News & Events

Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse Viewing

Safely see the Great American Solar Eclipse through an array of telescopes

In our region the eclipse starts around 1:20 pm and ends around 4:00 pm, with the eclipse maximum occurring around 2:45pm.  Note that it will only be a partial eclipse here, so there is no qualitatively different "minutes of totality" to see (or miss) that people in other parts of the country will be able to witness, just a gradual darkening and lightening.
Time: 1:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Campus Walk (Above Kline)
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Ancient European Dog Genomes Reveal Continuity Since the Early Neolithic

Krishna VeeramahStony Brook University

Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Climate Change and Behavioral Economics: Implications for Policy

Howard KunreutherJames D.  Dinan Professor of Decision Sciences and PolicyCo-Director of Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes CenterWharton School  University of Pennsylvania  

We face challenges in dealing with potentially catastrophic events associated with climate change. Most individuals do not think about investing in energy efficient measures to reduce global warming or undertaking protective actions to reduce damage to their homes from future floods or hurricanes until after a disaster occurs. I will use concepts from behavioral economics and psychology to highlight why we ignore these risks and recommend public-private sector partnerships that provide economic incentives for taking steps now rather than waiting until it is too late.
Time: 4:40 pm
Location: Olin, Room 102
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Degradation-resistant Proteins:
Biological, Disease, and Biotechnology Implications

Wilfredo Colón, Ph.D.Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Village of Red Hook Municipal Sewer Project

Brent KovalchikArchitect and Deputy Mayor of Red Hook, NY 

The Village of Red Hook’s Municipal Sewer Project has been developing for over seventy years. Countless planning documents, initiatives, two failed referendums and the path to final completion will be explored.  The project addresses the Village’s economic development future and protection of drinking water supplies for residents and institutions that rely on the Saw Kill Watershed’s aquifer, tributaries and streams for their own needs.
Through the example of a municipal infrastructure project, we will discuss the work involved with gathering and documenting the research, finding the necessary funding, advocating for its necessity, and navigating the bureaucratic and regulatory paperwork required to realize this most important project.
Time: 4:40 pm
Location: Olin, Room 102
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Effects of Viruses on Plant Fitness:
A Plant Ecologist's Foray into Plant Virus Ecology

Helen AlexanderUniversity of Kansas

Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Evolution of Animal Flight From a Biomechanics Perspective

David E. AlexanderUniversity of Kansas

Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Monday, October 30, 2017

A Reading by Diane Ackerman

The celebrated author reads from The Zookeeper’s Wife

On Monday, October 30, at 2:30 p.m. in Weis Cinema, Bertelsmann Campus Center, Diane Ackerman reads from The Zookeeper’s Wife. Sponsored by the Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series, introduced by Bradford Morrow and followed by a Q&A, the reading is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

The Zookeeper’s Wife, a little known true story of WWII, enjoyed months as the New York Times #1 nonfiction bestseller, was the basis for the 2017 feature film of the same title, and received the Orion Book Award, which honored it as “a groundbreaking work of nonfiction, in which the human relationship to nature is explored in an absolutely original way through looking at the Holocaust. A few years ago, ‘nature’ writers were asking themselves, How can a book be at the same time a work of art, an act of conscientious objection to the destruction of the world, and an affirmation of hope and human decency? The Zookeeper’s Wife answers this question.”

Diane Ackerman’s other works of nonfiction include An Alchemy of Mind, a poetics of the brain based on the latest neuroscience; Deep Play, which considers play, creativity, and our need for transcendence; A Slender Thread, about her work as a crisis line counselor; The Rarest of the Rare and The Moon by Whale Light, in which she explores the plight and fascination of endangered animals; On Extended Wings, her memoir of flying; and her bestseller, A Natural History of the Senses. Her most recent book, The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us, a celebration of the natural world and human ingenuity, and an exploration of human-driven planetary change, received the P.E.N. Henry David Thoreau Award for Nature Writing.

Several of Ackerman's books have been Pulitzer Prize and National Book Circle Critics Award finalists. She also has the rare distinction of having a molecule named after her—dianeackerone— a pheromone in crocodilians. Her essays about nature and human nature have been appearing for decades in the New York Times, New Yorker, American Scholar, Smithsonian, National Geographic, and elsewhere.

