Friday, January 29, 2010
February University Lecture Series Schedule
Five Great Lectures in the Coming Weeks, on the Themes of Sustainability, Environment and EnergyUniversity Lecture Series [Link]
Wednesday, February 3 – 4:30pm – Giant Eagle Auditorium, A51 Baker Hall
ENVIRONMENTAL DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES - - Toward Sustainability: Changing our Physical and Chemical Environment
SCHOOL OF DESIGN LECTURE SERIES
Design for Social Innovation and sustainability: Design as Catalyser of Diffuse Creativity for Sustainable Changes Ezio Manzini, Milan Polytechnic
Co-sponsored by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and The Shaw Group and the School of Design
Social innovation cannot be planned, but it can be made more probable creating favorable environments and empowering creative people. Creative people can be empowered by specifically conceived sets of products, services and communication artifacts, i.e. by conceiving and developing enabling solutions, and in particular, enabling digital platforms.
Thursday, February 4 - 4:30pm – Porter Hall 100 (Gregg Hall)
The Moral and Political Challenges of Climate Change - Dale Jamieson, New York University
THE HUMANITIES CENTER LECTURES
Co-sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Applied Ethics and Political Philosophy (CAAEPP)
In order to see anthropogenic climate change as clearly involving moral wrongs and global injustices, we will have to revise some central concepts in these domains. Moreover, climate change threatens another value ("respect for nature") that cannot easily be taken up by concerns of global justice or moral responsibility.
Monday, February 8 – 4:30pm – Porter Hall 100 (Gregg Hall)
ENVIRONMENTAL DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES - Toward Sustainability: Changing our Physical and Chemical Environment Endocrine Disrupting chemicals in Plastic: The Conflict over Safety between Scientists and Government Regulatory Agencies
Frederick S. vom Saal, University of Missouri
Co-sponsored by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and The Shaw Group
There is now compelling evidence that many plastic products contain chemicals that can both mimic and inhibit the activity of hormones that are essential for normal development and subsequently the normal functioning of numerous systems in wildlife, experimental animals and humans, although the majority of chemicals used in plastic products remain unknown. One example of an “endocrine disrupting chemical” is bisphenol A (BPA), the chemical used to make polycarbonate plastic (such as baby bottles) and the resin used to line metal cans, which was known to act as a synthetic estrogen prior to being used to make polycarabonate plastic and resins in the 1950s. A goal of the “Green Chemistry” initiative is to prevent these types of mistakes. Leaching of BPA from products is implicated as a contributor to the epidemics of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, infertility, bladder-urethra disorders, breast and prostate cancer and neuro-behavioral disorders such as ADHD.
This talk will present conflict between science and regulation and discuss the urgent need to re-structure laws governing our federal chemical regulatory system that has allowed thousands of chemicals to be used in household products even though they have never been tested for health effects and remain unidentified not only to the public but also to federal regulatory agencies.
Friday, February 12 – 4:45pm lecture & discussion– Porter Hall 100 (Gregg Hall), 4 pm reception - PH Tung Au Lab
College of Engineering Leadership Speaker Series
Meeting the World's Energy Needs in a CO2-constrained Environment: The Role of Nuclear Power
Aris Candris (E'74, '78), Westinghouse Electric Company
Join fellow alumni, students and members of the Pittsburgh community as the College of Engineering Leadership Speakers Series presents its inaugural lecturer, Aris Candris (E’74, ’78), CEO of Westinghouse Electric Company.
Following Dr. Candris' Keynote presentation, Candris will join Dean Pradeep K. Khosla and engineering faculty for a lively interactive discussion on energy and nuclear power.
Please RSVP [Link] as space is limited.
For more details and to RSVP, please visit the College of Engineering Leadership Speaker Series Web site [Link]
By: Indira Nair