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  •  Environmental Studies Institute 5.21

    The Environmental Studies Institute is pleased to host the last speaker in the Spring 2010 ESI Seminar Series lineup: Dr. Nathan Dominy- Department of Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz will be presenting on the “"For Lions it Matters What the Tsavo man-eaters Ate, and Why"

    Date: Friday, May 21th, 2010

    Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

    Place: Kennedy Commons

  •  Environmental Studies Institute 5.14

    The Environmental Studies Institute is pleased to host the fourth speaker in the Spring 2010 ESI Seminar Series lineup: Liza Dadiomov, Environmental Studies Student & Environmental Ethics Fellow, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics presents "Culture of Sustainability at Santa Clara University: Quantitative Measure and Future Implications"

    Date: Friday, May 14th, 2010

    Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

    Place: Kennedy Commons

  •  Denardo Lectureship 5.18

    The College of Arts and Science in partnership with the Gerald and Sally DeNardo Lectureship and co-sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and the Center of Performing Arts presents:

    Angels in the Dust

    This film depicts the inspiring story of Marion Cloete, who, with her husband and three daughters, fearlessly walked away from a privileged life in a wealthy Johannesburg suburb to build Botshabelo, an extraordinary village and school that provides shelter, food, and education to more that 550 South African children.  Angels in the Dust is a story of hope and healing in the face of a staggering crisis as AIDS is leaving entire South African villages decimated and thousands of children orphaned, with no adults to raise them.

    Date: Tuesday, May 18
    Time: 7 p.m.
    Place: Recital Hall, Music & Dance Building
    Admission: Free

    Talkback will immediately follow the film

  •  Environmental Studies Institute 4.23

    The Environmental Studies Institite is proud to host Annie Thomas, Marsha Habib, and James Santiago Hanold, BUG Program Co-Coordinators. The topic of their presentation is, "Growing Community: The Bronco Urban Gardens (BUG) Program"

    Date: Friday, April 23rd

    Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

    Place: Kennedy Commons

  •  Center for Science, Technology, and Society 4.22

    The STS Center would like to invite all people to its afternoon conference: "Power to the People: Renewable Energy for Underserved Communities".

    Thursday April 22, 2010
    1:00 PM-7:30 PM
    Recital Hall

    The conference marks the kick off of the Center's three-year sector focus on clean energy for the underserved, a topic which cuts across all disciplinary areas of the University.  The conference features a diverse range of speakers representing social benefit entrepreneurs, policy innovators, energy technologists, and community organizations who will collectively examine what is needed to foster renewable energy enterprises for the underserved globally and here in the Bay Area. 

    The conference offers opportunities to make new connections and potentially to discover new ways of looking at the varied aspects of renewable energy.  More importantly, it offers an opportunity to deepen and strengthen ties with our partners on campus.
    For more information, please visit:

    Registration is requested.

  •  Department of Anthropology 4.28

    The Department of Anthropology’s Seminar Series is pleased to announce the upcoming presentation by Dr. Ellen Boccuzzi, University of California at Berkeley, on “Reading Migration: Thai Migrant Literature as Ethnographic Source”.

    Dr. Boccuzzi will present on her recent dissertation research conducted in Bangkok, Thailand.  Dr. Boccuzzi argues that literary texts by migrant writers provide a window onto the personal negotiations and acts of identity-making that go hand-in-hand with adaptation to a new home. Using contemporary Thai literature by migrant writers as an ethnographic source, this talk will explore the personal impacts of migration and urbanization on rural-urban migrants to Bangkok.

    April 28, 2010

    5:00 - 6:00 pm.

    Kennedy Commons

    Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

  •  Environmental Studies Institute 4.9

    The Environmental Studies Institute is pleased to host the first speaker in the Spring 2010 ESI Seminar Series lineup: Dr. Winslow Briggs, Department of Plant Biology, Stanford University. The topic of his presentation is, "The 2007 Wildfire in Henry W. Coe State Park-What's Out There Now and How Did It Get There?"

