Science and Math Seminar Series Spring 2017 - Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Division

The Ohlone College Science and Math Seminar Series program features distinguished speakers who address interesting topics related to science, mathematics, or technology.

Most seminars are sponsored by ASOCASOC Student Government logo. and Ohlone's Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Division. The seminars are free and open to the public.

Please check back for additional Science and Math Seminars.

1.61803399… The Golden Ratio

By Jeff O'Connell, Professor, Mathematics, Ohlone College.

  • Friday, March 31, 2017
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Room 3201, Building 3, second floor, Fremont campus

Have you ever wondered why we Math nerds refer to Math as 'Beautiful'? The Golden Ratio dates back to 300 B.C. (even earlier according to some sources). It occurs in art, architecture, and nature. This talk will focus on the history of the number and its many uses. The Mathematics in this talk will be accessible to any level. Please join us and encourage your students to attend "The Golden Ratio". Sign-in sheets will be available, for those of you offering extra credit to students. Thanks very much for your support of our Math/Science seminar series!

Living Drugs - How Immunotherapies Stop Cancer

By Dr. Qin (Ching) Chen, Senior Global Commercial Application Scientist, AllCells, LLC .

  • Thursday, April 20, 2017
  • 3:15pm
  • Room NC2100, second floor, Wing 1, Newark campus

The speaker is a senior scientist at a local biotechnology company; she will be speaking to us about the very latest research in the field of cell therapies. Sign-in sheets will be available for those offering extra credit. Sponsored by ASOC and the Ohlone Biotechnology Department.

Serendipity in Science: Investigating Molecular Interactions between Bacteria and Humans

By Dr. Mark Grabiner, Biology Department, Ohlone College.

  • Friday, May 5, 2017
  • 10:00am
  • Room 3201, Building 3, second floor, Fremont campus

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common life-shortening genetic disease affecting Caucasians. A common contributor to mortality for CF patients is chronic infections with the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa and the corresponding inflammation in the lungs. Pseudomonas aeruginosa produce and release a number of small molecules that interact with human cells that may contribute to infections and inflammation. Dr. Grabiner’s graduate research focused on one of these molecules, N-(3-Oxododecanoyl)-L-homoserine lactone, and the interesting ways it affects inflammation in human cells. This presentation will discuss those discoveries and the many ways serendipity played into the story. No background in biology is required to understand the presentation.

Sign-in sheets will be available for those offering extra credit. Sponsored by ASOC.