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Spring 2016 Series

All events take place at 7 p.m. at the Beckman Center in Irvine, CA. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016   7:00 p.m.
The Dog Aging Project: Can old dogs teach us new tricks?

Dog breeds vary dramatically not only in shape, size and behavior, but also in patterns of aging and age-related disease. Companion dogs provide us with tremendous opportunities to better understand the determinants of healthy aging in both dogs and people. They live in our own environment, each breed represents replicate samples of relatively uniform genotypes, and the quality of the medical infrastructure for dogs is second only to that for humans. This talk will explore the ways that the Dog Aging Project is working to identify the environmental and genetic factors that influence healthy aging in dogs.

Daniel Promislow, University of Washington

Wednesday, May 18, 2016  7:00 pm
What’s on Your Plate? Food Fraud Detection through DNA Testing

The possibility of product mislabeling and species substitution is an increasing concern in the food industry.  In order to detect this type of food fraud in processed products, laboratory methods such as DNA-based tests are often required.  This talk will focus on the use of two DNA-based methods, DNA barcoding and real-time PCR, to detect mislabeling of meat species in food products.

Rosalee S. Hellberg, Chapman University

The Distinctive Voices Lecure Series will be dark during the summer months and programs will resume in the Fall.  Confirmed events are listed below.  More events will be added as they are confirmed.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Katalin Gothard, M.D., Ph. D., University of Arizona
Topic: Non-human primates as a model system for normal and pathological emotions/social behavior

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Andrew Whiten, University of St. Andrews
Topic: Evolution, social learning, traditions and culture

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