Lecture Previews

John R. McNeill

Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

John R. McNeill, an author, environmental historian, and history professor at Georgetown University, will deliver a lecture called “The Global Environment and Human History Since 1900.” McNeill has written two books, The Mountains of the Mediterranean World: An Environmental History and Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World, the latter of which won the World History Association book prize in 2000.

Since 1985, McNeill has been a professor in both the School of Foreign Service and the history department at Georgetown. His lecture is hosted by the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research and co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Education.

Keynote Lecture: Ron Weiss

Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

Ron Weiss, associate professor of biological engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will be the keynote lecturer for the sixth annual Graduate Biomedical Engineering Society Distinguished Speaker Symposium. The theme for this year’s symposium is “Discussions at the Interface of Nature & Technology,” and will explore the multidisciplinary research areas that have emerged in science and engineering.

Weiss will give a lecture on “Synthetic biology: from parts to modules to therapeutic systems.”

Weiss earned his master’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT and was a professor at Princeton University before returning to MIT in 2009. In his talk, he will describe his research at MIT and its integrated computational approach to engineering complex behavior in living organisms.

Charles Perrow

Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

Charles Perrow is the research scholar and professor emeritus of sociology at Yale University and a visiting professor at Stanford University. An organizational theorist, he has written six books, including Organizing America: Wealth, Power, and the Origins of American Capitalism and The AIDS Disaster: The Failure of Organizations in New York and the Nation.

Perrow’s lecture, “Prosaic Disasters,” will review the organizational failures behind recent catastrophes, such as the United States’ economic meltdown and last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. His talk will be presented as part of Carnegie Mellon’s Distinguished Lecture Series in Environmental Science, Technology, and Policy: Human Dimensions of Technology.

Adamson Student Writing Awards Ceremony: K.C. Constantine

Friday at 8 p.m.

Adamson Auditorium

(Baker Hall 136A)

Author K.C. Constantine will talk as this year’s Adamson Award Ceremony speaker. Constantine, a native of western Pennsylvania, is the author of the Mario Balzic series of detective novels, set in the fictional Rocksburgh, Pa.

The Adamson Awards for student writing will also be presented at the event. The Adamson Awards are given out yearly for exellence in fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and non-fiction.