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October 12, 2023

ArtSci Roundup: Frontiers of Physics Lecture, a conversation with Bridgerton author, Archaeology Day at the Burke, and more

This week, attend the Frontiers of Physics Lecture, listen to a conversation with Julia Quinn the author of the Bridgerton series, head to the Burke Museum to celebrate International Archaeology Day, and more.

October 17, 7:30pm | Frontiers of Physics Lecture | More perfect than we imagined: A physicist’s view of life, Kane Hall

Among the most striking everyday phenomena is the emergence of life from inanimate matter. William Bialek, professor at Princeton University, will explain how we know this everyday phenomena, which involved a quiet revolution in the ability to do physics experiments on living systems, in all their complexity.

A number of features of the living world hold a special fascination for physicists. On a dark night, eyes can count individual quanta of light. When we point to the source of a sound, we are measuring time differences of just a few millionths of a second. Even though each bird in a flock sees only a few neighbors, thousands of them can agree on a single direction and speed to fly. William will use these examples to show how these remarkable observations point toward deeper and perhaps more general theories, in the physics tradition.

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October 19, 11:30am – 1:00pm | Cristina Sánchez-Martín and Jason Groves, “Incorporating Translation Studies into the Classroom” – A Translation Studies Hub Colloquium, Communication Building

Join the Translation Studies Hub for a lunchtime colloquium. Despite playing a significant role, translation often goes unremarked in scholarship and curricula on cultural histories of the environment. Jason Groves will share possibilities for introducing translation to the environmental humanities classroom. Cristina Sánchez-Martín will describe the design and implementation of a community-based translation module in ENGL 370, “Introduction to English Language” and how students approached English(es) as a situated language practice, learning what it means to tell collective stories of translation while dwelling in incomplete closures.

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October 19, 4:00 – 6:00pm | Vidya Krishnan Lecture: Plagues, Philanthropies and the End of Imagination, Hans Rosling Center

This author talk will bring attention to medical apartheid and how it heavily affects black and brown communities across the globe. Listen to prominent, multi award-winning, and independent health journalist Vidya Krishnan present an author talk followed by a Q&A titled Plagues, Philanthropies and the End of Imagination hosted by the School of Public Health, Department of Global Health and the South Asia Center.

Stay around for a reception following the event.

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October 19, 5:00 – 6:00pm | In Conversation with Julia Quinn, Allen Library

The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Graduate Research Cluster is hosting a conversation with Julia Quinn, author of the Bridgerton series, in conjunction with UW Libraries.

Julia Quinn is a best-selling author of historical romance fiction whose novels have appeared on The New York Times Best Sellers List and have garnered world-wide popularity. Her Bridgerton series was adapted for Netflix in 2020, and has since graced the screens of audiences all over the world, being crowned one of the streaming platform’s most popular shows of all time.

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October 19, 7:30pm | UW Public Lecture in Quantum Science and Engineering: What’s next in computing, Kane Hall

This lecture will reflect on the future of computing and the implications for science, business, and society, led by Dario Gil, IBM Senior Vice President and Director of Research.

Working at the intersection of information and biology, artificial intelligence advances and permeates through more applications affecting business and science. Powerful models are now emerging, enabling AI to create in new domains. Society is witnessing the growth of a new computing paradigm combining physics and information—quantum computing. Quantum computing has the potential to solve problems out of reach for even the most powerful supercomputers.

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October 20, 7:30pm | Faculty Concert: Michael Partington, guitar, Brechemin Auditorium

Faculty guitarist Michael Partington celebrates the release of his eleventh solo CD, “Concoctions from the Kitchen,” dedicated to the music of American composer Bryan Johanson. Featuring pieces written during the last five years, including “The Illustrated Guitar,” “Oranges,” and “Sonatine-Cahier,” the program also includes some of Johanson’s popular Preludes. The composer will be in attendance, and will take audience questions during a post-concert Q&A.

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October 22, 10:00am – 3:00pm | International Archaeology Day, Burke Museum

Celebrate International Archaeology Day with fun activities for all ages at the Burke Museum. Learn about ancient technologies, identify animal bones, sort shells, watch a flintknapping (stone tool making) demonstration, and more.

Find out more about archaeology techniques from Burke archaeologists and event partners as they share tabletop activities, and stories about artifacts and belongings.

Free – $22 tickets | More info

Beginning in October | “Ways of Knowing” Podcast

“Ways of Knowing” is an eight-episode podcast connecting humanities research with current events and issues. This season features faculty from the UW College of Arts & Sciences as they explore race, immigration, history, the natural world – even comic books. Each episode analyzes a work, or an idea, and provides additional resources for learning more.

The podcast is a new collaboration between the The World According to Sound and the UW.

Free | More info

Have an event that you would like to see featured in the ArtSci Roundup? Connect with Lauren Zondag (zondagld@uw.edu).