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Office of the Provost

Phelps Colloquium

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. 

Please contact Adele Coelho, Faculty Outreach Coordinator, at (585) 273-2571 or with any questions or to RSVP.

Phelps Colloquium Series 2018-2019

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October 17, 2018

4:00pm – 5:30pm | Evarts Lounge, School of Nursing

Religion, Homosexuality and HIV in Muslim Communities in Niger

P. Amino Alio, Associate Professor, Dept. of Public Health Sciences; Center for Community Health and Prevention

Patient-Reported Outcomes: How They Influence the Care We Provide to Our Patients

Judith Baumhauer M.D., M.P.H., Professor and Associate Chair of Orthopedic Surgery


December 5, 2018

4:00pm – 5:30pm | Feldman Ballroom, River Campus

The Bionic Eye, Computer Vision, and Drug Discovery: The Gamut of Retina Research

Ajay Kuriyan, M.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Ophthalmology; Center for Visual Sciences

Making Fuel and Fertilizer from Sun, Air, and Water

Kara Bren, Professor, Dept. of Chemistry


January 24, 2019

4:00pm – 5:30pm | Feldman Ballroom, River Campus

Looking Beyond Our Horizons: Interdisciplinary Education and Civic Responsibility

Donald Hall, Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences & Engineering

Pirates, Captives and the Digital Archive: Researching Afro-Mexican History in the 21st Century

Pablo Sierra, Assistant Professor, Dept. of History


February 27, 2019

4:00pm – 5:30pm | Max at Eastman

Experiencing Absolute Pitch: Insights from AP Possessors in the US and Asia

Elizabeth West Marvin, Professor, Dept. of Music Theory; Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Extreme Matters: A Laboratory Exploration of Planets, Stars, and Quantum Materials

Gilbert “Rip” Collins, Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; Dept. of Physics and Astronomy


March 27, 2019

4:00pm – 5:30pm | TBD

Open Voice or Private Message? The Hidden Tug-of-War on Social Media Customer Service

Huaxia Rui, Associate Professor, Simon Business School

Leveraging Generational Diversity in Our Classrooms

Maria Marconi, Assistant Professor, Clinical Nursing; Specialty Director of Health Care Organization and Management Master’s Program, and of the Masters Program in Nursing


April 25, 2019

4:00pm – 5:30pm | TBD

Imagining the Great War in the Age of Post-Memory

Bette London, Professor, Dept. of English

[2nd presentation]

Incoming Dean of the Warner School of Education and Human Development