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Spring 2017 Distinctive Voices Schedule of Events

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2

Emily Chew, National Eye Institute, NIH

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Brain power and brain health

Michael M. Merzenich, University of California, San Francisco and designer of BrainHQ

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Deep Ocean Exploration

Jill McDermott, Lehigh University

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Annual Seymour Benzer
Microbial Control of Hosts

Microscopic beasts including viruses, bacteria, and fungi often associate with hosts to facilitate their spread and reproduction. Host-microbial interactions stretch back to the origins of cellular life. These alliances range from hostile to cooperative and from transient to permanent. We will explore the influence of microbes on their hosts and how they gain the ability to manipulate cell functions and organismal behavior. Understanding how microbes control hosts is helping unlock the secrets of our own biology and behavior.

Nels Elde, University of Utah

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
La Zanzara Vitruviana: Synthetic Biology and Malaria

New technologies hold great promise for sustainable control of malaria parasite transmission by mosquitoes. The science of these technologies has advanced so quickly that the public understanding of their benefits and risks lags far behind. The challenge is to develop these new disease control methods while at the same time recruiting public support for the efforts.

Anthony James, Donald Bren Professor, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Solar hydrogen production and notably solar desalination of salt water

Shane Ardo, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Extreme Event

California relies on a network of dams and aqueducts to store and transport water from the primary source areas (e.g., Sierra Nevada mountains and foothills) to usage areas (e.g., Central Valley farms and coastal urban regions). Southern California, in particular, relies on this infrastructure for 60% of its water, with the primary supply aqueducts importing from Owens Valley (eastern Sierra), Colorado River, and the California Bay-Delta Region. In this seminar, the presenter will define the meaning of resilience as applied to water systems. He will provide examples of stressing events in which the subsequent response demonstrated resilience (Los Angeles water system following Northridge earthquake) and did not (communities in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina). He will then describe seismic threats to California’s water systems and opine upon critical system components with and without suitable resilience.

Jonathan P. Stewart, Professor and Chair, Geotechnical Engineering, Earthquake Engineering, Engineering Seismology at University of California, Los Angeles

In conjunction with the Koshland Science Museum, this event will include two space-limmited sessions before and after the lecture in which the audience will participate in a disaster exercise-game.

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