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February 2017

NS&M Colloquium: Caleb Scharf

February 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cole Cinema, St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's City, MD 20686 United States
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"The Copernicus Complex" by Dr. Caleb Scharf (Columbia University) Dr. Caleb Scharf was born and educated in England. He received his B.Sc. in physics from Durham University, and his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Cambridge. He worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the Space Telescope Science Institute in Maryland, and as a research scientist at Columbia University in New York. He is currently the director of the multidisciplinary Columbia Astrobiology Center. Are we special or are we unexceptional? For…

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March 2017

NS&M Colloquium: Deb Agarwal

March 8 @ 4:40 pm - 6:00 pm

Deb Agarwal is from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) in Berkeley, California. The Natural Science and Mathematics Colloquium is sponsored by KBRwyle.

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NS&M Colloquium: David Tyler

March 22 @ 4:40 pm - 6:00 pm

"Comparing the Environmental Impact of Common Household Items" by Dr. David Tyler (Univ. of Oregon) We are confronted with choices every day that impact our environment: Paper, plastic, or reusable tote bag? Disposable plastic cup or reusable ceramic mug? Biodiesel, gasohol, or gasoline? Prius or Hummer? Incandescent bulb, compact fluorescent light, or LED? Local or shipped produce? Recycling or incineration? How do we really know what is best for the environment? This talk will focus on how we evaluate the…

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NS&M Colloquium: Bethany Wasik

March 29 @ 4:40 pm - 6:00 pm

"Adventures in #AltAc: How to Evolve from Biologist to Editor and Still Find Time to Tweet about It" by Dr. Bethany Wasik (Cornell Univ. Press) The Natural Science and Mathematics Colloquium is sponsored by KBRwyle.

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April 2017

NS&M Colloquium: Ricardo Conceicao

April 5 @ 4:40 pm - 6:00 pm

"On Pennies, McNuggets, Polynomials and How to Help the Government Save Money" by Dr. Ricardo Conceicao (Gettysburg College) In the '80s, McDonald's restaurants sold boxes containing 6, 9 or 20 chicken McNuggets. It was impossible to purchase exactly four or ten nuggets. What other exact numbers of nuggets were we not able to buy? The solution to this question is related to a classical problem in the frontier of number theory and discrete mathematics, known as the Diophantine Frobenius Problem. In…

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September 2017

NS&M Colloquium: Science & Politics of Global Climate Change

September 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall, St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's City, MD 20686 United States
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Please join us for a panel discussion on the science and politics of global climate change, particularly since the change in administrations this year.  Our panelists are Dr. Michael Mann of Penn State University and Dr. Michael Cain of St. Mary's College. Dr. Mann is a well-known climatologist and a featured speaker of the "March for Science" in Washington, D.C. last April.  He is the author of several popular books on global warming; his work has been featured in several…

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NS&M Colloquium: The Secret (Sex) Life of Birds

September 20 @ 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

The Secret (Sex) Life of Birds with Becky Cramer (Cornell University).

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NS&M Colloquium: Organizing a Billion Images of Our World

September 27 @ 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Webcams, satellites and cell phones capture an incredible view of our world. When organized, these images provide an amazing lens for scientific and social discovery. This talk will explore what it takes to organize and index these image: how to automatically discover where in the world a camera is, what direction it is looking at and what kinds of things it sees. Learn how we can use these images to validate satellite estimates of environmental change, to characterize how people…

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October 2017

NS&M Colloquium: NMR Spectroscopy and Computational Molecular Dynamics Modeling

October 4 @ 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

With Dr. James Kirkpatrick (Michigan State University) The earth is a dynamic and extraordinarily complex chemical processor. In much of the its outer 10’s of kilometers (the crust) most chemical reactions take place at the interface between minerals and a fluid filling the pores between mineral grains. These pore fluids are most commonly aqueous solutions but also include petroleum, natural gas and supercritical CO 2 -rich fluids. Understanding the reactions among these various components is challenging because of the complex…

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NS&M Colloquium: Dr. Sharon Lynn

October 18 @ 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

With Dr. Sharon Lynn, associate professor of biology and neuroscience (College of Wooster)

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