Browsing: Provost’s Lecture

Featuring Eugene Alletto with SBU Alum Joe Campolo as Interviewer Eugene Alletto, Quarterback, Founder and CEO of Bedgear®, is the visionary behind the performance bedding category. With more than 20 years of experience in retail and manufacturing for the home furnishing industry and his ability to successfully analyze market trends, Alletto created Bedgear and led the company’s rapid growth. The QB title represents his philosophy on strategy and team success as part of the Bedgear culture. Bedgear’s success is attributed to its sleep system sales process that fits the pillow based on sleep profile and body type providing consumers with personalized sleep…

Stereotype Threat and Identity Threat: The Science of a Diverse Community Claude M. Steele is an American social psychologist and Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley. 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. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Board, the National Academy of Education, and the American Philosophical Society. He has served…

November 1 Provost’s Lecture with Todd Gitlin Todd Gitlin is Professor of Journalism and Sociology and Chair of the PhD program in Communications at Columbia University. He is the author of 16 books, including The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage; The Whole World Is Watching: Mass Media in the Making and Unmaking of the New Left; and his latest Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street. Widely published, his work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Dissent, The New Republic, and The Nation, among other publications. He holds degrees from Harvard University (mathematics), the University of…

Life’s Engines: How Microbes Made Earth Habitable Paul G. Falkowski is the Bennett L. Smith Chair and Director of the Environmental Biophysics and Molecular Ecology Program at Rutgers University. His scientific interests include evolution of the Earth systems, paleoecology, photosynthesis, biophysics, biogeochemical cycles and symbiosis. His research interests are focused on three areas: origins of life, how electron transfer reactions are mediated and how organisms transformed the geochemistry of Earth. In the evolution of Earth, microbes became a major force in transforming this planet to make it habitable for animals, including humans. Falkowski seeks to understand the basic chemical reactions that enabled…

The Rohlf Medal for Excellence in Morphometric Methods and Applications will be presented to Dennis E. Slice on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the Provost’s Lecture Series, Charles B. Wang Center, Lecture Hall 1, 4 pm. In his presentation, “An Unexpected Journey: A Curious Career in Shape Analysis,” Dr. Slice will discuss the developments in shape analysis during his graduate career, the people who influenced him, and his post-graduate work in software and methodological developments and applications. Created in honor of F. James Rohlf, PhD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Stony Brook University College of Arts and Sciences Department of…

An Unexpected Journey: A Curious Career in Shape Analysis Dennis E. Slice is a professor in the Department of Scientific Computing at Florida State University and Honorarprofessor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Vienna, Austria. He received his doctorate in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology at the College of Charleston. His work focuses on the development of theoretical and methodological issues in shape analysis, morphometrics, and on their application to real-world problems such as the fit and function of protective equipment and the…

Carl Zimmer: AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award Lecture Carl Zimmer is a columnist for The New York Times, national correspondent for STAT, and three-time winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Kavli Science Journalism Award. He has written 13 books about biology and medicine and hundreds of features for magazines such as The Atlantic, National Geographic and Scientific American. As one interviewer wrote of Zimmer, “Unlike his literary icon, Herman Melville, he doesn’t adorn his writing with ornate flourishes or complicated scaffolding. His approach is simple, elegant and potent, much like the microscopic lifeforms he so…

Taking Ethics Seriously: Why Ethics Is an Essential Tool for the Modern Workplace John Hooker is T. Jerome Holleran Professor of Business Ethics and Social Responsibility, and Professor of Operations Research, at Carnegie Mellon University. He has also held visiting posts at numerous universities, most recently at the London School of Economics and the State University of Campinas, Brazil. He holds doctoral degrees in philosophy and management science. He brings his extensive background in philosophy, mathematics and logic to the rigorous analysis of ethical dilemmas, and his background in management to making sure the dilemmas are realistic. He has published more than 170…

Saving the Planet, Indigenous Rights and Standing Rock Thursday, April 20, 3 pm, Student Activities Center, Sidney Gelber Auditorium The Roadshow of Resistance is a traveling revue of environmental activism advocating for the rights of Indigenous People. It features music by singer-songwriter Casey Neill and Diné/Cheyenne hip-hop artist Lyla June Johnston. It will also include speeches by Cheryl Angel, a Lakota elder fighting the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, and Brytnee Laurette with the Center for Biological Diversity. It is a powerful opportunity to join a growing movement of resistance to attacks on our environment from the threat of climate…

Adrian Bejan is J.A. Jones Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Duke University. His research covers engineering science and applied physics: thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, convection and porous media. More recently, he developed the constructal law of organization and evolution in nature. Professor Bejan was ranked in 2001 among the 100 most highly cited authors worldwide in engineering (all fields, all countries) by the Institute for Scientific Information. He has received 18 honorary doctorates from universities in 11 countries and is the author of 30 books and more than 600 peer-referred articles. Abstract: What is evolution and why does it exist in the geophysical, biological, social and…

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