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Biology Faculty Candidate: Adaptation and Constraint Through the Lens of Genome-wide Association Studies

Dr. Stephen Dorus from the Department of Biology at Syracuse University hosts Lawrence Uricchio, Ph.D., from the Department of Integrative Biology at University of California, Berkeley for a lecture in the Life Sciences Complex. Uricchio is a candidate for a faculty position in the Department of Biology in the area of Bioinformatics. Abstract: Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have the potential to offer new insights into the evolutionary processes that drive trait variation. However, GWAS have uncovered only a small portion of the causal variation for many complex traits, even when applied to very large cohorts. In this talk, I will argue that implicit evolutionary assumptions that underlie both GWAS and adaptation estimation have affected many previous studies, such as those reporting a negligible role for rare variants in complex traits or near-zero adaptation rates in Great Apes. I will then suggest new approaches to overcome these limitations and describe genomic signals that support a large role for ultrarare variants in RNA expression variation and substantial importance of weakly beneficial alleles in human evolution. I will discuss how these findings could be extended to other species to further our understanding of the ecological and evolutionary factors driving adaptation. *Refreshments will be served at 11:30 a.m.  

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Indigenous Student Affairs: Wholistic Approaches to Student Services

The Harry S. and Elva K. Ganders Lecture Series Indigenous Student Affairs units are designed to support all aspects and growth of the unique needs and contexts of Indigenous students. In this presentation recent research about students and these units will be shared in addition to Pidgeon’s (2016) Wholistic Indigenous Framework for student support. Stephanie J. Waterman ’83, G’04 is Onondaga, Turtle Clan, from the Onondaga Nation. She is associate professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, and coordinates the Student Development/Student Services stream. Prior to earning a Ph.D. in higher education she worked in 11 different departments at Syracuse University. Her research has explored Native American/Indigenous college student experiences. She and her colleagues, Heather J. Shotton and Shelly C. Lowe edited the first book on Native American student affairs, Beyond the Asterisk: Understanding Native Students in Higher education (Stylus, 2013), and have also edited Beyond College Access: Indigenizing Programs for Student Success (Stylus, 2018). Indigenous post-secondary student success—making the experience more than survival—is what drives her work. Many Indigenous students center their culture as they navigate postsecondary institutions, using their families and communities as foundations to their resiliency. Institutions, however, vary greatly in how they understand and support Indigenous students. Many institutions in the United States are unaware that there is an Indigenous student population on their campus.

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Quartz as a Record of Magmatic Thermal Histories

The Department of Earth Sciences presents the K.D. Nelson Lecture Series featuring guest speaker, Michael Ackerson from the Smithsonian Institution. Michael’s research interests are the evolution of continental crust (spatially and temporally) through natural and experimental observations; to date, his primary geochemical tools have been trace and minor elements in minerals and melts.

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Shannon Goff | Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Detroit native Shannon Goff is an artist preoccupied with the privilege of movement. She makes objects from cardboard and clay but her work, however, is heavily rooted in the practice of drawing. Studying and living in Japan greatly influenced her sense of line, color, and beyond. Goff has been the recipient of a Japanese Monbusho grant and twice awarded residencies to the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry program. She has been an artist in residence at the ClayArch Museum in Gimhae, South Korea, and a United States Artists nominee. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Knockdown Center, Queens, New York; Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, Michigan; Printed Matter, New York City; the San Jose Museum of Art; Elijah Wheat Showroom and Honey Ramka, Brooklyn, New York; and in Beijing, Berlin, Chicago, London, and Australia. Reviews of her work have been featured in Hyperallergic, DesignBoom, Colossal, FastCoDesign, Cfile, and Detroit Art Review. Goff received an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art and is an associate professor of sculpture and ceramics at the Penn State University School of Visual Arts.

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Understanding Islam Series

Syracuse University Libraries, along with Syracuse University’s Muslim Student Life, Hendricks Chapel and the Muslim Students Association, are co-hosting a 6-week series of lectures and discussions titled “Understanding Islam.” The series will run on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., beginning on February 4 and ending on March 10. They will be held in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (Room 114) of Bird Library. The program is facilitated by Imam Amir Duric, Muslim Chaplain at Syracuse University, and is free and open to the public. Similar programs were held and well-attended throughout 2018 and 2019. The spring 2020 schedule is: Tuesday, February 4: Introduction Tuesday, February 11: Tawheed: The Central Concept of Islam Tuesday, February 18: Equality Tuesday, February 25: Justice Tuesday, March 3: Eschatology Tuesday, March 10: Visiting a Syracuse Mosque To register for one or more of the sessions and to request special accommodations, please RSVP by February 3 to Amir Duric at aduric@syr.edu.

