The winter Research Meet + Greet networking event will take place on March 5th, 3:30-5:30pm at DePaul’s Collaboratory, DePaul Center, Loop Library, 10th floor.
Professor Ted Anton from DePaul’s English Department will deliver a featured presentation. A prolific, creative and popular science writer, Anton is the author of Eros, Magic and the Murder of Professor Culianu, a book about the murder of University of Chicago Divinity School professor Ioan Culianu. A Renaissance and a history of religion scholar and a native of Romania, only 41 at the time of his murder, was found dead in the men’s room next to his campus office. The book won the Carl Sandburg Award in 1997 and was finalist for a Book Award from the Investigative Reporters and Editors. It was reviewed in The New York Review of Books (by Umberto Eco), New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times as well as Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, NPR and NBC. A more recent commentary on the still unsolved murder case is available from Chicago Maroon, the independent student newspaper of the University of Chicago.
Anton’s recent book, The Planet of Microbes, takes readers through the most recent discoveries about microbes and their potential to “reshape the future of the planet.”
In his presentation, Anton will discuss his research and talk about his most recent project, Star Drive, a fictional novel about biotech gone wrong. He will also address the influence of writers on his work such as Richard Powers, Ann Patchett, and new steampunk writers who are taking ecological concerns and the science-based thriller to new levels.
After Anton’s presentation, 4:00-5:00pm, DePaul faculty and staff will deliver lightning talks discussing their research, creative and service work:
Jim Fairhall from the Department of English will talk about his book “Perfume River,” a book-length fictional short story cycle revolving around the period of the Vietnam War and subsequent decades. Dr. Fairhall will talk about the challenges writing fiction that is embedded in historical events that the characters, living through those events, don’t fully understand.
Randall Honold from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences’ Dean’s Office will present his collaborative project “Photographing Objects.” As part of his presentation, Honold will showcase several images from his collection of photographs that he has taken over the past decade and discuss his ideas about their intention and meaning.
Carol Hughes from the Office of Public Relations and Communications will provide tips on getting good or any press for your research.
Caitlin Karver from the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry will be discussing the work done by her research group that studies inflammation at a chemical level. They have been developing chemical tools to study proteins called inflammatory caspases that are implicated in diseases such as gout, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and sepsis.
Elizabeth Millán from the Department of Philosophy will present on Alexander von Humboldt’s presentation of nature, in particular how Humboldt’s view of the Latin American landscape was distinct from typical Eurocentric views of the period.
Molly Seeley from the Office of the President will talk about the Institute of Global Homelessness, a partnership between DePaul University in Chicago and Depaul International, a London-based organization that provides direct services and advocacy for homeless people in the UK, Ireland, Ukraine, Slovakia, USA, and France. The Institute of Global Homelessness (IGH) supports an emerging global movement to end street homelessness. As a first step toward achieving this goal, the organization is working with key global strategic partners to eradicate street homelessness in 150 cities around the world by 2030.
Please join us on March 5th at the Loop Library for a snapshot of research, creative, service and social justice projects happening at DePaul! Refreshments will be served. For more information on the forum, please contact Ana Lucic.