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Coffee with the Profs

One of the MSU Alumni Association’s long-standing featured offerings, the Coffee with the Profs series highlights research and work done by some of the university’s finest faculty and staff.

The cost is $75 for 5 sessions and includes coffee and parking. All presentations begin at 10:00 a.m. and take place at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center. Please note that this is a series, so registration is for the series only, not individual presentations.

Registration for the Fall 2018 series is now full. Space is limited to 50 people and the program fills quickly. Registration is online with a credit card, which is handled through the university’s secure, PCI-compliant server. Due to increased measures by Michigan State University to ensure a secure credit card transaction, we cannot accept credit card payments over the phone for this program.

Each presentation from the series is livestreamed and then placed in our livestreamed archive so you can watch them at any time after the original presentation.

Fall 2018 Campus Series

Monday, October 15
CONNECTING MID-MICHIGAN WITH THE WORLD THROUGH TRADE
Jade Sims, international trade specialist, MSU International Business Center
It’s virtually impossible to make it through the morning with your hot cup of coffee or drive yourself to the office without being touched—several times—by global trade. Why is global trade important and what is mid-Michigan’s role in the global marketplace?  We’ll discuss local companies and their global impacts, as well as how foreign economic policies affect us all.

Monday, October 29
WELCOME TO THE SOUL-STIRRING, NOTABLE WORLD OF AMERICAN JAZZ
Rodney Whitaker, University Distinguished Professor of Jazz Studies
Listen to the story of one of the country’s musical treasures - its jazz heritage. History and culture combine to enhance understanding of a spirited art form both contemporary and enduring. One of the key components? The jazz double bass, of course.

Monday, November 5
MSU’s DETROIT CENTER: INSPIRING, SUPPORTING METRO DETROIT YOUTH
Jena Baker-Calloway, director, MSU Detroit Center and MSU Partnerships Office
Just an expressway away, the MSU Detroit Center provides outreach to aspiring Spartans
among the city’s young people. It has helped expand the MSU Science Festival, hosted exhibitions pre-college workshops, houses the Community Music School-Detroit and is a preferred venue for community meetings and events aligned with the university’s mission of providing outstanding education and advancing outreach, engagement and economic development.

Monday, November 12
NEW ETHICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT HEALTH, MEDICINE AND GENETICS IN AMERICA
Sean Valles, associate professor, Lyman Briggs College
Health in America has fallen far behind the health of other wealthy countries. But how should we establish ethical priorities trying to catch up? What can we learn from current theory and evidence about the prospects for new medical treatments and genetic tests? Health researchers revisit old ethical questions about why we get sick and how to help us live healthier lives.

Monday, November 19
SOLAR PANELS? RENEWABLE ENERGY? A CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY CAMPAIGN
Wolfgang Bauer, senior consultant to the executive vice president and University Distinguished Professor of Physics
In today’s world, energy efficiency keeps a community strong and vibrant. How? Through big data, cyber-enabled research, and physics principles. Campus demands require innovation both seen, including solar panels, and unseen, such as intricate technology designs.

 

Archived Series

Each presentation from the series is placed in our livestreamed archive so you can watch them at any time.

 

For more information: If you have questions about the Coffee with the Profs program or would like to be added to the email list, please contact Elizabeth Wheeler via email or by calling (517) 884-2106.