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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Final Examination Period

Contact: Tori Luwisch · · 5563

Location: College of Law, Broadway Campus

Final examination period.

Final Exams - LAW

Contact: Student Records · · 504-865-3237


Time: 12 pm to 12:30 pm

Contact: Ken Weber · · 5048653167

Location: Ignatius Chapel, 1st Floor, Bobet Hall

UCC Text Anxiety Walk-Ins

Time: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Contact: Elizabeth Rainey · · 504-865-3595

Location: Marquette Hall 112

Stop by the student success center for short session to help with testing anxiety. Learn how to control your anxiety so you can rock all your finals!! 

Physics SPS Seminar: Teaching Machines to Think

Time: 12:30 pm to 1:30 am

Contact: Physics Department · · 5048653647

Please join us at the next SPS Seminar, Teaching Machines to Think, presented by Dr. Valery Rousseau of the Physics Department. The seminar will be held Thursday, April 27th from 12:30-1:30 in Monroe 152.


"It is still considered science-fiction to give a robot a simple command, such as "go get me a beer from the fridge", and have it granted. However, the field of artificial intelligence (AI) has continuously been progressing. AI units have become common nowadays without the users necessarily being aware of them. Famous examples include Facebook's face recognition system and the Google translate program. In this talk I will explain, without entering into the mathematical details, how simple attempts to imitate nature allows us to program computers and robots in such a way that they can develop their own knowledge without any input from the programmer. This results in machines that are capable of making decisions based on their own experience and history, instead of simply outputting the programmer's mind. The first part of my talk will illustrate how a crude imitation of the basic structure of a human brain allows computers and robots not only to learn from examples, but also to generalize these examples and make guesses. The second part will illustrate how a simple implementation of human feelings, such as “pain” and “happiness”, allows computers and robots to develop their own strategy in order to reach their assigned goal, such as a four-legged robot learning how to walk, or a computer beating a chess champion. Overall, my talk will present some of the ideas that will be developed in the newly created course "Neural Networks & Applications" that will be offered next fall at Loyola." -Dr. Rousseau


Pizza & refreshments will be served!

Panel Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention

Time: 12:30 pm to 2 pm

Contact: Patricia Boyett · · 504-865-3082

PANEL: The Inter-Fraternity Council and the Women's Resource Center presents:

Panel on Sexual Violence Awareness & Prevention

Date: Thursday April 27

Location: Audubon Room

Time: 12:30-2:00:


WRC Director Patricia Boyett

University Counseling Center Erin Shapiro

STAR Greater New Orleans Director Margaret Reynolds 

Title IX Deputy Alexandria Kelch-Brickner

Frankly Speaking . . . Bringing the American Political Process into Focus

Time: 7 pm to 9 pm

Contact: Tommy Screen · · (504) 864-7082.

Location: Roussel Performance Hall, 2nd Floor, Comm./Music Complex

Frank Luntz, one of the most honored communication professionals in America today (and the man Sir David Frost called "the Nostradamus of pollsters") will be coming to Loyola to share his opinions on the state of the American political process after the 2016 presidential election - and where we go from here.

Former President Barack Obama once said, 'When Frank Luntz invites you to talk to his focus group, you talk to his focus group."

Moderated by former WDSU anchor and CBS News White House correspondent Norman Robinson, this program is the eighth annual Ed Renwick Lecture Series program presented by Loyola's Institute of Politics.

Free and open to the public.



Loyola Opera Workshop presents

Time: 7:30 pm to 9 pm

Contact: Carol E. Rausch · · 504-865-3493

Location: Nunemaker Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Monroe Hall

Our annual spring scenes program will both create and recreate a kaleidoscope of operatic experiences for the audience! Performances of brand new short works by Loyola student composers will shine alongside imaginative stagings of selections from European and American masterpieces. Join us for an exciting evening of old and new, with music both locally grown and imported.

Free to the public.