Portland State fall seminars, talks let you get your science on

Let the seminar madness begin!

Universities are getting back into the swing of things with the start of a new academic year, and that means seminar series will soon be launching at area institutions of higher learning. 

We’ll try to keep you posted on as many as we can throughout the year here on SIP, but to kick things off, we’ll start with some seminars around Portland State University.

Portland State University is a lovely campus to visit not only for the tree-lined Park Blocks that cut through it but also for the many science talks and seminars that are on offer. Susannah L. Bodman | Science In Portland

Portland State University is a lovely campus to visit not only for the tree-lined Park Blocks that cut through it but also for the many science talks and seminars that are on offer. Susannah L. Bodman | Science In Portland

First up is the biology department with a seminar Sept. 29. The topic is still to be announced but the presenter is Anne Royer, an evolutionary ecologist from Salem’s Willamette University. Her talk is hosted by PSU biologist Mitch Cruzan.

Royer’s talk will run from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 107, Science Building 1, PSU campus, 1025 S.W. Mill St. It’s part of the Lester Newman Seminar Series, which is free and open to the public.

Right on the heels of biology will be the chemistry department’s first fall seminar, Sept. 30, featuring Curtis Berlinguette, a chemist specializing in solar cells and energy storage with the University of British Columbia. He’ll naturally be speaking about “Solar chemistry at the interface.”

Berlinguette’s talk will run from 3:15 to 4:20 p.m. also in Room 107 of Science Building 1. PSU chemistry seminars are free and open to the public.

And to be announced are the fall presentations for PSU’s geology, physics and anthropology departments.

Geology holds its seminars on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. in Cramer Hall S17.

Physics presents the Mark Gurevitch Memorial Lecture Series, and you can find a link about signing up for email announcements of the lectures online.

Finally, over in anthropology, the Anthropology Student Association sponsors the First Thursday series of talks at 4 p.m. Thursdays in varying locations; these talks span various subjects in anthropology and archaeology, some more science-related than others.

For more information on each series, contact the departments — biology, chemistry, geology, physics and anthropology — or PSU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Susannah L. Bodman
Twitter: @Sciwhat
Facebook: Sciwhat.Science

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