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Week Ending March 10, 2017

New Interdisciplinary Center Explores the Beginnings of Everything
CU Boulder Today – March 6, 2017
How do you study a historical event? “You can’t bring a giant meteorite hitting the Earth millions of years ago into a lab,” says Carol Cleland, professor of philosophy and co-investigator at CU Boulder’s Center for Astrobiology. “You can model it, you can do an experiment that tests auxiliary assumptions, but you can’t do a direct experiment on a historical event in a lab.” This is the challenge that faces all studies of origins, which take place in virtually every academic field. “It suddenly occurred to me that historical work is everywhere,” Cleland says, “and that nobody’s ever delved into the methodology behind the various non-experimental approaches.” To meet this need, and to cement CU Boulder as a destination for interdisciplinary origins studies, Cleland spearheaded the proposal for the new Center for the Study of Origins, of which she is now the director. Upon its approval in January 2017, the center—funded through and part of the campus-wide Grand Challenge initiative—became one of the top two places in the world for collaborative origins research.

Queen’s Receives $5 Million Donation for Interdisciplinary Water Research
The Queen’s Journal – March 3, 2017
Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada received a $5 million donation from Ross J. Beaty, which will create the Beaty Water Research Centre, to be located in the new Queen’s Innovation and Wellness Centre. The initiative will have a permanent spot in the Wellness Centre, where a group of Queen’s professors and graduate students in civil and chemical engineering will conduct water research. The center will feature state-of-the-art laboratories where faculty and students will engage with genetics experts, chemists, microbiologists, and public health researchers. Connecting upwards of 50 faculty members and students, the initiative strives to further freshwater research in the “governance, sustainability, and protection of water resources,” according a press release shared by the University.

Bioneers Conference Explores Sustainability & Social Justice
Tri States Public Radio – March 3, 2017
The sixth annual Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference at Knox College explored the multiple meanings of sustainability. Deborah Steinberg, Director of Campus Sustainability at Knox College and one of the organizers of the conference, explained, “Sustainability is a very interdisciplinary word in and of itself. It can mean a lot of things to different people.” Bioneers is a national conference that celebrates sustainability and social justice. The college brings in locally and nationally known speakers to provide ideas on what sustainability means to them. To Benjamin Farrer, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Knox, sustainability has a lot to do with politics. He spoke at the conference about his research on the politics of hydraulic fracturing.

The Human Brain Diversity Project Launches in South America
Yahoo Finance – March 9, 2017
Sapien Labs, a not-for-profit developing an open data platform to understand the dynamical properties of the human brain across diverse global populations, announces the launch of The Human Brain Diversity Project in South America, in partnership with the Universidad Nacional de San Martin (UNSAM) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This ambitious research is a first of its kind initiative that has been established to promote deeper understanding of the scope of diversity in the human brain. Most studies of the brain have small sample sizes and occur in the United States or Europe. The project in Argentina is housed within the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences (CEMSC3) at UNSAM. Under the guidance of the Director of the Center, Dr. Dante Chialvo, a top international neuroscientist with over 100 published scientific studies, Dr. Nadia Justel will lead the project and has organized a team of local scientists and PhD students from various backgrounds to support the initiative. “UNSAM is particularly well positioned with its interdisciplinary approach and growing expertise in both neuroscience and complex systems to enable interesting insights,” Dr. Chialvo explains. “The organization is young, dynamic, and at the forefront of academic research.”

Orchestra Goes Interdisciplinary with the ‘Dalí Experience’
Tampa Bay Times – March 4, 2017
Since taking over as music director in 2015, Michael Francis has articulated a strong interest in expanding the reach of the Florida Orchestra, geographically and culturally. “The Dalí Experience,” a multimedia collaboration with the Dalí Museum, is the orchestra’s latest foray in that kaleidoscopic direction. If the orchestra succeeds in broadening its presence through the Tampa Bay area and beyond, this concert will be remembered as a conceptual step forward. The event, which opened at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, entails risks on a number of levels. Elements include celebrated flamenco guitarist Cañizares, Cuban-born mezzo-soprano Yetzabel Arias, paintings and sketches of Salvador Dalí and a ballet. Its opening in the Straz’s Morsani Hall meant concertgoers in a relatively sparse crowd could relax with plenty of elbow room while taking in a montage of projected Dalí images, dancers from the University of South Florida School of Theatre and Dance, and the warmth and richness of Arias’ singing from a balcony during The Three-Cornered Hat, Manuel de Falla’s ballet.