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Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi

Chancellor's Colloquium Distinguished Speaker Series 2015-16

Great universities are characterized by the many contributions they make to the societies they serve. At UC Davis, those include a regular influx of outstanding thinkers and leaders from a variety of disciplines who will challenge us to see the world in new and creative ways.

We started the Chancellor's Colloquium Distinguished Speaker Series in 2009-2010 to stimulate and engage our campus in constructive conversations about how best to serve a rapidly changing world searching for solutions to complex problems. Sometimes uncomfortable, always thought-provoking, our Colloquium events have been a tremendous source of enrichment to the intellectual life of our campus.  

Now, as we continue to reshape UC Davis as the University of the 21st Century, please join me in welcoming another outstanding and diverse group of scholars to our campus.  As in past Colloquium seasons, these innovative leaders are sure to inspire us to dig more deeply into who we are and find new ways to take advantage of the many opportunities that exist to elevate both our campus community and the world.

These events are free and open to the public. Here are the planned speakers for the 2015-16 series, with more information to follow:

Mamphela Aletta Ramphele (11.18.15)

"Can South Africa Liberate Itself from Post-Apartheid Politics of Legacy Capture"     Dr. Mamphela Aletta Ramphele has been a student activist, medical doctor,  community development activist,  researcher,  university executive,  global public servant and is now an active citizen in both the public and private sectors. Following the Soweto uprising in 1976, she was detained without trial, released after five months and soon afterwards served with an apartheid banning order. She studied Medicine at the then University of Natal, has a B Comm degree, a Diploma in Tropical Hygiene, a Diploma in Public Health and a PhD in Social Anthropology. She went on to become Vice-Chancellor of UCT, then one of four Managing Directors of the World Bank, based in Washington, DC. Dr Ramphele is the author of several books and publications on socio-economic issues in South Africa. She has received numerous national and international awards acknowledging her scholarship and leading role in spearheading projects for disadvantaged people in South Africa and elsewhere. Monday, September 28, 2015 at 4 p.m. Mondavi Center Studio Theatre.

John Seely Brown (10.28.15)

"Cultivating Resilient Learners for the 21st Century"
John Seely Brown was the Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation until April 2002 as well as the director of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) until June 2000. Brown is currently a visiting scholar and advisor to the Provost at the University of Southern California where he facilitates collaboration between the schools for Communication and Media and the Institute for Creative Technologies. Brown is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. In addition to publishing over 100 papers in scientific journals, Brown has authored numerous articles and reports spanning business strategy and management issues. He received a BA from Brown University in 1962 in mathematics and physics and a PhD from the University of Michigan in 1970 in computer and communication sciences.   Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 4 p.m. Mondavi Center Studio Theatre.

Carl Wieman (1.25.16)

"Taking a Scientific Approach to Science and Engineering Education"
Carl Wieman holds a joint appointment as Professor of Physics and of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. He has done extensive experimental research in both atomic physics and science education at the university level. Wieman served as founding chair of the Board of Science Education of the National Academy of Sciences and was the founder of PhET which provides online interactive simulations that are used 45 million times per year to learn science. Wieman directed the science education initiatives at the Universities of Colorado and British Columbia which carried out large scale change in teaching methods across university science departments. He served as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House in 2010-12.  Wieman has received numerous awards recognizing his work in atomic physics, including the Nobel Prize in physics in 2001, and for science education, including the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching US University Professor of the Year in 2004. Monday, January 25, 2016 at 4 p.m. Mondavi Center Studio Theatre.

Gene E. Robinson (2.22.16)

Me to We: Using Honey Bees to Find the Genetic Roots of Social Life
Gene E. Robinson obtained his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1986 and joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1989. He holds a University Swanlund Chair and is also the director of the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) and director of the Bee Research Facility. He is the author or co-author of over 275 publications and pioneered the application of genomics to the study of social behavior, led the effort to gain approval from the National Institutes of Health for sequencing the honey bee genome, and founded the Honey Bee Genome Sequencing Consortium.  Monday, February 22, 2016 at 4 p.m. Mondavi Center Studio Theatre.

Martin Karplus (5.12.16)

Motion: A Hallmark of Life. From Marsupials to Molecules
Martin Karplus is the Theodore William Richards Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, at Harvard University. Born in Vienna, Austria, he received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in 1950 and his Ph.D. from Caltech in 1953. His primary research interests have involved developing and employing theoretical methods for increasing our understanding of chemical and biological problems.  His contributions have been instrumental in the transformation of theory from a specialized field to a central part of modern chemistry and more recently of structural biology. In 2013, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems. Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 4 p.m. Mondavi Center Studio Theatre.