BSOE Undergraduate Newsletter
Resources & mentoring for students with disabilities in computing fields
The 5:20 – A Zentrepreneurship Symposium Series
No Belles-A Theater Production about Famous Women in Science
Radio, Science and the Hubble Telescope
BME 18, Fall 2018, Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10:40 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Learn basic principles of life as it exists on this planet and how they generalize -- Darwinian evolution, genomes -- scientific theories of life including mechanistic, thermodynamic, and information theoretic models. Explore the future of life from the Internet to machine learning and adaptation, artificial intelligence, genome editing and fully artificial life.
This course satisfies the Scientific Inquiry 5-course credit requirement for undergraduates.
Enroll at my.ucsc.edu using class #23658
More info for registered students: canvas.ucsc.edu/courses/13299
AccessComputing, a National Science Foundation funded project, provides mentoring and funding for career development activities for students with disabilities computing-related fields. Check out our fall newsletter to learn more about our work to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in computing education and careers.
Students can participate in:
MENTORING: Through our online community, students and mentors discuss a variety of topics. It is a place to connect with others to share your successes, ask for suggestions regarding any issues that may arise for you related to your disability, education or employment, and to support other team members when they need help brainstorming solutions.
TUTORS: Struggling with a computing course? Please contact me about tutor support. Each term, AccessComputing can fund a limited number of tutors for project participants.
CONFERENCES: Interested in attending a conference related to computing, diversity, or professional development? AccessComputing may be able to provide funding for travel, registration, or accessibility-related costs. We've sent students to Grace Hopper, the Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing, and other meetings.
INTERNSHIPS: The AccessComputing project helps students find internships that relate to computing. In addition to connecting students with existing opportunities, we have a limited amount of funding for research internships and other internships.
RESUME DATABASE: AccessComputing students can add their information to a resume database utilized by our industry partners to recruit interns and employees with disabilities. Industry partners include Microsoft, Yahoo!, and Salesforce.
Join by completing the online application. (https://www.washington.edu/accesscomputing/accesscomputing-team-application)
More information: https://www.washington.edu/accesscomputing/
Event Location: 161 Engineering Circle, UCSC
Join NSBE for their Fall Zone Summit October 20th. 161 Engineering Circle, UCSC.
Event Location: E2 Simularium
The 5:20 Speaker series to be held in the Simularium. Free for Students! Pizza and Beverages provided.
The 5:20 Zentrepreneur Symposium Series is a weekly four-part program created by serial entrepreneur and Silicon Valley executive, Toby Corey (Tesla, SolarCity, USWeb) in partnership with the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Works.
The symposium is based on Zentrepreneur.Life, a platform for college students created with new world ethics and values inspiring creative thinking. Our mission is to create a new world by inspiring, educating and guiding a new generation of entrepreneurs, social & environmental warriors and creative spirits to challenge the toxic status quo by thinking creatively.
The Zentrepreneur.Life community provides a code or ethics, resources and mentorship focused on nurturing the creativity and unique qualities of its members, enabling them to translate imagination into new experiences. The series will be led by Toby Corey and feature guest speakers from the world of business, industry and education including Bluemind author and science entrepreneur Jay Nichols, marketing/startup/traveler guru Theresa Lina Stevens, Advanced Microgrid Solutions founder/ceo and Arnold Schwarzenegger chief of staff Susan Kennedy, and Lyndon Rive, co-founder of Solarcity with first cousin Elon Musk of Solarcity.
Dates, Times, and Guests
October 11, 2018 – 5:20 -7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Jay Nichols
October 18, 2018 – 5:20 -7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Theresa Lina Stevens
October 25, 2018 – 5:20 -7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Susan Kennedy
November 1, 2018 – 5:20 -7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Lyndon Rive
Simularium, Engineering 2, UC Santa Cruz
Engineering 2, 1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95064.
RSVP HERE Pizza and Beverages Provided (Free for Students)
Event Location: Kresge Town Hall
WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) and the American Chemical Society announce a theater production at UCSC about famous Women in Science and the Nobel Prize (and historically, lack thereof) on Oct. 16th, called “No Belles.”
The performance is free, but does require a ticket obtained from https://www.
Event Location: Samper Recital Hall, Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA
Create Your Own Space Adventure—An Evening of Discovery
- Ron Sheffield, NASA Hubble Space Telescope Mission EVA Manager
- Kristen McIntyre, ARRL Vice Director: ARISS, ISS STEM Programs, Digital Radio Communications
- UCSC Amateur Radio Club presents: Slug Sat—Cube Satellite Program: mission, design and launch plans
Students, faculty, staff, and the public are all invited. Free admission, but please register at:
Our service directly caters to the constraints students work within by offering a way to supplement their income while maintaining a rigorous academic schedule. This part-time work allows for flexible, resume-worthy experience and competitive pay for students and professional alike.