Any supporter who donates $500 or more to Bard’s literary journal Conjunctions receives a BackPage Pass providing VIP access to any Fall 2017 or future event in the Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series. Have lunch with a visiting author, attend a seminar on their work, and receive premium seating at their reading. Or you can give your BackPage Pass to a lover of literature on your gift list! To find out more, click here or contact Micaela Morrissette at or (845) 758-7054.
Time: 2:30 pm
Location: Campus Center, Weis Cinema
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Poisons, Predators, and Parasites:
Integrating Ecological and Evolutionary Complexity into Toxicology

Jessica HuaBinghamton University SUNY 

Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

AMC 8 Contest

Sponsored by the Bard Math Circle

The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.
The contest is paired with an engaging math talk at the middle school level, presented by a Bard mathematician.

The Bard Math Circle hosts this annual event to promote a culture of mathematical problem solving and math enrichment in the mid-Hudson Valley.
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center
Website: Event Website
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Integrating Livestock and Wildlife in an African Savanna

Felicia Keesing, Biology Program

Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

How to Plan a Meaningful Summer

Felicia KeesingBiology Program

Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Harlem and the Roots of Gentrification, 1965-2003

Brian Goldstein, Swarthmore College

In the last four decades of the twentieth century, Harlem, New York—America’s most famous neighborhood—transformed from the archetypal symbol of midcentury “urban crisis” to the most celebrated example of “urban renaissance” in the United States. Once a favored subject for sociologists studying profound poverty and physical decline, by the new millennium Harlem found itself increasingly the site of refurbished brownstones, shiny glass and steel shopping centers, and a growing middle-class population. Drawing from Brian Goldstein’s new book, The Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification and the Struggle Over Harlem (Harvard University Press, 2017), this lecture will trace this arc by focusing on competing visions for Harlem's central block. In doing so, it will reveal the complicated history of social and physical transformation that has changed this and many American urban centers in the last several decades. Gentrification is often described as a process controlled by outsiders, with clear winners and losers, victors and victims. In contrast, this talk will explore the role that Harlemites themselves played in bringing about Harlem’s urban renaissance, an outcome that had both positive and negative effects for their neighborhood. 
Time: 4:40 pm
Location: Olin, Room 102
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    • 2015

      Exploring Coherent Interaction of Light with Matter for Applications in Quantum Communication and Sensing

      December 17
      Hegeman 107

      An Informational Approach to Identical Particles in Quantum Theory

      December 11
      Hegeman 107

      A remarkable feature of quantum theory is that identical particles must be treated as indistinguishable if the theory is to give valid predictions. In the quantum formalism, indistinguishability is expressed via the symmetrization postulate, which restricts a system of identical particles to the set of symmetric states (`bosons') or the set of antisymmetric states (`fermions’).

      However, the precise connection between particle indistinguishability and the symmetrization postulate has not been clearly established. For example, a widely influential topological approach to identical particles implies that their behavior depends on the dimensionality of space, and that they generically exhibit so-called anyonic behavior in two dimensions.  

      In this talk, we show that the symmetrization postulate can be derived on the basis of a simple novel postulate. The key to the derivation is a strictly informational treatment of indistinguishability which prohibits the labeling of particles that cannot be experimentally distinguished from one another. The derivation implies that the symmetrization postulate admits no natural variants. In particular, the possibility that identical particles generically exhibit anyonic behaviour is excluded.

      ​Journal Reference: "Informational Approach to Identical Particles in Quantum Theory", New J. Phys. 17 (2015) 013043

      Senior Project Poster Session

      December 10
      Reem-Kayden Center

      Pre-Health Professions 101: 
      How to Prepare

      December 9
      Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium

      Professor Frank Scalzo will introduce the pathways leading to post-baccalaureate degrees in the health professions including, traditional medicine, allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, etc. etc. The discussion will be tailored to the interests of the audience. If you are interested in a health profession, you should attend this discussion.  
      For more information, please contact Professor Frank Scalzo at

      How Undergraduate Research Experiences Impact Students’ Participation in Physics

      November 20
      Hegeman 107

      Physics Education Research (PER) is a rich field which studies how students learn physics as well as how to support better teaching and learning. In my work, I develop innovative learning spaces that integrate authentic physics practices, student collaboration, and an inclusive community. Within these spaces, I qualitatively study identity, how students recognize themselves and are recognized by others as able to participate in physics.  In this talk, I will first present a brief overview of the field of Physics Education Research. I will then present research on an undergraduate freshman seminar that I have co-developed in which students worked with faculty and graduate student research mentors on research projects.  In videotaped classroom data and interviews, students described ways in which their research experiences were different from their expectations. Students tie an improved sense of competence in research to a better understanding of who does physics and how physics research works.  This work sheds light on mechanisms by which research experiences may positively impact students’ identity development in physics.

      Sound Cluster meeting

      November 19
      Arendt Center

      Monthly meeting of faculty interested in the practice or critical analysis of sound, sound technologies, soundscapes, listening.

      Hidden Momentum

      November 13
      Hegeman 107

      Electromagnetic fields carry energy, momentum, and even angular momentum. The momentum density is ∊0 (E x B), and it accounts (among other things) for the pressure of light. But even static fields can harbor momentum, and this would appear to contradict a general theorem: if the center of energy of a closed system is at rest, then its total momentum must be zero. Evidently in such cases there lurks some other  momentum, not electromagnetic in nature, which cancels the field momentum. But finding  this “hidden momentum” can be surprisingly subtle. I’ll discuss a particularly nice example.

      Engineering the Quantum World

      November 2
      RKC 102

      Understanding of microscopic phenomena has progressed significantly since the dawn of quantum theory. Many scientists are engineering tools to design a quantum world that is more suitable to their interests, rather than work with what nature provides them. Engineering the quantum states of light and atoms allows scientists to probe issues of fundamental physics and develop useful technology. I will discuss my experience working in this field, often called quantum information science. I will cover the preparation and measurement of atomic states, as well as using a non-linear process called four-wave mixing to prepare interesting states of light and atoms.

      Optofluidics: The Marriage of Microfluidics with Integrated Optics

      October 30
      Hegaman 107

      In recent years, the integration of microfluidic and micro-optical elements onto monolithic platforms has led to the term “optofluidics”. In particular, the use of integrated waveguides for sensing in microfluidic devices miniaturizes light delivery and detection while reducing the need for bulky instrumentation, the complication of alignment errors and sensitivity to mechanical vibrations.  In addition, the exploitation of the optical properties of fluids has the potential to revolutionize sensing and telecommunications by enabling reconfigurable light sources, light delivery, controls and switches.  This talk will present the design, fabrication and characterization of two optofluidic devices. The first is a three-dimensional Mach-Zehnder interferometer providing label-free, spatially-resolved sensing in a microfluidic channel.  The second is a parallel-geometry reconfigurable optofluidic switch.  Low-cost fabrication methods, such as embedding of fiber inside a polymer, as well as the more advanced technique of femtosecond laser micromachining (FLM) will be discussed.  Finally, the direction of future research will be summarized.

      Cosmic Strings

      October 23
      Hegeman 107

      Cosmic strings are a common (though not universal) prediction of grand unified theories, and may also arise from inflation in superstring theory.  If they exist, they will provide a window into fundamental physics at otherwise unreachable scales. Cosmic strings form a "network" of infinite strings and loops of all sizes.  To understand the possibility for observable signals, we determine the properties of this network by extrapolating from Large-scale numerical simulations and analyzing the emission of gravitational waves (which are both the most important signal and the most important energy-loss mechanism).

      The First Trillionth Second of the Universe

      October 19
      Hegeman 107

      For philosophical reasons, some scientists like Einstein preferred to picture a universe that's limitless in space and time. That view faded as evidence mounted for a titanic start—a Big Bang. Now, as we plumb the earliest picoseconds of that event, we are starting to realize—it may hint at a much, much bigger cosmic realm. 

