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Lecture Series

COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 and the Pandemic- MIT Biology Lecture Series

Wednesday mornings, 9 am

In this free online lecture series provided by MIT, prominent health officials and scientists such as Anthony Fauci delve into the logistics and science behind the current pandemic. From reviewing coronavirus biology to viral immunology, the online lecture series presents a way to learn more about the virus that currently plays a prominent role in many research efforts.

The Center for Philosophy of Science Annual Lecture Series (62nd Annual Lecture)

Friday afternoons, 3:30 pm

Hosted by the Center for Philosophy of Science- a program of the University of Pittsburgh- historians, philosophers, and scientists are invited to present original papers ranging from biological behavioral aspects and their effect on the allocation of gender roles to precision medicine. Lectures from previous years are linked on the page provided above as well. 

Physics Colloquium: Supporting the integration of numerical computation in physics education (Prof. Danny Caballero, Michigan State University)

November 30th, from 3:15-4:30 pm in Regents 109

Hosted by the Physics department, this colloquium will feature Professor Danny Caballero from Michigan State University. It will discuss computation and its integral role in modern research. However, most science curricula do not give adequate attention to this area. Thus, the major point of the discussion will focus on how computation should receive greater emphasis in science education.

ANU College of Science STEM Guest Lecture Series

Including past webinars on Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics, etc, this site includes lecture series describing the leading research work in many different fields of STEM. Some background from college-level courses is required to fully grasp and take advantage of these lectures. 

Past lecture series

Science in Health

Multiple dates available in December 2020, January, February and March 2021

The Science in Health Public Lecture Series are free events that attract a diverse audience including the public, secondary school pupils and professionals. The series aims to open up areas of concern in health care and present new research on health issues to the public.

Dean’s Seminar Series featuring Ed Schlesinger – “Engineering and Medicine; A Confluence”

Cosponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research

The relationship between medicine and engineering—between clinicians and engineers—is undergoing a transformation so radical that it now can be difficult to define precisely where engineering ends and medicine begins. Fueled by advances in data science and engineering’s innovations, this revolution is redefining what it means to practice medicine and the roles of physicians and patients. These changes are occurring at an ever-faster pace and I believe will be more disruptive to health care than many anticipate, forever altering the relationship between engineering and medicine, our institutional structures, and how and even where medicine is practiced. In this presentation, I will describe disruptive changes that already have occurred in other industries that should be regarded as a harbinger for the evolving future of medical practice. I will also explain why we must embrace this change and the opportunities it presents, so that we, in partnership, can shape and lead the future of our disciplines.


Application Writing Process: Writing About Leadership

March 17, 2021, 2 pm

The Undergraduate Research and Fellowship advisers at Columbia University talk about leadership and the points one should highlight as a leader in their essay and/or resume.

Dean’s Seminar Series featuring Bruce Tromberg, PhD – “Bioengineering for COVID-19: Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) at Unprecedented Speed and Scale”

March 25, 2021

Bruce J. Tromberg, Ph.D.

Director, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

National Institutes of Health

Tutorial on distributed optimization & distributed machine learning, and security and privacy in distributed optimization/learning

March 12, 19, 26, 2021

Tutorial on distributed optimization & distributed machine learning, and security and privacy in distributed optimization/learning by Nitin Vaidya, Department of Computer Science, Georgetown University (

Interested attendees should register at this link: preferably using an institutional email address for the registration.

Barbara McClintock Life Sciences Lecture Series

Multiple dates available in February, March and April 2021

The Barbara McClintock Life Sciences Lecture Series is among the most distinguished lecture series in the world. This lecture series brings together colleagues from the natural, physical, and computer sciences and engineering communities in a single forum. 

The Application Process: Personal Statement 

April 15, 2021, 4 pm

The Undergraduate Research and Fellowship advisers at Columbia University discuss the differences between research and personal statements and help brainstorm potential topics of focus.

Dean’s Seminar Series featuring E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD – “(Glucose Metabolism) a Common Soil Linking Diabetes Mellitus, Heart Failure and Cancer?”

May 6, 2021, 4-5 pm


Heart failure is a disease of aging that continues to have a poor prognosis. Diabetes Mellitus amplifies the risk of heart failure. Heart failure and diabetes are accompanied by impaired mitochondrial oxidative capacity in the heart. Moreover, heart failure and diabetes are insulin resistant states. An important consequence of these systemic and organ-specific metabolic changes is a mismatch between glucose uptake and its mitochondrial metabolism that leads to the accumulation of glycolytic intermediates that activate signaling pathways that contribute to ventricular remodeling. Many of these perturbations in glycolytic metabolism are also seen in cancer. Whereas activation of these pathways lead to cellular proliferation in cancer, in the heart they promote myocardial remodeling. Metabolic modulation may play an important role in ameliorating the progression of heart failure.

Clinical & Translational Research Grand Rounds: Modeling Exertional Exhaustion in Gulf War Illness (GWI) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

May 7, 2021, 12-1 pm

ABSTRACT: Dr. Baraniuk serves as Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University where, for over 20 years, his NIH (NIAID, NIEHS, NCRR, NINDS) and DOD supported research has focused primarily on careful phenotyping, mechanistic, biomarker, and therapeutic studies to improve the understanding and care of patients with complex, chronic, multi-symptom illnesses including Gulf War Illness and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. His research has leveraged his remarkable engagement with Veteran and Patient communities, cutting-edge and discipline-spanning molecular, analytical, neuroimaging, and informatics approaches, and complex clinical protocols that have depended on our expert clinical research unit staff. His work underscores the centrality of rigorous human subjects research to understand and improve patient care in complex clinical disorders. His talk will focus on exertional exhaustion, a defining, distressing, and debilitating characteristic of GWI and ME/CFS.

