Science Events at Bard

Biology Seminar Information Session
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Time:12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location:Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
Sponsor:Biology Program
Contact:Cathy Collins
E-mail:ccollins@bard.edu
Phone:845-752-2349
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Imaging Microbial Activity through a Macro Lens
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Time:12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location:Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
Sponsor:Biology Program
Contact:Cathy Collins
E-mail:ccollins@bard.edu
Phone:845-752-2349
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Bacterial Regulatory Networks Controlling Both Host and Microbe Metabolism: A Tale in Two Vibrios
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Time:12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location:Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
Sponsor:Biology Program
Contact:Cathy Collins
E-mail:ccollins@bard.edu
Phone:845-752-2349
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From Thales to Higgs, a Very Physical Promenade
Friday, September 21, 2018 – Saturday, September 22, 2018
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
Sponsor:Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing
Contact:Harold Haggard
E-mail:hhaggard@bard.edu
Phone:845-758-7302
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Salt and Water Balance in Fishes: Endocrine Mechanisms of Environmental Adaptation
Thursday, October 4, 2018
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
Sponsor:Biology Program
Contact:Cathy Collins
E-mail:ccollins@bard.edu
Phone:845-752-2349
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Bard Summer Research Institute: 2018 Poster Session
Thursday, October 4, 2018
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
Sponsor:Bard Summer Research Institute
Contact:Emily McLaughlin
E-mail:mclaughl@bard.edu
Phone:845-752-2355
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Who are the Species in Your Neighborhood?
Density-dependent Interactions in a Tropical Tree Community

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Time:12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location:Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
Sponsor:Biology Program
Contact:Cathy Collins
E-mail:ccollins@bard.edu
Phone:845-752-2349
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Evolutionary Responses to Climate Change Revealed by the Resurrection Approach
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Time:12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location:Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
Sponsor:Biology Program
Contact:Cathy Collins
E-mail:ccollins@bard.edu
Phone:845-752-2349
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Identifying Genes that Enhance Neuronal Health with Age
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Time:12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location:Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
Sponsor:Biology Program
Contact:Cathy Collins
E-mail:ccollins@bard.edu
Phone:845-752-2349
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Ants, Art, Science Education, and Environmental Conservation: A Bardian’s Story
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Time:12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location:Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
Sponsor:Biology Program
Contact:Cathy Collins
E-mail:ccollins@bard.edu
Phone:845-752-2349
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Past Events:

BSRI End-of-Program Party!
Friday, July 27, 2018
Please join us for one more social gathering before the summer ends!
 
Pizza and refreshments
RKC lLobby, near the Chemistry labs


 
Location: Reem-Kayden Center
Sponsor: Bard Summer Research Institute

Beyond the Diffraction Limit: Imaging and Writing 3D Polymer Nanostructures with Visible Light
Friday, June 29, 2018
Recent developments in far-field microscopy have enabled imaging at nanoscale resolutions using visible light. The circumvention of the diffraction limit opens the benefits of optical microscopy to polymer systems at the relevant nanometer length scales. These benefits include the ability to non-destructively provide local, dynamic and three-dimensional structural information. Specific examples related to colloidal crystals and block copolymers that would be challenging to image with contemporary techniques are used to highlight the potential of subdiffraction far-field fluorescence microscopy for the polymer and nanosciences. Ongoing work on imaging of nanoscale variations in cross-link density of colloidal gels and the application of super-resolution optics to lithography will also be presented.

Chaitanya Ullal is an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He got his PhD in materials science and engineering at MIT and did a postdoc in the lab of Stefan Hell, at the MPI-BPC in Germany. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award and the ACS PRF New Investigator Award. His research interests are related to unconventional nanofabrication, optics and polymers. A current emphasis of the group is the use of optical microscopy with nanoscale resolution to image and pattern nanostructured polymers.
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
Sponsor: Bard Summer Research Institute; Dean of the College

Sewage, Sewage, Everywhere: Land, Air, and Water Exchange of Sewage Bacteria in the Saw Kill Watershed
Friday, June 22, 2018
The extra-enteric ecology of sewage-indicating bacteria presents complexities for their use in management of water resources. Once released into the environment, these indicators may persist in sediments, and participate in multidirectional microbial exchange among water, sediment, and air. This complicates sewage pollution detection in public waterways, particularly in shallow freshwater tributaries prone to sediment resuspension. To address these challenges, we compared bacterial communities in sediment, water, and air in a small tributary of the Hudson River, above and below a sewage outflow. Using both culture-based and culture-independent methods, we found that sewage-associated bacteria, including sewage indicators, were present in sediment, water, and air on this waterway. Microbial communities from these ecological compartments were distinct, with sediment samples harboring greater microbial diversity than overlying water. Microbial communities responded to precipitation events, with water and sediment samples increasing in similarity with increases in waterway turbidity. While sediment samples clearly harbored sewage-indicating bacteria, they maintained a lower diversity of sewage-associated bacteria when compared to overlying water, suggesting that sediments may selectively promote environmental persistence of sewage-indicating bacteria.
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
Sponsor: Bard Summer Research Institute; Dean of the College

Exoplanets: Worlds Beyond Our Solar System
Friday, June 15, 2018
The idea that worlds exist beyond our solar system, exoplanets, dates back to the Greek times, but it was not until 1992 that the first exoplanet discovery was accepted by the scientific community. Detections of exoplanets continued at a crawl until the Kepler mission began in 2009. To date, over 3,700 exoplanets have been confirmed using a variety of techniques. The types of exoplanets detected range from incredibility hot, Jupiter-size exoplanets to Earth-like exoplanets that may be habitable for life.
                                                                                                         
First, we’ll discuss the motivation behind exoplanet science and explore the subject from a historical perspective. We will investigate how some of the detection methods work and discuss their relative successes. Finally, we will conclude by exploring the reflected light of exoplanets in more detail and will discuss two methods of modeling that light.

 
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
Sponsor: Bard Summer Research Institute

Math Study Room
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Location: RKC 111
Sponsor: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program

Biology Tutoring Hours
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Location: RKC pods
Sponsor: Biology Program

Math Study Room
Monday, May 21, 2018

Location: RKC 111
Sponsor: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program

Biology Tutoring Hours
Monday, May 21, 2018

Location: RKC pods
Sponsor: Biology Program

Math Study Room
Sunday, May 20, 2018

Location: RKC 111
Sponsor: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program

Biology Tutoring Hours
Sunday, May 20, 2018

Location: RKC pods
Sponsor: Biology Program

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