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Lecture Series in the Sciences

Elmira College's Fifth Annual Lecture Series in the Sciences.


Friday, September 23, 7:00 p.m. in Peterson Chapel
Dr. Roald Hoffman, Frank H.T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters Emeritus, Cornell University
"Protochemistries are a Bridge" - A look at chemistry in our everyday world

Description: People did chemistry, superb chemistry, before they were ever chemists.  For transformations of matter are inherent in the human condition. In winning metals from their ores, using them in weapons and decorative objects, in preparing and preserving food, in cosmetics, medicines, ceramics in tanning leather, in dyes, in cleansing and mummification, craftspeople in every culture came up with superb experimental chemistry. These stories of protochemistry to this day, form a natural bridge between chemists and non-chemists, between chemistry and culture. They stress the essential importance of experiment, and of the underlying economics that govern the human activity. Much more than local color, these stories tender homage to the past, to the ingenuity of human beings. Protochemistries also connect our world, in time and in substance; their stories normalize science. And they plant science firmly in the context of world culture – chemistry in culture, culture in chemistry.


Dillon Damuth

Friday, October 7, 6:00 p.m. in Kolker Lecture Hall
Dillon Damuth ’13, Ph.D. Student, Developmental Biology, Georgetown University
"Transcription factor interactions contribute to cell fate coordination from progenitors to neurons"

Description: Neurogenesis, the process through which neurons are generated from progenitor cells, is a well understood and characterized process in developmental biology. Several factors contributing to the multitude of cell lineage decisions in neurogenesis are known. However, the mechanistic basis through which these factors guide the cell fate decisions is still largely unknown for many of these factors, such as the Sox family of transcription factors. Here, we explore how one Sox transcription factor, Sox21, interacts with partner proteins Sox2 and Gsx2, and how these varied interactions influence neurogenesis.


Katie Moring

Friday, November 4, 6:00 p.m. in Kolker Lecture Hall
Katie Moring '09, Assistant Operations Manager, Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS), Cornell University 
"Life After EC: Working in Cornell's Particle Accelerator Laboratory"

Description: Scientists from all over the world come to the lab to use the high energy x-rays produced by the synchrotron to collect data in a variety of fields -- materials science, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, even art history. I will explain how a biology graduate ended up with jobs in chemistry and physics labs, as well as give an overview of the different types of research that happens at CHESS and what is involved in supporting that research and keeping the facility running smoothly.