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November 2017

Nov. 29: ECE Seminar – Dario Bollacasa

November 29, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live

10:30 a.m. ENGR, room 103. Dario Bollacasa spent his entire career in the nuclear field. He worked in nuclear R&D and reactor prototype design before joining Combustion Engineering, Inc. in the commercial side of nuclear power. His experience ranges from nuclear physics to computer modeling to project management of multi-disciplinary contracts. He has carried out business development activities in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Far East and Mexico. He has more than two dozen published articles to his credit and…

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December 2017

Dec. 1: Department of Physics Seminar Series

December 1, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

1:30-2:30 p.m. MP 108. Josh Bandfield, Senior Research Scientist at the Space Science Institute will present on "Understanding the global distribution and formation processes of water and hydroxyl on the moon."

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Dec. 5: Investigate Conspiracy Theories with M.R.X Dentith

December 5, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live

4:30 p.m. Riverfront Hall, room 105. The term “conspiracy theory” gets a bad rap, but conspiracies do occur. In fact, many conspiracy theories have turned out to be warranted. What would happen if we treated conspiracy theories seriously enough to engage in a systematic investigation of them? How do we sort good theories from the bad ones more generally? What counts as evidence for or against a conspiracy? Just who would investigate such theories? Conspiracy theory theorist M.R.X Dentith argues that…

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Dec. 6: ECE Seminar – Patrick Highsmith

December 6, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live

10:30 a.m. ENGR, room 103. Patrick Highsmith, Pure Energy Minerals Ltd. will be presenting a seminar entitled "New Technology in Lithium Mining Inspired by Amazing Growth in Lithium Batteries". Highsmith is a 30 year mining industry veteran with deep experience in many commodities, but boasting unique expertise in the lithium and gold industries. He holds degrees in geological engineering and geochemistry from the Colorado School of Mines. He has worked in more than 40 countries for mining companies large and…

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Dec. 6: Research Community Meeting, Learn About Using XSEDE Resources

December 6, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

5-7 p.m. Student Union Building, Bishop Barnwell Room. Join guest speaker Nancy Wilkins-Diehr of the University of California San Diego  Supercomputing Center for an informal talk about the Extended Collaborative Support Service program (ECSS), expert help with optimizing use of XSEDE resources (funded by the National Science Foundation), including: Performance analysis Visualization Workflows Data analytics Efficient use of accelerators I/O optimization Petascale optimization Science Gateways Community Institute: Science gateways allow science & engineering communities to access shared data, software, computing services, instruments, educational materials,…

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January 2018

Jan. 24: ECE Seminar – John Chiasson

January 24 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live

10:30 a.m. MEC, room 114. John Chiasson of Boise State University, will be presenting a seminar "Deep Learning via Spike Timing Dependent Plasticity". John Chiasson received his B.S in mathematics from the University of Minnesota, M.S. in electrical engineering from Washington State University, and Ph.D. in control sciences from the University of Minnesota. He has published three textbooks, “Modeling and High-Performance Control of Electric Machines,” “An Introduction to Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes,” and “An Introduction to System Modeling and…

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Jan. 24: PonyUp – Boise State’s Crowdfunding Platform

January 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

11 a.m. Employee Learning and Development Lab 103, 2225 W. University Drive. This event is free. Come learn more about PonyUp, Boise State's crowdfunding platform to raise funds for faculty, staff, departments and student organizations. Learn whether this platform might be a good fit to get funding for your next project and brainstorm other fundraising ideas as a group. Facilitated by Cara Walker. Cara is senior director for Annual Giving in the Division of University Advancement. In her role, she is responsible…

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Jan. 25: Employers Panel – Successful Networking Strategies

January 25 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live

1:30 p.m. ENGR, room 103. You've heard the saying "It's not what you know, but who you know." Find out how important the contacts and connections you build now will impact your opportunities later. Whether it's your professor, your supervisor at work, someone you met at a conference, or even a guest speaker at a seminar, these are people who can open doors for you if you know how to do it. Join representatives from local employers who understand what…

