Discovery Lecture Series

Renowned scientists, engineers and mathematicians will host lectures on a plethora of research topics during the four weeks COSMOS operates. The lecturers usually focus on their current research, as the presentations are designed to introduce students to the wide variety of STEM subjects and research taking place at University of California campuses, expanding their learning outside of their cluster topics. Discovery Lectures are held Monday and Wednesday, are required by all COSMOS students to attend, and are open to the entire campus community to attend as well.

Below is the list of discovery lectures:

All lectures take place on the UCSC Campus and are from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Location is noted.

COSMOS 2017 Discovery Lectures:

Monday, July 10th
"Bioluminescence, Biodiversity, and Biotechnology:Lessons from Deep-Sea Gelatinous Zooplankton"
Dr. Steve Haddock, Research Scientist, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and Adjunct Associate Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCSC
Location: Humanities Lecture Hall

Wednesday, July 12th
"Circadian Biology"
Dr. Carrie Partch, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCSC
Location: Humanities Lecture Hall


Monday, July 17th
Forensic Anthropology
Dr. Alison Galloway, Professor of Anthropology Department, UCSC
Location: Humanities Lecture Hall


Wednesday, July 19th

"We are stardust"
Dr. Raja Guha Thakurta, Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, UCSC
Location: Humanities Lecture Hall


Monday, July 24th
Title: "Press Start, Player One - A strategy guide for breaking into the gaming industry"
Juan Vaca, Software Designer and Producer from TellTale Games
Location: Humanities Lecture Hall


Wednesday, July 26th
"Engineering Nanostructures for Antimicrobial Applications"
Mauricio Rojas-Andrade, Ph.D Candidate, UCSC
Location: Stevenson Event Center


Monday, July 31st
"Choosing Worthy Systems: How Games Convey Values"
Professor Elizabeth Swensen, Professor of Art & Design: Games & Playable Media, UCSC
Location: Stevenson Event Center