebee-pollinated Mimulus lewisii and hummingbird-pollinated M. cardinalis; the second story concerns the utilization of chemically induced mutants of M. lewisii to discover the first transcription factor that regulates carotenoid pigmentation during flower development. I will finish the talk by briefly mentioning our ongoing efforts in studying the developmental genetics of other pollinator-associated floral traits (e.g., pigment patterning, corolla tube formation and elaboration, stamen and pistil length).

October 30, 2015 (co-sponsored with Neuroscience, Psychology and Cognitive Sciences) – Michael Goldstein, Cornell University

November 6, 2015Roman Yukilevich, Union College

November 20, 2015 (BIMO 60s Scholar) – TBD

February 12, 2016 (BIMO 60s Scholar) – Russell Debose-Boyd, UT Southwestern Medical Center

February 26, 2016 – Biology Alumni Reunion

March 4, 2016Michael Krashes, NIH

March 10, 2016Sigma Xi Lecture

March 11, 2016 – TBD

April 8, 2016 – TBD

April 15, 2016 – TBD

April 22, 2016Elizabeth Kolbert, Author and Journalist, Writer-in-Residence

May 6, 2016 – Thesis Poster Presentations

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