University of Rochester

2009-2010 Phelps Colloquium Series

Celebrating Multi-disciplinary Scholarship at Rochester


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2009 3:00—5:00 p.m. (Wine and hors d’oeuvres)
Memorial Art Gallery, Bausch & Lomb Parlor

The Stranglehold of Technoculture in Video Games
Greta Niu, English, and Ted Pawlicki, Computer Science

Your Brain on Video Games: Myth and Reality
Daphne Bavelier, Brain and Cognitive Sciences


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2009 11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m. (Lunch buffet)
Rush Rhees Library, Hawkins-Carlson Room

The Madoff Case, the Stanford Case, and the SEC
Gregg Jarrell, Simon School, and Joel Seligman


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2009 8:30—10:30 a.m. (Breakfast buffet)
Schlegel Hall, Eisenberg Rotunda

Astrocytes as a Therapeutic Target
Maiken Nedergaard, Neurosurgery

What's Faster Than the Speed of Light?
Robert Boyd, Optics


Thursday, January 22, 11am - 1pm
Eisenberg Rotunda, Schlegel Hall

If I Only Had a Heart -- Transplantation Issues in Movies- Richard Demme, Medicine

Understanding Relationships and the Early Years of Marriage- Ronald Rogge, Clinical & Social Psychology


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2010 3:00—5:00 p.m. (Wine and hors d’oeuvres)
Laboratory for Laser Energetics Seminar Room

Your Aging Bones – Growing Older is Getting Better: Stem Cells, Hormones, and New Drugs
Regis J. O'Keefe, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

Both Sides Now: The Prose and Poetry of Presidential Speechwriting
Curt Smith, English


FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2010 8:30—10:30 a.m. (Breakfast buffet)
School of Medicine and Dentistry, Natapow Room (1-9545)

How Many Scientists Does it Take…? Understanding Autism through Multidisciplinary Collaborations
Loisa Bennetto, Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology

Icons and Imitation: (Re)Producing Celebrity in the Age of the Internet
Paul Duro, Art and Art History


FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2010 11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m. (Lunch buffet)
Seminar Room, Alumni and Advancement Center, 300 East River Road

Convergence of Faces and Voices in the Frontal Lobe
Lizabeth M. Romanski, Neurobiology and Anatomy

“Alarm Will Sound”: Advances in Creating Interdisciplinary Music Performance
Nigel Maister, Theater

The Phelps Colloquium Series was initiated in April 2004 by former provost Chuck Phelps, and was eventually named in his honor by President Seligman upon Provost Phelps’ retirement in 2007. The series began as "Lunch with the Provost," with the simple goal of bringing together academic leaders from across the university in a relaxed setting to learn about interesting projects taking place at the institution, while also providing time for interaction with colleagues outside their normal spheres of contact. Provost Phelps's belief was that this mingling would engender more cross-school and cross-discipline collaborations. Although no official data exist on whether this outcome has been realized, there are several collaborative teams which credit the start of their work together to a conversation at a Phelps Colloquium. Speakers and topics presented in the series have been varied and fascinating. A complete history of the series from 2004-2009 is available at

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