Lecture Previews

The Role of Technology and Policy in Financial Services

Monday at noon

Hamburg Hall 1502

Speaker Anita Sands will give a lecture on policy in the workplace, drawing from her experience as group managing director and chief operating officer of UBS Wealth Management Americas.

Sands’ educational background includes a Ph.D. in atomic and molecular physics and a first-class honors degree in physics and applied mathematics from Queen’s University Belfast.

She also graduated from Carnegie Mellon’s public policy and management master’s program with the highest honors. Recently, Sands was named one of the “Ten to Watch” in 2012 by Registered Rep., a market-leading financial information source.

Drawing on Darwin: Evolutionary History and the Use of Science in History

Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

Edmund Russell, a professor in the department of science, technology, and society at the University of Virginia, will discuss evolutionary history, a young field of history that explores the impact of human beings on the evolution of populations of other species and vice versa.

Russell will also touch on neurohistory, another developing field that draws on neuroscience to understand history.

This lecture was originally scheduled for last Thursday, but was moved due to scheduling conflicts.

Ali Momeni

Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Kresge Theatre, College of Fine Arts

Ali Momeni, an assistant professor of art specializing in sculpture installation site-work, will discuss his work as part of the School of Art’s Spring 2012 lecture series.

Momeni is a builder, composer, and performer interested in the poetics of gesture, affect, and timing. His artwork makes use of many types of technology to explore the social lives of objects and their various functions in art.

More than Slave Food: The African Roots of American Foodways

Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Rangos 3, University Center

Michael Twitty, a writer and culinary historian, will discuss food’s critical role in the development and definition of African-American civilization.

Twitty is the featured speaker in Carnegie Mellon’s observance of Black History Month. Twitty sees himself as personally charged with the preparation, preservation, and promotion of African foodways.

Sculpting Organs: The Mechanics and Dynamics of Tissue Development

Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Margaret Morrison A14

Celeste Nelson, an assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Princeton University, will give a talk on organ development.

During tissue development, simple epithelial sheets and tubes are remodeled to form the complex structures of functional organs, including the fractal structures of the vascular system and lung airways. This process is known as branching morphogenesis. Nelson will discuss how to combine engineered tissues and computational models to uncover the mysteries of this intricate process.