The featured guest for the 2014 CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS program is Dr. David Relman, the Thomas C. and Joan M. Merigan Professor in the Departments of Medicine, and of Microbiology and Immunology, at Stanford University, and Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System in Palo Alto, California.
A member of the Institute of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for Advancement of Science, Dr. Relman is one of the world’s most widely cited scholars of the human microbiome, microbial diversity and function. Dr. Relman will share his unique insights not only into how microbial organisms are fundamental to human health and adaptability, but also into how the study of the microbiome can enable science to recognize and intervene in disease in ways never previously imagined.
CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS is an annual presidential program showcasing distinguished scholars at the forefront of their fields and at the vanguard of shaping how we understand the vital issues, questions and challenges facing our 21st century world.
Celebrating UB’s longstanding history of intellectual leadership and innovation, this new university tradition will be a vital forum for timely, insightful dialogue about key issues shaping the world around us. The CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS program will spotlight prominent scholars who are leading the conversation about major societal questions and challenges with broad-ranging, cross-disciplinary relevance and impact. From global health concerns and contemporary cultural debates to technological trends and socioeconomic challenges, these are the topics that cut across disciplinary boundaries and geographic borders to shape daily life for us all.
Held annually in conjunction with the start of the academic
year, each program will feature a keynote address, free and open to
the public, as well as multiple opportunities for students,
faculty, staff and others to interact with these distinguished