2017 Provost's Lecture Series
March 30: Adrian Bejan
Abstract: What is evolution and why does it exist in the geophysical, biological, social and technological realms – in short, everywhere? Why is there a time direction – a time arrow – in the changes we know are happening every moment and everywhere? These are questions of physics, about everything. The physics answer is that nothing lives, flows, moves and morphs unless it is driven by power and has freedom to change. The power is destroyed by the flows, and the flow architectures evolve into configurations that provide progressively greater access for movement. The universal natural tendency to ‘evolve’ was placed in physics by the constructal law (1996). This lecture will show why this law is useful to us. We are the evolving “human & machine species.” Evolution can be put to use in our lifetime in technology, transportation, urban design, spreading and collecting, miniaturization, communications, science, government and the unstoppable march to freedom, access, wealth and knowledge.
Thursday, March 30, 4:00 pm, Simons Center Della Pietra Family Auditorium
|March 2: Claude M. Steele **|
Stereotype and Identity Threat: Toward a Science of Diverse Community
Steele is recognized as a leader in the field of social psychology and for his commitment to the systematic application of social science to problems of major societal significance. He is best known for his work on stereotype threat and its application to minority student academic performance. His earlier work dealt with research on the self (e.g., self-image, self-affirmation) as well as the role of self-regulation in addictive behaviors. In 2010, he released his book, Whistling Vivaldi and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us, summarizing years of research on stereotype threat and the underperformance of minority students in higher education.
Co-sponsor: Division of Undergraduate Education
Abstract: The Why, What and How of Making Diverse Learning Communities Effective for All
Thursday, March 2, 10:30 am, Wang Center Theater
What Darwin Didn’t Know
Darwin Day is supported by the Department of Ecology and Evolution and the Living World Lecture Series of Science Open Nights.
Abstract: When Darwin articulated his grand theory of evolution by natural selection in 1859, he was still missing one crucial piece: while he recognized that offspring resembled their parents, he didn’t know how this information was transmitted from one generation to the next. In the last 150 years, not only has DNA been discovered as the carrier of genetic information, but we are increasingly able to link specific genes to the traits that they encode. Now, we can study how traits evolve – as Darwin did – but also find evidence for evolution at a once unimaginable level: in DNA, genes and genomes. This presentation will explore Hoekstra's work studying evolution in action – by combining experiments in both the lab and the field – linking genes to traits and ultimately to survival.
Friday, February 10, 7:30 pm, Earth and Space Sciences Lecture Theater 001
22nd Annual Leadership Symposium: Challenges in Higher EducationMarch 23: Ajay Nair
Embracing Diversity & Inclusion: Individual Action for Change
Ajay Nair is the Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life at Emory University. Dr. Nair is an accomplished scholar and student affairs leader whose interests include immigration, race, and ethnicity. As Emory’s chief student advocate for nearly 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Dr. Nair shoulders a broad portfolio of responsibilities ranging from intercollegiate athletics and the Greek experience to student health services and residence life. He also provides leadership and strategic direction in cultivating an ethically engaged community consistent with Emory’s vision. His research interests include quality assurance in educational systems, service learning and civic engagement, and second-generation Asian American identity. His co-edited book, Desi Rap: Hip-Hop in South Asian America, focuses on the complexities of second-generation South Asian American identity. His current book project explores the current state of multiculturalism in higher education.
Abstract: Stony Brook University is committed to creating a culture where we fully engage equity, inclusion, and diversity. Catering to a more holistic and broader definition of diversity with a focus on race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, ability, veteran status, socioeconomic level and sexual orientation, this year's topic is focuses on creating an inclusive campus community by empowering individual action for change.
Dean Nair will be joined by Cheryl Chambers, Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs,
and Robbye Kinkade, Project Director for the Responding to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
(R.E.D.I) Project and Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Health Technology
and Management as well as the School of Medicine. RSVP »