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  •  Mathematics/CS Colloquium Series Winter 2011

    Title: Discrete Volume Computations for Polytopes: An Invitation to Ehrhart Theory

    Speaker: Matthias Beck, San Francisco State University

    22nd February 2011, Tuesday
    3:50 pm
    O'Connor 207

    Abstract: Our goal is to compute the volume of certain easy (and fun!) geometric objects, called polytopes, which are fundamental in many areas of mathematics. Although polytopes have an easy description, e.g., using a linear system of equalities and inequalities, volume computation is hard even for these basic objects. Our approach is to compute the discrete volume of a polytope P, namely, the number of grid points that lie inside P, given a fixed grid in Euclidean space such as the set of all integer points. A theory initiated by Ehrhart implies that the discrete volume of a polytope has some remarkable properties. We will exemplify Ehrhart theory with the help of several families of polytopes whose discrete volumes are connected with some of our friends in various mathematical areas, such as binomial coefficients, Eulerian, Stirling, and Bernoulli numbers.

    This talk will be accessible to anybody who has finished the basic calculus and linear algebra courses. In particular, we will not assume that the audience knows the terms mentioned in this abstract, such as the concept of a polytope.

  •  Art Exhibit

    Non Sequitur art exhibit

    Bay Area Artist Julie Hughes will be on exhibit in the Art Department Gallery from February 14 through March 11, 2011

    The Artist's Reception will be on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 from 5-7 pm.

    Julie is currently a Lecturer in drawing and painting at SCU.

  •  2011 Austin J. Fagothey, SJ Philosophy Conference

    Adobe Lodge
    Please register early and reserve a place by contacting the Conference Director.

    Conference schedule

    8:15-9:00 am   Registration
    9:00-10:15 am   Nicholas D. Smith - Lewis and Clark College
    “Obey or Persuade”
    10:15-10:30 am   Break
    10:30-11:45 am   Mark McPherran - Simon Fraser University
    “Socrates’ Refutation of Gorgias: Gorgias 447c-461b”
    11:45 am-1:30 pm   Lunch Break
    1:30-2:45 pm   Paul B. Woodruff - The University of Texas at Austin
    “Eros Philosophos”
    2:45-4:00 pm   Hugh H. Benson - The University of Oklahoma
    “Learning from Others in the Socratic Dialogues”
    4:00-4:15 pm   Break
    4:15-5:30 pm   Debra Nails - Michigan State University
    “More to Method than Maieusis”


    Registration (includes coffee and soda): $20 Students: $5
    SCU Students, Faculty and Staff: Free

    Conference Director:  William Prior

    If you have a disability and require reasonable assistance at the event, please call the Philosophy Department at 408-554-4093 or California Relay at 800-735-2929 (TTY) one week prior to the event.

  •  WGST Winter Lunch Lecture

    WGST Alumni Panel: Law Professions

    Sarah Bonnel '07 Immigration Paralegal

    Morgan Forrest '93 Deputy District Attorney in Sacramento County

    Meg Hennessey '06 J.D. Candidate, 2011, Santa Clara University, School of Law

    Suzy Loftus '96 Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of California


    Wednesday, February 16

    11:45-1:00 P.M.

    Benson-Williman Room

  •  Biology Winter Seminar Series

    Disparities in Public Health

    4th March 2011, Friday
    2:30 to 3:30 pm
    Alumni Science 120

    Arnab Mukherjea
    University of California

  •  Biology Winter Seminar Series

    The Apgar score as a tool in perinatal epidemitology

    24th February 2011,Thursday
    2:30 to 3:30 pm
    Alumni Science 120

    Henry C.Lee
    University of California
    San Francisco

  •  Biology Winter Seminar Series

    The evolution of superstition

    18th February 2011, Friday
    2:30 to 3:30 pm
    Alumni Science 120

    Thomas N.Sherrat
    Carleton UNiversity

  •  Biology Winter Seminar Series

    Biochemical adaptation in a montane insect herbivore- the role of heat shock proteins in buffering environmental change

