Don't let their docile appearances fool you - some chemicals happen to have quite the wild side. Henry M. Miziorko (Biochemistry, Medical College of Wisconsin) will let you look at one today at 12:30 p.m. at the Biochemistry Seminar, as he introduces "Phosphoribulokinase: A Glimpse into the Active Site." Refreshments will be served at 12:20 p.m. at the lecture site, which is Room 237 of the Biological Sciences West building. Contact the biochemistry department at 621-9185 for more information.
While observing the beautiful meteor shower last week, did you happen to wonder what purpose such celestial bodies serve? Betcha David Levy did - he's an internationally-renown comet hunter and author with special interest in the possibilities of life outside Earth. He will be talking about comets and their impact on the Earth's development and destruction today at zFlandrau Science Center. Be there from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. for an explanation of "SETI and the Building Blocks of Life," a project done in cooperation with The Planetary Society. Call 621-STAR for details.
Whether you think technology is the world's savior or an instrument of the devil, the impact it has on different cultures is expansive and diverse. The Anthropology Lecture this afternoon at 4 will explore this influence via a talk by Jim Bayman of the University of Hawaii. He will discuss "The Dynamics of Technological Change at the Mauna Kea Adze Quarry, Island of Hawaii" in Room 216 of the Anthropology (Haury) building. Barbara Fregoso has further information for you at 621-6298.
We humans aren't the only species with gender disputes. Come to Room 301 of the Biological Sciences West building today at 4 p.m. to hear Susan Mazer (University of California Santa Barbara) explain "Response to selection on gender-related traits in an annual plant, Spergularia marina (Caryophyllaceae): the battle between the sexes." The lecture has been brought to you as part of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Seminar series - and as an added treat, the speaker will be available to personally speak to anyone who signs up at the EEB front desk. Call Susana Noriega-Edmond at 621-1588 for the specifics.
Putting your, full-stops and ellipses: in all the! wrong places? Let Kendra Gaines of the Writing Skills Improvement Program help you. She will be running another Weekly Writing Workshop tonight from 5 to 6 to assist you in "Improving Punctuation" in your papers. Take a seat in Room 310 of the Modern Languages. Donna Rabuck can answer your questions at 621-5849.
Successfully avoiding any and all references to foreign actors and their charming demeanors, Gary Schmidt will discuss "The Incredible Magnetic Personalities of Exotic Stars" tonight at 7:30 at the Steward Observatory Public Evening Series Lecture. The talk will be held in Room N210 of the Steward Observatory, and will be followed by a short trip to the Campus Station of the Steward Observatory to view the night sky. Contact Connie Walker at 621-7096 for more information.
-compiled by Kim Stravers