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Thursday, November 1, 201212:15 pm Systems and Integrative Biology Seminar Series
Speaker: Honghuang Lin, Research Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine All talks to be held in LSE room 103 (24 Cummington St., Boston, MA) on Thursdays. A free lunch will begin at 12:15; talks will begin at 12:45 unless otherwise noted.
Thursday, November 1, 20122:00 pm Confronting the Middle Income Trap: Policy Lessons from a Cross-Regional Comparison
A lecture by Eva Paus, Carol Hoffmann Collins Director of the Dorothy R. and Norman E. Mc Culloch Center for Global Initiatives and Professor of Economics at Mount Holyoke College. Paus is the co-editor of "Global Giant," "Is China Changing the Rules of the Game?" (Palgrave Macmillan 2009), the editor of "Global Capitalism Unbound: Winners and Losers from Offshore Outsourcing" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), and the author of "Foreign Investment, Development and Globalization: Can Costa Rica become Ireland?" (Palgrave Macmillan 2005). In recent years, her research has focused on issues of economic development in the context of globalization including how countries can escape from the middle income trap and the impact of China on the developing world. Co-sponsored by Latin American Studies and the Global Development Program.
Thursday, November 1, 20124:00 pm Lee Jones - University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Title: Order statistics probability rates and some new results for statistical inference from transactional data in queuing systems. Abstract: Efficient algorithms were initially developed for computing the probability that the order statistics of n i.i.d. uniform random variables lie in a given n-dimensional rectangular region in order to calculate the cumulative distribution of the Kolmogorov statistic. These algorithms were rediscovered and used to find expected queue length (and other queue performance measures) in a queuing system from the set of recorded start/stop service data in a time interval in the interior of which each server who became free was immediately reengaged by a waiting customer. With most practical data there are time gaps between the recorded service completion and the recorded start of service with a waiting customer. These may be due to customer delay in engaging a free server , to server delay in availability to the next in queue, or to both. We propose models for the various delays . By generalizing the order statistics probability computational problem and developing feasible algorithms for its solution we can give confidence intervals for queue performance measures for practical transactional data.
Thursday, November 1, 20125:00 pm Comparative Studies of the Premodern World Workshop
Join us for the first workshop of the year. Wiebke Denecke presents "Catachresis and Comparing the Incomparable: Sino-Japanese and Greco-Roman Perspectives." Eugenio Menegon presents "A Clash of Court Cultures: Papal Envoys in Early Eighteenth-Century Beijing." Refreshments will be served.
Friday, November 2, 201210:00 am Marina Vannucci - Rice University
Title: Bayesian Models for Integrative Genomics. Abstract: Novel methodological questions are now being generated in Bioinformatics and require the integration of different concepts, methods, tools and data types. Bayesian methods that employ variable selection have been particularly successful for genomic applications, as they allow to handle situations where the amount of measured variables can be much greater than the number of observations. In this talk I will first describe Bayesian variable selection models that incorporate external biological information into the analysis of gene expression data. I will consider linear settings, including regression and classification models, and mixture models, including clustering and discriminant analysis. If time allows it, I will also introduce Bayesian models that achieve an even greater type of integration, by incorporating into the modeling experimental data from different platforms, together with prior knowledge. I will look in particular at graphical models, integrating gene expression data with microRNA expression data. All modeling settings employ variable selection techniques and prior constructions that cleverly incorporate biological knowledge about structural dependencies among the variables.
Friday, November 2, 201212:00 pm CANCELLED! Aravind Eye Hospitals, India: A Model for Social Entrepreneurship in Healthcare
Join the BUSPH Department of International Health & BU Global Programs for a talk by Dr. R.D. Ravindran, Chairman & Director, Aravind Eye Care System The Aravind Eye Hospitals in India serve millions of people who need eye care. “There are many examples of excellent public health delivery models around the world, but rarely do we see one that has been able to grow steadily over three decades, and yet simultaneously maintain, even increase, the excellent quality of its service. Aravind is an exemplar in this regard. Even more interestingly, it is fueled by a self-funding model: roughly 40% of its patients, those “paying” for its services, provide the profit margins to deliver a high-quality service for the rest of the 60%, “non-paying” poor patients.” Dr. Ravindran, Chairman of the Aravind Eye Care System, served as Chief Medical Officer in the Aravind Eye Hospital for close to 23 years. He was involved in bringing changes that standardize “quality eye care”. He has presented in numerous International and National Conferences both on clinical as well as managerial aspects of Aravind Model of Eye Care. He served as a Regional Co Chair for IAPB (International Association for Prevention of Blindness) from 2004 to 2012 and contributes as a Board Member of VISION 2020 Right to Sight India since 2008. Free and open to the public.
