Seminar Archive 2011

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2011 Seminar Archives

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Copies of the lecture slides are made available on this page following each lecture. We are working to get video of the 2011 spring lecture series online as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience and in the meantime please check-out video of previous lecture series here.


-The SITN staff-

Fall Seminars

The Mind-Machine Interface: Computers and the Wired Brain
  • Sasha Krol – How machines communicate with the brain
  • Allison Nishitani – How the brain controls machines
  • Alicia Nugent – How machines control the brain
How to Spot a Virus: The Origins of an Immune Response (Outline)
  • Kevin Bonham – The “eyes” of the immune system
  • Sky Brubaker – Different Responses for different disease causing organisms
  • Jillian Astarita – Instructing the immune system to make better vaccines
Toward the Final Frontier of Manned Space Flight
  • Ryann Fame – How we got here: Background and challenges
  • Luke Bruneaux – Why boldly go? Why not?
  • Emily Russell – Where are we going?
Beneath the Surface: The Present and Future of Our Oceans
  • Peter Yang – Why study the ocean?
  • Roxanne Beinart – Lessons from Deepwater Horizon
  • Heather Olins – Studying the sea – past, present, and future
Are We Programmed to Age? (Outline)
  • Sara Leiman – Are we supposed to age?
  • Nick Weir – Evidence against the theory of programmed aging
  • Philip Shiu – Evidence supporting the theory of programmed aging
The Evolution of the Universe: from Cosmic Soup to Earth (Outline)
  • Ian Czekala – The Big Bang and Stellar Nucleosynthesis
  • Nathan Sanders – Galactic Enrichment
  • Elisabeth Newton – Making Planet Earth
Obesity: How Science Approaches Weighty Matters
  • Meg Freeland – Epidemiology: the big picture
  • Kaitlin Samocha – Genetics: little genes, big consequences
  • Mary Haas – New topics in obesity research
Species Interactions: More than the Sum of their Parts (Outline)
  • Jon Sanders – How Symbiosis Created the World
  • Shelbi Russell – Most Organizms Cannot Live on Their Own
  • Leonora Bittleston – Power Struggles and Partnerships
30 Years with AIDS: Where it Came From and Why It’s Still With Us (Outline)
  • Kevin McCarthy – The Origins of HIV and the AIDS Epidemic
  • Ben Morris – HIV: The Retrovirus
  • Jamie Schafer – An HIV Vaccine: What’s the Hold Up?

Spring Seminars

Black Holes And Cosmic Roles: Understanding The Center of The Galaxy (Outline)
  • Nick Stone – Black hole astrophysics
  • Nathan Sanders – Observing black holes
  • Tarek Anous – Black holes and the math that describes them
The Mystery of Sleep: How Neuroscientists Are Solving One of The Brain’s Most Interesting Puzzles
  • Rebecca Reh – Why do we sleep?
  • Nina Vujovic – How does the brain regulate sleep?
  • Neal Dach – What happens in the brain during sleep?
Origins and Applications of Pluripotent Stem Cells (Outline)
  • Daisy Robinton – What is a stem cell?
  • Luis Williams – Reprogramming: Making stem cells from skin!
  • Gabriella Boulting – What can we do with iPS cells
The War on Cancer: Where we Are in The Battle, and Why we Haven’t Won (Outline)
  • Adrianna San Roman – Principles of cancer
  • Leah Liu – Cancer therapeutics
  • Clare Malone – Obstacles in developing cancer therapies