Featured Presentations

Recent presentations that are noteworthy and relevant

An Experiment to Explore the Mysteries of Space: The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer on the International Space Station

Samuel Ting, December 2010

Samuel C. C. Ting is Professor Emeritus of Physics and a Nobel Laureate

Introduction by Professor Lawrence Jones, U-M Physics Department

Building a Sustainable Future - The Role of Risk Science

Andrew Maynard, November 2010

By 2050, over nine billion people will be placing unprecedented demands on the earth's resources — a demand that will only be met through developing and using new technologies. But in today's complex and interconnected world, the safety and success of technology-based solutions is by no means assured. As we strive to build a sustainable future, we need to think differently about how rapid social and technological change are leading to new risk-challenges, and how they are best addressed. In effect, we need a new risk science for a new century. Professor Maynard talks about the new challenges of enabling sustainable development in a complex, interconnected, and risky world.

We Are Exactly What We Seem - Notes on Interpreting a Black Property Rights Movement

Nathan Connolly, November 2010

Drawing from his research on mid-twentieth century South Florida and the broader Jim Crow South, Nathan Connolly demonstrates how the history of black property rights revises several assumptions governing discussions of power, politics, and racial memory in modern America. Nathan Connolly is assistant professor of history at Johns Hopkins University. He is the winner of the Institute for Humanities' third Emerging Scholars Prize. Connolly received his Ph.D. in history from Michigan in 2008. His book, A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida, is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press.

Comets and Cappuccinos: How a Coffee Break Helped Change the Way We Understand the Solar System

Guy Consolmagno, October 2010

Learn how a cappuccino at the Vatican fifteen years ago inspired a new, efficient way of measuring meteorite densities. Startlingly, comparing these measurements to the densities of asteroids and comets has completely shaken up our understanding of small bodies in the solar system. It's altered our way of understanding the formation of planets, our ideas of defending ourselves from killer asteroids, and our definition of dwarf planets like Pluto.

Marketing to Crazy People: Leveraging Behavioral Psychology in Advertising

John Kenny, October 2010

Marketers are in the business of persuading people. However, while many are deeply immersed in how people make decisions within their categories, few have systematically applied the broader rules of how humans make decisions to their marketing programs. This presentation gives an overview of DraftFCB's Institute for Decision Making. The Institute's role is to apply the learnings of behavioral psychology to the development of marketing programs.

Critics in the Internet Age - Why Do They Hate Us?

Owen Gleiberman, October 2010

Once the province of a few elite voices in the dark, film criticism in the Internet age has become an enthusiastic and relentless media cacophony. At the same time, there is more chatter every day about the waning, and even the death, of criticism. Dozens of print-media critics have lost their jobs, and the Web has brought with it the furious bellow of a new kind of anti-critic ideology, one that says, in essence: Critics are losing their jobs because critics have become irrelevant.

Walkers in the City - Young Jewish Women with Cameras

Deborah Dash Moore, September 2010

Beginning in the mid-1930s, a number of young American Jewish women picked up cameras to photograph their urban world. They learned their craft at the New York Photo League (1936-1951), a largely Jewish left-wing school and camera club that not only taught photography but also encouraged a way of seeing the world through collaborative projects. Women at the league recognized the city's gendered practices even as they used their cameras to explore its streets.

The Return of Merchant Capitalism

Nelson Lichtenstein, September 2010

Exemplified by the rise to commercial power and political influence of the Wal-Marts and other transnational retailers, the political economy of 21st century merchant capitalism echoes that of the antebellum era. Now, as then, the manufacturing enterprise stands in a subordinate relationship to that of the merchant; commodity-like products are traded and sold on a global basis; and labor from the new "workshops of the world" is often squeezed, sweated, mobile, and unfree.

Delivering a Hospital that Works: House Officers as Lean Change Agents

Terry Platchek, May 2010

By applying Lean Thinking analysis techniques, including direct analysis of procedures and operations, the UMHS team reduced delays, improved patient service, and minimized staff frustrations in a critical service at essentially no cost.

Brick making a new way

Appropriate Technologies for Africa

Moses Kizza Musaazi, May 2010

Professor Musaazi has developed products, technologies and entire industries in Africa that utilize available resources in clever and creative ways to provide the services and items most-needed by the local population.

Science and Technology Policy Priorities and Opportunities in the Obama Administration

John P. Holdren, March 2010

Dr. Holdren, assistant to President Obama for Science and Technology, discusses the recent changes in Federal Science Policy and the emphasis being placed on scientific investigation without political interference.

Measure of the Heart: Creative Caregiving

Mary Ellen Geist, January 2010

In 1995, Mary Ellen Geist, an accomplished and respected career person, left her high-powered radio job in New York City to return home to Michigan to care for her father, who is suffering from Alzheimer's, ultimately making the decision to live her life by a totally different set of priorities.

The Science of Music

J.W. Allen, November 2009

Professor Allen takes a holistic look at the relationship between science and music. He demonstates the phenomena of traveling and standing waves, how they manifest in the working of musical instruments and connect to the harmonic structure of music.