Lunch & Learn: Military and ​Microbes

By Nicole Poletto, Professional Development Peer
Thursday, September 28, 2017 09:10 AM

Join us for our ​first Lunch & Learn ​of ​the quarter, featuring talks by graduate students in East Asian Languages & Cultures and Chemistry! Lunch & Learn is co-sponsored by the Graduate Division, the Graduate Student Association, and the Library. ​Feed your mind and stomach while socializing with grad students from across the campus.

Lunch & Learn
This Edition: ​Military and ​Microbes

​​Friday, ​​October 6
Noon-1 p.m.
Library, Room 1312 (map)
Lunch will be provided
*To help us estimate food, please RSVP*

"Orienting the Troops: Cultural Training on U.S. Military Bases in Japan"

Carl Gabrielson
Graduate Student in ​East Asian Languages & Cultures

The United States has maintained military bases in Japan ever since the end of World War II, and today there are over 100,000 Americans living in Japan under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Defense. With the high level of personnel rotation in and out of bases, this means that every year, tens of thousands of Americans are learning about and experiencing Japanese culture via the U.S. military. Interestingly, bases attempt to influence military Americans' encounters with Japan through guidebooks, welcome videos, and mandatory cultural orientations. But what are these military Americans actually learning? More generally, how does cultural learning fit into America's overseas military agenda? Carl will present some early findings from his fieldwork observing cultural orientations and interviewing organizers and participants at five U.S. bases in Japan this past summer.

"Poop to Power"

David Cao
Graduate Student in Chemistry

Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are a unique albeit niche renewable energy source that harness bacteria for producing electricity. However their widespread use has been limited by various inefficiencies and energy loss processes. This talk will go over a new method to probe the reasons behind these energy loss processes and also propose a ​few reasons for efficiency losses in MFCs. 


This event will be moderated by​ ​​Jane Faulkner, who is part of the Outreach & Academic Collaboration team at the UCSB Library.

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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