1. Richard Bidlack, professor of history, will discuss the rise of today's Russia from the decline of the Soviet Union, its fragmentation into 15 republics and the devolution of authority within the Russian republic under Yeltsin to the remarkable reassertion of state power under Putin.

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  2. Renee Pratt, assistant professor of business administration, will take viewers on the journey towards the electronic sharing of healthcare information and the successes and pitfalls along the way, exploring quality of care, patient safety and cost reduction methods from the perspectives of business, technology and medicine.

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  3. Facebook, YouTube, and iPhones are popular, if not essential, elements of college students' busy lives. Born in the digital age, students have grown up with profound and rapidly-changing media and communication technologies, apparently taking them for granted. Artwick will look at digital media and the relationship between technology and social change.

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  4. Humans have manipulated genes for thousands of years to make better crops and domesticate animals. But in the last century, the ability to transfer genes from one organism to another--genetic engineering--has dramatically changed our understanding of biology and our lives. Ayoub will explain the nuts and bolts of genetic engineering, give a small sampling of its applications, and note the ethical considerations that they raise.

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  5. Gary W. Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia. He is the author or editor of more than thirty books, including "The Confederate War" (Harvard, 1997), "Lee and His Generals in War and Memory" (LSU, 1998), "Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know About the Civil War" (UNC, 2008), "The Union War" (Harvard, 2011), and "Becoming Confederates: Paths to a New National Loyalty" (Georgia, 2013). He serves as editor of two book series at the University of North Carolina Press ("Civil War America," with more than 100 titles date, and "Military Campaigns of the Civil War," with 10 titles) and has participated in more than forty television projects in the field. Professor Gallagher was the Times-Mirror Foundation Distinguished Fellow at the Henry E. Huntington Library in San Marino, California, in 2001-2002, recipient of the Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professorship for 2010-2012 (the highest teaching award conveyed by the University of Virginia), and the Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni in 2013. Active in the field of historic preservation, he was president from 1987 to mid-1994 of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites (an organization with a membership of more than 12,500 representing all 50 states). He also served as a member of the Board of the Civil War Trust and has given testimony about preservation before Congressional committees on several occasions.

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