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CUR Conference 2014


June 28 – July 1, 2014
The CUR Conference is designed to be interactive--through flipped sessions, interactive workshops, lunch book discussions, a many opportunities for networking.

Conference Program

Check out the program booklet and 'sessions-at-a-glance' pages to start planning your schedule!
Saturday, June 28
Annual Business and Councilor’s Meeting ends approximately noon
Executive Board Meeting ends approximately 4 pm
5:00 p.m.         Opening Plenary: "Trans-domain Practice and Creative Research," Liz Lehrman, Choreographer
We are very excited that Liz Lerman, the renowned choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker, will be our lead keynote speaker at CUR2014, addressing the topic of undergraduate research in the creative arts. Learn more.
6:30 p.m.         Dinner
8:30 p.m.         Divisional Mix and Mingle
Sunday, June 29
7:30 a.m.         Breakfast & Poster Session I Set-up
8:30 a.m.         Plenary: "Undergraduate Reseach: Expanding the Outcomes for the Student, the Discipline, the Community," Muriel Howard, AASCU President,
President of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) since 2009, and past-President of SUNY Buffalo State College, Dr. Howard has long been an effective champion of higher education in a social justice context. Learn more.
9:45 a.m.         Concurrent Session 1 (45 minutes)
10:45 a.m.       Concurrent Session 2 (45 minutes)
12:00 p.m.       Lunch: Book Discussion
                        The Butler, a Witness to History by Will Haygood
                        The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin (Final Keynote Speaker)
                        Napoleon’s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History by LeCouteur and Burreson
                        Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
                        David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell 
                        Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction by Annalee Newitz
                        Exploding the Phone by Phil Lapsley
                        Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage
1:15 p.m.         Concurrent Session 3 (75 minutes)
2:45 p.m.         Concurrent Session 4 (75 minutes)
4:15 p.m.         CUR Fellows Addresses
                        Dr. Mark Brodl, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Trinity University
                        Dr. Mitchell Malachowski, Professor of Chemistry, University of San Diego
5:45 p.m.         Poster Session I reception/ presenters available
7:15 p.m.         Dinner
Monday, June 30
7:30 a.m.         Breakfast & Poster Session II Set-up for Monday
8:30 a.m.         Provost Roundtable
Ellen Junn, Provost, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Matthew Reed, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Holyoke Community College (also – "Dean Dad" blogger)
Philip Rous, Provost, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Kathryn Westcott, Interim Provost, Juniata College                
10:15 a.m.       Concurrent Session 5 (75 minutes)
11:30 a.m.       Lunch with Dance Presentation
1:30 p.m.         Concurrent Session 6 (75 minutes)
3:00 p.m.         Concurrent Session 7 (75 minutes)
4:30 p.m.         Poster Session II reception/ presenters available
6:00 p.m.         Keynote: "Catalyzing Translational Innovation," Christopher Austin, Director, National Center for Advancing Translational Science, National Institutes of Health
Appointed as the first permanent director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) newest center, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), Dr. Christopher Austin leads NCATS in its mission to catalyze the generation of cures from basic and applied research. Learn more.
7:00 p.m.         Banquet Dinner: Goldwater Scholars Recognition
Tuesday, July 1
7:30 a.m.         Breakfast
8:30 a.m.         Concurrent Session 8 (45 minutes)
9:30 a.m.         Concurrent Session 9 (75 minutes)
11:00 a.m.       Closing Plenary: "Seeking the 'Real Stuff': Undergraduate Research and the Smithsonian Instution," Richard Kurin, Undersecretary for History, Art, and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution

12:15 p.m.       Attendees encouraged to visit Smithsonian museums


Cancellation Policy

In general the cancellation deadline is thirty days prior to the start of the conference, except where explicitly noted.  Cancellations requests received in writing to the CUR National Office at cur@cur.org prior to the cancellation deadline will receive a full refund less a $50.00 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given after the cancellation deadline. Transfer of registration to another individual before the cancellation deadline is free of charge, but subject to member classification charges due to differences in conference rates. Transfer of registration after the cancellation deadline will be charged a $50.00 transfer fee.

Institutions may not substitute one participant for another without prior approval of the National Office.

CUR always suggests that their registrants purchase low-cost travel insurance when booking their air reservations. Not only will this insurance cover your airfare in the event of cancellation but will also cover the registration cost for the meeting you were to attend.