UC Merced Update



Vital and Alice Pellissier Family Distinguished Speaker Series

Anthony F. AveniUC Merced’s Vital and Alice Pellissier Distinguished Speaker Series presents Colgate University Professor Anthony F. Aveni on “The End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012.”

Learn more about astronomy, history, anthropology and the Mayan calendar at a free public lecture at 6 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Art Kamangar Center at the Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St., Merced. People are encouraged to reserve seats by Oct. 19 by calling 209-228-RSVP or emailing specialevents@ucmerced.edu.

Aveni is a distinguished professor at Colgate University and a world-renowned expert in astronomy, anthropology and Native American studies. Rolling Stone magazine named him one of the nation’s top 10 professors, and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education voted him the National Professor of the Year, the country’s highest award for teaching.

Aveni is considered one of the founders of cultural astronomy, in particular for his research into the astronomical history of the Aztec and Maya Indians of ancient Mexico. He has conducted similar research in North America, Peru, Israel, Italy and Greece, studying history, hieroglyphic writing, calendars and architecture.

He has written 16 books, including “Conversing With the Planets,” an examination of how ancient cultures discovered harmony between their beliefs and their studies of the sky; “Skywatching in Three Great Ancient Cultures;” and “The End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012.”

Aveni has spoken or written on astronomy-related subjects for the Learning Channel, the Discovery Channel, PBS-Nova, “The Larry King Show,” NBC's “Today” show, the New York Times, Newsweek and USA Today. He has lectured at more than 300 universities around the world, including Tulane University and the University of Padua, Italy.

The doors open at 5:30 p.m., and those who plan to attend are reminded that downtown parking can be difficult, so people are encouraged to arrive early.

Symposium to Explore Cave Experience from Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Paul S.C. TaçonCaves and Cognition, a multidisciplinary symposium at UC Merced, will look at the phenomenology of caves as special, sacred or ritual spaces. Presenters will explore how humans conceptualize caves and whether there are patterns to human conceptualizations, behavior and perceptual and cognitive aspects of being in caves.

The symposium begins with a keynote by rock-art specialist Paul S.C. Taçon at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, 645 Main St. The talk is free and open to the public.

The symposium continues at UC Merced on Oct. 19 and 20. The schedule is online.

Contact Professor Holley Moyes for more information.

Mind, Technology and Science Lecture Series

The Mind, Technology and Society (MTS) Lecture Series presents Dan Mirman of Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute on Oct. 26 in KL 232.

Lectures take place at 3 p.m. Mondays this fall in KL 232, unless noted otherwise. The lectures are free and open to the campus community and general public. The theme for this semester's series is "Signals of Communication."

MTS is presented by the Cognitive Sciences program and is sponsored by a gift from professors Robert Glushko and Pamela Samuelson. For information, email Anne Warlaumont.

Oct. 26 (Friday) — Dan Mirman, Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute

Oct. 29 — Bart de Boer, University of Amsterdam

Nov. 5 — Sherman Wilcox, University of New Mexico

Nov. 19 — Greg Bryant, UCLA

Psychological Sciences Colloquium

The Psychological Sciences Colloquium is designed to give faculty and students the opportunity to learn about current research done within the psychological sciences. Researchers from various universities and organizations are invited to share their work. The talks are at 2 p.m. Wednesdays in the Classroom and Office Building, Room 265.

Contact Sarah Depaoli with any questions.

Oct. 24 — Keith Widaman, UC Davis

Oct. 31 — Alexandra Main, UC Berkeley

Public Health Seminar Series

The Health Sciences Research Institute's public health seminar series this semester features speakers from across the state.

The talks are at 2:30 p.m. on Fridays in the Half Dome Room in the Social Sciences and Management Building.

Here is a list of speakers and their topics:

Oct. 19 — Miguel Perez with CSU Fresno, who studies health education

Oct. 26 — Carol Sipan with UC Merced, who studies behavioral epidemiology and community health

Nov. 2 — Anna V. Song with UC Merced, who studies risk factors and health psychology

Nov. 9 — Kathie Hammond with UC Berkeley, who studies environmental health, asthma and air pollution in the Central Valley

Nov. 16 — Kristie Ibarra, with UC Berkeley, who examines FcgR utilization during secondary dengue virus infection

For more information, email Professor Paul Brown.

Frontiers in Science

The next lecture in this series is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Castle Air Museum, 5050 Santa Fe Drive, Atwater. Professor Paul Brown, who is with the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts and also serves as the director of the Health Sciences Research Institute, will speak on “Science Fiction and Reality: The Economics of the Personalized Medicine Revolution.”

The lecture is free and open to all.

CITRIS Speaker Series

CITRIS, the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society, focuses on developing information technology systems that facilitate significant energy and cost savings, and offers a speakers’ series dedicated to those research topics.

Though the lectures and roundtables take place on the UC Berkeley campus, they are live broadcast at CITRIS partner campuses, including in the Science and Engineering building, room 100, at UC Merced, at mms://media.citris.berkeley.edu/webcast, or on CITRIS’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/citrisuc.

The lectures are free and available to all, and begin at 1 p.m. on Fridays, on the following schedule:

Oct. 19: “A New View of Power Distribution Systems: Peering at Power Flow and Stability with Micro-Synchrophasors,” by Alex McEachern, Power Standards Lab, and Alexandra von Meier, CIEE

Questions can be sent via Yahoo IM to username: citrisevents. For more information, visit http://i4energy.org/