A lecture by James Gatewood, United States Military Academy
Thursday, March 6, 2014
We present an urban network that takes into account how streets and neighborhoods interact and influence each other. This two-mode urban structure presents another approach to analyze urban environments. We use GIS to construct a network map of an American city and then apply network analysis to evaluate how the network structure influences such features as traffic flow, density and housing considerations. Also, given the rise of African cities, where some are being completely designed and developed in lieu of developing organically, the results of this project will make recommendations for effective metropolitan growth structures.
The Evolution of Irrationality: Insights from Primates
Dr. Lori Santos, Associate Professor of Psychology at Yale University
Thursday, March 6, 2014
This lecture will explore the evolutionary origins of some species' systematic errors. Specifically, the consideration whether humans share of our more irrational errors with close relatives, the non-human primates. This lecture will tackle the larger issue of whether some human irrationalities stem from evolutionarily-ancient cognitive strategies, ones that are shared broadly across the primate order.
Campus Center, Multipurpose Room Sponsored by: Bernstein Memorial Lecture Series; Psychology Program.
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A Conversation with Shirley Lindenbaum, Professor Emerita of Anthropology CUNY Graduate Center & Rayna Rapp, Professor of Anthropology, NYU
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The unraveling of the epidemic of kuru, a neurodegenerative disease, in a remote area of New Guinea, led to two Nobel Prizes in science and a classic ethnography, Kuru Sorcery, by anthropologist Shirley Lindenbaum, who uncovered the role of endocannibalism in this disease's transmission. The revised and updated second edition of Kuru Sorcery provides an opportunity for a conversation about the place of anthropology in an interdisciplinary research project. Rayna Rapp will consider how kuru helped to define the emergence of medical anthropology in the context of multi-disciplinary research. Shirley Lindenbaum will reflect on how the kuru story has been elaborated in popular literature.
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium Sponsored by: Anthropology Program; Biology Program.
A lecture by Yan Zhang, University of California, Berkeley
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Adinkras are graphical tools created for the study of representations in supersymmetry. Besides having inherent interest for physicists, adinkras offer many easy-to-state and accessible open problems for mathematicians from different trades (by the end of the talk, I will have pretended to have known stuff about Clifford algebras, posets, coding theory, switching graphs, and algebraic topology...), but especially combinatoralists! I will include my original results, but mostly, I just want to share my enthusiasm for these pretty objects. No specialist knowledge required.