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Seminars included on this schedule are in these three series:
Interdisciplinary Physics Seminars, Engineering Seminars, and Quantitative Biology / Gene Expression in Development & Disease Seminars.
A poster of this schedule is available (PDF format).

Spring Semester 2009 Michigan State University
Seminars begin at 11:30 a.m. Fridays,  with refreshments served at 11:15 a.m.

Seminars are in Room 1400 Biomedical & Physical Sciences Building (unless noted otherwise)

Friday, January 16 Engineering Seminar
  Frederick Pinkerton, Materials and Processes Lab, General Motors Research & Development Center
  New Compounds, New Chemistries, and Nanoconfinement: Advances in Complex Hydrides for Storing Hydrogen
Friday, January 23 Engineering Seminar
  Shelley Minteer , Department of Chemistry, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
  Enzyme Immobilization for Bioelectrocatalysis
Special Seminar:
Thursday, January 29
Quantitative Biology / Gene Expression in Development & Disease Seminar
Jointly sponsored with the MSU Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  Michael DeWeese , Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley
  One Physicist's View of the Brain - Coding, Computation, and Selective Attention in the Cortex
Friday, January 30 Interdisciplinary Physics Seminar
  Ernst-Ludwig Florin , Center for Nonlinear Dynamics and Dept. of Physics, University of Texas at Austin
  Thermal motion: From basic physics to biological applications
Friday, February 6 Quantitative Biology / Gene Expression in Development & Disease Seminar
  Mark Richter , Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of Kansas
  Regulation of Rotational Catalysis by the Chloroplast ATP Synthase
Friday, February 13 Interdisciplinary Physics Seminar
  William Dorland , Department of Physics, University of Maryland
  Turbulence in 5 Dimension
Friday, February 20 Interdisciplinary Physics Seminar
  Yann Chemla , Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  Viral DNA Packaging One Step at a Time
Friday, February 27 Quantitative Biology / Gene Expression in Development & Disease Seminar
  William Heller , Center for Structural Molecular Biology and Chemical Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  Small-angle X-ray and Neutron Scattering for Biological Systems: Recent efforts at ORNL
Friday, March 6 Interdisciplinary Physics Seminar
  Stanislav Molchanov , Department of Mathematics, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  Probabilistic Problems Related to the CLRST (Cwikel - Lieb - Rozenblum - Solomyak - Tirring) Inequalities
Friday, March 27 Engineering Seminar
  Paul Lett , Joint Quantum Institute, National Institute of Standards & Technology, University of Maryland
  Phase Space Dynamics in a Spinor Bose-Einstein Condensate
Friday, April 3 Engineering Seminar
  (postponed until May 29 - see below)
Friday, April 10 Quantitative Biology / Gene Expression in Development & Disease Seminar
  David Dubnau , Public Health Research Institute Center, Univ. of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
  Noise and Bimodality in Bacterial Development: A Switch and a Rheostat
Friday, April 17 Engineering Seminar
  Robert Brown , Department of Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University
  Thermochemical Technologies for the Production of Biofuels
Friday, April 24 Quantitative Biology / Gene Expression in Development & Disease Seminar
  (postponed until May 22 - see below)
Friday, May 1 Interdisciplinary Physics Seminar
  Kevin Plaxco , Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California at Santa Barbara
  Better Living through Biosensors
Friday, May 22
(rescheduled from April 24)
Quantitative Biology / Gene Expression in Development & Disease Seminar
  Joan-Emma Shea , Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California at Santa Barbara
  Simulations of Protein Aggregation into Amyloid Fibrils
Friday, May 29
(rescheduled from April 3)
Engineering Seminar
  Christina Smolke , Department of Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology
  Engineering Molecular Information Processing Devices to Program Cellular Behavior
Friday, June 5 Quantitative Biology / Gene Expression in Development & Disease Seminar
  Eileen Furlong , European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany
  A Genomics View of Gene Regulatory Networks

Seminar Organizers:
Interdisciplinary Physics Seminars:
Lisa Lapidus, Physics & Astronomy lapidus@pa.msu.edu
Jeffrey Schenker, Mathematics jeffrey@math.msu.edu
Engineering Seminars:
Christina Chan, Chemical Engineering & Material Science krischan@egr.msu.edu
Quantitative Biology / Gene Expression in Development & Disease Seminars:
David Arnosti, Quantitative Biology / Gene Expression in Development & Disease arnosti@msu.edu
David Weliky, Quantitative Biology / Gene Expression in Development & Disease weliky@chemistry.msu.edu

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