Thankfully, beautiful spring weather has returned to Tucson. Get out there and enjoy it today and tomorrow at the Staff Advisory Council's Music on the Mall festival. From noon to 1 p.m. each day, various (i.e., everything from tango to blues) musical genres will be explored and presented by a number of groups. This afternoon, the Seven Pipers Society will play from 12 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.; the Faculty Staff Choir will sing from 12:15 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and the Steel Band will round out the day with drumming from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. More information is available by calling the Staff Advisory Council at 621-9947.
Hungry? What an opportune time to hear all about tantalizingly exotic food! Paul J. Kaldjian (American Research Institute in Turkey) will describe "Gardens, baraars and the countryside: an Istanbul food mosaic" at 12 p.m. in room 204 of the Franklin building. Don't worry - this is a Center for Middle Eastern Studies Brown Bag Lunch Seminar, so you don't have to listen on an empty stomach. Karen Galindo can tell you more at 621-8079.
When one thinks of brain activity, an image of waves usually comes to mind. Well, to my mind, anyway. But what does it really look like? Find out today at the Arizona Research Laboratories Division of Neurobiology Discussion Group. John K. Douglass will share his "Devotion to Motion: Visual Representations of Movement in a Fly Brain" at noon in room 601 of the Gould-Simpson building. Mark Willis can handle all your insect queries at 621-8384.
The Catcalls with two brains: Can't get enough of that mental stuff? Check out a different view of gray matter antics at 12:30 p.m. at the Program in Applied Mathematics Modeling Seminar. Eugene M. Izhikevich has trekked here from Tempe to thrill you with descriptions of "Neural Excitability Spiking and Bursting." Can room 402 of the Mathematics building contain such commotion? Find out for yourself, or ask Kathleen Leick at 621-2016.
Fitting quite nicely with this apparent theme of insect anatomy, is today's Entomology Department Seminar. This time, Fernando Noriega will discuss "Nutritional regulation of jh synthesis: searching for answers in the mosquito midgut" from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in room 230 of the Marley building. There's gotta be something below the neck that's in control, even if the part belongs to a bug. Want to know more? Then call Rose Kilby at 621-7165.
As much as I may pick on scientists for their madness and unbelievable genius, I must admit that they sure know how to have a good time. Don't think it's possible? Be disproved like a theory at 7 p.m. during the 15th Annual Physics Phun Nite. Fire, lasers, and "the ever-popular 'Use-a-sledgehammer-to-break-a-cement-block-on-a-physics-prof-while-he's-lying-on-a-bed-of-nails' bit" (their words, not mine!) will be in evidence in room 201 of the Physics and Atmospheric Sciences building. The event is sponsored by the UA and the PCC physics departments and Tucson Area Physics Teachers. Call Alaina Levine at 621-4969 for details.