Week of Feb 14-20, 2016

Monday 15 February

Chemistry Seminar

Time: 3:30 pm to 4:20 pm

Contact: Dr. Joelle Underwood

Location: Monroe Hall, Room 152

Dr. Bill Walkenhorst: A Biochemist Visits the Galapagos Islands

Wednesday 17 February

Casting Call--Phaedra

Time: 5 pm to 9 pm

Contact: Dr. Jean Brager · jxbrager@loyno.edu · 865-3844

Location: Danna Student Center, Room A (basement)

The Department of Languages & Cultures in association with Francophilia Foundation and Les Tricolores French club presents



Phaedra, wife of Theseus, King of Athens, is madly in love with her stepson, Hippolytus. Believing her spouse to have been slain, she declares her passion to the handsome prince. However, her confession is met with surprise and scorn: Hippolytus is in love with another. When Theseus unexpectedly returns, Phaedra realizes her fatal error. There ensues a series of dramatic events where neither the courage of the protagonists nor their desperate schemes can save them from the destructive wrath of the gods.

AUDITIONS: Wednesday, February 17 (5-9pm)

Auditionees are expected to prepare a 1-2 minute monologue. They will also be asked to read from the script and improvise on given themes. All types of actors are welcome.

Auditions will be conducted in Room A (inside art gallery across Satchmo’s, basement of Danna Center).

RUN DATES: April 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 @7:30PM on Loyola Campus


For further information, please email director Dr. Brager at jxbrager@loyno.edu


Human Sacrifice On The North Coast Of Peru: Recent Discoveries Pose New Questions

Time: 8 pm to 9 pm

Contact: Connie Rodriguez, PhD · rodrigue@loyno.edu · 865-2287

Location: Whitney Bank Presentation Room

A Lecture by
Dr. John Verano
Department of Anthropology
Tulane University

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Whitney Bank Presentation Room
Thomas Hall
8 pm
free admission and free parking on campus

Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Department of Classical Studies and the New Orleans Society of the Archaeological Institute of America

A number of discoveries of human sacrifices have been made in northern coastal Peru over the past decade.  Nearly every new case calls into question previous models that have attempted to characterize and interpret ritual killing in Pre-Columbian Peru.  With this growing sample we are seeing increasing variability in the demographic profile of victims, the ways in which they were sacrificed, and the location and manner in which their bodies were buried.  Dividing lines between traditional categories such as executed captives, retainer and dedicatory burials, and ritual offerings are becoming blurred as new discoveries are made.  Careful contextual and bioarchaeological examination of these assemblages is required if we are to make some sense of this growing corpus of data. 

This presentation will draw on data collected during more than twenty five years of excavation and analysis of sacrificial sites on the north coast of Peru.  While some contexts include only small numbers of victims, others involve more than a hundred individuals.  One such sacrificial site at which excavation was recently conducted is the largest child and camelid sacrifice known from the New World.  Made by the Chimú State about six hundred years ago, it provides a unique window into a previously unknown form of mass offering,.  The ways in which it is similar to other north coast sacrifices and the ways in which it is unique will be explored, with a focus on new analytical methods in stable isotope geochemistry and ancient DNA analysis that may provide insight into the identities and origins of the sacrificial victims.

Thursday 18 February

Pre-Health Seminar

Time: 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm

Contact: Professor Edouard Crago · edcrago@loyno.edu

Location: Monroe Hall, Room 152

Isha Matta, LSUHSC School of Public Health

Friday 19 February

61st Anniversary of the Discovery of Mendelevium

Contact: Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Mendelevium, element 101, was discovered by a research team at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1955. One of the research team members, Gregory Choppin, was an alumnus of the Loyola University Department of Chemsitry and raised in New Orleans. 

The new element was named after Dmitri Mendeleev, a Russian chemist known for formulating the modern periodic table. At the height of the Cold War, this was seen by many as a bold and controversial move. According to team member Glenn T. Seaborg, "We thought it fitting that there be an element named for the Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev, who had developed the periodic table. In nearly all our experiments discovering transuranium elements, we'd depended on his method of predicting chemical properties based on the element's position in the table."

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