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“The Social Organization of Technology: Vermont Perspectives on American Innovation”

Posted: November 9th, 2010 by Arts & Sciences Computing Services Office

The United States came to lead the world economy by the early 20th century. As symbolized by Henry Ford’s automobile production, it was the world’s most mechanized country. Among the factors accounting for the ascendance of this once-backward colony, the rapid diffusion of technological knowledge was particularly important. Supported by effective government policies and civil organization, networks of highly mobile machinists spread knowledge widely and generated broad ranges of new techniques, forming a distinctive American technology in the process. Professor Thomson will discuss how several prominent Vermonters played pivotal roles in this development.

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The College of Arts and Sciences Full Professor Lecture Series was designed to give newly promoted faculty an opportunity to share with the university community a single piece of research or overview of research trajectory meant to capture the spark of intellectual excitement that has resulted in their achieving full professor rank.

“From James Marsh to Computers in Backpacks: UVM and Romanticism in the 21st Century”

Posted: November 2nd, 2010 by Arts & Sciences Computing Services Office

Professor Tom Streeter

Building on his recent book, The Net Effect: Romanticism, Capitalism, and the Internet- a study of the role of culture in the social construction of internet technology-Tom Streeter looks at the persistence of romanticism in the twenty-first century. Communities as diverse as computer programmers, CEOs, and college students at times demonstrate a fondness for self expression, adventurous self-transformation, the impulsive overthrow of history and tradition, and other romantic gestures. These habits of thought have left their imprint on some very contemporary phenomena, such as internet regulation, trends in intellectual property law, and the self-concept of UVM undergraduates, with effects we cannot afford to ignore.

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The College of Arts and Sciences Full Professor Lecture Series was designed to recognize faculty newly promoted to full professor rank.

Philip Baruth “A Brief Series of Impolitic Remarks, Potentially Culminating in Summary Dismissal from the University (Or, On Satire)”

Posted: October 12th, 2010 by Arts & Sciences Computing Services Office

Professor of English, Philip Baruth

Satire is always hungry for pieties: commonplaces we learn and repeat without ever asking how, public figures we esteem without ever quite understanding why. For this reason, there is a certain rhetorical violence to satire that is at once its greatest draw, and its greatest drawback. Because he or she makes sport of powerful people and closely-held ideas, those that society has done its best to sanctify, the satirist is generally held in low esteem — and eventually fired or, in some cultures, jailed and then killed. This is especially true of a satirist working in a very small New England state. In this talk, Professor Baruth will review some of the things he has written which have caused deep offense in the past, and make headway on provoking fresh offense for the future.

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Tina Escaja “Optics as Metaphor; The Printer at the Far End of the Romance Languages: A CyberArtist / Feminist / Impostor’s Take on Otherness.”

Posted: March 31st, 2010 by Arts & Sciences Computing Services Office

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What does it mean to be a woman then and now, at two turns of the century? What does it mean to be a feminist, a scholar, a brown, thick-accented woman in American academia? Escaja’s lecture invites you to reflect on the elusive concept of otherness, from fin-de-siecle decadence to technological fallacies of liberation in the new millennium; from death as metaphor of demise to death as opportunity and rebirth for Latin American and Spanish women seeking to reinvent themselves, searching to invert, refract, reconfigure the light of canonical literary tradition.

Due to a technical failure at the time of the original lecture, Dr. Escaja’s lecture was re-taped at the UVM studio

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C. William Kilpatrick, “The Mystery of White-nose Syndrome”

Posted: January 19th, 2010 by Arts & Sciences Computing Services Office

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Howard Professor of Zoology and Natural History of the Department of Biology

Of the nine species of bats that occur in Vermont, only two were of conservation concern prior to the 21st century. By the winter of 2007-2008, white-nosed syndrome had spread into Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut and killed somewhere on the order of 600,000 bats. White-nosed syndrome continues to spread and has now been verified in nine states. It may have resulted in the death of as many as 2.5 million bats in the northeastern United States. Professor Kilpatrick presented the current knowledge of the cause of white-nose syndrome along with ongoing research and survey work to assess the impact of this emerging condition and other threats to Vermont bat populations.

