Four faculty to present Scientia talks April 8

ScientiaFour faculty members will discuss ideas that powerfully influenced and engaged them at the next Scientia colloquia at 4 p.m. April 8.

The colloquium, which is free and open to the public, will be in Herring Hall, Room 100. A reception will follow the talks.

Speakers and their topics will be:

–Jamie Padgett, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, on “Protecting Infrastructure.”

–Ashok Veeraraghavan, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, on “Less is More.”

–Leslie Schwindt-Bayer, associate professor of political science, on “Women in Politics.”

–Gregory Barnett, associate professor of musicology at the Shepherd School of Music, on “Past Soundscapes.”

Scientia is an institute of Rice University faculty founded in 1981 by the mathematician and historian of science Salomon Bochner. The lecture series provides an opportunity for scholarly discussion across disciplinary boundaries; its members and fellows come from a wide range of academic disciplines. For more information on Scientia, visit


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