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Provost's Distinguished Speaker Series

The University of Connecticut is a national leader among public research universities in research prominence, advancements in teaching and learning, and community engagement. A culture of innovation encourages and supports our more than 2,000 full-time faculty in their pursuit of knowledge and promotes a vibrancy and diversity that seizes the opportunities of a dynamic global society.

The Provost’s Distinguished Speaker Series fosters intellectual, professional, and personal growth and collegiality among the University of Connecticut community. This series provides an opportunity for our most recently-inducted Board of Trustees Distinguished Professors and Endowed Chairs to share advances in their expertise and engage thought-provoking discussions.

Along with their respective schools and colleges, we are pleased to host these accomplished scholars who are recognized by the University as Board of Trustees Distinguished Professors or brought to UConn via named chairs with prestigious endowments. These outstanding faculty set the highest standards with their teaching, research, and outreach, and advance our university.

Leslie Loew

Leslie Loew

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Cell Biology, School of Medicine

The Inner Space of Cells

SEPTEMBER 14, 2021
4 to 5 p.m.

WebEx link: https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/uconn-cmr/j.php?MTID=m1a649b7c1f9534577da0fa85439d7f8f

Richard A. Wilson

Richard A. Wilson

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Law, School of Law

Gladstein Distinguished Chair in Human Rights

Free Speech, Hate Speech, and Human Rights

OCTOBER 13, 2021
4 to 5 p.m.

WebEx link: https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/uconn-cmr/j.php?MTID=m67b7f8da1db12a6fae725ef55ab58f57

Marja Hurley

Marja Hurley

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine

Osteoarthritis of Mice and Humans from Bench to Bedside

NOVEMBER 17, 2021
4 to 5 p.m.

WebEx link: https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/uconn-cmr/j.php?MTID=ma1168b02a08ee686f84f51862f36f69a

Dan Fabris

Dan Fabris

Harold S. Schwenk Sr. Distinguished Chair in Chemistry

When Chemistry Meets Biology: New Technologies for Cracking the Epitranscriptomics Code

FEBRUARY 8, 2022
4 to 5 p.m.

WebEx link: https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/uconn-cmr/j.php?MTID=mdf7b7ea49718811d36945bf43b30771c

Radenka Maric

Radenka Maric

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, School of Engineering

CT Clean Energy Fund Professor of Sustainable Energy

Climate Change and Envisioning a Tomorrow in Harmony with Nature

MARCH 9, 2022
4 to 5 p.m.

WebEx link: https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/uconn-cmr/j.php?MTID=m280303cd68b2b04f99c95a07703897a6

Ming-Hui Chen

Ming-Hui Chen

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Statistics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Power Prior: An Approach for leveraging Real World Evidence in Statistical Inference and Designs of Clinical Trials

APRIL 7, 2022
4 to 5 p.m.

WebEx link: https://uconn-cmr.webex.com/uconn-cmr/j.php?MTID=me19d01d154d5646b6a0dbc8e568d3bf2

Past Speakers

April 21, 2021

Voices of Genocide: From German Colonialism in Africa to the Southern District Federal Court of New York

KATHARINA VON HAMMERSTEIN

  • Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

March 23, 2021

Looking into a Name: The Emiliana Pasca Noether Chair and World History

SERGIO LUZZATTO

  • Emiliana Pasca Noether Chair in Modern Italian History, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

February 17, 2021

The Iron Man Approach: Accelerating Materials Development Using Atomistic Models

PAMIR ALPAY

  • Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, UConn School of Engineering
  • Associate Dean for Research and Industrial Partnerships
  • GE Professor in Advanced Manufacturing
  • Executive Director, UConn IPB/Tech Park

December 3, 2020

Well-Being in School, Child, and Community: Advancing the Whole, Not the Sum of Its Parts

SANDRA M. CHAFOULEAS

  • Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology, UConn Neag School of Education
  • Neag Endowed Professor, Department of Educational Psychology

November 16, 2020

Shining Light in the Shadows: My Work in Dietary Supplements

C. MICHAEL WHITE

  • Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Pharmacy Practice, UConn School of Pharmacy
  • Department Head of Pharmacy Practice

February 26, 2020

Trauma, Testimony, and Time: Remembering the Holocaust in the 21st Century

AVINOAM PATT

  • Doris and Simon Konover Chair of Judaic Studies, UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Associate Professor of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
  • Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life

February 5, 2020

The Know-It-All Society

MICHAEL LYNCH

  • Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Director of the UConn Humanities Institute
  • Director of the New England Humanities Consortium

December 2, 2019

The Decline in Public Firms and the Rise of Private Capital

YIMING QIAN

  • Professor and Toscano Family Chair in Finance, UConn School of Business

October 9, 2019

Probing Precipitation from Space: Key to Advancing Predictability of Storm Hazards

EMMANOUIL ANAGNOSTOU

  • Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UConn School of Engineering
  • Eversource Energy Endowed Chair in Environmental Engineering
  • Eversource Energy Center Director