Science Events at Bard

Interested in attending the Maker Faire NYC?
Sunday, September 24, 2017
The Science, Mathematics & Computing Division will be sending a bus down to the New York Hall of Science in Queens, NY on Sunday, September 24. Space on the bus is LIMITED. The bus will depart RKC promptly at 8 a.m. and return to campus at approximately 7 p.m.

Tickets to get into the Faire and a spot on the bus are $25.  CASH ONLY, EXACT CHANGE ONLY, NO REFUNDS
Reservations will be accepted until Wednesday, September 20

TO RESERVE YOUR TICKET AND A SPOT ON THE BUS, PLEASE SEE MEGAN KARCHER, RKC 219.  Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:00 p.m.

Time:4:00 pm
Location:Queens, NY
Sponsor:Computer Science Program; Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing
Contact:Keith O'Hara
E-mail:kohara@bard.edu
Phone:845-752-2359
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Solving Linear Recurrence Relations Using Generating Functions
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Recurrence relations arise in many fields of study. To solve a recurrence relation is to find an explicit formula for the numbers of the sequence generated by the recurrence. Informally, an ordinary generating function is a power series whose coefficients are the terms of
a given sequence. In this talk, we will introduce the method of generating functions for solving linear recurrence relations with constant coefficients and apply this method to solve the Fibonacci recurrence
relation.

Time:12:00 pm
Location:Hegeman 204
Sponsor:Mathematics Program
Contact:Lauren Rose
E-mail:rose@bard.edu
Phone:845-758-7362
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Degradation-resistant Proteins:
Biological, Disease, and Biotechnology Implications

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Location:Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
Sponsor:Biology Program
Contact:Felicia Keesing
E-mail:keesing@bard.edu
Phone:845-752-2331
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Village of Red Hook Municipal Sewer Project
Thursday, September 28, 2017
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
Sponsor:Environmental and Urban Studies Program
Contact:Michele Dominy
E-mail:mdominy@bard.edu
Phone:845-758-7870
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Psychology Majors Discuss their Summer Work Experience
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Over the summer, students in the psychology program engage in learning experiences that take them from Melbourne, Australia to Preston Hall.  In this colloquium, several psychology majors will share details of their summer experiences, provide advice on finding a psychology-related summer job, and describe what they learned about psychology outside of the classroom.  In addition, members of the psychology program faculty will be present to answer questions and provide guidance for applying to jobs for Summer 2018.  For more information, email Tom Hutcheon and thutcheo@bard.edu.

Time:4:45 pm
Location:Preston Theater
Sponsor:Psychology Program
Contact:Thomas Hutcheon
E-mail:thutcheo@bard.edu
Phone:845-758-7380
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Bard Summer Research Institute Poster Session
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Time:6:00 pm
Location:Reem-Kayden Center
Sponsor:Dean of the College; Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing
Contact:Rebecca Thomas
E-mail:karcher@bard.edu
Phone:845-752-2340
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Effects of Viruses on Plant Fitness:
A Plant Ecologist's Foray into Plant Virus Ecology

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Time:12:00 pm
Location:Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
Sponsor:Biology Program
Contact:Felicia Keesing
E-mail:keesing@bard.edu
Phone:845-752-2331
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The Evolution of Animal Flight From a Biomechanics Perspective
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Location:Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
Sponsor:Biology Program
Contact:Felicia Keesing
E-mail:keesing@bard.edu
Phone:845-752-2331
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Stress and Memory:
Effects on Multiple Memory Systems

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Time:4:45 pm
Location:Preston Theater
Sponsor:Psychology Program
Contact:Thomas Hutcheon
E-mail:thutcheo@bard.edu
Phone:845-758-7380
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Water-Based Liquid Crystals: 
Ordered Fluids with Unusual Properties and Significant Potential for Applications

Friday, October 13, 2017
The liquid crystals used in displays are oily fluids in which the molecules possess orientational order.  Another class of liquid crystals relies on the spontaneous formation of molecular assemblies when certain dyes and drugs are dissolved in water.  These aqueous systems are the subject of significant scientific research, due to the possibility of applications in biology and medicine.  This research reveals that water-based liquid crystals behave quite differently from their oily counterparts, thus creating the understanding necessary to develop new techniques and devices in an area where liquid crystals have had little impact.

