Stefano Allesina: Predicting coexistence in experimental ecological communities

Mon, Oct 19, 2020, 12:15 pm

When experimenting with a large pool of species, a common problem is to determine a priori whether a certain subset of species can coexist when co-cultured. We propose a simple statistical model in which a number of species assemblages are observed, and the coexistence of novel assemblages is predicted out-of-fit. We discuss how this problem connects with popular models for population dynamics, and how the approach can be extended to the case in which only relative abundances are observed, or data are not sufficient to parameterize the full model.

Allan Drummond: Rethinking the cellular response to heat shock, from biophysics to physiology

Mon, Oct 26, 2020, 12:15 pm

Cells across the tree of life respond to a sudden, nonlethal rise in temperature--heat shock--in similar ways.

Location: Zoom

Dialogue on droplets with Shana Elbaum-Garfinkle and Stephanie Weber

Thu, Nov 5, 2020, 7:30 pm

Dialogue on droplets:

Shana Elbaum-Garfinkle, ASRC, The CUNY Graduate Center

Stephanie Weber, McGill University...

Location: Zoom

Chromosomes, condensates, and transcriptional control

Fri, Nov 6, 2020, 10:00 am

All cells must control the reading out (“transcription”) of information encoded in their DNA.  

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Seppe Kuehn: A sparse mapping from structure to function in microbial communities

Mon, Nov 9, 2020, 12:15 pm

The metabolic function of microbial communities emerges through a complex hierarchy of genome-encoded processes, from gene expression to...

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Kranthi Kiran Mandadapu: TBD

Mon, Nov 23, 2020, 12:15 pm
Location: Zoom

How children learn language with Jenny Saffran

Thu, Dec 3, 2020, 7:30 pm

How children learn language:

Jenny Saffran, University of Wisconsin 

Location: Zoom

Language, learning, and networks

Fri, Dec 4, 2020, 10:00 am

We are in the midst of a revolution driven by models for learning in neural networks.

Location: Zoom