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President's Science Symposium: Student Talks

  • 10/12/2012 | 1:35 PM – 2:45 PM
  • Location: Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium
  • Event Type: Symposium

President's Science Symposium: Student TalksResearch conducted by faculty-mentored Bowdoin science and math students this past summer will be in the spotlight Friday, October 12, 2012, at the annual President's Science Symposium. All events are open to the Bowdoin community.

"The President's Science Symposium is a time to showcase the extraordinary scientific research performed by Bowdoin faculty and students," note's the event's coordinator Michael Danahy, lecturer in the Department of Chemistry. "It's a unique event in that all the sciences and mathematics are represented in one place, so one gets a real sense of the breadth of the impressive work done at the College."

Four students will give talks about their research from 1:35 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. The student researchers are Adam Childs '14, Emma Cutler '13, Jesus Navarro '13, and Tippapha Pisithkul '13.

Following these talks, poster presentations by more than 100 student researchers in the sciences and math will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Morrell Lounge, David Saul Smith Union. Students will be on hand to discuss their projects.

"With the student poster presentations and student research talks, students take ownership of their research," says Danahy. "This event highlights the importance of research in science education.

The symposium will kick off earlier in the day with a keynote address at Common Hour by guest speaker Thomas D. Seeley, an expert on honeybee colonies and a professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University. Seeley's talk, titled "Honeybee Democracy," will be given at 12:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center.

Adam Childs '14, a chemistry and physics double major with a minor in mathematics, will discuss his project, "Characterization and Structural Analysis of Thiopeptoids as Potential Biological Probes." His research entails the synthesis of thiopeptoids and mass spectrometry data analysis of the results. Childs worked with Assistant Professor of Chemistry Benjamin Gorske, supported by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Fellowship.

Emma Cutler '13, a mathematics and environmental studies major, will speak about her research, "Climate Modeling: Interactions between Carbon Dioxide, Ice Albedo, Energy Balance, and Temperature." Her project involves examining how mathematical equations have been used to show changes in the earth's ice coverage as climate has oscillated between warm and cold conditions. Cutler worked with R. Wells Johnson Professor of Mathematics Mary Lou Zeeman through a Clare Booth Luce Research Fellowship.

Jesus Navarro '13, a computer science major and math minor, will discuss his project, "An Architecture for Holistic Collaborative Operating System Monitoring." Navarro's project entailed developing a paradigm where a traditional operating system (OS) works collaboratively with a virtual machine (VM) to improve system security. Navarro worked with Assistant Professor of Computer Science Daniela Oliveira as a Student Faculty Research Grant Fellow.

Tippapha Pisithkul '13, a biochemistry major, will speak about her research, "Investigating Allelic Diversity of the Agglutinin-like Sequence (ALS) Gene Family in Candida albicans." Her research involves obtaining allelic sequences for four of the eight ALS genes in the fungal pathogen Candida albicans by cloning each gene for analysis. Pisithkul worked with Research Assistant Professor of Biology Anja Forche as a Student Faculty Research Grant Fellow.

The President's Science Symposium is made possible with the support of the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs.