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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Biology Seminar Information Session

Attend this information session to learn about the biology speaker series for fall 2018, including the requirements for students registered for the course.Attendance is mandatory for registered students.


Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Imaging Microbial Activity through a Macro Lens

Scott Chimeleski, Harvard University


Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Bacterial Regulatory Networks Controlling Both Host and Microbe Metabolism: A Tale in Two Vibrios

Alexandra Purdy, Amherst College


Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Friday, September 21, 2018 – Saturday, September 22, 2018

From Thales to Higgs, a Very Physical Promenade

A Show by Massimo Schuster

Description: I wanted to share with an audience my love for physics, but I couldn't find the way to do it. I met various physicists in France and Italy, but even if every one of them seemed interested in my project, with none did I feel the spark I was seeking.

The breakthrough happened when I met Carlo Rovelli, author of the best-selling Seven Brief Lessons on Physics. With his help I succeeded in preparing this piece of narrative theater that deals with the birth and development of scientific thinking in Europe, from Thales of Miletus to the famous Higgs boson.

Through various anecdotes, some true, some made up, but always plausible, I start with Thales, move on to Empedocles and Aristarchus, spend some time with Plato and Aristotle, then jump all the way to Einstein. All along, I use a simple language, understandable to everyone and hopefully entertaining. My goal is to explain how the world in which we live is at the same time simpler and more complex, but most of all more marvelous and fascinating, than most people think.

Without trying to sell myself as a specialist of scientific thinking, which I'm not, my goal is to explain why physics is for me a constant source of inspiration and wonder.

General Information: The show is free and open to the public. However, we ask that you reserve a seat by emailing Hal Haggard (haggard@bard.edu). The show will be in Olin Hall and doors will open at 6:30 pm. The show will begin promptly at 7:00 pm.
 
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Olin Hall
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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Salt and Water Balance in Fishes: Endocrine Mechanisms of Environmental Adaptation

Jason Breves, Skidmore College

The maintenance of salt and water balance is a critical requirement for life. The integrity of cells, tissues, and the macromolecules that carry on the business of life requires the maintenance of a narrow range of physical and chemical conditions. In turn, identifying how organisms regulate the movements of ions and water at the subcellular, cellular, and organismal levels represents an important and fundamental line of biological inquiry. Aquatic organisms, such as the one I will describe today, experience a formidable challenge in maintaining homeostasis in the presence of a strong, and sometimes fluctuating, osmotic gradient with the external environment. Accordingly, these organisms have evolved efficient mechanisms for detecting changes in osmotic conditions, which will in turn direct appropriate physiological responses.
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Bard Summer Research Institute: 2018 Poster Session

Join faculty and students who participated in this year’s program in presenting their work.
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Who are the Species in Your Neighborhood?
Density-dependent Interactions in a Tropical Tree Community

Liza Comita, Yale School of Forestry


Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Evolutionary Responses to Climate Change Revealed by the Resurrection Approach

Steven Franks, Fordham University


Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Identifying Genes that Enhance Neuronal Health with Age

Vanisha Lakhina, Princeton University


Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Ants, Art, Science Education, and Environmental Conservation: A Bardian’s Story

Grace Barber ’07, Albany Pine Bush Preserve


Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Thursday, November 29, 2018

How to Plan a Meaningful Summer

Felicia Keesing, Biology Program


Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium