MEL Talks - Session Two
Date: Saturday, October 12
Time: 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Introducing: MEL Talks
Meliora is more than just the University's motto; it's a way of life, a commitment to ideas that inspire. MEL Talks gather some of Rochester's most dynamic alumni, faculty, and students to share those ideas, from experience in the latest breakthrough research to once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
Please note that speakers are listed in alphabetical order.Each speaker will present for 10 minutes with video and music performances mixed throughout. Each MEL Talks session is meant to be attended from start to finish, and is very much like a show with a beginning, middle, and end.
Out of Nowhere: The Surprising Emergence of Elvis Presley and The Beatles
John Covach, Professor and Chair, Department of Music, School of Arts and Sciences; Professor of Theory, Eastman School of Music
Elvis Presley and the Beatles emerged from unlikely places for their time and instantly dominated the national pop scene. Professor Covach explores how these two acts emerged so surprisingly and dramatically, seemingly out of nowhere.
Paying the Price: The Promise of e-Health in Kenya
Moka Lantum ‘01M (MS) ’03M (PhD), Managing Partner, MicroClinic Technologies Ltd, Kenya
Nearly half the essential drugs purchased on the open market in Kenya are counterfeit and excessively more expensive than the going rate. Dr. Lantum describes the promise of e-Health to improve access to all subsidized essential drugs, thereby freeing up valuable resources and saving lives
Risky Business? Corporations in the Political Arena
David Primo, Ani and Mark Gabrellian Professor and Associate Professor of Political Science and Business Administration
The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision gave corporations more avenues for participation in the political process, prompting reform groups to call for new regulations, new laws, and even a constitutional amendment. Professor Primo cuts through the rhetoric and discusses his recent research, the results of which may surprise you.
Who Will Care for Us? The Impending Shortage of Healthcare Providers
Kathy Rideout, Dean and Professor of Clinical Nursing
The shortage of primary care providers in some parts of the United States is expected to worsen as more than 30 million newly insured Americans gain coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Dean Rideout discusses how nurse practitioners, urgent care centers, and other providers might step up to avert this looming crisis.
Shedding New Light on the Brain and Eye
David R. Williams, Dean for Research in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering; Allyn Chair, Medical Optics; Director, Center for Visual Science; Professor, Optics, Ophthalmology, Biomedical Engineering, Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Neuroscientists have recently developed a way to communicate directly with the brain using light. Dean Williams describes these methods and explains how they may allow us to treat brain disease and restore vision to the blind.
Sound ExChange: Turning Classical Music on Its Head
Emily Wozniak '09E ’14E (MM), Founder and Executive Director, Sound ExChange
During classical music concerts, barriers often exist between the audience and the performers. Emily Wozniak shares alternative ways of presenting music to re-imagine and reinvigorate the traditional concert experience.