News and Events

Seminars and Events, 2013-2014 

SPRING 2014:

Friday, Feb. 28, 12:30pm, MBH 220
(Lunch available at 12;15PM)

Adam Weaver, Biology Dept,
St. Michael's College

“Life-Sustaining Rhythm: Neuronal Analysis and Mathematical
Models of the Leech Heartbeat System

Friday, March 7th, 12:30pm, MBH 220
(Lunch available at 12;15PM)

Prof. Helen Young, Biology Dept,
Middlebury College

 The landscape ecology of pollination

Friday, Mar. 14, 12:30pm, MBH 220
(Lunch available at 12;15PM)

Caitlin Hicks-Pries, Midd '04
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,
Climate Sciences Department

"Terrestrial ecosystem carbon feedbacks in a warming world: Experiments in an Alaskan tundra and a Californian conifer forest"

Friday, Apr. 4, 12:30pm, MBH 220
(Lunch available at 12;15PM)

Kristina Stinson
Dept of Environmental Conservation
U Mass, Amherst

"Forests, fungi & the future: effects of garlic mustard invasions on plants and mycorrhizae"



Prof. Daniel Schacter,
Cognitive Neuroscience Lab 
 Harvard University:

Thursday April 17, 4:30pm, MBH (220)

"The Seven Sins of Memory:  An Update"

Over a decade ago, I proposed that memory errors can be classified into seven fundamental categories or “sins”: transience, absent-mindedness, blocking, misattribution, suggestibility, bias, and persistence. This presentation will provide an update on our current understanding of the seven sins, with a focus on the sins of absent-mindedness (failures of attention that result in memory errors) and misattribution (when information is mistakenly assigned to the wrong source, resulting in memory distortions such as false recognition). I will discuss recent research and consider evidence that the memory sins can be conceived of as byproducts of otherwise adaptive features of memory.

 Friday April 18th, 12:30pm,_MBH (216)
(lunch available at 12:15pm)

"Constructive Memory and Imagining the Future"

An important function of memory is to allow individuals to simulate or imagine future scenarios. Recent studies have shown that simulating future events depends on much of the same neural and cognitive machinery as does remembering past events. We have suggested that simulation of future events requires a system that can draw on the past in a manner that flexibly extracts and re-combines elements of previous experiences, sometimes producing memory distortions that reflect the operation of adaptive processes. This talk considers both pitfalls and adaptive aspects of future event simulation in the context of research on planning, problem solving, mind wandering, and the interconnected set of brain regions known as the default network.

Professor Schacter is a Psychology Professor and principal investigator of the Cognitive Neuroscience lab at Harvard University. Professor Schacter's research explores the relation between conscious and unconscious forms of memory, the nature of memory distortions, how individuals use memory to imagine possible future events, enhancement of online learning, as well as the effects of aging on memory.  
 Sponsored by the Biology Class of '88 Lecture Fund

FALL 2013:


May Berenbaum, University of Illinois:

Thursday September 19th, 4:30pm, MBH 216

"Applied bee-nomics: how science can save the honey bee"

 Friday September 20th, 12:30pm,_MBH 216
(lunch available at 12:15pm)

"Coevolutionary war and peace: parsnip webworms, wild parsnips, and pollinators in two hemispheres"

Friday October 11th, 12:30pm, MBH 220
(Lunch available at 12;15PM)

Robert Baldwin,School of Agriculture, Forest,
and Environmental Science, Clemson University

 "Tracking reptiles and amphibians through their wildernesses: 
movements, habitat use, and conservation"

Friday October 25th, 12:30pm, MBH 220
(Lunch available at 12;15PM)

Greenfield (Kip) Sluder, '68
Dept of Cell and Developmental Biology, UMass Medical School

"Troubles in mitosis: mechanisms to preserve
the integrity of the genome"


Thursday November 14th:

Sean Carroll
 University of Wisconsin; Vice President for Science Education of the Howard Huges Medical Institute:

Professor Carroll's research centers on the genes that control animal body patterns and play major roles in the evolution of animal diversity.

Nov. 14 (Thursday) at 4:30 pm, McCardell Bicentennial Hall 216: (refreshments)

“Endless Forms Most Beautiful:
Evo Devo and a New Evolutionary Synthesis”

This will be an extended Q&A style seminar.Dr. Carroll will deliver opening remarks to set the stage, followed by Q&A.

We have learned a great deal in the past 25 years about genes and development that bear on our understanding of how animal forms evolve. We will discuss how we can now integrate this knowledge of developmental genetics into an expanding evolutionary synthesis.

7:30pm:  General Audience talk, Dana Auditorium (refreshments)

"Brave Genius: A Scientist’s Journey from the French Resistance
to the Nobel Prize”

Dr. Carroll will chronicle the adventures of Jacques Monod, a co-founder of molecular biology, from the dark years of the German occupation of Paris to the heights of the Nobel Prize, his friendship with the great writer Albert Camus, and his emergence as a public figure and leading voice of science. The lecture will be a synthesis of science, history, and literature.  Dr. Carroll will also deal with denialism of two of the biggest ideas in biology, as effectively confronted by the lead character Monod.

Sponsored by Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Academic Enrichment Fund, and Biology Department