MEL Talks - Session One
Date: Saturday, October 12
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 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.
High-Stakes Testing and the Demise of Teaching
David Hursh, Professor of Education, Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development
With the implementation of No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and high stakes performance reviews, teachers spend more time fulfilling testing requirements and less time teaching. Professor Hursh argues that this model harms teaching and suggests ways we can stop the testing madness and replace it with something worthwhile.
Nanotechnology for Powering the Planet: Why Size Matters
Todd Krauss, Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry
The physical properties of nanomaterials, which have sizes approximately one billionth of a meter, allow them to be highly tunable by simply controlling their size and shape. Professor Krauss discusses the potential for groundbreaking nanotechnological applications in numerous areas, from biotechnology to renewable and sustainable energy.
Turning Stem Cell Biology into Stem Cell Medicine
Mark Noble, Professor of Genetics, Neurology, Neurobiology and Anatomy; Director of the University of Rochester Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Institute
Stem cell medicine offers profound improvements in our ability to address medical problems that had been considered intractable. Dr. Noble highlights the University’s stem cell programs and their potential of revolutionizing treatment of cancer, spinal cord injury, and genetic disorders.
Producing Dream Teams: The New Direction in Healthcare Delivery
Sarah Peyre, Director, Center for Experiential Learning; Associate Professor of Surgery, School of Medicine and Dentistry; Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
Advances in healthcare delivery and an increased awareness of healthcare teams are changing the educational structure for healthcare providers. Professor Peyre describes shifting paradigms in educating future healthcare providers to not only be experts in their craft but to also become expert team members.
Setting My Jersey Aside: A Midnight Rambler's Look at Being Defined by Others
Aaron Michalko ’14, Former Music Director, Midnight Ramblers
College is a time of personal growth and exploration, though oftentimes this individuality is overshadowed by external titles and expectations. Aaron Michalko discusses what it may take to see someone as who they are, rather than who you expect them to be.
Sign Here, Mr. President: Interpreting for Obama
Dana Mittelman ’05, American Sign Language Interpreter
Taking the President of the United States' carefully chosen words and expressing them in American Sign Language is an intimidating task. Dana Mittelman shares her experience tackling the emotional and overwhelming honor.