    Date: Friday, April 9th, 2010

    Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

    Place: Kennedy Commons

  •  Women's and Gender Studies

    The Women's and Gender Studies' Program is pleased to present


    Spring Lunch Lecture w/Professor Kathy Aoki



    Come witness Assistant Professor Kathy Aoki’s artist talk/performance as Curator of the "Museum of Historical Makeovers," founded in 3007 A.D.. Aoki will highlight some of the finest specimens in the Museum’s permanent collection:

    · Pharaoh Gwen Stefani’s alabaster burial coasters and canopic jars!

    · Etchings of the Brazilian Wax method and other beauty procedures from the 1800s!

    · Technical illustrations of lower back tattoo procedures from 1760s!



    Monday, April 19th 11:45-1:00 (de Saisset Museum)

    RSVP Online or at

  •  Department of Theatre and Dance & JAI

    In collaboration with the Department of Theatre and Dance,  the Justice and the Arts Initiative (JAI,) 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 students everywhere!

    Monday  April 12, 2010

    6:00-6:45 pm   Interactive Performance & Workshop
    6:45 pm    Presentation on ASTEP experience in India by SCU alum Grace Patil

    7:15 pm  
      Q & A with Director Mauricio Salgado on the scope and methods of this remarkable organization.

    Light refreshments to follow in the Music and Dance Lobby

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

  •  Summer Session 2010

    Looking for a challenging and economical way to fulfill academic requirements or satisfy an intellectual curiosity?  We have something for current Santa Clara students, summer visitors and high school students eager to experience university life.  Peruse our on-site and on-line courses and see what works for you.

    Please do let us know how we can be of help.  Send us an email, call us (408-554-4833) or visit us on Facebook.  Or, even better, stop by in person!

    Looking forward to meeting you this summer,

    Rafael Ulate, Director

  •  Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.3.12

    The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is pleased to host Dr. Daniel A. Savin, Assistant Professor of Plymer Science and Engineering, in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, from the University of Southern Mississippi and his talk on "Polypetide-based Block Copolymers-Towards pH, T and "Schizophrenic" Responsiveness in Micelles and Vesicles"  

    Block copolymers are materials containing two distinct polymer segments covalently attached.  When the two blocks are not miscible with one another, they self-assemble into well-defined nanostructures such as micelles, vesicles, liquid crystals and organogels.  The present studies focus on the aqueous self-assembly of polypeptide-based block copolymers that are responsive to solution conditions due to secondary structure transitions within the polypeptide chain.  In particular, poly(propylene oxide)-poly(lysine) (PPO-PK) block copolymers self-assemble into temperature and pH-responsive structures, and we can drive a reversible ‘schizophrenic’ (inside-out) assembly of PPO-PK micelles.  These nanostructures are characterized using light scattering, circular dichroism and transmission electron microscopy.  I will also present the use of thiol-alkyne ‘click’ chemistry in the formation of peptide lipid-mimetic materials.

    Place: Alumni Science 120
    Date: Friday, March 12, 2010
    Time: 4-5 pm


  •  Chemistry Seminar, March 5

    Dr. Jill Millstone, Post Doctorate - Jean Frechet's Lab
    University of California at Berkeley

    will speak on

    "Designing Semiconductors Polymers for
    Third Generation Solar Cells"

    Friday, March 5, 2010, 4-5 p.m.
    Alumni Science 120

    Dr. Millstone will be available to meet with students at 3:15 to 3:50 p.m. in the Deck Room 103.


    Solar cells based on conjugated polymers and fullerenes represent the state-of-the-art in organic photovoltaics, and depend on the efficient generation, separation, and extraction of photogenerated charge. Typically processed as bulk heterojunctions, these device structures are efficient only when the formation of continuous, interpenetrating, nanoscale morphologies can be obtained through processing parameters such as thermal annealing or solvent evaporation rates. Therefore it is necessary to develop both an understanding and an approach to designing materials which self-assemble into these morphologies with well-defined interfacial properties. Here, we present a series of developments in polymer design and processing which allow one to control active layer morphology via polymer crystallinity, compatibilization, and stability. We first examine the influence of polymer design on the formation of crystalline domains in thin films via the development of donor-acceptor block copolymers and polymers of controlled crystallinity. We build on this work to construct devices from pre-formed nanocrystalline regions of both donor and acceptor materials in the form of nanoparticles. Finally, we present methods to freeze favorable active layer morphologies via crosslinked conjugated polymers, which have proven efficient in both improving processibility and maintaining high power conversion efficiencies over an extended operating period.


