Event Details

Return to the Classroom – New York City


1 afternoon, 3 lectures, a lifetime of learning | February 18, 2017 | 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. | New York, NY


Immerse yourself in Cornell academics, without traveling to Ithaca! Three Cornell faculty members bring the classroom to you through lectures inspired by classes they’re currently teaching on campus. Spend your Saturday learning about cutting edge research and ideas, and reconnecting with other Cornellians! Featuring:

INFO 3450: “Human-Computer Interaction Design” by Gilly Leshed PhD ’09, Senior Lecturer, Department of Information Science

Every day we work, learn, socialize, play, shop and get entertained with and through computers, applications, and devices.  But when do people really work well and enjoy using interactive technologies? How do we make better, more informed decisions about designing such technologies to make them more usable, valuable, and experiential for their users? In this session, we will focus on designing technology from the human perspective toward better user experiences. We will discuss key aspects of the user-centered design process: understanding the user, exploring possible design solutions, crafting prototypes, and evaluating the usability of these prototypes.

PMA 2660: “Television” by Nick Salvato, Associate Professor and Chair, Performing and Media Arts, College of Arts and Sciences
We are now teaching undergraduate students who have had no direct experience or personal memory of television as a twentieth-century phenomenon, well before the age of DVRs and online streaming of audiovisual material. Taking a cue from television’s own infamous Doctor Who, what kind of ‘time-traveling machine’ do we need to introduce our students to the television history that predates the twenty-first century? Where should that spaceship land, and what are the most interesting and important things that we may see and hear when we emerge from it? With a focus on All in the Family as an exemplary case study, this talk explains how and why teaching television forms a vital part of undergraduate training in how to understand moving images, the artistic and industrial contexts in which those images appear, and the historical and philosophical approaches to such work that give it texture and depth.

BME: “Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Highlights of Breakthrough Cancer Research†by Claudia Fischbach-Teschl, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
There is a growing awareness among researchers that petri dish studies of cancer cells are not enough. Cancers exist in living tissue inside living creatures. In order to understand cancers better, researchers must figure out how to study cancer cells in settings that better mimic their physiological context. In her work, Fischbach is using engineering approaches to study the interplay between tumors and their microenvironment. This lecture will cover the highlights of her breakthrough cancer research. Read more: https://www.bme.cornell.edu/bme/news/claudia-fischbach.cfm

Event Details:
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: New York Marriott East Side
525 Lexington Avenue (b/t East 48th and 49th Street), New York, NY 10017
Price: $55 General Admission | $45 Young Alumni (0 – 10 years out)
Your ticket includes access to all three lectures, New York-themed snacks, coffee, tea and beverages and a Cornell branded notebook


1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Doors open and reception
1:30 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. Welcome by Corey Ryan Earle ’07
1:40 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lecture 1 + Q&A
2:30 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. Break
2:40 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Lecture 2 + Q&A
3:30 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. Break
3:40 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Lecture 3 + Q&A
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Additional mingling time; event concludes

About the Emcee:

Corey Ryan Earle ’07 spent the last decade in a variety of roles at Cornell, advising student organizations and helping students and young alumni stay engaged with the university. He developed and taught the popular course “The First American University” about Cornell’s history and is currently studying Higher & Postsecondary Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

About the Speakers:

Claudia Fischbach-Teschl is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University. She received her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Technology from the University of Regensburg, Germany and holds an M.S. in Pharmacy from the Ludwigs-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany. She conducted her postdoctoral work at Harvard University in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences and joined the faculty of Cornell in 2007. Dr. Fischbach-Teschl’s lab applies biomedical engineering strategies to study cancer with the ultimate goal of identifying new mechanisms that may ultimately help to prevent and treat this disease. She serves on the NIH Tumor Microenvironment Study Section and is an editorial board member of various journals including the new ACS journal Biomaterials Science and Engineering. Read more: https://www.bme.cornell.edu/people/profile.cfm?netid=cf99

Gilly Leshed is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Science at Cornell and the Director of the Master of Professional Studies Program in the department. She received her PhD in Information Science from Cornell in 2009. Her teaching and research interests are in Human-Computer Interaction in which she designs technologies from the human perspective, helping people accomplish tasks, work, learn, and socialize. Her recent projects include, for example, designing cost of production calculation tools for coffee farmers in Latin America, designing email systems for people with dyslexia, and designing systems that help citizens participate in public policymaking. http://infosci.cornell.edu/faculty/gilly-leshed

Nick Salvato is Associate Professor and Chair of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University. He is the author of Uncloseting Drama: American Modernism and Queer Performance (Yale University Press, 2010) and Obstruction (Duke University Press, 2016), as well as the pocket monograph Knots Landing for Wayne State University Press’s TV Milestones series (2015). His articles have appeared in a number of prestigious venues, including Camera Obscura, Critical Inquiry, Criticism, Discourse, TDR: The Drama Review, and Theatre Journal. Read more: http://pma.cornell.edu/nick-salvato

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