2012 Symposium

Symp keynote 2012

Thursday, April 2, 2012 at 7:00 pm in ARTS 150
Keynote Address by Laurence C. Smith, PhD.
"The World in 2050:  Four Forces Shaping Civilization's Nrthern Future"

Dr. Smith is Professor an Vice-Chair of Geography and Professor of Earth &Space Sciences at UCLA. His research interests include topics of northernhydrology, climate change, carbon cycles and satellite remote sensing. He haspublished over sixty peer-reviewed articles including articles in the journals Science and Nature, and has won more than $6Min research funding from NSF and NASA. In 2011 he won the Walter P. KistlerBook Award for The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization's NorthernFuture (Plume: New York, 2011), a general-audience book synthesizingcross-cutting themes of population demographics, economic globalization,natural resource demand, and climate change with particular emphasis on northcountries. 



2011 Symposium

Dave Grossman

Friday, April 22 at 7:00pm in the Student Union
Keynote address by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
"Lessons from Jonesboro, Littleton, and Vietnam: How kids are learning to kill and learning to like it"

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman is an internationally recognized scholar, author, soldier, and speaker who is one of the world's foremost experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime. He is the author of On Killing, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; has been translated into Japanese, Korean, and German; is on the U.S. Marine Corps Commandant's required reading list; and is required reading at the FBI academy and numerous other academies and colleges.



John DelaneyThursday, April 14 at 7:30pm in RH 101
Keynote address by John Delaney, Ph.D.
"Next Generation Ocean Science"

John Delaney is Professor of Oceanography and holds the Jerome M. Paros Endowed Chair in Sensor Networks at the University of Washington. Since 1997, he has directed development of the regional cabled ocean observatory in the northeast Pacific Ocean that evolved into the Regional Scale Nodes program within the National Science Foundation's Ocean Observatories Initiative. Delaney, who joined the University of Washington faculty in 1977, has published nearly 100 papers scientific papers and articles, and has served as chief scientist on more than 45 oceanographic research cruises, many of which have included the Deep Submergence Vehicle Alvin and the Remotely Operated Vehicle Jason. In September 2005, he co-led the VISIONS'05 research expedition, which successfully broadcast the first-ever live, high-definition video from the seafloor across the world.

2010 Symposium

Jean M. TwengeThursday, April 15 at 7:30pm in the Williamson Auditorium
Keynote address by Jean Twenge, Ph.D.
"The Narcissism Epidemic and How It's Spreading Through Our Culture"

Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D., is the author of more than 60 scientific publications and the books: The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement (Free Press, 2009), and Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled — and More Miserable Than Ever Before (Free Press, 2006). Accounts of her research have appeared in Time, Newsweek, USA Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, and The Washington Post, and she has been featured on Today, NBC Nightly News, Fox and Friends, Dateline NBC, and National Public Radio's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Day to Day, in addition to numerous talk radio and local TV appearances. She received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Chicago in 1993 and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1998. She is an Associate Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University.

2009 Symposium

Tyrone HayesThursday, April 14 at 7:30pm in ARTS 150
Keynote address by Tyrone Hayes, Ph.D
"From Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads and Men"

Dr. Hayes, an award-winning researcher and professor of integrative biology at the University of California Berkley, knows what a significant difference undergraduate research can make in the educational experiences of students.  In his keynote address he shared his research, which focuses on the effects of endocrine-disrupting pesticides on amphibian growth, development, reproduction, and immune function.  He also addressed how these studies predict effects in other wildlife and humans.

Growing up in South Carolina, Tyrone Hayes was inspired by the wildlife around him, reading National Geographic, and watching the television show "Wild Kingdom."  He developed an interest in biology and amphibians early in his childhood.  Hayes attended Harvard University where he wrote his honors thesis on the influence of temperature on larval growth, development, metamorphosis and sex differentiation in woodfrogs.  He then went on to obtain his Ph.D. from the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California Berkeley.  For his doctoral dissertation, he examined the role of hormones in mediating developmental responses to environmental changes in amphibians.

The keynote address was co-sponsored with the UAA School of Engineering and Alaska Community Actions on Toxics.

2008 Symposium

Michael HoneyThursday, April 10 at 7:30pm in ARTS 150
Keynote address by Michael Honey
"Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King's Last Campaign"

A former civil rights and civil liberties organizer in the 1970s, Michael Honey teaches at the University of Washington, Tacoma, and currently holds the university system's Harry Bridges Chair of Labor Studies. His Black Workers Remember: An Oral History of Segregation, Unionism, and the Freedom Struggle (1999) received an award from the Southern Historical Association (SHA), among others, and his Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights: Organizing Memphis Workers (1993) won SHA and Organization of American Historian awards. In 1985 Honey won the OAH's Charles Thomson Prize for his article on white Unionist resistance to the Confederacy. His talks are well known for taking a critical perspective on the past and present, using narrative, images, and song.