A link to a flyer detailing how to easily join Chegg Tutors is below:
If anyone is interested to be a Reader or Tutor for my new class, BME18 Scientific Principles of Life, please complete a Reader & Tutor Application for the Fall18 quarter.
More information on the class is listed below.
Course Description: The principles of life as it exists on this planet and how they generalize. Darwinian evolution, genomes, scientific theories of life (mechanistic, thermodynamic, information theoretic). Future of life: Internet, machine learning and adaptation, artificial intelligence, genome editing, fully artificial life. 5-course credit. This course satisfies the 5 unit undergraduate requirement for Scientific Inquiry. The new Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics major will require students take either this course or Bioethics (BME 80G) as part of the curriculum.
Schedule: Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Soc Sci 2 Building, Room 71, 10:40am - 11:45am
Enrollment Requirements and Prerequisites: None
Assignments & Grading: Grades are based 50% on exercises/challenges/games/projects to be done on a laptop connected to the Internet (computer coding ability not required, but students may gain some exposure). In-class multiple choice quizzes and random pop questions will count for 20% and final 30% of the grade.
Part 1. SURVEY OF LIFE
Date Lecturer Topics
Fri., Sept 28 David Haussler General properties of life: how are we different from rocks? Illustrations of abstract properties of life using Conway’s Game of Life.
Mon., Oct 1 David Haussler Where life fits in the grand scheme of the universe: time, place, scale
Wed., Oct 3 David Haussler Evolution by natural selection
Fri., Oct 5 David Deamer (BE) A brief history of life as we know it (lecture 1)
Sun, Oct 7 @11:59pm Assignment 1 Due: Conway's Game of Life
Discussion Blog 1 Due: Conway's Assertion
Discussion Blog 2 Due: The Gosper Glider Gun
Mon., Oct 8 Harry Noller (MCD) A brief history of life as we know it (lecture 2)
Wed., Oct 10 David Haussler A brief history of life as we know it (lecture 3)
Fri., Oct 12 David Haussler The Human Genome Project
Sun., Oct 14 @ 11:59pm Assignment 2 Due: Big Numbers and Fermi Paradox
Mon., Oct 15 David Haussler What we learn from sequencing genomes (lecture 1)
Wed., Oct 17 David Haussler What we learn from sequencing genomes (lecture 2)
Fri., Oct 19 David Haussler What we learn from sequencing genomes (lecture 3)
Sun., Oct 21 @ 11:59pm Assignment 3 Due: Simulation of Evolution
Mon., Oct 22 Beth Shapiro (EEB) What we learn from sequencing genomes: applications of genomics -- ancient DNA, introgression, conservation genomics (what genomes, rather than bits and pieces, can tell us) (lecture 4)
Part 2. THE HISTORY OF SCIENTIFIC FRAMEWORKS OF LIFE
Wed., Oct 24 David Haussler Quiz Day
Fri., Oct 26 David Haussler Élan vital or pure mechanism? Life in a Newtonian universe
Sun., Oct 28 @ 11:59pm Assignment 4 Due: Tree of Life
Mon., Oct 29 David Haussler The steam engine: Boltzmann’s thermodynamics (lecture 1)
Wed., Oct 31 Josh Deutsch The steam engine: Boltzmann’s thermodynamics (lecture 2)
Fri., Nov 2 David Haussler Computing and Life
Mon., Nov 5 David Haussler Quantum mechanics, waves and feedback
Wed., Nov 7 Anthony Aguirre Wheeler’s “it from bit”: is life, the universe and everything really just information? (lecture 2)
Fri., Nov 9 David Haussler Quiz Day
Mon., Nov 12 Holiday – Veteran’s Day
Wed., Nov 14 David Haussler Lab Tours
Part 3. THE FUTURE
Fri., Nov 16 Stuart Russell The rise of machine learning and artificial intelligence (lecture 1)
Sun., Nov 18 @ 11:59pm Assignment 5 Due: Machine Learning and Turing Test
Mon., Nov 19 David Haussler The rise of machine learning and artificial intelligence (lecture 2)
Wed., Nov 21 David Haussler You are never alone on the Internet
Fri., Nov 23 Holiday – Thanksgiving
Mon., Nov 26 Natalie Batalha Life in the Universe
Wed., Nov 28 Drew Endy Can we build artificial life? (lecture 1)
Fri., Nov 30 David Haussler Can we build artificial life? (lecture 2)
Sun., Dec 2 @ 11:59pm Assignment 6 Due: Genome Browser and Future of Life
Mon., Dec 3 David Haussler Editing the genome to make new species: CRISPR changes the rules
Wed., Dec 5 David Haussler Biomaterial hybrids: why just flesh or silicon?
Fri., Dec 7 David Haussler Where are we going, intelligence explosion or self-destruction?
Thurs., Dec 13 David Haussler Final