A Neuroscientific View of the Zombie Brain

Neuroscientist and zombie enthusiast Bradley Voytek applies his neuro-know-how to dissect the puzzle of what has happened to the zombie brain to make the undead act differently than their human prey.

Monday, October 22, 2018
1:00 – 2:30 PM
Geisel Library, Seuss Room 

Even if you’ve never seen a zombie movie or television show, you could identify an undead ghoul if you saw one. With their endless wandering, lumbering gait, insatiable hunger, antisocial behavior, and apparently memory-less existence, zombies are the walking nightmares of our deepest fears. What do these characteristic behaviors reveal about the inner workings of the zombie mind? Could we diagnose zombism as a neurological condition by studying their behavior?

Bradley Voytek is an associate professor in the Department of Cognitive Science, the Neurosciences Graduate Program, and the Halicioglu Data Science Institute at UC San Diego. He is both an Alfred P. Sloan Neuroscience Research Fellow and National Academies Kavli Fellow, as well as a founding faculty member of the UCSD Data Science program and Halicioglu Data Science Institute. He was formerly a Data Scientist at Uber. He received his PhD from UC Berkeley in neuroscience and was a post-doctoral fellow at UCSF. His research centers around the computational role that neural oscillations play in coordinating information transfer in the brain. His research program combines large-scale data mining and machine learning techniques with hypothesis-driven experimental research. He is also known for his zombie brain “research” with his friend and fellow neuroscientist Timothy Verstynen, with whom he has published the book Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?, by Princeton University Press. He blogs at Oscillatory Thoughts and is active on twitter as @bradleyvoytek.

For event questions or concerns please contact Serafin Raya at s1raya@ucsd.edu .

 

The Future of Learning: A Talk with Dan Russell, Search Quality Engineer at Google

Note: This event is sold out and walk-ins will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis if seats become available. The event will be recorded and available for post-viewing via The Library Channel.

Join us in hearing Dan Russell’s experience in search quality and where the future of learning will take us. 

Thursday, October 18, 2018
5:00 – 6:30 PM
Geisel Library, Seuss Room
Register here

What does it mean to be literate in the age of Google? At a time when you can search billions of texts in milliseconds, scan over trillions of online images, and look deeply into planet-wide maps, we need to rethink what it means to be literate and to be a learner. Although you might think that “literacy” is one of the great constants that transcends the ages, the skills of a literate person have changed substantially over time as texts and technology allow for new kinds of reading and understanding. How will advancements in virtual- and augmented-realities affect the way we reason, understand, and think?

In his talk, Dan reviews what literacy means today and shows how some very surprising and unexpected skills will turn out to be critical in the years ahead.

Tech Lending Program Extends Laptop Loan Period to 24 Hours

The loan period for the laptops in the Library’s Tech Lending Program (TLP), held at the Biomedical Library Building, has changed from 3 hours to 24 hours.  Users are also able to take the laptops outside of the building during the 24 hour loan period.

Hundreds of other items are also available in the Tech Lending Program.  Use Roger to check an item’s location availability.  Current UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff are eligible to checkout TLP items; a valid UCSD photo ID is required at checkout.

Send questions, comments, and suggestions to TechLending@ucsd.edu.

You’re Invited to the Digital Media Lab Open House on Oct. 9

Digital Media Lab Open House
Tuesday, October 9  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Geisel Library, East Commons (2nd Floor)

The Digital Media Lab (DML) is an exciting, high-tech space where you can use 3D printers, edit videos, build apps, get assistance with multimedia projects, and much more!

UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Digital Media Lab Open House on Tuesday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Geisel Library’s East Commons (2nd Floor). Get up to speed on the latest technology tools at the Digital Media Lab, and learn how its free resources and services can support you.

The Digital Media Lab offers:

  • Free 3D printing for all UC San Diego affiliates
  • Virtual reality equipment, including:
    • 2 HTC Vive headsets
    • 2 Oculus Rift headsets
  • 3D scanning (photogrammetry and IR)
  • High-end workstations for media editing
  • Knowledgeable staff to assist in media creation and editing projects

Contact the Digital Media Lab to learn more about the space or to set up a consultation.

