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  •  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.


  •  New Latin American Studies Minor Website

  •  Winter News from Biology

  •  Winter News from Environmental Studies

  •  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

  •  Denardo Lectureship

    For Dr. Regina Rabinovich, the battle against malaria is personal.  Having contracted malaria on a research trip to Gambia, she realized the devastating impact of the disease on the economically downtrodden populations of Africa.

    As director of the Global Health Program's Infectious Diseases Development team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rabinovich oversees the development and implementation of strategies for the prevention, treatment, and control of diseases like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and pneumonia, which have particular relevance to global health.  Given the high cost of research and development and little incentive for pharmaceutical companies to make vaccines for poor countries, Rabinovich has embarked on a personal crusade to create awareness.



    The Gerald and Sally DeNardo Lectureship is proud to present

    Regina Rabinovich on "Global Health:  Taking Stock of 'Neglected Diseases'"

    Date: April 13, 2010

    Time: 7:30 p.m.

    Place: Mayer Theatre

    Please visit the webpage for more details:

  •  Biology Seminar, Feb. 26

    The Biology Department would like to invite all members of the Santa Clara University community to attend Dr. Winslow Briggs's talk on "Wildfire in a Wilderness Park: Catastrophe or Blessing?"

    Friday, February 26, 2010
    2:30-3:30 p.m.
    DalyScience 207

  •  Biology Seminar, Feb. 19

    The Biology Department would like to invite all members of the Santa Clara University community to attend Dr. Thomas Sherratt's talk on "The Evolution of Aging" .

    Friday, February 19, 2010
    2:30-3:30 p.m.
    DalyScience 207

  •  Anthropology Seminar

    Dr. Matthew Jobin

    Inferring Population History from Genetic Data using the Rejection Algorithm


    Dr. Matthew Jobin

    Wednesday, February 17, 2010

    5-6 pm

    Kennedy Commons

    Dr. Jobin holds a Ph.D. in Anthropological Sciences from Stanford University. His work has integrated computational and laboratory methods in order to provide statistical pictures of human prehistory. He has a background in anthropology, genetics and organismal biology. His recent work has been focussed on novel approaches for investigating the parameters of prehistoric human life, including the comparison of alternate models of ancient human migration and estimation of the size of prehistoric populations.

  •  ESI Seminar Series

    Mark Van Horn, Director of the UC Davis Student Farm

    will be speaking on

    "Students, Sustainability and Learning: Reflections on Three Decades of Student Farming"

    Kennedy Commons

    Friday, February 12, 2010, noon to 1 pm
    Please join us for refreshments at 11:45 a..m.

    For more information, contact Leah Nagasaki,

  •  Fine Arts Exhibit: Floating Worlds

    Music Goes Round and Round, 2009

    Floating Worlds: Recent Drawings by Tim Anderson
    Mural Collaboration with Tim Anderson and Studio Art Seminar students

    Opening:February 3, 5-7 pm (Artist talk 5-5:30 pm)
    Date:January 6-February 5, 2010
    Location: SCU Fine Arts Building gallery
    Gallery Hours:Mon.-Fri., 9-5

  •  Physics Dept Colloquia

    Dr. Carl Mears

    The Physics Department invites you to

    Space-Based Sensing of Climate


    Dr. Carl Mears

    Dr. Mears is a Senior Scientist at Remote Sensing Systems in Santa Rosa, CA. He is a member of two international working groups, the Global Climate Observing System Working Group on Atmospheric Reference Observations, and the WCRP Stratospheric Trends Working Group, which is part of the Stratospheric Processes and their Role in Climate (SPARC) project.

    Monday, January 25, 2010
    3:45 pm in Daly Science 206

    Light refreshments will be served.

  •  Conversations on St. Clare of Assisi

    St. Clare

    How can the writings and life of Clare of Assisi influence our identity, relations with God, with one another, and our work in the world?

    For the first time in SCU's history, two Poor Clares, Srs. Beth Lynn of Minneapolis and Dianne Short of Cincinnati Monasteries, will speak with the SCU community on how Clare of Assisi can be a light to our contemporary world.

    Thursday, January 28, 2010
    4 PM
    St. Clare Room, Learning Commons, 3rd floor

    Free and open to the public.

    For more information, contact Jean Molesky-Poz,

    Sponsored by a Bannan Grant through the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. If you require a reasonable accomodation, please call Jean Molesky-Poz at (408) 554-5542 48 hours prior to the event.

  •  Biology Dept Winter 2010 Seminars

    Dr. Dan Franks

    Dr. Dan Franks of the University of York will speak on

    "The evolution of anti-predatory defenses"

    Friday, Feb 12, 2:30-3:30

    Daly Science 207

  •  Religious Studies Department and the Department of African Studies

    The Religious Studies Department and the Department of African Studies present:

    "The Church and Politics in Africa," by Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, S.J., Ph.D.  Orabotor is a Jesuit priest from Nigeria.  He serves as Jesuit Provincial of East Africa and teaches theology and religious studies at Hekima College Jesuit School of Theology and Peace Studies in Nairobi, Kenya.  He is the author of several works, including From Crisis to Kairos:  The Mission of the Church in the Time of HIV/AIDS.  Orobator is a leading ethicist in Africa, and will be keynote speaker this weekend at the national meeting of the Society for Christian Ethics, to be held here in San Jose.  All are invited to attend.


    When: Tuesday, 01/12/10 from  4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


    Where: Kennedy Commons

  •  Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar


    Mr. William Dewhirst

    Cobalt Biofuels

    "Review of biofuels - with an emphasis on the production of bio-butanol from renewable non-food crops as an alternative liquid fuel for transportation"

    The presentation will consist of a review of biofuels including bioethanol, biobutanol, biodiesel, biogas, syngas and algae.  The focus of the presentation will be on biobutanol and will include the history of biobutanol as a commercial product and an overview of biobutanol production from renewable non-food crops.  Also discussed will be the advantages of bio-butanol as a liquid transportation biofuel and the challenges of making biobutanol a commercially viable energy alternative

    Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, 4-5 PM
    Alumni Science 120

    Mr. Dewhirst will be in the DS 103, from 3:15-3:50 pm to meet with students.

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