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Science@Cal is proud to present a series of free, public science lectures on the third Saturday of every month. These talks are given by renowned UC Berkeley scientists and aimed at general audiences.
On December 21 our talk will be given by Prof. John Taylor and will be entitled "The Kingdom Fungi: Diversity, Society and Models for Evolution".
John Taylor has been a faculty member at Berkeley since 1980. He and his students, postdocs and visiting scientists are best known for research on molecular evolution of fungi. One of their publications on the topic has been cited more than 12,500 times. Prof. Taylor and his group have used DNA sequence to study ancient relationships among the main groups of fungi and how DNA variation can be used to estimate the dates of these ancient events. With DNA sequence, they developed means of recognizing species of fungi and inferring fungal bio-geographical history. Whole genome sequencing has let them find new sources of genetic variation in fungi, and whole genome sequencing of populations of fungi has let them study the process that builds the Tree of Life, that is, the splitting of populations and their adaptation at the level of single genes.
Prof. Taylor has served as Chair of Berkeley’s Division of Microbiology and is a founding co-Director of Berkeley’s Computational Genomics Resource Lab. He has received awards for excellence in teaching from the Mycological Society of America and the College of Natural Resources at Berkeley.
Images: Wikimedia Commons user Przykuta (BY-SA), John Taylor, The Wellcome Library (BY-NC-ND)
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Talks take place on the UC Berkeley campus at 11am. Doors open thirty minutes before the talk and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Each talk is planned to last an hour, plus time for at least a few questions at the end. We would like to start the talks on time, and avoid disruption from people entering the auditorium during the talks, so please try to arrive at least 10 minutes before the start. Most talks take place in the Genetics and Plant Biology Building, Room 100, on the north-west corner of the UC Berkeley campus (see map or images below), but some do not - please check the calendar below. Limited hourly pay parking is available on weekends on and nearby campus — please check the signs. We encourage you to take public transport — BART and bus lines are within walking distance. We also record the talks and post them on this site (click on the speaker names for previous months below). If you're nearby though we encourage you to come to the talks in person!
Left: Genetics and Plant Biology Building
Right: Lecture Theater Entrance
|Jan 19||100 GPB||Dr. Mark Lescroart||The Shape of Our Thoughts (Visual Perception of Geometric Shape)|
|Feb 16||105 Stanley||Prof. John Dueber|
Synthetic Biology: Engineering Living Cells with New Capabilities
|Mar 16||100 GPB||Dr. Máté Ádámkovics||Cloudspotting at Saturn and Titan: Learning About Weather from a Billion Miles Away|
|Apr 20||UC Berkeley||Cal Day||UC Berkeley's Open House|
|May 18||100 GPB||Dr. Nader Mirabolfathi||Connecting Infinitesimal to Infinity: The Search for Dark Matter|
|Jun 15||100 GPB||Prof. Mariska Kriek||A Deep View of the Early Universe: Extreme Makeovers and Overweight Galaxies|
|Jul 20||145 Dwinelle||Dr. Steve Croft|
Snacking, Gorging, and Cannibalizing: The Feeding Habits of Black Holes
|145 Dwinelle||How Many Planets are Out There?|
|Sep 21||100 GPB||Dr. Greg Delory||Water, Water, Everywhere – from the Earth, the Moon, Mars, and Beyond|
|Oct 19||100 GPB||Prof. Jeremy Thorner||The Mighty Single-Celled Yeast: Brewing, Medicine and Biotechnology|
|Nov 16||100 GPB||Art Inspired by Science and Mathematics|
|Dec 21||100 GPB||Prof. John Taylor||The Kingdom Fungi: Diversity, Society and Models for Evolution|
You can watch the videos of previous talks in the series by clicking on the talk titles below:
|November 25, 2013 - 4:29pm||The Kingdom Fungi: Diversity, Society and Models for Evolution|
|October 22, 2013 - 1:52pm||Art Inspired by Science and Mathematics|
|September 23, 2013 - 3:35pm||The Mighty Single-Celled Yeast: Brewing, Medicine and Biotechnology|
|August 19, 2013 - 6:32pm||Water, Water, Everywhere – from the Earth, the Moon, Mars, and Beyond|
|July 22, 2013 - 11:57am||How Many Planets are Out There?|
|June 17, 2013 - 12:10pm||Snacking, Gorging, and Cannibalizing: The Feeding Habits of Black Holes|
|May 21, 2013 - 8:16pm||A Deep View of the Early Universe: Extreme Makeovers and Overweight Galaxies|
|April 29, 2013 - 10:53am||Connecting Infinitesimal to Infinity: The Search for Dark Matter|
|March 18, 2013 - 1:10pm||Cal Day Open House|
|February 18, 2013 - 1:58pm||Cloudspotting at Saturn and Titan: Learning About Weather from a Billion Miles Away|
You can also check out the video of "The Great Debate: Are We Alone?" with Geoff Marcy and Dan Werthimer discussing the existence of intelligent life in our Galaxy, and a lecture by Geoff Marcy on the "Discovery of the First Earth-Size Planets and Prospects for Life in the Universe". Thanks to Chris Klein, Andrew Siemion, and James Anderson for producing these videos.
Videos from UC Berkeley's Cal Day open house are also available. You can see Raphael Bousso talk about "Black Holes, Information, and the Quest for a Unified Theory of Nature", or Adrian Lee talk about "The Microwave Background: A Cosmic Time Machine".
The Science@Cal lecture series was preceded by a 2009 lecture series presented by the Department of Astronomy as part of the celebration of the International Year of Astronomy 2009. To see videos of these talks, visit the astronomy lecture series website.