Past Distinguished Lectures

SEEDS Distinguished Lecture Presented: Dr. Eileen Hofmann, Ocean Sciences section of the American Geophysical Union President 



Dr. Hofmann delivered a lecture on April 26th, 2017 titled Seasonal and Interannual Variability of Nitrogen Fluxes Along the Middle Atlantic Bight. DrEileen Hofmann discussed how this combined modeling, remote sensing and in situ data analysis approach allows annual and interannal nutrient fluxes to be estimated so that a nutrient budget that identifies important processes, sources, and sinks can be developed.

Eileen Hofmann received a B.S. degree in Biology from Chestnut Hill College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Marine Science and Engineering from North Carolina State University. After spending time at Florida State University and Texas A&M University, she joined the Oceanography faculty at Old Dominion University. Her research interests are in the areas of physical-biological interactions in marine ecosystems, environmental control and transmission of marine diseases, descriptive physical oceanography, and mathematical modeling of marine ecosystems. She has worked in a variety of marine environments, most recently the continental shelves of the Ross Sea and the western Antarctic Peninsula, Delaware and Chesapeake Bays, and the Middle Atlantic Bight. She has served on numerous national and international panels and science steering committees, most recently as Chair of the Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research project. Her contributions to modeling physical-biological interactions in marine systems were recognized by her election as 2013 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). She is now President-elect of the Ocean Sciences section of the AGU and will become section President in 2017.

SEEDS You Choose Presented: Dr. Elizabeth Iorns, Founder and CEO, Science Exchange

You Choose Leader: Dr. Joanna Johnson


Dr. Iorns delivered a lecture on April 24th, 2017 titled Reproducibility in Science:Writing, Data and the Growth of Knowledge.  Dr. Iorns delivered a seminar on ways to measure and incentivize reproducible research. The presentation included results from the first replication studies published by the Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology. Dr. Iorns is the Founder & CEO of Science Exchange and Co-Director of the Reproducibility Initiative. She has a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from the Institute of Cancer Research (UK), and before starting Science Exchange in 2011 was an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami (where she remains an Adjunct Professor).  She participated in a panel immediately following: Reproducibility, Rigor, and the  Responsible Conduct of Research. John L. Bixby, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology and Neurological Surgery, Vice Provost for Research; Elizabeth Iorns, PhD; Dushyantha T. Jayaweera, MD, MRCOG (UK), FACP, CIP, Professor of Medicine, Executive Dean for Research and Research Education; Joanna Johnson, PhD, moderator; Joyce M. Slingerland, MD, PhD, FRCP (C), Professor of Medicine; Director, Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute; Associate Director for Translational Research, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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SEEDS You Choose Presented: Dr. Jianhui Wang, Argonne National Laboratory

You Choose Leader: Dr. Wangda Zuo, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural, and Enviromental Engineering



Dr. Wang delivered a lecture on March 23rd, 2017 titled Grid Modernization: Challenges, Opportunities, and Solutions. "Our aging grid infrastructure faces increasing challenges from multiple sources including greater demand variability, stricter environmental regulations and growing cyber security concerns.  Advanced smart grid technologies provide possible solutions to tackle these challenges. Meanwhile how to best utilize these new devices and technologies such as PMUs and electric vehicles remains a challenge by itself. In this talk, I will address various topics which span a multitude of areas including demand response, stochastic optimization for renewable integration, microgrids and cyber security. I will present the technical issues in implementing these technologies and corresponding potential solutions." Dr. Jianhui Wang 2017

 Dr. Jianhui Wang is the Section Manager for Advanced Power Grid Modeling at Argonne National Laboratory.  He is the Secretary of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Power System Planning, Operations&Ecnomics Committee. He has authored/co-authored more than 250 journal and conference publications. He is an editor of Journal of Energy Engineering and Applied Energy. He received the IEEE Chicago Section 2012 Outstanding Young Engineer Award and is an Affiliate Professor at Auburn University and an Adjunct Professor at University of Notre Dame. He has also held visiting positions in Europe, Australia and Hong Kong including a VELUX Visiting Professorship at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Dr. Wang is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer. He is the recipient of the IEEE PES Power System Operation Committee Prize Paper Award in 2015.


SEEDS Distinguished Lecture Presented: Dr. Barbara Fiese, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign



Dr. Fiese delivered a lecture on March 21‌, 2017 titled Why Family Mealtimes Matter.  "Sharing family meals together can have a profound and positive effect on children’s health and wellbeing. However, the majority of research in this area has focused on the number of times per week that families eat together. In this presentation, I will extend this work to consider the broader social context of mealtimes including how social interactions, cultural context, economic conditions and the media environment influence nutritional health. I will draw from work conducted at the Family Resiliency Center at the University of Illinois that includes home based observations of family meals, lab based experimental studies aimed at examining distractions during mealtimes, community based interventions with Spanish-speaking families, and the development of public service announcements. I will also briefly discuss our work in the national evaluation of out-of-school feeding programs and the importance of addressing food insecurity to preserve the importance of family meals for all families." Barbara Fiese, Ph.D.

Dr. Fiese delivered a career lecture on March 22, 2017. Barbara H. Fiese, Ph.D., is a clinical and developmental psychologist whose research focuses on family factors that promote health and wellbeing in children. She holds the Pampered Chef, Ltd., Endowed Chair in Family Resiliency and is Professor and Director of the Family Resiliency Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with affiliated appointments in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychology. She is considered one of the national experts in the role that shared family mealtimes may play in promoting health. She is a Principal Investigator or co-Investigator on multiple federally funded projects aimed at examining environmental and biological factors contributing to early nutritional health including the STRONG Kids2 Project which takes a cell-to-community approach to dietary habits from birth and the ITOPP program, an innovative transdisciplinary MPH/PhD training program in obesity prevention. She is also the PI on several projects aimed at increasing the efficiencies of summer and after school feeding programs for food insecure children and youth. She has received multiple teaching and research awards including the Distinguished  Contribution to Couple and Family Psychology from the American Psychological Association, the John Clyde and Henrietta Downey Spitler Teaching Award from the University of Illinois and the Team Research Award from the University of Illinois.  She is the Editor of the Journal of Family Psychology and Editor in Chief of the Handbook of Contemporary Family Psychology.


SEEDS You Choose Leadership presented: Dr. Michael Wetter, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Drs. Michael Wetter and Wangda Zuo


Dr. Michael Wetter presented his talk entitled, "New Generation Computational Tools for Buildings and Community Engineering Systems" on Thursday, May 14, 2015 in the McArthur Engineering Annex, room 202.  Dr. Wetter is a Computational Staff Scientist and the Deputy Leader of the Simulation Research Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). His research includes integrating building performance simulation tools into the research process, as well as their use for design and operation of buildings.   This talk  presented the needs of the buildings industry for new generation computation tools for building and community energy systems. He then discussed recent advances in Modelica-based modeling and simulation for such systems. The presentation continued with how to combine this technology with models of legacy software, such as of electrical grid and communication systems, through co-simulation. He also presented recent research about the redesign of the computing engine of EnergyPlus to accommodate Modelica models of HVAC and control systems, using numerical methods that seem very promising for the time integration of stiff systems of differential algebraic equations that are combined with event-driven systems as encountered in building energy and control systems.


This lecture was sponsored by a SEEDS You Choose Leadership Award to Dr. Wangda Zuo, Assistant Professor in the department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering. 


