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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 ange Conference Endowment



“Space Exploration and Human Imagination: Space Futures"

April 11-12, 2013

A conference exploring the impact of space exploration on humanity’s self-perception.  This conference will examine how our growing understanding of the Universe is changing our perceptions of humanity, what the societal and cultural implications are of the expansion of human presence in space, and how the culture of space exploration is changing.  Leading experts will discuss these aspects through a series of lectures and Q&A.

For additional information, please visit: rsi.rice.edu/

Generously Supported by the De Lange Conference Endowment


Scientia, an Institute for the History of Science and Culture, presents
a conference honoring the memory of William Gordon

Scientia Conference on Research and Innovation in Undergraduate Science and Engineering Education

Friday February 11, 2011 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
(Reception Friday)

Saturday February 12, 2011 8:30 AM - 3:45 PM 
(Lunch served on Saturday)

McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall
Rice University, Houston, Texas


Schedule & Speakers
Conference Steering Committee
Contact Information
Webcast Information

A conference on Research and Innovation in Undergraduate Science and Engineering Education was hosted by Scientia, an interdisciplinary faculty institute, on the campus of Rice University, a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education.  The goals of the conference were to promote a diverse community focused on learning and to cultivate exceptional teaching.  The conference focused on new developments in pedagogy for first and second year undergraduate courses in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics and on research on how students learn in these courses. The conference brought to Rice distinguished researchers and innovative teachers from across the nation and providds a format for active learning about science and engineering teaching and learning.

Speakers included:

Robert Beichner
STEM Education Initiative and Physics Department, North Carolina State University

Mark L. Chang
Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Olin College of Engineering

Donald P. French

Professor, Science Education, Behavioral Ecology, Fish, Invertebrates,
Oklahoma State University 

Guershon Harel

Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of California, San Diego

Wendy Newstetter

Director of Learning Science Research ,Wallace H. Coulter Dept. of Biomedical Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology

Valerie K. Otero
Associate Professor of Science Education, University of Colorado, Boulder

Steven Pollock

Professor, Department of Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder

Angelica Stacy
Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley

Made possible by generous funding from the De Lange Conferences.
This conference was free and open to the public.


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