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April 2017

April 13: CSE Seminar – Ronaldo Borja

April 13, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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1:30 p.m. CCP, Room 352. Ronaldo Broja, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, will be the speaker for the seminar "Computational poromechanics at multiple scales: Fluid flow, solid deformation, and anisotropic thermoplasticity." Borja works in theoretical and computational solid mechanics, geomechanics, and geosciences. His research includes the development of multiscale discontinuity framework for crack and fracture propagation utilizing the strong discontinuity and extended finite element methods; solution techniques for multi-physical processes such as coupled…

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April 14: MSE Seminar – Boryann Liaw

April 14, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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10:30 a.m. ENG, room 110. Boryann Liaw, Idaho National Laboratory, will be the speaker for the seminar "Energy Storage and Advanced Vehicles, Division of Renewable Energy and Transportation." Dr. Boryann (Bor Yann) Liaw is manager of the Energy Storage and Advanced Vehicles Department at Idaho National Laboratory. Before joining INL, Dr. Liaw was a specialist and tenured faculty member at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. At HNEI, he focused on advanced power source systems for…

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April 14: Inspire ME Seminar – John Everingham

April 14, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Noon. ENGR, room 110. John Everingham, Northwest Tissue Mechanics Laboratory, will be the speaker for the seminar "Engineering healing: how ligament injuries are benefitting." John Everingham earned his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Boise State University and was selected as a Top Ten Scholar. He is a graduate student in the Northwest Tissue Mechanics Lab directed by Dr. Trevor J. Lujan and has had the opportunity to contribute to multiple research projects in the in areas of orthopaedic research, soft…

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April 14: Topology Seminar – Ian Cavey

April 14, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
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3 p.m. MB, room 139. Ian Cavey will be the speaker for the seminar titled "Whitehead's Theorem." Abstract: The main goal of Homotopy Theory is to classify the homotopy types of topological spaces using homotopy groups. When two spaces have the same homotopy type the homotopy groups (in every dimension) of the two spaces are isomorphic. In general the converse of this statement is not true. Whitehead's Theorem provides a partial converse in the case of some 'nice' spaces (CW-complexes).

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April 19: Finding Purpose in Passionate Discourse with State Representative Melissa Wintrow

April 19, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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11 a.m. Employee Learning and Development Lab. Is it possible to build collaborative, activist relationships with people who disagree with us politically? How do we productively listen to another side of an argument we fundamentally disagree with? Perhaps you want to get involved in social change but feel discouraged by a lack of civility in our political climate. Please join us in this dynamic class with Representative Wintrow, a devoted educator who possesses extensive experience in leadership development and conflict…

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April 20: Oral Communication Competency in the Classroom Workshop

April 20, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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10 a.m. ILC, room 315. Manda Hicks, Communication at Boise State University, explores how to identify opportunities in coursework for oral communication-focused projects and provides guidance for structure and evaluation. This workshop is part of the Spring 2017 Writing and Speaking in the Disciplines Workshop Series. This workshop is designed to help staff explore the ways informal scientific operates for students, deepen their understanding of disciplinary writing conventions, and give examples of how to support oral communication in the classroom.

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April 20: Integrating, Evaluating, and Improving Oral Communication Competency in the Classroom

April 20, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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10 a.m. ILC, room 315. Boise State’s University Learning Outcomes include Oral Communication Competency as expressed in ULO 2. Whether you teach UF 100, a Communication in the Disciplines (CID) course, or a Finishing Foundations (FF) course, oral competency is a topic worth revisiting – where is it in your course? How can you effectively provide it as a meaningful objective for your students and then evaluate it for efficacy and improvement? This workshop engages participants to identify opportunities within their…

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April 20: CSE Seminar – Diego Domenzain

April 20, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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1:30 p.m. CCP, room 352. Diego Domenzain, PhD student in the Department of Geosciences at Boise State University will be the speaker for the seminar "Imaging by joint inversion of electromagnetic waves and DC currents." Abstract: Geophysical electromagnetic imaging methods are a proven cost effective, non destructive and accurate way of determining material properties and mechanisms in the shallow subsurface of the Earth (approximately the first 100 in depth from the air-ground interface). Like every geophysical method, physical limits on source-receiver positioning for acquiring…

