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Fall 2015 Series

More events will be added as confirmed. 

September 23, 2015
Your Brain on Music

Characteristics and theoretical parameters of music are explained alongside scientific findings about how the brain interprets and processes these characteristics. The neuroanatomy of musical expectation, emotion, listening and performance is discussed.

Daniel Levitin, Dean of Arts and Humanities, Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute  

September 30, 2015
Team Science Taking Novel Biophysical Genomic Approaches to Diagnostics and Therapeutics in Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects 2% of children, and is characterized by impaired social and communication skills together with repetitive, stereotypic behavior.  It is a complex heterogeneous disorder with a poorly defined etiology and diagnosis criteria that are strictly clinical because there are as yet no objective biomarkers of the disorder.  This lecture will examine the work of UCI CART and compelling functional evidence, obtained with breakthrough technology, that organelle function is fundamentally altered at the molecular level in diverse genetic and typical sporadic forms of ASD.

John Jay Gargus, Director of Center for Autism Research and Treatment, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine


October 7, 2015
Balancing Act – The Science and Art of Dance

Dancers encounter a diverse array of neuromechanical challenges with each practice and performance. The science behind how dancers maintain balance in a variety of situations – from balancing on the ball of one foot to retaining control during contact improvisation – will be discussed and demonstrated by dancers from BalletMet Columbus and the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts.  Research in the Human Biomechanics Lab at Denison University, seeks to discover how dancers regain balance while rotating, and the latest findings will be presented.

Melanie Lott, Denison University 

October 13, 2015
Digital Media and Developing Minds

Megan Moreno is a member of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Seattle Children's Hospital and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington. Dr. Moreno received her MD degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and also completed a Master’s Degree in Education. Dr. Moreno’s research focuses on ways in which technology can be used towards improving adolescent health with particular interests in social media.

October 27, 2015
Urban Infrastructure

Urban infrastructure systems, such as highways, potable water systems, and the electric power grid, form the foundation for life in the US.  Yet many critical components were designed more than fifty years ago and are reaching the end of their intended service life.  Issues related to managing and improving these complex systems will be discussed.

Sharon Wood, University of Texas, Austin  

November 4, 2015
Frontiers of Science

Speaker TBD 

November 11, 2015
Art-Science Interface

The Renaissance has been described as an “integrative period” of unified knowledge – a time during which art and science were one.  Homo Universalis, or polymaths, embraced a proficient understanding of art, architecture, science and engineering, leading to a period of wondrous discovery.

This event will showcase some of the exhibits and interactive displays at the Beckman Center as part of the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative 2015 Conference Art and Science, Engineering and Medicine Frontier Collaborations: Ideation, Translation and Realization.  After an introduction by Roger Malina (University of Texas, Dallas) and JD Talasek (Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences), participants will have a self-guided tour of the exhibits to explore how arts, design, sciences, engineering, and medicine can stimulate a  renaissance of  innovation that solves real-world problems; discover how collaborations can engage the public and other scientists and encourage discourse in important issues;examine how creative disruption and aesthetic experience engage the human mind to stimulate creativity and innovation. 

December 9, 2015
Sports head injuries and cognitive aging

C. Munro Cullum, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center



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