Art Restoration: Philosophy, Materiality, Aesthetics

Two workshops to be held in Spring 2016 to engage interdisciplinary discussions and exchange of views regarding art, its restoration from the the perspectives of philosophers, conservators, restorers, art historians, materials scientists and artists. From the two workshops, a new interdisciplinary collaboration will be forged with the aim of holding a regular series of seminars on art and restoration which will be a cross-campus activity, ranging from Materials Sciences in the School of Engineering to Philosophy in the Division of Humanities.

Chemical Entanglements: Gender and Exposure

This award provides funding for a symposium, lecture, and workshop, which will convene a group of researchers, scientists and community-based researchers, artists, documentarians, and policy makers to assess the gendered impacts of (primarily endocrine-disrupting) chemicals on human populations. By marshaling a variety of perspectives—laboratory, ethnographic, epidemiological, and narrative, this transdisciplinary collaboration will seek to explore how gender has made a difference in the public’s knowledge with regard to the cumulative effects of environmental toxins.

Archaeology & Critical Gaming

Archaeology increasingly uses three-dimensional recordings of excavations, buildings and landscapes as well as virtual reality models to reconstruct developments over time. With the increasing power and popularity of 3DVR gaming systems, immersive environments become viable stages in which archaeological and historical theories can be tested. For academic purposes, it is extremely important to clarify how much of an immersive environment is based on actual data and what the level of speculation is used for the reconstruction of each detail and phase.

Revisiting the Teaching Evaluation: Exploring Practical Ways for the Review Process to Better Assess and Reward Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation

The goal of this event is to improve undergraduate education by assessing ways to make the teaching review process result in a more representative evaluation of teaching effectiveness and efforts to improve instruction. This event is aimed at bringing together those faculty invested in reconsidering and improving the teaching evaluation process on campus.

Women's Health and Gender Differences Cross-Campus Symposium Series

A new symposium series to engage cross-campus collaboration at UCLA in the area of women's health scholarship and research, in particular connecting the College and the Health Sciences to solve complex problems involving women's health and wellness. This series includes both trainees and faculty and is the result of a previous strategic planning conference to promote "North and South" collaboration to improve women's health. Faculty of all disciplines can present their work-in-progress.