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Title: “Contaminants and the Developing Reproductive System — Lessons from Wildlife”

The Basics: Lou Guillette, a distinguished professor of zoology at the University of Florida, will speak about the ways in which researchers can extend observations of the effects of pollution on the reproductive processes of wildlife to those of humans. His underlying thesis claims that, although there is a wide variety of diversity among different species, there is a significant degree of consistency among the cellular and physiological systems associated with vertebrae reproduction.

Where: Adamson Wing, Baker Hall 136A

When: Today at 4:30 p.m.

Title: The Drue Heinz Lectures — Sara Paretsky

The Basics: Sara Paretsky, the author of numerous mystery novels starring female detective V.I. Warshawski, will share her experiences as a writer as well as her thoughts on some of her novels. When Paretsky introduced Warshawski in 1982 in the book Indemnity Only, the character was a pioneer in a genre dominated by tough, male detectives.

Paretsky’s most recent work, Writing in An Age of Silence, is a collection of essays examining the trend of fading civil liberties in post-9/11 America.

Where: Carnegie Music Hall

When: Today at 7:30 p.m.

Title: BYOBrain Brown Bag Series — “Art, History, and Images of the Feminine in Baudelaire’s Paris”

The Basics: Beryl Schlossman, a French professor at Carnegie Mellon, will speak about comparative and historical techniques used to examine European literature, culture, and art. By studying French poet Baudelaire’s use of visual images in his literary art, Schlossman hopes to better understand early French modernism.

In addition, Schlossman will discuss the possible impact of critic Walter Benjamin’s theoretical treatment of Baudelaire on French literature and supplement the discussion with a description of her own trip to Paris.

Where: College of Fine Arts 303

When: Wednesday at 12 p.m.

Title: “Bill Gates Unplugged — On Software, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Giving Back”

The Basics: Microsoft founder, chairman, and former CEO Bill Gates will visit Carnegie Mellon as his final stop in a lecture tour of five prominent universities. This tour is Gates’ “farewell” lecture tour before leaving his Microsoft post; in July 2008, Gates will be stepping down from his role as chairman of Microsoft to focus on the philanthropic endeavors sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Gates is speaking at five universities, as he did four years ago, and Carnegie Mellon is the only university that he is visiting for both tours.

The queue for the lecture will begin at 2:30 p.m. and those not present by 3:55 p.m. will not be granted access. A simulcast of the presentation will be shown in McConomy Auditorium for those not able to gain admittance.

Where: Rangos Hall, University Center

When: Thursday at 4 p.m.

Title: AB Lectures — Sasha Frere-Jones

The Basics: Sasha Frere-Jones, a music critic for The New Yorker as well as a touring musician, will speak on his experiences in the areas of business, writing, and music. Frere-Jones has covered a variety of different genres and musicians including Lil Wayne, Led Zeppelin, Cat Power, and Mary J. Blige.

Where: McConomy Auditorium

When: Friday at 7 p.m.