Roundtable Discussions


Title: Women in Academia: Paths to Success

Discussion Leaders: Dr. Susan Bryant, Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology, Dean of the School of Biological Sciences
Dr. Amelia Regan, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Graduate School of Management
Dr. Debra Richardson, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Information & Computer Science

Room: Emerald Bay A

What kinds of opportunities are available in academia? What are the key challenges and rewards of these jobs? Do women face any particular challenges as graduate students or academics? How can we increase the number of women pursuing academic careers, particularly in male dominated fields? Increasingly, women hold key positions in academia including senior administrative positions and lead researchers. Our faculty panelists will discuss their passions, how they began and developed their careers, where they are now and where they expect their careers to take them in the future.


Title: East Asia and America Today

Discussion Leaders: Dr. Eugene Park, Assistant Professor, Department of History
    Dr. Dorothy Solinger, Professor, Department of Political Science
Dr. Robert Uriu, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Room: Emerald Bay B

How do East Asians view America today? How do they feel about the U.S. being the world’s only super power. A China scholar, a Japan scholar and a Korea scholar will lead the discussion on how East Asians perceive America and its stance toward East Asian countries. The discussion will address historical perspectives and recent events.


Title: Nanotechnology and Materials Science

Discussion Leaders: Dr. Guann-pyng Li, Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
    Dr. Roger McWilliams, Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy
        Dr. Reginald Penner, Professor, Chemistry

Room: Monarch Bay A

What is the nanotechnology revolution? How are atoms and molecules manipulated into new functional structures and ultra-small technologies? This discussion will address the scientific background and applications of nanotechnology.


Title: Medical Humanities

Discussion Leaders: Dr. Johanna Shapiro, Professor, Department of Family Medicine

Room: Monarch Bay B

What is Medical Humanities and how can it be researched? This presentation will discuss a new curricular initiative in the College of Medicine that uses imaginative literature to teach medical students and residents about the doctor-patient relationship, death and dying, cross-cultural medicine, and the patient's experience of illness. Discussion will focus on how research can meaningfully investigate the development of qualities such as empathy and compassion in learners.