MEL Talks

MEL Talks
Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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Experience the University's scholars, scientists, health care providers, artists, and performers like never before. In the fourth annual installment of this series of short, dynamic presentations, you will hear about research and ideas that carry out our mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create --- and Make the World Ever Better.

This year's program includes:

The Merging of Senses in Autism

Featuring John Foxe, PhD, Director of the Ernest J. Del Monte Neuromedicine Institute, and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience, University of Rochester Medical Center

For most of us, inputs from our various sensory systems are combined in the brain to form a seamless multisensory experience of our dynamic environment. Decades of research has made it clear that this capacity plays a fundamental role in the ability to successfully navigate our common social interactions. For individuals with autism, these sensory systems can be hypo- or hyper-sensitive, making socialization and communication difficult. Recent research has provided an even greater understanding of the link between these two common characteristics, allowing for the possibility of new therapies that provide individuals with autism the sensory information they need to process auditory speech, visual cues, and therefore, social interactions.

Economics of American Voter Discontent

Featuring Narayana Kocherlakota, PhD, Lionel W. McKenzie Professor of Economics 

In 2016, many voters cast ballots in the Democratic and Republican primaries for non-establishment candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.  In this talk, Kocherlakota points to changes in the economy in the 21st century that may  be responsible for the surprisingly high level of disenchantment with the leaderships of both political parties.  Professor Kocherlakota will suggest economic policies to ease the apparently widespread discontent among American voters.

Getting Real! In Science and Elsewhere for Social Change

Featuring April Lynn Luehmann, PhD, Associate Professor, Science Education; Director, Get Real! Science & Science STARS

Get Real! Science (GRS) is the name of the UR¿s innovative secondary science teacher education program at the Warner Graduate School of Education.  Based on the premise that students learn science best when they do science, and science teachers learn best when they work directly with youth, GRS is founded on the core need for authenticity, especially when the goal is enacting social change for youth from groups have been historically marginalized and left out of science. Ideas worth sharing about Getting Real! unpack the messy, peopled and challenging nature of the work - ideas that can fundamentally challenge how we all do what we do.  

Please Forgive Me If I Don't Stand Up

Featuring Benjamin Meyerhoff ¿96

Perspectives on trauma recovery, perseverance, and augmented life with paralysis.

No One is Invisible

Featuring Beth Olivares, Dean for Diversity Initiatives, Arts, Sciences & Engineering

The academy is opaque, with rules and customs that can seem alien to low-income, first generation college, or underrepresented minority students, staff and faculty. The systems of higher education were not built with such people in mind; in fact, some were built on a premise of exclusion. Just as is true elsewhere, Rochester¿s minority students (and staff and faculty) encounter both overt and covert hostility in and outside of the classroom. Drawing on the presenter¿s personal history and experiences, this MEL Talk will explore the concept of the in/visibility of individuals, processes and systems, and requires that we be open to uncomfortable and unfamiliar conversations about race, ethnicity, gender, and class.

Rochester and Syria: Helping Refugee Amputees with 3D-Printed Limbs

Featuring Omar Soufan '17

Along with roommate and friend Ibrahim Mohammad '17, the biomedical engineering major from Syria has organized a rehabilitation center in Lebanon. The facility, sponsored by the Syrian American Medical Society, tends to wounded Syrian refugees, many suffering from paralysis and amputation as a result of injuries suffered in the war.

**Immediately following the program, please join the MEL Talks speakers for casual conversation and light refreshments.