Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Applied Math Seminar: "The Organization and Control of Evolving Interdependent Populations"

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Location: 129 Hayes-Healy Center

Dervis Can Vural
Assistant Professor
Department of Physics

Starting with Darwin, biologists have asked how populations evolve from a low fitness state that is stable to a high fitness state that is not. Specifically of interest is the emergence of cooperation and multi-cellularity where the fitness of individuals appear in conflict with that of the population. Evolutionary game theory has produced a number of fruitful results, mostly employing two-state two-body models. Here I will talk about interdependence networks, which is a simple multi-player and multi-state evolutionary game. I will show that interdependence networks organize themselves into one of 4 distinct phases depending on a single parameter, selection strength. I will then describe how the evolution of independence can be manipulated through external perturbations: Since early experimental studies have had mixed success in controlling the social composition of disease causing biofilms, our goal is to better understand the initial conditions and evolutionary parameters that may have been affecting the outcome.

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Publication, Peer Review, and Plagiarism

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Location: 330 DeBartolo Hall

Scholars need to develop research and writing procedures that enable them to manage their data and attribute credit for others’ contributions. When grading papers an instructor may encounter instances of falsification, fabrication, or plagiarism (FFP). When reviewing a peer’s work, reviewers are expected to remain objective, not disclose someone else’s intellectual property, and be cognizant of possible conflicts of interest or commitment. Using active-learning exercises, ethical situations that may arise in pedagogical, publication and peer review processes are explored

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Energy Seminar: The Materials Science Center at NREL: Multiscale Materials Design for the Nation’s Clean Energy Future

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Location: Main Building, Room 200

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Dr. Nancy Haegel (ND ’81)
Center Director, Materials Science Center
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
 

Abstract:

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficient research and development. The Materials Science Center, within the Materials and Chemical Science and Technology Directorate, provides fundamental and applied materials science discovery and problem-solving in support of the nation’s energy and environmental goals. Dr. Haegel will highlight recent activity in the Center’s areas of focus, including materials physics, electronic structure theory, microscopy and imaging, interfacial and surface science, materials discovery and thin film materials science and processing for photovoltaics and other energy applications. NREL works with a wide range of organizations, including universities, industry and other national laboratories, and Dr. Haegel will review mechanisms for collaboration and identify emerging partnership areas.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Digital Week: October 3-9

Location: University of Notre Dame -- Campus-Wide

The Office of Digital Learning is delighted to announce the launch of ND Digital Week 2014! Taking place between October 3-9, Digital Week will consist of 7 days of events dedicated to promoting digital teaching and learning at Notre Dame. ​Some highlights of Digital Week you won't want to miss include:

  • Keynote talks by speakers such as Anant Agarwal, Tim Bozik, Tara McPherson, Chuck Severance and Jennifer Ebbeler.
  • Workshops on digital publishing, e-portfolio preparation and assessment, and making digital comics with Pixton
  • Roundtable discussions on digital education and the information economy in the digital age
  • ​The Office of Digital Learning Open House 
  • Graduate student lightning talk sessions
  • Twitter Bingo, Digital Scavenger Hunts, and more chances to win incredible prizes!

The week kicks off with a keynote talk by the CEO of edX, Anant Agarwal. The Digital Week opening reception will immediately follow Agarwal's talk and all audience members are invited to attend. Check out the website for the full program and follow the Office of Digital Learning on Twitter for more details!

 

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Science Exploration Series: "From the Sun above to the Supercollider Underground: How studying the smallest things teaches us about the largest (DVT Presentation)"

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Location: Digital Visualization Theater, 100 Jordan Hall of Science

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Make science part of your game day schedule, and join the College of Science for exciting presentations before Notre Dame home football games.

The answers from machines such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva teach us about the basic building blocks of matter, but the realms of energies it studies don't happen anywhere else on Earth.  Dr. Davis will use the Digital Visualization Theater to show the audience how the LHC gathers answers about the nature of matter, and how that greater understanding applies to various targets within the universe and the big bang itself.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Biological Sciences Seminar: “Unraveling the Cellular and Behavioral Dynamics During Cancer Metastasis"

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Location: 283 Galvin Life Science

Siyuan Zhang

The Department of Biological Sciences is pleased to present a seminar by Siyuan Zhang, the Nancy Dee Assistant Professor of Cancer Research at the Harper Cancer Research Center and the University of Notre Dame. The talk, “Unraveling the Cellular and Behavioral Dynamics During Cancer Metastasis,” will take place on Tuesday, October 7 at 4pm in 283 Galvin Life Science.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

ACS on Campus

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Location: Notre Dame Conference Center (McKenna Hall)

ACS on Campus

ACS on Campus is an outreach program dedicated to helping science students, postdocs, and faculty enhance and advance their careers. Attend sessions on the scholarly publishing process, learn more about ACS Publications Open Access Programs, see ChemWorx and SciFinder demos, and participate in a Career Pathways: Working in Industry workshop. ACS on Campus is a great opportunity to network, build skills and learn valuable career tips and strategies.

This event is free but registration is required in order to attend. Complimentary food will be provided for all registered participants including a networking luncheon on Wednesday at the Morris Inn. View the event poster (237 kb PDF).

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DVT Presentation: "From the Sun Above to the Supercollider Underground: How Studying the Smallest Things Teaches us About the Largest"

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Location: 100 Jordan Hall of Science (DVT)

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The answers from machines such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva teach us about the basic building blocks of matter, but the realms of energies it studies don't happen anywhere else on Earth.  Dr. Davis will use the Digital Visualization Theater to show the audience how the LHC gathers answers about the nature of matter, and how that greater understanding applies to various targets within the universe and the big bang itself.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Charles Edison Lecture: "The Protein Folding Problem"

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Location: 127 Hayes-Healy Center

Peter Wolynes, Charles Edison Lecture

Protein folding can be understood as a biased search on a funneled but rugged energy landscape. The funneled nature of the protein energy landscape is a consequence of natural selection. Prof. Peter Wolynes of Rice University will discuss how this rather simple picture quantitatively predicts folding mechanism from native structure and sequence. He will also discuss recent advances using energy landscape ideas to create algorithms capable of predicting protein tertiary structure from sequence, protein binding sites and the nature of structurally specific protein misfolding relevant to disease. Finally, he will compare the physical folding energy landscape with the apparent fitness landscape of evolution as inferred from large genomic data sets.

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Night at the Zoo

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Location: Potawatomi Zoo, 500 S. Greenlawn, South Bend

Potawatomi Zoo

Take a study break and spend time with the animals at the Potawatomi Zoo, near the Notre Dame campus! Bring your smart phone or a camera to take photos of the animals to compete in the best animal photo and description contest. All entries turned in by October 12 will be entered to win a pizza party on the rooftop of Jordan Hall of Science! View the contest details and requirements. (289kb PDF)

Entry fee is $5 for Notre Dame students with a valid ID. Entry fee is $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for children ages 3-14. Students will be responsible for arranging their own transporation. Registration is required and students can register online now for the Night at the Zoo.

Snacks will be provided, so don't miss this great opportunity!

 

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Science Exploration Series: "Harper Cancer Research Institute: Changing the Way We Fight Cancer"

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Location: 101 Jordan Hall of Science

Harper Cancer Research Institute

Despite considerable scientific advances, cancer claims millions of our family and friends every year.  Breakthrough-level discoveries require an innovative approach to increase cancer survival.  Learn how unique collaborative teams at the Harper Cancer Research Institute combine the power of biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, medicine and physics to change the way we fight cancer.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014