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April 20: Talk, ‘The Mathematics of Income Inequality’

April 20, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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3 p.m. Math Building, room 135. Klaus Volperts, an associate professor of mathematics at Villanova University, presents "The Mathematics of Income Inequality." Abstract: The Gini-Index based on Lorenz Curves of income distributions has long been used to measure income inequality in societies. This single-valued index has the advantage of allowing comparisons among countries, and within one country over time. However, being a summary measure, it does not distinguish between intersecting Lorenz curves, and may not detect certain sociological and economic trends…

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April 21: MSE Seminar – Richard Elliott

April 21, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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10:30 a.m. ENG, room 110. Richard Elliott, of Boise State University, will be the speaker for the seminar "Modelling Pathogen Transmission in Vector-Based Disease: Malaria and the Zika." Abstract: The malaria parasite and the zika virus are both spread by a local mosquito population. Mosquitoes, who are born naive - without the pathogen - must first bite an infected host, harbor these parasites, and go on to successfully bite another host for disease propagation. As such, at least two biting…

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April 21: AGC/Topology Seminar – Scott Andrews

April 21, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
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3 p.m. MB, room 139. Scott Andrews will be the speaker for the seminar "The representation theory of the symmetric group." Abstract: While many results in finite group theory can be obtained by considering the actions of groups on sets, there are a number of important theorems whose proofs rely on linear actions of groups on vector spaces. "Representation theory of finite groups" is the study of these actions. One common problem in representation theory is to classify the ways in…

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April 21: “Engaging STEM Students Through Application of Theatrical Magic Theory”

April 21, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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4:30 p.m. Multipurpose Classroom Building, Room 108. A joint collaboration of the Physics Department, IDo Teach, and Concurrent Enrollment: “Engaging STEM Students Through Application of Theatrical Magic Theory." Presented by Philip R. LaPorta, Ph.D., Physics Department, Rowan University. As many of his students will attest, Dr. La Porta (or 'Dr. L.' as he is often called), has a style of lecture that is anything but typical. This is because Dr. L. is more than a physicist. In addition to his teaching and…

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April 24: New and Improved! Recent Changes to How ePortfolios are Created Using Digication

April 24, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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1:30 p.m. ILC, room 315. Digication—Boise State's supported platform for creating ePortfolios—has just had a major overhaul to its user interface. With new features and new look, this interface will be available for students and faculty to use starting in Fall 2017. This workshop will give you a sneak-peak on what to expect with Digication. You will also be given the opportunity to create an ePortfolio using the new interface and test drive its features. Facilitated by Brian Martin and Devshikha…

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April 26: BroncoFit, First Steps in Achieving a Healthier Lifestyle

April 26, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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11 a.m. Employee Learning and Development Classroom. Do you want to improve your health through changes in nutrition and physical activity, but don’t know where to begin? Learn how to take the important initial steps towards achieving a healthier lifestyle. This presentation will highlight the health benefits of both nutrition and physical activity, and provide tips on how to achieve your health goals. Facilitated by Marlee Harris. Marlee Harris graduated from Utah State University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in…

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April 27: Computational Science and Engineering Seminar – Yicheng Tu

April 27, 2017 @ 1:30 pm
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1:30 p.m. CCP, room 352. Yicheng Tu, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering atUniversity of South Florida will be the speaker for the seminar "Algorithms and Framework for Computing 2-body Statistics on GPUs." Yicheng Tu received a Bachelor's degree in horticulture from Beijing Agricultural University, China, and MS and PhD degrees in computer science from Purdue University. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of South Florida (USF). His research interest is in…

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April 28: Inspire ME Seminar – Nick Kempf

April 28, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Noon. ENGR, room 110. Nick Kempf, Advanced Energy Laboratory at Boise State University, will be the speaker for the seminar "Thermoelectric materials and radiation: a promising relationship." Nick is a DOE fellow pursuing a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering. Nick conducts his research in the Advanced Energy Lab at Boise State University and is currently studying the irradiation effect on advanced materials. His past projects include thermal design of thermoelectric generators for various…

