Dr. Pablo Blesa speaks on social media and the Arab Spring

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Guest speaker Dr. Pablo Blesa discusses issues facing the European Union and the Arab world today. Blesa is vice rector at the Catholic University in Murcia Spain. This free Global Opportunities Week event was sponsored with Office of International Affairs at UAA.

He examines the role of education, communication and social media in the Middle East beginning with the Tunisian Revolution in December 2010. He asks how access to education and Internet (or lack thereof) has impacted Arab economies and government.

This podcast was recorded Sept. 22, 2011.

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Network Scaling: The Growth and Behavior of Organisms and Societies, with Dr. Melanie Moses

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Scaling properties of networks that deliver energy and information within industrial societies can affect the behavior of people living in those societies. Scaling theory offers the perspective that human life spans, reproductive choices, and economic structures may be constrained by the way that energy flows through networks in modern societies.

Melanie Moses is an assistant professor in the Department of computer science at the University of New Mexico with a joint appointment to the Department of Biology. She concentrates on scaling properties of biological social and information networks, and the general rules governing the acquisition and efficiency of energy and information exchanges in complex adaptive systems.

This talk was co-sponsored by Undergraduate Research, College of Arts and Sciences and the UAA Honors College. This podcast was recorded Oct. 13, 2011.

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