This year's Scientia Lecture series touches on the many connections that animate nature and human life. All organisms and materials exist in a deeply interconnected system. Humans have complex international connections; smart devices increasingly have interconnections; independent of their designers; and the university reminds us of the collaborative connections across fields. This year's series explores many of these connections that faculty pursue here at Rice.
Fall 2021 Lecture Schedule
October 7th - McMurtry Auditorium, 4:00 PM
B. Paul Padley Professor of physics and astronomy, director of the T.W. Bonner Laboratory, interim vice president for Information Technology Talk Title: Connecting the Small and the Big by Connecting People
Jacob T. Robinson Associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and neuroengineering initiative Talk Title: Connecting Our Brain and Body to Computers To watch this lecture, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzN8Zkw6xK0
November 9th - McMurtry Auditorium, 4:00 PM
John Sparagana Grace Christian Vietti Chair in Visual Arts Talk Title: Reading Revolutionaries William B. Parsons Professor of religion Talk Title: On Being SBNR: Past, Present, Future(s) To watch this lecture, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZEBIRCFgUU
December 7th - McMurtry Auditorium, 4:00 PM
Brett Ashley Leads Radoslav Tsanoff Professor of Political Science Talk Title: The Politics of Military Alliances: Trump and Beyond Amy Dunham Associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology Talk Title: Connections Among Biodiversity, Well-Being, and Inclusion To watch this lecture, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FCSZtA5LDI
Spring 2022 Lecture Schedule
February 23rd - McMurtry Auditorium, 4:00 PM
Maggie Tsang 2021-2023 Wortham Fellow, Rice School of Architecture Talk Title: Attractive Nuisances Brittany Utting Assistant professor of architecture Talk Title: Living Spaces To watch this lecture, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-Meo8JUcSg
April 5th - McMurtry Auditorium, 4:00 PM
Lauren Stadler Assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering Talk Title: Monitoring Wastewater to Inform Pandemic Response Scott Egan Associate professor of biosciences Talk Title: eDNA: A detection tool for biodiversity discovery and conservation To watch this lecture, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUVVr64O924
Merlin Sheldrake Biologist and author of "Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures" Talk Title: "Entangled Lives: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures"