What are MEL Talks?
MEL Talks are dynamic story telling, performance, and presentations by Rochester alumni, faculty, and students. Modeled after the structure and flow of TED Talks, this new program is set to premiere at Meliora Weekend 2013.
How will MEL Talks work during Meliora Weekend?
There will be two MEL Talks sessions on Saturday, October 12. The first session is from 1-2:30 and the second session will run from 3:15-4:45. Each session will feature six speakers. Each speaker will present for 10 minutes with video and music performances mixed throughout. Each MEL Talks session is meant to be attended from start to finish, and is very much like a show with a beginning, middle, and end. Both sessions will take place in the Palestra.
What if I miss out on MEL Talks in October?
You’re in luck! Both MEL Talks sessions at Meliora Weekend will be recorded and will eventually be available online for viewing. We plan on expanding MEL Talks in the future by adding more MEL’s to our collection.
Who are the featured speakers for MEL Talks on October 12?
See below for a full listing. Please note that speakers are listed in alphabetical order.
High-Stakes Testing and the Demise of Teaching
David Hursh, Professor of Education, Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development
With the implementation of No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and high stakes performance reviews, teachers spend more time fulfilling testing requirements and less time teaching. Professor Hursh argues that this model harms teaching and suggests ways we can stop the testing madness and replace it with something worthwhile.
Nanotechnology for Powering the Planet: Why Size Matters
Todd Krauss, Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry
The physical properties of nanomaterials, which have sizes approximately one billionth of a meter, allow them to be highly tunable by simply controlling their size and shape. Professor Krauss discusses the potential for groundbreaking nanotechnological applications in numerous areas, from biotechnology to renewable and sustainable energy.
Turning Stem Cell Biology into Stem Cell Medicine
Mark Noble, Professor of Genetics, Neurology, Neurobiology and Anatomy; Director of the University of Rochester Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Institute
Stem cell medicine offers profound improvements in our ability to address medical problems that had been considered intractable. Dr. Noble highlights the University’s stem cell programs and their potential of revolutionizing treatment of cancer, spinal cord injury, and genetic disorders.
Producing Dream Teams: The New Direction in Healthcare Delivery
Sarah Peyre, Director, Center for Experiential Learning; Associate Professor of Surgery, School of Medicine and Dentistry; Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Advances in healthcare delivery and an increased awareness of healthcare teams are changing the educational structure for healthcare providers. Professor Peyre describes shifting paradigms in educating future healthcare providers to not only be experts in their craft but to also become expert team members.
Setting My Jersey Aside: A Midnight Rambler's Look at Being Defined by Others
Aaron Michalko ’14, Former Music Director, Midnight Ramblers
College is a time of personal growth and exploration, though oftentimes this individuality is overshadowed by external titles and expectations. Aaron Michalko discusses what it may take to see someone as who they are, rather than who you expect them to be.
Sign Here, Mr. President: Interpreting for Obama
Dana Mittelman ’05, American Sign Language Interpreter
Taking the President of the United States' carefully chosen words and expressing them in American Sign Language is an intimidating task. Dana Mittelman shares her experience tackling the emotional and overwhelming honor.
Out of Nowhere: The Surprising Emergence of Elvis Presley and The Beatles
John Covach, Professor and Chair, Department of Music, School of Arts and Sciences; Professor of Theory, Eastman School of Music
Elvis Presley and the Beatles emerged from unlikely places for their time and instantly dominated the national pop scene. Professor Covach explores how these two acts emerged so surprisingly and dramatically, seemingly out of nowhere.
Paying the Price: The Promise of e-Health in Kenya
Moka Lantum ‘01M (MS) ’03M (PhD), Managing Partner, MicroClinic Technologies Ltd, Kenya
Nearly half the essential drugs purchased on the open market in Kenya are counterfeit and excessively more expensive than the going rate. Dr. Lantum describes the promise of e-Health to improve access to all subsidized essential drugs, thereby freeing up valuable resources and saving lives.
Risky Business? Corporations in the Political Arena
David Primo, Ani and Mark Gabrellian Professor, Associate Professor of Political Science and Business Administration
The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision gave corporations more avenues for participation in the political process, prompting reform groups to call for new regulations, laws, and even a constitutional amendment.Professor Primo cuts through the rhetoric and discusses his recent research, the results of which may surprise you.
Who Will Care for Us? The Impending Shortage of Healthcare Providers
Kathy Rideout, Dean and Professor of Clinical Nursing
The shortage of primary care providers in some parts of the United States is expected to worsen as more than 30 million newly insured Americans gain coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Dean Rideout discusses how nurse practitioners, urgent care centers, and other providers might step up to avert this looming crisis.
Shedding New Light on the Brain and Eye
David R. Williams, Dean for Research in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering; Allyn Chair, Medical Optics; Director, Center for Visual Science; Professor, Optics, Ophthalmology, Biomedical Engineering, Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Neuroscientists have recently developed a way to communicate directly with the brain using light. Dean Williams describes these methods and explains how they may allow us to treat brain disease and restore vision to the blind.
Sound ExChange: Turning Classical Music on Its Head
Emily Wozniak '09E ’14E (MM) Founder and Executive Director, Sound ExChange
During classical music concerts, barriers often exist between the audience and the performers. Emily Wozniak shares alternative ways of presenting music to re-imagine and reinvigorate the traditional concert experience.