August 2 Lunch & Learn: Cuba and Chemistry

By Nicole Poletto, Professional Development Peer
Thursday, July 20, 2017 08:00 AM

The next ​installment of our ever-popular Lunch & Learn series is just around the corner, featuring talks by graduate students in Global Studies and Chemistry! Lunch & Learn is co-sponsored by the Graduate Division, the Graduate Student Association, and the Library. ​Come enjoy free lunch and a chance to socialize with and learn from grad students across the campus.

Lunch & Learn
This Edition: Cuba and Chemistry

​Wednesday, ​​August 2
Noon-1 p.m.
Library, Room 1312 (map)
Lunch will be provided
*To help us estimate food, please RSVP*

"Economic Change and Farmers Markets in Contemporary Cuba"

Miles Krumpak
Graduate Student in ​​Global Studies

The 2014 announcement that Cuba and the United States would restore diplomatic relations after 53 years of separation led many to believe Cuba was headed for large-scale change. The Cuban economy however, began to shift after the fall of the Soviet Union when elements of the market were used to “serve a pressing socialist objective,” a process which has intensified under Raul Castro. In this talk, Miles draws on rich ethnographic data to examine one particular measure which has been the subject of much debate: farmers markets where entrepreneurs use supply-and-demand pricing. While private businesses provide important incentives, not all can access the products being sold. The opinions of buyers and sellers in these markets provide valuable insight into the challenges faced in the new Cuban economy and perceptions of change in general.

"Polymer Self-Assembly: a Love-Hate Relationship Creates Order"

Anna Melker
Graduate Student in ​Chemistry

In nature, interactions between disparate parts, such as oil and water, lead to new and unexpected shapes. In materials science, polymers self-assemble into complex, organized patterns as a result of these interactions. This talk will provide a cursory look into the world of polymer self-assembly and its potential applications in data storage and drug delivery.

This event will be moderated by​ ​Lana Smith-Hale, Graduate Career Counselor.

Interested in being a presenter at an upcoming Lunch & Learn? Click here to find out more! If you have any questions about this event or Lunch & Learn in general, please email Shawn Warner-Garcia.

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