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Making the Unipolar Moment: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Rise of the Post-Cold War Order

May 3, 2017, 12-1:30 PM

Hal Brands
John Hopkins University

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xTalk: Innovative Approaches for Enhancing the 21st Century Student Experience

May 3, 2017, 3 PM

Hamish Coates

Everyone engaged in higher education wants students to succeed. Yet existing research into student success is vexed and at risk of stalling. Entrenched rituals for garnering evidence are yielding diminishing returns. Dated myths are used to identify who students are and how they experience higher education. People lack data to help plan the really meaningful experiences which flowed serendipitously in smaller and more regulated systems.Drawing from 15 years working with hundreds of institutions in around 50 countries, this seminar presents insights from a work program executed to bring about sustained enhancement of the student experience. It concentrates on findings from recent Australian innovation which has defined new concepts for understanding higher education students, identified new data sources and assessment approaches, and engaged institutions in enhancement work and new conversations about students.Hamish Coates is Professor of Higher Education at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE), University of Melbourne.

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One of a Series: Physics Colloquium

New Views of the Universe

May 4, 2017, 4 PM

Dragan Huterer
University of Michigan

Host: Physics Graduate Student Council

I will discuss how progress in cosmology over the past decade has improved our understanding of dark matter, dark energy, and the physics of the early universe. I will particularly concentrate on the developments in mapping out the expansion rate of the universe and the growth of density fluctuations in order to better understand dark energy, and eventually identify the physics responsible for universe's accelerated expansion.

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Effects of Oxygenated Fuel on PM Emissions in a DISI Engine

May 4, 2017, 4:15-5:30 PM

Yihao Zhang
Masters Candidate
Sloan Automotive Lab

Cambridge, MA

Leadership and the Lens: Learning at the Intersection of Innovation and Image-Making

May 8-10, 2017

A few days spent away is precious little time to make a difference in your leadership capability. Leadership and the Lens makes the most of that time by immersing participants into a different world of dynamic possibilities. Co-taught by MIT?s Hal Gregersen (The Innovator?s DNA) and Sam Abell (The Life of a Photograph), this workshop uses a familiar tool?the camera?to explore how unseen opportunities reveal themselves?and how the most effective leaders spot them, before it?s too late.

Gregersen and Abell discovered for themselves the deep resonance of their work when they met at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. Expecting Abell?s mentorship to make him a better photographer, Gregersen was surprised to find it also enriched his own research on leadership. His interviews with 150+ senior executives of the world?s most innovative companies?people like Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff and Cirque du Soleil CEO Daniel Lamarre?had led him to see that groundbreaking solutions start with catalytic questions. Now he saw that his core advice on how to reimagine organizational strategies and cultures mapped directly onto what Abell has taught for decades about creating photographs worthy of National Geographic.

To frame better questions, most leaders need to check habits and beliefs they have gained over life-long careers?for example, that they must always be confidently right and quick to call others to action. Seeing new possibilities for an organization often demands the opposite: an eagerness to find what one is dead wrong about, a willingness to step back and quietly listen, and a patience to take in the dynamics of a situation, especially an uncomfortable one. By putting themselves in contexts that compel them to adopt these new attitudes, leaders raise their odds of surfacing questions that can unlock entirely new avenues of value creation. In the same way, the best photographers commit themselves to daily habits that develop deep seeing skills. They patiently ?compose and wait? out in the field, where vulnerability often leads to inevitable, powerful images. They learn to study their settings as deeply as their subjects, and as they do, images (and life itself) light up.

Gregersen and Abell lead this workshop with all the enthusiasm that comes from their discovery of a novel, hybrid method of learning. Past participants have called it a transformative experience. To approach the world with eyes wide open and a camera in hand is to be inquisitive. It provokes questions like: What surprises will I encounter? How will I capture them? What message am I trying to share?and what will the images I produce say about me and my values as a leader? Spend these few days in Cambridge, and discover what new capabilities might develop in you.

This program is offered in association with Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, and is limited to 15 participants. Registered participants will be asked to submit 10-15 photographs they have taken, as valuable input to the instruction.

Please note: The program was formerly known as "Innovation and Images: Exploring the Intersections of Leadership and Photography."

Expect to leave this program with new insights regarding:

  • How leaders of the world?s most innovative organizations approach their work differently.
  • Why some questions prove especially ?catalytic?? capable of breaking down barriers and accelerating progress in new directions.
  • How exploring the intersection of two disciplines that combine art and science?leadership and photography?enhances creativity in both.
  • How simple changes in behavior and perspective increase your chances of encountering assumption-challenging input and exploring its implications.
  • Why the quest to uncover ?what you don?t know you don?t know? is central to both game-changing innovation and great image-making.
  • What prevailing conditions, deliberately sought or constructed by the leader, cause fresh questions to arise continually and productively?

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xTalk: Why You Don't Know Your Carbon Footprint

May 9, 2017, 3-4 PM

Ory Zi

The world is in the midst of a climate crisis. At the same time, essential policies (cap and trade, carbon tax, clean power plan, CAFE regulations) are either dead or dying. The market must step-in and act. Consumers and investors must hold companies and policymakers accountable. The oxygen of markets is metrics and the climate metric is carbon footprint. So why is it that we are so carbon illiterate? Why is it that nearly no-one knows the carbon footprint of anything? and what can we do to fix this situation?A necessary condition is quantitative thinking -- not adjectives and anecdotes like 'renewable' and 'sustainable' -- but metrics rooted in data and science. Greenometry's mission is to readily communicate the carbon footprint of everything. Consistent, accurate, and simple metrics are a necessary condition for behavior change. Greenometry's approach combines behavioral aspects, data, and simple physics. Zik's talk will present the foundations of his thinking, the overall platform that will enable ubiquitous carbon footprinting, and specific results on scope 2 emissions, the inclusion of water, and the carbon footprint of solar energy.

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Dragonfly: Exploring Titan's Prebiotic Organic Chemistry and Habitability

May 9, 2017, 12:30-1:30 PM

Zibi Turtle

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The discovery of Kisqali (ribociclib), a CDK4/6 inhibitor for the treatment of breast cancer

May 11, 2017, 4-6 PM

Heather Maynard
Chris Brain