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William Geiger, “How Can One Small Electron Make Such a Big Difference?”

Posted: October 28th, 2009 by Arts & Sciences Computing Services Office

Professor William GeigerProfessor, Department of Chemistry

Molecules taking part in chemical and biochemical reactions receive their energy either thermally (i.e., heat), photo-chemically (light), or through electron transfer (electricity). The last of these often requires transfer of a single electron from one molecule to another. Given that an electron is, by far, the smallest of the major subatomic particles, and that molecules (and even atoms) have dozens to hundreds of them, how can electron-transfer reactions trigger so many important processes of great diversity, from the easily understood operation of batteries to the amazing and complex reactions involved in respiration and photosynthesis? Dr. Geiger’s lecture took us on a journey that started with simple electron clouds and led to the speaker’s favorite organometallic electron-transfer reactions.
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Michael Zvolensky, “Anxiety, Smoking and Smoking Cessation”

Posted: October 6th, 2009 by Arts & Sciences Computing Services Office

Professor Michael Zvolensky
Professor, Department of Psychology

Tobacco use and dependence rates are disproportionately high among those with anxiety and its disorders. Professor Zvolensky provided an overview of the scientific literature on anxiety, smoking, and smoking cessation. He also discussed current promising treatment and prevention approaches for smokers with anxiety risk factors and disorders.

The College of Arts and Sciences Full Professor Lecture Series was designed two years ago to recognize faculty newly promoted to full professor rank. Dr. Zvolensky is the Richard and Pamela Ader Green and Gold Professor.
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William Paden, “Mapping the Gods: Comparative Religion and the Search for Patterns”

Posted: March 31st, 2009 by Arts & Sciences Computing Services Office

Professor William PadenWe can’t escape seeing the world in terms of patterns. The patterns in turn help us connect things in the world to larger frames of significance. How does this apply to religion? For centuries people have tried to figure out the themes common to all religions. Professor Paden will illustrate how these patterns of “comparative religion” reflect changing worldviews, from an age of Christian allegory to the current times of evolutionary biology.

The College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Lecture Series honors faculty members who are both excellent teachers and highly respected professionals in their own disciplines. Professor William Paden is the Spring 2009 recipient of this honor.
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Keith Klepeis, “The Geology of Mountain Ranges: A View from Deep beneath the Earth’s Surface”

Posted: February 10th, 2009 by Arts & Sciences Computing Services Office

Professor Keith Klepeis
Mountains form some of the largest and most beautiful geological features on our planet. Yet despite their occurrence on all the continents we still don’t understand much about the forces and processes that shape the evolution of mountain ranges and operate deep within their interiors. One of the reasons for this lack of knowledge is that, like icebergs, most of the mass of mountain ranges lies deep beneath the Earth’s surface. This talk looks at some of the techniques and results that geologists have utilized to examine the deep interiors of mountain ranges.
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Julie Roberts, “Disappearing or Only Different: Vermont Speech in the 21st Century,”

Posted: January 14th, 2009 by Arts & Sciences Computing Services Office

Professor Julie Roberts

When Fred Tuttle exposed the rest of the world to Vermont’s unique dialect in the 1996 film Man with the Plan, it seemed the classic accent was alive and well. Not so, according to Julie Roberts, professor of communication sciences, who says most young Vermonters today display very few elements of the state’s folksy way of talking.

One aspect remains, however: a speech variable known as glottalization. The term, most often noted in Great Britain and Ireland, describes a break in a word that would otherwise flow as one. Ask a true Vermonter to say the towns of Milton or Swanton and you’ll recognize it right away as Milt’n or Swant’n. Roberts talked about glottalizing and other unique aspects of regional dialects during her College of Arts and Sciences Full Professor lecture on Jan. 13 in Memorial Lounge, Waterman. Author: Jon C. Reidel

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