Duke to Celebrate CIEMAS Opening Nov. 18-19

Duke University officials and professors, key donors and leaders of industry will celebrate the grand opening of the Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine and Applied Sciences (CIEMAS) with a symposium Nov. 18-19 spotlighting cross-discipline research for the nation and society.

CIEMAS is a four-building, 322,000-square-foot complex that more than doubles the teaching and research space of the Pratt School of Engineering. It brings together scientists and educators from across scientific boundaries.

The $97 million center opened Aug. 16 and a week later the first classes were taught in its auditorium. By Oct. 15, 375 faculty members, researchers, graduate students and staff had moved into CIEMAS from six buildings on campus and two off-site facilities. Construction began in May 2002 and proceeded smoothly, on-time and on-budget.

Work continues on a Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility that will enable the study and manipulation of materials at the nanoscale level. It will open in 2006. A Visroom that will deliver back-projected virtual reality images on each of its six sides will open next spring.

However, the Dickinson Arcade, of which the Visroom will be part, will be the scene for a unique “soundSense” demonstration during the dedication events. Data from biometric motion sensors on the ceiling of the studio will be converted into sound to provide a rich musical texture representing the activity of people in the room.

The two-day dedication symposium will begin at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, with an introduction by Duke Provost Peter Lange. The official dedication ceremony will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, in the CIEMAS Courtyard with remarks by Lange; Duke’s new president, Richard H. Brodhead; and CIEMAS donors Michael and Patricia Fitzpatrick and Jeffrey and Penny Vinik.

The symposium’s plenary panel will follow, from 1:15-2:30 p.m., and focus on “The Role of the University in Sustaining Innovation.” Brodhead will moderate and panelists include John Chambers, president and CEO of CISCO Systems; Victor Dzau, Duke chancellor for health affairs and president and CEO of the Duke University Health System; Robert Ingram, vice chairman for pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline; and Kristina M. Johnson, dean of the Pratt School of Engineering.

Other panels:

Thursday, 1:30-2:45 p.m.: "Policy and Ethics in Science and Engineering: Cases of Interdisciplinary Problem-Solving." Bob Cook-Deegan, director, Duke Center for Genome, Ethics, Policy and Law, will moderate with an introduction by George McLendon, dean, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences. Panelists will be Bruce W. Jentleson, director, Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy; Patricia Deverka, James B. Wyngaarden Fellow, Center for Genome, Ethics, Policy and Law; and Noah Pickus, associate director, Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Thursday, 3-4:15 p.m.: “Engineering a Secure Future.” Moderator will be Clinton Kelly, senior vice president, Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC). Panelists will be Leslie M. Collins, associate professor, hearing and signal detection theory, Pratt School of Engineering; Jonathan Freedman, director, toxicology core, Center for Environmental Genomics, Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences; Joseph N. Mait, U.S. Army Research Laboratory; and Robert Jackson, professor of environmental sciences and biology, Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences.