Loyola University Maryland

Natural and Applied Sciences

Celebration of Science Week, March 23-27, 2015

The Natural and Applied Sciences Grand Seminar

Natural and applied sciences are proud to present 2015 Grand Seminar featuring Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Adam Riess and his lecture The Accelerating Universe on Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall at Loyola University Maryland. Dr. Riess is a professor of astronomy and physics at the Johns Hopkins University and a Senior member of the Science Staff at the Space Telescope Science Institute, both in Baltimore, MD. He recently won the prestigious Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

This year’s Grand Seminar has expanded to a week of “Celebration of Science” March 23-27, 2015 with additional events (listed below) such as a film and science night, opportunities with meet with industry professionals and a special “question and answer” session for students with Dr. Riess prior to his lecture.

Beginning in 2011, natural and applied sciences hosts a yearly seminar with the goal of engaging Loyola students as well as providing an enlightening and informative event for the greater Loyola community.

Grand Seminar Schedule of Events

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Evolution of Film and Science During the Victorian Age:
Is Seeing Believing?
7 p.m.
Location: McGuire West, 2nd Floor, Andrew White Student Center
Sponsored by Natural and Applied Sciences/Open to the Public

The Victorian Age was a time of great developments in both film and science. The invention of the camera led to motion-pictures, and also sparked key advancements in astronomy and other sciences. In an era fascinated with the concept of metamorphosis on many levels, art and science began inspiring each other in new rounds of imaginative storytelling and revelation. Both the illusory capability of film and counter-intuitive new ideas in science began challenging people to consider more deeply whether “seeing is believing”. Please join Dr. Nicholas Miller (Director of Film Studies/Associate professor of English at Loyola University) and Max Mutchler (an astronomer and Hubble camera expert at the Space Telescope Science Institute) for an entertaining evening of cinematic milestones and scientific discoveries. Popcorn included!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Meet and Greet Leading Professional Women in Engineering
Time: 7 p.m. 
Location: Reading Room, 3rd Floor, Andrew White Student Center
Sponsored by Society of Women Engineers (SWE)/Open to the Public

Come and meet leading women in industry from the Baltimore/Washington area and discuss professional development topics. This will be a "speed dating" format and you will have the opportunity to meet many invited guests in a short amount of time. A fast-paced night and a great opportunity!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Question and Answer Session: Dr. Adam Riess (2015 Grand Seminar guest lecturer)
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: McGuire West, 2nd Floor, Andrew White Student Center
Sponsored by Natural and Applied Sciences/Open to Students Only

Students are invited for a special Q&A with Dr. Riess, Nobel Prize winner in Physics and this year’s recipient of the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. A special opportunity to meet with a Nobel Laureate and ask a question!

Grand Seminar Lecture

Thursday, March 26, 2015

*Registration for event recommended

Adam Reiss"The Accelerating Universe"
featuring Nobel Prize Winner, Dr. Adam Riess
Time: 6:30 p.m. 
Location: McGuire Hall, 2nd Floor, Andrew White Student Center
Sponsored by Natural and Applied Sciences/Open to the Public*

In 1929 Edwin Hubble discovered that our Universe is expanding. Eighty years later, the Space Telescope that bears his name is being used to study an even more surprising phenomenon: that the expansion is speeding up. The origin of this effect is not known, but is broadly attributed to a type of “dark energy” first posited to exist by Albert Einstein and now dominating the mass-energy budget of the Universe. Professor Riess will describe how his team discovered the acceleration of the Universe and why under- standing the nature of dark energy presents one of the greatest remaining challenges in astrophysics and cosmology. Learn more about the speaker >>

Friday, March 27, 2015

"Large Scale Network Performance Analysis: Challenges and Solutions"

ACM Seminar: guest speaker, Dr. Anthony Plummer, Jr.
Time: 4 p.m. 
Location: McGuire East, 2nd Floor, Andrew White Student Center
Sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)/Open to the Public

Performance analysis of large complex networks require modern automated approaches given the volumes of generated data. A typical large network contains numerous amounts of information including protocols, applications, hardware devices, communication components, and users. Traditionally, deep statistical network analysis has required  human-in-the-loop interaction to collect, compute, review, and understand the data. This requires a large effort by network engineers to collect information instead of focusing on evaluating the performance of the network. To tackle this challenge, combining several existing technologies may lead to removal of the human-in-the-loop requirement and provide relevant statistics in a clear and efficient manner. This new approach can: (1) take advantage of increased computing power of servers and open-source software tools, (2) provide an easy to use graphical user interface (GUI) to facilitate analysis of large amounts of data, and (3) process network traffic in near real time. This talk will describe the background and challenges in large scale network performance, provide an overview of the existing open-source and commercial products, and present the electrical engineering and computer science skill-sets required to solve this problem.