      Capturing Neutrinos in the Act of Metamorphosis

      October 16
      Hegeman 107

      First hypothesized by Pauli in 1930, the elusive neutrino only interacts with matter via the Weak Force, making them exceedingly difficult to detect.  Eventually, very clever experiments indicated that there are actually three distinct types of neutrinos, that they might have small masses, and that they might change from one type into another in mid-flight.  The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics recognizes Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald for their measurements of these neutrino oscillations at the Super-Kamiokande neutrino detector near Tokyo and the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory in Ontario.  These results solve some mysteries – primarily the “solar neutrino problem” – but open new questions about the need to modify the Standard Model of particles and interactions.  In this talk, I will trace the theoretical and experimental history of the neutrino, with a focus on the detector designs at Super-K and SNO that allowed the oscillations to be measured, and speculate on the consequences of these results.

      Senior Prospectus Talks

      October 9
      Hegeman 107

      Max Schluter
      "Microphone Fidelity due to Material Properties"

      Jeremy Bannister
      "Searching for Knotted Solutions of Maxwell's Equations:  
Is There a Figure Eight Field?"

      Ryan O'Connell
      "Chaos in Electrical Circuits"

      Dan Gagne
      "Clocks on a Plane"

      Senior Prospectus Talks

      October 2
      Hegeman 107

      DJ Shoemaker
      “Sensation and Perception”

      Maya Weingrod Sandor
      “The Poleward Shift of Mid-latitude Storms”

      Henry Clark Travaglini
      “Hybrid Graphene: Finishing the Fight”

      The Physics Program Presents: Supermoon Eclipse Viewing

      September 27
      Ferrari Field

      Join with others to watch the last full lunar eclipse visible from Annandale until January, 2019, and the last eclipse of a near-to-earth supermoon until 2033. Learn about the physics of eclipses and the solar system, and see the craters of the moon magnified up to 400 times through a telescope as they dwell in the shadow of the Earth.

      Weather Permitting.

      Bard Summer Research Institute Poster Session

      September 24
      Reem-Kayden Center

      Summer Research Presentations

      September 18
      Hegeman 107

      Towards a semiclassical approximation of the Bell states
Quantum Gravity on the Mediterranean
      Centre de Physique Theorique, Marseille
      Liam Schramm
      To date, very little work has been done on semiclassical approximations of entanglement. We apply the WKB approximation to the Bell states and interpret the result.

      Study on the interaction between DNA and anticancer drugs by atomic force microscopy
      Jain Lab
      Bard College
      Tamaki Chiba
      Since the discovery of the anticancer activity of cisplatin, some platinum compounds have been clinically used as treatments for cancer. Cisplatin coordinates to DNA mainly through the N7 atoms of guanine or adenine because they do not form hydrogen bonds with any other DNA bases.  It is generally believed that when cisplatin interacts with DNA, it not only inhibits replication and transcription mechanism of DNA, but also leads to apoptosis.
          The structures of the DNA-cisplatin adducts have been studied by NMR and X-ray diffraction. However these methods focus on the average behavior of the investigated objects, but not at single molecular level. AH-197 is a potential chemotherapeutic agent modeled after cisplatin. There are a few studies that suggest AH-197 is a more efficient anticancer drug than cisplatin, however there are still many unknown aspects about high resolution structures of AH-197-DNA adducts. Atomic force microscopy(AFM) is a very useful technique to study biomolecules at the single molecule level. In this study, the interactions of tetrahymena DNA and metal compounds (cisplatin and AH-197) at different incubation time were investigated by AFM.

      Total Variational Method for Analysis of Hyperspectral Imagery
      Center for Photonics and Multiscale Nanomaterials
      UCLA Applied Math Department
      Victoria ChayesHyperspectral imagery is a burgeoning domain in the field of remote sensing; special sensors capture reflectance values for images at hundreds of different wavelengths per pixel. To analyze and classify this data, we pioneered a total variational method from image processing and adapted it for hyperspectral data. Initial results show extreme promise for increase in accuracy over existing methods.

      Can you go through the wall with the help of complex numbers?
      Quantum Gravity on the Mediterranean
      Centre de Physique Theorique, Marseille
      Zechen Zhang
      Quantum Mechanics has shown many exotic phenomenon that cannot be demonstrated by classical physics and tunneling is one of them. It allows you to go through a wall or bounce back from a well with a certain probability if you are at a quantum scale (usually very small). But, is classical mechanics really dead when it comes to tunneling processes? In this talk I will demonstrate some progress in demonstrating tunneling phenomenon with complex numbers in classical mechanics. Furthermore, with the Feynman Path Integral, I will show another perspective of this relationship between complex classical mechanics and tunneling phenomenon.   

