Informal Seminar Series

All seminars will be held in Moulton Hall room 309 on the Fridays listed at Noon. Attendees are invited to bring their lunch.

Select a year below to see the Informal Seminar list from that year. The list will appear below the table.

Select Year - See List Below
2019 2018
2017 2016
2015 2014
2013 2012
2011 2010
2009 2008
2007 2006
2005 2004

Informal Seminar Series, 2015


October 26, 2018

“Do SNAP Work Requirements Work?”​

Prof. Timothy Harris (Economics)


November 2, 2018

“Human-Computer Interactions"

Prof. Jianwei Lai (Information Technology)


November 9, 2018

"Conceptions of Nature"

Prof. Eric Godoy (Philosophy)


November 16, 2018

"Pig Farming and Collectivism in Mao's China"

Prof. Qiliang He (History)


November 30, 2018

"Metals in Medicine"

Prof. Michael Webb (Chemistry)


December 7, 2018

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Prof. Susan Kalter (English)


September 18, 2015

“Extreme rhetoric in American politics”​

Prof. Joseph Zompetti (School of Communication)


September 25, 2015

“Detection of the earth magnetic fields by animals"

Prof. Andres Vidal-Gaeda (Biological Sciences)


October 9, 2015

"US-China Relations"

Prof. T.Y. Wang (Politics and Government)


October 16, 2015

"Teaching of Electromagnetics"

Prof. Richard DuBroff (Physics)


October 23, 2015

"Anaerobic Digestion"

Prof. L.C. Yang (Environmental Health and Health Sciences)


October 30, 2015

"Stone and Jello, Really?"

Prof. Claire Liberman (College of Fine Arts)


November 6, 2015

"Monte Carlo Sinulations, Experiments, and Analysis"

Prof. Jamie Wieland (Technology)


November 13, 2015

"Cybercrime"

Prof. Shelly Clevenger (Criminal Justice Sciences)


November 20, 2015

"Social Psychological Aspects of Sports"

Prof. Wilbert Leonard (Sociology and Anthropology)


Feb. 15, 2013 12:00-1:00 pm

"Photochemical processes by nanoscale materials"

Professor Jun-Hyn Kim, Chemistry


Feb. 22, 2013 12:00-1:00 pm

"Israel and Palestine"

Professor Reecia Orzeck, Geography-Geology


Mar. 8, 2013 12:00-1:00 pm

"Rainforests to prairies"

Professor Joe Armstrong, Biological Sciences


Mar. 22, 2013 12:00-1:00 pm

"Data visualization"

Professor Rick Valentin, Arts Technology


Mar. 29, 2013 12:00-1:00 pm

"Energy price modeling"

Professor Hassan Mohammadi, Economics


Apr. 5, 2013 12:00-1:00 pm

"Fungal genomics"

Professor Tom Hammond, Biological Sciences


Apr. 12, 2013 12:00-1:00 pm

"Integrating cover crops into conventional cropping systems"

Professor Shalamar Armstrong, Agriculture


Apr. 19, 2013 12:00-1:00 pm

"Handling and manipulating big data"

Professor David Stern, Milner Library


Apr. 26, 2013 12:00-1:00 pm

"Children’s literature: cognition and context"

Professor Roberta Seelinger Trites, English


Sept. 13, 2013 12:00-1:00 pm

"Is multiculturalism good?"

Professor Eros DeSouza, Psychology


Sept. 20, 2013 12:00-1:00 pm

"Natural products inspired organic synthesis"

Professor Andrew Mitchell, Chemistry


Sept. 27, 2013 12:00-1:00 pm

"Happiness and noncognitive skills"

Professor Dimitrios Nikolaou, Economics


Oct. 11, 2013 12:00-1:00 pm

"Novelty of scientific ideas"

Professor Allison Meyer,School of Teaching and Learning


Oct. 18, 2013 12:00-1:00 pm

"Climate in Lakes"

Professor Catherine O'Reilly,Geology


Oct. 25, 2013 12:00-1:00 pm

"Ethnography in/of Brazil"

Professor Gina Hunter, Sociology and Anthropology


Nov. 15, 2013 12:00-1:00 pm

"Chocolate and Learning"

Professor Daniel Cochese Davis, School of Communications


Nov. 22, 2013 12:00-1:00 pm

"Ecology of Infectious Diseases"

Professor Ben Sadd, School of Biological Sciences


Sep. 14, 2012 12:00-1:00 pm

"Preventing kids from going to prison"

Professor Sesha Kethineni, Criminal Justice


Sep. 21, 2012 12:00-1:00 pm

"What is next in forensic science?"