For more information, contact [email protected] or visit

CS Colloquium: Munmun De Choudhury (Georgia Institute of Technology)

May 7, 2021, 1-2 pm

Employing Social Media to Improve Mental Health: Harnessing the Potentials and Avoiding the Pitfalls

A popular form of web data — social media data — is being increasingly used to computationally learn about and infer the mental health states of individuals and populations. Despite being touted as a powerful means to shape interventions and impact mental health recovery, little do we understand about the theoretical, domain, and psychometric validity of this novel information source, or its underlying biases, when appropriated to augment conventionally gathered data, such as surveys and verbal self-reports. This talk presents a critical analytic perspective on the pitfalls of social media signals of mental health, especially when they are derived from “proxy” diagnostic indicators, often removed from the real-world context in which they are likely to be used. Then, to overcome these pitfalls, this talk presents results from two case studies, where computational algorithms to glean mental health insights from social media were developed in a context-sensitive and human-centered way, in collaboration with domain experts and stakeholders. The first of these case studies, a collaboration with a health provider, focuses on the individual perspective, and reveals the ability and implications of using social media data of consented schizophrenia patients to forecast relapse and support clinical decision-making. Scaling up to populations, in collaboration with a federal organization and towards influencing public health policy, the second case study seeks to forecast nationwide rates of suicide fatalities using social media signals, in conjunction with health services data. The talk concludes with discussions of the path forward, emphasizing the need for a collaborative, multi-disciplinary research agenda while realizing the potential of web data in health — one that incorporates methodological rigor, ethics, and accountability, all at once.

MDI Scholars Spring 2021 Showcase

May 10, 2021, 10 am EDT

Come hear from Georgetown students working on a host of exciting research projects this term. From the 2020 elections to forced migration to partnership work with the World Bank and Pact, MDI Scholars are tackling some of the most pressing policy issues of our time. We’re excited to share their work with you at this event.

Please RSVP here to receive the Zoom link for our event

Dean’s Seminar Series featuring Paul Roepe, PhD – “The Biochemistry of Antimalarial Drug Resistance”

September 9, 2021, 4-5:30 pm (recorded)

This seminar will discuss the biochemical processes behind antimalarial drug resistance.  The presentation will start with addressing chloroquine probes. Then, information will be provided on the synthesis of fluorescent antimalarial drug probes. Then, the seminar will clarify the structure and function of malarial resistance proteins like PfCRT.

Inoculating Cities: Case Studies of Urban Pandemic Preparedness

Thursday, September 9, 2021, 8-9 am (recorded)

Cities and urban areas are especially at risk for infectious outbreaks due to their high density, socioeconomic inequalities, and other factors. Despite this, they offer models for resolving these issues and enhancing overall public health security Inoculating Cities: Case Studies of Urban Pandemic Preparedness is a volume, published in July 2021,  that represents a collection of case studies on models of urban pandemic preparedness and response. The discussion held this Thursday will feature a seminar and discussion with the editors and writers.

Dean's Seminar Series featuring Vilhelm Bohr, MD, PhD - "DNA damage and mitochondrial dysfunction in neurodegeneration and aging"

October 28th, from 4-5 pm (zoom link:

It has been known that DNA repair defective diseases with severe neurodegeneration have mitochondrial dysfunction. Thus, the research done by Dr. Bohr cell lines, the worm (c.elegans), and mouse models and include the premature aging syndromes Xeroderma pigmentosum group A, Cockayne’s syndrome, Ataxia telangiectasia, and Werner syndrome. The goal of this research is to study the mechanisms and signaling surrounding mitochondrial health as well as neurodegeneration. The talk will then also discuss potential interventions that could be used in the future. 

Georgetown Lombardi Visiting Professor and Grand Rounds Lecture Series Featuring Jeffrey Rathmell, PhD

October 29th, from 4-5 pm (zoom link:

Dr. Rathmell studies the pathways that influence lymphocyte differentiation in inflammatory diseases and cancer. His research also focuses on the mechanisms behind immunometabolism and their role in immune-related diseases. His talk will focus on these pathways and the regulation of cells within the immune system. The lecture will take place on October 29th, from 12-1 pm (virtually). 

Soft Matter Seminar: Gelation and Blocky Functionalization of Semi-Crystalline Polymers

November 10th, from 11am-12 pm in Arrupe Multipurpose Room

This event is hosted by the Institute for Soft Matter. It will describe SPS, a well-known gel-forming polymer. Emphasis will be placed on the gel’s interesting properties, such as its mechanical strength, how it is formed, and reactivity. There will also be a discussion on the utilization and identification of such gels.

Georgetown Lombardi Visiting Professor and Grand Rounds Lecture Series Featuring Caryn Lerman, PhD

November 12th, from 12-1 pm (zoom link:

“Precision Therapy for Nicotine Dependence”. This event is part of a lecture series organized by the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. It will feature Dr. Caryn Lerman, who is the Director of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. She will speak about her research on cancer prevention. In particular, her work has sparked investigation into behavioral epidemiology of cancer genetic susceptibility tests and pharmacogenomic approaches to treating tobacco dependence.