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Science and Mathematics Seminars

If it's a Wednesday afternoon between September and April, there's likely to be a Science and Math colloquium taking place!

All sessions in the Science and Mathematics Colloquium Series, organized by faculty in ASU's College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at the Polytechnic campus, are free and open to the public. The series features invited speakers who share their current pursuits in research and education in the areas of biology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics. 

The seminars occur almost weekly during the academic year, are typically scheduled from 3-4 p.m. on Wednesdays, in-person at ASU Polytechnic campus and/or via Zoom. They're promoted on CISA's social media accounts (@CISAASU on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook), the ASU Events site, and ASU Sunrise at Poly e-newsletter (the weekly electronic bulletin for employees at the ASU Polytechnic campus). 

As you can see from archived titles from prior years, seminars cross a broad range of disciplines, issues and expertise.

Spring 2022 Colloquia

Wed., Jan. 19, 3:30 p.m.

What happens before an intimate partner homicide: Field observations

Dr. Neil Websdale, Professor of Social Work, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Fall 2021 Colloquia

Wed., Oct. 27, 3:30 p.m.

Veterinary Career Considerations and Preparations

Lexi Lake, BS Applied Biological Sciences, 2018, Arizona State University

Spring 2021 Colloquia

Wed., Apr. 7, 3:30 p.m.

Evolutionary Ecology of Plant-Pollinator Interactions in the Brazilian Cerrado

Simone Cappellari Rabeling, Research Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences, ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Wed., Mar. 31, 3:30 p.m.

Assessing the impacts of human mobility change on COVID-19 using Google Community Mobility Data

Nao Yamamoto, PhD student, Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center, Arizona State University

Wed., Mar. 3, 3:30 p.m.

Mathematical Model of a Personalized Neoantigen Cancer Vaccine and the Human Immune System: Evaluation of Efficacy

Marisabel Rodriguez, ORISE Research Fellow, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Wed., Feb. 17, 3:30 p.m.

Harnessing open data for ecological, evolutionary research: Elevational migration as a case study

Jessie Williamson, PhD candidate, University of New Mexico and Museum of Southwestern Biology

Wed., Feb. 10, 3:30 p.m.

Computational models for understanding formation of membraneless organelles

Wenwei Zheng, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, CISA

Wed., Jan. 27, 3:30 p.m.

Mange in bears – who cares? The importance of science communication and community engagement

Hannah Tiffin, Graduate Student, Pennsylvania State University

Wed., Jan. 20, 3:30 p.m.

Perceptions or presence: Investigating individuals’ reporting of mosquitoes as problems

Jeffrey Brown, PhD, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Arizona State University, CAP LTER Study

Fall 2020 Colloquia

Wed., Nov. 4, 3 p.m.

Working Together for Wildlife: An inside look at the day-to-day in the Wildlife Contracts Branch of Arizona Game and Fish Department

Ryan P. O’Donnell, Research Biologist Supervisor, Arizona Game and Fish Department

Wed., Oct. 28, 3 p.m.

Climate change, biological impacts, and climate-smart conservation for tropical montane cloud forests

Karen Masters, Center Director, CIEE Global Institute, Monteverde, Costa Rica

Wed., Oct. 21, 3 p.m.

Population dynamics through broken windows: New approaches to understanding trajectories in insect dynamics in the Anthropocene

Christie Bahlai, Assistant Professor of Computational Ecology, Kent State University

Wed., Oct. 14, 3 p.m.

So, you want to go to grad school? Navigating the process

Steven Saul, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, ASU College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

Wed., Oct. 7, 3 p.m.

Indoor Farming Research

Yujin Park, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, ASU College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

Wed., Sept. 23, 3 p.m.

Biotechnology-Enabled Bioremediation of Legacy and Emerging Pollutants

Mengyan “Ian” Li, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences

Wed., Sept. 15, 3:30 p.m.

Monitoring Factors Leading to Successful Introduction of burrowing Owls at ASU Poly

Wed., Sept. 9, 3 p.m. 

Material Research Using Quantum Mechanics Computational Methods

Xihong Peng, Associate Professor Science and Mathematics ASU College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, ASU Polytechnic campus

Wed., Sept. 2, 3 p.m.

