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Seminar and Colloquia Schedule - Fall 2018


Unless noted, seminars are held at 4 p.m. on Thursdays in Life Sciences Building, Room 119.

September 6
Speaker: TBA

September 13
Speaker: TBA

September 20
Speaker: Carly Kenkel, assistant professor of biological sciences, University of Southern California
Title: “Evolution of the coral symbiosis and its ecological consequences”

September 27
Speaker: TBA

October 4
Speaker: Robert McLean, Regent's Professor, Department of Biology, Texas State University
Title: “Mixed culture bacterial interactions in biofilm and planktonic communities”

October 11
Speaker: Regina Baucom, assistant professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan
Title: TBA

October 18
Speaker: Daniel Thornhill, program director, Division of Ocean Sciences, National Science Foundation
Title: TBA

October 25, 2018
Speaker: Juhyun Lee, assistant professor, Department of Bioengineering, UTA
Title: “Integrating Light-Sheet Imaging and Hemodynamic Shear Forces to Study Cardiac Development”

November 1
Speaker: TBA

November 8
Speaker: Frank Burbrink, associate curator, Department of Herpetology, American Museum of Natural History
Title: TBA

November 15
Speaker: Pamela Brown, assistant professor of biology sciences, University of Missouri
Title: “Regulation of cell wall biogenesis in the bacterial plant pathogen agrobacterium tumefaciens”

November 22
No seminar - Thanksgiving Break

November 29
Speaker: Erin Vogel, associate professor, Laboratory for Primate Dietary Ecology and Physiology, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University
Title: TBA


All seminars are at 3 p.m. on Fridays in Chemistry Research Building (CRB) Room 114 unless otherwise noted. Refreshments will be served at 2:45 p.m. in CRB Room 112.

August 31
Speaker: Ting Wang, professor, Department of Chemistry, University at Albany, SUNY
Title: “New Synthetic Opportunities Through Organic Photocatalysis”

September 7
Speaker: Stephen F. Martin, professor, Department of Chemistry, UT Austin
Title: “Gap Jumping: Using Chemistry to Address Unmet Medical Needs in Neuroscience”

September 14
Speaker: Joel P. Schneider, Chemical Biology Laboratory, National Cancer Institute, Frederick, MD
Title: “Racemic Hydrogels from Self-Assembling Mirror Image Peptides: Predictions from Pauling and Corey”

September 21
Poster Contest

September 28
Speaker: Yang Zhang, professor, Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, University of Michigan
Title: "Protein Structure Prediction"

October 5
Special program - SEIR Building Room 198 (3-4 p.m.)
Title: “No Belles”

October 12
Speaker: Phillip Hustad, Dow Chemical Company, Lake Jackson, TX
Title: “Development and Commercialization of Dow’s Olefin Block Copolymer Technology”

October 19
Speaker: Gerko Oskam, professor, Department of Applied Physics, Center for Research and Advanced Studies- Cinvestev-of the National Polytechnical Institute, Merida, Mexico
Title: "Hybrid and Oxide Materials for Solar Energy Conversion"

October 26
Speaker: Philip Kiser, professor, Department of Pharmacology, Case Western Reserve University
Title: "Cleave It or Leave It: Insights Into the Mechanism of Alkene Bond Scission by Carotenoid Cleavage Oxygenases"

November 2
Speaker: Yisong (Alex) Guo, professor, Department of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University
Title: "Spectroscopic and Kinetic Studies of Catalytically Versatile Non-Heme Iron Enzymes"

November 9
Speaker: Neal P. Mankad, professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago
Title: “Bimetallic Catalysis in Synthesis & Biology”

November 16
Speaker: Qiang Cui, professor, Department of Chemistry, Boston University
Title: “Structural Transition and Catalysis in Molecular Machines: Insights From Multi-Scale Simulations” 

November 23
No seminar - Thanksgiving Break

November 30
Speaker: Alex J. Rai, professor, Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, Columbia University
"Towards Development of Liquid Biopsy Based Biomarker Signatures for the Management of Cancer Patients"


Unless noted, tech sessions are held at 12 p.m. on Fridays in Geoscience Building, Room 100. Refreshments will be served starting at 11:30 a.m. in GS Room 105.

