STEM Speaker Series

STEM Speaker Series

The STEM Speaker Series features lectures on a range of topics covering the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Lectures are offered in the fall and spring semesters and are open to students, faculty and community members. The series is coordinated by Sidney Kolpas, Assistant Professor of Mathematics.

Next Talk

Biology for Physicists Graphic"Molecular Biology for Physicists:  A single-molecule prospective"
Shawn Pfeil
Tuesday, February 24
11:10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
STEM 1403

The cell is filled with an array of nanoscale machines made of DNA, RNA, and amino acids. How can we study these molecules on relevant timescales? What tools can a physicist bring to these kinds of problems arising in biology? Dr. Pfeil, a physics professor at West Chester University, will use his research into the protein folding problem, which combines single-molecule fluorescence and microfluidic mixers to address these questions. In particular, he'll discuss how the ability to measure one molecule at a time is leading to new insights into the folding problem.

Upcoming Talks

  • Steve Aquilani, March 24, "Ecology"
  • Sid Kolpas, April 28, "A Mathematical Magic Show"

Past Talks

YouTube Playlist of Previous Talks

"Bio-Medical Research and the Role of Animals"
Paula Clifford, November 25, 2014

"Phone Application Development"
Robert Rodini, October 24, 2014

"Modeling Neurological Diseases"

Nicole Sunnen, March 25, 2014

"Biochar: An Ancient Solution To The New Problems of Climate
Change and Food Security"
Russ Losco, Nov. 26, 2013

"Mathematical Biology: Modeling the Motion of
Individuals and Populations" 
Dr. Allison Kolpas, April 23. 2013

"The Peopling of the Caribbean: A genetic perspective"

Dr. Miguel Vilar, Feb. 26, 2013

"Lewis Carroll: Fantasy and Mathematics"

Sid Kolpas, April 29, 2014, PDF


"Civil Engineering: Plotting A Different Course"

Christopher Garrell, PE, LEED AP, Feb. 25, 2014, PDF

Christopher Garrell

"Technology in Modern Dentistry: Not the 'Same Old Drill'

Dr. Andrew Lieberman, Oct. 29, 2013

"Achieving Excellence in the World of Architecture: An
Architect's Perspective" 
Ed Rahme, March 26, 2013

"Tales from a Chemist"

Dr. Danniebelle Haase, Nov. 20, 2012