The School of Science and Engineering sponsors a series of lectures on major topics of current scientific interest. These lectures, each designed for a general scientific audience, are given by recognized scholars from around the country who will be available to meet faculty and students on the days of their visits. The public is cordially invited to these colloquia at no charge. For further information call (845) 257-3728 or follow the links below.
Location: SUNY New Paltz, Coykendall Science Building Auditorium (note change for 9/19)
Time: Selected Thursdays at 5:00 PM, preceded by a reception at 4:30 PM in the CSB lobby.
- Dr. Charles Van Loan, Professor, Department of Computer Science, Cornell University
Sept. 19, 2013
"If Copernicus and Kepler had Computers: An Introduction to Model-building and Computational Science" NOTE CHANGE in location: LC 102 at 5:00pm, reception outside LC102 at 4:30pm
- Dr. Alain C. Diebold, Empire Innovation Professor of Nanoscale Science. University at Albany, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
Oct. 17, 2013
"The impact of Nanoscale Dimensions on Optical Properties"
- Dr. Charles A. Ver Straeten, Sedimentary Geologist, & Curator of Sedimentary Geology, NY State Museum/Geological Survey
Nov. 21, 2013
"Explosive Volcanism in Eastern North America: What the Rocks Tell Us"
- Dr. Marcus Weck, Molecular Design Institute and Department of Chemistry, New York University
Feb. 20, 2014
"Learning from Nature: Functionalizing Synthetic Polymers for Tomorrows Applications"
- Abstract: How can we use nature's design principles to solve today's major scientific problems including the search for highly efficient renewable energy sources and materials for the health sector? Synthetic polymer science is capable of translating principles developed by nature over the past billions of years to realize these goals. The lecture will introduce functionalization and folding strategies in synthetic polymers, motivated by nature's biomaterials, DNA and proteins, and will outline applications of these materials in the energy sector, electronics, colloidal science, and for bone tissue engineering.
- Dr. Matthew Gould, Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics, Vanderbilt University
March 13, 2014
"The Life of Pi"
- Abstract: From antiquity to the most recent Pi Day (3/14 of course), the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter has evoked fascination and calculation. Because its definition relates to the circle, Pi is found in many formulae in trigonometry and geometry, especially those concerning circles, ellipses, or spheres. It is also found in formulae from other branches of science, such as cosmology, number theory, and statistics. The ubiquitous nature of Pi makes it one of the most widely known mathematical constants, both inside and outside the scientific community. For thousands of years, mathematicians have attempted to extend their understanding of Pi, sometimes by computing its value to a high degree of accuracy (modern algorithms were used to compute 10 trillion digits in 2011). Some highlights of this long story will be discussed.
- Dr. Melissa K. Fierke, Assistant Professor, Forest Entomology Department of Environmental & Forest Biology SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
April 17, 2014
"Girdling, Peeling and Rearing to Know: Insights Into NY Forest Invaders"
- Abstract: A combination of basic and applied science is critical to understand and manage introduced invasive species. Often, little is known about a forest invader as they are seldom of concern in their native habitats. However, where they are introduced, tree mortality ensues as their novel hosts lack an evolutionary history with them. Our invasive species of interest includes two wood-boring insects discovered within the last 20 yrs. Emerald ash borer (EAB, Coleoptera: Buprestidae), is threatening 100% mortality of the genus Fraxinus (ash) in North America. The other invader is a woodwasp, Sirex noctilio (Hymenoptera: Siricidae), which has a history of causing tremendous economic losses ~20 yrs after discovery. Discerning the long term implications of this invasion requires an in depth knowledge of the biology and life history of the invader as well as our native siricids and parasitoids. Though this insect does not currently appear to be causing undue mortality, it is critical to develop a comprehensive understanding of host selection, within-tree interactions, and parasitism to inform efforts as this insect moves into the economically important southern and western pine forests.
- Dr. Eugene Oltz, Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine
Sept. 20, 2012
"The Cancer Epigenome: Bugs in our Gene Expression Software”
- Dr. Jean M. Moran, University of Michigan, Department of Radiation Oncology
Oct. 18, 2012
"Using Radiation Therapy to treat Breast Cancer: How much Technology is Needed?"
