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  •  Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry presents Dr. Paul Wender

    Dr. Paul Wender, Bergstrom Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University, will speak on “Some Global Problems in Chemistry, Biology, and Medicine”

    Friday, November 13, 2009, 4 - 5 pm

    Alumni Science 120


    My group is interested in addressing unexplored or unsolved molecular problems in chemistry, biology, and medicine. These studies range from designing and developing new reactions and catalysts to complex molecule synthesis with an emphasis on the design, synthesis and biological evaluation of molecules of structural, biological, and medicinal significance. An emphasis is placed on new synthetic reactions, molecules that exhibit unique modes of action, new tools for real time cellular and animal imaging, novel drug delivery strategies and molecular transporters. This lecture will provide an overview of some of these programs including synthetic and biological studies on prostratin, now in pre-clinical development for targeting the HIV/AIDS latent virus; synthetic and biological studies on bryostatin, currently in phase I and II trials for cancer and a pre-clinical lead for treating cognitive dysfunction including Alzheimer’s disease; and synthetic and biological studies on molecular transporters and their use in drug delivery and overcoming resistant cancer.

    Dr. Wender will be in Daly Science 103 from 3:15 - 3:50 pm to meet with students

  •  Ceramics Rediscovered

    Ceramics Rediscovered

    Science Reshapes Understanding of Hispanic Life in Early California

    Join SCU Campus Archaeologist and Anthropology Professor Russell Skowronek for the Opening of this exhibit on November 14, 2009.  A number of activities are scheduled.  For more information go to:  The exhibit will be on display through January 2011.

    The results of this scholarly and scientific research have literally rewritten early California history and traditional thoughts on production, supply, import, and exchange of ceramics.

    El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park
    123 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA

  •  Anthropology Department Seminar

    Dr. Lydia Boyd of Santa Clara University will speak on Saving One's Self: Ugandan Youth, Sexual Abstinece, and Born-Again Christianity in the Time of AIDS

    Wednesday, November 11, 2009
    5:00 - 6:00 pm
    Kennedy Commons

    Dr. Boyd explores abstinence-focused sponsorship in Uganda, analyzing how powerful born-again churches in the capital, Kampala, promote sexual abstinence and the “Christian family” as solutions to the AIDS epidemic. At public rallies “immoral” behavior is condemned, condom use is ridiculed, and young adults testify about the heartache of growing up in “broken” homes.  Dr. Boyd discusses how these campaigns have been at cross-purposes with earlier more pragmatic and culturally conscious Ugandan AIDS programs that had already proven successful.

  •  Environmental Studies Institute Seminar

    Alrie Middlebrook, author of Designing California Native Gardens and owner of Middlebrook Gardens will be speaking on "Sustainable Design: The Originist Landscape Movement."

    Friday, November 20, 2009
    12:00 - 1:00 pm
    Kennedy Commons

    Light refreshments will be provided beforehand.

  •  Difficult Dialogue - "White Identity"

    Difficult Dialogue - "White Identity"

    Facilitated by Marilyn Edelstein, Associate Professor English Department, has been on the SCU faculty since 1987.  She is also a faculty member in the Women's and Gender Studies Program.

    Tuesday, November 3, 2009
    3:45 - 5 pm
    Arts & Sciences, Wiegand Room

    Please RSVP to Pauline Nguyen

    Co-sponsored by the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost and the Ethnic Studies Program

    In compliance with ADA 504, please direct your accommodation requests to the Office for Multicultural Learning at least 72 hours prior to the event at 408/551-7152

  •  Arabic, Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies Present

    Friends and Foes poster

    Friends and Foes:  The Complexities of Contemporary Jewish-Muslim Relations in the United States

    With Dr. Aaron J. Hahn Tapper, Co-Executive Director and Founder of Abraham's Vision, the only educational organization worldwide co-directed by a Jewish American and Muslim Paterlinian that works with American and Middle Eastern Jews, Muslims, Israelis, and Palestinians.

    Wedensday, November 4, 2009
    12 noon
    Arts & Sciences, Wiegand Room

    Co-sponsored by AIMES (Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies), Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and the Religious Studies and Political Science Departments

    In compiance with ADA/504 please direct your accommodation requrest to:  Arts & Sciences Dean's Office at 408/554-4455

  •  Women's and Gender Studies Fall Lecture

    Janet Flammang

    Janet Flammang, Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department will speak on The Taste for Civilization: Food, Politics, and Civil Society

    Monday, November 9, 2009
    11:45 am to 1 pm
    Williman Room - Benson
    RSVP Required:  Online or by email by Wed. November 4th
    Light Lunch Provided

  •  Voices for Justice

    Arts & Sciences Building

    Join Felix F. Gutierrez for the bicentennial of Latino newspapers in the United States with a preview film schreening, exhibit and presentation that "show how newspapaers advocated independence and freedom across the hemisphere, spoke against Yanqui violence after the U.S. took the Southwest from Mexico, helped newcomers become Americanos, encouraged young Latinos to advance themselves in the 1930s and 40s, were advocates for Chicano and other liberation movements of the 1960s and 70s, and are a growing force in the U.S. as other media declare bankruptcy."

    Claudia Nunez, a reporter for La Opinion newspaper in Los Angeles, documented the struggles of Oaxacan villagers who were lured to San Jose and Los Angeles by false promises of well-paying jobs, then ended up as virtual slaves in small restaurants and taquerias.  Her reports on human trafficking challenged the Latino community to acknowledge exploitation from within.

    October 29, 2009, 5 - 6:30 pm, Wiegand Room (Arts & Sciences Building)

    RSVP to Pauline Nguyen at

    Sponsored by the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost, Communication Department, Latino Faculty Group, and M.E.Ch.A.

    Latino Press exhibit featured in the Multicultural Reading Area (2nd floor University Library) October 19-30, 2009

  •  Dept of Anthropology Seminar Series

    A UNHCR Ramadan food tent for Iraqi refugees and needy Jordanians in Khreibet al Souq, eastern Amman.

    Many Iraqis fleeing the war and violence in Iraq have found refuge in Jordan.  Entrapped and invisible for fear of deportation, a large majority of an estimated 1.4 million refugees and asylum seekers reside in Amman where they live economically and socially marginalized.  They represent some of the psychological "collateral damage" of the Iraq war, victims of US and international community's oblivion.

    Dr. Laure Bjawi-Levine is a Post Doctoral Reserach Fellow in Anthropology at Santa Clara University

  •  Justice and the Arts Guest Series

    Reception at 5:15.

    Free, but tickets are required due to limited seating.

  •  Environmental Studies Institute Fall Seminar Series

    Join the Environmental Studies Institute  for a seminar by Will Danse, SCU Environmental Science Student speaking on:  "NASA's DEVELOP Internship Program and Wilfires: Using GIS and satelite imagery to determine the impact of fuel treatments on carbon flux"

    Friday, October 30, 2009, 1 - 2 pm

    Casa Italiana Commons

  •  Dept of Chemistry & Biochemistry Presents Dr. Marcin Majda

    Dr.  Marcin Majda, from Bioanalytical Chemistry and Electrochemistry at UC Berkeley, will speak on "Antibody-Antigen Exchange Equilibria in a Field of an External Force: Design of Reagentless Biosensors"

    Friday, October 16, 2009, 4 - 5 pm

    Alumni Science 120


    This seminar concerns a new strategy for detecting biological moledules that relies on competitive exchange interactions of an analyte with two-component molecular tethers attaching superparamagnetic microspheres (4 microns in diameter) to a sensor surface.  The individual tethers consist of an antibody-antigen complex and are designed to selectively detect antigenic proteins in a sensitive reagentless fashion.  In order to impart a driving force to the otherwise free energy neutral antibody antigen exchange equilibrium, a small mechanical force of ca. 10 pN was applied to stretch the antibody-antigen tethers using a massively parallel magnetic tweezers device.  The experimental work was carried out with human cardiac troponin I.  This serum heart attack marker was used as an example of analytes of a credible relevance to biomedical diagnostics.  The initial results illustrate the functioning of a cardiotroponin sensor and offer a preliminary estimate of its sensitivity of 16 pM.

    Dr. Majda will be in Daly Science 103 from 3:15 - 3:50 pm to meet with students

  •  Environmental Studies Institute

    ESI Garden Party

    Join the Environmental Studies Institute  for a Garden Design Party for the new SCU Education and Community Garden.

    This participatory event will be led by Alan Green, a landscape architect and expert in participatory design.  Participatory design will allow everyone to have input into what the garden will look like.  The event is open to anyone interested in being a part of the new garden and will involve students, staff, faculty and community members.  We will have many design ideas from our students to inspire you.  You will also have an opportunity to meet our new Americorps volunteers who will be building the garden and undertaking our new environmental justice outreach programs.

    Friday, October 23, 2009, 2:30 - 5 pm

    Corner of Benton and Sherman Streets

  •  Partners in Health Celebrates 20 years of Health and Social Justice with a Photography Exhibit: "On the Same Map"

    PIH On the Same Map

    Exhibit:  October 13 through November 20, 2009, Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center and Orradre Library, Second Floor

    Center for Science, Technology, & Society Symposium:  October 13, 3:30 - 5 pm, Saint Claire Room
    Advances in Vaccines for Gloval Health Threats with Dr. Jay Levy, Professor of Virology and Immunology, UCSF, and Dr. Duncan Steele, Senior Scientific Advisor, Global Vaccine Development Program, PATH

    Opening Reception:  October 13, 5 - 7 pm, Saint Claire Room
    Program at 6 pm featuring Frederick J. Ferrer, CEO, The Health Trust, and Cassia van der Hoof Holstein, PIH volunteer

    The exhibit and activities are free and open to the public.

    Panel Discussion: Engaging Santa Clara for Global Health, October 16, 4 to 5:30 pm

    University Library Book of the Quarter Discussion: Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, October 29, 7 - 8:30 pm

    The Gerald and Sally DeNardo Lectureship: Global Health: Taking Stock of  "Neglected Diseases", April 13, 2010, 7:30 pm
    Dr. Regina Rabinovich, Director of Infectious Disease Development, Global Health Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


  •  Cajas de Cartón y Senderos Fronterizos

    Cajas de Cartón y Senderos Fronterizos

    The Governor's Office of the State of Jalisco, Mexico, is honoring Francisco Jiménez, Fay Boyle Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures, by publishing his first two autobiographical books, Cajas de Cartón y Senderos Fronterizos, in one volume by the Secretaria de Cultura of the Government of Jalisco.  The volume has a wonderful introduction by the Governor and preface by the Minister of Culture.

    University President Michael E. Engh, S.J. will receive The Secretario de Cultura of the State of Jalisco, Mexico, Jesús Alejandro Cravioto Lebrija on behalf of Francisco Jiménez in a formal presentation on Tuesday, October 13, 2009, at 7 p.m, in the Adobe Lodge. 

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  •  Dept of Chemistry & Biochemistry Presents Dr. Ron Zuckermann

    Dr. Ron Zuckermann

    Dr. Ron Zuckermann speaking on "Bioinspired Polymers as Nanoscale Building Materials"

    Friday, October 9, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 pm

    Alumni Science 120


    Peptoids are a novel class of non-natural biopolymer based on an N-substituted glycine backbone that are ideally suited for nanomaterials research.  This bioinspired material has many unique properties that bridge the gap between proteins and bulk polymers.  Like proteins, they are a sequence-specific heteroploymer, capable of folding into specific shapes and exhibiting potent biological activities; and like bulk polymers they are chemically and biologically stable and relatively cheap to make.  Peptoids are efficiently assembled via automated solid-phase synthesis from hundreds of chemically diverse building blocks allowing the rapid generation of huge combinatorial libraries.  This provides an ideal platform to discover nanostructured materials capable of protein-like structure and function.

    Dr. Zuckermann will be in the DS 103 from 3:15-3:50 pm to meet with students.

  •  Straussophobia

    Please join the Political Science department on Friday, October 9, 2009 at 3:30 to 5:00 pm in Lucas Hall, Room 126.  Refreshments will be provided

  •  Ethnic Studies "I"dentity Workshop

    The field of Ethnic Studies teaches students to understand how our racial and ethnic identities inform our other multiple identities (i.e., gender, sexual orientation, religion/spirituality, class, citizenship status, and ability).  Come celebrate the 40th anniversay of SCU's Ethnic Studies Program through an interactive workshop open to all. Participants will have the opportunity to explore how they self-identify and discuss in a safe space the many ways in which society shapes and defines us.

  •  Vocal Villains

    Just in time for Halloween, Vocal Villains explores the darker (and sometimes lighter) sides of human nature and the superstitions and legends surrounding this Autumnal season.  Selections from Wicker, Beauty and the Beast, Camelot, Rigoletto and Carmen, plus entertaining selections from classical songs and musical theatre hits.  Presented by the SCU vocal vaculty and students.

  •  SCU Concert Band

    MUSC 54/154

    Open to all students, this is a brand new program at SCU for 2009/10.

    We are looking for enthusiastic instrumentalists who have experience playing in a concert/wind band setting, and who want to be part of a new tradition at SCU. This ensemble focuses on band literature from the 19th century through to today.

    Class Meets: Wednesdays 7.30 - 9.30pm in room MDF 106

    Contact: Rob Kathner in the Music Dept office

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