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March 2018

March 15: Inspire ME Seminar – Courtney Hollar

March 15 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

1:30 p.m. ENGR, room 103. Courtney Hollar, Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Idaho will be the speaker for the seminar "Thermal Conductivity Measurements of Alternative Energy Sources." Alternative energy sources such as thermoelectric materials offer the potential to be used for wearable sensors and devices. By utilizing a relatively small temperature gradient, enough electricity can be produced to power small devices. To continue to improve the efficiency of thermoelectric materials, three material properties must be optimized: the Seebeck…

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March 16: Topology Seminar – Uwe Kaiser

March 16 @ 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

3 p.m. MB, room 124. Uwe Kaiser will be the speaker for the seminar "Categorification in Algebra and Topology." Abstract: The idea of categorification has been introduced by theoretical physicist Louis Crane in 1994. In 1999 Mikhail Khovanov constructed a categorification of the Jones polynomial, which has been quickly followed by categorifications of more general quantum invariants. Since then categorification has become a major topic in topology, algebra and representation theory. We will discuss a few of the original ideas,…

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March 16: Intelligent Extraterrestrials and the Existence of God – Sam Ruhmkorff

March 16 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

3:30 p.m. Interactive Learning Center, room 202. Sam Ruhmkorff, Simon’s Rock College will be the speaker for the talk "Intelligent Extraterrestrials and the Existence of God." Some have held that the existence of intelligent life on other planets would undermine Christianity as it would make Jesus’s sacrifice either parochial (only humans are saved) or absurd (Jesus travels to every inhabited planet to sacrifice himself). Others have claimed that we should expect that God would create a universe filled with life. I…

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March 17: Our Place in the Universe/Multiverse – Sam Ruhmkorff

March 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:45 am

10 a.m. Interactive Learning Center, room 203. Sam Ruhmkorff of Simon’s Rock College will be the speaker for the talk "Our Place in the Universe/Multiverse." If there are intelligent extraterrestrials, we should think it likely that the Earth has a larger population size than the typical planet inhabited by intelligent life, for the same reason that a randomly selected human is likely to come from a more populous country. I defend this claim and explore its consequences, including whether it means that…

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April 2018

April 3: Physics Department Seminar – Dr. Olga Goulko

April 3 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

10:30 a.m. MP 118. Dr. Olga Goulko from Tel Aviv University will present on "Controlled results in quantum many-body physics: from dream to reality."

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April 5: Physics Department Research Presentation – Dr. Sung Joon Kim

April 5 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Philosophy Talk – Meghan Sullivan

10:30-11:30 a.m. EDUC 110. Dr. Sung Joon Kim from Baylor University, will present on "How mosquitoes get fat: differential carbohydrate utilization in diapausing Culex pipiens."

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April 5: Because No One Should Have to Crawl

April 5 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

1:30-2:30 p.m. Engineering Building, room 103. Learn about the work of mechanical and biomedical engineer, Don Schoendorfer, who left his successful career to use his MIT-developed engineering talents to help solve the problem of mobility in developing nations. This event is free and open to the public. There are over 70 million people in third world countries with mobility related disabilities that will never be able to afford a wheelchair. Schoendorfer has engineered three different wheelchairs rugged enough for third world…

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April 5: Symposium, Gender in Research and Creative Activity

April 5 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

3-5:30 p.m. Albertsons Library, room 201C. This symposium highlights the research and creative activity of faculty and students. The event includes panel presentations, as well as visual and performing arts presentations, that highlight scholarly/creative work (including performance and visual art) with an analytic focus on gender (emphases on intersectionality most welcome). Each panelist will provide a 10-15 minute presentation of their work, after which there will be time for discussion. There will also be time set aside for poster/visual art…

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April 5: Attend Public Health TED Talks

April 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

5:30-7 p.m. Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, McCleary North Auditorium (1055 N. Curtis Rd). Boise State's Department of Community and Environmental Health - has gone public health!  The department launched a new online bachelor's degree in public health this spring and revamped its undergraduate curriculum in health science to reflect a more public health degree focus. Created in the spirit of TED, PHED will feature public health professionals speaking on activities and the public health landscape in Idaho. Join faculty and…

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April 6: Physics Department Teaching Presentation – Dr. Sung Joon Kim

April 6 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Philosophy Talk – Meghan Sullivan

10:30-11:30 a.m. MPCB 108. Dr. Sung Joon Kim from Baylor University, will present on "Mode of action of glycopeptide antibiotics by solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance."

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April 6: Physics Department Seminar Series – Jason Barnes

April 6 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Philosophy Talk – Meghan Sullivan

1:30-2:30 p.m. MP 118. Dr. Jason Barnes, associate professor at the University of Idaho, will speak on "The Dragonfly Mission to Titan."

