(… and a brief look back at the last one.)
Welcome and Welcome Back to new and returning students. We hope that all of you had enjoyable and productive summers and are ready to engage in all of the upcoming challenges that will be our pleasure to devise for you, as well as those you devise for yourselves. We wanted to help you start the year off by sharing some news, information, and announcements you may find useful.
First and foremost – we are delighted that Katie Montovan has arrived and will start teaching this term. Katie just completed her Ph. D. at Cornell (title: The adaptive causes and consequences of individual restraint for host-parasitoid spatial dynamics) and will be teaching Introduction to Applied Mathematics and Nonlinear Dynamical Systems this term. For the time being her office is 226 Dickinson so stop by and introduce yourself if you are not in one of her classes. Katie will also be giving a Science Workshop on her work on September 13. More on that a bit later in this post.
Somewhere in Bavaria; the site of Herr Schroeder’s most recent campaign.
If you’re looking for Tim Schroeder and can’t find him in his office, don’t bother waiting around too long – he won’t show up. Tim is on a year-long sabbatical in Germany where, according to some accounts, he’s storming castles when not examining rocks in the lab.
We are pleased to announce that in October we will be hosting Amir Aczel, author of more than a dozen books on mathematics and science, including the best-selling Fermat’s Last Theorem and the recent book on the Large Hadron Collider and the discovery of the Higgs boson, Present at the Creation. A research fellow at the Boston University Center for Philosophy and History of Science, he will be giving a series of talks in early October, one of which will be at the October 11 Science Workshop. His visit is being made possible by support from the Onassis Foundation.
As we’ve done for many years now, we’ll be having weekly Science Workshops every Friday at 1:00 in Dickinson 225. These are opportunities to discuss each other’s work, hear from outside speakers, and to talk about issues in the substance and practice of doing science. Our first workshop will be on September 6th and be an informal Meet-n-Greet at which new students can meet old students, old faculty can meet new students, new students can meet new faculty, etc., etc., etc. We have a number of interesting talks already lined up, including the aforementioned presentations from Katie Montovan and Amir Aczel. On September 27 we will welcome Professor Katy Gonder, a biologist at SUNY Albany, who will speak to us about her current research. Students Carlos Mendez, Chernoh Jalloh (both speaking on September 20), Genelle Rankin and Joe Kendrick (October 4) have all agreed to describe work they did in labs over the summer. Please join us on these and every Friday for stimulating discussions, good company and the best snacks on campus.
Finally, the last Science Workshop of each term is a Poster Session for student work. This term will be no different, so be on the lookout for the exact date in early December for this great opportunity to see what everyone will have accomplished by then. Until then, enjoy the following few scenes from this past Spring’s Poster Session (photos by Betsy Sherman and Ferrilyn Sourdiffe) and good luck in the coming term. It’s great to have you back!