Symposia is an ongoing invited speakers series with topics ranging from science to an occasional but interesting diversion. It’s a popular course both because of the topics our speakers bring to our attention and because, if your own schedule forces you to miss a class, you will not have lost course continuity—each lecture is on a different topic.
April 18: Like it or not, medical care rationing is a fact of life. One of the major challenges associated with deciding where to place boundary lines between what should or should not be offered in a health care system is deciding what to use as a metric or marker to distinguish one from the other. In this talk, our speaker will discuss how this could be accomplished in an ethically justifiable manner that potentially solves what he has called the "cutoff problem." Our speaker, Philip M. Rosoff, MD is Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Duke Med and chairs the hospital’s Ethics Committee. He has had a long-standing interest in the intersection between clinical ethics and healthcare policy, and this lecture will be drawn from material in his most recent book, Drawing the Line: Healthcare Rationing and the Cutoff Problem.
April 25: The past two decades have witnessed a dramatic increase in global energy consumption. While this need has been largely met by fossil fuels, the rapidly increasing global competition for this limited resource and the expectation that the Earth’s energy needs will double by 2050 and triple by the end of the century, has generated growing concern over future availability. Our speaker, Dr. Tom Meyer, Director of the UNC Energy Frontier Research Center and the Arey Distinguished Professor of Chemistry will be briefing us on solar alternative energies to help alleviate the demands for carbon-based fuels.
May 2: Political Science is both science and art—it’s about doing the possible. One of its local practitioners is Steven Schewel, a Durham City Councilman, and he’ll be offering insights into what it’s like to have a hand in setting policies for a city the size of Durham. Steve, a Duke graduate, co-founded the Indy, our local newspaper, and after leaving that enterprise has devoted his attention and skills to local government.
May 16: Feeding a global population, which now exceeds 7 billion and is forecasted to grow to over 11 billion by the end of this century continues to be one of the greatest challenges facing mankind. Of the many industry segments that comprise the vast agricultural production and supply system, the crop nutrient industry is vital to maintaining soil fertility and enhancing crop yields. Nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium are the three primary plant nutrients, essential to crop health and yields. Steven Markey, a 35-year veteran of that industry, will provide an overview of the role these nutrients play in crop production.
May 23: “Please enter your password.” It’s a request most of us see every day, but if we’re not careful bad things can happen --- and that leads us to today’s speaker. We will be introducing FBI Special Agent Jessica Nye who is the FBI’s regional expert in cyber-crime. She knows people with our demographics are a rich target for hackers, and she will be telling us about some of the scams we have to be aware of, some of the precautions we should take, and at least some of the times when the right response to “Please enter your password” is to close the window.
May 29: David Schanzer, Associate Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University is Director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security and Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at the University at North Chapel Hill. He teaches courses and conducts research on counter-terrorism strategy, counterterrorism law, and homeland security. He is noted for his talks on Global Terrorism and U.S. National Security. Professor Schanzer will tell us about his work.
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