21-22 Faculty Fellows Overview and Schedule

2021-2022 Academic Year Faculty Fellows Overview and Schedule

During the 2021-2022 academic year we will host 14 remote sessions for resident and visiting faculty fellows. Fellows are asked to participate in these sessions as their schedules allow, with the hope that most fellows will attend at least half. In addition, fellows should try to participate in one of the following activities: an explainer video (as detailed below), a rough script or flushed out a podcast idea, or participation in a podcast or video recording. 

Each regular session features either an external speaker presenting on a topic of interest to the overall group, a discussion led by a faculty fellow.

In addition, we anticipate hosting six receptions next year (three each semester, roughly monthly), to which faculty fellows are invited. Some of these may have an internal audience or feature presentations or structured discussions. Others will have an external audience or regional stakeholders working or otherwise interested in an area adjacent to technology and regulation. For instance, we may organize discussions about interdisciplinary research with ORED, informal sessions with the local startup community, or panel discussions on topics of interest to local civic groups.

Schedule: Fellows meet biweekly, generally altering between Mondays at 12pm CT and Wednesdays at 2pm CT. A full schedule of meetings is below.

Workshop structure: Roughly half of the workshop sessions will be led by external speakers presenting their work. These sessions will be open to all UNL faculty and students. Faculty fellows, however, will have priority in asking questions or will be invited to a private follow-on Q&A session with speakers following their public lecture. 

Where appropriate and possible, fellows will be provided copies of materials relating to the speaker’s talk (including copies of books) prior to the session.

Other workshops sessions will be led by faculty fellows. These discussions may be traditional workshop-style presentations of research, but may be less formal discussions on topics of relevance to the cohort of faculty fellows. The defining feature of this program is its interdisciplinarity: faculty fellows are encouraged to take advantage of this, bringing topics of interdisciplinary character to the table.

Additional Opportunities: The center will produce 3-5 "interdisciplinary concepts" explainer videos each semester, in which fellows explain important concepts from their field that are of general interest. These will be produced asynchronously from our other programming, working with a professional video production team. They will be shared and highlighted by the Center, published online, and free for individual fellows to use for their own purposes. Additionally, the center continues to produce its podcast, Tech Refactored. Fellows are always encouraged to submit topic and speaker ideas for episodes of this podcast.

If you are interested in developing an idea for an explainer video or podcast, please contact Elsbeth (elsbeth@unl.edu).

Fall Semester:

Remote sessions are in Elsbeth Magilton's zoom room, fellows should receive that information via email or in the google calendar. 

September:

  • Wednesday September 1 at 2pm, regular remote session, Welcome and Discussion Theme: Recent updates in your field
  • Monday September 13 at 12pm, regular remote session, Discussion Theme: Commonly misunderstood issues from each field 
  • Wednesday September 15 at 5:30pm, in person reception at Turbine Flats, 2124 Y St Lincoln, NE
  • Wednesday September 29 at 2pm, regular remote session, Discussion Theme: communicating complex STEM ideas to a generalist audience 

October:

  • Monday October 11 at 12pm, regular remote session, Discussion Theme: Designing technology to be responsive to human needs
  • Monday October 25 at 12pm, in person lunch on campus with student fellows 
  • Wednesday October 27 at 2pm, regular remote session (lecture/workshop TBD)

November:

  • Monday November 8 at 12pm, regular remote session, Lecture from Dr. Christine Wieseler, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at California State Polytechnical University, Paloma
  • Wednesday November 10 at 5:30pm, in person reception in Lincoln, NE
  • Monday November 22 at 12pm, regular remote session (lecture/workshop TBD)
    (Wednesday is day before Thanksgiving)

December:

  • No regular or in person sessions – Happy Holidays!
  • We are happy to schedule recording sessions or work on other projects during this time.

 

Spring Semester:

January:

  • Wednesday January 12 at 2pm, regular remote session (lecture/workshop)
  • Monday January 24 at 12pm, regular remote session (lecture/workshop)
  • Wednesday January 26 at 12pm, in person lunch in Lincoln, NE

February:

  • Wednesday February 9 at 2pm, regular remote session (lecture/workshop)
  • Wednesday February 23 at 2pm, regular remote session (lecture/workshop)
    (Note, Monday is President’s Day)
  • Monday February 28 at 6:00, in person dinner in Lincoln, NE

March:

  • Monday March 7 at 12pm, regular remote session (lecture/workshop)
  • Wednesday March 23 at 2pm, regular remote session (lecture/workshop)
  • Wednesday March 30 at 5:30, final in person reception in Lincoln, NE

April:

  • Monday April 4 at 12pm, final regular remote session (lecture/workshop)

Selected fellows will be given gcal and outlook calendars to easily subscribe to our schedule.