Policies for Progress:
Catalyzing Collaboration between the Humanities/Social Sciences
and STEM to Address the World’s Grand Challenges Conference
Keynote Speaker Nicholas Haan
Global Grand Challenges Director, Singularity University
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Reception and Keynote
Speaker: Nicholas Haan
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
5:45pm – 8:30pm
Purdue Memorial Union North Ballroom
Presentations, Lectures, and Breakout Sessions
Featured Speaker: Barbara Kline Pope
Thursday, October 29, 2015
8:15am – 4:30pm
Ross-Ade Pavilion, Shively – Third Floor
Continental breakfast and lunch to be served
Please note that there are no fees to register for this conference
Please register at this link by Wednesday, October 21, 2015
About the Conference:
The conference is part of a multiyear, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded pilot program supporting interdisciplinary research teams. This grant, entitled Catalyzing the Involvement of Humanists and Social Scientists in Grand Challenge Initiatives, brought together five research teams from Purdue University. In bringing together humanities/social sciences and STEM faculty/researchers to address major global problems, we hope to expand the capacity for diverse, interdisciplinary discovery and drive beneficial change, raise public awareness, and improve the human condition. The program is a Purdue-based response to President Obama’s challenge to companies, universities, foundations, and philanthropists to identify and pursue grand challenges by expanding the frontiers of human knowledge about the important problems that we face.
About Nicholas Haan:
Nicholas Haan has an extensive background working in grand challenge areas, including disaster relief, food security, energy and the environment, public health, education, and genetics. Over the past 25 years, his work has crossed the private and public sectors, including working with the UN, governments, universities, and assorted NGOs. A majority of that time has been spent abroad, including East and Southern Africa. Nicholas Haan currently serves as the Global Grand Challenges Director at Singularity University, an innovative Silicon Valley-based program founded by Ray Kurzweil that is described as part-university, part think-tank, and part business incubator.
About Barbara Kline Pope:
Barbara Kline Pope is the Executive Director of the Office of Communications and the National Academies Press, and served as NAP’s Marketing Director for 12 years, and has been using the Web as a dissemination, outreach, and marketing tool since its inception. Barbara is a key proponent of targeted open access to increase dissemination, and she has helped shape online publishing for more than a decade.
Additional Information: A hotel room block for the Policies for Progress Conference has been reserved at Hilton Garden Inn ($100/night). Please call to reserve your room.
Hilton Garden Inn: (765) 743-2100
This conference is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is a joint effort of Purdue University, the Global Policy Research Institute, Discovery Park, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Purdue Libraries and Purdue University Press. This conference was planned in collaboration with Purdue’s System Collaboratory.