Landry Signé presened a free lecture about the developing markets affected by political change.
Signé was born in Cameroon and has lived all over the world. He is the newest professor in UAA’s Political Science Department and previously taught at Stanford University and the University of Oxford, in addition to serving as chairman of the Global Network for Africa’s Prosperity. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Montreal and is a frequent commentator on issues of African governance, emerging markets and economic development. His work has appeared in many leading periodicals including The New York Times.
Dr. David Krakauer is the director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and co-director of the Center for Complex Systems and Collective Computation at University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary theory from Oxford University.
Dr. Krakauer’s research focuses on the evolutionary history of information processing in biology and culture, including genetic, neural, linguistic and cultural mechanisms. The research spans multiple levels of organization, seeking analogous patterns and principles in genetics, cell biology, microbiology and in organismal behavior and society.
What is intelligence, where does it come from, and why does it appear to be so rare in the known universe? In this talk I shall provide an overview of our historical attempts to explain, define, and improve our intelligence. I shall explore the extraordinary and diverse forms of intelligence across life on earth, and consider the future of intelligence – the extended mind – in an age of increasing dependence upon machines. If the extended mind is the universe’s way of understanding itself, what will this cosmological self-awareness produce?
Krakauer’s visit to UAA was made possible by the campus Complex Systems Group. This podcast was recorded Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 in UAA Fine Arts 150.
In honor of Alaska’s first governor, Valdez-born William Egan, the UAA College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Political Science hosted a public reading of research by two students into how Egan influenced the oil pipeline and Alaska fisheries during his tenure as governor from 1959-1966.
The two students presenting, Calvin Henry and Samantha Mack, each received an Egan Award for their work.
The Program Prioritization leadership teams held three scheduled briefings. At these briefings, the chairs of both the Academic Task Force and the Support Task Force, as well as Provost Baker and Vice Chancellor Spindle, shared information about where UAA is in the prioritization process. They also answered questions raised by faculty and staff. Briefings were held in the UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307 on the following days:
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 3–4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 3, 3–4:30 p.m. Friday
Oct. 4, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.