      Summer Research Presentations

      September 11
      Hegeman 107

      Vanadium Dioxide Nanowire DevicesDong Yu GroupUniversity of California, DavisH. Clark Travaglini The recent development of nanowire devices as simple systems has reignited research in many difficult materials, including Vanadium Dioxide. In this talk, we will discuss the  justification and fabrication of these novel devices, as well as new measurement techniques that have pushed us into new regimes within condensed matter physics at large.

      Quantum Hall Effect in Hybrid GrapheneBard Nano LabBard CollegeMax Meynig & Maya Weingrod SandorGraphene is a two-dimensional carbon allotrope where the classical Hall effect exhibits a quantization of available electronic states in the material, leading to ballistic, zero resistance, conduction. This phenomenon is known as the quantum Hall effect (QHE) and requires strong magnetic fields and very low temperatures for its observation. We constructed samples of graphene on boron nitrite and observed their Quantum Hall effect at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. 

      Post-Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships Information Session

      September 4
      Olin 102

      Interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholarship, a Watson fellowship, or another postgraduate scholarship or fellowship? This information session will cover application procedures, deadlines, and suggestions for crafting a successful application. Applications will be due later this month, so be sure to attend one of the  two information sessions!

      Post-Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships Information Session

      September 3
      RKC 103

      Interested in applying for a Fulbright Grant, a Watson Fellowship, or another postgraduate scholarship or fellowship? This information session will cover application procedures, deadlines, and suggestions for crafting a successful application. Applications will be due later this month, so be sure to attend one of these two sessions!

      Contemporary Physics in Black and White

      July 1 - September 13
      Reem-Kayden Center

      Senior Project Poster Session

      May 12
      Reem-Kayden Center

      Join the graduating seniors in the Science, Mathematics and Computing Division in presenting and celebrating their senior project work

      Galaxy Transformation in the Virgo Cluster

      May 8
      Hegeman 107

      Galaxies are large, self-gravitating collections of dark matter, gas, dust, and billions of stars. They are largely "islands," spending much of their time in relative isolation. When galaxies do interact with one another, they can be spectacularly transformed. In our galactic neighborhood, galaxies are fairly sparse and transformations are typically modest. However, in some special parts of the universe, galaxies are clustered much more closely. It is in these cluster environments where we can observe the evolution of galaxies most directly. The Virgo Cluster, being the nearest sizable cluster of galaxies to us, provides an ideal laboratory to study the effect of environment on galaxies. I will present results from several studies of galaxies in the Virgo cluster, showing both the immediate and long-term effect of environment on galaxy populations.

      Why Does Nature Like the Square Root of Negative One?

      April 24
      Hegeman 107

      Quantum mechanics is a probabilistic theory, but the way we compute probabilities in quantum mechanics is quite different from what one would expect from, say, rolling dice or tossing coins.  To get a quantum probability, we first compute a complex-valued probability amplitude and then square its magnitude.  I begin this talk by looking for a deeper explanation of the appearance of probability amplitudes, or “square roots of probability,” in the physical world.  It turns out that one can find a potential explanation—it is based on a principle of optimal information transfer—but the argument works only if the square roots are real rather than complex.  I then explore a particular theoretical model in which the probability amplitudes are taken to be real and the usual complex phase factor is replaced by a binary quantum variable.  One finds that the model leads to a one-parameter generalization of standard quantum theory.    

      Are Exotic Spacetimes Possible?

      April 20
      RKC 115

      Spacetimes with exotic phenomena such as wormholes, time machines and superluminal travel are possible in the context of Einstein’s general relativity. This possibility of their existence has puzzled physicists for a long time, since they violate causality and create paradoxes. The issue that their existence requires negative energy has been solved by quantum field theory which allows negative energies, as in the case of the Casimir effect. However in the context of quantum field theory there are also restrictions on how negative the energy can be. These restrictions, quantum inequalities and energy conditions, may be the key to rule out exotic spacetimes. Recently there has been progress in proving energy conditions in a variety of spacetimes but there are still some open possibilities.

