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Coming to Campus

- October 9, 2007

Coming to Campus is a section announcing visiting speakers of note. Those who wish to submit items for this section should send a brief description (maximum 300 words) of the event, including the date, time, and place, and giving the speaker’s name, title, and outstanding accomplishments to: Visiting Speaker, Advance, 1266 Storrs Road, Storrs, CT 06269-4144, or by e-mail: advance@uconn.edu.

The information must be received by 4 p.m. on Monday, a minimum of two weeks prior to the event.

Columnist to discuss how to boost role of science in policy making

David Goldston, who writes the monthly column “Party of One” about Congress and science policy for Nature magazine, will give a public talk at UConn on Thursday, Oct. 11, about “The Politicization of Science: Consequences and Prescriptions.”

The event will take place in the Class of ’47 Room in Babbidge Library, beginning at 4 p.m. A reception will follow.

He will discuss how to increase the role that science plays in policy design, and the need for sound scientific information to inform government policy.

Goldston was chief of staff for the U.S. House Committee on Science from 2001 through 2006, when he retired from government service after 20 years on Capitol Hill. He is now a visiting lecturer and practitioner-in-residence at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.

He also serves on panels writing policy reports for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Physical Society. He is on the advisory committee for the National Center on Atmospheric Research.

His talk is hosted by Mark Peczuh, associate professor of chemistry, and Kathleen Segerson, professor of economics, both in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Visiting economist to make case for substantial tax on gas

A distinguished visiting economist will speak on campus on Friday, Oct. 12, making the case for “Why We Should Tax Gas, and Substantially So.”

The public lecture by Professor Gregory Mankiw of Harvard University, former chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, will begin at 11 a.m. in the C80 lecture hall of the Information Technologies Engineering Building.

Mankiw is well known for his macroeconomic theories, and as the author of college economics textbooks, Macroeconomics and Principles of Economics.

He has been a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and an adviser to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Congressional Budget Office.

The lecture is sponsored by the Association of Graduate Economics Students, with support from the Economics Department, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and several other departments and centers on campus.

Grateful Dead drummer to bring Global Drum Project to campus

The Global Drum Project, featuring Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju, and Giovanni Hidalgo will appear at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m.

Activist, author, and drummer Hart reunites with tabla master Hussain, Nigerian talking-drum virtuoso Adepoju, and Latin percussionistHidalgo for a celebration of percussion and rhythm.

Their appearance in Storrs is part of a limited tour in honor of the 15th anniversary of their ground-breaking album, Planet Drum, which earned the first-ever Grammy for Best World Music Album.

Hart’s collection of world percussion and music began in 1968, when he met Allah Rakha, Ravi Shankar’s tabla player.

By the early 1980s, Hart had begun an in-depth investigation into the worldwide sociocultural history of percussion.

In 1996, he composed a major drum production with 100 percussionists for the opening of the Centennial Olympic Games.

In 1999, Hart was appointed to the Board of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, where he heads a subcommittee on the digitization and preservation of the Center’s vast collections.

He has written four books: Drumming at the Edge of Music; Planet Drum, a history combined with an album; Spirit into Sound: The Magic of Music; and Songcatchers: In Search of the World’s Music.

He also has created musical scores, soundtracks and themes for movies and television.

The Global Drum Project performance will include dozens of instruments, from human and animal bones to bells, chimes, and metal brushes.

Tickets range from $25 to $30 (some discounts apply). For information or to order tickets, call 860-486-4226, or order online: www.jorgensen.uconn.edu.

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