October 21, 2019

Brandeis News: $1 Million Grant for Science

Brandeis University has been awarded a $1 million, 5-year grant from The Howard Hughs Medical Institute (HHMI) to aid in fostering undergraduate diversity in the sciences. The funding will help the Brandeis support undergraduates in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — especially those students who are first generation college students, from low-income backgrounds and military veterans.

Brandeis is one of 33 institutions of higher educations to receive the HHMI Inclusive Excellence award this year for its commitment to increase its capacity for inclusion. Part of the funding will be used to continue the success of the Science Posse program which focuses on attracting and retaining talented, underrepresented student in science.  Another part of the grant will go towards the Galaxy Program, a mentoring program intended to provide extra support and guidance to undergraduate students in the early stages of a scientific education.

These programs, as well as initiatives enabled by the grant, will further Brandeis’ commitment to social justice by helping all talent shine through in the sciences field, regardless of background.

We would like to thank all of our BNC members for your continued support of Brandeis’ sciences and libraries. Your generosity makes it possible for students from all walks of life to excel even when grants are not available.

Read the full article here.

Summer Reading Recommendations

As we officially enter summer, we hope all our members have some time to kick back and enjoy the sun. What better way to enjoy the warmth (or the AC) than with a good book? Brandeis University has released its list of summer reading recommendations from various professors and librarians. This extensive list ranges from historical and political analysis, to graphic novels and crime thrillers.

Here is the list:

The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker by Kathy Cramer and recommended by Jill Greenlee, Associate Professor of Politics.

No Fire in the Ashes: Coming of Age Black and Free in America by Darnell L. Moore and recommended by Chad Williams, Samuel J. and Augusta Spector Chair in History

The Cold Dish (Walt Longmire Series #1) by Craig Johnson and recommended by Matthew Sheehy, University librarian

In the Skin of a Jihadist: A Young Journalist Enters the ISIS Recruitment Network by Anna Erelle and recommended by Jytte Klausen, Lawrence A. Wien Professor of International Cooperation

Biogea by Michel Serres and Highway Kind by Justine Kurland, both recommended by Peter Kalb, Associate Professor of Contemporary Art on the Cythia L.and Theodore S. Berenson Chair and Women’s, Gender and Sexualities Studies

Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 by Edward Sorel and recommended by Thomas Doherty, Professor of American Studies

Haifa: City of Steps by Nili Scharf Gold, Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s by Marc Dollinger, and The German-Jewish Cookbook: Recipes and History of a Cuisine by Gabrielle Rossmer Gropmand and Sonya Gropman, recommended by Sylvia Fuks Fried, Director of Publications at the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and Executive Director of the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry

 

See the original article for further details about each book.

Special June Program

 Here Come the Robots!

Wednesday, June 27    10:00 – 11:30 a.m.  at Seacrest Village 

Our own Stan Schatt, author of over 40 books, Renaissance man, and Brandeis study group leader extraordinaire, will present a special program featuring his latest book,  Here Come the Robots! From industrial helpers to women working in brothels (!)  will robots become a danger or a help, and will they change American society and culture?

RSVP with a $10 check (made out to BNC) sent to Sharon Kroopkin, 2322 Masters Road, Carlsbad  92008  by June 22. Come enjoy coffee, tea and bagels and a fascinating talk.

March Bulletin

BNC San Dieguito is happy to announce our March bulletin is now available! This month’s big event is the Fashion Show and Tea, on March 18th. Reservations are due by March 12th and the form is in the bulletin.

Check out the bulletin here!

Thanks and the Nobel Prize

From December 6th to 12th, Nobel laureates from around the world gathered in Sweden to receive their awards. During the week known as Nobel Week, winners attended dinners, ceremonies, and concerts in their honor. They met Swedish royalty, delivered lectures to be broadcast across the globe, and received their Nobel medals and diplomas as VIP guests of the Swedish government. Swept up in the excitement were Michael Rosbash and Jeff Hall, biologists from the Brandeis community.

Rosbash, currently a professor in Brandeis’ biology department, and Hall, a professor emeritus of biology, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine along with Michael Young of Rockefeller University. While winning the most prestigious prize in the world and the various perks that come with it (such as a personal attaché, first-class trip to Sweden, and intellectual celebrity status) is exciting, it is far from the main reason for Rosbash and Hall’s work. Their discovery of the fundamental workings of the circadian rhythm have far reaching implications, especially in the medical world. The circadian rhythm, also known as the body clock, has connections to many bodily functions including sleep cycles, hormone balances, enzyme production, body temperature, and metabolism. This internal clock is also connected to several neurodegenerative diseases. Studies have linked chronic sleep disorders with higher levels of proteins associated with Alzheimer’s, while Parkinson’s is often marked by sleep disorders. Three quarters of patients with Parkinson’s disease have a sleep disorder and disordered sleeping may be an early indicator of the disease. It is necessary to understand the body’s underlying workings in order to develop targeted treatments. Foundational research like Rosbash and Hall’s is critical for advancing medical knowledge.

As the scientific and medical communities, and the world acknowledge the significance of Rosbash and Hall’s discovery, the two biologists recognize Brandeis University’s role in their research as a whole. Not only was Brandeis the place they met, but its collaborative, intellectual environment and financial support allowed them to perform critical research. In a time when pharmaceutical companies rely heavily on research coming out of universities; government funding for scientific research is more competitive than ever; and research in flashier, more profitable areas is more attractive; Brandeis provides a haven for an exploratory approach to the base questions, without which we can never fully answer the bigger questions. Brandeis University’s attention to foundational research and specialization in neuroscience fosters an environment of research and discovery for both faculty and students. Cognizant of the costs of research, the University provides financial support in the form of grants, fellowships, and scholarships, allowing minds like Roshash and Hall’s to stretch and push the limits of conventional science.

