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Monday, October 20
Doug Smith - UC San Diego   
Molecular Motors
Dr. Doug Smith is a physicist who studies molecular motors, the physics of knots, and the dynamics of single polymers such as DNA. He earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Chicago..

Tuesday, October 21
Tamara Bogdanovic - Georgia Tech    
Tidal Disruption
Dr. Tamara Bogdanovic is an Assistant Professor at the Georgia Tech School of Physics and a member of the Center for Relativistic Astrophysics. She is a theoretical astrophysicist whose research interests include ins and outs of some of the most massive black holes in the universe. Before joining the Georgia Tech faculty in 2012, Tamara was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Maryland. During this time she was a recipient of the NASA sponsored Einstein Postdoctoral Fellowship and Astronomy Prize Theory Postdoctoral Fellowship. She received Ph.D. in astrophysics from Penn State and B.Sc. in astrophysics from the University of Belgrade in Serbia.

Wednesday, October 22
Megan Ferry - Union College
Foreign Language Learning
Dr. Megan M. Ferry is an Associate Professor of Chinese and Asian Studies at Union College in Schenectady, New York. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature (Chinese and German) from Washington University in St. Louis. Her research centers on gender and media studies in China. Her Chinese language teaching focuses on a holistic approach to developing the high-level language learner. She integrates communicative language tasks with multiple literacies (media, health and nutrition, financial, technological, civic) in order to help students develop both interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, and to become life-long language learners and to value cross-cultural understanding.

Thursday, October 23
Phillip Sponenberg - Virginia Tech
Domestic Extinction
Dr. Phillip Sponenberg is a professor of pathology and genetics in the Department of Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. Sponenberg received his DVM from Texas A&M University and his Ph.D. in veterinary medicine from Cornell University in 1979. He joined the faculty of the college in 1981. Sponenberg’s research interests are genetics of domesticated animals, coat color genetics, conservation of rare breeds of livestock, diagnostic pathology, and reproductive pathology. Sponenberg is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association. Sponenberg also serves as the technical programs director of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.
Friday, October 24
Dan Chelotti - Elms College             
Writer's Block
Dan Chelotti is the author of x (McSweeney’s, 2013) and a chapbook, The Eights (Poetry Society of America, 2006). His poems have appeared widely in journals, including Poetry, North American Review, and Fence. He earned his Master of Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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