August 24
Speakers: Hyeong-Moo Shin, assistant professor of EES, and Arne Winguth, associate professor of EES, UTA
Title:  “Orientation and Introduction to Earth and Environmental Sciences”

August 31
Speaker: Xiangyang Xie, associate professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Texas Christian University
Title:  “Detrital zircon signatures of Mississippian succession in southern Midcontinent: interplay among eustatic sea-level, unroofing of the Appalachians, and uplifts of the Ancestral Rocky Mountain”

September 7
Speaker: Shan Shanmugam, adjunct professor in EES, UTA
Title:  “A global satellite survey of density plumes at river mouths and at other environments: Plume configurations, external controls, and implications for deep-water sedimentation”

September 14
Speaker: Majie Fan, associate professor of EES, UTA
Title:  “Sedimentary record of Eocene-Oligocene elevation and hydroclimate in the central Rocky Mountains”

September 28
Speakers: (1) Hepeng Tian and (2) Lu Zhu, Ph.D. students in EES, UTA
Title:  (1) “Geochronology and Provenance of Early Permian Volcanic Ashes in the Midland Basin, West Texas”; (2) “Middle Cenozoic Landscape Evolution of the Southern Rockies Recorded in Detrital Zircon Provenance”

October 5
Speaker: Nick Fang, assistant professor, Department of Civil Engineering, UTA
Title:  “What we learned from Hurricane Harvey”

October 12
Speaker: Caimee Schoenbaechler, manager, Bays and Estuaries, Texas Water Development Board
Title:  “The science, management, and policy of environmental flows in Texas”

October 19
Speaker: Richard Patience, petroleum geochemist, Applied Petroleum Technology
Title:  “An overview of petroleum geochemistry in conventional and unconventional plays from exploration to production”

October 26
Speaker: Kirk Schleiffarth, Ph.D. student in Geology, University of Northern Arizona
Title:  “The Origins and Spatial-Temporal Patterns of Cretaceous-Quaternary Magmatism during Collisions, Trench Retreat, and Escape Tectonics in Central Anatolia, Turkey”

November 8
Title:  Environmental Panel discussion

November 16
Speaker: Seongjin Noh, assistant professor of research, College of Engineering, UTA
Title:  “Advances and challenges in hydrologic modeling and data assimilation”

November 23
No tech session – Thanksgiving holidays

November 30
Speaker: Naomi Cleghorn, associate professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, UTA
Title:  “Foragers on the Paleo-Agulhas Plain: Archaeology and ecosystem-wide approaches to understanding human adaptation in the Late Pleistocene” 


Thursday, October 4, 12-1 p.m., PKH Room 309
Speaker: Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, professor of mathematical sciences, George Mason University
Title: “Transforming Institutional Practices Through Innovative Approaches in Stem Teaching and Learning”

Friday, October 5, 3-4 p.m., PKH Room 311
Speaker: Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, professor of mathematical sciences, George Mason University
Title: “Mathematical Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Biological, Bio-Inspired and Engineering Systems”

Thursday, October 18, 3-4 p.m., PKH Room 309
Speaker: Wei Cai, Clements Chair of Applied Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Southern Methodist University
Title: “Stochastic Algorithms for Electromagnetic Problems of Nano-Structures”

Friday, October 26, 3-4 p.m. PKH Room 311
Speaker: Nick Hengartner, group leader of Theoretical Biology and Biophysics, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Title: “Sensing Swarms for Environmental Threat Reconstruction”

Friday, November 2, 3-4 p.m., PKH Room 311
Speaker: Xinlei (Sherry) Wang, Professor, Department of Mathematics, Southern Methodist University
Title: “Statistical Approaches to Aggregation of Partial and Top Ranked Lists in Genomic Studies”

Friday, November 16, 3-4 p.m., PKH Room 311
Speaker: Vyacheslav Futorny, Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Title: TBA


Unless noted, colloquia are held at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays in Science Hall, Room 100. Refreshments will be served starting at 3:30 a.m. in the Physics Lounge.

September 5
Speakers: Kaushik De, Muhammad Huda, Daniel Welling, Department of Physics, UTA
Title: “Physics Faculty Research Expo”

September 12
Speaker: Carlos Bertulani, professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Title: “The Lithium Problem”

Monday, September 17, 3 p.m. SH 101
Speaker: Zhen Liu, postdoctoral researcher, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Title: “Entering a New World Through the Higgs Portal”


Friday, September 21, 12:30 p.m., COBA Room 245W
Speaker: Hunter Ball, assistant professor, Department of Psychology, UTA
Title: “Individual Differences in Prospective Remembering”