SEEDS and RSMAS Distinguished Lecture: Dr. Ruth Preller


Location: SLAB Seminar Room (S/A 103) - RSMAS Campus

On March 18, 2015, Ruth Preller, Ph.D., Superintendent at the US Naval Research Laboratory in the Oceanagraphic Division presented a research lecture entitled, "Navy Research and development and its impact on operational oceanography to the RSMAS Campus.  The Oceanography Division of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) carries out a coordinated research and development program directed toward oceanographic problems that have an impact on Navy’s ability to operate safely and globally.  This includes oceanographic field work focused on the study of mesoscale and finescale oceanographic processes; the use of remotely sensed data to better define ocean optics and ocean surface (Sea Surface Temperature)  and subsurface (Sea Surface Height Anomaly) characteristics; and the development and application of numerical ocean models used to better understand oceanographic processes as well as to form the backbone of ocean forecast systems.  Real-time ocean observations and advanced data assimilation techniques are an important component of these forecast systems.  NRL research has focused on developing ocean prediction systems that provide 5-7 day forecasts of ocean temperature, salinity, currents, front and eddy location, tides, waves, optics and sea ice.  These forecast systems run from global to tactical scales using model nesting techniques.  Emphasis has recently been placed on the research of developing coupled modeling systems on global and regional scales including coupled land-air-ice-ocean-wave models as well as coupled bio-optical-physical models. The ultimate goal of these coupled systems is to provide more accurate, longer forecasts.  In addition, NRL’s research and development goals are met through numerous collaborations with the academic and federal communities. This presentation discussed some of the ongoing research and development, the transition from research to operations and the future direction of research at NRL.

On March 19, 2015, SEEDS and RSMAS hosted a career lecture by Ruth Preller,  followed by a lunch reception.  At this lecture, Preller discussed briefly discussed her career, goals and challenges.  At the conclusion of her career lecture, she answered audience questions about her work-life balance.  Both events were open to faculty, staff and students.

Biomedical Engineering Distinguished Lecturer: Dr. Dora Angelaki (Baylor College of Medicine) (SEEDS You Choose Leadership)
March 16, 2015

Dr. Dora Angelaki, Baylor College of  Medicine, presented a lecture entitled, "Optimal integration of sensory evidence: Building blocks and canonical computations," on McArthur Engineering Annex, MEA 202 from 1:30-2:30pm.  A fundamental aspect of our sensory experience is that information from different modalities is often seamlessly integrated into a unified percept. Recent behavioral studies have shown that humans combine sensory cues according to a statically optimal scheme derived from Bayesian probability theory; they perform better when two sensory cues are combined. We have explored multisensory cue integration for self-motion (heading) perception using both visual (optic flow) and vestibular (linear acceleration) signals. We recorded from single neurons in the visual and parietal cortices during a heading discrimination task where trained monkeys, like humans, behaviorally combine visual and vestibular cues to improve perception. Neurons with congruent heading preferences for visual and vestibular stimuli show improved sensitivity and lower neuronal thresholds under cue combination. These neurons also show trial-by-trial re-weighting of visual and vestibular cues, as expected from optimal integration, and population responses can predict the main aspects of perception. The trial-by-trial re-weighting can be easily simulated using a divisive normalization model extended to multisensory integration. Deficits in behavior brought by chemical inactivation provide further support of the hypothesis that extrastriate visual cortex mediates multisensory integration for self-motion perception. These findings provide the first behavioral demonstration of statistically-optimal cue integration in non-human primates and identify both the computations and neuronal populations that may form its neural basis. Diseases, like autism spectrum disorders, might suffer from deficits in one or more of these canonical computations, which are fundamental in helping merge our senses to interpret and interact with the world.  The department of Biomedical Engineering and a SEEDS You Choose Award to Drs. Suhrud Rajguru and Alicia Jackson, Assistant Professors, sponsored this lecture. 

Women in Academic Medicine 2015 Symposium (SEEDS You Choose Leadership)

January 28, 2015

Ms. Maria Teresa Lepeley, President and Founder, Global Institute for Quality Education presented a lecture entitled, Women in Leadership: Managing Change and Innovation with Sustainable Quality.  "The world is changing quickly, but education, the catalyst of progress, has lagged behind integrating the principles, parameters and quality dynamics essential to advance in the 21st century. To foster development and growth education must quicly adapt modern and global parameters to improve results and quality." This free event was sponsored by Women in Academic Medicine and a SEEDS You Choose Leadership Award to Drs. Lillian Abbo, Hilit Mechaber, and Ivette Motola.

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SEEDS You Choose Leadership Award, GreenU, School of Architecture and the College of Engineering Present: Building Energy Modeling: A Multi-Purpose Tool for Building Energy Efficiency
December 5, 2014

Dr. Amir Roth, Technology Manager for Building Energy Modeling, at the Department Engergy's Building Technologies Office presented a lecture to the University on December 5, 2014.  Building Energy Modeling (BEM) - physics-based simulation of a building's energy consumption given a description of its physical assets, operations, and local weather - is a powerful multi-purpose tool for reducing building energy consumption.  Because buildings are prohibitively expensive to proptype physically, BEM is used as a form of virtual prototyping to optimize design. And because it is impractical to physically isolate a building from its occupants, BEM is used to assess occupant independent building performance for end-uses like compliance with energy codes and green certification.  While these"offline" uses of BEM are well established, BEM also has promising "online" uses.  BEM can be used to continuously commission a building's systms and to maintain their health.  Given live weather forecasts, BEM can also be used to dynamically optimize building operation in real-time.  This talk will describe some of these use cases as well as BOE's efforts to support them. 

Amir Roth is the technology manager for building energy modeling at DOE's Building Technologies Office (BTO) in Washington, D.C.  He manages a small portfolio of projects that focuses on EnergyPlus and OpenStudio, and includes supporting activities on testing and validation, model calibration, research on advanced simulation techniques, and support for the modeling community.  Before coming to DOE in 2010, he was an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.  He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BS in physics from Yale University.  He is a member of ASHRAE, IBPSA, ACM, and IEEE.

Dr. Roth's visit and lecture were sponsored by a SEEDS You Choose Leadership Award to Dr. Wangda Zuo, Assistant Professor in the department of Civil & Architectural Engineerng, GreenU, the School of Architectureand the College of Engineering

Science of Team Science (SEEDS You Choose Seminar Series)

Team-Based Science: Strategies for Success, Practical Tools, and Future Directions 
December 9, 2014

Dr. Amanda Vogel, National Institute of Health, presented the fourth seminar in the Science of Team Science Seminar Series.  Dr. Vogel began this talk by discussing cutting-edge conceptual and empirical work that offer insights into what makes for successful collaboration in science.  She highlighted a conceptual model for team science, as well as empirical findings produced by the National Cancer Institute’s SciTS (Science of Team Science) team that provide guidelines and strategies for success in team science.  She then demonstrated the NCI’s Team Science Toolkit website (, a “one-stop-shop” for resources to help lead, manage, evaluate, facilitate, or support team science.  She highlighted key resources available through the Toolkit that can be used by investigators, academic institutions, and funders to maximize the success of team science.  Times was reserved for on-the-spot audience interaction with the Toolkit.  Finally, Dr. Vogel discussed needed future directions to build the SciTS evidence base, and discussed current projects of the NCI SciTS team in support of these goals.

Climbing Everest: Expedition Behavior as a Model for Leadership in Research Teams
October 14, 2014

Dr. Richard Bookman, Miller School of Medicine, presented the third seminar in the Science of Team Science Seminar series.  Good leadership is a key to successful collaboration. Too often, we might default into thinking that 'leadership' is only the leader's responsibility. From numerous non-research areas of human endeavor, we can learn that teams work better when leadership is every team member's responsibility.

Using the leadership model from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Dr. Bookman will present 'expedition behavior' as an interesting way to think about collaborative research teams. The NOLS model defines 4 distinct leadership roles, 7 teachable/learnable leadership skills and folds these into a unique individual style for each person. NASA Space Shuttle crews and Mount Everest expedition teams use the NOLS model. Would it be helpful for team science? We'll explore that question, and try out some exercises that might be useful with your own research teams.

A SEEDS You Choose Leadership Award to Dr. Sawsan Khuri, Research Assistant Professor, Computer Science, sponsored this seminar series. 