Professor Christopher Mulligan, Chemistry


Sep. 28, 2012 12:00-1:00 pm

"Sense organs and and the brain"

Professor Wolfgang Stein, Biological Sciences


Oct. 12, 2012 12:00-1:00 pm

"Teaching in virtual reality"

Bill Shields, Geography-Geology


Oct. 19, 2012 12:00-1:00 pm

"Cognitive development"

Professor Alycia Hund, Psychology


Nov. 2, 2012 12:00-1:00 pm

"US Foreign Policy"

Professor Ross Kennedy, History


Nov. 9, 2012 12:00-1:00 pm

"Tutorials for material science courses"

Professor Rebecca Rosenblatt, Physics


Nov. 16, 2012 12:00-1:00 pm

"Neanderthals and the beginning of people like us"

Professor Fred Smith, Sociology and Anthropolgy


Nov. 30, 2012

"Economics of corruption"

Professor Rajeev Goel, Economics


Jan. 28, 2011 12:00-1:00 pm

"3-dimensional molecular visualization on an iPod"

Professor Gregory Ferrence, Chemistry


Feb. 4, 2011 12:00-1:00 pm

"Conflicts between mining and farming"

Professor Matthew Himley, Geography-Geology


Feb. 11, 2011 12:00-1:00 pm

"Prison subculture"

Professor Jessie Krienert, Criminal Justice Sciences


Mar. 25, 2011 12:00-1:00 pm

"Energy use on campus"

Doug McCarty, Senior Engineer, office of Energy Management


Apr. 1, 2011 12:00-1:00 pm

"Hormones and behavior in birds"

Professor Joseph Casto, Biological Sciences


Apr. 8, 2011 12:00-1:00 pm

"Data visualization and art"

Professor Rose Marshak, Music and Arts Technology


Apr. 22, 2011 12:00-1:00 pm

"Corruption, causes and consequences"

Professor Ozugham Dincer, Economics


Apr. 29, 2011 12:00-1:00 pm

"Development of scientific reasoning in kids"

Professor Steve Croker, Psychology


Jan. 29, 2010 12:00-1:00 pm

"Public opinion on the war"

Professor Anthony DiMaggio, Politics and Government


Feb. 5, 2010 12:00-1:00 pm

"The unification problem in mathematics"

Professor Sunil Chebolu, Mathematics


Feb. 19, 2010 12:00-1:00 pm

"Stigma"

Professor John Pryor, Psychology


Feb. 26, 2010 12:00-1:00 pm

"The past, presence and future of the US trade union movement"

Professor Victor Devinatz, Mangement and Quantitative Methods


Mar. 5, 2010 12:00-1:00 pm

"The archeology of the south shore of Lake Superior"

Professor James Skibo, Sociology and Anthropology


Mar. 19, 2010 12:00-1:00 pm

"Environmental regulation in Illinois"

Professor Adrienne Ohler, Economics


Mar. 26, 2010 12:00-1:00 pm

"Community patterns in crime"

Professor Ed Wells, Criminal Justice Sciences


Apr. 2, 2010 12:00-1:00 pm

"Just plain data analysis"

Professor Gary Klass, Politics and Government


Apr. 9, 2010 12:00-1:00 pm

"Insects, evolution and race"

Professor Doug Whitman, Biological Sciences


Apr. 23, 2010 12:00-1:00 pm

"Language and culture in the Amazon"

Professor Dan Everett - Languages, Literature and Culture


Sep. 10, 2010 12:00-1:00 pm

"Modeling neurons: from chaos to neurology"

Dr. Christian Finke, Physics, Oldenburg University, Germany


Sep. 17, 2010 12:00-1:00 pm

"What do dissolved noble gases tell us about ground water processes"

Stephen Van der Hoven, Geography-Geology


Sep. 24, 2010 12:00-1:00 pm

"MRI in children and adults"

Professor Jamie Perry, Communication Sciences


Oct. 1, 2010 12:00-1:00 pm

"How to become a successful entrepreneur"

Professor Mark Hoelscher, Management & Quantitative Methods


Oct. 8, 2010 12:00-1:00 pm

"LED lighting of crops"

Professor David Kopsell, Agriculture


Oct. 22, 2010 12:00-1:00 pm

"Pornocopia, miscellaneous topics related to pornography"

Professor Raymond Bergner, Psychology


Oct. 29, 2010 12:00-1:00 pm

"Tectonics and erosion"

Professor Lisa Tranel, Geography-Geology


Nov. 5, 2010 12:00-1:00 pm

"Religious parties and democracy"

Professor Yusuf Sarfati, Politics and Government


Nov. 12, 2010 12:00-1:00 pm

"Wind turbines and bats"

Professor Angelo Capparella, Biological Sciences


Nov. 19, 2010 12:00-1:00 pm

"Pschoacoustics"

Professor Scott Seeman, Communication Sciences


Dec. 3, 2010 12:00-1:00 pm

"Statistical tools in business"

Professor Askar Choudhury, Management & Quantitative Methods


Sep. 11, 2009 12:00-1:00 pm

"Understanding meteorite parent bodies"

Professor Tasha Dunn, Geography-Geology


Oct. 2, 2009 12:00-1:00 pm

"Globalizing America"

Professor Lane Crothers, Politics and Government


Oct. 9, 2009 12:00-1:00 pm

"Radio News"

Charlie Schlenker, WGLT Radio


Oct. 23, 2009 12:00-1:00 pm

"Methamphetamine and violence"

Professor Ralf Weisheit, Criminal Justice


Oct. 30, 2009 12:00-1:00 pm

"Religion and politics in South Asia"

Professor Ali Riaz, Politics and Government


Nov. 9, 2009 12:00-1:00 pm

"DNA repair and mutagenesis in humans"

Professor Erik Larson, Biology


Nov. 20, 2009 12:00-1:00 pm

"Activities at CeMaST"

Professor Willie Hunter, Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology


Feb. 1, 2008 12:00-1:00 pm

"A teacher-scholar program in mathematics"

Professor Saad El-Zanati, Mathematics


Feb. 8, 2008 12:00-1:00 pm

"An interesting enzym"

Professor Marjorie Jones, Chemistry


Feb. 15, 2008 12:00-1:00pm

"Markets as producers and consumers"

Professor Thomas Burr, Sociology & Anthropology


Feb. 22, 2008 12:00-1:00 pm

"Markets as producers and consumers"

Professor Jean Standard, Chemistry


Feb. 29, 2008 12:00-1:00 pm

"Molecular asymmetry"

Professor Shawn Hitchcock, Chemistry


Mar. 7, 2008 12:00-1:00 pm

"Drugs for neglected diseases"

Professor David Williams, Biology


Mar. 14, 2008 12:00-1:00 pm

Spring Break


Mar. 28, 2008 12:00-1:00 pm

"Codons and DNA"

Professor Brian Clark, Physics


Apr. 4, 2008 12:00-1:00 pm

"The development of monetary theory and policy"

Professor Neil Skaggs, Economics


Apr. 11, 2008 12:00-1:00 pm

No talk, Undergraduate Symposium in Bone Center


Apr. 25, 2008 12:00-1:00 pm

"Using Mathematica in physics courses"

Professor Richard Martin, Physics


Aug. 29, 2008 12:00-1:00 pm

"A teacher-scholar program in mathematics"

Professor Saad El-Zanati, Mathematics


Sept. 5, 2008 12:00-1:00 pm

"Molecular asymmetry"

Professor Shawn Hitchcock, Chemistry


Sept. 12, 2008 12:00-1:00 pm

"Sex and parenthood of burying beetles"

Professor Anne-Katrin Eggert, Biology


Sept. 19, 2008 12:00-1:00 pm

"Evolutionary game theory in macro economics"

Professor George Waters, Economics


Sept. 26, 2008 12:00-1:00 pm

"Geographic information systems and visualization"

Professor John Kostelnick, Geography-Geology


Oct. 3, 2008 12:00-1:00 pm

"Higher- ordered complexity"

Professor Chung-Chih Li, Information Technogy


Oct. 17, 2008 12:00-1:00 pm

"Which feels heavier-a pound of lead or a pound of feathers?"

