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Events Archive

This is a complete listing of CAS events from past semesters. The listing of events organized by Initiative can be found here.

Presentations

Earlier this month, President Bush announced his decision to limit federal funding of embryonic stem cell research to existing stem cell lines. Since then, there has been tremendous media attention on this area of scientific inquiry, and the resulting moral, ethical and societal considerations. We…
he CAS Forum on Critical Issues: Reforming Social Security, held on February 23, has been archived in both video and audio only format. In the first State of the Union address of his second term, President Bush announced plans to overhaul Social Security by allowing younger workers to open…
Twenty-nine early career faculty members and graduate students from 22 campuses and 7 countries will convene at Illinois for the Human-Animal Studies Summer Institute, July 9-15. The ambitious program--developed in partnership with the Animals & Society Institute--includes presentations by UI…
CAS is pleased to offer in collaboration with the Animals & Society Institute this weeklong institute for 20 visiting early career faculty members and graduate students from around the US and abroad. Morning workshops will be followed by afternoon plenary presentations by visiting scholars. All…
Friday, September 28, 2001 Imagining Mind/Imagining Science Symposium Program in Science, Technology, Information, and Medicine
James D. Anderson
Jim Anderson explores the ways in which evolving forms of race and ethnic  performance entered into and shaped the culture of middle class America from  the late nineteenth century to the present. He begins with an analysis of the art  and lyrics of minstrel sheet music in the late nineteenth and…
Andrew W. Appel
The Four Color Theorem of Kenneth Appel and Wolfgang Haken (1976) was proved and checked with the assistance of computer programs, though much of the proof was written (and refereed) only by humans. Contemporaneously, Edinburgh LCF (Logic for Computable Functions) was developed by Robin Milner--a…
Antonios Augustakis
 Death, Burial and Ritual in Latin Literature Death and dying occupy a prominent role in Latin literature: from gladiators dying a (dis)honorable death on the arena to soldiers fighting for their country to members of the élite committing suicide as a means of resistance against the increasing…
Renee L. Baillargeon
Beginning in the first year of life, infants attempt to make sense of others' intentional actions. For example, when watching their mother act on objects, infants take into account her goals, dispositions, and beliefs to interpret and predict her actions. Although the nature and development of…
David H. Baker
Many great discoveries in science have been made by carefully pursuing unintended and ancillary findings. Examples will be given from UIUC comparative nutrition research to illustrate how serendipity can (and does) work. Research on copper, niacin, and vitamin D-3 will be covered in the lecture.
Yuliyi Baryshnikov
Many processes we observe or live through (or in) are cyclic: the same sequence of states repeats over and over again. If they are also periodic - as if driven by an invisible clock - we have plenty of tools to analyze them. But what if they are not? This talk will outline some novel methods and…
Howard Berenbaum
In this talk, Howard Berenbaum will try to answer the question, what are beliefs (quick preview: almost everything.) He will then outline a model of reality construction and the factors that influence it. FLYER
Philip V. Bohlman
AUDIO FILES A performance by The New Budapest Orpheum Society The eight-member New Budapest Orpheum Society re-sounds the songs of struggle, survival, and sacrifice from the tragic history of twentieth-century Jewish modernity. Repertories unearthed from concentration camps and the ghettos of World…
Phillip V. Bohlman
Word and song together join in the labors of the New Budapest Orpheum Society and Phil Bohlman as they explore the cabaretesque in Jewish music. The cabaretesque is a performative moment in which cultural, religious, and aesthetic differences of modern Judaism converge upon a stage, both…
Don Brenneis
Audit culture” has become a common – and extremely useful – rubric for capturing an ensemble of emergent ideologies, languages, documents, measures, and consequences within our academic worlds. I’ll be exploring the mutual entanglement of neoliberal styles in academic administration, new…
Robert Brunner
Statistical and Machine Learning for Petascale Astronomy Following the success of the pioneering Sloan Digital Sky Survey, the astronomical community has made significant, new investments in large, photometric surveys. Currently, one of the most important such surveys is the Dark Energy Survey, an…
Vinton G. Cerf
The Internet continues to expand and Internet-based applications continue to multiply leading to challenges of scale that still need to be solved. Significant aspects remain to be addressed such as security problems, broadband asymmetry, mobility, geographic indexing, searching of images, and bit…
Wendy Cho
A Computational Approach to Redistricting Reform Legislative redistricting occurs every ten years in the United States, following the decennial census. Ideally, the resulting districts provide fair representation for every citizen. In practice, many district lines are drawn carefully to favor or…
Soon-Jo Chung
Control and Motion-Planning Algorithms for Robotic Falcons to Prevent Airport Bird Strikes The rapid and ubiquitous proliferation of reliable rotorcraft platforms such as quadcopters has resulted in a boom in aerial robotics. However, rotorcraft have issues of safety, high noise levels, and low…
Karin Dahmen
Universal Slip Statistics: From Nanopillars to Earthquakes The deformation of many solid materials is not continuous, but discrete and jerky, with sudden, intermittent slips, similar to earthquakes. Professor Dahmen will discuss a simple model that predicts that the statistical distributions of the…
Sandy Dall'erba
This paper uses a structural decomposition method to understand the factors at the origin of the decrease in irrigated water use in agriculture in the U.S. Incorporating research conducted in collaboration with Andre F. T. Avelino (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO), Professor Dall’…
Jerry Dávila
At first glance, the recent creation in Brazil of policies to pursue racial integration - which include admissions quotas in most public universities - was a sudden reversal of doctrines that denied the existence of discrimination and racial inequality.  With a closer look, we see a history of…
J.C. Séamus Davis
The Twenty-Fifth Arnold O. Beckman Lecture on Science and Innovation Everything around us, everything each of us has ever experienced, and virtually everything underpinning our technological society and economy is governed by quantum mechanics. Yet this most fundamental physical theory of nature…
Jane Desmond
How do you find the heartbeat on a snake? Can a dog tell you what's hurting? How do you do a vasectomy on an elephant? (hint--very carefully!)  These are some of the questions that veterinarians face that their peers in human medicine do not. As veterinarians say: "Real Doctors Treat More than One…