Challenges in the Pursuit of Cognitive Continuity and Discontinuity: Human and Non-Human Comparisons
A lecture by Jennifer Vonk, PhD, Oakland University
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Recently, comparative psychology has enjoyed a renewed breadth of both topics and species studied. Our recent work focuses on cognitive capacities in rats, cats, bats, dogs, bears, skunks, and gorillas. By testing both closely and distantly related species we can determine whether cognitive abilities reflect ecological similarities or shared phylogenetic histories. For instance, bears have demonstrated cognitive skills commensurate with those of primates despite their relatively less social lifestyles. That is, they can enumerate static and moving stimuli and form concepts at varying levels of abstraction. We are currently testing other species, such as bats and skunks that vary in diet to examine the effects of diet on capacities such as causal reasoning. Each unique species poses special challenges as we attempt to understand the world through their eyes, rather than projecting our own human-centered view on to them. Preston Theater Sponsored by: Psychology Program.
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Relaxation and Thermalization in Isolated Interacting Quantum Systems
Lea Ferreira dos Santos Yeshiva University, Department of Physics
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
We consider one-dimensional isolated interacting quantum systems that are taken out of equilibrium instantaneously. Three aspects are addressed: (i) the relaxation process, (ii) the size of the temporal fluctuations after relaxation, (iii) the conditions to reach thermal equilibrium. The relaxation process and the size of the fluctuations depend on the interplay between the initial state and the Hamiltonian after the perturbation, rather than on the regime of the system. They may be very similar for both chaotic and integrable systems. The general picture associating chaos with the onset of thermalization is also further elaborated. It is argued that thermalization may not occur in the chaotic regime if the energy of the initial state is close to the edges of the spectrum, and it may occur in integrable systems provided the initial state is sufficiently delocalized.
The Wonderful World of Clinical Microbiology: A Practical Guide
A Lecture by Raquel Martinez
Thursday, October 9, 2014
A Lecture by Raquel Martinez Director, Clinical and Molecular Microbiology Department of Laboratory Medicine Geisinger Health System Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium Sponsored by: Biology Program.
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.
The Bard College and Columbia University Engineering Partnership: Information Session on the Combined Plan Program
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Are you interested in the Combined Plan program with Columbia University? Rebecca Schiavo from Columbia's Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be coming to talk about the 3+2 and 4+2 BA/BS Combined Plans. This is an ideal opportunity to get definitive answers to your specific questions. She visits only once in two years, so don't miss her talk.
Hegeman 201 Sponsored by: Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing.