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### Math Study Room

###### Sunday, November 2, 2014

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor. Sunday – Thursday, 7–10 p.m.

RKC 111

Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program.

For more information, call 845-758-6822, or e-mail

mbelk@bard.edu.

### Math Study Room

###### Monday, November 3, 2014

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor. Sunday – Thursday, 7–10 p.m.

RKC 111

Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program.

For more information, call 845-758-6822, or e-mail

mbelk@bard.edu.

### Math Study Room

###### Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor. Sunday – Thursday, 7–10 p.m.

RKC 111

Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program.

For more information, call 845-758-6822, or e-mail

mbelk@bard.edu.

### Math Study Room

###### Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor. Sunday – Thursday, 7–10 p.m.

RKC 111

Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program.

For more information, call 845-758-6822, or e-mail

mbelk@bard.edu.

### Math Study Room

###### Thursday, November 6, 2014

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor. Sunday – Thursday, 7–10 p.m.

RKC 111

Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program.

For more information, call 845-758-6822, or e-mail

mbelk@bard.edu.

### Tips for Crafting a Rich Summer Experience in Biology

###### Thursday, November 6, 2014

Join Felicia Keesing and a panel of celebrity biologists for some valuable information on how to plan for an enriching summer experience in 2015. Learn when and where you should be looking, what you should be looking for, and how to go about getting the opportunity you want. Also, our top 10 tips for how to ask for letters of reference. Don't miss it!

Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium

Sponsored by: Biology Program.

For more information, call 845-752-2332, or e-mail

broberts@bard.edu.

### Autism, Attention, and the Temporal Dynamics of Perception

##### A lecture by Michael Grubb, New York University, Shanghai

###### Thursday, November 6, 2014

From moment to moment, the environment inundates our senses with a tremendous amount of information, far more than the brain can process and render for conscious awareness. To efficiently interact with a dynamic world, we have to select for further sensory processing those things in the environment that are most relevant to our short and long term goals, while simultaneously ignoring irrelevant stimuli that compete for access to limited resources. In it’s most general sense, this process of selecting the relevant from the irrelevant can be thought of as attention.

In this talk, I will discuss two lines of research that I have conducted on a specific kind of attention: covert visuospatial attention. This term might sound unfamiliar, but every time you move your mind’s eye to try and get a better glimpse of what’s happening at the table next to your, or you automatically notice that e–mail notification in your web browser, covert spatial attention is at work. I will present data from two sets of studies that examine purported deficits in spatial attention in individuals with autism spectrum disorder, followed by a series of experiments on the interaction of voluntary and involuntary attentional processes in typically developing individuals.

Preston Theater

Sponsored by: Dean of the College; Psychology Program.

For more information, call 845-758-7621, or e-mail

sdl@bard.edu.

### Math Study Room

###### Sunday, November 9, 2014

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor. Sunday – Thursday, 7–10 p.m.

RKC 111

Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program.

For more information, call 845-758-6822, or e-mail

mbelk@bard.edu.

### Math Study Room

###### Monday, November 10, 2014

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor. Sunday – Thursday, 7–10 p.m.

RKC 111

Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program.

For more information, call 845-758-6822, or e-mail

mbelk@bard.edu.

### Math Study Room

###### Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor. Sunday – Thursday, 7–10 p.m.

RKC 111

Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program.

For more information, call 845-758-6822, or e-mail

mbelk@bard.edu.

### Math Study Room

###### Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor. Sunday – Thursday, 7–10 p.m.

RKC 111

Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program.

For more information, call 845-758-6822, or e-mail

mbelk@bard.edu.

### Believing We're Seeing the Big Bang*

(*or, a time shortly thereafter)

##### A lecture by Kathryn Schaffer, ’98, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Kavli Institute of Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago

###### Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Not long after the Big Bang (in cosmic time), the universe went through a transition from being filled with hot, glowing, opaque plasma to being a dark and transparent nursery for the formation of stars and galaxies. An afterglow of light from that early plasma epoch still lingers, giving us a glimpse of a very different universe more than thirteen billion years ago. Observations of this microwave-wavelength light (called the Cosmic Microwave Background, or CMB) have enabled profound insights into cosmic structure and history and helped to establish the current standard cosmological model.

In recent years, some of the most important CMB discoveries have been made by ground-based telescopes, including the South Pole Telescope. Studying the CMB from the ground is exceptionally difficult because the earth's atmosphere glows in microwaves — ten million times brighter than the faint signals we hope to discern from deep space. In this talk I will describe some clever observing and data analysis tricks we use to disentangle CMB signal from atmospheric noise, and reveal what goes on behind the scenes to turn raw and messy South Pole Telescope data into something we "believe" — compelling new evidence to test and refine cosmological models.

Hegeman 107

Sponsored by: Physics Program.

For more information, call 845-758-7302, or e-mail

hhaggard@bard.edu.

### Math Study Room

###### Thursday, November 13, 2014

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor. Sunday – Thursday, 7–10 p.m.

RKC 111

Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program.

For more information, call 845-758-6822, or e-mail

mbelk@bard.edu.