We must also recognize the role the Brandeis National Committee plays in Brandeis’ science. Through funding campaigns, and general support for the libraries and scientific journals, BNC members ensure Brandeis scientists have access to the resources and stability necessary to perform quality work. The Sustaining the Mind Fund for research in neuroscience and neurodegenerative diseases and scholarships in science specifically targets the needs of Brandeis’ science departments. Without the generous support of BNC members research into these diseases and progress towards their treatment and cure would be significantly slowed, and the future less secure. So in addition to congratulating Michael Rosbash and Jeffrey Hall on their Nobel Prize, the Brandeis community and the Brandeis National Committee would like to recognize the role our members play and extend our thanks for your support in this meaningful discovery.

Event: Fashion Show and Tea – March 18th

Spring Fashion Show and Tea – Sunday, March 18 – noon at the Vi at La Jolla Village, 8515 Costa Verde Blvd, San Diego

Enjoy a traditional British tea and a fashion show with our own member models, featuring items from Weeds on Cedros and Satori Designs, a silent auction, and boutique vendors, all to benefit the BNC Sustaining the Mind Fund.

Tea, albeit early afternoon, will include assorted finger sandwiches, fruit, cheese with dry fruit and crackers, and dessert including assorted petit fours, scones with clotted butter and jam, and tea, iced tea, coffee.  Free valet parking (no tipping) included.

Mail your $40 ($15 is contribution) check made out to BNC to Suzie Kaplan, 6991 Batista St., San Diego 92111 by Mar. 12.

Event: Heather Booth: Changing the World Screening – February 11th

BNC Is a Community Sponsor of the Award-Winning Film  ‘Heather Booth: Changing the World’

       Director Lilly Rivlin will be guest speaker at this screening.

2:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11th at San Marcos Edwards Theater

This documentary, in English, won three Israeli Academy Award nominations and best cinematography award at the Haifa International Film Festival.  Heather Booth is the most influential civil rights organizer you have never heard of. Participants in this eye-opening documentary include Gloria Steinem, Elizabeth Warren, and President Barack Obama. Wherever there was a fight for equality, Heather Booth was there: from her start as an organizer living on a kibbutz in Israel to helping create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.   Ms. Booth is, simply put, America’s conscience.  Mail your check for $11.75 (made out to BNC) by Feb. 2 to  Sue Berger, 7420 Magellan Street, Carlsbad, CA  92011. Please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope in order to receive your tickets.

 

 

 

University on Wheels 2018

This promises to be one of the most entertaining UOW presentations in years when Professor Ryan McKittrick, Assistant Professor of Theater Arts, presents The American Musical from the 19th Century to “Hamilton”, illustrated with scenes from famous film adaptations and clips from recent productions.

Don’t miss this annual talk given by a Brandeis professor, Monday, January 8, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at The Crossings, 5800 The Crossings Drive, Carlsbad

Professor McKittrick will present the story of the American musical from its roots in the 19th century through the 20th century  including current Broadway hits, such as “Waitress” and “Hamilton.”

Ryan McKittrick teaches dramatic literature, American musical theater, dramaturgy and playwriting at Brandeis. He is also Director of Artistic Programs/Dramaturg at the famous American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, where he has served as lead dramaturg on more than 30 productions of plays, operas and musicals.

Please send a check made out to BNC for $55, $65, or $75 (which allows you to sit with Professor McKittrick) to Suzie Kaplan, 6991 Batista St., San Diego 92111 by Dec. 29. Watch for more information – the menu – and a reservation form.  Tax deductible amounts: $15, $25, $35;  all proceeds will support the Sustaining the Mind Fund.

As our DreamKeepers community service project, we will be collecting for the children living at the Family Recovery Center in Oceanside. Please be generous and bring a donation to the luncheon. Here is their partial wish list: diapers, formula, baby foods, layettes for newborns; clothing such as socks, underwear, pajamas for infants, toddlers and kids up to age 10; new toys, books, art supplies. Thank you!

November-December Bulletin!

We are excited to announce the BNC San Dieguito November-December Bulletin has arrived! Inside you’ll find it packed full of event details and forms, chapter news, save-the-dates, member news, contact information, and community outreach opportunities. Featured events include the University on Wheels event topic announcement and a Sunday Brunch.

Check it out here!

Event: Sunday Brunch – December 3rd

Let’s try something new; a progressive brunch! Join us on Sunday, December 3rd  at 11:00 a.m. for 3 yummy courses in 3 lovely homes while surrounded by good company.

Everyone will gather for appetizers and drinks at the home of Kay  Weiner in Carlsbad. The main courses will be served at various nearby homes in the Encinitas – Carlsbad area (addresses TBA). For dessert we will come together again at the home of Iris Kanter and Mitch Friedman in Carlsbad.

This event is open to all and we encourage you to invite your spouse and friends!

RSVP by November 20th using the form on page 5 of the bulletin. Please send $36 (check to BNC)  to Barbara Howard, 1140 Pasadero Drive, Escondido, CA 92029,  by Nov. 20 – totally tax deductible with proceeds to the Sustaining the Mind Fund.  Questions? Contact Phyllis Perkal    (858) 487-1422   phyllisperkal@san.rr.com

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