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Jan. 30: ECE Lab Safety Seminar

January 30 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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10:30 a.m. MEC, room 114. Chris Siepert of Boise State University will conduct a lab safety seminar. This seminar will cover general topics, including emergency response, hazard control, personal protective equipment (PPE), chemical hazards, electrical hazards, and physical hazards. Siepert will discuss incidents that have happened at Boise State along with other universities, and what to do to prevent an incident as well as how to handle an occurring incident. Everyone that arrives to the seminar by 10:30 a.m. will…

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February 2018

Feb. 1: Systems Engineering – What it is, Why it is Important, and How it Works

February 1 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live

1:30 p.m. ENGR, room 103. Systems Engineering is a critical aspect of many programs, and is often overlooked and undervalued, Layne Lewis share over 30 years of experience and stories describing her "just enough" philosophy to ensure that engineers consistently build what customers want. Layne Lewis, President of Willowview Consulting, LLC where she runs teams of engineers and managers, consulting for commercial companies, the Department of Defense, and other Federal agencies. Lewis started her entrepreneurial journey in 2002 as the…

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Feb. 2: Department of Physics Seminar Series

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

1:30 p.m. MP 118. Dr. Christy Tremonti, associate professor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison will present on "Cosmic Chemistry: New Insights from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV."

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Feb. 3: Engineering and Science Festival

February 3 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Boise State University, 1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725 United States
Philosophy Talk – Meghan Sullivan

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Boise State University Campus. Join the College of Engineering for its annual Science and Engineering Festival, featuring over 40 STEM activities geared towards students K-12. The festival is free; sessions are filled on a first-come basis. Participants can sign up for specific scheduled activities in advance, drop in on open demonstrations or sit in for interactive science shows. Ages listed are suggested, but not required. Please bring your own lunch and/or snacks, as food will not be provided…

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Feb. 7: ECE Seminar – Francesca Spezzano

February 7 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live

10:30 a.m. MEC, room 114. Francesca Spezzano, of Boise State University, will be the speaker for the seminar "A Scalable Graph-Coarsening Based Index for Dynamic Graph Databases". Francesca Spezzano is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Boise State. She received her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science Engineering from University of Calabria, Italy, in 2012. From October 2010 to July 2011 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Computer Science Department (Database Group) of University of California - Santa Cruz. From August…

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Feb. 8: Mechanical Engineering Seminar – Dave Estrada and Gunes Uzer

February 8 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live

1:30 p.m. ENGR, room 103. "Emerging Materials and Technologies for Biomedical Engineering at Boise State University" is presented by David Estrada, Assistant Professor at Boise State University and Gunes Uzer, Assistant Professor at Boise State.  Advances in materials science are enabling new areas of research at the intersection of atomically thin materials and biology. Graphene – a 2-dimensional crystal of hexagonally arranged carbon atoms – has recently been explored as an atomically thin membrane for solid-state nanopore analysis of DNA-protein complexes, and…

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Feb. 14: ECE Seminar – George Nagy

February 14 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live

10:30 a.m. MEC, room 114. George Nagy of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will be the speaker for the seminar "The Lifetime Reader". This is an exposition of the hardware and software hurdles that must be overcome to deploy a wearable sensor that collects all the text that it sees or hears. The text is uploaded to a standard private platform (a smartphone or a laptop) or to a cloud service for character and speech recognition followed by indexing. Selected segments are retrieved on…

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Feb. 15: Mechanical Engineering Seminar – Rich Reavis, Black Box VR

February 15 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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1:30 p.m. ENGR 103. Virtual Renegades: Exploring Your Future in a New Frontier. For more information, visit: http://coen.boisestate.edu/mbe/resources/inspire-me/180215-2/

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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
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live

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
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live

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
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live

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
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live

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
Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live

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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