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Listen Up: August 24—29

WHAT:Contribution of Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) in statistics and cryptology: a long story short” by Bimal Roy, Indian Statistical Institute

WHEN: Thursday, August 25 @ 4 p.m.

WHERE: 122 Illini Hall (725 S. Wright St., Champaign)

From the event description: “The talk consists of two parts. In the first talk, several very important results in statistics that are developed by ISI faculty will be described. In the second part, application of statistical methods in cryptology will be discussed. To be specific, use of hypothesis testing to find out some weaknesses of couple of established stream ciphers will be presented.”


WHAT:Global Biosecurity in a Complex, Dynamic World” by Brenda Wilson, Associate Professor of Microbiology, UIUC

WHEN: Monday, August 29 @ 4 p.m.

WHERE: 140 Burrill Hall (407 S. Goodwin, Urbana)

From the event description: “Biosecurity is emerging as a major global health priority for which innovative and unprecedented solutions are needed. Biosecurity is a challenging biocomplexity problem involving multifaceted processes such as interactions between humans and nonhuman biota, anthropogenic environmental and ecological factors, and socioeconomic and political pressures. Key to an effective biosecurity strategy will be fundamental understanding of evolutionary, anthropogenic and environmental driving forces at play in transmission and perpetuation of infectious diseases. Biosecurity solutions will depend on increased support of basic biomedical research and public education, enhanced healthcare preparedness, alternative strategies for ensuring safety, and improved interagency cooperation regarding global health policy.”


You live near a major university and a community college. There are smart people that come here every week to talk to the general public about interesting topics. Perhaps you were not aware of this fact, or were overwhelmed by the sheer number of opportunities for possible enlightenment. If that’s the case, Smile Politely understands and is here to help. Here are several events going on in town this week. Check out one or more of them if you have time. Get your learn on, as they say, and join the cognoscenti. It’s free, you know. Plus, sometimes there’s free food, too!

If you have a community event, speaker, or film event that you’d like to see featured on Listen Up!, send the event information to joelgillespie [at] smilepolitely [dot] com by Friday the week prior to the event. Listen Up! runs on Tuesdays when classes are in session.

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