### Avian Vision and Adaptive Coloration: Inside the Sensory World of Birds

##### Dr. Mary Caswell Stoddard

Harvard University

###### Thursday, November 13, 2014

Birds are endowed with a sophisticated visual system that allows them to experience the world in ways humans cannot. How does a bird's visual experience influence its behavior and evolution? I use a multidisciplinary approach to investigate avian coloration. From a mechanistic perspective, I am interested in understanding how sensory systems work and how colors are produced. From a functional perspective, I am fascinated by the diversity of colorful signals and the adaptive advantages they convey. In this talk, I show how taking a "bird's-eye view" reveals surprising insights into the sensory world of birds, using examples from plumage evolution, egg mimicry and camouflage.

Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium

Sponsored by: Biology Program; Dean of the College.

For more information, call 845-752-2331, or e-mail

keesing@bard.edu.

### Memories Lost, Memory’s Gain:

Remastering Forgetting & Retrieval Dynamics in the Brain

##### A lecture by Justin Hulbert, Princeton University

###### Thursday, November 13, 2014

A familiar song comes on the radio. Does it bring back fond memories? If so, turn up the volume and reminisce. If it risks triggering less happy memories, perhaps it’s best to tune out and listen to something else for a while. My research aims to identify the various ways we can adaptively exert control over our ability to learn, remember, and forget in order to satisfy both near- and long-term memory goals. In this talk, I will describe techniques and related findings that suggest it is possible to dial down the associative memory system through cognitive control—inducing periods of amnesia in otherwise healthy individuals. Might it also be possible to upregulate the system to allow for enhanced learning? I will present my work exploring how study, testing, and sleep routines can be optimized to facilitate the neurobehavioral differentiation of competing memory traces. In so doing, I aim to lay down tracks towards a fuller understanding of how we can harness neurocognitive processes, adaptive computer algorithms, and the interface between them to more fully optimize human memory. Stay tuned.

Preston Theater

Sponsored by: Dean of the College; Psychology Program.

For more information, call 845-758-7621, or e-mail

sdl@bard.edu.

### Bard Math Circle

##### Middle school math circle

###### Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Bard Math Circle is a mathematical enrichment program geared toward middle school and elementary students. Each month features puzzles and games, challenging problems, and a hands-on project that students can take home. We help students strengthen their critical thinking skills and make math more fun.

Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium

Sponsored by: Master of Arts in Teaching Program; Mathematics Program.

For more information, call 845-544-4369, e-mail

jwood@bard.edu, or visit

http://bardmathcircle.org.

### Math Study Room

###### Sunday, November 16, 2014

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor. Sunday – Thursday, 7–10 p.m.

RKC 111

Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program.

For more information, call 845-758-6822, or e-mail

mbelk@bard.edu.

### Math Study Room

###### Monday, November 17, 2014

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor. Sunday – Thursday, 7–10 p.m.

RKC 111

Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program.

For more information, call 845-758-6822, or e-mail

mbelk@bard.edu.

### A Graph Theoretic Model of Information Diffusion

##### Lisa Warshauer Lowrance, United States Military Academy, West Point

###### Monday, November 17, 2014

Consider the problem of information passing in a network. When one person is given a piece of information in a network and every person is allowed to pass this piece of information to exactly one person at any discrete time step, we give an optimal algorithm to pass this information to every person in the network in the fewest number of time steps. A similar algorithm is used to find the optimal starting person. These algorithms are applied to specific classes of graphs and also interpreted to give applications to cyber-security. ** Only an algebra background needed for the talk

Hegeman 204

Sponsored by: Mathematics Program.

For more information, call 845-758-7508, or e-mail

cszabo@bard.edu.

### Math Study Room

###### Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor. Sunday – Thursday, 7–10 p.m.

RKC 111

Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program.

For more information, call 845-758-6822, or e-mail

mbelk@bard.edu.

### Living Close to Your Neighbors:

Competition and Facilitation in Plant Communities

##### A Lecture by Sasha Wright, Biology Program

###### Tuesday, November 18, 2014

RKC 102

Sponsored by: Biology Program; Dean of the College.

For more information, call 845-758-6822, or e-mail

bail@bard.edu.

### Bard Math Circle Hosts the AMC 8

##### A middle school math contest and engaging math talk.

###### Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The AMC 8 Contest contains engaging math problems that are challenging at the middle school level. The exam is intended to inspire, promote enthusiasm, and a healthy attitude towards mathematics. Students will be exposed to the richness of middle school level mathematics at a deeper level than ordinarily encountered in the schools.

After the exam, students will be treated to an engaging math talk from a Bard math professor.

Students need to register in advance to participate in this on-campus event. For more information, email

bardmathcircle@gmail.com or visit

bardmathcircle.org.

Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium

Sponsored by: Master of Arts in Teaching Program; Mathematics Program.

For more information, call 845-544-4369, e-mail

jwood@bard.edu, or visit

http://bardmathcircle.org.

### Math Study Room

###### Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor. Sunday – Thursday, 7–10 p.m.

RKC 111

Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program.

For more information, call 845-758-6822, or e-mail

mbelk@bard.edu.