Integrating non-lethal techniques and technologies in fisheries research

James Sulikowski, Professor and Associate Director ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Spring 2020 Colloquia

Wed., Apr. 8, 3 p.m.

Growing maize under glass: How a Marana, Arizona greenhouse is accelerating Bayer Crop Science’s plant breeding programs

Matt Lingard, Marana Product Development Center Lead, Bayer Crop Science

Wed., Apr. 1, 3 p.m.

Research Experiences in Preparation for an Academic Position in Horticulture

Mingying Xiang, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of California, Riverside

Wed., Mar. 25, 3 p.m.

Improving Agricultural Sustainability: Enhancing Resource-Use Efficiency of Crops

Tony Rho, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Texas A&M AgriLife Plant Stress Lab

Wed., Mar. 18, 3 p.m.

From Identification to Epidemiology: Studies on an emerging pathogen occurring on cucurbit fruit in Washington

Lydia Tymon, Postdoctoral Research Associate and Program Leader, Washington State University

Wed., Mar. 4, 3 p.m.

Discovering the Process in the Pattern: Integration and spatial analysis of disparate ecological data

John Humphreys, Postdoctoral Researcher, Jornada Experimental Range and Long-Term Ecological Research Station

Wed., Feb. 26, 3 p.m.

The Gist of Biogeography: An Ecological and Conservation Approach

Fábio Albuquerque, Assistant Professor, ASU College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

Wed., Feb. 5, 3 p.m.

High Throughput Phenotyping for Plant Breeding

James Kim, PhD, Plant Physiology and Genetics Research Unit, USDA Arid Land Agricultural Research Center

Wed., Jan. 29, 3 p.m.

All About Rattlesnakes

Brennan BaslerUsery Mountain Regional Park Ranger

Fall 2018 Colloquia

Wed., Oct. 17, 3 pm

The Power of Citizen Science: Delivering conservation outcomes through education, research and monitoring

Tiffany Sprague, Manager, Parsons Field Institute, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

Wed., Oct. 3, 3 pm

Altering Nature with Gene Drives: We Can, But Should We?

James P. Collins, Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment, ASU School of Life Sciences

Wed., Sept. 26, 3pm

Jumpstart your career! Go to grad school! The accelerated 4+1 combined BS/MS program and the traditional MS program in Applied Biological Sciences

Heather Bateman, associate professor, and Catherine Hart, senior lecturer, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, ASU College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

Wed., Sept. 19, 3pm

Microbiomes and Metagenomes of Biochar-Amended Agricultural Soils

Julian Yu, Doctoral Student, Microbiology, ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Wed., Sept. 12, 3pm

Revelatory Isotopes: Using geology to identify victims of homicide, war and mass disasters

Gwyneth Gordon, Research Scientist, ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration


Wed., Sept. 5, 3pm

Community Resilience in Maricopa County: Urban green infrastructure planning and the HeatMapper citizen science project

Qunshan ZhaoPostdoctoral Research Associate, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Wed., August 29, 3pm

“Sustaining Ocean Life: Understanding the behavior of fishers for resource management”

Steven Saul, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, College of Integrative Sciences and Art


Spring 2018 colloquia

Wed., April 11

"Phenotypes in Context: Predicting behavior in a changing world"

Emilia Martins, professor, School of Life Sciences, ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Wed., April 4

"Organized Disorder: Understanding the structure, dynamics of intrinsically disordered proteins"

Wenwei Zheng, assistant professor, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, ASU College of Intetgrative Science and Arts

Wed., March 28

"Metaphors in Mathematics: Turning student thinking into curriculum design, game-based learning"

Michelle Zandieh, associate professor, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, ASU College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

Wed., March 21

"Forecasting Epidemics: Combining networks and partial differential equations to improve predictions"

Haiyan Wang, Professor, School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, ASU's New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Wed., Feb. 28

Are There Martians in Australia? How acid saline lakes can serve as a Mars analog

Melanie MormileAssociate Provost for Faculty Affairs, Missouri University of Science and Technology 

Wed., Feb. 14

“Integrating movement modeling, landscape genetics to predict population connectivity”

