Perspectives on Science-Announcing the 2017-2018 Speaker Series

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2017 – 2018 Schedule

October 3, 2017

POS-Dr. Susan Taylor

Dr. Susan Taylor, (Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Pharmacology for UC San Diego, Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Senior Fellow of the San Diego Supercomputer Center)

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Seminar Title:  “Protein Kinases: Dynamic Molecular Switches that Drive Disease” 

November 14, 2017

POS-Dr. Peter Schultz

Dr. Peter Schultz, (CEO and Vice Chair for Research Administration and Professor of Chemistry for The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla and Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute)

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Seminar Title:  “Playing with the Molecules of Life”

December 5, 2017

POS-Dr. Victor Nizet

Dr. Victor Nizet, (Professor and Vice Chair for Basic Research in the Department of Pediatrics; Chief of the Division of Host-Microbe Systems and Therapeutics; and Professor at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences for UC San Diego)

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Seminar Title:  "Collaborating With the Innate Immune System to Treat Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs"

January 23, 2018

POS-Dr. John Clark, Zoo

Dr. John Clark, (President and CEO, Center for Plant Conservation; and Director of Plant Collections and Strategy for San Diego Zoo Global)

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Seminar Title:  “A Global Imperative to Save Plants”

February 6, 2018

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Dr. Walter Cho, (Marine Biologist and Associate Professor of Biology at Point Loma Nazarene University)


 Seminar Title:  “Characterizing the Biodiversity, Biogeography, and Structure of Deep-sea Communities”

March 13, 2018

POS-Dr. Barbara Taylor, NOAA

Dr. Barbara Taylor, (Leader of the Marine Mammal Genetics Program for the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries at Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla)

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Seminar Title:  “Vanishing Vaquitas: Lessons from a Humble Porpoise”

April 10, 2018

POS-Dr. Karin Sandstrom

Dr. Karin Sandstrom, (Assistant Professor of Physics, in the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences at UC San Diego)

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Seminar Title:  “Our Dusty Universe”

May 1, 2018

POS-Dr. Nicholas Spitzer, UCSD

Dr. Nicholas Spitzer, (Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology and Director of the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind (KIBM) at UC, San Diego)

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Seminar Title:  “Neurotransmitter Switching in the Ever-Changing Brain: Implications for Health and Disease.”