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Physics Colloquium

Colloquia are held biweekly by the Saint Louis University Department of Physics on Thursdays at 4:10 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. through Zoom.

De-Mystifying Scientific Writing: Breaking Down the Basics

October 7, 2021

The Physics Colloquium Series presents Ms. Angela Mitchell from SLU Writing Services discussing “De-Mystifying Scientific Writing: Breaking Down the Basics” on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 4:10 p.m. (Join the online colloquium).

Scientific writing is not generally taught in high school or college-level composition courses, so its format and function can be intimidating for many undergraduate students. By keeping a clear focus on the topic and purpose of our research and findings, while also maintaining an awareness of our intended audience, we can produce clear, informative and engaging scientific papers. This workshop aims to break down the basic elements of scientific writing and explore techniques for producing papers that both inform our readers and provoke further discussion.

The Physics of Cancer

September 23, 2021


The Physics Colloquium Series presents Dr. Amina Mohammadalipour from Saint Louis University discussing “The Physics of Cancer” on Thursday, September 23, at 12:10 p.m. (Join the online colloquium).

The mechanical properties of cells are tightly correlated to many biological events, such as embryonic development, cell differentiation, aging, disease progression, and cancer metastasis. However, the interplay between cells’ deformability as well as the internal forces and their importance in cell signaling and fate have been insufficiently investigated. Dr. Alipour’s interdisciplinary research is centered upon the biophysical aspects of carcinogenesis from initiation and growth to progression and metastasis. New insights into the biophysical-driven cellular and subcellular functions, which critically regulate tumor invasion, will contribute to the development of drug discovery and therapeutic innovations.