Sam Cushman, Director, Center for Landscape Science, US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Flagstaff

Wed., Feb. 7

“Managing Phoenix’s Water Resource Portfolio for Resiliency, Sustainability”

Cynthia Campbell, Water Resources Management Advisor, City of Phoenix

Wed., Jan. 24

"The Saguaro Cactus: A 75-year perspective from Saguaro National Park"

Don E. Swann, Biologist, Saguaro National Park

Wed., Jan. 31

"The Spookiness of the Quantum World"

Maxim Sukharev, Associate Professor of Physics, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

Fall 2017 colloquia

Wed., Oct. 25
"Aeroponic Vertical Farming: One viable alternative"

Troy Albright, Founder, True Garden

Wed., Oct. 11
"Final-Offer Arbitration: A look at multi-issue and multi-player extensions"

Brian Powers, Postodoctoral Research Associate, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts


Spring 2017 colloquia

Thurs., April 6
"Ecosystem consequences of riparian restoration involving removal of Tamarix spp. in the southwestern United States"

Anna Sher, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Denver

Wed., March 29
Portulacaria afra: A study in Photosynthetic Plasticity in a Changing Climate”

Lonnie Guralnick, Professor of Biology, Roger Williams University

Mon., March 20
"New Excited State Multi-Reference Method with Application to Singlet-Triplet Gaps and Weakly Bonded Systems"

Shane Yost, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California-Berkeley


Wed., March 22
"Molecular Modeling of Atmospheric Chemistry"

Manoj Kumar, postdoctoral researcher, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Wed., March 15
"Structure and Dynamics of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins from Simulations and Experiments"

Wenwei Zheng, postdoctoral fellow, Laboratory of Chemical Physics, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), NIH

Wed., March 1
"Behavioral Ecology and the Conservation, Management of Large Herbivores: From Africa to Arizona"

Adrian M. Shrader, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Wed., Feb. 22
"Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Across Global to Local Scales"

Jesse S. Lewis, Conservation Science Partners

Wed., Feb. 15
“How Do We Coexist with Large Mammals in the Anthropocene? The Importance of Data-Driven Wildlife Management in a Post-Truth Society"

Jarod Raithel, Utah State University

Wed., Jan. 25
“Fisher Behavior and Fish Population Dynamics in the Gulf of Mexico: How does fisher behavior affect stock assessment?"

Steven Saul, ASU College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

Fall 2016 colloquia

Wed., Aug 31
“Computational Materials Research and Applications in Nano-Electronics and Renewable Energies”

Xihong Peng, ASU College of Integrative Sciences and Arts


Wed., Sept 7
“Local Conversation: Priorities and Opportunities for Sonoran Desert Research”

Helen Rowe, Field Institute Director, Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve


Wed., Sept 28
“Detecting and Phenotyping Bacterial Infections Using In-Situ Breath-Based Diagnostics”

Heather Bean, ASU School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Wed., Oct 5
“An Agent-Based Model of Fisher Behavior and Population Dynamics in the Gulf of Mexico: How Does Fisher Behavior Affect Stock Assessment”

Steven Saul, ASU College of Integrative Sciences and Arts


Wed., Oct 26
“Where the Wild Things Live: How Riparian Forests Provision Amphibians and Reptiles in the Arid Southwest”

Heather Batemen, ASU College of Integrative Sciences and Arts


Wed., Nov 2
“Fire's American Century”

Steve Pyne, School of Life Sciences, ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Wed., Nov 16
“Architecture and Composition of Microbial Assemblages and their Insights into the Sensitivity and Resilience of Microbial Dark Matter”

C. Ryan Penton, ASU College of Integrative Sciences and Arts; GIOS; Center for Fundamental and Applied Microbiomics


Wed., Nov 30
“Fall Student Research Forum”


Spring 2016 colloquia

Wed., Feb 17
“Endangered Species Recovery: Best practice or worst nightmare?”

