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Scientia Institute
is proud to announce the winner of our

2015 Small Conference Grant Initiative

Modeling and Mapping Historic Sites and Events

Conference Date: April 8-9, 2016

Mapping and modeling allows the world to gain spatial, temporal, kinetic and aesthetic knowledge of places as they once existed and see how they have changed since their origin. This gathering will encourage collaboration among faculty, students, scholars and technology innovators to explore and experience a variety of geo-mapping projects.

Co-creators of this conference are:
Farès el-Dahdah, Professor of the Humanities
Jeff Fleisher, Associate Professor of Anthropology
John Hopkins, Assistant Professor of Art History and Classical Studies
Alida Metcalf, Harris Masterson Jr., Professor of History
Linda Neagley, Associate Professor of Art History
Jan Odegard, Exec. Director Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology
Albert Pope, Gus Sessions Wortham Professor of Architecture
Lisa Spiro, Exec. Director Digital Scholarship Services
Generously Supported by the De Lange Conference Endowment

Power of Ideas Centennial Podcasts

LISTEN to a sampler of the 5-minute talks on these podcasts:
WATCH videos of all the talks here

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Anthony Brandt
Associate Professor of Composition and Theory
Shepherd School of Music
“Why Minds Need Art”

Mahmoud Amin El-Gamal
Professor of Economics and Statistics
Social Capital and Finance”

Elizabeth Long
Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology 
“Local:Global = David:Goliath”

John B. Boles
William P. Hobby Professor of History
Editor, Journal of Southern History
“Getting to Know President Lovett”

Rebecca Richards-Kortum
Stanley C. Moore Professor and Chair, Department of Bioengineering
“Learning to Swim”

Thomas Killian
Professor and Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy
“The Pursuit for Total Control”

Paula A. Sanders
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies; Professor of History
“Thinking with History”

Elaine Howard Ecklund
Associate Professor of Sociology and Director, Religion & Public Life Program

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Mark Embree
Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics and Director, Rice Center for Engineering Leadership
Numerate Citizenship”
K. Jane Grande-Allen
Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering
James Pomerantz 
Professor, Department of Psychology
“Mind, Brain & Reality”
Marcia G. Brennan
Associate Professor, Religious Studies and Art History
“The Love of Wisdom and the Wisdom of Love”

Yousif Shamoo
Professor, Biochemistry and Cell Biology
“Saying Goodbye to Rube Goldberg”

Matthias Henze
Watt J. & Lilly G. Jackson Professor in Biblical Studies
“Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Unfinished Ethics”

Janet Braam
Chair and Professor, Biochemistry & Cell Biology
“Life is Incredible”

Lora Wildenthal
Associate Professor and Chair, History Department

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Spring 2015 Events

     Teaching and Learning in the
    University of Tomorrow

The 2015 Spring Lecture Series continues the Fall 2014 De Lange Conference that focused on the issues and implications of modern-day teaching and higher education with respect to innovative contexts, technologies, and pedagogy.  The Spring Lecture Series focuses more specifically on teaching at Rice, asking our Deans about the challenges that each school faces, how technology will speak to those challenges, and how the school can positively impact teaching across the campus and beyond.  Please join us in these stimulating and important conversations that will take place throughout the semester.

Tuesday, January 27, 4:00 PM
Duncan Hall, McMurtry Auditorium
Lyn Ragsdale, PhD
Dean, Social Sciences
Radosiav A. Tsanoff Chair, Public Affairs, Professor of Political Science
Nicolas Shumway, PhD
Dean, Humanities
Frances Moody Newman Chair, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
Moderated by: Josh Eyler, PhD, Director for Teaching Excellence, Adjunct Associate Professor, Humanities


Tuesday, February 24, 4:00 PM
Duncan Hall, McMurtry Auditorium
Peter Rossky, PhD
Dean, Wiess School of Natural Sciences
Harry C. & Olga K. Wiess Professor of Chemistry & Biomolecular Engineering
Ned Thomas, PhD
Dean Engineering
William & Stephanie Sick Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry
Moderated by: Josh Eyler, PhD, Director for Teaching Excellence, Adjunct Associate Professor, Humanities



Monday, March 16, 7:30 PM
Duncan Hall, McMurtry Auditorium

“Design and Venture Capital”
John Maeda, PhD
Design Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers


Tuesday, April 14, 4:00 PM
Herring Hall, Room 100
Sarah Whiting, PhD
Dean, School of Architecture
William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture
Robert Yekovich, DMA
Dean, Shepherd School of Music
Elma Schneider Professor of Music
Moderated by: Josh Eyler, PhD, Director for Teaching Excellence, Adjunct Associate Professor, Humanities


Fall 2014 Events

Tuesday, September 23, 4:00 PM
McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall
Panel Discussion

“The Traditional Classroom: What Future?”

Özge Gürcanli, Lecturer, Psychology
Dennis Huston, Gladys Louise Fox Professor, English
Rachel Kimbro, Associate Professor, Sociology
Caroline Levander, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and Digital Education; Carlson Professor, English
Kathy Matthews, Stewart Memorial Professor, BioSciences
Joe Warren, Professor, Computer Science

Moderated by Neal Lane, Malcolm Gillis University Professor and Professor of Physics and Astronomy; Senior Fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute



October 13-14, 2014
BRC, Rice University

“Teaching in the University of Tomorrow”

A forward-looking forum designed to contemplate the rapidly evolving changes in university teaching in response to disruptive technologies and global forces. The program features renowned educators and innovators from a variety of disciplines in lectures, discussions, teaching demonstrations and interactive workshops.

For additional information and to register, please visit our website delange.rice.edu

Registration closes September 29, 2014


Tuesday, December 2, 4:00 PM
McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall
Panel Discussion

“What is Active Learning and is it Happening in our Classrooms?"”

Margaret Beier, Associate Professor, Psychology
Jeffrey Fleisher, Associate Pofessor, Anthropology
John Hopkins, Assistant Professor, Art History and Classical Studies
Ann Saterbak, Professor in the Practice and Director of Laboratory Instruction, Bioengineering and Associate Dean of Engineering for Education
John Hutchinson, Dean of Undergraduates, Professor, Chemistry

Moderated by Josh Eyler, Director, Center for Teaching Excellence, Adjunct Associate Professor, Humanities.

Peer instruction, the flipped classroom and MOOCs have the potential to help make students more active participants in their own learning. Highly publicized local and national experiments by early adopters of these methods has led to an unprecendented level of dialogue about teaching on campus, at Rice and other institutions of higher education. As a follow-up to the September Scientia panel on "The Traditional Classroom: What Future?" and the October De Lange IX Conference, "Teaching in the University of Tomorrow," this panel discussion will target themes and challenges related to enhancing how studetns learn in our classes at Rice. Our panel of faculty will present their unique pedagogical strategies based on the scholarship and practice of active learning. Please join us for this important conversation.



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