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Fall 2016 Schedule

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

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, September 14, 2016
Recovery of large marine predators off California coast – consequences of unintentional ecosystem management

Urbanization and coastal development in southern California over last 100 years resulted in considerable impacts to the marine ecosystem through habitat loss, pollution, and overfishing.  This stimulated substantial state and federal regulations over the last 40 years to reduce these impacts, particularly necessary with a growing human population.  One indicator of ecosystem restoration can be seen in recovery of marine predator populations, including meso and apex predators (e.g. teleosts, sharks, seals, whales).  While direct protection for many marine predator species have been in place for at least a decade, improved fisheries management, water quality and coastal habitat restoration have likely aided predator recovery.

Chris Lowe, Director of the California State University, Long Beach Shark Lab

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Western wildfires and climate change

From Alaska to the Amazon, wildfires are rapidly changing. Climate change is expected to influence drought and wildfires by the middle of the 21st century, and possible consequences for forests and human health. This lecture will focus on three research examples:  Changing patterns of lightening that may enable forest expansion into the Artic;  the unique differences of Santa Ana conditions and summer wildfires in Southern California; and how the 2015/2016 El Nino has influenced drought and wildfire activity in the important tropical forest ecosystem of the Amazon.

James Randerson, Chancellor’s Professor of Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Katalin Gothard, M.D., Ph. D., University of Arizona
Topic: Neural basis of emotion and social behavior

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Design of synthetic polymers for novel 3D printing applications

Alshakim Nelson, University of Washington

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Speaker TBA
Topic: Deep Blue Sea

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thomas Hull, Western New England University
Origami:  Mathematics in Crease

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