Research News & Happenings of Related Interest at U-M

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  • Friday, November 20 - Saturday, November 21, 2015
    A Two-Day, Crosscutting, Interdisciplinary (ICAM) Symposium—
    "Emergence: Compelling Examples and Unifying Approaches," co-sponsored by the U-M branch of the Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter (ICAM), and the University of Michigan LSA's Center for the Study of Complex Systems (CSCS)
    Co-Organized with U-M Professors James W. Allen, Ph.D. (Emeritus)- Physics; and Michal R. Zochowski, Ph.D.- Biophysics,
    hosted by the U-M LSA's Center for the Study of Complex Systems (CSCS)
    Fri. 9:00am - 5:00pm ;  Sat.  9:00am - 3:30pm   //
    Rm. 340, West Hall, 1085 S. University St.  //
    U-M Central Campus, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1107.

    Eight prestigious guest speakers from diverse disciplines, including a discussion moderator, explore commonalities of emergent coorperative behaviors across multiple complexity levels. Examples, modeling, and perspectives from the physical and social sciences, and philosophy provided throughout all sessions. Closing session features a moderated integrative discussion session.
    This free event is open to all U-M faculty, staff, and students; no reservations required.
    For the call for topical posters, and contact information, see the event poster and event website .

  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015
    Bioethics Grand Rounds for January, U-M Medical School (UMMS)—
    "Altered States: LSD, Anesthesia, and the Foundation of Bioethics"
    PCCS faculty affiliate, George A. Mashour, M.D., Ph.D.,
    Associate Professor, U-M School of Medicine
    Department of Anesthesiology

    hosted by the U-M Medical School's
    Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM)
    12:00pm // Ford Auditorium (Second Floor), University Hospitals
    1500 E. Medical Center Dr. // U-M Medical Campus, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.

    A discussion on one of the legendary figures of anesthesiology, Henry Beecher, and how his covert involvement with LSD and the CIA created a foundation for the IRB and clinical research ethics in the US.
    This free event is open to all U-M faculty, staff, and members of the public.
    Box lunches will be served, courtesy of CBSSM. The Bioethics Grand Rounds is sponsored by the UMHS Adult Medical Ethics Committee; and the Program of Society and Medicine. For more information, visit: CBSSM's News & Events section of their website.

  • Thursday, November 13, 2014
    Inaugural Lecture of the Center for Consciousness Science (CCS), U-M Medical School (UMMS):
    "The Nature of Consciousness and the Function of Sleep"
    Professors Giulio Tononi, M.D., Ph.D.; and Chiara Cirelli, M.D., Ph.D.,
    School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry,
    University of Wisconsin-Madison,

    hosted by the U-M Medical School's Center for Consciousness Science (CCS)
    at 9:00am // Amphitheatre (4th Floor), Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies (Rackham Building), 915 E. Washington St.
    U-M Central Campus, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070.

    Renowned neuroscientists Tononi and Cirelli will deliver the inaugural lectures for the CCS, followed by a reception. The mission of UMMS' newly instituted CCS is to advance multidisciplinary research, education, and clinical care as it relates to consciousness. PCCS congratulates our faculty affiliate, George A. Mashour, M.D., Ph.D., as founding director of CCS.
    This free event is open to all U-M faculty, staff, and students.
    For more information, visit: UMHS Headlines' announcement.
    Also of related interest: Visit the speakers' affiliated Center for Sleep and Consciousness at the UW-Madison.

  • Friday, November 7, 2014
    "Temples as Yoga," a lecture by Michael W. Meister,
    Professor of South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania (Penn)

    hosted by the U-M Department of the History of Art-
    Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA)
    at 4:00pm // Rm. 180, Tappan Hall, 855 S. University Ave.
    U-M Central Campus, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1357.

    Visiting lecturer, Prof. Meister, shares a personal perspective on the study and significance of India's architectural traditions.
    This event is open to the public and free.
    For more information, and links to Prof. Meister's bio, see the History of Art's online Events posting.
    Also of related interest: Read an interview in the LSA History of Art department's Newsletter, with Prof. Nachiket Chanchani, about the U-M course he teaches, The Art of Yoga (ASIAN 304 / HISTART 304).

  • Friday, October 3, 2014
    "Creativity and Consciousness in Music," a talk by U-M PCCS Director Ed Sarath, in a lecture series presented by Project LIAison
    at 4:00pm // Art & Architecture Bldg., 2000 Bonisteel Blvd.
    (U-M North Campus) // Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069.

    Lia Min, a Project LIAison Research Fellow, sponsored by the Life Sciences Institute and the Stamps School of Art & Design, is teaching an undergraduate course in Fall Term, called The Mandorla of Life Sciences and the The Arts (ARTDES 398.002 & 398.003).
    All Friday lectures in this series are open to the public and free.
    Note many other exciting talks scheduled and listed in the full poster.

  • Monday, April 21, 2014
    Seven receive U-M's Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award
    Six faculty members and one professional staff member who have shown dedication to developing cultural and ethnic diversity at U-M have received the 2014 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award
    from the Office of the Provost.
    Among the recipients is PCCS Director and NCID Fellow, Ed Sarath. Read full details at the above link.
    Congratulations to Prof. Sarath!

  • Monday, March 31 - Thursday, April 3, 2014
    The UpstART Festival, sponsored by
    University of Michigan Arts Consortium

    U-M's four-day, inaugural UpstART Festival explores the dynamic ways in which the arts permeate and influence learning across all disciplines. Student presenters and exhibitors; speakers & performers include students, faculty, staff, and special guests.
    PCCS director Ed Sarath is speaking on
    "Improvisation, Creativity, and Consciousness,"

    at 7:00pm, Wednesday, April 2 // Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre,
    Michigan League, 911 N University Ave. (U-M Central Campus) //
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109.

    Link for the full schedule of events and more information about UPSTART at

  • Friday, November 30 - Friday, December 7, 2012
    U-M SMT&D’s "Jazz Week" Events
    to include a multimedia performance "Celebrating Tagore"
    in conjunction with LSA, at Hill Auditorium on Dec. 6, 8 p.m.
    We’re all very pleased to be celebrating 25 years of the department of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at U-M, and proud of the many innovative strides and stellar contributions by our alumni, faculty, and students to the world-wide jazz community over the years.
    Linda Yohn of WEMU interviews department chair Ellen Rowe,
    and program founder Ed Sarath.

    For a complete schedule of activities, see
    the Fall 2012 issue of The Muse.

event poster
Exciting Two-Day ICAM Symposium, hosted at U-M
Interdisciplinary, crosscutting explorations in Quantum Phenomena, Cognition, Machine Intelligence ...and more!; free & open to the public.
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