Friday, November 2, 201212:00 pm Biophysics/Condensed Matter Seminar
"Neuronal Dynamics of Attentional Control: Switching and Decision Making" Mikhail Rabinovich University of California, San Diego Pizza served at 11:45 AM
Friday, November 2, 201212:00 pm MCBB/CM Graduate Seminar Series
Liang Xu (Research Talk, Waxman Lab)
Friday, November 2, 201212:15 pm East Asian Archaeology Forum (EAAF) Lecture
Please join us for an upcoming East Asian Archaeology Forum (EAAF) talk. On Friday, November 2, 2012, from 12:15-1:30 pm, Prof. Ling-yu HUNG (Dept. of Anthropology, Indiana University) will present: "Making the Majiayao Culture Complex: Pottery Production in northwestern China, ca. 5300-4000BP" Refreshments will be served! We hope to see you there! **Support for the EAAF Lecture Series is provided by the Boston University Center for the Humanities.**
Friday, November 2, 201212:15 pm Japanese English Lunch Exchange
Meet BU students who are studying Japanese and Japanese students English! This is an informal way to meet BU students interested in Japanese and American culture and language. Eat your lunch and talk with a BU/CELOP student. A great way to make friends! Every Friday from October 5 through December 7.
Friday, November 2, 20121:00 pm “Pemuda Fever: Structures of Memory and Political Life among Indonesian Student Activists”
Lecture by Dr. Doreen Lee, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Northeastern University. Pemuda Fever, inspired by Derrida’s Archive Fever, is the theoretical argument that links nostalgia, nationalist history, and mass mobilization, to explain the drive to politics Indonesian youth experienced in their transition to Indonesian democracy. Pemuda Fever is a genealogical key as well as a political motive for the social movements that emerged at the end of authoritarianism. PLEASE RSVP to email@example.com
Friday, November 2, 20122:00 pm Particle and Fields Seminar
"TBA" David Shih Rutgers University
Monday, November 5, 201212:00 pm Biomolecular Seminar Series
(CM/MCBB) Speaker: David Harris (BUMC Biochemistry) Host: Angela Ho
Tuesday, November 6, 20123:30 am Physics Colloquium
"Graphene Mechanical Wonders" J. Scott Bunch University of Colorado Refreshments served at 3 PM in 1st floor lounge
Tuesday, November 6, 201212:00 pm Pardee House Seminar: Shaping the Future of the Asia-Latin America Relationship
Economics Professor Enrique Dussel Peters of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Principle Economist Mauricio Mesquita Moreira of the Inter-American Development Bank will speak along with Pardee Faculty Fellow Kevin P. Gallagher, who will moderate. The seminar is co-sponsored by the BU Center for the Study of Asia, Latin American Studies Program, and BU Global Development.Lunch will be available from 11.30 am; seminar starts at 12.00 pm. Please RSVP by Nov. 1 (see registration information in link below).
Wednesday, November 7, 20122:00 pm Condensed Matter Theory Seminar
"Mobile impurities in quantum systems" Thierry Giamarchi University of Geneva
Wednesday, November 7, 20124:00 pm Entering the Golden Area of Chinese Language Cinema
Join us for a talk by the "Godmother of Taiwan New Cinema" Peggy Chiao. Chiao is a film producer, director, screenwriter, and scholar. Her award-winning films include Beijing Bicycle, The Hole, and Lost in Being. Reception to follow. Please observe the Executive Leadership Center's dress code (business/business casual). Co-sponsored by the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office and the Center for the Humanities at Boston University.
