October 20 2018

Graduate Student Workshop and Public Lecture: "Urban Animals Past and Present"

Urban Animals Past and Present
Graduate Student Workshop and Public Lectures
Saturday October 20, 2018
UCLA La Kretz Garden Pavilion

Cities are full of animals: wild and domestic, tame and feral. In this workshop, we will focus on all of the ways that animals exist within human urban ecosystems as sources of food, companionship, and aesthetic pleasure, and how animals also act as scavengers, nutrient recyclers, and vectors for the transmission of diseases such as plague, rabies, and monkeypox. Given the global and rapid pace of urbanization, these phenomena constitute a critical component of urban studies as well as animal management strategies.

9:00-12:00 Student Presentations and Workshop
2:00-5:00 Public Lectures

Dr. Judy Stamps (University of California, Davis)
Dr. Levent Atici (University of Nevada-Las Vegas)
Dr. Ian MacGregor-Fors (INECOL Institute of Ecology, Veracruz, Mexico)

Reception to follow
Sponsored by
UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology,
UCLA Department of Anthropology,
UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
Navin and Pratima Doshi Chair in Indian Studies,
UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden,
UCLA Department of Urban Planning


October 22 2018

BEC: Eduardo Guerra Amorim, "Migration and social organization in medieval Europe: a paleogenomic approach"

Despite centuries of research, much about the barbarian migrations that took place between the fourth and sixth centuries in Europe remains hotly debated. To better understand this key era that marks the dawn of modern European societies, we obtained ancient genomic DNA from 63 samples from two cemeteries (from Hungary and Northern Italy) that have been previously associated with the Longobards, a barbarian people that ruled large parts of Italy for over 200 years after invading from Pannonia in 568 CE. Our dense cemetery-based sampling revealed that each cemetery was primarily organized around one large pedigree, suggesting that biological relationships played an important role in these early medieval societies. Moreover, we identified genetic structure in each cemetery involving at least two groups with different ancestry that were very distinct in terms of their funerary customs. Finally, our data are consistent with the proposed long-distance migration from Pannonia to Northern Italy.

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October 25 2018

Autumn Garden Gathering

Autumn is here, and we welcome you to meet kindred spirits and to revel in the Garden at dusk!
Find out what's new in the Garden, meet staff, and get to know other folks that love spending time around trees.

Merriment at the Le Kretz Garden Pavilion will be followed by an after-hours walk in the Garden led by Assistant Director Evan Meyer. Bring a reusable cup and a curious mind! All ages are welcome.

This event is free, please RSVP at: EventBrite


November 9 2018

UCLA Biomedical Research Minor Symposium: Research Deconstruction Friday Nov 9, 2018

We invite you to attend a symposium at UCLA on Friday, November 9th, 1pm to 5pm, to learn about research deconstruction1, a low cost, high impact pedagogical strategy developed at UCLA to engage novice undergraduate students in the process of scientific discovery. Research deconstruction requires no laboratory or textbook, making it affordable and sustainable for departments and students at a wide range of institutions, from R1 universities to 2-year colleges. Guided in‑depth analysis of a bona fide research seminar is used as a platform to teach fundamental concepts, experimental methodologies, and importantly, the logic of scientific investigation. Implementation over a 10-year period at UCLA suggests that research deconstruction is effective at both teaching students the process of scientific inquiry and increasing persistence in STEM.

At this symposium, educators from UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, University of Toronto and Santa Monica College will share insights, challenges and best practices from their experience using research deconstruction. If you would like to learn more about this pedagogy and potential partnerships to assist with implementation, please consider attending. Educators at community colleges are especially encouraged to participate and we hope that Chairs will consider applying attendance of this symposium toward the professional development requirement (flex time). Please feel free to share this with any interested colleagues.

RSVP by Thursday, October 25th if you plan to attend.

Please direct any questions about the symposium to Enika Tumanov, etumanov@lifesci.ucla.edu

We look forward to seeing you there!