President’s Colloquia

The fall 2017 colloquia are scheduled from 4-6 p.m. Westwood is located at 500 McCormick Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906.

Past Colloquia

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Erica Carlson

“Reductionism, Emergence, and Freedom: Are we bound by the laws of Physics?”

Dr. Erica Carlson, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Dr. Carlson’s work explores human behavior and the laws of physics. In this talk, she will explain the idea of emergence and discuss some of the implications of the emergence paradigm for scientific progress and the question of whether human behavior can ever be captured by the laws of nature.


Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

Alina Alexeenko
Guillermo Paniagua

“Hyperloop 101: Fundamentals of High-Speed Vacuum Tube Transportation”

Dr. Alina Alexeenko, Professor, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Dr. Guillermo Paniagua, Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering

Drs. Alexeenko and Paniagua will share the story and evolution of the Purdue Hyperloop pod and review the key science and technology needs for enabling the new high-speed transportation system. They will also discuss the potential economic implications of the increased connectivity it may bring about in the future. 

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

James Anderson

“Your Health Care May Kill You: Medical Errors”

Dr. James Anderson, Professor, Department of Sociology and Brian Lamb School of Communication

Dr. Anderson’s research examines ways to detect and reduce medical errors that are estimated to account for as many as 251,000 deaths annually in the U.S., making medical errors the third-leading cause of death. He will also review the results of a series of studies utilizing structural equation modeling and computer simulation to shed light on ways that medical errors can be predicted and prevented.


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