Russell Benford, Northern Arizona University 


Wed., Feb 24
“Clicker Use to Stimulate Student Participation”

Heidi McIlwraith, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, ASU


Wed., March 2
“Drought, Dispersal, and Community Dynamics in Arid-Land Streams”

Michael Bogan, University of Arizona,

Wed., March 23
“AzCATI and Algaculture: A Brief Overview" and "Recycling Nutrients: Using dairy wastewater to produce algae biomass for feed and fuel”

Milt Sommerfeld, Environmental Resource Management Program, ASU  
Everett Eustance,  Environmental Resource Management Program, ASU


Wed., March 30
“Study Abroad in South Africa in a Land of Contrasts and Conflicts on Elephant Conservation”

Stan Cunningham, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, ASU


Wed., April 6
“Nitrogen Deposition, CO2 Concentrations and Ozone Pollution and their Effects on Wildflower Communities in Desert Open Park Spaces Across Phoenix”

Sharon Hall, GIOS, School of Life Sciences, ASU

Wed., April 13
“Computational Materials Research and Applications in Nano-Electronics and Renewable Energies”

Xihong Peng, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, ASU

Wed., April 20
“Challenges of Managing Orangutans”

Denise Wagner, Phoenix Zoo, Primate Collection


Fall 2015 colloquia

Wed., Sept. 2
Beyond the Meter Tape: Defining ecological boundaries using food-web metrics

Dr. Jeff Muelbauer, Grand Canyon Research and Monitoring Center, Southwest Biological Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey
2:45 p.m., Cooley Ballroom, Student Union, ASU's Polytechnic campus


Wed., Sept. 9
My Life As a Pharmer: Monoclonal antibodies as novel therapeutics against infectious diseases and cancer

Dr. Qiang “Shawn” Chen, associate professor, School of Life Sciences, Biodesign Institute, ASU 
2:45 p.m., Cooley Ballroom, Student Union, ASU's Polytechnic campus


Wed., Sept. 16
Uncovering the Cryptic World of Bats

Dr. Carol Chambers, professor of wildlife ecology
Northern Arizona University
2:45 p.m., Cooley Ballroom, Student Union, ASU's Polytechnic campus


Wed., Sept. 23
Living on the Edge: Coping and adaptation in an extreme environment

Dr. Larisa Harding, terrestrial research program lead, Arizona Game and Fish Department
2:45 p.m., Cooley Ballroom, Student Union, ASU's Polytechnic campus


Wed., Oct. 7
Biological Soil Crusts: Ancient and widespread microbial communities

Dr. Ferran Garcia-Pichel, Dean of Natural Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, ASU 
2:45 p.m., Cooley Ballroom, Student Union, ASU's Polytechnic campus


Spring 2015 colloquia

A quarter century of U.S. forest disturbance history mapped from Landsat

Dr. Feng Zhao, University of Maryland

Wednesday, Feb. 25 
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North America’s vanishing bats: Methods for understanding population responses in a changing landscape

Dr. Joseph Johnson, Bucknell University

Wednesday, Feb. 25 
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Remote sensing of terrestrial ecosystem structure and dynamics

Dr. Asim Banskota, University of Minnesota

Wednesday, March 4
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The quick and the dead: Fungal infection and immunity in a hibernating host

Dr. Marianne Moore, Stony Brook University

Wednesday, March 4
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High-energy research at the tip of a pencil

Dr. Igor Shovkovy, ASU College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

Wednesday, April 8

Wildlife corridors for carnivores: Species community conservation outside of protected areas in Arizona and Costa Rica

Dr. Jan Schipper, ASU School of Life Sciences

Wednesday, April 15
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Student Research Day

Wednesday, April 29

Fall 2014 colloquia

Limb Regeneration in Reptiles and Implications for Human Medicine

Dr. Kenro Kusumi, Assoc Dean and Professor, ASU School of Life SciencesDr. Rebecca Fisher, Assoc Professor, ASU School of Life Sciences and University of Arizona College of Medicine, Wednesday, Oct. 22

Summary of Sabbatical at Prescott College

Dr. Jean Stutz, Professor, ASU College of Integrative Sciences and ArtsWednesday, Nov. 5

The Spirit of the Hive: how complex social behavior evolves

Dr. Robert Page, University Provost and Foundation Chair of Life SciencesWednesday, Nov. 12

Education and Biology

Julie Murphree, Instructor, ASU College of Integrative Sciences and ArtsWednesday, Nov. 19

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