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Research Unplugged is a series of student conversations the UHP holds each semester, which serve as a way to connect current research and scholarship to problems of interest to the UHP community. Rather than a traditional panel discussion of faculty speaking to students, “Research Unplugged” is a dialogue between friends where faculty participants serve to bring a level of expertise, nuance, and gravity to the conversation that would not be possible otherwise. Each semester, we invite 2-4 faculty from various disciplines, whose research generally concerns the topic of the day, to participate as members of the conversation.

All conversations begin at 3pm in the UHP offices in Clark Hall. Light refreshments are provided. For more information, or to recommend faculty speakers, contact Dr. Aaron Stoller, Associate Director, University Honors Program.

For Spring 2014, Research Unplugged welcomes the following faculty, staff and students:

January 10: Bees, pollination, and colony collapse disorder

  • Dr. John Ambrose
  • Dr. Sue Carson

January 24: Science and pseudoscience

  • Dr. David Austin
  • Dr. John Hubisz

February 7: Open access and the politics of academic publishing

  • Mr. Will Cross
  • Mr. Darby Orcutt

February 28: The role of the humanities and social sciences in culture

  • Dr. Maxine Atkinson
  • Dr. Jeff Braden
  • Dr. David Zonderman

March 21: “Fellowships Unplugged” – come learn about fellowship opportunities! All majors and years are welcome!

  • Dr. Tiffany Kershner

March 28: Hydraulic fracturing

  • Dr. John Fountain

April 4: The future of NC State

  • Chancellor Randy Woodson