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February 2016


The Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club was founded in 1988 to provide a place in a central location for colleagues and the community to socialize and intellectualize over superb food in a casual atmosphere at the University of California San Diego. The Club offers a variety of desirable and inviting accommodations, including two distinct banquet venues, a landscaped courtyard, enclosed patio, and six private meeting rooms. The Faculty Club is able to accommodate various events including weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, holiday parties, birthday celebrations, retirement parties, and more. Let our enthusiastic and obliging staff provide you with expert assistance in all phases of planning, preparing, and servicing your important event.

upcoming events

Economics Roundtable Breakfast

Thursday, February 4, 2016 7:30 am to 9:00 am

Featured Speaker:
Edwin Hutchins
Professor Emeritus
Department of Cognitive Science
Automation in Planes and Automobiles: Lessons from the History of Flying for the Future of Driving

Edwin Hutchins is an emeritus professor in Cognitive Science at UCSD. He has devoted his career to studying cognition in real-world settings. These settings range from land litigation in Papua New Guinea to traditional long-distance navigation in Micronesia, navigation on large navy ships, and, for the past 25 years, the cognitive human factors of flight deck operations in commercial airlines worldwide. He is known for developing the theoretical framework called distributed cognition and the associated cognitive ethnography methods. Professor Hutchins was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 1985 and was named a fellow of the Cognitive Science Society in 2002. He is the author of Culture and Inference (1980, Harvard University Press) and Cognition in the Wild (1995, MIT Press).

The University of California, San Diego is pleased to present the 2016 UC San Diego Economics Roundtable Lecture Series. The Economics Roundtable continues an important UC San Diego partnership tradition between the academic and business communities by providing a forum for local business professionals and community leaders to exchange ideas and information with world-class economists and financial experts.

$50 - General Ticket
$37.50 - UC San Diego Faculty, Staff or Students
$20 - Alumni Ticket (To receive this price, alumni MUST log in during the registration

For Reservations please contact Amanda Brainerd at (858) 534-9710.

Oceanids Sounding Board

Thursday, February 4, 2106 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Hans Paar, Professor, Physics, UC San Diego

Title: The Origin and Ultimate Fate of the Universe

Dr. Paar received his PhD from Columbia University. His research is concentrated on the observation of Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) with emphasis on its polarization properties. He is a member of the POLARBEAR collaboration. This collaboration includes members from UCB, KEK and other institutions in Japan, and various institutions in Europe. POLARBEAR's telescope is located in the Andes Mountains in Chile at 17,000 feet. The POLARBEAR collaboration announced the first observation of sub-degree scale B-modes. This result was based upon data from the first season's observations (a period of about one year starting in 2012). These B-modes are thought to originate from gravitational lensing of the CMB. Such lensing, when measured precisely, will provide information about the mass distribution (luminous and dark) in the Universe and the sum of the three neutrino masses. Two more years of observations are being analyzed and will strengthen the statistical power of the POLARBEAR results.

The BICEP2 collaboration reported the first observation of degree-scale B-modes after integrating data over a period of three years.

These long-sought B-modes are thought to originate from gravitational waves in the plasma prior to recombination. These waves are thought to be caused by Inflation so the observation of these B-modes provides support for the hypothesis of Inflation. Interstellar dust is capable of producing degree-scale B-modes and future research is directed toward their measurement in order to certify that THE BICEP2 results contain a significant component from inflation. The contribution from dust can be determined by measurements at different frequencies, something that has not been done yet and is pursued by several collaborations. POLARBEAR is in a unique position to contribute because of the planned and funded additional two telescopes and three new receivers each of which can observe at two frequencies. Observations with three telescopes observing among them at three or more frequencies can disentangle the contributions of Inflation and dust. This program is planned to start in Fall 2015. For more information, please consult the Polarbear website.

Sounding Board is a series of seven lectures during the academic year, the first Thursday at 12 noon, sponsored by UC San Diego Oceanids and the UC San Diego Faculty Club.  Oceanids, faculty and friends meet at the UCSD Faculty Club in a specially designated room to eat lunch and listen to fascinating speakers.  Lunch is $14.00 for guests and $10.00 for Faculty Club members (purchase required).  Coffee and iced tea are provided in the meeting room.  A parking permit can be obtained at the front desk.  You can be sure of a lively discussion! You do not need to RSVP.  Contact Judy Vacquier, jvacq@sbcglobal.net for more information.


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