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Speaker Series by Semester Fall 2013 - Science, Society, and Sandwiches

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"Digital Humanities""Digital Humanities"digital-humanities<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2013%20Fall/annArdis.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Ann Ardis</a>, Deputy Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center. She is the author/editor of six books on 19th and 20th century print culture and women’s literature. </p>2013-09-09T04:00:00Z<p>​She has agreed to speak on her exciting work in “Digital Humanities." </p>
"International work with Engineers without borders""International work with Engineers without borders"international-work-with-engineers-without-borders<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2013%20Fall/douglasButtrey.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Doug Buttrey</a>,  Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is extraordinarily involved in international work. Recently, he has held visiting professorial positions in Nigeria, Brazil, France, Poland, Germany, and Japan. He will speak on his work with undergraduate students in the “Engineers without Borders” program in Cameroon and Guatemala. “Engineers without Borders-USA is a non-profit, humanitarian organization of dedicated and enthusiastic students and professionals who believe everyone should have access to adequate sanitation, safe drinking water and resources to meet their basic needs.”</p>2013-09-16T04:00:00Z<p>​"International work with Engineers without borders"</p>
"Medical Illustration: Macroscapes""Medical Illustration: Macroscapes"medical-illustration-macroscapes<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2013%20Fall/kirkMoldoff.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Kirk Moldoff </a>of Princeton, NJ, a member of the Association of Medical Illustrators, has painted covers of such magazines as National Geographic, Smithsonian, and various medical journals. He has produced numerous illustrations for groups like the Muscular Dystropy Foundation and Alzheimer’s investigators </p>2013-09-23T04:00:00Z<p>​He will speak on his approach to “Macroscapes” that range from the molecular and cellular level to the whole human body.</p>
"The Exquisite Beauty of Life""The Exquisite Beauty of Life"the-exquisite-beauty-of-life<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2013%20Fall/rogerWagner.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Roger Wagner</a>, Professor Emeritus of Biology, continues to publish incredible microscopic images of medical importance. His images too have been featured on the covers of numerous journals.</p>2013-09-30T04:00:00Z<p>​He will speak about images on his website: “The Exquisite Beauty of Life.”</p>
"In Vitro Fertilization and Multiple Births""In Vitro Fertilization and Multiple Births"in-vitro-fertilization-and-multiple-births<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2013%20Fall/babatundeOgunnaike.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Babatunde Ogunnaike</a>, Dean of Engineering and recently elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, is “noted for his contributions to advances in process systems, process engineering practice and systems engineering education.” He is also an expert on statistics as recognized by his popular text on engineering statistics: Random Phenomena: Fundamentals of Probability and Statistics for Engineers.</p>2013-10-07T04:00:00Z<p>​Dr. Ogunnaike will speak on a case study of “In Vitro Fertilization and Multiple Births;” namely how many eggs should be fertilized and implanted to maximize the probability of producing a viable offspring. </p>
"Male Factor Infertility/Subfertility""Male Factor Infertility/Subfertility"male-factor-infertility-subfertility<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2013%20Fall/patriciaDeLeon.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Patricia A. DeLeon</a>, Trustees Distinguished Professor, Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees, and co-chair of the Diversity and Equity Commission. President Barack Obama honored her for excellence in science, math and engineering teaching and mentoring as a 2007 U.S. Presidential Awardee. She has also served as chairperson of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE).</p>2013-10-14T04:00:00Z<p>​She will speak on her research on “Male Factor Infertility/Subfertility.”</p>
"Artsbridge""Artsbridge"artsbridge<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2013%20Fall/lynnetteOverby.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Lynette Overby</a>, Professor of Dance, is the immediate past faculty director for Undergraduate Research and Service Learning. She is the past president of the National Dance Association and of the Michigan Dance Council, and the co-author of Interdisciplinary Learning Through Dance: 101 MOVEntures, a series of lesson plans published in 2005. </p>2013-10-21T04:00:00Z<p>​She will speak on a project entitled “Artsbridge” that helps young children learn science and mathematics through the arts.</p>
“GoBabyGo”“GoBabyGo”go-baby-go<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2013%20Fall/coleGalloway.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Cole Galloway</a>, Professor of Physical Therapy, is a founding member of the Delaware Design Institute: Social Innovation and Design. As a physical therapist and developmental scientist, Galloway knows that the basic movement behaviors of kids between the ages of one and three — the so-called toddler years — are more than just movements. The continuous stream of activity is a complex “exploratory engine” that children use to build bigger, better bodies, construct more complex brains, form their first friendships and lay the foundation for school readiness. </p>2013-10-28T04:00:00Z<p>​He will speak on his reknown “GoBabyGo” project that helps young children investigate the world and socialize with their peers.</p>
"How to Deal with Uncertainty, Ambiguity, and Complexity""How to Deal with Uncertainty, Ambiguity, and Complexity"how-to-deal-with-uncertainty-ambiguity-and-complexity<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2013%20Fall/fraserRussell.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">T. W. Fraser Russell</a>, Emeritus Professor, has served the University as Chairman of the Department of Chemical Engineering, Acting Dean of the College of Engineering, Director of the Institute for Energy Conversion, and Vice Provost for Research. As testament to his success as a teacher, he received both the University's Excellence in Teaching Award and its Francis Alison Award, the American Society for Engineering Education awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award in Chemical Engineering Pedagogical Scholarship. The University of Delaware has seen fit to perpetuate his commitment to undergraduate research and internship experiences with the establishment of the T. W. Fraser Russell Undergraduate Enrichment Endowment. Also, UD conferred upon him, the degree of Doctor of Science honoris causa. </p>2013-11-04T05:00:00Z<p>​He will speak on what he believes is one of the biggest issues facing our students: how to deal with uncertainty, ambiguity, and complexity </p>
"Damned Lies and Statistics""Damned Lies and Statistics"damned-lies-and-statistics<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2013%20Fall/joelBest.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Joel Best</a>, Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, wrote the “Classic Guide Damned Lies and Statistics” ( 2001; reprinted often) to understanding how numbers can confuse us. In his new afterword, Best uses examples from recent policy debates to reflect on the challenges to improving statistical literacy. Since its publication [twelve] years ago, Damned Lies and Statistics has emerged as the go-to handbook for spotting bad statistics and learning to think critically about these influential numbers.” Two of his later books are More Damned Lies and Statistics (2004) and Stat-Spotting: A Field Guide to Identifying Dubious Data (2008). Dr. Best is a former President of the Midwest Sociological Society and the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and a former Editor of the journal Social Problems.</p>2013-11-11T05:00:00Z<p>​He will speak on his book, “Classic Guide Damned Lies and Statistics” </p>
"Biological Anthropology""Biological Anthropology"biological-anthropology<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2013%20Fall/karenRosenberg.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Karen Rosenberg</a>, Chairperson and Associate Professor of Anthropology, is a biological anthropologist. Her work focuses on human evolution, with special emphasis on childbirth practices, evolution of women, and Neanderthals. Dr. Rosenberg is the Co-editor of the journal "PaleoAnthropology". Last year she organized and spoke in an AAAS Conference that she entitled: “Scars of Evolution.” Among the questions that she and her colleagues investigate are: “Why your back, feet hurt: blame evolution;” and, “why are babies born at nine months?” Her work has been featured on CNN, in Scientific American, and in a National Geographic cable program.</p>2013-11-18T05:00:00Z<p>​She spoke on, "Biological Anthropology"</p>
"Declaring genius: Literary and scientific claims of artistic genius in late-Victorian Britain""Declaring genius: Literary and scientific claims of artistic genius in late-Victorian Britain"declaring-genius-literary<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/Bio%20Images/generic.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Kathleen R. Slaugh-Sanford</a> is a Contract & Grants Specialist in our Research Office. Her Ph.D. thesis in English, was entitled: Declaring genius: Literary and scientific claims of artistic genius in late-Victorian Britain. After Charles Darwin’s cousin Francis Galton published a noteworthy book on Genius, many artists’, authors’, and scientists’ were reconsidered based on contemporary theories of creativity and originality. Slaugh-Sanford “explored the ways in which authors contended with scientific ideas about their creative genius either through fictional portrayals of artistic geniuses or through representations of real-life literary geniuses. More specifically, [she] consider[ed] how the authors Amy Levy, Sarah Grand, and Oscar Wilde battled for control over their artistic genius in order to establish a place for themselves as geniuses and, in the process, to change the discourse about who could be a genius and who would have the power to decide this.”</p>2013-11-25T05:00:00Z<p>​She spoke on her thesis entitled, "Declaring genius: Literary and scientific claims of artistic genius in late-Victorian Britain"</p>
