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  •  2012 Austin J. Fagothey, S.J. Philosophy Conference

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

    8:30-9:00 Registration
    9:00-10:30 Hubert Dreyfus (University of California - Berkeley) “Kierkegaard’s Monotheism Without God”
    10:30-10:45 Break
    10:45-12:15 David Wood (Vanderbilt University)“Kierkegaard Vivant”
    12:15-2:00 Lunch
    2:00 -3:30 Vanessa Rumble (Boston College)“’When the Child Is to be Weaned’: Kierkegaard and the Trauma of Transcendence”
    3:30-3:45 Break
    3:45- 5:15 Jonathan Lear (The University of Chicago)

    Registration (includes coffee and lunch) $35 Students $10.
    SCU Students, Faculty and Staff: Free

  •  Splash: A Platform for Analysis and Simulation of Health

    Tuesday, November 8, O'Connor 106

    Speaker: Wang-Chiew Tan, UC Santa Cruz/IBM

    Title: Splash: A Platform for Analysis and Simulation of Health

    Abstract: Health decision support systems typically assist doctors and patients making treatment decisions based on knowledge gleaned from research studies, pharmaceutical data, disease models, epidemiological simulations, and more. But health also depends on decisions made by law-makers, community leaders, and people in advertising, transportation, agriculture, education, sanitation, and government.  Because health decisions frequently require understanding complex interactions of diverse systems across many disciplines, no one system or knowledge base can incorporate all models or data related to health. Consider obesity: models of transportation, eating habits, shopping choices for food, exercise, and metabolism need to be combined with geographic, store location, and population data to play "what if," asking, for instance, how community obesity measures would change if a healthy but inexpensive store opens near an obesity "hot spot." Splash?Smarter Planet Platform for Analysis and Simulation of Health? is a framework for combining heterogeneous simulation models and data. By enabling interoperability and reuse of models and data, Splash enables experts from different disciplines to collaborate to exploit their combined knowledge. The resulting composite simulation models can be used for deep predictive analytics, enabling "what if" analyses that cut across disciplines and supporting complex health decisions when expertise from a single domain does not suffice.

  •  Chicken nuggets and the Frobenius number

    Tuesday, November 1, O'Connor 106

    Speaker: Cornelia Van Cott, University of San Francisco

    Title: Chicken nuggets and the Frobenius number

    Abstract: Suppose chicken nuggets are sold in packages of size 6, 9, and 20. With these package sizes, if you wanted to order, say, 25 chicken nuggets, you would be out of luck. After some investigation, one will discover many different sizes which also cannot be ordered; the largest such size is 43.  You cannot order 43 nuggets, but you can order N chicken nuggets for all N>43, given the package sizes of 6, 9, and 20. This problem, the so-called Chicken Nugget Problem, is a special case of a classical question first investigated by Frobenius and Sylvester in the nineteenth century. The more general question goes as follows: given a finite set A of positive integers, what is the largest number which cannot be written as a nonnegative integral linear combination of elements in A? This number, denoted g(A), is called the Frobenius number of A. We will discuss the special case where A contains only two integers. We will also consider related results, including Sylvester's Theorem which counts the integers that cannot be represented as combinations of integers in A.
  •  The Religious Situation in China: an Insider's Perspective

    The Religious Situation in China: an Insider's Perspective
    Tuesday, November 1, 2011
    12:00 Noon
    Benson Parlor C
    Brown Bag Lunch
    Professor Zhao Dunhua served as the head of the Department of Religious Studies at Peking University during a time of rapid social and political change in China (1994 to 2009). In this talk he will discuss the challenges of dealing with politicians, religious leaders, scholars, public intellectuals, and ordinary believers of major religious groups.
  •  The Department of Anthropology's Seminar Series

    We are pleased to announce the upcoming presentation by Dr. David Cohen, Santa Clara University

    12 October 2011
    5:00 – 6:00 pm.
    Kennedy Commons

    Dr. Cohen will present
    “Foragers, Farmers, Missionaries and Traders: Cultural and
    Environmental Change on the Fringe of the Kalahari Desert”

    This talk will address the cultural dynamics of contact and changing socio-economic landscapes between San-speaking foragers, ancestral Bakgalagadi and Tswana farmers, and European missionaries and traders in southeastern Botswana on the fringe of the Kalahari Desert, c. 800-100 years ago. Archaeological materials and historic sources inform on the persistence of identities, the development of economic relationships, and environmental change in a microcosm representative of southern Africa’s global entanglements. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

  •  Prashant Olalekar, S.J. visits SCU

    We are pleased to announce the residency of Prashant Olalekar, S.J., who will be on campus from Sept 28 to October 12 as a Justice and the Arts Initiative (JAI) Guest Artist and Bannan Visitor. Fr. Olalekar, is the founder of InterPlay India, which organizes Global Peace Exchanges with opportunities interact through structured play and improvised interrelatedness with the poor, the differently-abled and other marginalized groups.

    "The unique joy of interacting as playful equals is beyond words." -Fr. Prashant Olalekar, S.J.

    Please join us at either of these public, free events, to learn more and experience some examples of how InterPlay is done. RSVPs for groups are appreciated.

    TUES, OCT. 4 at NOON
    A lecture & demonstration of Prashant's work in the areas of embodied spirituality.
    It will be held in Studio A of the Music and Dance Facility, on the corner of Franklin and Lafayette Streets.
    Your students are welcome to join us too. [12:00-1:15 pm]

    THURS, OCT. 6 at 7 pm Prashant will offer a workshop for the community in conjunction with St. Clare's Parish just footsteps away from campus on the corner of Lafayette and Lexington. [7:00-9:00 pm]

    If you would like to meet Fr. Olalekar or have him visit any of your classes during his upcoming residency, please contact us at

  •  Art Exhibition: Alumni

    Alumni Show
    Eneri Abillar
    Megan Diddie
    Matthew Moore
    Monica Van den Dool
    September 19-October 14, 2011
    Artist talk with Eneri Abillar: October 12, 4:45-5:15 p.m. in Fine Arts room F
    Art Department Gallery
    Gallery Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    If you have a disability and require accommodation, please contact (408) 554-5483.
    Image of artists' work: (Left to right) Monica Van den Dool, Eneri Abillar, Matthew Moore, and Megan Diddie
  •  The Missing Peace

    We are proud to introduce The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama at Santa Clara University. The University truly appreciates this opportunity to host a selection of paintings, photographs, sculptures, and installations following the exhibit's five-year world tour. The collection of internationally renowned artists you see on display have provided creative interpretations of the ideals represented by the Dalai Lama, such as the power of spirituality, impermanence, universal interconnectedness, and peace.

  •  SCU Press Release

    The College of Arts and Sciences has a new Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences

  •  Mathematics & Computer Science Newsletter

    Check out the new Mathematics and Computer Science newsletter!

    Dennis Smolarski, S.J.
  •  Art and Art History Newsletter

    Check out the new Art and Art History newsletter!

  •  Hay Fever

    Hay Fever by Noel Coward | Directed by Kimberly Mohne Hill

    May 27-June 4, 2011 | Mayer Theatre

    Hoping for a quiet weekend in the country with some guests, David Bliss, a novelist and his wife Judith, a retired actress, find that an impossible dream when their high-spirited children Simon and Sorel appear with guests of their own. A houseful of drama waits to be ignited as misunderstandings and tempers flare. With Judith's new flame and David's newest literary 'inspiration' keeping company as the children follow suit, the Bliss family lives up to its name as the 'quiet weekend' comes to an exhausting and hilarious finale worthy of Feydeau.

  •  Poetry Reading

    Tim Myers is giving a poetry reading on Thursday, May 26.  The reading is at 5:00 p.m. in Benson Parlor C.  Myers is a writer, storyteller, and songwriter.  He's published over 110 poems, once won a national poetry contest judged by John Updike, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and has many other publications for adults and children.  His children’s book Basho and the Fox was read aloud on NPR, made the New York Times bestseller list for children’s book, and was a Smithsonian Notable Children’s Book for 2001, among other honors.

  •  The Body in the Woods

     The Department of Anthropology’s Seminar Series



    We are pleased to announce the upcoming

    presentation by Dr. Lorna Pierce,

    Santa Clara University and San Jose State University


    18 May 2011

    5:00 – 6:00 pm.

    Kennedy Commons


    Dr. Pierce will present


    The Body in the Woods.”


    Dr. Pierce is an adjunct lecturer at both San Jose State University and Santa Clara University where she teaches Introduction to Forensic Anthropology. She is the Consultant in Forensic Anthropology at the Santa Clara Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office and regularly consults with other law enforcement organizations in the identification of skeletal material.  Dr. Pierce will explore how forensic anthropologists really identify skeletonized human remains, as well as discuss whether these processes are accurately depicted on television shows and in the print media.  Essentially, Dr. Pierce will take you from the discovery of human remains through the many steps toward a positive identification.


    Snacks and refreshments will be provided.


    Department of Anthropology

    500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, California 95053-0261

    408-554-2794  FAX 408-554-4189

  •  Complexes with few triangles and random groups

    Speaker: Eric Babson, UC Davis

    Tuesday May 24, O'Connor 207

    Title: Complexes with few triangles and random groups

    Abstract: If every subcomplex of a two dimensional simplicial complex has too few triangles to be a torus then the complex has the topological type of some circles, spheres and projective planes. This topological fact arises in the study of random complexes and turns out to control the behavior of the fundamental group. The analogous situation in which the subcomplexes have too few edges to be a torus is not understood. This type of complex occurs in the study of clique complexes of random graphs and the analogous topological restriction would yield results about their fundamental groups.

  •  Nanoscience

    Nanoscience Seminar

    Gang-Yu Liu, University of California - Davis

    May 20, 2011; 4pm-5pm, Alumni Science 120

  •  Physics Colloquia

    May 16 4:00 - 5:00 Location TBD

    Marilyn Vogel, NASA Ames: Astrobiology

  •  Logical Methods in Graph Coloring

    Tuesday May 3, O'Connor 207

    Speaker: Hongde Hu, CSU Monterey Bay

    Title:Logical Methods in Graph Coloring

    Abstract: This talk attempts to give a general notion of the totality in order to study the extremal problem and the coloring problem. We will discuss various total properties in Linear Logic and Graph Theory.
    The presentation will be accessible to undergraduates, especially Mathematics and Computer Science majors.

  •  Bioorganic Chemistry Seminar

    Bioorganic Chemistry Seminar

    James Nowick, University of California, Irvine

    April 29, 2011; 4pm-5pm, Alumni Science 120

  •  Sustainability Teach-in

    Sustainability Teach-in

    April 19-20, 2011

    A series of coordinated panel discussions, open forums, and classroom workshops on sustainability and environmental justice across the University.

    Faculty are strongly encouraged to take their classes to any of the Open Classrooms. To ensure adequate space for your students, please RSVP with the lecturer prior to the event.

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