 

Time:12:00 pm
Location:Hegeman 107
Sponsor:Physics Program
Contact:Paul Cadden-Zimansky
E-mail:pzimansk@bard.edu
Phone:845-758-7584
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Past Events:

Attempts at Developing a Drug to Prevent Retinal Degeneration and Blindness:
Stargardt's Disease and Age-related Macular Degeneration
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
Sponsor: Biology Program

Computational Modeling of Breast Cancer Microenvironmental Heterogeneity:
An Agent-Based Approach
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Breast tumor development is influenced by the individual properties of the tumor cells but also by other non-cancerous cells within its microenvironment. Based on experimental data, each tumor cell’s intrinsic properties are modeled, taking into account properties like cancer cell type and receptor numbers. In addition, we model the microenvironment’s influence on individual cancer cell properties, such as migration and proliferation. Then using agent-based modeling, we examine how individual cells interact with their microenvironment to form tumors and show how changes in that environment affect the tumor’s growth and invasion. From these results, we make predictions for potential therapies based on the interplay between the tumor and its microenvironment.


 
Location: Hegeman 204
Sponsor: Mathematics Program

Lab Safety Training
Friday, September 15, 2017
If you previously attended a lab training session this year, you do not need to attend again. If you are unsure, please contact Maureen O’Callaghan-Scholl with questions at ocalla@bard.edu.

Friday, September 8, RKC 103, 4 p.m.
Friday, September 15, RKC 103, 4 p.m.
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
Sponsor: Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing

Physics Seminar Series
Summer Research Presentations
Friday, September 15, 2017
From gravitational microlensing of distant planets to microhydro power on the Sawkill, come enjoy pizza and students discussing their summer research.
Location: Hegeman 107
Sponsor: Physics Program

Bard Rockefeller Semester in Science (BRSS)
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Are you a junior moderated into a program in the SM&C Division?

Come learn about the Bard Rockefeller Semester in Science (BRSS) for Spring of 2018.

**Application deadline September 25**

 
Location: RKC 2nd floor pods
Sponsor: Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing

Climate Change and Behavioral Economics: Implications for Policy
 
Thursday, September 14, 2017
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.
 
Location: Campus Center, Weis Cinema
Sponsor: Economics Program; Environmental and Urban Studies Program

Ancient European Dog Genomes Reveal Continuity Since the Early Neolithic
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
Sponsor: Biology Program

An Introduction to Line Arrangements and the Search for Zariski Pairs
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
A line arrangement is a finite collection of lines in the plane.  We can study this combinatorially by looking at intersections of lines.  We can study this topologically by looking at the complement (in complex projective space).  We can ask if the combinatorial information forecasts the topological information. When this does not occur, we obtain two different geometric arrangements; we call this a Zariski pair.  There is no such pair of up to nine lines.  Examples have been found with thirteen lines by Rybnikov in 1998 and with twelve lines by Guerville-Balle in 2014.  Together with Amram, Sun, Teicher, Ye, and Zarkh, we investigate arrangements of ten lines.   Together with an undergraduate student Liu last year, we investigate arrangements of eleven lines.

 
Location: Hegeman 204
Sponsor: Mathematics Program

Bard Math Circle Volunteers
Monday, September 11, 2017
Come and learn how you can help the Bard Math Circle provide access to mathematics enrichment throughout the Hudson River Valley. All Bard students are encouraged to attend and eat pizza, play puzzles and games, and find out more about the Bard Math Circle.
Location: 3rd floor Albee lounge
Sponsor: Bard Math Circle

Lab Safety Training
Friday, September 8, 2017
If you previously attended a lab training session this year, you do not need to attend again. If you are unsure, please contact Maureen O’Callaghan-Scholl with questions at ocalla@bard.edu.

Friday, September 8, RKC 103, 4 p.m.
Friday, September 15, RKC 103, 4 p.m.
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
Sponsor: Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing

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