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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 2016-2017

Thursday, October 13, 2016
"East Rising: An Intervention in a Struggling Urban School"
Steve Uebbing, Professor of Educational Leadership at Warner School of Education and Director of the Center for Urban Education Success
Eisenberg Rotunda, Schlegel Hall, River Campus, 4 to 5:30 pm

Thursday, November 3, 2016
"Transforming Our At-Risk Community through the Power of Music"
Alexander Peña, Classical Violin and Viola Instructor with the Eastman Community Music School and Director of ROCmusic
Max of Eastman Place, 4 to 5:30 pm

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
"Using Technology to Further the Biopsychosocial Approach to Patient Care"
Dave Mitten, MD, Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation and of Biomedical Engineering at the School of Medicine and Dentistry
Evarts Lounge, Helen Wood Hall, School of Nursing, 4 to 5:30 pm

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
"The Search for Biomarkers in Schizophrenia"

John Foxe, MD, Professor and Chair of Neuroscience at the School of Medicine and Dentistry and Research Director of the Del Monte Neuroscience Institute
Douglass Ballroom, Frederick Douglass Building, River Campus, 4 to 5:30 pm

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
"50 Years Ago Today: Did Sgt. Pepper Really Teach the Band to Play?"
John Covach, Director of the Institute for Popular Music and the Institute for the Performing Arts and Professor of Music in the School of Arts & Sciences and of Theory at the Eastman School of Music
Douglass Ballroom, Frederick Douglass Building, River Campus, 4 to 5:30 pm

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
"Using Data Science to Unlock the Brain"
Rajeev Raizada, Assistant Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences in the School of Arts & Sciences and in the Center for Visual Science
Eisenberg Rotunda, Schlegel Hall, River Campus, 4 to 5:30 pm