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Institutional Seminar

02/06/2020 - 12:00pm
8610 Kennel Way La Jolla, CA 92037, US
Event Description: 

Institutional Seminar Series

Thursday, February 6
Scripps Seaside Forum Auditorium

11:30 a.m. Pizza will be served
12:00 p.m. Talks begin 

While single-use cups and plates will be available, we are asking everyone to bring their own reuseable items.*
Matthias Morzfeld - Probably not -- using mathematics, statistics and computers to predict the future.
Abstract: I will give a non-technical overview of how mathematics, statistics and computers are used to predict the future. I will refer to everyday examples, for example whether or not to go surfing tomorrow, and more serious scientific instances such as forecasting the path of a hurricane, or forecasting reversals of Earth's magnetic field. I will explain how all these rather different problems have a similar mathematical formulation and interpretation.

Amina Schartup - Heat Makes Mad Tuna 

Humans have been using and releasing mercury for three millennia, but since the industrial revolution, mercury emissions have increased at least 3-fold. Mercury travels in the atmosphere before depositing on the oceans where it is microbially converted into a potent neurotoxin: methylmercury. Methylmercury then biomagnifies in marine food-webs, which means that concentrations are the highest in apex predators like tunas. Unfortunately, both the mercury cycle and fish have been experiencing the effects of climate change.  My research focuses on understanding and quantifying how environmental changes–such as seawater temperature–affect methylmercury levels in our favorite seafood

*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 to the Institutional Seminar instead of using single-use items. #MyLastTrash
For more information on this event, contact: 
Romie Apostol
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