#UCDavis Provost’s Forum- Alessandro Duranti – 4/16

Received this email about a talk by Alessandro Duranti on "How disruptive can we be? Intended and unintended effects of changing academic practices"

Dear UC Davis Faculty, Staff, Students, and Community Members,

We are delighted to announce that the next lecture in the 2014-2015 season of the Provost’s Forums on the Public University and the Social Good will take place on Thursday, April 16, 2015.

The third lecture of the season features Alessandro Duranti, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Dean of Social Sciences at UCLA. His research projects have focused on the role of verbal and visual communication in political arenas, everyday life, and music performance and rehearsals. Dean Duranti will review a number of projects and initiatives at UCLA that have to some extent disrupted traditional views of collaboration in research and teaching; how to engage a non-academic audience; the separation between basic and applied research; the goals of graduate education; and the role played by alumni and donors in helping students along their career paths. In each of these areas, Dean Duranti will use examples of success and failure to assess some intended and unintended effects of experimentation. The goal of his presentation is to stimulate a productive conversation with faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends of the UC system about the best ways to face a number of pressing challenges—including a rapidly changing job market, institutional competition from private universities, and current political realities in California.

The event will begin at 3 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Student Community Center and will end at 4:30 p.m. There will be an hour-long reception with light refreshments directly following the end of the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

For more details on this event please see the attached flyer, visit the Provost’s Forums website, or contact Casey Castaldi. In addition, please forward this information to any interested parties, as all events are open to the public.

We look forward to seeing you at this exciting event!

Duranti 4.16.15.pdf

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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