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The Roundtable Series is hosted by the Honors Program every semester. Rountables are an informal forum in which faculty and guest lecturers can present on their research and topics of interest to the campus community. Please see below for a list of upcoming and past Roundtable presentations.

Spring 2018
1. RMU Professor Benjamin Campbell ~ "Running for Local Office: Mistakes Made and Lessons Learned"

Thursday, January 25 from 5-6pm in Hopwood Hall. 

Dr. Campbell was elected last fall to the Pine-Richland School Board in a very competitive race. In this Roundtable he will talk about the experience, what he learned being a political novice, and the importance of local service, like serving on school boards. 

2. Guest Speakers Katherine Behar, Courtney Ehrilchman, and RMU Professor Woodrow Winchester III"Autonomous Vehicles and Transportation Equity: Plague,     Panacea, or Something In Between?"

Wednesday, January 31 from noon-2pm in the Wheatley Atrium. 

What technological and social considerations arise with the development of self-driving cars and other transportation? Can human-centered design and diversity in the engineering and public policy fields have a positive impact on future waves of public and private transportation? Hear from a diverse panel of experts who will share their professional and personal perspectives. Panelists include a New Media Artist, a Human-Centered Design Engineer, and a Autonomous Transportation Policy expert.

3. RMU Professor Monica VanDieren"What do Tinker Toys, Laws, and Hotels Have in Common?

Tuesday, February 6 from 11-12:15 in Franklin 204.

Dr. VanDieren will be discussing her research on the model theory of abstract elementary classes. The only prerequisite for this talk is the willingness to play with tinker toys and learn a little math! 

4. RMU Professor Soren Fanning~ "Was Marx Right? Technology, Society, and a Look at Our Future"

Thursday, February 22 from 11-12:15 in Hale 310. 

Advances in technology, 3D printing, and a growing population will redefine human civilization in the coming century. RMU World Historian Soren Fanning lays out the challenges- and promises- of the next hundred years, showing that the future may by both much better and much stranger than we ever imagined.  

Fall 2017
1. RMU Professor Jessica Kamerer~ "Integrating Technology and Learning Support Resources to Help Student Succeed"
2. RMU Professor  Soren Fanning"The Great Experiment: The Soviet Union, 100 Years Later"
3. RMU Professor Rika Carlsen"Reducing the Impact: Investigating the Biomechanics of Traumatic Brain Injury"

Spring 2017
1. Guest Speakers Bradley C.S. Watson,  Jennifer Sweet-Cushman, and Gladden Pappin ~ "The 2016 Presidential Election in Retrospect: A Panel Discussion"
2. RMU Professor  Soren Fanning"From Russia with Love: A Look Inside Putin's Russia"
3. RMU Honors Students Allison Dushack and Jocelyn Young"What's APP?!"
4. RMU Professor Connie Ruzich~ "The Forbidden Zone: Women's Poetry and Boundaries in the First World War"
5. RMU Professor Monica VanDieren~ "What You Need to Know about Google but Were Afraid to Ask"

Fall 2016
1RMU Professors Anthony Moretti and Justin DePlato and Students ~ "What We Saw At The Party Conventions" 
2. RMU Professor Soren Fanning"WWI: The Biggest American War You've Forgotten"
3. Former RMU Rooney Scholar Tanvir Wasti~ "Turkey: The Recent Past"
4. RMU Professor Alan Smith"Research Strategies"
5. RMU Professor Petros Malakyan"Engaging in Organizational Leadership is Everybody's Business"

Spring 2016
  1. RMU Professor Liang Hong~ "A Flexible Bayesian Nonparametric Credibility Model"
  2. RMU Professor Marcel Minutolo and his Topics in Sustainability students"Tiny Project with Huge Goals: Can Tiny Houses Solve Homelessness?"
  3. RMU Professor Monica VanDieren~ "A Trip into the Mind-bending World of Projective Geometry"
  4. RMU Professor Philip Harold~ "What We Learned Doing Political Polling with the RMU Polling Institute"

Fall 2015
  1. RMU Professor Scott Spangler~ "The Student Academic Culture Today: Understanding How Students Are Interacting With Technology"
  2. RMU Professor James Bernauer~ "The Role of Creativity in Learning and Conducting Research"
  3.  RMU Professor Monica VanDieren~"Reaching the Next Level of Infinity"

