Homecoming at CNR 2009

September 02, 2009
Come back to Cal on October 2-4! You can register online and then check out who's coming.

Be sure to check out these fascinating lectures by CNR professors:

Friday, October 2

"Evolutionary Biology of Fungi: Human Pathogens"

John Taylor, Professor of Plant and Microbial Biology
9:30-10:30 am
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

Some fungi specialize as parasites of animals, including humans. Two such species, Coccidioides immitis and Coccidioides posadasii, cause valley fever, a potentially fatal flu-like illness that mostly affects rural residents in the Southwest. This seminar will focus on how we have found genes that show evidence of natural selection and might be important to preventing or treating the disease.

"The Buzz on Bees: Why We Need Them for Our Health"

Claire Kremen, Associate Professor, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
Bechtel Engineering Center Sibley Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00 pm

We rely on animal pollinators for 30 percent of our food supply, but what is happening to the bees? One of 20,000 bee species worldwide, honey bees are facing such problems as Colony Collapse Disorder, making them disappear from where we need them most. While many other species can contribute to crop pollination and thus human food security and well-being, we must adopt sustainable farming practices that provide good habitats and ensure that bee communities will thrive.

Saturday, October 3

"The Economics of Climate Change"
Maximilian Auffhammer, Associate Professor, Agriculture & Resource Economics/International & Area Studies
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
11:30 - 12:30 pm

Environmental economists have attempted to gain a better understanding of past, current, and future greenhouse gas emissions by studying emissions from developing versus developed countries. Professor Auffhammer will discuss how they can predict and comprehend the impacts of climate change and how these effects will influence current and future environmental policy.

"Aging: Genetic Regulation and Dietary Intervention"
Danica Chen, Assistant Professor, Department of Nutritional Science and Toxicology
Barrows Hall Lipman Room
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Can we slow aging and prevent age-related diseases? This seminar will explore the latest development on how genetic factors and diet regulate the aging process, and how small molecules are designed to prevent age-related diseases. Taking a pill a day to slow aging may not be a fairy tale after all.