Participate in Crown's Science/Public Affairs Tables!

What are Crown Science / Public Affairs Tables?

They are informal dinners (provided gratis by the College) that give Crown students a chance to meet and hear a faculty member discuss his/her research. The talks are presented at a level that can be followed by non-majors in the discipline. Provost Manel Camps hosts these events (usually 2 during fall and 2 during winter quarter) at the Provost's house and attendance is limited to 30. The format includes a buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m. and is followed by the faculty presentation over coffee and dessert. The event generally ends around 8:00 p.m.
These events provide a special opportunity to learn about a variety of disciplines in a casual setting outside the classroom. To attend one of this year's events listed below, contact the Crown CAPC at or 459-2412 or you may sign-up on the clipboard on the door to the Provost's Office.Joel at Science Table event

Some topics we've covered in past years include:

IMMUNO-ONCOLOGY - A Decade of Progress, Premal Patel, Chief Medical Officer, Lyell Immunopharma

How We Became Human, Bendeict Paten, Principal Investigator & Director of the Computational Genomics Lab, ICSC Genomics Institute

CITRIS ZEST - Soft/Flexible Robots, Mircea Teodorescu, UCSC BAskin School of Engineering

Exoplanets, Jonathan Fortney, Director Other Worlds Laboratory, UCSC 


The Influences of Microbiome on Phytoplankton and Zooplankton Physiology - Marilou Sison-Mangus, Assistant Professor, Ocean Sciences

Genomics and Precision Medicine, Joe DeRisi, Professor, Biochemistry and Biophysics

The Suggestible Nature of Motion Perception, Nicholas Davidenko, Professor, Psychology

Bioterrorism and Pandemic Viruses
Rebecca Dubois, Professor, Biomolecular Engineering

Proton Computed Tomography: Cutting Edge Imaging in the Battle Against Cancer
Hatrmut Sadrozinski, Professor, Physics

Robotics: Using remote surgical robotics, Jacob Rosen, Professor,Computer Engineering

Why Do We Breathe: How Cytochrome Oxidase Turns Food Into Electricity
Olof Einarsdottir, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Fishing in the Viral Gene Pool: Extreme Environment Virology
David Bernick, Professor, Biomolecular Engineering

Ecology and Evolution, Samantha Forde, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Tracing Interactions and Technological Development: Southwestern Glazed Painted Pottery from Tijeras Pueblo, New Mexico, Judith Habicht Mauche, Professor, Anthropology

Game Technology Research: What Deep Player Response Requires, Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Professor, Computer Science

Worms and Germs: Using Model Systems to Study Development, Susan Strome, Professor, MCD Biology

Recognizing Your Foes: How Our Immune System Distinguishes Between Harmful and Beneficial Bacteria, Vicki Auerbuch Stone, Professor, Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology

The Future of California Climate and Its Impact, Lisa Sloan, Professor, Earth & Planetary Sciences

Einstein’s Greatest Blunder – The Ultimate Fate of the Universe, Bruce Margon, Professor, Astronomy

From Wind to Whales: Oceanography off Central California, Ken Bruland, Professor, Ocean Sciences

How Bacterial Infection Causes Cancer, Karen Ottemann, Professor of MTOX

Using Electronic Tags to Understand the Habitat Utilization of Marine Animals, Daniel Costa, Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Carbon Emissions & Ocean Acidification: Past, Present & Future, James Zachos, Professor, Earth Sciences

Targeting Cancer with Nanotechnology, Jin Zhang, Professor, Chemistry

The Economics of the World Trade Organization (WTO), K. C. Fung, Profesor, Economics