People, papers and presentations for May 8, 2023

people, papers, presentations

Alexandra Kieffer, an associate professor of musicology in Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, has been awarded a $40,000 fellowship by the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation to support a semester of dedicated research and writing. Kieffer plans to write a book, provisionally titled “Efficacious Song: Music, Bodies and Religion in Modern Thought.” The book will discuss relationships among song, rhythm and religious ritual in post-Enlightenment European intellectual history, with a particular focus on the role of early 20th-century social science in shaping the modern categories of experience and belief.

In its inaugural report, the National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee (NAIAC) — which includes Fred Oswald, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Social Sciences — provides President Joe Biden with recommendations on leadership in research and development of trustworthy AI, supporting and providing opportunity to the U.S. workforce, and international collaboration. Read the report here.

In the latest episodes of the American Psychological Association’s podcast, Eduardo Salas, the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline professor and chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences, discusses the key ingredients of effective teams, touching on how industries such as aviation and medicine have evolved in their approach to teamwork.

Hagop Kantarjian, nonresident fellow in health policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, was awarded the highest honor from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the 2023 David A. Karnofsky Memorial Award, for lifelong contributions to leukemia research and patient care. Kantarjian is also chair of leukemia at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.