Lecture Previews

Toward the Bionic Human: Medical Devices and How They Are Powered

Today at 4:30 p.m.

Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

The first human implant of a lithium battery took place over 35 years ago, and undoubtedly times have changed and technologies have improved. Back then, the battery was a lithium-iodine cell used for powering a cardiac pacemaker. Recently, a number of other battery systems — including pacemakers, neurostimulators, drug pumps, implantable cardiac defibrillators, and heart assistance or replacement devices — have been developed and successfully implemented in the medical world.

Although the power cells used in these apparatuses vary, there are requirements that all cells must meet, including safety, reliability, low weight, small size, predictability of performance, low self-discharge, and an end-of-life indication.
In her talk, Esther S. Takeuchi (SUNY distinguished professor at the University of Buffalo for chemical and biological engineering, electrical engineering, and chemistry) will also discuss cell parameters and device performance factors.

A Self-Determination Theory View of Close Relationships: Does Autonomy Help or Hurt?

Today at 4:30 p.m.

Erwin Steinberg Auditorium (Baker Hall A53)

Research has proven that autonomous motivation has positive consequences for heuristic performance as well as psychological well-being. Evidence also shows that when authority figures support the people they are responsible for, those people become more autonomous and display positive outcomes.

However, it is often debated that in close relationships it is necessary to forego autonomy in order to have a successful relationship.
In his lecture, Edward L. Deci (Helen F. and Fred H. Gowen Professor in the department of clinical and social sciences in psychology at the University of Rochester) will review several studies that have found positive results for autonomy in close friendships, romantic partnerships, and developing relationships.

School of Art Lecture Series Presents: Paul Ramirez Jonas

Tuesday, Feb. 23

at 5 p.m.

Kresge Theatre

(College of Fine Arts)

Although he considers himself only a reader, Paul Ramirez Jonas uses pre-existing texts (diaries and old photographs) as a score, where the act of reading is manifested in the form of a performance, sculpture, photograph, or video.

According to Jonas, these are simply re-enactments. He also claims to have more in common with the public than with the author of the original works. As for himself, he serves as a contact point between the artwork and the public. His work has been exhibited in Amsterdam, Stockholm, and New York.

Daring to Leap: The Quest for Purpose

Thursday, Feb. 25

at 4:30 p.m.

Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

Eva Maria Höller-Cladders is an adjunct professor of organizational behavior at Carnegie Mellon, as well as a bridge builder, founder of Audeat International, and a former senior executive in several international roles.

Höller-Cladders will talk of her continuously evolving journey that spans borders and cultures, as well as professional and social roles worldwide.