      Characterizing Nearby, Young Moving Groups

      April 17
      Hegeman 107

      Nearby, young moving groups are ideal testbeds for studying stellar and planetary evolution. By definition, stars in a given moving group should not have significantly different ages or compositions, therefore one can see how the cluster evolves as a function of mass.  Currently, moving groups are largely characterized based on youth indicators (e.g. lithium absorption, X-ray emission) and space velocities. In this talk, I will discuss recent results which more fully characterize moving groups based on (1) Chemical homogeneity, (2) Origin, and (3) Isochronal Age. These traits have been tested on the well established AB Doradus moving group and show that these methods provide a detailed picture of the moving group as well as identify intruders. I will also discuss the future of this technique on low mass members using high resolution infrared spectroscopy.

      Music and the Making of Modern Science

      April 10
      Hegeman 107

      Music has prepared and influenced developments in natural philosophy beginning with the Pythagoreans, who grouped arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy as sister sciences. This "four-fold way" (quadrivium) was for millenia the basis of higher education and deeply shaped the "new science." I will discuss three seminal figures whose scientific work, in different ways, was significantly affected by music. Johannes Kepler used new astronomical observations to find the song of the Earth; Isaac Newton tried to impose the musical octave on the spectrum; Max Planck spent a formative year experimenting with harmoniums and choruses before turning to the problem of black body radiation.

      Distinguished Scientist Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

      March 12 - April 3
      Reem-Kayden Center

      Distinguished Scientist Scholar (DSS) AwardGuidelines and Application Instructions All current students concentrating in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics or physics are eligible to apply for a Distinguished Scientist Scholar (DSS) Award. These awards are given to exceptional students who have distinguished themselves academically in one of the above-mentioned disciplines in the division of Science, Mathematics and Computing. The exact amount of each award is determined by the Financial Aid office, on average $5000 for each academic year, and includes the opportunity to apply for a summer research stipend to participate in NSF or NIH sponsored summer research programs at other institutions, if the student is not already eligible for federal funding. Like other science students at Bard, DSS recipients are also eligible for BSRI funding for summer research at Bard. Please note that this is a very competitive process and only a few awards will be given out each year. ·             Eligibility: To apply for a DSS award (commencing in the fall), a student must meet the following eligibility criteria:o   Concentrating in one of the following programs: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics or Physics.o   Not currently receiving a DSS scholarship or award.o   Cumulative GPA of 3.0 overall in the college.o   Cumulative GPA of 3.5 in courses in the SM&C Division. ·             Application Procedure:o   Write a letter of request to the DSS Committee. The letter should discuss your plan of study in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and/or physics.o   Write an essay about an experience in science or math that you found particularly interesting.o   Ask two Bard faculty members to write you letters of recommendation. At least one of these faculty members must be in the SM&C Division. They should submit their letters directly to Megan Karcher.o   Submit this information as attachments via e-mail to the SM&C Division secretary, Megan Karcher ( ·             Selection Criteria:  Awards will be granted to students showing exceptional qualifications in their areas of study and based upon the following:o   College academic records.o   Letters of recommendations from the faculty.o   A strong interest in working in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics.o   Availability of funds. ·             Deadline: Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, April 3rd, 2015. The DSS Committee will meet shortly after that, and will make recommendations to the Director of Financial Aid, who will determine the final awards. You should receive word of whether you have been selected to receive a DSS award by early May.  Questions?  Contact Robert McGrail, Chair of the Division of Science, Math and Computing,

      Dark Matter: All your questions answered...with more questions!

      February 20
      Hegeman 107

      Over the last 50+ years, we have definitively learned that the motions of galaxies and clusters and the curvature of light on cosmological scales cannot be explained solely by the gravitational attraction of the baryonic matter in the universe. The leading theory to explain this discrepancy proposes a particle that does not interact through the strong or electromagnetic interaction: dark matter. However, no definitive experimental evidence for this particle has been found. This talk will give an introductory overview of the experimental searches for dark matter with an emphasis on WIMP (Weakly Interacting Massive Particle) models.