UCLA mathematician to present free Collegium da Vinci lecture Sept. 23

UCLA mathematician Andrea BertozziTopics ranging from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the science of mapping crime hotstops will be up for discussion as SMU’s Collegium da Vinci welcomes Andrea Bertozzi. Bertozzi, professor of mathematics at the University of California-Los Angeles, will speak on “Mathematics in the Real World” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in Crum Auditorium, Collins Executive Education Center.

Bertozzi will give the Collegium’s 2010 Allman Family Public Lecture, which is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-come first-served basis. To RSVP, contact Collegium, 214-768-1177.

Currently director of the UCLA Program in Computational and Applied Mathematics, Bertozzi serves on the editorial boards of Interfaces and Free Boundaries, Applied Mathematics Research eXpress, Nonlinearity, and Communications in the Mathematical Sciences. Her current research interests include image inpainting, image segmentation, cooperative control of robotic vehicles, swarming, mathematics of crime, and fluid interfaces.

A Fellow of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Bertozzi is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her past honors include a Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship and the Presidential Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the Office of Naval Research. She received her A.B., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from Princeton.

Collegium da Vinci is a membership-only program of SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and is dedicated to sophisticated scientific discussion. It presents a series of six lectures per year, featuring speakers “who have made great strides in various areas of the sciences,” according to its website. A tax-deductible portion of membership supports the Collegium and Dedman College programs in the sciences.

> Learn more about Collegium da Vinci at the Dedman College website

Robert Moyzis to give 2009 Collegium da Vinci Public Lecture

Biological chemist Robert MoyzisRecent research that suggests human culture may have had a profound effect on shaping our DNA will be the topic of the Collegium da Vinci’s 2009 Darwin’s Evolving Legacy Public Lecture. Robert Moyzis, professor of biological chemistry at the University of California-Irvine, will address the question, “Are Humans Still Evolving?” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Crum Auditorium, Collins Executive Education Center.

Moyzis’ work focuses on human DNA, particularly the tips of human chromosomes, known as telomeres. His mapping of these areas as part of the Human Genome Project revealed that these telomeres – previously thought to be “junk DNA” – contain active sequences that may play important roles in cancer and aging. His most recent research suggests that as much as 10 percent of the human genome is still evolving and that the process may actually have accelerated during the past several thousand years.

In 1993, Moyzis won the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science for “distinguished contributions to the field of molecular genetics,” citing research that “point[s] to the existence of a new type of DNA code that is ‘structural’ in nature and is shared by the DNA of many other organisms.”

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Collegium da Vinci office, 214-768-1177.

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Calendar Highlights: Sept. 19, 2008

Wanda SykesIn McFarlin Auditorium:

  • Sept. 26: TITAS presents comedienne and actress Wanda Sykes (right) at 8 p.m. For ticket information, call 214-528-5576.

Five years of fun and games: The Guildhall at SMU celebrates its 5th anniversary with a block party for the general public and game-industry professionals noon-3 p.m. Sept. 20 at SMU-in-Legacy. Faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited for fun, food and games for all ages (plus a bounce house and slide for the kids).

Collegium da Vinci Public Lecture: Dramatic images from the Hubble Space Telescope shine when Mario Livio, senior astrophysicist of the Space Telescope Science Institute, presents “The World According to the Hubble Space Telescope” in Collegium da Vinci’s 2008 Allman Family Public Lecture. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in Crum Auditorium, Collins Executive Education Center. Admission is free. RSVP to 8-1177 or collegium@smu.edu.

Maguire Public Scholar Lecture: Can American religion develop a realistic appreciation of politics on its own terms? Robin Lovin, SMU’s Maguire Chair in Ethics, discusses “Politics in Religious Perspective: Temptation, Tool or Task” at noon Sept. 24 in the Umphrey Lee Center Ballroom. The event begins with a reception at 11:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public. RSVP to Jo Ann Gonzales, 8-4255.