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Fall 2016 Schedule

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

Confirmed events are listed below.  More events will be added as they are confirmed.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
The Magic of Emotional Touch

Touch is essential for communicating our emotions. Indeed our earliest socio-emotional experience may be the protective embrace of a parent.  Humans and non-human primates use touch to build and maintain bonds throughout life, yet little is known about how the brain extracts the emotional content of social touch. This talk will focus on the role of the amygdala, the emotional hub of the brain, in processing touch and in extracting the positive or negative valence of touch stimuli.  Dr. Gothard will explain how neuroscientists explore questions related to touch and emotion, emphasizing the value and the benefits of gaining new, significant knowledge in this area of research.

Katalin Gothard, M.D., Ph. D., Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience, The University of Arizona

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Tomorrow’s problems will not be solved by yesterdays materials – How additive manufacturing is changing medicine

Recent synthetic advances have enabled the synthesis of polymers designed to elicit specific cellular functions and to direct cell-cell interactions. Further advances in both synthetic methodology and scaffold fabrication are needed to continue drive these efforts forward.  In this presentation, we will demonstrate the use of several 3D printing technologies to print physiologically relevant structures from well-defined poly(propylene fumarate) and poly(ester urea) precursors.  These scaffolds are functionalized post printing with highly active biologics and being applied to several tissue engineering repair strategies.
Matthew Becker, Professor of Polymer Science & Biomedical Engineering, The University of Akron

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
The Trouble with JellyFish

Discussions by Lisa-ann Gershwin (author of Jellyfish: A Natural History and Stung! On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean) and Mark Dion (a conceptual artist known for his use of scientific presentations in his installations) and moderated by J.D. Talasek, director, cultural programs of the National Academy of Sciences.

The presentation will conclude with a tour of the "Trouble with Jellyfish" exhibit on display – a  cultural immersion into the stunning world of the jellyfish and an exploration of how their activities affect the fate of our oceans. Exhibit courtesy of the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative.

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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