SEEDS and the Department of Political Science Present: Responsiveness and Responsibility: Poor Voters, Rich Voters and the Demand for Policy
November 21, 2014

Ernesto Calvo, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Associate Chair, University of Maryland, presented a seminar entitled, "Responsiveness and Responsibility: Poor Voters, Rich Voters and the Demand for Policy," on Friday, November 21, 2014 in 250 Campo Sano from 3:00PM-4:00PM. 

Why do parties stick to their prior policy offers? When do they decide to change them? Our research seeks to answer these questions, mapping the linkages between party leaders, party activists, and voters. Using extensive survey and field research, we study in great detail the preferences of voters, the structure of partisan networks, and the policies implemented in Chile and Argentina. We show that voters across socio-economic groups differ in policy preferences, distributive expectations, and perceptions of government competence. Electorally minded politicians, taking into consideration the differences in these voter assessments, decide whether to maintain or change policy positions. Results show that not all voters have equal influence in the policies that parties offer. Resulting policy biases are crucial for understanding who wins and who loses in democratic politics.

Ernesto Calvo is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland-College Park. His research on political representation, elections, and Congresses, has received the Lawrence Longley Award and the Leubbert Best Article Award from the Representation and the Comparative Politics sections of the American Political Science Association. A SEEDS You Choose Leadership Award to Dr. Santiago Olivella, Assistant Professor of Political Science, sponsors this lecture.

SEEDS Distinguished Lecture: ""The Demise of Queer Space? The Role of Planning in Atlanta's LGBT Spaces" (SEEDS You Choose Leadership)
October 24, 2015

Petra Doan, professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University, presented "The Demise of Queer Space? The Role of Planning in Atlanta's LGBT Spaces," on Friday, October 24, in the Otto G. Richter Library, 3rd Floor Conference Room, from 3 to 4 p.m. The talk explored the evolution of LGBTQ spaces in Atlanta with a special focus on the Midtown area that since the 1970s has been the most prominent gay neighborhood in Georgia and possibly the Southeast. This area has experienced strong gentrification pressures over the past 20 years and urban planners and city officials have been complicit in enabling that redevelopment process in order to make the Peachtree Street corridor "safe" for families. As a result municipal officials pressured gay bars to close, the police and a neighborhood security organization have hassled non-normative street people, and most recently the Atlanta City Council tried to re-zone Cheshire Bridge Road, the remaining "commercial strip" with gay clubs and adult businesses some of which catered to the LGBT community. This talk will explore the consequences of these actions for LGBTQ spaces in the Atlanta area and elsewhere. This event was sponsored by a SEEDS-CAS You Choose Leadership Award to Dr. J. Miguel Kanai, Department of Geography and Regional Studies. 

This event was sponsored by the Center for Humanities, the Department of Geography and Regional Studies, Urban Studies Program, American Studies Program and Women's and Gender Studies program.

SEEDS & Political Science Distinguished Lecture: "Theorizing the Rise of Brazil: Realism under Hegemony"
October 24, 2015

Dr. Kurt G. Weyland, Professor of Government and Lozano Long Professor of Latin American Politics at the University of Texas at Austin, presented a lecture entitled, "Theorizing the Rise of Brazil: Realism under Hegemony," on Friday, October 24, 2014 in the Dooley Memorial Classroom, MM125K from 12:30-1:30pm. International Relations theory has largely neglected the global South. But several developing countries are ascending to regional leadership and global clout. From a theoretical and comparative perspective, this article examine Brazil's rise. It argues that Realism provides the best account of Brazil's foreign policy strategy: Regardless of government and political regime, the country has persistently pursued national power and international influence. But because emerging countries face established hegemons that command enormous power and economic resources, they cannot employ conventionally Realist instruments and tactics. Their subordinate position in the international power constellation forces rising countries to forego political and military confrontation and instead engage in economic cooperation, both with the hegemon and their weaker neighbors. Through this collaboration, emerging powers hope to derive disproportionate benefits that will enhance their relative power over time. By analyzing these complex calculations, the paper elucidates the Realist strategy pursued by ambitious nations such as Brazil – and designs a version of Realism that captures the recent power dynamics in the international system. This lecture was sponsored by a SEEDS-CAS You Choose Leadership Award to Dr. Olivella Santiago, Assistant Professor, and the Department of Political Science.


