Brandeis IGERT Summer Institute June 16 – June 26, 2014

The second Brandeis IGERT Summer Institute begins this Monday, June 16th in Goldsmith 300 and runs through Thursday, June 26th. This will consist of a variety of talks by faculty and students on subjects in the mathematical sciences. While this is part of the IGERT training program, aimed at graduate students working across the spectrum of the mathematical sciences, we invite the Brandeis community to attend any of the talks that catch their eye. Speakers include:

  • Chris Santangelo (U Mass Amherst)– “Shape and mechanics of origami folding”
  • Matthew Headrick — “Introduction of quantum information theory”
  • Bulbul Chakraborty and Blake Lebaron — “Applications of Statistical Mechanics to Finance”
  • Daniel Ruberman — “Introduction to Knot Theory”
  • Paul Miller — “Feedback control in neural firing”
  • Albion Lawrence — “An introduction to inflation and gravity waves”
  • Eli Putzig — TBA
  • Honi Sanders — TBA
  • Tony Ng — TBA

and a schedule can be found at  or in the Brandeis Science Seminars listings.

We will be having lunch in the Volen bridge; please bring your own and join us!

Café Science Finds New Home at Solea

The Brandeis Café Science page tell us:

**Café Science will Resume in February!**
Food for thought. And a Drink.

Café Science has found its new home:

Restaurant and Tapas Bar
388 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02453

We are thrilled to kick-off Café Science’s Spring Talks with Geometry for Grown-Ups! Presented by Ruth Charney.

Please join us at Solea on February 3rd at 6PM as Professor Charney helps us explore the exotic side of geometric structures, bringing us both the useful and fun side of Geometry!

$10.00 admission includes 1 drink per person.

MRSEC On-Campus Retreat on November 22, 2013

On Friday, November 22, 2013, the Brandeis Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) will hold an on-campus retreat. The research goal of the MRSEC is to learn how materials are incorporated in biological systems and likewise how biological structures act as materials with highly desirable properties that can be exploited in engineering.

The first part of the retreat will be a joint event with the Biochem/Biophys Friday seminar that takes place at 11:15am – 12:15pm. A lunch will be provided and in the afternoon there will be 3 talks by MRSEC students and postdocs. Wrapping up the day is a poster session/social hour.

Please RSVP if attending to and include the following information: NAME/DEPARTMENT/YEAR GRADUATING/TITLE IF STAFF MEMBER

MRSEC Retreat Schedule – Friday, November 22, 2013

11:15am – 12:15pm, Abelson 131 – Welcome from Dean Birren and Seth Fraden; Jane Kondev, “Materials science that we can learn from yeast”
12:15pm – 1:00pm, Pizza Lunch, Shapiro Science Center Lobby
1:15pm – 2:45pm, Abelson 131 – MRSEC talks: Steve DeCamp, Gabe Redner, Charlotte Kelley
2:45pm – 3:00pm, Poster set-up, Shapiro Science Center Lobby
3:00pm – 5:00pm, Poster Session, Shapiro Science Center Lobby, Beer Hour

Quantum Field Theory: An Interdisciplinary Study Group

William Hicks, a grad student in Physics, writes:

    This semester, graduate students from a wide range of departments will be coming together to study quantum field theory (QFT) as part of the interdisciplinary IGERT program. QFT is a subject whose mathematical underpinnings crop up in a wide range of seemingly unrelated fields, and the study group hopes to take advantage of the varied backgrounds of its members. Mathematicians in the group can help provide mathematical rigor, while physicists can help supply the physical intuition for many of the otherwise abstruse corners of the subject.  Students from other disciplines will be able to broaden the discussion by showing how some of the techniques discussed also show up in their fields.

The study group will meet from noon to 1:00 every Wednesday in Goldsmith 226. All are welcome!

Brandeis Café Science (Season 3)

The lineup for the 2013-14 edition of Brandeis Café Science has been released.

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Division of Science, Brandeis Café Science features informal talks by science professors at Elephant Walk, a local restaurant on Main St in Waltham. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy a beverage and engage in conversation about science-related topics of interest.

The first talk, on October 7 at 6 pm, will feature Brandeis alum Greg Bearman PhD ’76 (Snapshot Spectra, USC Keck School of Medicine and the Israeli Antiquities Authority) discussing “Imaging and Conservation of Cultural Heritage: The Dead Sea Scrolls”.

Brandeis University and the Museum of Science, Boston, are collaborating on programming around a major exhibition of Dead Sea scrolls and artifacts from ancient Israel that will be at the museum from May 19 until Oct. 20.

Leir Foundation Neuroscience Symposium Aug 26-27

Dean Susan Birren writes:

I am pleased to announce the Leir Foundation Neuroscience Symposium to be held at Brandeis on Monday and Tuesday August 26-27.

Funded by a grant from the Leir Foundation to facilitate collaborations between Brandeis and Israeli neuroscientists, the Symposium will include talks and informal discussions with Israeli neuroscientists.  The Symposium will provide a framework for establishing Leir-funded postdoctoral fellowships and funding for collaborative projects to uncover new avenues of inquiry on existing projects.

Schedule of talks by invited speakers:

9 am Gerstenzang 121
Eytan Domany (Weizmann Institute)
Pathway-based Personalized Analysis of Cancer

9:45 am Gerstenzang 121
Noam Ziv (Technion)
Activity, Synapses & Cholinergic tone: A Bedtime Story

10:45 am Gerstenzang 121
Avraham Yaron (Weizmann Institute)
Mechanisms of axonal pruning

Mon 8/26/13 11:30 am Gerstenzang 121
Misha Tsodyks (Weizmann Institute)
Information storage and retrieval in neural network models of long-term memory


The Henry J. Leir Brandeis-Israel Research Initiative, funded by the Connecticut-based Leir Charitable Foundations, will provide postdoctoral felloships for up-and-coming Israeli scientists at Brandeis, and will provide starter funding for collaborative projects between Israeli and Brandeis neuroscientists.

see story at BrandeisNOW: Brandeis Israel research initiative starts strong

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