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The Phelps Colloquium was initiated in April 2004 as “Lunch with the Provost” by former provost Chuck Phelps, who sought to create a relaxed setting in which faculty and academic leaders from across the University could learn about interesting research and scholarship and interact with colleagues outside their normal spheres. Phelps’ idea was that this cross-campus mingling would engender more multi-disciplinary collaborations. Although no official data exist regarding that outcome, the Phelps Colloquium has developed a reputation for fascinating topics and high quality speakers that one faculty member recently called “routinely the best, most interesting and engaging talks I go to.” President Seligman named the colloquium in Chuck Phelps' honor upon his retirement in 2007. 

Phelps Colloquium Series 2015-2016

October 1, 2015
"New Approaches for Bone Regeneration"
Danielle Benoit, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and in the Center for Musculoskeletal Research and the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Institute, Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and School of Medicine and Dentistry
Meliora Grand Ballroom, Frederick Douglass Building, 4 to 5:30 pm

November 5, 2015
"The Fall of the Berlin Wall on Film Twenty-five Years Later
Reinhild Steingrover, Chair of Humanities Department and Professor of German, Eastman School of Music
Meliora Grand Ballroom, Frederick Douglass Building, 4 to 5:30 pm

December 10, 2015
"Ghost Ads and the Science of Online Advertising"
Garrett Johnson, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Simon Business School
Meliora Grand Ballroom, Frederick Douglass Building, 4 to 5:30 pm

January 7, 2016
"A Tale of Two Greenhouse Gases in the Oceans"

John D. Kessler, Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, School of Arts & Sciences
Evarts Lounge, Helen Wood Hall, School of Nursing, 4 to 5:30 pm

February 11, 2016
"The Opera Singer as Muse and Creator: Pauline Vardot and Gounod’s Sapho"
Melina Esse, Associate Professor of Musicology, Eastman School of Music
Max of Eastman Place, 4 to 5:30 pm

March 31, 2016
"Seeing Stars: How Astronomy has Enabled New Visions of the Living Eye"
Jesse Schallek, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, of Neurobiology and Anatomy, and in the Center for Visual Science, School of Medicine and Dentistry
Meliora Grand Ballroom, Frederick Douglass Building, River Campus, 4 to 5:30 pm