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May 2017

May 4: Webinar – Introduction to Audio Description

May 4, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Noon. Riverfront Hall, room 301. What is audio description? While most people are familiar with closed captioning, audio description is another important accessibility requirement for video content. Audio description narrates the relevant visual information in a video to make your content accessible to blind and low vision users. This webinar by 3Play Media will cover the basics of how to add audio description to online video, legal requirements for audio description, video player compatibility, examples and demos, how to create audio…

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May 4: Introduction to Audio Description – Webinar

May 4, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Noon. Riverfront Hall, room 301. What is audio description? While most people are familiar with closed captioning, audio description is another important accessibility requirement for video content. Audio description narrates the relevant visual information in a video to make your content accessible to blind and low vision users. This webinar BY 3Play Media will cover the basics of how to add audio description to online video, legal requirements for audio description, video player compatibility, examples and demos, how to create…

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September 2017

Sept. 20: ECE Seminar – Steven Howell

September 20, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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10:30 a.m. Engr, room 103. Steven Howell will be giving the seminar "How the Development of the Smart Phone Has Enabled the Self-Driving Car". Steven Howell is a Product Engineering Manager at ON Semiconductor. He has 23 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. He started his career at Micron Display working on field emission displays. He then spent time in product engineering at Micron working on the latest 6f2 DRAM technology. He has spent the last 13 years working…

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Sept. 22: Scratch-off Tests, the Readiness Assessment Process, and Getting Students to do the Reading

September 22, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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2:30 p.m. ILC, room 315. Some incentive is often required to get students to complete pre-class reading and other assignments. This workshop will explore a Readiness Assessment Process (RAP) that holds students accountable for pre-class assignments and identifies the content that students understand and provides the instructor direction for what needs to be further explored. While this is a technique developed in the Team-Based Learning (TBL) pedagogy, it is ideal for the flipped classroom and one does not have to…

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Sept. 26: Ensuring Academic Integrity With Remote Proctoring

September 26, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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11 a.m. Riverfront Hall, room 301. One of the biggest worries an instructor has in regards to testing is academic integrity. This is especially true in cases where the student isn't able to test on campus due to location, deployment, work, etc. This workshop will walk you through steps to ensure academic integrity with remote proctoring. The Testing Center provides instructors with academic integrity assurance while proctoring tests on campus. We want to extend this assurance to remote proctoring as…

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Sept. 27: ECE Seminar – Allen Garner

September 27, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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10:30 a.m. Engr, room 103. Dr. Allen Garner, Purdue University, will be the speaker for the seminar "Electromagnetic Solutions for Medicine and Biology: Experiment and Theory". Garner is an assistant professor at Purdue University and a Commander in the United States Navy Reserves. He received his BS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1996, MSE in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1997, MS in Electrical Engineering from Old Dominion University in 2003, and his…

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Sept. 29: Physics Seminar Series

September 29, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

1:30-2:30 p.m. MP 108. Dr. Bruce Miller from Texas Christian University will present on "One Dimensional Gravity: from Billiards to Cosmology".

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Sept. 29: Topology Seminar

September 29, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm

3-3:50 p.m. MB 124. Jens Harlander will present on "Groups, Hornology, and Bias." Abstract: In my talk I will review basics on homology of complexes and groups. I will state and maybe even prove a famous observation of Hopf: the second homology of a complex, modulo spherical elements, depends only on the fundamental group of the complex. This is used in the construction of the bias invariants that can distinguish 2-complexes with the same fundamental group.

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October 2017

Oct. 4: ECE Seminar – Sepideh Rastegar

October 4, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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10:30 a.m. Engr, room 103. Ph.D. Candidate Sepideh Rastegar, Boise State University will be the speaker for the seminar "Design, Fabrication, and Testing of Neuronal Micro-Electrode Arrays for Recording Human Neuron Activity".  Sepideh received her bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Tehran in 2013. She began working toward her Ph.D. in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boise State University in the Fall of 2014. Her research involves design, fabrication, and testing ambipolar nano-crystalline silicon thin-film…

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