Family Weekend Forums

2016 Family Weekend Academic Forums

11 - 11:50 am
Bottom-Up Research:
The Most Critical Skill in Entrepreneurship
Danny Warshay '87 P'20, executive director, Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship at Brown University
Danny Warshay will lead a discussion about the most critical skill in entrepreneurship: "bottom-up research." This breakthrough "anthropological" approach helps entrepreneurs listen and observe to determine what consumers really need, even when consumers themselves do not know. 
Metcalf Research Building, Friedman Auditorium, 190 Thayer Street

11 - 11:50 am
The Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute's Spotlight on Autism:
Understanding Autism through the Lens of Rare Genetics and the Study of Infants
Patick M. Vivier, MD, PhD, director, Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute; director, interdisciplinary education programs, Brown University School of Public Health; Royce Family Associate Professor in Teaching; associate professor, pediatrics
Stephen Sheinkopf, PhD, assistant professor, psychiatry and human behavior; assistant professor, pediatrics
Daniel Moreno De Luca, MD, MSc, teaching fellow, psychiatry and human behavior 
Faculty from the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute will review current approaches that researchers at Brown are taking to understand both the emergence of autism in infancy and the biological mechanisms involved in autism through the study of rare genetic variation. This presentation will also highlight two major autism research programs at Brown University: The Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment and the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute's Autism Initiative: Autism: a Precision Medicine Approach. 
Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 001, The College Green

11 - 11:50 am
Race, Past and Present: Why Black Lives Matter Today
Tricia Rose, director, Center for the Study of Race & Ethnicity in America; Chancellor's Professor of Africana Studies
B. Anthony Bogues, director, Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice,  Asa Messer Professor of Humanities and Critical Theory
This forum is an open dialogue between two directors at the Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice (CSSJ) and Center for the Study of Race & Ethnicity in America (CSREA) on the importance of studying race, ethnicity and racial histories. Such work is crucial to building a just society as it educates, contextualizes, challenges and reframes the histories of race and racism. Professor Bogues and Professor Rose will comment on the current state of race and justice and the programs and focus of each center. There will be time at the end for the audience to engage in this dialogue. After the conversation, we invite you to visit CSSJ (94 Waterman St.) and CSREA (96 Waterman St.) for a light reception and opportunity to view exhibitions currently on display at each location. 
Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Room 130

2 - 2:50 pm
Election 2016:
Implications for American Politics and Policy
Wendy J. Schiller, professor, political science; professor, international & public affairs; chair, Department of Political Science
This forum will address how Election 2016 has changed American politics in terms of candidate emergence, the role of money, gender and politics, presidential electoral coattails, and the nature of political discourse.  We will also explore the implications of this election for future policy making at the executive and congressional levels. 
Salomon Center for Teaching, DeCiccio Auditorium, The College Green

2 - 2:50 pm
Are We Alone?
The Case for Interstellar Messages in a Bottle
Christopher Rose, professor, engineering; associate dean of the faculty for special initiatives 
It has long been assumed that humanity's first contact with an alien civilization would likely be in the form of a radio transmission crackling in from the great beyond. However, a mathematical analysis by communication theory expert Chris Rose, has shown that radio isn't a particularly efficient way to communicate over interstellar distances after all. Rose's work suggests that sending physical objects into space - like the gold audio disks launched aboard the Voyager spacecraft - vastly increases the chance of making actual contact with distant life forms. Rose's work also suggests that rather than scanning the airwaves for an incoming message, perhaps we should be searching the solar system for a cosmic message-in-a-bottle. 
Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Room 130, 85 Waterman Street