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Week of Apr 23-29, 2017

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Tuesday 25 April

Biology Research Seminar: Insights into disease transmission through genomic analysis.

Time: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Contact: Mona Wolfe · rkwolfe@loyno.edu · 865-2288

Location: Monroe Hall Room 610

Join us for a presentation given by Silvia Justi, Ph.D., Department of Biology, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.

Senior Capstone Presentations--SPAN & LAS

Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Contact: Eileen Doll · edoll@loyno.edu · 865-3845

Location: Multimedia Room 2, Monroe Library

Graduating seniors majoring in Languages and Cultures, concentrations in Latin American Studies or Spanish, will present their Capstone research, in either English or Spanish. Join us for th celebration!

Reception following the presentations.

Wednesday 26 April

Environment Program Spring Frog Walk

Time: 7 pm to 11 pm

Contact: Kimberly · kjkahn@loyno.edu · 5048652599

Location: Jean Lafitte National Park on the Coquille Trail

Enjoy an evening adventure walk with Dr. Bob Thomas (Environment Program and Mass Communications) one of the foremost herpetologists in the southeastern Louisiana area and a longtime environmental educator and naturalist. Come to listen and investigate dozens of species of frogs and toads. Learn how to identify frogs by their vocalizations and see alligators’ glowing red eyes. Walkers are guaranteed to see all sorts of nocturnal critters. Reservations are required.

Meeting logistics

Reservations Required. Reserve your spot by Thursday, April 20th. 
Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Time: 6:45 pm to approximately 11:00 pm
Contact: Kimberly Kahn · kjkahn@loyno.edu or 865-2599
Location: Next to the RecPlex (where the university vans are parked)

We will meet at the vans next to the RecPlex at 6:45 pm and leave promptly at 7 pm. Return time will be around 11 pm. If you wish to drive and/or carpool separately, you will be given a map to the site we are visiting –Coquille Trail. If you want to meet us there, email rathomas@loyno.edu for a map.

What to bring 

You'll want to bring the following items:

Dress comfortably. Wear shoes that are good for walking on a rocky trail.  Be sure to bring a flashlight and consider bringing a camera and umbrella. Also, bug spray if you are bugged by bugs. 

This trip is free and open to all Environment Majors, Minors, and International Students, but please reserve your spot ahead of time by contacting Kimberly Kahn at kjkahn@loyno.edu or call (504) 865-2599. Website:http://cas.loyno.edu/environment/spring-frog-walk Facebook: www.facebook.com/loynoenvironment

Thursday 27 April

Physics SPS Seminar: Teaching Machines to Think

Time: 12:30 pm to 1:30 am

Contact: Physics Department · Physics@loyno.edu · 5048653647

Please join us at the next SPS Seminar, Teaching Machines to Think, presented by Dr. Valery Rousseau of the Physics Department. The seminar will be held Thursday, April 27th from 12:30-1:30 in Monroe 152.


"It is still considered science-fiction to give a robot a simple command, such as "go get me a beer from the fridge", and have it granted. However, the field of artificial intelligence (AI) has continuously been progressing. AI units have become common nowadays without the users necessarily being aware of them. Famous examples include Facebook's face recognition system and the Google translate program. In this talk I will explain, without entering into the mathematical details, how simple attempts to imitate nature allows us to program computers and robots in such a way that they can develop their own knowledge without any input from the programmer. This results in machines that are capable of making decisions based on their own experience and history, instead of simply outputting the programmer's mind. The first part of my talk will illustrate how a crude imitation of the basic structure of a human brain allows computers and robots not only to learn from examples, but also to generalize these examples and make guesses. The second part will illustrate how a simple implementation of human feelings, such as “pain” and “happiness”, allows computers and robots to develop their own strategy in order to reach their assigned goal, such as a four-legged robot learning how to walk, or a computer beating a chess champion. Overall, my talk will present some of the ideas that will be developed in the newly created course "Neural Networks & Applications" that will be offered next fall at Loyola." -Dr. Rousseau


Pizza & refreshments will be served!