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September 14, 2015 -- Knowledge-hungry residents can hear experts discuss the latest twists in global markets, recent advances in medicine and new discoveries in oceanography at two public lecture series starting this month.

Both free series, the Fall 2015 Global Connections Lecture Series and Fall 2015 Distinguished Scientists Lecture Series, begin Tuesday, September 22, at Santa Monica College, said SMC spokeswoman Grace Smith.

Sponsored by the SMC Global Citizenship Council, the college's Office of Public Programs and SMC Associates, Global Connections begins with “Selling Vacuum Cleaners in Tokyo and Shampoo in Paris: Adventures of a Female Engineering Graduate” by world traveler Sarah Bloomfield.

A senior lecturer at Bath Spa University in Britain, Bloomfield will share her experiences in Indonesia and Japan, as well as how she managed a multimillion-dollar marketing campaign for L’Oréal in Britain, Smith said.

Rounding out the series will be “Opportunities and Challenges in Global Supply Chain Management,” with Dr. Guillaume Roels, on Thursday, November 5, and “Working Together to Support Civilians Affected by Violent Conflict,” with Zahra Ismail, on Tuesday, November 17.

Roels, an associate professor and faculty director of the Easton Technology Leadership Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, will discuss recent challenges and opportunities for managing today’s global supply chains.

Ismail is a program officer at the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. She'll discuss her work abroad with nongovernment organizations (NGOs) supporting community level mediation, international development, violence prevention, human rights and conflict resolution, Smith said.

Seating for the Global Connections lecture series is on a first-arrival basis. All lectures are at 11:15 a.m. in Humanities and Social Science Lecture Hall 165, on the main SMC campus, 1900 Pico Blvd.

Now in its 14th year, SMC's Distinguished Scientists Lecture Series is designed specifically for non-technical types, said Smith.

It debuts Tuesday, September 22, in the SMC Science Lecture Hall 140, at 11:15 a.m. with Dr. Richard Kaner, an expert in refractory materials. Kaner's lecture is titled “Exploring the Synthesis and Applications of Graphene.” 

On Thursday, October 8, Dr. Sion Roy will discuss “Cardiac CT Scanning: An Emerging Imaging Modality in Cardiology” at 11:15 a.m.

Dr. Helmut Weissert will discuss “Deep Sea Sediments – Archives for Ocean and Climate History” on Thursday, October 15, at 11:15 a.m.

“Losers Can Sometimes Be Winners – A Very Personal Journey in Academia (with a side trip to a world of high paying, societally important, and deeply rewarding health care jobs that you never heard of),” by Dr. Gene Siegal, completes the science lecture series on Thursday, October 29, at 11:15 a.m.

For more information about any of the programs, call 310-434-4100.

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