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PRESENTATION

The Big Bang in the Laboratory

Paolo Giubellino, Spokesperson for the ALICE project at CERN
1:30-2:30pm Friday, November 21 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Department of Physics & Astronomy

Paolo Giubellino is an experimental physicist who has dedicated most of his scientific life to the physics of high-energy heavy-ion collisions, in which a state of ultra-dense hot matter—like the one prevailing in the first microseconds of life of our universe—is created. Since 2011 Giubellino has led the ALICE experiment at CERN, an international collaboration of 1,300 scientists from 149 scientific institutions in 37 countries. The author of more than 200 scientific papers, he has received numerous honors and awards, including the title of commendatore (“commander”, the second-highest honorific title in the Italian Republic) for scientific merits from Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in 2012. In 2013 he was awarded the prestigious Enrico Fermi Prize, the highest recognition of the Italian Physical Society, and in 2014 he received the Lise Meitner Prize, the highest recognition for nuclear physics by the European Physical Society. Throughout his career he has accompanied his studies of nuclear physics with the development of technologies for particle detection, and he is a member of the Instrumentation Panel of the International Committee for Future Accelerators (ICFA).

RESEARCH ROUNDTABLE

Excavating the Universe: Physics Interacts with the Arts

2:30-4:00pm Friday, November 21 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Spencer Museum of Art and the Department of Physics & Astronomy

This roundtable brings together artists and physicists to talk about the ways their work is stimulated and inspired by the other discipline. Distinguished panelists will include experimental physicist Paolo Giubellino, spokesperson for the ALICE project at CERN; Ariane Koek, coordinator of the Arts@CERN project; physicist and filmmaker Agnes Mocsy; designers from the studio MK12, which did the graphics for Particle Fever; and artist Marissa Benedict, who works with the Art, Science & Culture initiative at the University of Chicago. This event is organized by physics Prof. Daniel Tapia Takaki and the Arts Research Collaboration (ARC) initiative at the Spencer Museum of Art. Supported by the Research Investment Council, ARC is a partnership between the SMA and the Biodiversity Institute, Information and Telecommunication Technology Center, and Department of Visual Art that aims to foster innovative interdisciplinary research at the intersection of the arts, sciences, technology, and society.

MEETING

C21 Consortium

2:00-3:30pm Friday, December 5 | The Commons
Organized by CTE, CODL, the Center for STEM Education
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hosted by The Commons

KU’s C21 (i.e., 21st Century) Consortium is a learning community of individuals from across campus who share a goal of improving and accelerating course redesign at KU. It will connect instructors involved in course redesign with each other and with multiple resources that will facilitate their work. The hub of the consortium is the new CLAS Teaching Postdoc program for the natural sciences and mathematics and social and behavioral sciences. Thus, C21 includes the teaching postdocs and the department faculty with whom they are collaborating, faculty leaders in hybrid course redesign, instructors implementing redesigned courses, and specialists from CTE, CODL, and the Center for STEM Education. The Consortium will also include graduate assistants to support consortium members’ work on their courses, plus a pool of undergraduate peer mentors.

Contact Judy Eddy (jeddy@ku.edu) at the Center for Teaching Excellence, with questions.

RED HOT RESEARCH

4:00pm Friday, December 5 | The Commons

Red Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars from all disciplines, in response to the call set forth by Bold Aspirations. The format of these sessions is inspired by Pecha Kucha, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic. Each installment features faculty members, speaking for six minutes each. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers (and each other) during breaks. We hope that through these sessions, faculty members will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration.

Presenters:
Alex Diener, Geography
Alfred Ho, Public Affairs & Administration
Lumen Mulligan, Law
Steven Duval, Spencer Museum of Art
Rich Glor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology/Biodiversity Institute

COFFEE @ THE COMMONS

with Photographer Julie Blackmon

10:00am Friday, January 30 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Hallmark Corporate Foundation, the KU Department of Design, and The Commons

