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Friday, February 8, 20139:00 am 26th Annual Mass Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and Boston University Alzheimer's Disease Centers Scientific Poster Symposium
The Mass ADRC and BUADC Scientific Poster Symposium showcases the best of local AD research, and provides an opportunity for researchers to meet and share their work. A buffet breakfast, and guaranteed stimulating conversations, will be provided.
Friday, February 8, 20131:00 pm CANCELED: Stereotype Threat: Philosophy, Psychology, and the Self
Canceled due to weather. Stereotype Threat: What it is, how it affects students' achievement over time, and how to fix it Greg Walton Psychology, Stanford University Stereotype Threat: Implications for the assessment of merit and for affirmative action Steven Spencer Psychology, University of Waterloo Why Are There So Few Women in Philosophy? Louise Antony Philosophy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Stereotype Threat and Intentional Performance Ron Mallon Philosophy, Washington University, St. Louis Using Knowledge: Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives on Stereotype Threat Tamar Gendler Philosophy, Yale University
Friday, February 8, 20132:00 pm Particle and Fields Seminar
TBA Andrew Larkoski MIT
Friday, February 8, 20133:00 pm GPN Distinquished Lecture Series
György Buzsáki, M.D., Ph.D. Biggs Professor of Neural Sciences NYU Neuroscience Institute New York University, Langone Medical Center
Monday, February 11, 201312:00 pm Biophysics/Condensed Matter Seminar
"A Physicist's Approach to Quantify Health and Disease" C-K Peng Harvard Medical School Pizza served at 11:45 AM Note: Special Day
Monday, February 11, 20132:00 pm Visible + Invisible Users: Internet, Social Media + Youth in Global Perspective
Participants: Eugenio Menegon- BUCSA Director Boston University, Dept. of History Mina Tsay-Vogel- Facilitator Boston University, College of Communication Jenna Burrell- Invisible Users: Internet and Youth in Ghana University of California Berkeley, School of Information Paola Prado- Digital Inclusion Among Marginalized Youth in Brazil Roger Williams University, Dept. of Communication Anshul Jain- Migration and the Evolving Mediascape: New Media, Identity, and the Transnational Politics of the Indian Diaspora Boston University, Dept. of Political Science Jeremy Goldkorn- Chinese Youth Culture in the Age of Weibo (Microblog) Founder of Danwei.Com, Beijing, & Australian National University James E. Katz- Roundtable Chair Boston University, College of Communication Sponsored by: Boston University Center For the Study of Asia -Young Asia Series African Studies Center Program in Latin American Studies College of Communication
Monday, February 11, 20136:00 pm Nuba Mountain Crisis Symposium
This program focuses on the ongoing human rights crisis in the states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile in Sudan, areas that border on South Sudan, whose population has been targeted for the past 18 months by the Sudanese government. Presenters include Herbert Hirsch, Virginia Commonwealth University; Hanibal Travis, Florida International University; John Hubbel Weiss, Cornell University; Dr. Tom Catena, Mother of Mercy Hospital, Sudan; Samuel Totten, University of Arkansas
Tuesday, February 12, 20133:30 pm Physics Colloquium
"Quantum Information Processing and Metrology Using Few Electron Spins in Solids" Amir Yacoby Harvard University Refreshments served at 3 PM in 1st floor lounge
Tuesday, February 12, 20134:00 pm Cristina Gorrostieta - UC Irvine
Title: Modeling dependence in multivariate time series. Abstract: I will present extensions of two classical techniques for modeling dependence in multivariate time series, namely vector autoregressive model (VAR) and coherence analysis. These techniques are applied in describing brain signals dependencies. To generalize the vector autoregressive model, I embedded this model in a mixed effects framework to account for between unit variability. This model is used for exploring multi subject fMRI brain connectivity and identifying connectivity structures with high variability between subjects. To extend the notion of dual frequency coherence developed in the signal processing literature, I will establish the concepts of evolutionary and lagged dual frequency coherence. These concepts were developed with the aim to investigate time dependent brain oscillatory activity between different frequencies and were motivated by empirical evidence that point out how brain processes and mental disorders can be described by interactions between oscillatory neuronal activity at different frequencies.
Tuesday, February 12, 20137:00 pm 50th Anniversary of the Feminine Mystique - Discoveries Lecture Series
Boston University and the College of Arts & Sciences will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Feminine Mystique, the 1963 book by Betty Friedan (1921-2006) that first identified “the problem that has no name” – the malaise experienced by educated women who accepted the idealized homemaking role that was expected of them. As Friedan wrote in her opening page, “As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night – she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question – “Is this all?” The Feminine Mystique became one of the great inspirational texts of the second-wave of feminism in the US. Join a panel of distinguished women’s studies scholars, three of whom are BU alumnae, for a lively discussion of the original impact of the book and its significance 50 years later, and reflections on what has changed in the intervening half century. Panel members include: • Eileen Boris (CAS ’70), Professor of Feminist Studies, History, and Black Studies, University of California • Susan Reverby (GRS ‘82), Marion Butler McLean Professor in the History of Ideas and Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, Wellesley College • Roberta Salper (CAS ’59), Resident Scholar, Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University • Caryl Rivers, Professor of Journalism, Boston University • Virginia Sapiro, Professor of Political Science and Dean of CAS, Boston University Discoveries, a series of dynamic learning opportunities for alumni and friends, features faculty experts from the College of Arts & Sciences. While this event is free of charge, please register at the following link due to room capacity: https://secure-alumni.bu.edu/olc/pub/BUAR/event/showEventForm.jsp?form_id=139203
Tuesday, February 12, 20137:00 pm Chinese Medicine and Healing: Discussion and Book Signing
Join us for a discussion of Chinese healing practices across time and cultures with Dr. Linda Barnes from the BU School of Medicine, one of the editors of Chinese Medicine and Healing. This illustrated history explores the emergence and development of a wide range of health interventions, including divination, meditative disciplines, herbal remedies, and acupuncture. Dr. Linda Barnes is a medical anthropologist and a scholar in the study of world religions. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), and in the Division of Religious and Theological Studies in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. A nationally regarded expert in the field of Chinese medicine in the U.S., she has served as an expert reviewer for the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Wednesday, February 13, 201312:00 pm Cognitive Dysfunction in Contact Sports and Its Relation to Alzheimer’s Disease and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
Join the ADC and Dr. Daniel Seichepine for this exciting presentation. This lecture is part of the BU ADC's Bi-Monthly Lecture Series; basic and clinical scientists provide lectures on key topics in Alzheimer's research. All students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided.
Wednesday, February 13, 20131:00 pm To Rise or Not to Rise? China, India, and the Search for Technology and Power with Andrew Kennedy
China and India are often described as rising powers in the 21st century. Yet debate surrounds whether and how fast they are rising vis-a-vis the US, and nowhere is this debate more important or more complex than in the domain of high technology. This talk compares China and India's technological ascents, with particular interest in information and communication technologies, and considers the implications for the evolving balance of power. Andrew Kennedy is senior lecturer at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. His research focuses on international politics in Asia, with particular interest in Chinese and Indian foreign policy. He is the author of The International Ambitions of Mao and Nehru: National Efficacy Beliefs and the Making of Foreign Policy (2012), and his writings have also appeared in International Security, The China Quarterly, Asian Survey, Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, The Washington Post, and The Japan Times. Andrew Kennedy received his PhD in 2007 from Harvard University’s Department of Government. He also holds a Master of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Wednesday, February 13, 20136:00 pm The Contemporary History of Africa and the Current Events in Mali.
The Francophone Association of Boston University cordially invites you to join us in our conference regarding the contemporary history of Africa and the current events in Mali. It is our pleasure to have the participation of Dr. Edouard Bustin, Dr. Odile Cazenave, Mr. Djamel Bekkai and Ms. Katherine Lakin-Shultz, with the help of Ms. Liliane Duséwoir. A professor in Bamako, Mali will speak to the audience live via Skype concerning the current situation in Mali and her perspectives on the intervention as a resident of Bamako. Experts from Boston University will discuss the issues surrounding the intervention in Mali and weigh the potential implications. The event is presented in French, while questions during the Q&A session can be posed in English. It will take place on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 at 6:00 pm in room 430 of the College of Arts and Sciences building.
Wednesday, February 13, 20136:00 pm Hip hop: The Lingua Franca of the World's Youth
Presentation by Professor Marcyliena Morgan (Harvard University)
Wednesday, February 13, 20136:30 pm Film Screening: The Borrower Arrietty
The Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, The Center for Study of Asia, the Geddes Language Center, and the Japanese House presents The Borrower Arrietty - Yonebayashi Hiromasa's film about Arrietty (Bridgit Mendler), a tiny, but tenacious 14-year-old, who lives with her parents (Will Arnett and Amy Poehler) in the recesses of a suburban garden home, unbeknownst to the homeowner and her housekeeper (Carol Burnett). Like all little people, Arrietty (AIR-ee-ett-ee) remains hidden from view, except during occasional covert ventures beyond the floorboards to “borrow” scrap supplies like sugar cubes from her human hosts.