SEEDS You Choose Leadership Award Presented, "The New Face of Community: the German Reinvention of Co-Housing and its Opportunities for the US Market"

On November 21, 2013,  Dr. Eric Firley, School of Architecture, organized a panel discussing, "The New Face of Community: the German Reinvention of Co-Housing and its Opportunities for the US Market" featuring Gunnar and Kirsten Ring at the Miami Center for Architecture and Desigin.  Presentation and panel discussion around a new type of co-ownership that emerged over the last two decades in Germany. Developed by groups of individuals for various motivations including affordability, higher ecological performance and meaningful social interaction, these architecturally distinguished multi-family buildings offer an alternative take on urban living. The evening focuses on the explanation of the development and design process by two experts from Berlin, and a discussion regarding opportunities for South Florida. Could this new type of co-housing become an alternative to a market dominated by the condo-tower and the single-family house?

This event was sponsored in part by a SEEDS You Choose Award to Dr. Eric Firley, School of Architecture.

This event was presented by:

  • School of Architecture
  • Office of Civic Engagement
  • AIA Miami

SEEDS Distinguished Lecture Series Presented, Dr. Cynthia Beall, Case Western Reserve University

"Adaptation and Health Among Highlanders of the Andes, Tibet and Ethiopia"

Monday, October 21, 2013
Newman Alumni Center, Ballroom C
9:00AM - 11:00AM

Dr. Cynthia Beall, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, is a widely recognized researcher on human adaptation to high-altitude hypoxia. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. This lecture will be followed by breakfast buffet and networking.

Sponsored by SEEDS, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Anthropology.

SEEDS Distinguished Lecture Series Presented, Dava Sobel 

"When Computers Were People"

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Cox Science Center Room 166

Dava Sobel, Stanford Distinguished Professorship in Humanities, author of Galileo's DaughterLongitude and an upcoming book on women in astronomy, on which she presented a lecture entitled, "When Computers were People." This lecture was followed by discussion and lunch. Sponsored by SEEDS. Space was limited to 30 participants (faculty, post doctoral associates, and graduate students in the STEM and Social Sciences).

A SEEDS You Choose Award Presents: "Grand Rounds: Career Success in Academic Medicine Series" featuring Robert E. Fullilove, Ed.D.

Thursday, June 20, 2013 in the Clinical Research Building, Room 989 (MED Campus) 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 

Robert E. Fullilove, Ed.D. is Associate Dean for Community and Minority Affairs, Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University, and co-director of the Community Research Group. He also co-directs a newly formed degree program in Urbanism and Community Health. Join us as we explore research strategies to improve outcomes among minority populations and developing a successful, academic career in health disparities research.

A SEEDS You Choose Award Presents: ""Career Success in Academic Medicine Series" featuring Robert E. Fullilove, Ed.D.

Friday, June 21, 2013 in the Lois Pope Auditorium (MED Campus) 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM 

Robert E. Fullilove, Ed.D. is Associate Dean for Community and Minority Affairs, Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University, and co-director of the Community Research Group. He also co-directs a newly formed degree program in Urbanism and Community Health. Join us as we explore advancement strategies for African Americans in academic, public health careers: what to do, what not to do, and coping mechanisms.

