Faculty Forums

2013 Family Weekend Faculty Forums

Saturday, October 19, 2013
10:00 am & 11:00 am
Various Locations (listed below)

During Family Weekend forums, Brown’s faculty share their expertise regarding topics of widespread interest to create an ongoing educational link with the University.  This segment of Family Weekend allows families to share students’ classroom experiences through lectures by Brown faculty, all of whom regularly teach undergraduate courses and/or interact with students in their research labs.


10:00 am

New Perspectives on the Pueblo Revolt of 1680
Robert Preucel, Director, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

The Pueblo Revolt era was a transformative period in the history of the American Southwest. Political alliances, population movements and warfare took place on a scale never before seen as Pueblo Indian peoples joined together to resist the Spanish empire.  Recent archaeological research is shedding new light on the complex social dynamics of this period.  Significantly, this research is being conducted with the participation of the Pueblo communities themselves.
~List Art, Room 120

Brown University: a Biomedical Engineering Powerhouse
Anubhav Tripathi, Associate Professor of Engineering, co-Director, Center for Biomedical Engineering
Diane Hoffman-Kim, Associate Professor of Medical Science
Anita Shukla, Assistant Professor of Engineering
Ian Wong, Assistant Professor of Engineering
Sean Deoni, Assistant Professor of Engineering

Brown has one of the leading biomedical engineering programs in the country – the Center for Biomedical Engineering showcases the University’s focus on interdisciplinary research and lack of boundaries as it exists as a joint program between the School of Engineering and the Division of Biology and Medicine. Come hear faculty talk about their cutting-edge research in biosensors, biomedical devices, biomimetic materials, drug delivery, controlled drug release, stem cell engineering, pediatric MRI imaging and brain development, and how tumors grow and resist drug treatments.a
~Barus & Holley, Room 166

Fit in your Fifties, Sexy in your Seventies: The Fundamentals of Healthy Aging
Richard Besdine, Professor of Medicine

This lecture is a geriatrician’s perspective on aging and how to minimize its impact on physical and cognitive function.  Richard Besdine, M.D., is the director of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine in the Department of Medicine of the Warren Alpert Medical School as well as the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research of the School of Public Health. He also serves as chief medical officer for Healthcentric Advisors of Rhode Island.
~Smith Buonnano, Room 106 

Roots of Conflict in the Middle East
Beshara Doumani, Joukowsky Family Distinguished Professor of Modern Middle East History, Director of Middle East Studies, Faculty Fellow of the Watson Institute

Why is it that the Middle East seems to be mired in intractable conflicts, and why has the United States become increasingly involved militarily in this region?  Is the Arab "Spring" the harbinger of major changes in the region, or just a passing storm? And how does what happens in the Middle East affect our lives here in the United States?
~MacMillan Hall, Starr Auditorium, Room 117


11:00 am

It's All Theatre?
Lowry Marshall, Professor, Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

In addition to those who become actors, directors and playwrights, many Brown theatre students go on to careers in medicine, the law, diplomacy, teaching, business, etc.  Among other topics, this session will focus on the ways that training and experience in performance can help a broad cross section of students develop a wide array of self-presentation skills that will serve them no matter what professional path they choose.
~Smith Buonnano Hall, Room 106

Evidences for the presence and origin of water in the interior of the Moon
Alberto Saal, Associate Professor of Geological Sciences

Since the Apollo mission 1969-1972 until 2008 the Moon was believed to be bone dry, consistent with the model for its formation by a giant impact  ~ 4.5 billion years ago. All the water was believed to be lost from the molten material that finally accreted to form the Moon.  Since 2008 our group has shown the first clear evidences for the presence of water in the lunar interior.   We concluded that inside the Moon there are reservoirs with equivalent amount of water to some of the Earth's interior, and the water of the Moon-Earth system originated from primitive meteorites (chondrites), rather than comets. 
~MacMillan Hall, Starr Auditorium, Room 117

TRI-Lab:  Teaching, Research and IMPACT!
Stephen Buka, Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology

Please join Professor Stephen Buka to learn about Brown's new TRI-Lab (Teaching, Research, Impact).  This initiative brings together students, faculty and community practitioners to engage with a complex social issue and collaboratively develop, refine and test new solutions.  Just launched this 2013-14 academic year, our first lab focuses on healthy early childhood development and the lifelong impacts on health, learning and economic well-being resulting from early life experiences.  The first year of the TRI-Lab will review and consider new approaches to health and developmental screening, early education, home visiting, cultural and language barriers, resource allocation, behavioral economics, technology, policy and legislation, and more.  Pilot projects resulting from this collaborative seminar will be initiated in the second year along with evaluations of longer term impacts.  Join members of the TRI-Lab as they share their enthusiasm for this new model of interactive learning and town-gown collaboration.
~Barus & Holley, Room 166