Perspectives on Science-Announcing the 2018-2019 Speaker Series

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2018 – 2019 Schedule

October 2, 2018

POS-Dr. Sarah Purkey

Dr. Sarah Purkey, (Assistant Researcher for UC San Diego and Oceanographer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

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Seminar Title:  “Deep and Abyssal Ocean Warming from 35 Years of Repeat Hydrography”

November 6, 2018

POS-Dr. Omar Akbari

Dr. Omar Akbari, (Assistant Professor in the Cell and Developmental Biology Section, within the Division of Biological Sciences, at UC San Diego)

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Seminar Title:  “Innovating Genetic Technologies to Combat Disease-Causing Mosquitos”

December 4, 2018

POS-Dr. Shirley Meng

Dr. Shirley Meng, (Professor of Nano Engineering and Materials Science, Founding Director of the Sustainable Power and Energy Center, and Zable Endowed Chair Professor for Energy Technologies at UC San Diego)

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Seminar Title:  "The Global Race for Better Batteries:  a Materials Science Perspective"

January 22, 2019

POS-Dr. Tina Chambers

Dr. Christina Chambers, (Co-Director of the Center for Better Beginnings and Professor in the Dysmorphology and Teratology Division of the Department of Pediatrics at UC San Diego)

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Seminar Title:  “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: A Common, Under Recognized, But Preventable Disability”

February 19, 2019

POS-Dr. Phil Baran

Dr. Phil Baran, (MacArthur Fellow and Professor, Department of Chemistry and Darlene Shiley Chair in Chemistry for The Scripps Research Institute)

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 Seminar Title:  “Translational Chemistry”

March 12, 2019

POS-Dr. Paul Grint

Dr. Paul C. Grint (M.D.), (Chief Executive Officer of AmpliPhi Biosciences)

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Seminar Title:  “100 Years Later - Bacteriophages as a Potential Treatment for Antibiotic Resistant Infections”

April 9, 2019

POS-Dr. Juan Carlos Belmonte

Dr. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, (Professor in the Gene Expression Laboratory and Roger Guillemin Chair for the Salk Institute for Biological Studies)

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Seminar Title:  “Aging and Aging-Associated Diseases”

May 7, 2019

POS-Dr. Clarissa Anderson

Dr. Clarissa Anderson, (Executive Director of the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

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Seminar Title:  “Toxins from Space”