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Spring 2014 Series
Beckman Center - Irvine, CA
Wednesday, March 19 7:00 p.m.
Sensors, Simulators and Medical Performance: Are we there yet?
Recent advances in engineering have made it possible to measure human performance during highly specialized tasks and procedures. This talk will provide an update on noteworthy research findings using sensors and motion tracking technology to quantify hands-on performance during medical procedures.
Carla Pugh, Clinical Director, UW Health Clinical Simulation Program
Wednesday, April 23 7:00 p.m.
Suspended in a Sunbeam: How the Sun Influences the Earth, from Surface to Space
A generator in space, 150 million km away, heats the Earth, structures its atmosphere and organizes the surrounding space environment. The Sun’s energy output exhibits pronounced variability on all time scales, from minutes to 11-year cycles and longer, with myriad Earthly consequences that are especially pronounced in the outer atmosphere and space environment, but with clear signatures also in the middle and lower atmosphere, and at the Earth’s surface. How might the Sun affect navigation, communication and Earth-orbiting objects that can impact economic and security operations? How much of atmospheric ozone depletion and surface warming is solar -rather than human- induced? How well can we forecast future changes in Earth’s extended environment for societal, economic and security applications?
Judith Lean is Senior Scientist for Sun-Earth System Research in the Space Science Division of the Naval Research Laboratory.
Wednesday, May 7 7:00 p.m.
Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis
Patricia A. Ganz, M.D., Director, Cancer Prevention & Control Research David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Wednesday, May 28 7:00 p.m.
Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative
Susan Cutter is a Carolina Distinguished Professor of Geography at the University of South Carolina where she directs the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute. She chaired the National Research Council Committee on Increasing National Resilience to Hazards and Disasters whch authored the report Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative (2012).