- Dr. Jenny Magnes, Vassar College, Physics and Astronomy Department
Nov. 15, 2012
"The Hidden Dimension of Microscopic Life"
- Dr. Michael Hind, IBM Corporation, Programming Technologies Department
Feb. 14, 2013 (Snow date: Feb. 15, 2013)
"Changing the Foundation: The Impact of Multicore Architectures on Software"
- Dr. Nadrian C. Seeman, New York University, Department of Chemistry
March 14, 2013
"DNA: Not Merely the Secret of Life"
- Dr. Gregory Denbeaux, University at Albany, College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
April 18, 2013
"Next Generation Lithography for Advanced Semiconductor Device Fabrication"
- Dr. Michael Ziebell, Merck Research Laboratories
Sept. 15, 2011
"Affinity Selection-Mass Spectrometry in Drug Discovery"
- Dr. William Pulleyblank, United States Military Academy, West Point
Oct. 27, 2011
"Mathematics, Algorithms, and Big Computers"
- Dr. David Bradley, Vassar College
Nov. 17, 2011
"To Hear or Not To Hear: The acoustics of Drama Theaters"
- Dr. Casimer DeCusatis, IBM Corporation
February 23, 2012 (Snow date: Feb. 24, 2012)
"From Watson to Wall Street: Changing the Game for Data Center Networks"
- Dr. Maitland Jones, Jr., New York University
March 15, 2012
"William Doering, the Cope Rearrangement, and Me"
- Dr. Emily Rice, College of Staten Island
April 19, 2012
"Stars, Planets, and In Between: The Mysteries of Brown Dwarfs"
- Dr. Lila M. Gierasch, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Sept. 16, 2010
“Moving the Protein Folding Problem from the Test Tube to the Cell”
- Dr. Seth Redfield, Wesleyan University
Oct. 21, 2010
“Transiting Exoplanets and the Age of Comparative Exoplanetology”
- Dr. George Shaw, Union College
Nov. 18, 2010
“Earth’s Early Atmosphere: A New (Old) Approach that Solves Many Problems”
- Dr. Carmen Menoni, Colorado State University
Feb. 17, 2011 (Snow date: Feb. 18, 2011)
“Exploring the World at the Nanoscale with Bright Beams of Extreme Ultraviolet Light”
- Dr. Jorge L. Sarmiento, Princeton University
March 17, 2011
“The Earth’s Carbon System and Climate”
- Dr. Avis Cohen, University of Maryland at College Park
April 21, 2011
“An Integrated Study of a Neuromechanical System: Going from Neurons to Vortices”
- Lois Pollack, Cornell University
Sept. 24, 2009
"Using Physics to Learn about Biology"
- Ann McDermot, Columbia University
Oct. 19, 2009
"The Secret Lives of Molecules: Probing the Motions of Enzymes"
- Yi Li, University of Connecticut
Feb. 18, 2010
"Making Beautiful Plants Non-Invasive"
- Wayne Knox, University of Rochester
March 25, 2010
"Optics from 3000 BC to 3000 AD"
- Robert Titus, Hartwick College
April 29, 2010
"A Geological History of the Catskills"
- Dr. Günter Wagner, Yale University
Sept. 25, 2008
“Evolution of Gene Regulation as it pertains to the Origin of Evolutionary Novelties”
- Dr. David, Hanson, SUNY Stony Brook
Oct. 23, 2008
“Guided Inquiry Learning”
- Dr. William Herbst, Wesleyan University
Nov. 20, 2008
“The Case of the Winking Star: New Insight into the Formation of Terrestrial Planets”
- Dr. Richard Perez, University at Albany
March 26, 2009
“Making the Case for Solar Energy in New York”
- Dr. Mark Bridger, Northeastern University
April 23, 2009
“Math Used to Solve Crimes”
- Dr. Kenneth Olum, Tufts University
Oct. 25, 2007
"Fine Tuning in Cosmology"
- Dr. Harold Metcalf, SUNY Stony Brook
Nov. 29, 2007
"The Coldest Temperature in the Universe"
- Dr. Daniel Jelski, SUNY New Paltz
March 13, 2008
"Buckminsterfullerenes: the way the ball bounces"
- Dr. George D. Yancopoulos, Regeneron Research Laboratories
May 1, 2008
"The Next Generation of Cancer Drug Targets"
- Dr. Glenn A. Eisman, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Sept. 28, 2006
