STARS 2012 Presentations


Keynote Address

Ahrens Photo

Brent Ahrens ’85

General Partner of Canaan Partners, a global technology & healthcare venture capital firm
Alumnus of the prestigious Kauffman Fellows Program and named to the Forbes Midas List
“Research and Scholarship:  Translation from Bench to Bedside and Beyond”


Mr. Ahren's Complete Bio

Panel Discussion
"Sustainability, Energy and the Environment (SEE):  A Success Story in Building Bridges Across Campus"
Chaired by Robert Brecha, Ph.D. 

College of Arts & Sciences

Tissue Regeneration: Past, Present and Future
Panagiotis A. Tsonis, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biology and Director, TREND Center

Using the Biogeography of Fossil Plankton to study Climate Change in the Geologic Past 
Daniel Goldman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Geology

Women on the Front Lines for Women: A Closer Look at All‐Female UN Peacekeeping Units
Natalie Florea Hudson, Ph.D.
Director, Human Rights Studies ProgramAssistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Experiencing Time Abundantly in Amish Country: The Tourism of Nostalgia in Walnut Creek
Susan Trollinger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English

University of Dayton Research Institute

Improving Material Fire Safety – The Eternal Quest Against Fire
Alexander B. Morgan, Ph.D.
Group Leader and Distinguished Research ScientistAdvanced Polymers Group, Multiscale Composites and Polymers Division (UDRI)

Algae Systems for CO2 Sequestration, Wastewater Cleanup and Generation of Sustainable Energy
Sukh S. Sidhu, Ph.D.
Division Head, Energy Technology & Materials Division (UDRI)

School of Engineering

How Atmospheric Turbulence can be used to Improve Optical Systems Performance 
Mikhail A. Vorontsov, Ph. D., D.Sc.SPIE, OSA and ARL
Fellow,Professor and Wright Brothers Endowed ChairIntelligent Optics Laboratory, Electro-Optics Program

Microbial Fuel Cells Big and Small: Social Justice Through Bioenergy
Donald A. Comfort, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering

School. Of Business Administration

Evaluating School Performance from a Microeconomic Perspective
John Ruggiero, Ph.D.
Edmund B. O’Leary Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Finance

School Of Education & Allied Professions  

The Racial Desegregation of Dayton, Ohio Public Schools, 1966-2008
Joseph Watras, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Teacher Education