Past Events

  • Math-Bio seminar: "Robust and scalable inference of population history from hundreds of unphased whole-genomes"

    318 Carolyn Lynch Laboratory

    Jonathan Terhorst, University of California, Berkeley

    It has recently been demonstrated that inference methods based on genealogical processes with recombination can reveal past population history in unprecedented detail. However, these methods scale poorly with sample size, which limits resolution in the recent past, and they require phased genomes, which contain switch errors that can catastrophically distort the inferred history.

  • ADVANCES IN BIOMEDICAL OPTICS SEMINAR: "High-resolution Imaging of Cerebral Oxygen Metabolism and Hemodynamic Responses"

    Donner Auditorium, Basement, Donner Building, 3400 Spruce St.

    Sava Sakadzic (Harvard)

    The understanding of the cortical oxygen delivery and consumption on the microvascular scales may have profound implications for evaluating microvascular oxygen delivery capacity to support cerebral tissue metabolism in health and disease, and for quantitative interpretation of signals in macroscopic imaging modalities such as BOLD fMRI.

  • Condensed Matter seminar: "The crumpled state: crumpling dynamics and the evolution of damage networks"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A4

    Shmuel Rubinstein, Harvard University

    The simple process of crumpling a sheet of paper with our hands results in a complex network of interconnected permanent creases of many sizes and orientations. Sheet preferentially bends along these creases, introducing history dependence to the process of crumpling. I will present an experimental study of the dynamics of crumpling. Specifically, I will first discuss how a crease network evolves when a thin elastoplastic sheet is repeatedly crumpled, opened up and then re-crumpled.

  • Astro Seminar: "The Cosmology Large Angular Scale Surveyor (CLASS)"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A4

    David Chuss (Villanova)

    The LCDM model of cosmology has been successful in describing the universe’s energy content and evolution with six parameters; however, the observed geometric flatness of the universe, its near homogeneity, and the small deviation from scale invariance derived from the temperature anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) have hinted that the universe underwent an inflationary epoch in its infancy.  Cosmic inflation is predicted to produce a background of gravitational waves that would polarize the CMB in a distinct pattern.

  • Math-Bio seminar: "Assessing the relationship of ancient samples to modern populations and to each other"

    318 Carolyn Lynch Laboratory

    Joshua Schraiber, Temple University

    When ancient samples are sequenced, one of the first questions asked is how those samples relate to modern populations and to each other. Commonly, this is assessed using methods such as Structure or Admixture, which model individuals as mixtures of latent "ancestry components". If an ancient individual is found to not carry similar ancestry components to a modern individual, that sample is considered to be not directly related to the modern individual.

  • Math-Bio seminar: "Bayesian inference of evolutionary divergence with genomic data under diverse demographic models"

    318 Carolyn Lynch Laboratory

    Yujin Chung, Temple University

    In the study of diverging populations and species, a common goal is to disentangle the conflicting signals of prolonged genetic drift (elevating divergence) and gene exchange (removing it). In this talk, I present a new Bayesian method for estimating demographic history using population genomic samples. Several key innovations are introduced that allow the study of diverse models within an Isolation with Migration framework.

  • High Energy Seminar: "TBA"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, 2N36

    Paolo Creminelli (ICTP)

  • Special Seminar: "Steric association of bent molecules into chiral oligomeric chains: the slinky-like structure of the twist-bend nematic phase"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A4

    Noel Clark, University of Colorado

  • Dissertation Defense: "Transport Signatures of Quantum Phase Transitions and the Interplay of Geometry and Topology in Nodal Materials"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, 3N1H

    Benjamin Wieder

  • Department Colloquium:"The Maps Inside Your Head"

    David Rittenhouse Laboratory, A8

    Vijay Balasubramanian (UPenn) hosted by: Joe Kroll

    How do our brains make sense of a complex and unpredictable world? In this talk, I will discuss a physicist's approach to the neural topography of information processing in the brain. First I will review the brain's architecture, and how neural circuits map out the sensory and cognitive worlds. Then I will describe how highly complex sensory and cognitive tasks are carried out by the cooperative action of many specialized neurons and circuits, each of which has a simple function. I will illustrate my remarks with one sensory example and one cognitive example.