Spring 2015
  1. RMU Professor Jim Vincent~ "Irish-American and African-American Relations in the Developing United States"
  2. RMU Professor Maddie Ranade~ "Changing Mindsets to Succeed in College"
  3. RMU Professor Soren Fanning~ "The Other Rome: A Tour through the Lost World of Constantinople"
  4. RMU Professor Elizabeth Stork~ "Decision Making: What Path Should I Take?"
  5. RMU Professor Daria Crawley"She’s Already Busy: Exploring the Dimensionality of Organizational Citizenship Behavior"
  6.  RMU Professor Connie Ruzich~"Cake or Death?  Researching WWI and Other Adventures in England"
  7. Guest Speakers Patrick Lope and Daniel Mross~ Screening of their documentary "The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin"
  8. Guest Speaker Julie Nelson~ "Interning, Working, and Volunteering Abroad"

Fall 2014
  1. RMU Professor Elizabeth Stork~ "Women and Power in the Print Media"
  2. RMU Professor Barbara Burgess-Lefebvre~ "Researching Titanic the Musical"
  3. RMU Professor Benjamin Campbell~ "Engineering Student Research Projects"
  4. Guest Speaker Ray Gastil~"Connecting Art, Literature, and City Planning"
  5. RMU Professor Liang Hong~ "Risk Pooling- How Insurance Works"
  6. RMU Professor Monica VanDieren~ "The Mathematics Behind Enigma"
Spring 2014
  1. RMU Professor Yvonne Bland~"Managing Stagefright: Taming the Green Monster"
  2. Guest Speaker Greta Schiller, Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker~ "Earth Repair: Ecological Restoration & Environmental Ethics"
  3. Video Conference Speaker Iryna Fedets, Visiting Senior Policy Analyst for Economic Freedom in Europe and Central Asia with the Heritage Foundation~"Ukraine in 2014: New Reality for the Country and for the World"
  4. RMU Professor Chris Groendyke~"Overview and Applications of Statistical Network Science"
  5. Guest Speaker Jeurgen Rekus, Professor of Pedagogy at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany~ "Schooling in Germany: Traditions and Recent Developments"
  6. RMU Professor Sushma Mishra~"How Secure is your Healthcare Record?"
Fall 2013
  1. RMU Professor Hyla Willis~"Borders, Walls, and Citizenship"
  2. RMU Professor Soren Fanning~"Membership Has it's Privileges: Construction National and Regional Identity in the Modern World"
  3. Guest Speaker Rocco Buttiglione, Political Science Professor, Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, and President of the Union of Centre Political Party~ "A New Era in Italian Politics"
Spring 2013
Theme for semester~"Global Voices"
  1. Rooney Scholar Sunny Dooley~"The Level of Knowledge in Traditional and Counter Traditional Folklore"
  2. RMU Professor Sylvia Pamboukian~ "Rise of Medical Professionalism and Quackery in Nineteenth Century Britain"
  3. RMU Professor Philip Harold~"What I Saw in Israel/Palestine"
  4. RMU Professor Artemisia Apostolopoulou~"Olympic and Professional Sport Licensing"
  5. Guest Speaker Jeurgen Rekus, Professor of Pedagogy at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany"The Non-Empirical Foundations of Teaching"
Fall 2012
Theme for semester~"Storytelling"
  1. Guest Speaker Andrew Gordon, Associate Professor at the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies~ "Personal Stories on the Web: The Collection, Analysis, and Retrieval of Tens of Millions of Stories from Weblogs
  2. RMU Professor Anthony Moretti~"Political Storytelling: What I Saw at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions"
  3. RMU Professor Edward Karshner~“Dan Brown Begay: The Emergence of New Navajo Folklore"
  4. RMU Professor Monica VanDieren~“A Finite Story of the Infinite"
Spring 2012
Theme for semester~"War & Peace"
  1. RMU Professor  Monica VanDieren~“Two-Thousand Years of Cryptography in War” 
  2. RMU Professor Dan Barr~"Security before Peace: The Delaware Indian Ordeal during the French & Indian War, 1755-1758”
  3. RMU Professor Benjamin Campbell~“Laser Weapons: Past, Present and Future”
  4. Panel Discussion featuring Sid Zonn, Dan Shelley, and John McCarthy~“Perspectives on the Vietnam War”
  5. Panel Discussion~“The Iraq and Afghanistan Wars” 

Fall 2011

  1. Guest Speaker Gary Gregg~"Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Taft on Presidential Power"
  2. Guest Speaker Jay Cost~"From Clerk to Leader of the Free World: The Evolution of American Presidential Leadership”
  3. RMU Professor Elizabeth Stork~“Needs and Fears in Leaders and Followers"
  4. RMU Professor Monica VanDieren~“Women Leaders in Math and Science"
  5. Panel Discussion featuring Ken LaSota, George Semich, Pittsburgh City Councilman Patrick Dowd, and Moon Township Supervisor Nancy Mills~“Involvement in Local Politics"