Julie Blackmon is a photographer who draws upon her experience growing up with a large family to create her somewhat surreal images of family. She was born in Springfield, MO, and is the oldest of nine children. Blackmon studied art education and photography at Southwest Missouri State University.
Her work is inspired by contemporary photographers Sally Mann and Keith Carter. Blackmon’s signature is that she uses elements everyday family life, often with her own children as models, to create fantastical scenes.
In her first major body of work, Mind Games (2004), Blackmon explores childhood through black and white images of play. Blackmon earned her first Merit Award from the Society for Contemporary Photography for this series in 2004. Blackmon completed her second major series, Domestic Vacations, in 2007. Her most recent work can be viewed on her website: http://www.julieblackmon.com/

RED HOT RESEARCH

4:00pm Friday, January 30 | The Commons

Red Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars from all disciplines, in response to the call set forth by Bold Aspirations. The format of these sessions is inspired by Pecha Kucha, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic. Each installment features faculty members, speaking for six minutes each. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers (and each other) during breaks. We hope that through these sessions, faculty members will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration.

KENNETH A. SPENCER LECTURE

An Evening with Margaret Atwood - Celebrating Integrative Study

7:00pm Monday, February 2 | Kansas Union, Ballroom

The Commons is pleased to present An Evening with Margaret Atwood - Celebrating Integrative Study, through the support of the Kennth A. Spencer Lecture Fund.

A winner of many international literary awards, including the prestigious Booker Prize, Margaret Atwood is the author of more than thirty volumes of poetry, children's literature, fiction, and non-fiction. She is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman, The Handmaid's Tale, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake, and The Year of the Flood. Her non-fiction book Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, part of the Massey Lecture series, was recently made into a documentary.

Atwood's work has been published in more than forty languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian. In 2004, she co-invented the LongPen, a remote signing device that allows someone to write in ink anywhere in the world via tablet PC and the internet. She is also a popular personality on Twitter, with over 300,000 followers.

Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.

photo credit: Jean Malek

POETRY READING

Carmen Giménez Smith

7:00pm Monday, February 9 | The Commons
Sponsored by the Department of English; the Office of Multicultural Affairs; the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and The Commons

Born in New York, poet Carmen Giménez Smith earned a BA in English from San Jose State University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa. She writes lyric essays as well as poetry, and is the author of the poetry chapbook Casanova Variations (2009), the full-length collection Odalisque in Pieces (2009), and the memoir Bring Down the Little Birds: On Mothering, Art, Work, and Everything Else (2010). Her most recent book, Milk and Filth (2013), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Giménez Smith’s work explores issues affecting the lives of females, including Latina identity, and frequently references myth and memory. Wolf Schneider, writing in New Mexico Magazine, described Giménez Smith’s poetry as “waves of free verse, incantation and song.” With the publication of Odalisque in Pieces,Giménez Smith was featured as a New American Poet on the Poetry Society of America’s website. Her poems have been included in the anthologies Floricanto Si! U.S. Latina Poets (1998) and Contextos: Poemas (1994).

RED HOT RESEARCH

4:00pm Friday, February 13 | The Commons

Red Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars from all disciplines, in response to the call set forth by Bold Aspirations. The format of these sessions is inspired by Pecha Kucha, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic. Each installment features faculty members, speaking for six minutes each. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers (and each other) during breaks. We hope that through these sessions, faculty members will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration.

IDEA CAFÉ

Andrew Revkin, Science and Environmental Writer

12:00pm Friday, February 20 | The Commons

The Idea Café is intended to elicit energetic exchanges between attendees in response to the speaker's introduction.

RSVP by February 12 to thecommons@ku.edu. Limit 40 guests.

RED HOT RESEARCH

4:00pm Friday, March 6 | The Commons

Red Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars from all disciplines, in response to the call set forth by Bold Aspirations. The format of these sessions is inspired by Pecha Kucha, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic. Each installment features faculty members, speaking for six minutes each. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers (and each other) during breaks. We hope that through these sessions, faculty members will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration.

RED HOT RESEARCH

4:00pm Friday, April 17 | The Commons

Red Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars from all disciplines, in response to the call set forth by Bold Aspirations. The format of these sessions is inspired by Pecha Kucha, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic. Each installment features faculty members, speaking for six minutes each. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers (and each other) during breaks. We hope that through these sessions, faculty members will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration.