Please join us for an exciting discussion from two of our colleagues, Michelle Francl-Donnay and Collin Rice discuss their work around their shared interest of science.
Professor Francl will present One Ring to Bind Them All. Molecular rings with Möbius topology formally have no distinct inside or outside. Despite that, they have the potential to bind other molecules in their interiors. Some Möbius rings are "handed" - a feature that is key to molecular recognition. What can we learn from theoretical models of Möbius rings that could lead to successful strategies for synthesizing these rings?
Assistant Professor Rice will discuss Leveraging Falsehoods in Science. A standard picture of science claims that science aims at truth and that many of our current scientific theories are approximately true. However, many past scientific theories that were held to be true have eventually been replaced and science frequently depends on the introduction of false idealizing assumptions. His talk will focus on the ways that scientists employ idealized models that are known to be inaccurate representations of the world in order to reveal true explanatory information that enables us to understand the events we observe.
Feel free to join us for the buffet lunch and/or any part of this discussion that works with your schedule.