The Center for Advanced Study will host an inaugural research symposium April 20-21 to showcase the work of the center's associates and fellows.
"This inaugural two-day Interdisciplinary Spring Symposium will provide an opportunity for some of our recent associates and fellows to talk about the projects they have pursued during their residency in CAS," said Tamer Baar, the director of the Center for Advanced Study and a professor of electrical and computer engineering. "The broader campus community as well as the public will have the opportunity to hear about some of the best innovative research recently carried out by faculty members across multiple disciplines."
Held in the Knight Auditorium of Spurlock Museum, the symposium is free and open to the public. It will feature an opening panel discussion of interdisciplinary research at the U. of I. The panel will include the directors of the Center for Advanced Study, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.
The panel discussion will be followed by five sessions over a day and a half during which 14 faculty members will discuss their research. The topics range from petascale astronomy to the globalization of music and functional DNA technology to the American Arts Colony.
"Our Center for Advanced Study is one of a kind in the country, serving our faculty and students across all disciplines by providing special recognition for achievement, release time from academic duties for pursuing meritorious special projects, and opportunities for participation in an interdisciplinary scholarly community," Baar said.
More information about the symposium and the research projects is available online at the center's website.