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Fall 2014 Series
Beckman Center - Irvine, CA

October 15, 2014
Symbiosis Becoming Permanent

Michael W. Gray, Dalhousie University

A private receptionn for Friends of Distinctive Voices follows the lecture.

October 22, 2014
Bitcoin and Beyond: Cryptocurrencies Explained

Non-state-backed, decentralized “cryptocurrencies” such as bitcoin have introduced new paradigms for money movement in which transfers are public but the identities of the individuals behind the transfers are masked. This presents both opportunities and challenges. On the one hand, cryptocurrencies have important speed, efficiency and (in some respects) security advantages over traditional approaches. Yet, all mechanisms for moving and storing money—new and old—involve risks and the potential for misuse. This presentation will discuss what bitcoin is, how it works, and the broader implications of systems built on the concept of decentralized trust.

John Villasenor is a professor of electrical engineering and public policy at UCLA and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

October 29, 2014
ULTIMEYES: Brain Training Games and Perception

Aaron Seitz, Professor of Psychology, University of California, Riverside

November 12, 2014

Collective Behavior: From Cells to Societies

Joan Strassmann, Washington University in St. Louis


November 19, 2014
Ancient DNA

Beth Shapiro, University of California, Santa Cruz



December 3, 2014
Visualizing Ecology and Sustainability in the Anthropocene

Gregory Asner, Carnegie Institution for Science 


December 10, 2014
Kepler-186f – Earth-like planet

Thomas Barclay, NASA Ames Research Center


December 17, 2014
Edible Education: Science and Food

Liz Roth-Johnson, University of California, Los Angeles Department of Integrative Biology & Physiology.



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