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De Lange Conference VIII

The Future of the Research University in a Global Age

February 27-28, 2012

The De Lange Conference VIII promises to be a forward-looking forum for university leaders, visionaries, and researchers to contemplate the rapidly evolving ecosystem of research universities in response to powerful global forces and disruptive technologies. What forms will the global research universities of the future take? How will the new, global research enterprises at the heart of the university be organized and funded? Which strategies will enhance the competitiveness of research universities seeking to attract outstanding students, faculty, and resources in an increasingly global higher education marketplace? What will the impact of these changes be on our educational mission and values? At this conference, we will hear from leaders who contemplate both changes in the near-term and the longer-term processes that will likely result in profound transformations in the decades to come.

Speakers include:

David Leebron, President, Rice University

Susan Keech McIntosh, Director, DeLange Conferences

Visiting Scholar, University of Southern California
Co-Chairman, Deloitte Center for the Edge

"New Models of Learning, New Modes of Engagement - Cultivating Resilient Learners, Designers and Researchers for the 21st Century"



Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland College Park
and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Senior Advisor and Chairman Emeritus, Canon U. S. Life Sciences
Chairman and President, CosmosID, Inc.

"The Research University in the Global Arena"


Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English and John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Duke University
Co-Founder, HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Sciences and Technology Advanced Collaboratory)

"The Future of Learning"


President Emeritus and University Professor of Science and Engineering, University of Michigan

"Reinventing the Research University to Serve a Changing World"


President of the University of Pennsylvania
Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Communications, and Philosophy

"How Universities Can Make the Most Difference, Locally and Globally"



Emeritus Trustee, Rice University, Stanford University
Founding Partner, Technology Venture Investors and Institutional Venture Associates

"Global Problems and Multidisciplinary Initiatives: Observations from Stanford University"


President, Association of American Universities
President Emeritus, Cornell University

"The Biggest Problem Confronting Universities is Not What You Think It Is"


President, National Academy of Engineering
President Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Openness, Brain Integration, and the Meta University"


Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
Chair, the Learning Alliance for Higher Education, University of Pennsylvania

"Trapped in an Ecclesiastes Moment: Why universities find it so  hard to do things differently"




De Lange Conference VIII

Joint De Lange/ National Academy of Engineering
Tuesday, February 28, 2012

David Leebron, Ned Thomas and Charles M. Vest


PMTCT Technical Advisor, Division of Global HIV/AIDS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

"Ingenious Impact: Partnerships to Move Prototypes to Practice"


Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Biomedical Engineering, Harvard University

"CellBags, WikiCells, and Breathable Healthcare for the Developing World"


Chancellor and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara

"Engineering a Brighter Future for the Developing World"


Martha Meier Weiland Professor of Medicine and BioEngineering; Director, Biodesign, Stanford University

"Setting the Stage for Collaborative Innovation in Global Medtech"


George McLendon, Provost, Rice University



The De Lange Conferences, funded by the De Lange Endowment, were established by C. M. and Demaris Hudspeth in honor of Demaris' parents, Albert and Demaris De Lange.

These conferences are held every other year and have the flexibility to range broadly in subject matter and discipline. All are intended to bring to the Rice University campus top experts and major figures to focus on a topic of great concern to society.

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