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October 2018

Natural Sciences Seminar: From Fields to Flowers

Friday, October 26, 2018,2:30 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Dr. Rachel Mallinger, assistant professor of entomology at the University of Florida, will discuss her research: From Fields to Flowers: Factors Affecting Wild Bee Pollination Services Across Spatial Scales. There are over 4,000 species of native, wild bees in North America. These bees are important pollinators for both wild and crop plants. However, their value as pollinators is affected by their abundance, diversity and pollination efficacy, which are in turn influenced by local and landscape-scale factors. In this seminar, Dr.…

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Natural Sciences Seminar: ISP Opportunities in Panama

Friday, October 26, 2018,4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Dr. Alfred Beulig of New College of Florida, and Dr. Peter Lahanas, of the Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, will provide detailed information on two ISPs available this January in Coral Reef Ecology,┬áTropical Rainforest, and Canopy Ecology, which will take place at the Bocas del Toro Biological Station, Bocas del Toro, Panama. The 30-minute PowerPoint presentation will cover all aspects of the ISPs including their structure, content, application procedure, costs involved and registration deadlines. A wealth of photos will…

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November 2018

Natural Sciences Seminar: Understanding how the brain generates and modifies behavior

Friday, November 30, 2018,2:30 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Dr. Erik Zornik, assistant professor of biology at Reed College, will discuss his work. A prominent feature of most animals is their capacity to produce complex movements that are vital for survival and reproduction. Zebras must run to escape a predatory lion. Birds sing to attract a suitable mate. How are these behaviors generated? In order to answer this question, we must understand the skeletal framework that supports movements, the muscles that generate the forces needed to move limbs, and…

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December 2018

Natural Sciences Seminar: Trees, Carbon and Lasers – NASA’s GEDI Mission

Monday, December 3, 2018,11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

GEDI, the first space-borne laser instrument to measure the structure of Earth's tropical and temperate forests in high resolution and three dimensions, is scheduled to be launched from Kennedy Space Center Dec. 4. Dr. Sean Healey, research ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service, is in Florida for the launch and will be at New College to describe how this instrument will measure forest biomass from its vantage point on the International Space Station. These measurements will help fill in critical…

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Data Science Seminar: The Use of Digital Tools to Improve Outcomes and Efficiency in Medicine

Friday, December 7, 2018,4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Dr. Kevin Campbell, CEO of PaceMate, a health care data management company in Sarasota, will speak on the role of Big Data and remote monitoring. He has been a contributor on health care, medicine and technology topics for news outlets including U.S. News & World Report, CBS, CNN and MSNBC. The talk is intended for a general audience.

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March 2019

Data Science Seminar: Using a Data Science Approach to Understand How the Brain Processes Information

Friday, March 1, 2019,4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Ethan Meyers, assistant professor of statistics at Hampshire College and research affiliate in the Center or Brains, Minds and Machines at MIT, will speak. In recent years, data science methods have become critical for gaining business insights and making decisions at many companies. Yet, most scientists will use classical statistical methods to analyze the state they collect. Meyers will discuss how he has been developing supervised machine-learning algorithms that can give a clearer picture of what information is in different…

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Natural Sciences Seminar

Friday, March 1, 2019,4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Ralph N. Salvatore, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry at Southeastern University in Lakeland, will present "Cesium Effect: Mild Efficient Formation of Carbon-Heteroatom Bonds and Synthesis towards Cancer Therapeutics, Antivirals, and Parkinson's Disease Metabolites." Abstract: Cesium reagents are well known catalysts for a wide variety of synthetic transformations and the generation of pharmaceutically useful intermediates. In particular, cesium bases are generally far superior to their alkali metal counterparts with respect to decrease in reaction time and an increase in product yields.…

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Natural Sciences Seminar: Applied Ecological Modeling

Friday, March 29, 2019,2:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

Dr. Kristy A. Lewis, of the National Center for Integrated Coastal Research at the University of Central Florida, will speak on uses for applied ecological modeling for restoration, prediction and management in coastal ecosystems. Coastal systems are exposed to synergistic natural and anthropogenic disturbances that include urbanization, fishing exploitation, climate change, oil and gas infrastructure, erosion, subsidence and eutrophication, among many others. As a result natural resource managers are always looking for tools to facilitate faster and more economical mechanisms…

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August 2019

Data Science Seminar: The Real Deal on Conducting Serious Data Science Work in Industry

Friday, August 30, 2019,4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Please join us for the first Data Science seminar of the academic year. Our speakers will be NCF Data Science Program alumna Kevin Hunt, and her colleagues Chris Streich and KT Williams at Novetta. They plan to share what they've found to be the most foundational aspects of being a data scientist as well as the topics they'd never heard of themselves before actively working in the industry. All are invited to attend!

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September 2019

Natural Sciences Seminar: Diversity of Artists in Major U.S. Museums. A Data Science Study

Monday, September 9, 2019,4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Bernhard Klingenberg, professor of statistics at New College, will talk about a large-scale study of artist diversity in museums. By scraping the public online catalogs of 18 major U.S. museums, deploying a sample of 10,000 artist records to crowdsourcing, and analyzing 45,000 responses, we infer artist genders, ethnicities, geographic origins, and birth decades. The results for the first time provide information on gender and ethnic diversity of collections, and overall we find that 85% of artists are white and 87%…

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Natural Sciences Seminar – Second Look: The Effective Use of Technology in the Prevention of Interpersonal Violence

Monday, September 16, 2019,4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Dr. Tania Roy, assistant professor of human centered computing at New College, will give the presentation. Digital dating abuse is a form of interpersonal violence carried out using text messages, emails and social media sites. It has become a significant mental health crisis among the college-going population -- 43 percent of college women who are dating report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors. Existing technology- and nontechnology-based intervention programs do not provide assistance at the onset of abuse. In this…

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