Professor Jeffrey Wigman, Psychology


Oct. 24, 2008 12:00-1:00 pm

"Physics education in the high school classroom"

Professor Ken Wester, Physics


Oct 31, 2008 12:00-1:00 pm

"Faculty evaluation at ISU"

Professor Patrick O'Sullivan, Communicationa and evaluation at ISU


Nov. 07 , 2008 12:00-1:00 pm

No talk


Nov. 14, 2008 12:00-1:00 pm

"Development of early sound recording"

Mr. John Fesler, Consulting electrical engineering


Nov. 21, 2008 12:00-1:00 pm

"Renewable energy"

Professor David Loomis, Economics


Feb. 2, 2007 12:00-1:00 pm

"Speculations on a possible electromgnetic source of mass"

Professor Sam Bowen, Physics, Chicago State University


Feb. 9, 2007 12:00-1:00 pm

"Waste treatment options"

Professor Tim Kelley, Health Sciences


Feb. 16, 2007 12:00-1:00pm

"Sound design"

Professor Aaron Paolucci, Theatre


Feb. 23, 2007 12:00-1:00 pm

"Development of bioenergy crops for fuel"

Professor John Sedbrook, Biology


Mar. 2, 2007 12:00-1:00 pm

"Modeling randomness of demand for a product"

Professor Krzyz Ostaszewski, Mathematics


Mar. 9, 2007 12:00-1:00 pm

"Wind energy"

Prof. David Kennell, Technology


Mar. 16, 2007 12:00-1:00 pm

Spring Break


Mar. 23, 2007 12:00-1:00 pm

"Halvings of multigraphs"

Professor Shailesh Tipnes, Mathematics


Mar. 30, 2007 12:00-1:00 pm

"Perception of other people's motives"

Professor Glen Reeder, Psychology


Apr. 6, 2007 12:00-1:00 pm

"Assessing protein function in cells using low-throughput (confocal microscopy) and high-throughput (RNAi screen) menthods"

Professor Kevin Edwards, Biology


Apr. 13, 2007, 12:00-1:00 pm

"Molecular clusters and intriguing chemical phenomena"

Professor Cliff Dykstra, Chemistry


Apr. 20, 2007 12:00-1:00 pm

No Seminar - Undergraduate Symposium in Bone Center


Apr. 27, 2007 12:00-1:00 pm

"Sex determination of turtles"

Professor Rachel Bowden, Biology


Sept. 7, 2007 12:00-1:00 pm

"Discrete models in physics"

Professor Lucian Ionescu, Mathematics


Sept. 14, 2007 12:00-1:00 pm

"The mechanics of stuttering"

Professor Jean Sawyer, Speech pathology and Audiology


Sept. 21, 2007 12:00-1:00pm

"Biomechanics of landing"

Professor Steven McCaw, Kinesiology


Sept. 28, 2007 12:00-1:00 pm

"Understanding brain and award"

Professor Valeri Farmer-Dougan, Psychology and Biology


Oct. 5, 2007 12:00-1:00 pm

"The construction of race in popular Brazilian music"

Professor John Baldwin, Communication


Oct. 12, 2007 12:00-1:00 pm

"Corporate risk management"

Professor Yayuan Ren, Finance, Insurance and Law


Oct. 19, 2007 12:00-1:00 pm

"Logic and, language and, math and, and imaging"

Professor Qichang Su, Physics


Oct. 26, 2007 12:00-1:00 pm - CANCELLED

"Graph theory and combinatorics"

Professor Shailesh Tipnes, Mathematics


Nov. 16, 2007 12:00-1:00 pm

"Scanning electrochemical microscopy"

Professor John Baur, Chemistry


Nov. 30, 2007 12:00-1:00 pm

"The evolution of plant forms"

