Whether balancing work and family, self and community, privacy and safety, present needs and future goals, trade-offs are a part of virtually every facet of human life. This year Scientia looks at the science, philosophy, ethics, economics, and art of the balancing acts that are so much a part of the human condition.

2020 Fall Lecture Schedule

  • Tuesday, September¬†15, 2020, 4pm | Virtual Lecture

The 2010 Haiti Earthquake: A story of History, Race, Poverty, and Natural Hazards

Reginald DesRoches

Howard R. Hughes Provost; professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Video of lecture is available here.


  • Tuesday, October¬†13, 2020, 4pm | Virtual Lecture

Enjoy Now or Let Someone Else Have A Better Tomorrow

Ed Emmett

Fellow in energy and transportation policy, Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies; senior fellow, Kinder Institute for Urban Research; professor in the practice, School of Social Sciences

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  • Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 4pm | Virtual Lecture

Climate Change: Trade-Offs Between People and Planet

Sylvia Dee

Assistant professor, Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences

Pedram Hassanzadeh

Assistant professor, The Environmental Fluid Dynamics Group; Department of Mechanical Engineering; Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences

  • Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 4pm | Virtual Lecture

Affordable Housing Laboratory

Jesus Vassallo

Associate professor, School of Architecture

Trade-Offs in the Effort to Build Housing for All

Kyle Shelton

Deputy director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research

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