Institutional Seminar Series
Thursday, October 31
Scripps Seaside Forum Auditorium
11:30 a.m. Pizza will be served*
12:00 p.m. Talks begin
Please join us for the Institutional Seminar Series - lunch sponsored by the Director's Office featuring the following speakers:
Paul Jensen -- Marine natural products: the unspoken language of the ocean
Most organisms in the ocean use small molecule natural products to interact with each other and the environment. These molecules are structurally diverse, mediate important ecological interactions, and have been exploited as a source of chemical diversity for drug discovery. We study the natural products produced by marine microorganisms, with particular emphasis on a model group of marine actinobacteria. We are interested in the ecology and evolution of natural product production and in developing improved methods for their discovery. This presentation will focus on omic technologies that are providing unprecedented insight into the world of marine natural products.
Luca Delle Monache -- The Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes
Both the natural and socioeconomic systems that we depend upon are resilient to extreme weather events, and their effects on water supply and flooding. The Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E), which is part of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, provides 21st century water cycle science, technology and outreach to support effective policies and practices that address the impacts of extreme weather and water events on the environment, people, and the economy of Western North America. CW3E’s goal is to revolutionize the physical understanding, observations, weather predictions, seasonal outlooks, and climate projections of extreme events in Western North America, including atmospheric rivers (ARs), the North American summer monsoon and their impacts on floods, droughts, hydropower, ecosystems and the economy. Some of the major activities of the CW3E will be presented, including: AR science and outreach, the development of state-of-the-art observing systems, mathematical models, and machine learning algorithms to predict AR key parameters and associated precipitation. Examples of the potential of breakthrough advances in AR and drought research to inform water management and flood control decisions to reduce flood damages and increase water-supply and hydropower availability and reliability will be shown.
*While single-use cups and plates will be available, we are asking everyone to bring their own reuseable items.
The University of California system is committed to going zero waste by 2020, and we’re already diverting 69% of our solid waste from landfills system wide. UC San Diego needs everyone to pitch in with waste reductions efforts. Bring your own plate and cup to the Institutional Seminar instead of using single-use items. #MyLastTrash