"The Ethics of Nanoscience""The Ethics of Nanoscience"the-ethics-of-nanoscience<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2013%20Fall/ismatShah.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Ismat Shah</a> is both a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and a Professor of Physics and Astronomy as well as being a Senior Policy Fellow in the Institute of Energy and Environment Policy. The main area Dr. Shah`s research is "Low Dimensional Materials". In this experimental research Dr. Shah`s group designs materials and structures useful for applications in magnetics, optoelectronics, and environment. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award in the College of Engineering in 2007. Besides his interest in ethics, he is also very concerned about environmental sustainability and internationalism. In addition to his work abroad, he has sponsored three Fulbright Fellows and many international graduate students and Post-Doctorate Fellows. Ismat Shah and Tom Powers will describe their grant-funded collaboration on the ethics of nanoscience, which has produced an undergraduate course, two international conferences, and some co-authored publications.  </p>2013-12-02T05:00:00Z<p>​He spoke on, "The Ethics of Nanoscience"</p>
“Ethics and Information Technology”“Ethics and Information Technology”ethics-and-information-technology<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2013%20Fall/tomPowers.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Tom Powers</a>, Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy and Administration, is a specialist in scientific ethics, with specific interests in the ethics of emerging technologies, the environment, nanotechnology and research. He directs UD's Center for Science, Ethics and Public Policy. He is conversational in biomedical ethics and ethics related to computers and information technology. He is the Co-editor of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy for “Ethics and Information Technology.” Recent articles of his have appeared in such diverse places as the  Journal of Nano Education, Topoi: An International Review of Philosophy, Machine Ethics, IEEE Robotics and Automation, and, Philosophy Now. Has also conducted extensive research on the work of German philosopher Immanuel Kant. Tom Powers and Ismat Shah will describe their grant-funded collaboration on the ethics of nanoscience, which has produced an undergraduate course, two international conferences, and some co-authored publications.  </p>2013-12-09T05:00:00Z<p>​He spoke on, “Ethics and Information Technology”</p>
"Invasive Plants and Insect Pest Management""Invasive Plants and Insect Pest Management"invasive-plants-and-insect-pest-management<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2013%20Fall/judithHoughGoldstein.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Judith Hough-Goldstein,</a> Professor of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, is an expert on invasive plants such as kudzu and mile-a-minute. Her research focuses on restoration ecology, biological control, plant/insect interactions, and insect pest management. Currently, she is also looking at methods to enhance currently available agents for purple loosestrife. In 2009, Hough-Goldstein was presented with the Delaware Invasive Species Council organization's first ever research award. The New York Times covered her work under the headline: “Urgent Task for Insect: Stop a Relentless Vine.”</p>2013-12-16T05:00:00Z<p>​She spoke on, "Invasive Plants and Insect Pest Management"</p>
"Trail View""Trail View"trail-view<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2013%20Fall/megMcguire.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Meg McGuire</a>, Assistant Professor of English, teaches courses in technical and professional communication, including environmental communication, business and technical writing, and online representation.</p>2013-12-23T05:00:00Z<p>​She will present on "Trail View" which gives users the opportunity to do virtual hikes through National Parks and examining how it is shifting audiences’ relationship to nature. “Trail View captures 300 miles of US national park trails in 360 degrees. So it has compiled a tour of trails in the Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, and Yellowstone National Parks.” Her research interests include the significance of public discourse in social media and how it impacts the commemoration and curation of information in large-scale events, as well as how technology and new media affects technical and professional communication.</p>
