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Music Fridaymusic 2012-09-21 12:30:00
Description

Take an afternoon break to enjoy a concert of varied repertoire and instruments featuring School of Music students.
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Location MACLAURIN BUILDING
Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, Rm B125
Times 12:30:00 to 13:20:00
Pricing Admission by donation
Sponsor School of Music
250-721-8634
concert@uvic.ca
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Lecture/Seminar Dr. Gautam Awatramani: Past, present and future: How the retina anticipates the future to "see" the present 2012-09-21 14:30:00
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Slow neural processing is an inherent property that the brain must overcome in order to perceive the world in real time. For example, in the visual system, images are transduced by light detecting cells in the eye (photoreceptors) extremely slowly and the brain receives signals only ~1/10th of a second after the image first falls on the retina. Why is this problematic? For reading this sentence, it probably didn’t matter that the brain registered images with a slight delay. But consider what happens during tennis, when Nadal serves. While the image of the ball hits Federer’s eye almost instantaneously, it is processed for a tenth of a second before the ball can be perceived. During this time, the ball has continued to move, so that by the time Federer perceive the ball, it is actually in a different location. Since Nadal sends the ball rocketing at  ~180 km/hour, neural delays of 100 ms would cause the ball to appear as if it lagged 5m behind its actual location, which would make it difficult for Federer to  face his opponent’s serve. But we know Federer has no problem returning serve (on his good days!), meaning that his brain can somehow compensate for delays. How does the brain do this?  I will present our latest results in which for the first time, we show that a few specialized motion coding cells in the retina (known as directionally selective ganglion cells), have a surprising ability to anticipate future motion and allow the retina to ‘see’ in real time. I will present evidence that a novel interaction between “chemical” and “electrical” synapses is used to perform this remarkable computation.

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Location CUNNINGHAM BUILDING
146
Times 14:30:00 to 15:30:00
Pricing

Free.

Sponsor Jindra Belanger
250-721-7095
bioclerk@uvic.ca
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Lecture/Seminar "Bank-Insured RoSCA for Microfinance: Experimental Evidence in Poor Egyptian Villages" 2012-09-21 15:00:00
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Mahmoud El-Gamal

Rice University

 

Co-Sponsor:  Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost

 

Abstract:

Microfinance institutions (MFIs) have continued to grow over the past few decades, both in numbers of clients and portfolio sizes. The growth of these MFIs has enabled greater access to credit in many of the world’s less developed nations. However, recent studies have shown that very many of the poor – especially Muslims – remain unbanked, and many who have access to banks remain credit constrained. Confounding this problem in many Muslim countries is the poor’s propensity to reject microfinance, when available, on religious grounds. In this paper we propose an alternative microfinance model built on the familiar rotating savings and credit association (RoSCA) model that is Islamically accepted, and test its performance against a stylized sequential Grameen-style microcredit provision in a “laboratory experiment in the field” conducted in poor Egyptian villages. Our model of bank-insured RoSCAs is shown to solve coordination-failure problems that may otherwise prevent the spontaneous development of informal RoSCAs in practice. Empirically, our bank-insured RoSCA model generated significantly higher takeup and repayment rates than the Grameen model, suggesting that this model can be a useful alternative for Islamic countries where many of the poor have rejected conventional modes of microfinance.

 

For more information on this event please visit l www.web.uvic.ca/econ

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Location DAVID STRONG BUILDING
C112
Times 15:00:00 to 16:30:00
Pricing

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Sponsor Daromir Rudnyckyj
daromir@uvic.ca
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Film OPERACION DIABLO [The Devil Operation]; by Stephanie Boyd (Peru/Canada, 2010 - 69 mins) 2012-09-21 19:00:00
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OPERACIÓN DIABLO [The Devil Operation] by Stephanie Boyd (Peru/Canada, 2010 - 69 mins)

Father Marco Arana is being followed.  A private investigation firm is photographing and videotaping his every move.  This humble priest has spent two decades defending Peruvian mountain farmers from a US-owned gold mine, earning him the nickname "El Diablo", the Devil.  When Father Marco's allies are harassed and tortured, he and his supporters take action and develop a counterespionage plan.  They obtain graphic footage, photos and reports taken by the spies worthy of a Hollywood spy flick.  This real-life thriller exposes the new wave of corporate terrorism faced by Latin America's human rights defenders.