Celebrating the Bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: An Evening of Eerie Prose & Poetry

Celebrating the Bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein:
An Evening of Eerie Prose & Poetry
Wednesday, October 31
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Geisel Library, Seuss Room

Join the UC San Diego Library as we celebrate the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein! Published in 1818, the classic novel is considered by many to be the first piece of science fiction and greatly influenced the horror and sci-fi genres. To commemorate 200 years since its publication, the UC San Diego Library is hosting a spoken/written word event on Wednesday, October 31 in the Seuss Room.

Submit works of either prose or poetry (or perhaps a letter, as correspondence was a major literary device in Frankenstein) that are no more than 200 words. We encourage you to explore horror or sci-fi themes related to the novel, including (but not limited to): maleficent medicine, unsupervised science, abandoned creations, problematic Prometheus, etc.

You’ll have the opportunity to read your work or have someone read it aloud for you! Email your entry to spaulson@ucsd.edu by or before October 29.

Enjoy experimental libations at our refreshment laboratory and eerie music from our haunting house band! This event is free and open to the public.

There will also be an exhibit in Geisel’s 1st Floor (West Wing) that will highlight Frankenstein’s scientific and medical background, as well as a paper theater featuring the main characters of the book. This exhibit will be on display until November 4.

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read!

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association, www.ala.org

 

What do To Kill a Mockingbird, The Kite Runner, and Thirteen Reasons Why have in common? Believe it or not, they were among the most banned books in the United States in 2017! To celebrate the freedom to read and highlight the value of free and open access to information, the UC San Diego Library is proud to participate in the nationally recognized Banned Books Week from September 23 to 29. Every year, Banned Books Week serves as a reminder that the censorship not only infringes on the fundamental right to read, but also silences important and influential stories.

Launched in 1982, Banned Books Week is an annual event organized by an international alliance of diverse organizations to support the expression of ideas, even those considered unorthodox or unpopular. This year’s theme, “Banning Books Silences Stories,” emphasizes that everyone has a responsibility to speak out against the rising tide of censorship.

The Library created two exhibits dedicated to celebrating our freedom to read. A physical exhibit can be found on display in Geisel West, 1st floor (near Media Desk stairs) and a digital exhibit can be found in the lounge area in Audrey’s Café.

UC San Diego Library Expands Hours to Meet Patron’s Needs

We’re excited to announce we’re expanding our Friday hours starting September 28. New Friday hours at the Geisel Library Building will be 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Biomedical Library Building hours will remain the same.

As the Library actively reimagines its portfolio of services, spaces, and resources to best meet the needs of the campus community, it’s clear more user-friendly hours is what our students desire. In response, we’re changing our Friday hours and will stay open two hours longer until 8 p.m. during regular academic quarters to provide library services.

Over the last year, the Library has been working on several projects to better meet our students needs. This fall, new and returning Tritons will be pleasantly surprised to find–in addition to a later closing time on Fridays–a renovated study space on the 8th Floor and newly renovated and gender-inclusive restrooms on floors 4-8.  Read more…

Calling all Tritons – Apply to Join the Library Student Advisory Council!

 

Fill out the application form and apply to join the Library Student Advisory Council (LSAC).

Do you want to shape what we do at the Library, meet new peers, and have fun at the same time? Be a changemaker! Join a group of students dedicated to connecting the Library to the campus student body.

The UC San Diego Library is in a dynamic period of change. We believe your voice is essential as we strive to meet our students’ evolving academic needs.

The LSAC serves the campus by:

  • Providing advice and feedback on Library policies, services and spaces
  • Conveying student needs, concerns and priorities to the Library
  • Offering insights into student study, research, and Library use habits
  • Representing the Library at campus events and meetings

Applications accepted through Thursday, October 4. For more information about the Council, visit lib.ucsd.edu/lsac. To apply, click here.

Share your thoughts with LSAC via email at lsac@ucsd.edu.

Countdown to the Reopening of Geisel’s Newly Revitalized 8th Floor Begins

Geisel Library Closing Early on September 21, 2018

The Library’s annual Dinner in the Library fundraiser will take place in the Geisel Library building on Friday, September 21, 2018. To allow for preparation for this event, Geisel Library will close at 4 p.m. that day. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this early closing may cause.  

The Biomedical Library Building will remain open for its regular Friday hours. Geisel will reopen on Saturday, September 22 at 10 a.m.

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