"The Science and Art of Art Conservation""The Science and Art of Art Conservation"the-science-and-art-of-art-conservation<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2013%20Fall/Voras_DeGhetaldi.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Kristin de Ghetaldi</a>, in art conservation, and <a href="">Zachary Voras</a>, in chemistry, are doctoral students. They are working in UD's Surface Analysis Facility to analyze and identify paint ingredients in tiny samples of historic artworks and were approached recently by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with questions about conserving artworks by African American painter Henry Ossawa Tanner, who composed his paintings in numerous layers of varying materials. Returning to UD after a three-year fellowship at the National Gallery of Art, de Ghetaldi is a graduate of the Winterthur-UD Program in Art Conservation with a specialization in paintings and is currently working on her doctorate in the Preservation Studies Program. Voras, who deals with the challenges associated with handling, preparing and analyzing artwork samples, is a doctoral student in surface chemistry whose talk will focus on the complexity of the instruments used for analysis.</p>2014-01-06T05:00:00Z<p>​They spoke on, “The Science and Art of Art Conservation.” </p>
"Autism""Autism"autism<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2013%20Fall/prasadDhurjati.jpeg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Prasad Dhurjati</a> is a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. His current research combines three decades of expertise in biotechnology and artificial intelligence, with key research accomplishments in the fields of biochemical engineering and “online fault diagnosis.” Working in the areas of systems biology and modeling of engineering systems, he has recently developed a systems connectivity model of autism. Dhurjati will also discuss some of the research on the effects of autism spectrum disorders on families that has been conducted by Brian Freedman of UD’s Center for Disabilities Studies, who will be unable to attend the session.</p>2014-01-13T05:00:00Z<p>​He will discuss “Autism.” </p>
"Visual Communications""Visual Communications"visual-communications<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2013%20Fall/williamDeering.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Bill Deering</a>, Assistant Professor of Art, teaches photographic design and directs Raven Press, UD’s letterpress facility; the study abroad program to London; the Black Maria Film Festival; and the internship program for visual communications. He is currently working on a photographic project on "Terrorism" to be installed in the Eckersley Gallery at the University of the Arts in London in January.</p>2014-01-20T05:00:00Z<p>​He spoke on "Visual Communications"</p>
"Cell-Based Therapeutic Applications""Cell-Based Therapeutic Applications"cell-based-therapeutic-applications<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2013%20Fall/arunKumar.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Arun Kumar</a>, Assistant Professor of Medical Laboratory Sciences, is investigating nano-encapsulated natural compounds to treat cardiac disorders and a novel way to deliver nanoparticles coupled with drugs to the deep lung. Further, he is expanding this approach to develop cell-based therapeutic applications to diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, brain trauma, cardiomyopathies, cancer, gene therapy and chronic lung disease.</p>2014-01-27T05:00:00Z<p>​He spoke on "Cell-Based Therapeutic Applications"</p>
"Student Retention in Higher Education""Student Retention in Higher Education"student-retention-in-higher-education<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2013%20Fall/alexReid.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Alex Reid</a> is a music educator, a doctoral candidate in educational technology and an IT support representative at UD. She has “empowered individuals who teach to efficiently use University resources in and beyond the traditional classroom environment through the adaptation of traditional instructional design strategies.” She is deeply concerned about the “digital divide.” </p>2014-02-03T05:00:00Z<p>​Alex Reid and Kathleen Langan Pusecker will speak about student retention in higher education. </p>
"Student Retention in Higher Education""Student Retention in Higher Education"student-retention-in-higher-education-2<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2013%20Fall/kathleenPusecker.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p><a href="">Kathleen Langan Pusecker</a> is the Director of Educational Assessment in UD’s Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning, supporting all assessment activities at the University, and has developed and implemented training protocols to create and assess measurable learning outcomes, as well as developing metrics to support programmatic assessment. She has made several presentations on and off campus to develop a culture of assessment of student learning. Kathleen Langan Pusecker and Alex Reid will speak about student retention in higher education. </p>2014-02-03T05:00:00Z<p>​Kathleen Langan Pusecker and Alex Reid will speak about "Student Retention in Higher Education"</p>

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