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Schedule & Speakers

De Lange Conference VIII

The Future of the Research University in a Global Age


Day 1

Monday, February 27 - Shell Auditorium

8:00 a.m. 

Registration Opens


8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.


Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Susan McIntosh, Director, Scientia and the De Lange Conferences; Professor, Department of Anthropology, Rice University


David Leebron, President, Rice University


9:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.


10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Session I, moderated by David Leebron, President, Rice University




Reinventing the Research University to Save a Changing World

Speaker: James Duderstadt, President Emeritus and University Professor

of Science and Engineering, University of Michigan







How Universities Can Make the Most Difference, Locally and Globally

Speaker: Amy Gutmann, President and Christopher H. Browne

Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania



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

Speaker: John Seely Brown, Visiting Scholar, University of Southern California; Co-Chairman, Deloitte Center for the Edge


12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lunch  - pre-ordered lunches available in Anderson Family Commons

1:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.



1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.



2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.




3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.


Session II, moderated by Paula Sanders, Vice Provost, Academic

Affairs; Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies; Professor of

History, Rice University




Openness, Brain Integration, and the Meta University

Speaker: Charles M. Vest, President, National Academy of Engineering;

President Emeritus and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology



The Future of Learning

Speaker: Cathy Davidson, Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English at Duke

University John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of

Interdisciplinary Studies Co-Founder, HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Sciences

and Technology Advanced Collaboratory)




Trapped in an Ecclesiastes Moment: Why Universities Find It So Hard To

Do Things Differently

Speaker: Robert Zemsky, Professor, Graduate School of Education,University of Pennsylvania; Chair, The Learning Alliance for Higher Education


4:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Reception in Anderson Family Commons
6:45 p.m.  Conference Banquet, Houston Museum of Natural Science (by invitation)



Day 2 Tuesday, February 28
7:30 a.m. Registration Desk Opens - Shell Auditorium

8:30 a.m.- 11:50 a.m.



8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.



9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.


9:50 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.



10:50 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Session I, moderated by Neal Lane, Senior Fellow in Science and Technology Policy at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University and past director, National Science Foundation, White House Science Advisor to President Clinton


The Research University in the Global Arena

Speaker: Rita Colwell, Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland CollegePark and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health; Senior Advisor and Chairman Emeritus, Canon U. S. Life Sciences Chairman and President, CosmosID, Inc.






Global Problems and Multidisciplinary Initiatives: Observations from Stanford University

Speaker: Burton J. McMurtry, Emeritus Trustee, Rice University and Stanford University; Founding Partner, Technology Venture Investors and Institutional Venture Associates



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

Speaker: Hunter R. Rawlings III, President, Association of American Universities; President Emeritus, Cornell University


11:50 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Lunch - pre-ordered lunches available in Anderson Family Commons
12:00 p.m. Cathy N. Davidson Book Signing Event at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University


1:45 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.


Session II: Bioscience Research Collaborative

Joint De Lange Conference Session/NAE Regional Meeting:

Engineering for Impact: Effecting Sustainable Change in the Developing World

This session is the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)** Regional Meeting, presented in conjunction with the De Lange Conference VIII, and hosted by Rice University's George R. Brown School of Engineering and Rice 360: Institute of Global Health Technologies

This session will be held at the BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC), 6500 Main Street at University Blvd, Rice University. Complimentary parking will be available in the BRC parking garage, off Dryden and Main St, for De Lange Conference attendees.

1:45 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Welcome Remarks


Ned Thomas, Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering, Rice University


1:50 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Welcome Remarks

Charles M. Vest, President, National Academy of Engineering; President Emeritus and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Rebecca R. Richards-Kortum, Stanley C. Moore Professor, Rice University

2:00 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.

CellBags, WikiCells, and Breathable Healthcare for the Developing World


Speaker: David Edwards, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Biomedical Engineering, Harvard University


2:40 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Engineering a Brighter Future for the Developing World

Speaker: Henry T. Yang, Chancellor and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara


3:20 p.m - 3:45 p.m.




3:45 p.m. - 4:25 p.m.

Ingenious Impact: Partnerships to Move Prototypes to Practice

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


4:25 p.m. - 5:05 p.m.

Setting the Stage for Collaborative Innovation in Global Medtech

Speaker: Paul Yock, Martha Meier Weiland Professor of Medicine and Mechanical Engineering and Founding Co-Chair Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University

5:05 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.

Closing Remarks

George McLendon, Provost, Rice University

5:10 p.m.   Wine and Cheese Reception


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