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Computer Science Colloquium Series - Computational Phylogenetics by Brad Shutters

Contributed by: Kim Bechdolt
Published: Wednesday, 18 January 2017 10:30 AM

Department of Computer Science - Ball State University
Colloquium Series 2016-17

Computational Phylogenetics

Brad Shutters

University of Wisconsin – La Crosse


In his seminal book The Origin of Species, Darwin produced one of the first illustrations of an evolutionary tree and popularized the notion of a "tree of life.” Over a century and a half later, evolutionary trees are still used to study the evolutionary relationships among groups of species, genes and other taxa. Computational phylogenetics is the application of algorithms, methods and programs to assemble a tree representing a hypotheses about the evolutionary history of a set of taxa. In this talk we will explore several recent developments on the algorithmic foundations of constructing evolutionary trees from multi-state molecular data, and on combining smaller evolutionary trees on overlapping taxa into supertrees. We will also discuss several open problems in the field.

Monday, January 23, 2017, 3:00 PM, RB 104

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Become a Peer Victim Advocate

Contributed by: Belinda McNeill
Published: Thursday, 12 January 2017 10:00 AM
Are you looking for a way to get involved on campus? Are you interested in volunteering your time to make a difference in someone’s life? Are you passionate about supporting survivors of violence? If so, consider applying to join the Office of Victim Services Peer Victim Advocate (PVA) training course this spring semester!

Training will be held weekly, on Thursdays, from 3:30-4:45pm. The course will start February 2 and end on April 20 (no March 9 and April 6). The group will meet in the Health Center, Room 206. *This training is on a volunteer basis and not for course credit.*

Students completing this 10 week training will become members of the PVA team and will be educated on providing advocacy and support to survivors of crime. Additionally, students will learn how to facilitate educational programs related to issues involving relationship violence, sexual violence, stalking, healthy relationships and related topics. If you are good at listening, desire to help connect your peers to resources, want to inform them of their options, and are encouraging and empowering, please consider applying. *This will be the only day of the week/time of day this training is offered this semester. If it does not coordinate with your academic or work schedule, we would invite you to consider applying in the Fall 2017 semester.*

It is imperative that all applicants review the training expectations and requirements by visiting the OVS website:

After considering the role, responsibilities, and time commitment, if you are interested, please apply at

Applications need to be submitted by 11:59pm Sunday, January 22. Late applications will not be considered. Space is limited, please apply early. This opportunity is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

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Phased Retirement Deadline

Contributed by: Jacquelyn Buckrop
Published: Tuesday, 10 January 2017 9:00 AM
Faculty members wishing to participate in Phased Retirement beginning in Fall semester 2017 must make the request in writing by February 6, 2017
More information about Phased Retirement, including the Request to Participate form is available at:

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Patent Awarded to Muhammad Maqbool

Contributed by: Julie Allison
Published: Monday, 19 December 2016 11:00 AM
A United States Patent with patent number US 9,515,447 B2 has been issued to Muhammad Maqbool, Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy at Ball State University, for his invention of a Titanium doped amorphous aluminum nitride microlaser.
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2016-17 Creative Teaching Grant Call for Appllications

Contributed by: Kathleen Jacobi
Published: Wednesday, 16 November 2016 9:30 AM
The Office of Educational Excellence is now accepting applications for the 2016-17 Creative Teaching Grant. Proposal deadline is THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
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