SEEDS and the Department of Cell Biology Present Distinguished Scholar, Dr. Renee Reijo Pera, March 5, 2013

Dr. Renee Reijo Pera,  presented a seminar entitled, "Programming and Reprogramming in Human Development and Pluripotent Stem Cells." Dr. Reijo Pera is the Director of the Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Education and a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University. Her research is aimed at understanding the genetics of human embryo growth and development and in characterizing the basic properties of human embryonic stem cells, especially their ability to differentiate to all cell types including germ cells. She has received numerous awards throughout her career and most recently was named Outstanding Faculty Mentor at UCSF in 2005 and one of the twenty Top Women on Leadership featured in Newsweek 2006. Her presentation was scheduled on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 from 12:00-1:00 PM in the Rosenstiel Medical Science Building, 4th Floor Auditorium (MED Campus). For more information, please contact Priscilla Acosta at (305) 243-9093

After the seminar, SEEDS hosted a mentoring event in the Cell Biology Conference room 4139 from 1:50-2:50 PM. To RSVP for the SEEDS mentoring event after the seminar, please RSVP here

SEEDS Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. JoAnn Trejo

On Feb 16, 2010, JoAnn Trejo, UC San Diego, presented two talks,
"Regulation of Protease-activated Receptor Signaling and Trafficking" and 
"Diversity in Science: The Importance of Mentoring". 

Download her excellent article on mentoring.

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SEEDS Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Maria Assunção F. Silva Dias

April 1-3 Maria Assunção F. Silva Dias of the Departamento de Ciências Atmosféricas, IInstituto Astronômico e Geofísico , Universidade de São Paulo gave both a formal research seminar and an informal seminar on her career development. 
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SEEDS Distinguished lecturers and mentors, co-sponsored by COE 

Through co-sponsorship from Dean Tien in the College of Engineering, SEEDS is able to sponsor mentoring events with several distinguished women, many of whom are members of the National Academy of Sciences. These include:

Linda Sanford

SEEDS Co-Sponsored Distinguished Scholar 
Linda Sanford
, member of the National Academy of Engineering, Senior Vice President at IBM, spoke on Jan 25, 2009, on "Building a Smarter Planet: Strategies for Meaningful Change" and mentored junior faculty and women from IBM.
Co-sponsored by The College of Engineering 

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B Liskov

SEEDS Co-Sponsored Distinguished Scholar
On Nov 9, 2009, with Barbara Liskov from MIT, member of the National Academy of Sciences .who gave a research talk on "Security of Internet Storage."and led a mentoring event focused on junior faculty. 
Co-sponsored by The College of Engineering

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SEEDS Distinguished lecturers and mentors 

Co-sponsored by Mary Bartlett Bunge Distinguished Women in Cell Biology
Through co-sponsorship from Mary Bunge's endowment for an annual seminar of a Distinguished Woman in Cell Biology, SEEDS was able to sponsor mentoring events with several distinguished women. These include:

Marilyn Farquhar

SEEDS Co-sponsored Distinguished Scholar 
On March 23, 2010, Marilyn Farquhar, member of National Academys of Sciences and of Arts and Science. Among other honors, she has won the Wilson Medal of the American Society of Cell Biologists, the Homer Smith Medal of the American Society of Nephrology, the Distinguished Scientist Medal of the EMSA, the Rous-Whipple Award of the American Society for Investigative Pathology, the Carl Gottschalk Prize from University of North Carolina, the A.N. Richards Award for Excellence in Research from the International Society of Nephrology and FASEB Award for Excellence in Science. She gave both research and mentoring talks and also led a mentoring event for senior women. 
Co-sponsored by Mary Bartlett Bunge Distinguished Women in Cell Biology.

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Mary Bunge

SEEDS Sponsored Mentoring Event
The Mary Bartlett Bunge Distinguished Women in Cell Biology Lecturer, Susan L. Lindquist gave a mentoring talk, "Yes We Can! A Woman’s Perspective on a Life in Science", March 24 at 4 p.m. Dr. Lindquist is a member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Professor of Biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and member of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Lindquist presented her research seminar titled "Protein folding mechanisms propelling rapid evolutionary change" on Tuesday, March 24, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Lois Pope LIFE Center, seventh-floor auditorium. 
Co-sponsored by Mary Bartlett Bunge Distinguished Women in Cell Biology.

SEEDS also sponsored an evening mentoring event of two dozen junior and senior faculty with Susan Lindquist, at Sandy Lemmon's home on Tuesday March 24, 2009.
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