Colloquium Schedule


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

September 12Strategies 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”)
Delivering a clear, engaging scientific presentation that is able to be understood by others requires multiple design and communication skills.  In this one-hour talk/workshop, we will discuss strategies for organizing complex scientific information into a simple narrative, using Powerpoint or Keynote software to visually communicate scientific concepts, and improving verbal and nonverbal delivery during a scientific talk.  Open to anyone, particularly important for senior biology honors thesis students.

September 19Connecticut Valley Zebrafish Meeting in Wege Auditorium
13 speakers – Faculty, Graduate and Undergraduate students will give 10-30 min talks about a wide range of work on zebrafish. Topics include neurogenesis, regeneration, gastrointestinal physiology, toxicology, melanoma and developmental biology. Demonstrations of fluorescence microscopy in zebrafish (or your fluorescent samples) by Charles Mazel of Nightsea in MSL 124 throughout the afternoon.  Click the link in the title for the complete schedule.

September 26 (BIMO Class of 60s Scholar):  Dianne Newman, CalTech
“Why changing color matters to Pseudomonas aeruginosa
One of the defining attributes of Pseudomonas aeruginosa is its striking blue-green color.  While microbiologists and clinicians have long used color to identify the organism, why it is colored in the first place—and why its color changes with aeration—is a question that not many have considered.  We now know that phenazines, a class of redox-active pigments, are responsible not only for the blue-green color of P. aeruginosa in the presence of oxygen, but also for different colors displayed by other Pseudomonas species.  Phenazines came to be known as “secondary metabolites”, molecules produced at late stages of microbial growth in laboratory cultures whose function was thought to be to protect Pseudomonas species from competitors.  While the antibiotic activity of phenazines has been elegantly shown in a variety of contexts, labeling phenazines as “secondary metabolites” suggests that they are not essential to the growth or survival of their producers.  I will discuss a variety of important physiological functions phenazines play for P. aeruginosa under anoxic conditions that transcend their antibiotic activity, including controlling carbon flux through central metabolic pathways, redox homeostasis, iron acquisition, survival in multicellular communities, and cell-cell signaling including the implications of these findings for treating cystic fibrosis infections.

October 3, 10, 17:  Mountain Day / Thesis Talks

October 24:  Jose Andres, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

November 7Mariana Wolfner, Cornell University

February 6: Claiming Williams

February 13:  Jonathan Gitlin, Marine Biological Laboratory

February 20:  Winter Carnival

February 27 (BIMO Class of 60s Scholar):  Todd Golub, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

March 13:  Saul Villeda, University of California, San Francisco

April 10: Ethan Graf, Amherst College

April 24:  Sigma Xi

May 8:  Thesis Poster Presentations, TBL Lobby 1:00 – 2:30

Previous Years Schedule