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April 11: Media Literacy and Civic Engagement in the Digital Age Symposium

April 11 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Student Union Jordan Ballroom, 1700 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725 United States

8:30 a.m. -4 p.m., Jordan Ballroom, Student Union Building. The Idaho Media Initiative in the Department of Communication and the National Association for Media Literacy Education host this public symposium that will bring together journalists, pre-k to grade 12 educators, higher education professors, and researchers to discuss journalism and media literacy in today’s world. Conversations will explore the challenges journalists and educators face in the ever-growing information landscape, how journalists and educators can work together to move beyond the “fake news” discussion and…

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April 11: ECE Seminar – Joshua Daw

April 11 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

10:30 a.m. MEC, room 114. Joshua Daw, Idaho International Laboratory, will be the speaker for the seminar "In-Core Sensor Development at the Idaho National Laboratory." Daw (B.S. 2006, Mechanical Engineering, Idaho State University; A.S. 2006, Mathematics, Idaho State University; M.S. 2008, Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho; Ph.D. 2015, Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho) is a Principal Researcher at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) where he leads ultrasound and fiber optic-based in-pile instrumentation development and deployment efforts for in-core use.  In 2010, Daw…

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April 12: Learn About Writing for The Conversation

April 12 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bishop Barnwell Room, Boise State Student Union Building

10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Student Union Building, Bishop Barnwell Room. In celebration of Research Month, Boise State welcomes The Conversation’s Ari Fertig to campus to discuss the faculty benefits of sharing their expertise and research through the independent, nonprofit publisher. Fertig will be giving short, 30-minute presentations in the morning and afternoon. Each presentation will be followed by the opportunity for faculty to meet with Fertig one-on-one to discuss pitches or to answer questions. Faculty are encouraged to sign up…

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April 12: Mechanical Engineering Seminar

April 12 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Philosophy Talk – Meghan Sullivan

1:30 p.m. ENGR 103. Dr. Matthew Esmaeili from Robotic Healthcare will present on "Not all robots are terminators!"

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April 13: An Introduction to Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning

April 13 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

9 a.m. Interactive Learning Center, room 315. This session will introduce participants to the basic framework of Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL). POGIL is an active learning pedagogy that involves the teacher in choosing or crafting activities that engage students in learning content through an inquiry process using inductive reasoning. Students work in self-managed groups and, along with mastery of content, students learn other important skills such as communication, teamwork, and information processing. This session will engage participants in…

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April 17: Physics Department Seminar Series

April 17 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Philosophy Talk – Meghan Sullivan

1:30-2:30 p.m. MP 408. Dr. Hartwin Peelaers from University of California, Santa Barbara, will present on "Unraveling materials physics using advanced first-principles calculations."

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April 17: ECE Seminar – Bryant Wysocki

April 17 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

1:30 p.m. MEC, room 114. Byant Wysocki, Air Force Research Laboratory, will be the speaker for the seminar "Technical Challenges in a Rapidly Evolving Domain". Wysocki is the Chief Engineer, Information Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y. The mission of the Information Directorate is to lead the discovery, development, and integration of affordable warfighting information technologies for our air, space, and cyberspace multi-domain forces. The directorate consists of more than 800 onsite military and civilian scientists, engineers, and administrative and…

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April 17: ECE Seminar – Tim Kroecker

April 17 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

4:30 p.m. MEC, room 114. Tim Kroecker, Air Force Research Laboratory will be the speaker for the seminar "Internships, Full-Time Employment, and Research Collaborations". Kroecker is a Senior Operations Research Analyst at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate, Rome, New York. The directorate’s mission is to lead the discovery, development and integration of affordable war-fighting information technologies for our air, space and cyberspace forces. Kroecker conducts research in a variety of areas including ethical decision-making, workflow processes, and talent development.…

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April 18-22: Celebrate Earth Day at Boise State

April 18 - April 22

See link for times and location details. Join the Boise State campus community in celebrating Earth Day with four days of sustainability-focused events, including: a sustainability tour of campus, a sustainability tour of downtown Boise, a graduate student showcase, weed warriors training, talks and more. These events all are free and open to the public. For specifics, visit: https://sustainability.boisestate.edu/sustain-home/events/celebrate-earth-day/

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April 18: Student/Faculty Session on Applying for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

April 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

1 p.m. Student Union Building, Bergquist Lounge. Liljana Babinkostova, professor in the Department of Mathematics, will host a session on the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) and best practices on how to prepare a competitive application. The GRFP is a prestigious, nationally competitive fellowship offered by the National Science Foundation. It provides three years of financial support for graduate study leading to a master’s or doctoral degree and is intended for students who are in the early…

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April 19: Mechanical Engineering Seminar

April 19 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Philosophy Talk – Meghan Sullivan

1:30 p.m. ENGR 103. Dr. Stefan Judex from Stony Brook University will present on "How can we use exercise to maintain and promote skeletal health?"

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April 23: Food Symposium

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Micron Business and Economics Building, Skaggs Hall, Imagination Lab. The second annual Food Symposium is a time for students, faculty and community members to voice their ideas and concerns about the food culture on campus. Through collaboration, this event identifies our current situation and brainstorms how to make Boise State the healthiest learning environment in the country. This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. For more information and to register, visit: https://healthservices.boisestate.edu/dietitian-events/ This year’s…

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April 25: ECE Seminar – Ananth Dodabalapur

April 25 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

10:30 a.m. MEC, room 114. Ananth Dodabalapur, University of Texas at Austin will be the speaker for the seminar "Thin-Film Transistors and the Future of Displays". Ananth Dodabalapur received his B. Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (Chennai) in 1985, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1987 and 1990 respectively. Between 1990 and 2001 he was with Bell Laboratories, NJ. Since 1992 he has investigated various aspects of the physics…

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April 26: Physics Seminar Series – Nicholas Schafer

April 26 @ 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Philosophy Talk – Meghan Sullivan

2:45 p.m. MPBC 201. Dr. Nicholas Schafer from Rice  University, will present on "Atoms to organisms: Quantitative genotype-phenotype mapping using simulation, molecular engineering, and experiments in vitro and in vivo."

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