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Black History Month Commemorative Lecture ft. Andrea Jenkins

The 2020 Black History Month Commemorative Lecture Speaker is Andrea Jenkins, a writer, performance artist, poet, and transgender activist. Jenkins is the first African American openly trans woman to be elected to office in the United States and has experience working in community development in North Minneapolis. Jenkins worked as a staff member on the Minneapolis City Council for 12 years before beginning work as curator of the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota’s Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies.  Doors open at 7:15 p.m.  Collaboration with LGBT Resource Center, Department of Women & Gender Studies, Department of Communications & Rhetorical Studies, LGBT Studies, and Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition 

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Informed Retired People

Randi Matousek will speak about her work with the 2020 Census and the Gregory J. Harris Military Courtesy Room at Hancock Airport.

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Insights on Quaternary Environments from Plant Ecophysiology and Multi-Proxy Climate Reconstruction Approaches

The Department of Earth Sciences presents the K.D. Nelson Lecture Series, featuring guest speaker Steven Voelker from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. His research has two primary aims to understand: 1) climatic and biological drivers of forest health 2) past climate variation using tree-ring proxies. Voelker often seeks to discern why some trees are thriving while others may be stressed, or diseased or dead — within stands, across landscapes and continents. For this purpose and for climate reconstruction he uses a variety of research tools, across scales, to gain these insights and convey them to diverse audiences.

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Becca Stadtlander | Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Becca Stadtlander is an illustrator and fine artist, inspired by the beauty of everyday objects, the comforts of home, and the lush colors and landscapes of far off places.  Her work is featured in children’s and adult books, editorial publications, stationery, home decor products, and book covers.  She attended the Maryland Institute College of Art,  where she earned a BFA in Illustration in 2010. Some of her clients include-Chronicle Books, Candlewick Press, Penguin Books, Random House, American Greetings, Hallmark, Design House Greetings, HarperCollins, Google, Anthropologie, Kate Spade, The San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, Red Cap Cards, and many more. Her first children’s picture book,” On The Wing”, was published by Candlewick Press in 2014 and has since been followed by ten other picture books. She is represented by the Bright Children’s Agency, and currently lives and works in her hometown of Covington, KY.

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Black History Month Guest Speaker ft. Lee Thomas

Join us as we host Emmy Award winning television broadcaster, Lee Thomas, a unique regional journalist that has covered Hollywood throughout the entirety of his career. Thomas is a member of the Broadcast Film Critic Association (BFCA), the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), Detroit Film Critics Society (DFCA), National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), SAG-AFRTA and the National Speakers Association (NSA).  His entertainment segment, The Foxbeat can be seen on WJBK Fox 2 News Detroit. Thomas is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc.  Collaboration with Disability Cultural Center, National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) 

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Understanding Islam Series

Syracuse University Libraries, along with Syracuse University’s Muslim Student Life, Hendricks Chapel and the Muslim Students Association, are co-hosting a 6-week series of lectures and discussions titled “Understanding Islam.” The series will run on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., beginning on February 4 and ending on March 10. They will be held in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons (Room 114) of Bird Library. The program is facilitated by Imam Amir Duric, Muslim Chaplain at Syracuse University, and is free and open to the public. Similar programs were held and well-attended throughout 2018 and 2019. The spring 2020 schedule is: Tuesday, February 4: Introduction Tuesday, February 11: Tawheed: The Central Concept of Islam Tuesday, February 18: Equality Tuesday, February 25: Justice Tuesday, March 3: Eschatology Tuesday, March 10: Visiting a Syracuse Mosque To register for one or more of the sessions and to request special accommodations, please RSVP by February 3 to Amir Duric at aduric@syr.edu.

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Jelani Cobb presents Race, Politics, and the News

A discussion with one of today’s most influential observers of the role of race in public affairs. Jelani Cobb has been contributing to the New Yorker since 2012, where he is now a staff writer. He writes frequently about race, politics, history, and culture. His most recent book is The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress. He won the 2015 Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, recognizing his columns on race, the police, and injustice. He teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and was previously an associate professor of history and director of the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Connecticut. Free and open to the public. ASL and CART provided. Part of the University Lectures series. Sponsored by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, please contact Carol Faulkner at 315.443.2253 or cfaulkne@syr.edu.

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Lesson Planning as Learning Planning

How can you plan learning? How can you plan class meetings that encourage and enkindle learning in and with your students, however diverse they might be? This workshop in the FPP Certificate in University Teaching seminar series, led by Prof. William Robert (Religion), explores the stakes of these questions and possible cross-disciplinary responses to them. We will consider dynamic, creative approaches to planning and leading activities that seek to engender learning and achieve various kinds of learning objectives. The seminar will be in workshop format, so participants should bring a lesson plan from a class or discussion section that they have taught (or will teach, or would like to teach).

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