Past Events

April
Blood memory: evaluating antibody responses to COVID-19 infection and vaccination
Dr. Rebecca DuBois
Monday, April 12, 2021
6:30-8:00 p.m. 
Research into detection methods for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in blood has rapidly accelerated during the pandemic in response to global health needs. In this virtual seminar, Dr. DuBois discussed how her lab applied existing knowledge from their research on antiviral antibodies to contribute to understanding the human antibody response to COVID-19 infection and vaccination. 
Specifically, she described her lab’s development of new technology to quickly measure SARS-CoV-2 antibody levels in blood, with results in less than 20 minutes. Dr. DuBois will describe the utility of this technology for COVID-19 studies, as well as the potential to develop this technology as a diagnostic platform to evaluate immunity to other infectious diseases.
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March
Dr. Rebecca A. London
Monday, March 8, 2021
6:30–8:00 p.m.
As elementary schools reopen after prolonged physical closure due to COVID-19, attention to healing the school community will be essential. Although there is wide variation in the timing and formats with which schools plan to reopen, it is clear that when students reenter school buildings they will be eager to reconnect with friends and teachers. Because elementary school-aged children learn and grow through play, recess is an ideal time to support healing and to prepare students to return to the classroom ready to learn. When students are allowed to reenter school buildings, providing opportunities for play should be a priority; this talk discusses how schools can safely implement recess and harness the power of play to rebuild the school community and support the well-being of their students.
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February
Dr. Noah Wardrip-Fruin
Monday, February 8, 2021
6:30–8:00 p.m.
It might seem that games can address almost any topic. There are versions of Monopoly and Tetris that, alone, seem to address subjects ranging from pop music, bass fishing, and sex to mass murder, slavery, and predatory real estate development. Yet for all but the last of these, the actual play of these games is at odds with the intended theme. So what topics can games meaningfully address? One powerful way that games can address topics is by having playable models that resonate with their intended themes. Monopoly is actually an example of such a game, with a playable model of real estate development ripped off from a game intended as a critique of capitalism’s approach to resources. The foundation of any playable model is a set of operational logics, which combine communication and computation with opportunities for play. 
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January 2021
Dr. Ari Friedlaender
Monday, January 11, 2021
6:30–8:00 p.m.
Whales are the largest animals on the planet and inhabit oceans around the world from the tropics to the poles.  Whales spend nearly all of their lives underwater and out of view of researchers.  While biologging tools have allowed us to track the underwater movement of these ocean giants and describe their behavior, the development of tags that include animal-borne video cameras has opened up a new world to researchers and the general public.  From a whale’s perspective, we can now visualize the environment in which whales live and better understand the decisions they make and the behaviors they employ.  In this talk, we will explore the underwater lives of the largest and the smallest baleen whales in local and the most remote parts of the planet: blue whales from California, humpback whales from South Africa, and minke whales from Antarctica.  Not only does this novel perspective provide information about the whales and their environment, but it also provides insights as to how anthropogenic impacts including climate change are affecting these animals.
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2020
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December 2020
Professor John Jordan
November 2020
Professor Sylvanna M. Falcón
October 2020
Professor Douglas N.C Lin

 

September 2020
Online Groceries: eCommerce, the pandemic & the future of work in retail food
Professor Chris Benner

August 2020
Beyond the Middle Passage: Slave Trading within the Americas, 1619-1807
Professor Greg O'Malley

July 2020
Mercury in Coastal Fog – Evidence for Bioaccumulation in Food Webs
Professor Peter Weiss-Penzias
June 2020
There Are No Single-Player Video Games
Professor Michael John
May 2020
Emerging From the Job Market Chaos: A More Successful You?
Dean of UC Santa Cruz Extension P.K. Agarwal

April 2020
The Arts at the Center of Software

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March 2020
Death on the Nile:
A 3D Visit to Egypt's Most Enduring Cemetery
Professor Elaine Sullivan

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February 2020
BioEngineering for Social Good
Professor David Bernick

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January 2020
India's Economic Future: The Promise and the Peril
Professor Nirvikar Singh

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2019
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December 2019
Reading Hamlet Now
Professor Sean Keilen

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November 2019
Quantum Materials and Bioelectronics: Promising Breakthroughs in Materials Science
Professor David Lederman

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October 2019
Vampires in Love
Professor Kim Lau

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September 2019
Can we do better than nature? – Taming biology to advance technology and medicine
Assistant Professor Marcella Gomez

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August 2019
Exploring CA Wines: A Workshop Involving Art, Science, Swirling, and Sipping
Professor Phillip Crews

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July 2019
How We Know When the Song is Over: Rhythm Perception, Musical Form, and Theories of Mind
Professor Ben Leeds Carson

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June 2019
The 1930s: The Past of Our Present?
Professor Marc Matera

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May 2019
Sanctuary: the Role of Faith-Based Organizations in Providing Refuge to Migrants
Dean Katharyne Mitchell

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April 2019
Germ Cells and Epigenetic Memory Across Generations
Professor Susan Strome

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March 2019
Polarization and Public Discourse: How We Got Here and What We Do Now
Professor Jon Ellis and Graduate Student Juan Ruiz

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February 2019
How Health Insurance Impacts Lives: Findings and Policies
Professor Carlos Dobkin

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January 2019

Challenges on the Edge: Climate Change, Sea-Level Rise and the Future of California's Coast
Professor Gary Griggs

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2018
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December 2018
Dickens and the Struggles of Marriage
Assistant Professor Renée Fox

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November 2018
Navigating a Whitewater World:
Exploring the Role of Technology for Social Good
Assistant Professor David Lee

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October 2018
When Drugs Became Global:
Technologies of Intoxication in the Enlightenment
Professor Ben Breen

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September 2018
Women in Early Hollywood: The Untold Story
Professor Shelley Stamp

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August 2018
Preserving Research Data in the Trump Administration
Professor Lindsey Dillon

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July 2018
Deep Video Gaming: Adding Collaboration, Empathy, Diversity, & Enlightenment to Games
Associate Professor Robin Hunicke

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June 2018
Heroes aren't born. They're built.
Human Joint Mimicry in Next-Generation Robots
Professor Mircea Teodorescu

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May 2018
Fighting Molecular War on Childhood Viruses
Professor Rebecca Dubois

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April 2018
What We Can and Cannot Predict about Earthquakes
Professor Emily Brodsky

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March 2018
Exotic Solar Systems on the Path to Earth-Like Planets
Professor Jonathan Fortney

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February 2018
The Future of Organic Farming
Christof Bernau, Farm Garden Manager

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