Science Seminars (Fall 2013-Spring 2014)

The Natural and Behavioral Sciences (NBS) seminar series brings scientists to campus to present their original research. The goal is not only to expose our students to a broad range of cutting-edge scientific work and technology but also to connect them with scientists from academic, goverment and industrial sectors. The NBS Division is made up of many departments including Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science, Physics and Engineering, and Psychology, and speakers are encouraged to make their presentations accessible to a broad scientific audience. The public is also welcome.

The Pascal Society hosts interdisciplinary speakers who present on issues of science and faith. Pascal Society speakers may present at one of the below dates or, more typically, arrangements are made for an evening lecture in Hieronymus Lounge, Kerrwood Hall.

*Seminars are scheduled for Fridays at 3:30 pm, in Winter Hall, Room 210 unless otherwise noted*

Fall Semester:

Oct. 4 - Chemistry: Roger Wiens, ChemCam Principal Investigator, Mars Science Laboratory Rover

Note: This seminar begins at 4:00pm.

Nov. 1 - Biology: Don Menick, Ph.D., Westmont Alumnus and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Medical University of South Carolina

"New Therapeutic Targets in the Treatment of Heart Disease"

Nov. 8 - Psychology: Wesley Moons, Ph.D., Asst. Prof. of Psychology, University of California, Davis

"Specific Emotions Have Distinct Immunological Profiles"

Spring Semester:

Feb. 7 - Biology: Deborah Haarsma, Ph.D., President, The BioLogos Foundation

"God and the Multiverse"

Abstract: The last 100 years have transformed our understanding of the universe. We now know that the universe is ancient, beginning in a Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago, and that it continues to expand today, at an ever-increasing rate. We have also seen amazing evidence that some physical laws and constants are fine-tuned for life, as well as hints that our universe is part of a much bigger multiverse. What does all this have to do with God? This talk will give an overview of a range of responses from atheists and Christians to these exciting discoveries.

Mar. 28 - Biology: Eileen McMahon McQuade, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, Westmont College

"Something New in the AIRE?: Aire Expression and its Possible Role in Autoimmune Disease"

Apr. 24 (Thurs.) - Psychology: Fei Yang, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar, Brain and Creativity Institute, University of Southern California

"Individual Differences in Emotion Responding: Contributions of Culture Background and Resting Cardiac Vagal Tone"