Please join us in launching our 2007-2008 Seminar Series on equity and discrimination. 4:30-5:30, Dr. Morton Weinfeld, director of Canadian Ethnic Studies at McGill, on "New challenges for diversity in post-9-11 Canada: Loyalty, reasonable accommodation, and ethnic match"; 5:30-6:30, reception and an introduction to new IHSP initiatives on equity and discrimination.
Christopher P. McKay, planetary scientist, Space Sciences Division, NASA-Ames Research Center
Robert Shapiro, Dept of Chemistry, New York University. Host: Prof. John Bergeron.
Roundtable discussion: Steven A. Benner (Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution), D. Scott Bohle (McGill), Thomas Bureau (McGill), Christopher P. McKay (NASA-Ames Research Center), Jay Nadeau (McGill), Hervé Philippe (UdM), Daniele Pinti (UQAM), Sumitra Rajagopalan, Robert Shapiro (NYU), Boswell Wing (McGill), with moderator Joe Schwarcz (McGill). Seating is very limited but the roundtable will also be presented as a webcast; see website for details.
Stuart A. Kauffman, director, Institute for Biocomplexity & Informatics, University of Calgary. Host: Martin Grant, Dean of Science
Steven A. Benner, Distinguished Fellow, Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution/Westheimer Institute of Science & Technology. Host: Prof. Ian Butler.
Come and learn about the exciting plans for the future of the University and how we hope to raise funds to achieve those goals from Marc Weinstein, Assistant Vice-Principal (DAUR) and Director of University Campaigns. Refreshments will be served between 12–12:15 pm.
Ehud Zohary, associate professor, Dept of Neurobiology, Hebrew University, Jersualem
Delay of central processing in the auditory, visual, and crossmodal attentional blink: Evidence from human electrophysiology
Pierre Jolicoeur, PhD, professor, Dept of Psychology, Université de Montréal. Co-sponsored by Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound (BRAMS).
Discussion of two problems in computational circadian biology: 1. Stochastic phase oscillators and circadian bioluminescence recordings cultured circadian oscillators from peripheral tissues were recently shown to be both cell autonomous and self-sustained. Therefore the dominant cause for amplitude reduction observed in bioluminescence recordings of cultured fibroblasts is desynchronization rather than the damping of individual oscillators. We propose a generic model for quantifying luminescence signals from biochemical oscillators, based on noisy phase oscillators. Our model incorporates 3 essential features of circadian clocks: stability of the limit cycle, fluctuations and inter-cellular coupling. The model is then used to analyze bioluminescence recording from immortalized and primary fibroblasts. Fits to population recordings allow simultaneous estimation of the stability of the limit cycle (or equivalently the stiffness of individual frequencies), the period dispersion and the interaction strength bet