Title: Faculty Research Lectures
The Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate of the University of California invites you to attend the 101st Annual Martin Meyerson Faculty Research Lectures.

Harvey BlanchHarvey Blanch

Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Biotechnology: Translating Modern Biology Into Products and Processes
Thursday, March 20, 2014
4–5 p.m., free to the public
International House, 2299 Piedmont Avenue

Harvey Blanch focuses his research on transport, kinetics, and thermodynamics in enzymatic and microbial processes. His work has provided an understanding of gas-liquid mass transfer, mixing, and rheology in fermentations. He developed enzymatic and microbial routes for the conversion of lignocellulosic materials to sugars and their subsequent fermentation to biofuels such as ethanol. Professor Blanch’s research on enzyme technology includes kinetics and mechanism of enzyme action on solid materials and in non-aqueous environments, aqueous-organic interfaces and supercritical fluids. His studies on metabolism and kinetics of bacterial, plant, and mammalian cells have been important in developing and optimizing large-scale processes. He has employed molecular thermodynamics to understand and design protein separations processes, including aqueous two-phase extraction, hydrogel behavior, and protein aggregation and precipitation. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. Additionally, he serves as chief science and technology officer at the Joint BioEnergy Institute.

 

 

Francine MasielloFrancine Masiello

Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature

Coming to Our Senses: Bodies, Politics, and Culture in the Americas of the 19th Century
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
4–5 p.m., free to the public
International House, 2299 Piedmont Avenue

Francine Masiello holds the Sidney and Margaret Ancker Chair of Spanish and Comparative Literature. Since 1978 she has been at Berkeley, where she has extended a teaching and research arc covering Latin American literatures and comparative North/South cultures from the 19th through the 21st centuries. Her work has focused on the relationship between politics and literature, gender studies, and, more recently, the global south as a problem for literature and philosophy. The author of six books, a critical edition, close to 100 articles and reviews, and three co-edited volumes, she writes in both Spanish and English and publishes in venues in the United States and Latin America. Twice she received the Modern Language Association’s Kovacs Prize for outstanding book in the field of Hispanic Studies. The awards honored her monographs Between Civilization and Barbarism: Women, Nation, and Literary Culture in Modern Argentina (1992) and The Art of Transition: Latin American Culture and Neoliberal Crisis(2001). Her most recent book, El cuerpo de la voz, devoted to the relationship between ethics and poetry in modern Latin America, appeared last year. Currently, she is writing on the sensorium in politics and culture of the Americas.

 

 

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Photo: Campanile over Wheeler Hall

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