Thursday, February 14, 201310:00 am Memory Loss and Aging: What You Need to Know
Elizabeth Daube, Education Programs Manager for the Boston University Alzheimer's Disease Center, will present "Memory Loss and Aging: What You Need to Know" at the ABCD Elm Hill Family Service Center.
Thursday, February 14, 201312:00 pm Financial Stability and Energy Security in the Americas and Europe: The Role of Transnational Policy Networks
This two-day workshop brings together policy makers and academics working mainly in the fields of energy security and financial stability. Our aim is to study the relations between the EU and regional transnational policy networks (TPNs) in the Americas. TPNs are emerging as important elements of trans-state policymaking in the 21st century. In recent years, the ability of NGOs, transnational governance bodies and firms to shape world politics has steadily grown and their study can provide us with an informal-nongovernmental dimension to the debates on the interactions between the EU and other regions in the world. TPNs will not be limited to non-state actors. The networks studied will also look at the workings of government networks including the dynamics within the folds of regulators, law makers and judges that operate and engage across borders. Panel discussions include: PANEL I: PRIVATE NETWORKS AND PUBLIC AUTHORITIES IN FINANCIAL (IN)STABILITY (Thursday, February 14, 1 to 3 PM); PANEL II: POLITICAL ECONOMY OF THE LATIN AMERICAN DEBT CRISIS: LESSONS FOR EUROPE AND THE US (Thursday, February 14, 3:30 to 5:30 PM); PANEL III: PUBLIC AUTHORITY AND TRANSNATIONAL POLICY ACTORS AND ACTIVISTS ON CLIMATE CHANGE (Friday, February 15, 9 to 10:30 AM); PANEL IV: TRASH, ENERGY, AND LIVELIHOODS (Friday, February 15, 11 AM to 1 PM); PANEL V: POST CRISIS IMPLICATIONS FOR GOVERNANCE: PUBLIC AND PRIVATE TRANSNATIONAL NETWORKS (Friday, February 15, 2 to 4 PM). Registration: Space is limited. Registration for this event is strongly encouraged. To register, please send an email with your name and institutional affiliation indicating which sessions you wish to attend.
Thursday, February 14, 20133:30 pm Unintelligent Design: The Scars of Human Evolution
You are cordially invited to join us on February 14th for “Unintelligent Design: The Scars of Human Evolution,” the sixth of the BU Dialogues in Biological Anthropology. This special Dialogue involves eight prominent biological anthropologists previewing their AAAS symposium on the ways in which the constraints of evolution have saddled us with less than ideal adaptations. Watch their webcast on the Dialogues website (www.bu.edu/anthrop/dialogues) at 3:30 PM on Valentine’s Day; then present your ideas and questions to the panelists at our public roundtable discussion at 5:30 (4th Floor, Hillel House) — and join us for the reception following at 7:00 PM!
Thursday, February 14, 20134:00 pm Matthew Reimherr - Department of Statistics, University of Chicago
Title: Association studies with functional phenotypes. Abstract: In this talk I will discuss the application of functional data methods, FDA, to genome wide association studies with longitudinal response variables. Such data can be difficult to analyze due to the heterogeneity of the observations; subjects may evolve in intricate ways as they age or are administered various treatments. An FDA framework allows for very flexible models, while still exploiting the temporal structure of the data in powerful ways. However, such methods must be applied with care as subjects are often observed at a relatively small number of common time points, while most FDA methods are intended for high frequency data or sparse data whose pooled time points are dense in the time domain. After introducing the FDA perspective and some basic methodology, we will present an association test which differs from established FDA methods in that it does not directly depend on principal component analysis. We illustrate these ideas via simulations and by exploring data coming from the childhood asthma management program, CAMP.
Thursday, February 14, 20134:00 pm Beautiful Bodies, Prosperous Lives and Global Identities: The Rise of New Goddess Cults in Thailand
The Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs (CURA), Department of Anthropology, and the Center for the Study of Asia present Rachelle Scott, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.