Dr. Aubrey de Grey is set to give a lecture Jan. 26.

Bulls Notebook: Noted gerontologist to kick off USFSM 2016 speaker series

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: January 15, 2016

SARASOTA, Fla. (Jan. 15, 2016) Biomedical gerontologist Dr. Aubrey de Grey, who argues aging is a disease that can be cured, is set to visit USF Sarasota-Manatee Jan. 26 as part of the campus’ Knowledge-A-Bull Speaker Series.

Dr. de Grey, based in Cambridge, England, and Mountain View, Calif., is the chief science officer of the SENS Research Foundation, a California-based charity focused on fighting the aging process. According to the foundation’s website, sens.org, de Grey’s research, “uses regenerative medicine to repair the damage underlying the diseases of aging. Our goal is to help build the industry that will cure these diseases.”

The British-born de Grey received his bachelor’s degree and PhD from the University of Cambridge. His theories have attracted attention from numerous media outlets and journals, including 60 Minutes, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time and Fortune magazine.

He is the author of “The Mitochondrial Free Radical Theory of Aging” (1999) and co-author of “Ending Aging” (2007). He’s also editor-in-chief of the academic journal Rejuvenation Research.

Dr. de Grey’s talk will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.

For more and to register for this free lecture, visit usfsm.edu/series.

New computer equipment nearly installed 

An $80,000 investment in new servers, drivers and software this past summer will soon pay off for students taking advanced I.T. courses.

I.T. instructor Dr. Sunita Lodwig said the progress comes after new air conditioners, wiring and other changes were made to an engineering space where the servers and drivers will be installed. Hopefully, the new equipment will be running sometime after the spring break, she said.

About 175 students are enrolled in the College of Business’ Information Technology program with a track toward either a BSIT baccalaureate degree or a BSAS degree (I.T. concentration). The additional equipment will boost the memory and processing power of the system in place now, allowing for more functionality and experimentation.

For example, students tackling “systems emergencies’ will be able to troubleshoot the problems through remote connectivity, simulating real-world problems faced by systems administrators.

“A lot of infrastructure work needed to be completed,” Dr. Lodwig said of the changes. “The A/C and electrical power to the space all had to be boosted. It can get hot in there and we needed to increase the air conditioning.”

Open house for biology program scheduled 

Prospective science students can learn more about USFSM’s four-year biology program at an open house 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Mote Marine Laboratory, 1730 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota.

Students will be able to interact with faculty, staff and biology students and tour USFSM’s teaching labs at Mote on City Island in Sarasota. To register, visit usfsm.edu/infosessions.

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