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Friday, March 17 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Science and Technique: Past and Present — IQ Center 202A (3D Computer Lab)

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Engineering in Medieval Spain through Water (Paper)
Matt Lubas
During Semester Abroad in Alicante, Spain, with funding from John M. Evans fund for international experiences, I met with professors across Spain and visited many historic sites to understand the development in Engineering around the medieval century. This study focused on works in the water supply process, such as Aqueducts, Hydraulic Mills, Dams, types of wells, and some specific works/developments from the Moorish people. It also touches upon the relation of water engineering to geography, peace/war and history.

Argentinian Science against the Cold War Backdrop (1955-1976) (Paper)
Lucy Cespedes
This paper will explore the politicization of Argentinean science and the construction of the country’s scientific and academic community as “dangerous” by successive military governments in the 1955-1966 period. Context will be provided characterizing the “Golden Age” of Argentina’s science in the ‘50s and ‘60s, in sharp contrast to the obscurantism of the ‘70s. This issues can of course be related to a broader context. In particular, Argentina’s scientific policy can be analyzed against the backdrop of US foreign policy towards Latin America. Of special interest is the contact of US science institutions with Argentina.

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act After 100 Years (Paper)
Marta Vazquez
I am writing my law review note about the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and the legal problems that have emerged from its enforcement in the last 100 years. The issue is currently alive because the Circuit Courts disagree over whether the treaty criminalizes "incidental take", which are killings resulting from otherwise legal activities. This has a large impact on industries such as wind, solar and transportation, all of which incur some incidental takes. Despite the confusion over the MBTA's breadth, the Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing rules to authorize incidental take under the MBTA-a bold move considering the Act may not cover incidental take at all. The paper presents interesting issues relating to statute interpretation, environmental law, and administrative law, and of course, there are lots of migratory birds.


Friday March 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
IQ Center 202A (3D Computer Lab)

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