Wednesday, September 30, 2009

21st Century Environmental Challenges in a Global Context

Each year, the College of Letters and Science sponsors two distinguished endowed programs, the Critical Issues in America program and the Arthur N. Rupe Great Debates Series. This year the topic for the Critical Issues in America program is "Forty Years after the Big Spill - Looking Back, Looking Ahead: 21st Century Environmental Challenges in a Global Context." Led by Dehlsen Professor of Environmental Studies William Freudenberg and supported by Water Policy Program Director Robert Wilkinson, the program references an historical benchmark - for the campus as well as the nation - and addresses a breadth of environmental challenges for the 21st century with a strong, interdisciplinary group of core faculty and key collaborators.

All talks are free and open to the public.

TOMORROW, Thursday, October 1: Wm. Freudenburg: "The Tragedy of the Un-Commons?" 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Hall

Wednesday, October 21: Bill Gibson, CSU Long Beach: "Re-Enchanting the World," 2:00 - 2:50 p.m., in Bren 4016

Wednesday, October 28: Kai Lee, Packard Foundation: "Humans in the Landscape," 2:00 - 2:50 p.m., in Bren 4016

Wednesday, November 4: Doug Bevington, "Environment Now: The Rebirth of Environmentalism," 2:00 - 2:50 p.m., in Bren 4016

Tuesday, November 10: Riki Ott: "Learning the Lessons of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill," 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Hall.

As the academic year unfolds, please continue to look for events related to this exciting and timely Critical Issues in America program.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Seminar: CREB and the Search for Memory Enhancers

"CREB and the Search for Memory Enhancers"

Tim Tully, Dart Neuroscience
Mosher Alumni House
Alumni Hall, 2nd floor
Thursday September 24th, 4:00 PM

Tim Tully utilizes the study of fruit flies to elucidate genes related to memory formation. His experiments on "photographic memory" in fruit flies were the first demonstration of genetically enhanced memory. His work opens the possibility of developments in effective treatments for both behavioral and pharmacological memory loss in humans. Dr. Tully’s research was featured in the 2004 PBS special entitled /A Gene You Won’t Forget/.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Visit Sedgewick Reserve and do good deeds...

WANTED: students who would like to come up and help our Outdoor Classroom students (4th graders) identify mostly insects, some lizards (no snakes to date) and an occasional mouse or vole in the pitfall traps? The dates are October 28, 29; Dec. 9, 17; and April 14, 15. It would only be for about two hours each day (9:30 - 11:30ish). Please reply to Sue Eisaguirre at 686-1941, ext 4. or eisaguirre@lifesci.ucsb.edu.