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Past Classroom Connect Programs

Classroom Connect 2017 Program:

8:30 - 9:15 a.m.: Check-in & continental breakfast available

9:20 - 9:40 a.m.: Dr. John B. Boles '65, William P. Hobby Professor of History, will give a welcome address about how the teaching and learning landscape has evolved from his time as a Rice student to now serving as a professor.

9:45 - 10:15 a.m: Dr. Robert F. Curl, University Professor Emeritus, Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor of Natural Sciences Emeritus, Professor of Chemistry Emertius, will give a keynote presentation about automation in the 21st century. Dr. Curl shared the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1996 with Harold Kroto and Richard Smalley for their discovery of the carbon cage compounds.  
>>CLICK HERE for a copy of Dr. Curl's presentation.

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.: Dr. Genevera Allen '06, assistant professor of statistics and recipient of Forbes magazine's 30 Under 30 in Science and Health Care, will give a keynote presentation about the field of data science and how it enables medical discoveries.
>>CLICK HERE for a copy of Dr. Allen's presentation.

11 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Concurrent Sessions (choose one of the following)

  • Dr. John Anderson, W. Maurice Ewing Professor in Oceanography, will offer a concurrent session about how scientists are measuring the changes in ice sheets and the implications for the future.
  • Dr. Aysha Pollnitz, Assistant Professor of History, will provide a discussion about Niccolo Machiavelli who is famous for his work The Prince and you will play historical detective to decide for yourself if he was really a democrat or a republican.
  • Dr. Matthew Wettergreen '08, Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK) lecturer, will offer a hands-on session in the OEDK where you will learn how to solve problems with physical objects that can be found around your own house. (Please note: this session will be held at the OEDK and attendees who wish to attend will need to walk from the Anderson-Clarke Center to this program.)

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.: Lunch and Learn — While enjoying a buffet lunch, the Honorable Annise Parker '78, Rice professor in the practice, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Neighborhood Centers, Inc. and former mayor of Houston, will deliver a keynote address titled "Why Cities Matter" where she will discuss the role of the new city-state in driving culture, paradiplomacy and the world economy.

1:50 - 3:00 p.m.: Concurrent Sessions (choose one of the following)

  • Ben Kamins, professor of bassoon, and Janet Rarick, associate professor of music career development, will lead a hands-on session about the Alexander Technique — a process that develops one's ability to use conscious thought to achieve balance in the body.
  • Dr. Andre Droxler, professor of Earth science, will lead a session about half-billion year old microbial reefs in central Texas. To learn more about the Mason microbial reef study, click here.
  • Daisy Ames, lecturer and visiting studio critic in the School of Architecture, will lead a roundtable discussion about the impact of emerging economies on the design of housing in Houston and the transformation from isolated neighborhoods to the desire for new living models in downtown.

3:15 - 4:15 p.m.: Brock Wagner '87, the founder and owner of Saint Arnold Brewing, and Scott Birdwell '75, the owner of DeFalco's Home Wine & Beer Spirits, will lead an afternoon keynote session about the science and business behind beer making and breweries. During the lively session, a variety of complimentary Saint Arnold beer will be available to enjoy for those 21 and above.

4:15 - 5:30 p.m.: Moody Center for the Arts Showcase — Enjoy exploring the Moody Center for the Arts' exhibits in action and learning from gallery guides in the Struth Exhibition and the Tilt Brush Gallery.  Complimentary wine, beer, and food will be available on the Anderson-Clarke Center patio adjacent to the Moody Center for the Arts.