December 2

Amelia TaylorTrees Aren’t Just for Monkeys: Phylogenetic Trees and Mathematics

Amelia Taylor
Instructor, Mathematics

In biology, relationships between species are described using a phylogenetic tree which visually illustrates how species are related to one another. Researchers are continually developing models and computational tools to use molecular sequence data, such as DNA, to find and describe relationships among species. There is a wonderful confluence of mathematical techniques that are used in this research. OSU-Cascades’ mathematician Amelia Taylor will present her recent research using mathematics (representation theory and algebraic geometry) to develop a new technique for building these trees.   

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February 3

matt shindermanBiodiversity on Working Landscapes: The Next Era of Conservation 

Matt Shinderman
Senior Instructor, Natural Resources

Conservation of biological diversity has traditionally focused on protected areas, such as national parks and public forest lands. As land use changes on areas surrounding protected lands, habitat on private lands—even those that are commercially owned—becomes increasingly vital for wildlife. Come learn about one of the efforts underway to increase biodiversity within Oregon's viticultural areas and explore how wineries are blending wine production activities with biological conservation.

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March 2

Kiel FletcherNothing is Sacred: Bumblebee from Transformers to John Dewey

Kiel Fletcher
Instructor, Art

New to the OSU-Cascades teaching faculty, interactive-new media and video artist Kiel Fletcher has shown his work at the Tate Britain and Disjecta Contemporary Arts. His work is also included in the collection at Yale University Library. Fletcher will explore how he uses the interconnectivity of form, color and popular culture to explore the viewing experience. He will also examine how he applies historical art references and critical theory to modern technologies like interactive media and videography, and will explain his process of placing a new lens on old processes of creative art-making.

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April 13

Rachael SchuetzAre iPads the Answer? Investigating Achievement and Engagement in Second Grade Mathematics Classrooms

Rachael Schuetz
Instructor, Teacher and Counselor Education and Elementary Cohort Lead

With millions of dollars invested in educational technology, understanding its impact on student achievement and engagement is imperative. As STEM teaching becomes increasingly important, many researchers are looking at K-12 mathematics classrooms. Rachael Schuetz will share findings from her classroom experiment, examining the effects of an iPad-based math intervention, as compared to a traditional paper-pencil approach, on second graders’ achievement and engagement in mathematics. Classroom pre-post assessments include one test of engagement and two tests of achievement. Focus group data from the teacher perspective provides a complete view of student engagement. With finite intervention time and resources, schools need to know how to best improve student achievement and engagement in mathematics.

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May 4

Ann PetersenGenes, Gonads, and Goiters. Water Pollution Affects Health and Development in Fish and Humans

Ann Petersen
Instructor, Biology

Environmental contaminants affect normal development in humans and other vertebrates by interacting with hormone systems, but the genetic basis for this is still largely unknown. One common pollutant in rivers in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska is perchlorate. Perchlorate, a component of explosives and airbags, affects thyroid function in vertebrates, including humans. Researchers have found it affects development in many tissues and organs in aquatic model organisms such as zebrafish and threespine stickleback fish, including in the craniofacial bone and cartilage, kidney, liver, and ovaries and testes. Oddly, it causes masculinization in stickleback and feminization in zebrafish. Learn what researchers have discovered about how this single contaminant causes so many divergent effects in these species, and potentially in humans.

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