List of Events


MRSEC Seminars are normally held at 4:00 p.m.  in Abelson 229, unless otherwise noted.
Find  Abelson-Bass-Yalem building on the  interactive map.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Time: 10 am/Primer 9:30 am
Location: Shapiro Science Library, Brandeis University
MRSEC Active Matter IRG
Speaker:  Feodor Hilitski 
Title: Extensile Microtubule Bundles

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Time: 4 pm
Location: Gerstenzang 124
MRSEC Summer Seminar Series
Speaker: Josiah Herzog, Paradis Lab
Title: Neurons Seeking Neurons - Get Connected, Stay Connected
Abstract: The central nervous system is composed of billions of cells that talk to each other by forming trillions of connections. These connections, or synapses, allow neurons to pass on information from one cell to the next in effort to transmit a signal, sometimes across a great distance. Forming these connections and maintaining them is vital in development and livelihood. In neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration neurons atrophy resulting in aberrant connectivity. Little is known about what changes occur inside the cell that cause these neurons to alter their morphology. We are looking at genes that have been implicated in these diseases to understand what molecular players are involved and how they become dysfunctional.
Speaker: Vivekanand Pandey Vimal, Ashton Graybiel Spatial Orientation Lab
Title: Gravitational Cues and Balancing
Abstract: Within the churning breath of the universe, that is slowly exhaled between the cycles of life and death, is the intrinsic dance of balance.  In my experiment I follow the journey of humans strapped inside a machine programmed to behave like an inverted pendulum. Deprived of vision, audition, and the use of their peripheral reflexes, these humans are asked to balance the machine while using a joystick.  I also minimize the gravitational cues that they receive and then I watch them ride this beast of turbulence.  What will happen to these humans?  Will they be able to learn to balance in this dark, confusing and womb-like world...or will they endlessly tumble into an unforgiving oblivion?
Host: MRSEC Student Committee

Thursday, August 6, 2015
Time: 9:30 am
Location: Abelson 307, Brandeis University
MRSEC Executive Committee 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Time: 4 pm
Location: Abelson 229, Brandeis University
MRSEC Seminar
Speaker: Ariel Amir, Harvard
Title: TBA
Abstract: TBA
Host: S. Fraden