Professor Martha Cook, Biology


Dec. 7, 2007 12:00-1:00 pm

"Chaotic water wheel"

Professor George Rutherford, Physics


Feb. 3, 2006 12:00-1:00 pm

"Evolution of Life Histories"

Professor Charles Thompson, Biology


Feb. 10, 2006 12:00-1:00 pm

"Graphs and Scheduling"

Professor Mike Plantholt, Mathematics


Feb. 17, 2006 12:00-1:00pm

"Reductionism in Philosophy and Physics"

Professor Mark Siderits, Philosophy


Feb. 24, 2006 12:00-1:00 pm

"The Electron, the Glue of the Universe"

Professor Cheryl Stevenson, Chemistry


Mar. 3, 2006 12:00-1:00 pm

"Psycholinguistics"

Professor J. Cooper Cutting, Psychology


Mar.10, 2006 12:00-1:00 pm

"Philosophy of Mathematics"

Professor Harry Deutsch, Philosophy


Mar. 24, 2006 12:00-1:00 pm

"All About Small Graphs"

Professor Roger Eggleton, Mathematics


Mar.31, 2006 12:00-1:00 pm

"Super-lattice Thermo Electrics, an ISU-industry Project"

Professor David Marx, Physics


Apr. 7, 2006 12:00-1:00 pm

"Musical Acoustics"

Professor Andy Morrison, Physics, Illinois Wesleyan University


Apr. 14, 2006 12:00-1:00 pm

"Fundmental Tests of Quantum Mechanics"

Professor Christopher Gerry, Physics, Lehman College


Apr. 21, 2006 12:00-1:00 pm

"Biomaterials for Sustainable Packaging"

Professor Louis Reifschneider, Technology


Sept. 8, 2006 12:00-1:00 pm

"Disposition of Inhaled Methanol in Mammals"

Professor Garnet Erdakos, Physics


Sept. 15, 2006, 12:00-1:00 pm

"A Mind as an Energy Transformer"

Professor Scott Jordan, Psychology


Sept. 22, 2006 12:00-1:00pm

"Radical-radical Couplings"

Professor Steven Peters, Chemistry


Sept. 29, 2006 12:00-1:00 pm

"Simulation Modeling of Self Similar Phenomena?"

Professor Tibor Gyires, Information Technology


Oct. 6, 2006 12:00-1:00 pm

"Biodiesel"

Professor Tom Bierma and Professor Guang Jin, Health Sciences


Oct. 13, 2006, 12:00-1:00 pm

No Seminar - Alumni Day


Oct. 20, 2006 12:00-1:00 pm

"Destruction of Molecules with Lasers"

Professor Robert Quandt, Chemistry


Oct. 27, 2006 12:00-1:00 pm

"Stress Adaptation in Killifish"

Professor Robert Preston, Biology


Nov. 3, 2006 12:00-1:00 pm

No Seminar - Argonne Symposium


Nov. 10, 2006 12:00-1:00 pm

"Electromagnetic Source of Mass"


Nov. 17, 2006 12:00-1:00 pm

"Statistical climatology"

Professor Dagmar Budikova, Geology and Geography


Nov. 14, 2008 12:00-1:00 pm

Professor Samuel Bowen, Physics Department, Chicago State University


Nov. 17, 2006 12:00-1:00 pm

"Statistical climatology"

Professor Dagmar Budikova, Geology and Geography


Nov. 24, 2006 12:00-1:00 pm

No Seminar - Fall Break


Dec. 1, 2006 12:00-1:00 pm

"Waste Treatment Options"

Prof. Tim Kelley, Health Sciences


Jan.28, 2005 12:00-1:00 pm

"The water wheel on the rocks?"

Professor G. Rutherford, Physics


Feb. 4, 2005 12:00-1:00 pm

"What the heck are inverse Gaussian random variables?"

Professor O. Akman, Mathematics


Feb. 11, 2005 12:00-1:00pm

"Physical laws and moral responsibility"

Professor K. Machina, Philosophy


Feb. 25, 2005 12:00-1:00 pm

"Scientific objectivity"

Professor C. Horvath, Philosophy and Biology


Mar. 4, 2005 12:00-1:00 pm

"Emergence in the classroom"

Professor J. Kalmbach, English


Mar. 11, 2005 12:00-1:00 pm

"Newton's view on motion"

Professor H. Matsuoka, Physics


Mar. 25, 2005 12:00-1:00 pm

"How to sew pairs of pants"

Professor F. Akman, Mathematics


Apr. 1, 2005 12:00-1:00 pm

"Galaxy classification using shapelets"

Professor S. Goderya, Physics


Apr. 8, 2005 12:00-1:00 pm

"Numerical modeling of ground and surface water"

Professor E. Peterson, Geology and Geography


Apr. 15, 2005 12:00-1:00 pm

"Mercury I, the ISU solar car"

Professor D. Marx, Physics


Apr. 22, 2005 12:00-1:00 pm

"Causes and consequences of size variations in insects"

Professor S. Juliano, Biology


Apr. 29, 2005 12:00-1:00 pm

"Nonlinear dynamics and weak plasmas"

Professor B. Clark, Physics


Sept. 9, 2005 12:00-1:00 pm

"A Crossroad Between Science and Culture in the 21th Century"

Professor Tak Cheung, Biology


Sept. 16, 2005 12:00-1:00 pm

"Enzyme Catalysis"

Professor Jon Friesen, Biochemistry


Sept. 23, 2005 12:00-1:00pm

"Graph Designs"

Professor Saad El-Zanati, Mathematics


Sept. 30, 2005 12:00-1:00 pm

"Can Quantum Mechanics Save Free Will?"

Professor James Swindler, Philosophy


Oct. 7, 2005 12:00-1:00 pm

"Oxygen Isotopes in Minerals"

Professor Elizabeth King, Geology and Geography


Oct. 21, 2005 12:00-1:00 pm

"Why do we need the quantum theory of light? Comments on this year's Noble Prize"

Professor Z. Y. Ou, Physics Department, Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis


Oct. 28, 2005 12:00-1:00 pm

"Strategies for Enhancing Critical Thinking and Promoting Female Participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)"

Professor Anu Gokhale, Technology


Nov. 4, 2005 12:00-1:00 pm

"Transition Metal Clusters"

Professor Lisa Szczepura, Chemistry


Nov. 11, 2005 12:00-1:00 pm

"Reconstructing Evolutionary History Using Molecular Tools"

Professor Sabine Loew, Biology


Nov. 18, 2005 12:00-1:00 pm

"Physics Outreach for K-12"

Professor Jay Ansher, Physics


Dec. 2, 2005 12:00-1:00 pm

"Mathematica in Physics Teaching"

Professor Richard Martin, Physics


Sep.10, 2004 12:00-1:00 pm

"Genes and neural development?"

Professor T. Otsuka, Biology


Sep.17, 2004 12:00-1:00 pm

"Laser Beam Production and Characteristics"

Professor R. Zich, Physics


Sep.17, 2004 12:00-1:00pm

"Optical properties of turbid media from scattering data"

Professor S. Menon, Physics


Oct. 1, 2004 12:00-1:00 pm

"Colors, thought, and culture"

Professor J. Stanlaw, Sociology and Anthropology


Oct. 8, 2004 12:00-1:00 pm

"Magnetospheric waves"

Professor J. Ansher, Physics


Oct. 15, 2004 12:00-1:00 pm

"Geometric Invariants in Mathematics"

Professor G.F. Seelinger, Mathematics


Oct. 22, 2004 12:00-1:00 pm

"Alloy quantum dot phonons"

Professor S.F. Ren, Physics


Oct. 29, 2004 12:00-1:00 pm

"Kinetics of the membrane transport"

Professor C. Gatto, Biology


Nov. 5, 2004 12:00-1:00 pm

"The pedagogy of the PTE program"

Professor C. Wenning, Physics


Nov. 12, 2004 12:00-1:00 pm

"The mind, brain and physics"

Professor D. Anderson, Philosophy


Nov. 19, 2004 12:00-1:00 pm

"Nonlinear dynamics and the stock market"

Professor B. Clark, Physics


Dec. 3, 2004 12:00-1:00 pm

"Teaching concepts of electricity and magnetism"

Professor R.F. Martin, Physics