Stephanie Boyd was born in Canada and has spent the past 14 years living and working in Peru as a filmmaker and journalist.  The Devil Operation has been selected at the most prestigious documentary film festivals in the world, including IDFA in Amsterdam and Hot Docs in Toronto.

(Proceeds from this show will go to support Mosqoy, a registered Canadian charity that promotes social justice and cultural rights in the Peruvian Andes through cultural and educational programs.  To know more about this organization, go to mosqoy.org.)

The 3rd Latin American and Spanish Film Week is organized by the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies and is sponsored by the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Division of Continuing Studies and the Office of Community Relations. The organizing committee also acknowledges the help of Mr. Christian Sida-Valenzuela, Director of the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival.

English subtitles. Showtimes are 7 and 9 p.m. at Cinecenta in the Student Union Building. Cost: $5.75- $7.75 (regular admission fees). For full details, visit www.cinecenta.com/ .

 

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Location STUDENT UNION BUILDING
Cinecenta
Times 19:00:00 to 21:00:00
21:00:00 to 23:00:00
Pricing
Sponsor Dr. Dan Russek
250-472-5455
drussek@uvic.ca
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Lecture/Seminar Biographies of the Idea of Race in the Discipline of Geography 2012-09-21 14:45:00
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Biographies of the Idea of Race in the Discipline of Geography

Dr. Audrey Kobayashi, Queen's University
 

This seminar traces part of the genealogical history of the concept of race in the discipline of geography to show how the idea of race has been constructed as one of the founding concepts of the discipline, and how certain individual scholars have been instrumental in its creation.  Biographies, or genealogies, allow a critical perspective on past, present, and future geographies.

 

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Location SOCIAL SCIENCES & MATHEMATICS
B215
Times 14:45:00 to 17:00:00
Pricing

Free and open to the public.

Sponsor Kelly Daniels
250-721-7327
geoginfo@uvic.ca
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Lecture/Seminar Trial History Modulates Additive and Interactive Effects in Lexical Decision 2012-09-21 15:00:00
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Speaker: Dr. Michael Masson, Dept. of Psychology, University of Victoria

Additive and interactive effects of word frequency, stimulus quality, and semantic priming have been used to test theoretical claims about the cognitive architecture of word reading processes.  Additive effects among these factors have been taken as evidence for discrete-stage models of word reading.  I present evidence from linear mixed-model analyses applied to two lexical decision experiments indicating that apparent additive effects can be the product of aggregating over- and under-additive interaction effects that are modulated by recent trial history, particularly the lexical status and stimulus quality of the previous trial's target.  Even a simple practice effect expressed as improved response speed across trials was powerfully modulated by the nature of the previous target item.  These results suggest that additivity and interaction between factors may reflect trial to trial variation in decision processes rather than fundamental differences in processing architecture.

 

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Location CORNETT BUILDING
A228
Times 15:00:00 to 16:20:00
Pricing

Free

Sponsor Adam Krawitz
250-721-7551
akrawitz@uvic.ca
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Lecture/Seminar Learning to Play by the Disclosure Rules: Accuracy of Insider Reports in Canada, 1996-2010. 2012-09-21 14:30:00
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Dr. Lindsay Tedds will present her co-authored work with Ryan Compton, Daniel Sandler, Chris Nicholls, and Caitlin Morrison entitled "Learning to Play by the Disclosure Rules: Accuracy of Insider Reports in Canada, 1996-2010." A copy of the paper can be downloaded here: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2098001

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Location HUMAN & SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT BUILDING
A373
Times 14:30:00 to 16:30:00
Pricing

Free

Sponsor Lindsay Tedds
8068
ltedds@uvic.ca
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