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Janine Antoni

Tuesday, April 27 at 5 p.m.

Kresge Theatre

The School of Art presents Janine Antoni, who blurs the distinction between performance art and sculpture. She transforms everyday activities like eating, bathing, and sleeping into a way of making art. The main tool she uses in her creations is her own body. Previous pieces have included cubes of lard and chocolate chiseled with her teeth or brainwave signals recorded from her dreams applied as a pattern for weaving a blanket. Antoni’s one-of-a-kind work has been displayed in prestigious galleries and museums including the Guggenheim and the Whitney in New York, as well as the Reina Sofia in Madrid.

2010 Buhl Lecture: Viruses “From Scratch”

Wednesday, April 28 at 4:30 p.m.

Mellon Institute Auditorium, 4400 Fifth Ave.

Everyone knows how deadly viruses like influenza, hepatitis, and AIDS can be. Viruses are arguably the most prevalent and deadly disease agents. However, there are some people who see these as the most beautiful, symmetric, and astonishing structures in biology. In this lecture, William Gelbart, a distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UCLA, discusses viruses from a physical point of view, emphasizing their unique simplicity and what they all have in common. The most minimal ones consist of just two different kinds of molecules and are simple enough that they can be made “from scratch” in a test tube. Gelbart will also talk about why viruses were only discovered a hundred years ago and what allows them to evolve faster than any living organism.

Caught Looking 3

Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m.

PNC Park

Stop by to see family-friendly short films made by Carnegie Mellon students and Pittsburgh Filmmakers School staff, faculty, members, and students. It promises to be a unique experience, as the films will be shown on the PNC Park Jumbotron. A reception will follow the screenings. The event is free and open to the public.

Health Insurance Reform Without Side Effects

Monday, May 10 at 4 p.m.

University of Pittsburgh, Starzl Biomedical Science Tower Converence Center, Room 120

Mark Pauly’s presentation will be on his upcoming book, “Health Reform Without Side Effects: Making Markets Work for Individual Health Insurance.” Pauly has served on the advisory committee to the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, as well as on the Medicare Technical Advisory Panel. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors of Independent Health, which is a health insurer in Buffalo, N.Y.