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  •  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.

  •  Jazz Has A Dream - MLK

    We celebrate and remember Martin Luther King Jr. and honor his memory in a jazz concert featuring music of social consciousness, peace and justice. This is a triumph of life to be shared with the entire family.

    Directed by David Duenas in collaboration with the Justice and the Arts initiative

    January 15 & 16, 2010

    8 p.m.

    Music Recital Hall


    Tickets: $18 (Discounts for students, seniors, and SCU campus)

  •  2010 Austin J. Fagothey, SJ Philosophy Conference


    The Philosophy of John Searle

    Saturday, January 23, 2010
    8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Recital Hall, Music Building


  •  Center of Performing Arts

    The Center of Performing Arts fosters opportunities on the Santa Clara University campus to teach students, engage audiences, and promote understanding through the performing arts. 

    Created to facilitate artistic exchange between artists in the fields of dance, music, and theatre, the Center of Performing Arts (CPA) encompasses programming from the Department of Theatre and Dance, the Department of Music, and the newly formed Justice and the Arts Initiative, as well as select CPA series programming.  In addition to presenting the works of these university programs, the CPA serves an important role within the local community by offering affordable venues to Bay Area arts organizations and educators.

    Check out their Season at a Glance to see the full list of performances.


  •  Ethnic Studies Program

    The 2009-10 academic year marks a watershed moment for the Ethnic Studies Program at Santa Clara University—its 40th Anniversary!   Through the incredible passion and vision of past students, faculty, administrators, and staff at Santa Clara University during the student movements of the late 1960s that challenged existing racial formalisms in higher education and was a microcosm of the civil rights, women’s rights, and anti-war movements of the time, so began the birth of Ethnic Studies programs across the nation.   Santa Clara University would witness similar movements that would make it one of the oldest Ethnic Studies programs in the nation.  Since its genesis in 1969, the Ethnic Studies Program at Santa Clara University has witnessed both positive and turbulent periods that culminated in subsequent movements such as the peaceful Unity III movement in 1999, which is commemorated in the 40th Anniversary logo to the right.  A great deal of energy envelopes and surrounds the Ethnic Studies Program today as two new full time faculty members, Dr. Perlita Dicochea and Dr. Robin Hayes, joined Dr. Ramon Chacon and me, to make up a distinctive and distinguished core faculty of junior and senior scholars who study interdisciplinary aspects of race, ethnicity, and community.  The approval of a companion major in Ethnic Studies is on the near horizon that would allow Santa Clara students to enhance their primary majors in whatever field with a nuanced theoretical and empirical understanding of the intersections of race and ethnicity with historical and contemporary issues such as political power, community agency, social movements, cultural citizenship, economic and social policies, transnational capital and investment, ethnic entrepreneurs, criminal justice, and environmental racism. 

    In hindsight, the protests and demands of those students in 1969 across the nation, particularly in California and the Bay Area, to allow for a more inclusive curriculum that specifically examines the history and contemporary issues of  minority communities were prophetic as the region and state have become transnational and multi-racial and ethnic in its characteristics.  Today, in Santa Clara County, over fifty percent of its residents speak a language aside from English.  Asian Americans and Latinos comprise of 30.5 percent and 25.7 percent, respectively, of Santa Clara County’s total population and will likely witness greater increases in the next U.S. census.  And in the state of California, for the first time in our nation’s history, no majority racial group exists with minorities comprising the clear majority.  The mission of the Ethnic Studies Program is to prepare our graduating students for ways to understand emerging and complex issues that California is experiencing in the public and private sectors to better position Santa Clara University as the region’s premier institution in studying these issues in Silicon Valley and in California in general.

    To highlight these emerging racial and ethnic issues, the Ethnic Studies Program is proud to celebrate its 40th Anniversary during the 2009-10 academic year with many exciting events, panels, book talks, and film screenings that involve alumni, current students, faculty, and outside speakers. 

    We hope that all of you, alumni and current students, staff, and faculty can join us in on the year’s festivities and to find out what this excitement is all about!

  •  Department of Art and Art History

    The Department of Art and Art History presents the exhibition: Nor Cal Clay II

    Dates: Nov. 2-Dec. 4
    Where: Art Department Gallery in Fine Arts Building
    Gallery Hours: M-F, 9-5 pm


  •  Center of Performing Arts


    Festival of Lights- Celebrate the Holidays

    Share the holidays with family and friends with an intimate evening that begins with a yuletide dinner at the historic Adobe Lodge.
    Then celebrate The Christmas Story with the SCU Choral Ensemble at Mission Santa Clara.  This inspirational concert journeys from the visitation of Mary to the birth of Jesus and draws from medieval carols, the Magnificat, our best loved Christmas carols and culminates with the annual candle-lit performance of Silent Night

    Dinner at the Historic Adobe Lodge followed by a traditional
    Holiday Choral Concert in Mission Santa Clara

    Friday, December 4, 2009 - 5:30 pm
    Saturday, December 5, 2009  - 5:30 pm
    Tickets $85   
    For More Information 408.554.4565
    This is a fundraiser to benefit the Center of Performing Arts.  


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