    11th February 2011, Friday
    2:30 to 3:30 pm
    Alumni Science 120

    Elizabeth Dahlhoff
    Santa Clara University

  •  Biology Winter Seminar Series

    Molecular Modules of Gender biased behaviour in African Cichlid fishes

    4th February 2011, Friday
    2:30 to 3:30 pm
    Alumni Science 120

    Suzy C.P Renn
    Reed College


  •  Biology Winter Seminar Series

    How sperm competition works in Drosophilia

    28st January 2011, Friday
    2:30 to 3:30 pm
    Alumni Science 120

    Mollie K Manier
    Syracuse University

  •  Biology Winter Seminar Series

    The path to personalized cancer medicine : sequencing and analyzing cancer genomes

    21st January 2011, Friday
    2:30 to 3:30 pm
    Alumni Science 120

    Thane Kreiner
    Santa Clara University
    Center for Science, Technology and Society

  •  Justice and the Arts Initiative

    Creative Pedagogy in Community Workshop
    Thursday, February 17, 2011
    5:30-9:00 pm
    Music and Dance Building, Lobby and Dance Studio A
    Corner of Franklin and Lafayette Streets in Santa Clara
    Community Pedagogy Workshop open to all students, staff, faculty and
    alums with Mauricio Salgado of ASTEP – Artists Striving to End Poverty

    The Justice and the Arts Initiative (JAI,) in collaboration with the
    Theatre & Dance Department and the CPA, is proud to present Mauricio
    Salgado of ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty) from New York as a
    part of the JAI Guest Artist Series. A growing number of SCU students
    and graduates are working with ASTEP on arts and education projects in
    Homestead, FL and India. Find out what is engaging the minds and hearts
    of our students! An excellent workshop for students, staff and faculty
    looking for creative approaches to foster relationships in
    community-based learning placements.

               5:30 – 5:45 pm  Refreshments
               6:00 – 9:00 pm  Workshop will focus on best practices and
    approaches to teaching the arts in a wide spectrum of community
    settings. Participants will engage in ensemble building techniques,
    diversity scenarios, activities for setting an environment, and explore
    the intersections of culture, community and creativity. No arts or
    teaching experience required. Dress comfortably.

    A word about JAI:
    Student-artists come to Santa Clara University to grow in their own
    artistic disciplines and obtain a well-rounded, liberal arts education.
    In the process of attending SCU, students are exposed to the Jesuit
    tradition of intellectual inquiry, ethics and spirituality. The programs
    of JAI are one possible entry point for them as they seek to integrate
    their artistry with the greatest needs of the world and work in creative
    solidarity with people from marginalized populations. The Justice and
    the Arts Initiative of the College of Arts and Sciences creates an
    intellectual frame of reference for examining and fostering artistic
    processes that are critically bound to issues of justice. The Guest
    Artist Series features world-class artist-activists in film, theatre,
    music, dance, visual and literary arts who have dedicated their lives to
    issues of social justice.

    ASTEP is in residency at SCU for the entire week. Please contact us at or phone x5542 if you wish to arrange to meet with Mr.
    Salgado outside of the above workshop time.

    JAI is Co-Directed by Kristin Kusanovich and Carolyn Silberman.

    Reservations (especially for groups) are appreciated but not necessary:

  •  The Archaeology of Spanish Missions

    The Santa Clara University Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce the upcoming presentation by Dr. Lee Panich

    19 January 2011
    5:10 - 6:00 pm
    Kennedy Commons

    Dr. Panich will present

    "The Archaeology of Spanish Missions:  A View from Mission Santa Catalina, Baja, California."

    Dr. Panich will explore how archaeology can add to our understanding of Spanish
    colonial missions, using the case study of Mission Santa Catalina, in northern Baja California, Mexico. Founded in 1797, Santa
    Catalina was a Dominican mission contemporaneous with the Franciscan
    missions of Alta California. In both areas, archaeology can shed new light on the
    lives of the indigenous people who lived and worked at mission sites, as well as the ties that native people maintained to communities and resources beyond the mission walls. At Santa Catalina, research into the mission’s native population has employed archaeological investigations, in addition to archival research and community partnerships. These diverse lines of evidence can help to create a more nuanced understanding of colonial California and the role of the mission period in the long-term histories of California Indian groups.

    Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

  •  Posing Beauty in African American Culture

    Posing Beauty in African American Culture

    Wednesday, January 19, 2011
    4:00 - 5:30 pm,
    St.Clare Reading Room -Learning Commons

    Professor Deborah Willis is the chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Her presentation will focus on her work as a curator of African American photography and her own photographic work regarding ideas of beauty and on portraiture.


  •  Three Summers

    Wendy Crockett

    Three Summers

    Potraits of Icelandic Youth

    Jan 10th 2011 to Feb 4th 2011
    Santa Clara University
    Art Department gallery
    Gallery hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am to 5:00 pm

    Openeing Reception : Friday January 14th , 2011
    6:00pm to 8 :00 pm

  •  Gerald and Sally DeNardo Lectureship

    Elizabeth Blackburn

    Wednesday Feb 2nd, 2011
    7:30 pm
    Recital Hall, Music and Dance Building

    Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D. is the recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her discoveries in telomere biology that have uncovered a new understanding of normal cell functioning and given rise to a growing field of inquiry.

    Throughout her distinguished career, whether as the editor of high-profile scientific journals, such as Molecular Cancer Research and Molecular Biology of the Cell, or as a current member of over 30 distinct institutional advisory boards or review committees, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn has spent countless hours in service to her constituency. Further, she has held leadership positions in several scientific societies, including her current appointment as President of the American Association for Cancer Research.

    Not surprisingly, Dr. Blackburn has been recognized for her seminal contribution to the field of telomere biology with numerous prizes, awards, and honorary degrees, including the 2006 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research and elections to the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Institute of Medicine. In 2007, Time magazine named her one of the ‘100 Most Influential People in the World,’ and in 2008 she was the North American Laureate for the L’Oreal_UNESCO For Women In Science. The scientific community bestowed upon her the ultimate recognition of her legacy by honoring Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn with the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

    Dr. Blackburn is currently the Morris Herzstein Endowed Chair in Biology and Physiology in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco. She is also a Non-Resident Fellow of the Salk Institute.

  •  U.S. Rep. Honda Talks Ethics at SCU

    Political science students get in-class face time with Congressman.

    Click here for full article

  •  Charisma!

    Thu-Sat, Jan.13-15, 2011 | 8pm | Fess Parker Studio Theatre  - $5


    Members of the Charisma group reflect on their lives in an intimate exploration of spirituality and the arts that combines art, music and the spoken word.

    Center of Performing Arts
  •  Jazz Has A Dream

    Jazz Has A Dream
    Multi-media performance/ Department of Music and JAI
    Fri & Sat, Jan 14 & 15, 2011 | Music Recital Hall | FREE

    Directed by David Dueñas and featuring a great line-up of professional jazz musicians and vocalists. Experience a powerful evening integrating jazz and justice in an artful night of music and imagery that takes us through the civil rights movement to the present day. A delightful and moving program of live jazz that suggests the great hopefulness and freedom inherent in the creative act. A true homage to the human spirit. Great jazz... great jamming... and a great way to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Teacher Scholar Program

  •  Art, Life & New Worlds


    Art, Life & New Worlds

    Thursday, January 6, noon

    Music Recital Hall - FREE


    In this noon-time concert, members of WING IT! Performance Ensemble will weave together movement, story, sound, humor and drama to explore the dreams and aspirations of artists in our culture. What does it mean to imagine new landscapes of images or sounds or words out of almost nothing? How does this change us and change the world? How do artists survive and even thrive in a world that both idolizes and distrusts them?  Join WING IT!’s co-founder Phil Porter and company members Patricia Plude, Amy Shoemaker and Susan Main. WING IT! has been creating improvised performances for over 20 years using the tools and techniques of InterPlay. (

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