President's Colloquia

The colloquia are scheduled 4-6 p.m. during the 2015-16 academic year and include a lecture followed by a wine and hors d'oeuvre reception at Westwood, the president's residence.

Past Colloquia

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015

Connie Weaver
George McCabe

"The Power of Calcium"

Connie Weaver, Head and Distinguished Professor, Department of Nutrition Science
George McCabe, Professor, Department of Statistics

Drs. Weaver and McCabe discuss some of the major issues related to calcium nutrition and several specific examples where an interdisciplinary approach combining nutrition and statistics has been particularly effective.

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

Mikhail Atallah

"Secure Online Interactions: Past, Present and Future"

Mikhail Atallah, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Atallah examines how future online interactions and collaborations will differ from those of the past and present and the implications for organizations and individuals. He'll explain why many collaborations — which would yield substantial economic, social and scientific benefits — do not take place today because they appear to require information-sharing among participants who either do not trust each other with such sharing or are prohibited from it by legal and regulatory impediments (e.g., privacy laws, antitrust laws).


Monday, Nov. 2, 2015

Caroline Janney

"Forgetting and Remembering the American Civil War"

Caroline Janney, Assistant Head and Professor, Department of History

Dr. Janney explores the ways Americans — Unionists and Confederates, men and women, black and white — viewed the struggle in 1865 and how this understanding changed in the war's aftermath. She'll examine these questions: How did the nation heal this great wound, or perhaps more importantly, has it entirely healed 150 years later?


Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016

Daniel Delaurentis

"Systems-of-Systems: A Way to Think, and Work, on Grand Challenges in Aero-Space (and Beyond)"

Daniel DeLaurentis, Professor, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Dr. DeLaurentis explains how reductionism reigns in today's world, where increasingly powerful tools to observe and analyze systems at smaller and smaller levels produce amazing outcomes. But synthesis remains a challenge, especially beyond the level of the "individual product" (i.e., airplane, drug, interstate bridge) and over the long term. Solutions to most grand challenges will consist of networks of human and technological systems loosely, dynamically (and unintentionally?) woven together for a greater purpose. He'll explore the endeavor to comprehend and corral the massive complexity in these systems-of-systems with examples in aviation and space exploration.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Fabio Ribeiro
Mahdi Abu-Omar

"Catalysis for a Sustainable Future"

Fabio Ribeiro, R. Norris and Eleanor Shreve Professor of Chemical Engineering
Mahdi Abu-Omar, R.B. Wetherill Professor of Chemistry—Inorganic Chemistry

Drs. Ribeiro and Abu-Omar describe how catalytic science impacts food and energy production, as well as the environment. They'll discuss specific examples of catalysis research at Purdue where an interdisciplinary approach combining chemistry and chemical engineering is leading to inventions with significant commercialization potential.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wayne Campbell

"The Science and Politics of Setting the Dietary Guidelines for Americans"

Wayne Campbell, Professor of Nutrition Science

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) provide nutrition and diet guidance and information to help people ages two years and older promote lifelong health and to prevent chronic disease.


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