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 Speaker: Dr. Subhash C. Kashyap Chair: Shri N.N Vohra, Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, President IIC (Collaboration: Pai Panandikar Trust)

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August 28,2017 at 06:30 PM

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  • Date: May 1,2015

    Time: 06:30 pm

    Venue: Seminar Hall 2 & 3, Conference Block

    Title: The Astonishing Story of the First Complex Cells

    Description:

    Speaker: Prof. Mukund Thattai, Simons Centre for the Study of Living Machines, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru

     

    Chair : Professor Sanjay Jain, Department of Physics, Delhi University

     

    For a billion years, bacteria dominated the earth. Then, about 2.5 billion years ago, a more complex form of life emerged known as the eukaryotes. These cells were shape shifters and master hunters, they invented sex and learned to live in communities. Plants and animals, including humans, trace our origins back to these enigmatic organisms. Remarkably, we can peer back billions of years to discover how this great leap in cell complexity happened. It is a detective story: the clues are hidden in our genomes, and the plot has more twists than even Darwin could have imagined

  • Date: April 10,2015

    Time: 06:30 pm

    Venue: Seminar Hall 2 & 3, Conference Block

    Title: Stem Cells Myths And Realities

    Description:

    Speaker: Dr. Jyotsna Dhawan, CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad

    Chair: Dr. Anna George, National Institute of Immunology

     

    Stem cells are the foundation cells of our bodies. Basic research shows that stem cells have the potential to specialize into all the different cell types in the human body, which makes them attractive candidates for regenerative therapies to restore diseased or damaged tissue. This lecture will briefly cover our current understanding of stem cell biology and address the hurdles that need to be overcome for their clinical use. Along the way, I will highlight examples of the myths and realities of stem cell applications, touch on the regulatory issues required to ensure their ethical application and hopefully convey some of the excitement in the field of stem cell science

  • Date: February 6,2015

    Time: 06:30 pm

    Venue: Seminar Hall 2 & 3, Conference Block

    Title: The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics

    Description:

    Speaker: Professor Manindra Agrawal, N. Rama Rao Chair Professor, Dean of Faculty Affairs

    Indian Institute of Technology,  Kanpur

     

    Chair: Professor S.N. Maheshwari former Professor, IIT, Delhi


    Mathematics, at one level, is just a manipulation of abstract symbols and has no connection with reality. However, when these symbols are mapped to real quantities, this manipulation acquires a meaning, and leads to dramatic effects: almost all scientific achievements can be traced to this association of abstract symbols with real quantities. This talk will consider examples of three different ways in which mathematics has influenced our lives: (i) understanding and predicting natural phenomenon, (ii) manipulating nature, and (iii) design of non-natural phenomenon

  • Date: January 2,2015

    Time: 06:30 pm

    Venue: Seminar Hall 2 & 3, Conference Block

    Title: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Plant Insect Interactions with Giant Silkmoths from NE India

    Description:

    Speaker:  Dr. Sudeshna Mazumdar-Leighton, Associate Professor in Botany, Delhi University

    Chair: Professor H.Y. Mohan Ram

    The old adage “You are what you eat” is particularly suited to caterpillars that grow into butterflies and moths. Plants chosen by caterpillars as food are intricately linked to the history (and success) of their lives as a population, race, and species. Sex, health, war, invasion and communication are all facets influenced by the choice of plants eaten by caterpillars. The giant Saturniid silkworms that feed on endemic species of plants from NE India are a less-understood but a fascinating tropical system to unravel. Lessons learnt from the biology of these insects and their host plants may be useful for improving the traditional vanya  silk (Muga and Eri) industries of the region

  • Date: November 7,2014

    Time: 06:30 pm

    Venue: Seminar Hall 2 & 3, Conference Block

    Title: Living Sands-The Art and Science Microfossils

    Description:

    Speaker: Professor P.K. Saraswati, Professor of Earth Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay Chair:Prof. S.K. Tandon, D.N.Wadia Chair Professor, IIT Kanpur Life is nearly 4 billion years old on this planet but skeletal formation is a much younger phenomenon during the Cambrian period, about 550 million years ago. The skeletal remains of the organisms evolved since the Cambrian times are preserved as fossils in the rock records.To a scientist, the microfossils are the source of interpretation of geological processes in deep time. Three groups of protists, Foraminifera, Coccolithophores and Radiolarian, will be discussed in the talk for their shell-architecture, as exemplars of co-existence in nature and as indicators of palaeoenvironment and palaeoclimate