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February 2018

Feb. 16: COBE Scholarship Series – Kyle Peterson

February 16 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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1:30 p.m. MBEB, room 4001. The COBE Scholarship Series presents Kyle Peterson, associate professor at the University of Oregon. He will present "Managers' Perceived Competition and Firms' Long-Term Investments". Peterson received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2008 and joined the University of Oregon that same year. His research addresses questions about disclosure, financial statement complexity, comparability, and revenue recognition. Peterson teaches intermediate accounting, serves as an ad hoc reviewer for multiple accounting journals, and sits on undergraduate…

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Feb. 16: Endangered Languages – David Harrison

February 16 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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3 p.m. Student Union Building, Special Events Center (SPEC). K. David Harrison, associate provost and professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College, will be the speaker for this presentation. Half of the world's languages are endangered and may go extinct in this century. The loss of these languages will have dire consequences not only for their speakers, but also for culture, science and the environment. Around the world, speakers of endangered languages are mounting strategic efforts to save their languages. This…

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Feb. 21: The Boise State Story

February 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

11 a.m. Employee Learning and Development Lab, 2225 W. University Dr., Capitol Village #103. Interested in the history of the university? The University Archives is here to help! After a multi-media look back at the history of the school, from its start as a junior college to its inclusion as a Carnegie Foundation Community Engaged Institution, University Archives staff will demonstrate how to research historical people, events, departments, organizations, buildings, and milestones. After this session, you will know how to…

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Feb. 22: Mechanical Engineering Seminar – Ben Johnson

February 22 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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1:30 p.m. ENGR, room 103. Ben Johnson, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering will be the speaker for the seminar "Bioelectronic Medicine and Stimdust: A Miniaturized Wireless Peripheral Nerve Stimulator." Johnson joined Boise State University in the spring of 2018. He received the PhD degree from Cornell University in January 2014. Prior to joining Boise State, he was a research scientist at the University of California, Berkeley where he did research on brain-machine interfaces and wireless neuromodulation. He is also…

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March 2018

March 1: Mechanical Engineering Seminar – Hoda Mehrpouyan

March 1 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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1:30 p.m. ENGR, room 103. Hoda Mehrpouyan, Assistant Professor at Boise State University will be the speaker for the seminar "Next Generation of Cyber-Physical Systems and Industrial Control Systems." Mehrpouyan received the Bachelor degree from British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Burnaby. Canada in 2007, and Master degree from Linkoping University, Linkoping, Sweden, and Ph.D. degree from Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. As part of her research, she has worked on the DARPA’s Adaptive Vehicle Make (AVM) program, to develop an…

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March 2: Physics Seminar Series

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

1:30 p.m. MP 118. Dr. Jenn Burt will discuss "Optimizing efficiency and mitigating mass biases in TESS era radial velocity surveys."

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March 7: ECE Seminar – Pingkun Yan

March 7 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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10:30 a.m. MEC, room 114. Pingkun Yan, Assistant Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) will be the speaker for the seminar "Deep Medical Image Reconstruction and Analysis." Before joining RPI, he was a Senior Scientist of Philips Research working at the clinical site at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). His research interests are in translational medicine focusing on medical imaging informatics and interventional oncology guidance using machine learning and computer vision techniques. Abstract: The involved tasks…

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March 8: Inspire ME Seminar – Laura Chiuppi

March 8 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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1:30 p.m. ENGR, room 103. Laura Chiuppi, Director, COBE Career Services at Boise State will be the speaker for the seminar "The Fine Art of Small Talk: How to Engage in Meaningful Conversations." Technology and social media have affected our ability to interact and communicate with others face-to-face. The way we use our interpersonal skills has dramatically shifted, yet the number one asset for a job candidate is the ability to effectively communicate with others. Being able to initiate and…

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March 14: ECE Seminar – Roohollah Amiri

March 14 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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10:30 a.m. MEC, room 114. PhD Candidate Roohollah Amiri, of Boise State University will be the speaker for the seminar "Applications of Reinforcement Learning in Resource Management of Cellular Networks." Amiri received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST), Tehran, Iran in 2011. From Sept. 2011 to Sept. 2013, he was a M.Sc. student at IUST. After graduating from IUST as a first class honor, he has been a network developer working at multiple industrial…

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March 15: Inspire ME Seminar – Courtney Hollar

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