Event Archives

USP Seminar with Durham Police Chief Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis, Tues. Jan. 31

January 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Cerelyn “CJ” Davis, a 30-year law enforcement veteran, became chief of police of the Durham Police Department on June 6, 2016. Chief Davis comes to Durham from the Atlanta Police Department, where she most recently served as deputy police chief. She has served in many varied assignments during her career with the Atlanta Police Department and was named Supervisor of the Year in 1998. Chief Davis has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University, a master’s degree in General Administration from Central Michigan University and is currently a Northcentral University doctoral candidate in Business Administration. She is a graduate of many leadership programs including the 225th session of the FBI National Academy, PERF/Senior Management Institute for Police, Leadership Atlanta, Mercer University Public Safety Institute, Emergency Preparedness College, Anti-Defamation League and Advanced Leadership School. Davis, Durham’s first African-American female police chief, currently sits as a national board member and officer of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), and has served as Legislative Liaison for the Atlanta Police Department and the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP).

USP Seminar Weds. Sept. 21 with Prof. Kristin Goss on “Guns, Gender, and Giving: Politics, Policy-Making, and Philanthropy”

September 21, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Professor Kristin Goss is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science and Director of the “Duke in DC” semester-in-Washington program through Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.  Her work focuses on how everyday Americans’ participate in public life and why it matters. Professor Goss describes her work on her website as follows: “I think, teach, and talk about guns, gender, and giving. Each of these topics illuminates a different aspect of democratic engagement – or non-engagement – in contemporary America. These topics and the larger questions they raise have fascinated me since my days as a reporter covering the intersection of civil society and public policy for The Chronicle of Philanthropy.” For more on Professor Goss teaching, research, and role as public intellectual, visit her website at http://kristingoss.com/

USP Seminar on Graduate Student Research, Weds. Jan. 18

January 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Curious about what graduate and professional school Unis are working on?  Then please join us for the first USP seminar of the spring 2017 semester, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 7-9 pm, in 240 Franklin Center Jorge Cardenas (PhD program in Electrical & Computer Engineering) – Jorge is exploreing new applications of nanomaterials and nanoelectronics.  Historically, efforts have been made to scale down the size and energy consumption of electronics to increase performance for computing applications. As engineers continue to push the physical limitations of electronics toward atomic scales, the associated costs and technical challenges of doing so are exponentially rising. Meanwhile, there are new and distinct application spaces for electronics that could be accessed using low-cost printing techniques and a new class of electronic materials: nanomaterials. Zach McDade (Masters of Public Policy, Sanford School of Public Policy) – Zach will be sharing his research exploring the relationship between race-based differences in housing wealth and violence in cities. He’s interested in whether explicitly racist policies have negative externalities – that is, are bad for society as a whole, rather than just people of color. Nathan Walker (Masters of Environmental Management, Nicholas School of the Environment) – Nathan is pursuing a concentration in Ecosystem Science and …

USP Fourth Friday Breakfast January 27

January 27 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Join the University Scholars for a our first USP Breakfast of the spring semester.  Come stop by the Edge Kitchen (aka Lounge) in Bostock Library to grab some fruit, a bagel, and say hello or hang out with fellow Unis for longer to talk about anything ranging from the (seemingly) mundane to the esoteric.

USP Undergraduate Enrichment Seminar II, Mon. Feb. 13

February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Jihane Bettahi (Pratt’18) is double majoring in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science. She used her USP funding to explore AI and robotics through different experiences. First, she did summer research on robotics at Duke where she looked into robot control motor learning and motion planning research before focusing on reinforcement learning and implementing RL algorithms on a helicopter hovering task in simulation. Then, she attended the Duke-Tsinghua Machine Learning summer program in China to learn about deep learning techniques for big data analysis.           Ha Nguyen (Trinity ’18) is double majoring in Public Policy and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, with a minor in Education.  She spent part of her USP funding pursuing a 2-month Japanese language program in Kanazawa, Japan. She then went back to her native Vietnam to do research on how teachers in 5 alternative education programs to perceive the programs’ effectiveness. To the left is a picture taken at an alternative education program teaching literature in Hanoi, Vietnam.  The wall is decorated for the parents visiting the center, encouraging them to use positive reinforcement instead of scolding with their children. A rough translation: “You are acting up all the time” -> …

USP Fourth Friday Breakfast February 24

February 24 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Join the University Scholars for a our second USP Fourth Friday Breakfast.  Come stop by the Edge Kitchen (aka Lounge) in Bostock Library to grab some fruit, a bagel, and say hello or hang out with fellow Unis for longer to talk about anything ranging from the (seemingly) mundane to the esoteric.

USP Spring Symposium “Relativity” Sat. March 4

March 4 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

USP Relativity Symposium Schedule 9:00am: Donuts/Bagels/Fruit/Coffee/Tea 9:20am: Introduction 9:30am: Panel 1.  Scientific Relativity Monica Arniella (Trinity ’18) – “Senses and the Magnetic Field” Eleanor Caves (Biology) – “The Relativity of Vision: Do You See What I See? Probably Not.” Chelsea Southworth (Trinity ‘19) – “The Relativity of Humanity: How We Draw the Line Between Humans and Other Animals.” Tamra Nebabu (Pratt ‘17) – “Superposition” 10:15 am – 10:45: Panel Keynote:  Sheila Patek, Biology “Impact” 10:45 Break 11:00am: Panel 2. Economic/Political Relativity Alexandra Oprea (Political Science) – “Does Moral Diversity Imply Moral Relativism?” Zach Heater (Trinity ‘17) – “When Slaves Write the Laws: Snapshots of Slavery from Athens and Rome” Bobby Harris (Environmental Policy) – “The Relative Tautology of Rationality” Greg Lyons (Trinity ’17) – “Show me the money! – Relativity in Sports Business” Kavya Sekar (Sanford MPP ‘18) – “Trade Negotiations – The Heart of the Deal” 12:00pm – 12:30: Panel Keynote:  Patrick Bayer, Economics “Divergent Paths: Structural Change, Economic Rank, and the Evolution of Racial Earnings Inequality Since 1940″ 12:30pm: Lunch 1:00pm: Panel 3. Social/Cultural Relativity JJ Moncus and Liam Pulsifer (Trinity ’19, Trinity ’20) – “Only a Sith Speaks in Absolutes: Moral Relativism” Brian Smithson (Cultural Anthropology) – “The Relativity …