"Emerging Energy Changes and Challenges: Fuel Cells and Hydrogen"
- Dr. Jon D. Erickson, University of Vermont
Oct. 26, 2006
"An Economics for the Century of the Environment"
- Dr. Daniel Rockmore, Dartmouth College
Nov. 30, 2006
- Dr. Gregory Tucker, Brown University
March 29, 2007
"Measuring the Universe with Microwaves"
- Dr. Lee Spector, Hampshire College
May 4, 2006
"Evolutionary Computation for Science, Engineering and Art"
- Mr. Fred Jerome, Free Lance Journalist
Oct. 6, 2005
"The Einstein File: J.Edgar Hoover's Secret War Against the World's Most Famous Scientist"
- Dr. William Craelius, Rutgers University
Nov. 17, 2005
"Reaching Toward a Useful Arm Replacement"
- Dr. Alison Power, Cornell University
Feb. 9, 2006
"Genetically Engineered Crops and the Environment"
- Dr. Michael Rampino, New York University
March 2, 2006
"What Caused the Largest Mass Extinction Ever? "
- Steven Bock, M.D., Rhinebeck Health Center
May 4, 2006
"Lyme and Other Tick Borne Diseases: an integrative approach"
- Dr. H. John Wood, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Sept. 23, 2004
"Hubble Optics, Astronomy and Mars"
- Dr. Peter Winkler, Dartmouth College
Nov. 4, 2004
"Games People Don't Play"
- Dr. Simon Parsons, Brooklyn College
Feb. 10, 2005
"Agent Based Systems -the future of Computer Science?"
- Dr. Valerie Eviner, Institute for Ecosystem Studies
March 17, 2005
"Sustainable Agro-Ecology: feeding the world with minimal environmental impact"
- Dr. Todd Evans, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
April 21, 2005
"Stem Cell Research: controlling heart and blood development"
2003 - 2004 lectures:
- Dr. Phaedon Avouris, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center
Oct. 16, 2003
"Carbon Nanotube Electronics and Opto-Electronics"
- Dr. Gene E. Likens, Institute for Ecosystem Studies Studies
Nov. 20, 2003
"Acid Rain: An Unfinished Environmental Problem"
- Dr. David M. Clark, SUNY New Paltz
Feb. 12, 2004
"Quantum Theory Challenges Reality: the EPR Experiment"
- Dr. Yervant Terzian, Cornell University
March 11, 2004
"Dark Matter, Dark Energy and the Luminous Universe"
(Informal Discussion in CSB 110 at 2:00p.m.: "The Nature of Time")
- Dr. Charles Ver Straeten, New York State Museum
April 15, 2004
"Seas, Sand and Mountains: Deep Time in New York 400 Million Years Ago"
2002 - 2003 lectures:
- James M. Wilson, M.D., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Oct. 17, 2002
"Science and Clinical Potential of Human Gene Therapy"
- Dr. Ronald Miller, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Nov. 14, 2002
"Is it hot enough for ya? - the human contribution to global warming"
- Dr. David DiVincenzo, IBM Watson Research Center
Feb. 6, 2003
"Introduction to Quantum Computing"
- Dr. John Harrington, SUNY New Paltz
March 6, 2003
"Blood Substitutes: Can nature show us the way?
- Dr. Jefferson W. Tester, MIT Laboratory for Energy and Environment
April 24, 2003
"Our Energy Policy"
2001 - 2002 lectures:
- Dr. Neil Cornish, NASA and Montana State University
Oct. 12, 2001
"Measuring the Size and Shape of the Universe"
- Dr. Richard Bopp, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Nov. 30, 2001
"Timing is everything: PCBs & Other Contaminants in the Hudson"
- Dr. David O. Carpenter, Institute for Health and the Environment, SUNY Albany
Feb. 13, 2002
"Cell Phones & Power Lines: What are the health effects of electromagnetic fields?"
- Dr. Michael Novacek, American Museum of Natural History
April 3, 2002
"Dinosaurs and Fossil Mammals of the Flaming Cliffs: The Gobi Expedition"
- Mr. Brian McConnell, Trekmail, Inc.
April 29, 2002
"Communicating with Extraterrestrial Civilizations"