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  •  Department of Theatre and Dance

    The Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to present: The Playboy of the Western World J.M. Synge’s eccentric, high-spirited comedy celebrates the grand poetry and reckless abandon of the Irish imagination, taking us to a hardscrabble corner of the world where murderers speak in earthy music, the underdog rules on high, feisty damsels are eager to be won, and it’s the tale well told that wins the day. Undeniably, J.M. Synge is considered the pivotal Irish playwright of the early 20th century.

    Date and Time: Friday, February 26, 2010

    Place: Mayer Theatre

    Please contact the Theatre/Dance website for more details:

  •  Anthropology, Feb. 24

    The Department of Anthropology is pleased to host Dr. Joanna Mountain, Associate Professor at Stanford University, and her presentation of her research on human evolutionary genetics.

    "The current focus of my research group is upon the highly informative but difficult to detect biological variation found at the level of DNA. While not easily observed, DNA variation stores a great deal of information regarding the population processes of human history, as well as the evolution of our morphology, physiology, and behavior. We are currently surveying the maternally and paternally inherited genetic variation of a set of linguistically diverse peoples of Tanzania, addressing questions regarding the origins of our species, linguistic evolution, and the history of the migration in East Africa. We are also developing a new set of genetic systems; we predict that these will be informative regarding major human migrations and population bottlenecks throughout the last 100,000 years of human history.

    More broadly speaking, my areas of interest include: the origins of modern humans; comparisons of genetic and linguistic variation among human populations; ethical issues regarding human genetics; phenotype and the interactions among genotype, environment, and culture; biology and concepts of race; the extent to which genetic data can reveal details of human history; the origins of and relationships among the peoples of East Africa; the development of statistical tools for analyzing a variety of human population genetic data; and, comparisons of the genetic variation of ancient and living peoples."

    Date: February 24, 2010
    Time: 5-6 pm
    Place: Kennedy Commons

  •  Chemistry Seminar, Feb. 12

    The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is pleased to host "The Total Syntheses of Two Chlorosulfolipids", presented by Mr. Grant Shibuya a Santa Clara University alumni and current Ph.D. candidate at U.C. Irvine.

    "The Total Syntheses of Two Chlorosulfolipids"

    The chlorosulfolipids are an interesting class of halogenated natural products due to their heavily chlorinated substitution pattern and their unknown biological/structural functions within their natural sources. A study of their 3-dimensional shape, a diastereoselective dichlorination methodology, and the total syntheses of two of these chlorosulfolipids is described.


    Date: Friday, Feb. 12, 2010
    Time: 4-5 pm
    Place: Daly Science 103

    Mr. Shibuya will be in Daly Science 103 from 3:13-3:50 pm to meet with students

  •  Women's and Gender Studies: Fat Studies Panel

    The Women's and Gender Studies Program would like to invite all members of the Santa Clara University community to attend:

    Fat Studies Reader : Panel Discussion
    featuring Natalie Boero, Nat Pyle, Michael Loewy and Marilyn Wann of FAT!So.

    Light refreshments will be provided.

    Date: February 18, 2010
    Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 pm
    Place: Kennedy Commons

    Please RSVP by February 12th at: or

    For more information please contact Jeanette Miller at 554-4461

  •  Biology Ugrad Research Conference

    35th Annual West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference

    Sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences

    The West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research (WCBSUR) Conference is the oldest, intercollegiate Conference of its kind in the nation. 

    The purposes of the Conference are:

    1) to provide a forum for undergraduate researchers to present original data they have generated in the fields of biology and biochemistry

    2) to foster intercollegiate interactions among students and faculty who share a commitment to undergraduate research in the biological sciences.

    The WCBSUR Conference was founded in 1975 by Dr. William Eisinger, Professor of Biology at Santa Clara University, and was hosted by Santa Clara every year until 1986, when other institutions began sharing the responsibility.

    Those include Colorado College, Loyola Marymount University, Occidental College, Point Loma Nazarene University, Santa Clara University, the University of California at Irvine and the University of San Francisco. 

    Over the first 34 years of its history, WCBSUR Conferences have been attended by students and faculty representing 143 institutions from 25 states.

    SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 2010

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