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Title: Drue Heinz Lecture Series — Devra Davis

The Basics: Devra Davis, head of the world’s first Center on Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health, will discuss her groundbreaking research and public policy efforts undertaken to identify the causes of cancer and propose policies to reduce the risks of the disease. She is the author of When Smoke Ran Like Water (Basic Books, 2002), a National Book Award finalist, and most recently The Secret History of the War on Cancer (Basic Books, 2007).

When: Today at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Carnegie Music Hall

Title: Humanities Center Lecture — “Modernism as Realism”

The Basics: Colin MacCabe, Distinguished University Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and a professor of English and humanities at Birkbeck University in London, will describe the relationship between the cultural movements defined as modernism and those of realism. MacCabe is a writer and film producer whose published work has an emphasis on James Joyce, Jean-Luc Godard, and the theory of language. He is a co-founder of the London Consortium.

When: Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)

Title: School of Art Lecture Series — Steve Lambert

The Basics: Artist Steve Lambert will discuss the ideologies present in his work, specifically his ability to combine uncommon ideas and everyday life and make his art relevant to those inside and outside the gallery. Lambert is an artist and senior fellow at the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology in New York and the founder of the Anti-Advertising Agency, an organization that strives to dissect the strategies used by the advertising and public relations industries to initiate discussion on the effects of advertising in public space. He has received awards from Rhizome/The New Museum, the Creative Work Fund, Adbusters Media Foundation, and the California Arts Council, among others.

When: Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Where: McConomy Auditorium

Title: University Lecture Series — “Thermal Comfort and Productivity”

The Basics: Shin-ichi Tanabe, professor of architecture at Waseda University, will discuss how indoor air quality and other factors affect one’s level of satisfaction with the surrounding environment. Tanabe received the R.G. Nevins Award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in 1989, the Prize of Outstanding Research from the Architectural Institute of Japan in 2002, and most recently, ASHRAE’s fellow award.

When: Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)

Title: University Lecture Series — “Leading Innovation at Bank of America”

The Basics: Matt Calman, senior vice president and innovation executive at Bank of America, will explain the practical and logistical issues of developing innovation in a large company and the human empowerment systems used to enable employees to think creatively. Calman is the leader of the Enterprise Innovation Lab, the Innovation Community of Practice, and the Firebrands network.

When: Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (Baker Hall 136A)