Wednesday, November 7, 20125:00 pm Greek Gods and the Archaic Aesthetics of Life
The BU Institute for Philosophy and Religion's 2011-13 Lecture Series: “Greek Gods and the Archaic Aesthetics of Life,” Stephen Halliwell (University of St. Andrews) This lecture will extend the horizon of the lecture series “Beyond Aesthetics” backwards in time by considering how certain problems about the nature and boundaries of aesthetics have an ancestry which starts in the culture of archaic Greece. That culture arguably shaped one form of aesthetics by imagining a special role for the Muses within the community of the gods. But since the Muses are also symbols of the values of a human song-culture, their function is ambiguously placed between divine and human needs: how could the arts of the Muses matter in the same way to gods and humans? The lecture will attempt to make sense of the mythological symbolism of the Muses, together with related aspects of an archaic Greek sensibility, from a perspective in which the possibility of aesthetics is inseparable from reflections on life-values in general. Stephen Halliwell is Professor of Greek and Head of the School of Classics at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. His books include The Aesthetics of Mimesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Problems and Greek Laughter: a Study of Cultural Psychology from Homer to Early Christianity, both of which won international prizes. His most recent book is Between Ecstasy and Truth: Interpretations of Greek Poetics from Homer to Longinus. Prof. Halliwell will also give a seminar the following day, co-hosted by the Myth and Religion seminar and the Classics Department, on textual passages discussed in the lecture. It will be held Thursday, Nov. 8 at 5:30 pm at BU (745 Commonwealth Ave., Rm 625).
Wednesday, November 7, 20126:00 pm The Middle East After the American Election: Will Anything Change?
Join ASIABU for a Tea Talk with Stephen Kinzer, award-winning foreign correspondent and Visiting Professor in the International Relations Department, for a discussion of the impact of the U.S. Presidential election results on the Middle East. Light refreshments will be provided. Please click "Going" on Facebook or RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if attending. About the Speaker: Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent who worked for the New York Times for over 20 years. He has reported from more than 50 countries on five continents. During the late 1990s, Mr. Kinzer was the first New York Times bureau chief in Istanbul. He travelled widely in Turkey and in the new nations of the Caucasus and Central Asia, from Azerbaijan to Uzbekistan, publishing a book based on his experiences: Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds. In 1997 Mr. Kinzer traveled to Iran to cover the election in which the reform minded Mohammad Khatami was chosen president. His continued interest in Iran led him to write his best-selling book, All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror. Another of Kinzer’s books, Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq, tells the story of how the CIA overthrew the Iranian government in 1953, tracing the long-term effects of that operation.
Wednesday, November 7, 20126:30 pm Iraq+10 Film Series: Forget Baghdad
The Iraq+10 project presents a series of Middle Eastern and Western films recognizing the decennial anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq. <br> <br> Please join us for the second installment of the Iraq+10 film series. <i>Forget Baghdad: Jews and Arabs – The Iraqi Connection </i> is a documentary film following the lives of four Iraqi Jews, or Mizrahim, who fled from Iraq to Israel during the 1950s. Considered Jews in Baghdad and Arabs in Israel, the divided identities and confusion of these four men’s lives tell a much larger tale of global, political and cultural disorder. <br> <br> Please RSVP Mikaela at email@example.com for Israeli food catered by Rami’s Glatt Kosher restaurant! <br> <br> <i>* Films being held in conjunction with CAS courses AN307 and IR507/PO571. Sponsored by the BU Institute for Iraqi Studies. Public welcome to attend.</i>
Wednesday, November 7, 20127:30 pm Tournées Film Festival 2012: Romantics Anonymous
Join us for the Third Annual Tournées Film Festival at Boston University! As always, the Festival will screen five recent French films, free of charge, to the Boston community. Schedule: Wednesday, November 7, Romantics Anonymous (Les Émotifs anonymes); Friday, November 9, A Cat in Paris (Une Vie de Chat); Monday, November 12, The Princess of Montpensier (La Princesse de Montpensier); Thursday, November 15, The Women on the 6th Floor (Les Femmes du 6ème étage); Friday, November 16, The Artist (L'Artiste), Presented by the Department of Romance Studies, Boston University Study Abroad, and the French Graduate Student Organization. View official trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upKDjLBtU_A&feature=share