### Using the Earth as a Polarized Electron Source to Search for Long-Range Spin-Spin Interactions

##### Larry Hunter, Amherst College

###### Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Many extensions of the standard model of particle physics predict the existence of long-range spin-spin interactions. We have developed an approach which uses the Earth as a polarized spin source to investigate these interactions. We combine recent deep-Earth geophysics and geochemistry results with precise tabulations of the geomagnetic field to create a comprehensive map of electron polarization within the Earth. We examine possible long-range interactions between these spin-polarized geoelectrons and the spin-polarized electrons and nucleons in three laboratory experiments. By combining our model and the results from these experiments we establish new stringent bounds on torsion gravity and possible long-range spin-spin forces associated with the virtual exchange of either spin-one axial bosons or unparticles. The resulting bound on the spin-spin force between an electron and a neutron is one million times smaller than their gravitational attraction.

Hegeman 107

Sponsored by: Physics Program.

For more information, call 845-758-7302, or e-mail

hhaggard@bard.edu.

### Math Study Room

###### Thursday, November 20, 2014

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor. Sunday – Thursday, 7–10 p.m.

RKC 111

Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program.

For more information, call 845-758-6822, or e-mail

mbelk@bard.edu.

### Linking Mechanism and Function Through Ecophysiology:

Lessons From Mice and Elk

##### A lecture by Cynthia Downs, University of Nevada, Reno

###### Thursday, November 20, 2014

Evolution and ecology influence physiological traits and physiology in turn, influences ecology and even evolutionary trajectories. Although an organism is more than the sum of its phenotypic traits, the question of how different physiological systems interact is often ignored. I seek to understand how complex interactions between immune and metabolic traits affect physiological function at the organismal level, and study the consequences of individual variation in physiology on ecological and evolutionary timescales. For example, trade-offs among physiological systems can constrain phenotypes, and trade-offs with other ecologically relevant traits can hinder local adaptation and act as evolutionary constraints. In recent work I explored trade-offs among ecologically important traits using mice artificially selected for high maximal metabolic rates (MMR); I found that selection for high MMR, but not corresponding evolved changes in basal metabolic rate suppressed innate immune function and altered growth trajectories. These findings revealed connections among physiological systems with consequences for individual variation in life history traits. I am also interested in understanding how environmental variation affects expression of functional traits. To test the hypothesis that the strength of immune function correlates with resource availability, I experimentally manipulated the population density of free-ranging North American elk and found that levels of constitutive immunity are inversely related to nutritional state. This surprising result informs our understanding of the complicated interactions between resource availability, animal physiology, and disease dynamics. As a whole, these experiments demonstrate the connectivity of physiological systems and the need for a systems approach to fully understand how natural selection acts on organisms.

Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium

Sponsored by: Biology Program; Dean of the College.

For more information, call 845-752-2331, or e-mail

keesing@bard.edu.

### Using the Eyes to Peer Into the Mind:

Pupillary Dynamics Provide a Biomarker of Online Attention

##### A lecture by Olivia Kang, Dartmouth College

###### Thursday, November 20, 2014

The power of the eyes to project the internal workings of the mind has been noted by philosophers, poets, and artists throughout history. Scientific research corroborates this intuition; information about how we process the people and objects around us is embedded in the timing of our eye-blinks, the size of our eye-whites, and even in the tiny oscillations of our pupils. In this talk, I will present evidence suggesting that the pattern of our pupil dilations provides a continuous and sensitive readout of how and when we deploy our attention over time. These data will highlight the ability of pupillary dynamics to identify the contents of individuals' consciousness, and assess the quality of their interactions with the outside world.

Preston Theater

Sponsored by: Dean of the College; Psychology Program.

For more information, call 845-758-7621, or e-mail

sdl@bard.edu.

### Math Study Room

###### Sunday, November 23, 2014

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor. Sunday – Thursday, 7–10 p.m.

RKC 111

Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program.

For more information, call 845-758-6822, or e-mail

mbelk@bard.edu.

### Math Study Room

###### Monday, November 24, 2014

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor. Sunday – Thursday, 7–10 p.m.

RKC 111

Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program.

For more information, call 845-758-6822, or e-mail

mbelk@bard.edu.

### Math Study Room

###### Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor. Sunday – Thursday, 7–10 p.m.

RKC 111

Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program.

For more information, call 845-758-6822, or e-mail

mbelk@bard.edu.

### Math Study Room

###### Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor. Sunday – Thursday, 7–10 p.m.

RKC 111

Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program.

For more information, call 845-758-6822, or e-mail

mbelk@bard.edu.

### Math Study Room

###### Thursday, November 27, 2014

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor. Sunday – Thursday, 7–10 p.m.

RKC 111

Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program.

For more information, call 845-758-6822, or e-mail

mbelk@bard.edu.

### Math Study Room

###### Sunday, November 30, 2014

A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor. Sunday – Thursday, 7–10 p.m.

RKC 111

Sponsored by: Learning Commons; Mathematics Program.

For more information, call 845-758-6822, or e-mail

mbelk@bard.edu.