2007 Symposium

Arthur MillerWednesday, April 18 at 8:00pm in ARTS 150
Keynote address by Arthur I. Miller
"Einstein, Picasso: Space, Time, and the Beauty That Causes Havoc"

Almost simultaneously, in the first decade of the 20th century, when the avant-garde was at its height, Einstein discovered relativity and Picasso cubism. How?  And why?  This fascinating story involves coming to grips with wide-ranging questions such as: Are there similarities in creativity between artists and scientists? What do artists and scientists mean by 'aesthetics' and 'beauty'? Can we unravel creativity at its highest level?


Arthur I. Miller is Emeritus Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at University College London. He is fascinated by the nature of creative thinking and, in particular, in creativity in art (on the one hand) and science (on the other). What are the similarities, what are the differences?


His books include Insights of Genius: Imagery and Creativity in Science and Art and Einstein, Picasso: Space, Time and the Beauty that Causes Havoc, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His latest book, Empire of the Stars: Friendship, Obsession and Betrayal in the Quest for Black Holes (UK: Abacus, 1996), was short listed for the Aventis Prize.


Professor Miller is the science presenter on WGBH's NOVA production, "Einstein," and has appeared on The Late Show, in addition to numerous radio programs and TV programs. 



2006 Symposium

Carolyn Porco 2006 Symposium Keynote

Thursday, April 27 at 7:30pm in ARTS 150
Keynote Address by Carolyn Porco, Ph.D.
"Adventures in the Promised Land: Cassini in Orbit Around Saturn"

Dr. Carolyn Porco received her Ph.D. degree in  1983 from the California Institute of Technology in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences. In the fall of 1983, she joined the faculty in the Department of Planetary Sciences within the University of Arizona; the same year she was made a member of the Voyager Imaging Team. In the latter capacity, she participated heavily in the Voyager encounters with Uranus in 1986 and Neptune in 1989, leading the Rings Working Group within the Voyager Imaging Team during the latter encounter.   

In November 1990, she was selected as the leader of the Imaging Team for the Cassini mission to Saturn, an international mission that has successfully placed a spacecraft in orbit around Saturn, and deployed an atmospheric probe to Saturn's largest satellite, Titan. She is the creator/editor of the team's CICLOPS website (ciclops.org) where Cassini images are posted, and writes the site's home page opening greeting to the public. She is also an imaging scientist on the Pluto/Kuiper Belt mission, New Horizons, which will launch to Pluto in 2006. 

She is currently a Sr. Research Scientist at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Planetary Sciences at the University of Arizona. Dr. Porco has taught both graduates and undergraduates at the University of Arizona and at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and was one of five finalists for the University of Arizona Honors Center 'Five Star Faculty Award,' a campus-wide student-nominated, student-judged award for outstanding undergraduate teaching.

She has been an active participant in guiding the American planetary exploration program through membership on several important NASA advisory committees, including the Solar System Exploration Subcommittee, the Mars Observer Recovery Study Team, and the Solar System Road Map Development Team. She served as the chairperson for a small NASA advisory working group to study and develop future outer solar system missions and she recently served as the Vice Chair of the Steering Group for the Solar System Decadal Survey, sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and NASA.

In late 1999, she was selected by the Sunday London Times as one of eighteen scientific leaders of the 21st century, and by Industrial Week as one of "50 Stars to Watch."  Her contributions to the exploration of the outer solar system were recently recognized with the naming of Asteroid (7231) Porco: "Named in honor of Carolyn C. Porco, a pioneer in the study of planetary ring systems...and a leader in spacecraft exploration of the outer solar system." 



2005 Symposium

Robert Moog 2005 Symposium Keynote

Thursday, April 14 at 7:00pm in Arts 150

Keynote address by Robert Moog, Ph.D.

"Where Do Ideas Come From? Innovation through Research"

Robert Arthur Moog, Ph.D., a pioneer and visionary in the world of electronic music, died August 21, 2005. Dr. Moog was a gentle and humble man with a wonderful sense of humor and a brilliance that inspired millions around the world and helped transform popular culture. Considered the "father of the synthesizer," his innumerable awards included the international Polar Music Prize, which was presented to him in 2001 by Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf, and an Emmy Award recognizing his lifetime contributions to innovation in electronic music. Dr. Moog's participation in launching the University of Alaska Anchorage's Undergraduate Research and Discovery Symposium on April 14 -15, 2005 marked his last public appearances.