Plan II Family Day, 2010
October 17, 2009
10:30 am to 1:30 pm
The day's agenda:
Breakfast: 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Model Class I: 11:45 am to 12:30 pm
Model Class II: 12:45 am to 1:30 pm
Detailed information on model classes will be posted by October 1, 2010
- At the registration site, we ask that you provide the number of guests attending and a first and last name for each guest attending the Plan II Honors Family Day event. That way we can plan appropriately for food and beverage and prepare a nametag for each attendee.
- Priority registration for Texas Parents members will begin on August 5 and general registration will begin on August 12.
- On-line registration will continue through October 8, 2010. Although the Plan II Honors event is free to Plan II family members, other events will fill-up or sell out early. We encourage you to register early.
The Plan II Family Day breakfast will be held in the Atrium of the McCombs College of Business Administration (CBA). The model classes will be in the adjoining Graduate School of Business (GSB).
This year, our Family Day events include model classes from four Plan II alumni who are current University of Texas faculty members:
James Loehlin, Plan II Honors, 1996
"Shakespeare through Performance"
James Loehlin is Shakespeare at Winedale Regents Professor of English and director of the Shakespeare at Winedale program. He is a native Austinite and a Plan II graduate of UT, where he was a student in the Winedale program under founding Director James B. Ayres. He earned an English M.A. at Oxford as a Marshall Scholar, and a joint Ph.D. in Drama and Humanities at Stanford. He taught in the Drama Department at Dartmouth College for five years, serving as Director of the London Foreign Study Program, before returning to UT in 1999. Loehlin works with the evolving meaning of plays in performance, both from a scholarly and practical perspective. He has published books on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Henry IV, and Henry V, as well as Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard. He has directed, acted in, or supervised productions of twenty-five of Shakespeare's plays, as well as all four of Chekhov's major plays.
Richard J. Reddick, Plan II Honors, 1995
"Ebony in the Ivory Tower: Historical and Contemporary Reflections of the Black Professoriate"
Rich Reddick, an assistant professor in the College of Education's Department of Educational Administration, earned degrees from The University of Texas at Austin (BA, Plan II, 1995), Ed.M., Administration, Planning, and Social Policy, 1998) and Harvard University (Ed.D., Higher Education, 2007. He is also the coordinator of the M.Ed. program in College and University Student Personnel Administration and a faculty affiliate in the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies. Dr. Reddick's teaching and research focuses on diversity in higher education and qualitative research methods.
James G. Scott, Plan II Honors and Math, 2004
"A King and his gold are soon parted: statistics, standards, and the Trial of the Pyx"
After grduating from UT Austin, James earned a master's in mathematics from the University of Cambridge while studying as a Marshall Scholar. He returned to the US and completed his Ph.D in statistics from Duke University. James' research interests include statistical model selection, time series analysis, graphical models, and other topics in Bayesian statistics. His current research is in Bayesian statistics. He develops new statistical models for high-dimensional data, often with an eye towards discovering latent, lower-dimensional structure in that data.
Dr. Scott holds a joint appointment in the Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management in the McCombs School of Business and the Division of Statistics and Scientific Computation in the College of Natural Sciences. The Division is a new interdisciplinary unit at the University of Texas.
Dr. Michael Evan Webber, Plan II Honors and Aerospace Engineering, 1995
“Energy at the Movies”
Michael Webber is the Associate Director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy in the Jackson School of Geosciences, Fellow of the Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, where he trains new generations of energy leaders through research and education. Michael’s education includes a B.A. with High Honors (Plan II Liberal Arts) and B.S. with High Honors (Aerospace Engineering) from UT Austin, along with an M.S. (Mechanical Engineering) and a Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Electrical Engineering) from Stanford University, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow from 1995 to 1998.
We will also showcase four very special Plan II programs:
Plan II Costa Rica Maymester, presented by Moon Draper
The spring 2011 Maymester course, offered by The Plan II Program to students interested in understanding the complex issues surrounding the conservation of some of the worldʼs most treasured natural resources. This course is designed by the Plan II program with a focus on interdisciplinary studies. The issues of land use in Costa Rica have global implications and are quite complex. These concerns are well-suited for study by students with diverse interests.
After attending a plethora of universities on different continents, Moon graduated with several degrees including Biology. He pursued his interests in California for more than a decade before arriving in Texas to study molecular neurobiology in the Atkinson labs. Prior to graduate studies, he was an avid traveler, climber and sailor. While preparing for doctoral candidacy, Moon devoted much of his energy to teaching biology- a focus that has led to him join the teaching faculty at UT. Dr. Draper’s main interest is the genetic control of the suite of ion channels that populate a neuron. To this end, we are mapping the promoter elements that control the transcription of potassium channels in several species of Drosophila. This research has led to the separation of phenotypic behavior specific to transcription from a particular promoter. We are currently pursuing the study of transcriptional control of five different channel genes across a menagerie of 8 Drosophilid species. Distinct elements that direct the expression of genes in either the CNS or PNS have been identified. A combination of bioinformatics, sequence analysis, and transgenic lines may tease out discrete elements that regulate the electro-physiological state of a neuron.
Health and Social Policy Internship, presented by Alfred McAlister
The Health and Social Policy Internship for students interested in medicine, public health, law and government are provided structured internships in the offices of leading Senators and State Representatives in the Texas Legislature. This course includes seminars and training session and placement in a Senate office with assignment to selected policy issues, writing assignments and student presentations. The experience provides a unique opportunity to learn about and contribute to legislative deliberation of policy issues. These may include health care funding, public health and preventive medicine, environmental protection, labor safety, international trade and commerce, criminal law, victim services and many other diverse topics.
Alfred L. McAlister received his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1972 and his Ph.D. in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 1976. Before returning to Texas in 1982, he taught for five years at the Harvard School of Public Health. As a faculty member at the University of Texas School of Public Health, he has received grants and awards from the National Institutes of Health and the Carnegie Corporation totaling more than seventeen million dollars. These have supported action-oriented and policy-related research and publications concerning cardiovascular disease and cancer prevention, HIV infection control, ethnic relations, homicide and collective violence. He has worked extensively in international public health projects, with twenty years of frequent service with the National Public Health Institute of Finland.
Plan II/KIPP Partnership, presented by Grant Thomas
In the spring of 2007, seventeen Plan II students embarked on a partnership with KIPP (“Knowledge is Power Program”) Austin College Prep, a local middle school serving primarily low-income and minority students in Austin. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas facilitated matching each Plan II student with a “KIPPster” in an effort to form lasting bonds between mentor & mentee.
Grant Thomas is a career educator whose major focus for the past 29 years has been on systematic strategies for youth empowerment and service. He started the original PAL (Peer Assistance and Leadership) Program in Austin ISD in 1980, and guided its growth into a national model peer-mentoring program that has been implemented by hundreds of school districts throughout Texas and the nation. In 1994 he established YouthLaunch, an Austin-based youth empowerment nonprofit, and served as its Executive Director for nine years. A former board member of the National Association of Peer Programs, he currently serves on the boards of both YouthLaunch and KIPP Austin. His educational background includes a B.A. from Princeton, magna cum laude (1967); an Ed. M. from Harvard (1974); and four years of graduate study in educational psychology at UT (1976-80).
Praxis, presented by Dr. Michael Stoff, Director Plan II Honors, Distinguished Associate Professor of History
The Praxis initiative has been designed and driven by Plan II students whose goal is the development of a multifaceted, model program for civic engagement and service at Plan II. The Praxis curriculum aims to give students the tools and resources necessary to explore social problems—from education and health care to urban planning and transportation. Through the program, the Praxis student will have the opportunity to examine a social issue in depth, with the hope that he or she will someday engineer social change by turning today's problems into tomorrow's solutions.
Dr. Stoff is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor and Associate Professor in the Department of History. He received his doctorate from Yale University and serves as co-editor of the Oxford New Narratives in American History. Since 1998, Dr. Stoff has been involved with the Normandy Scholars program in which students study the Second World War in class and in Europe.
For hotel reservations at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
Information for Visitors Coming from Outside Austin (other hotel and Bed & Breakfast listings, restaurant information and more)
Printable Campus Tour Maps:
Use The University's Self-Guided Walking Tour of the UT Campus (PDF 1.8MB) to learn about campus on your own and at your own pace. This makes your day more flexible and allows attendance at other college or program information sessions, tours of dorm(s) and visits to the wonderful Blanton Art Museum, the world-renown Humanities Research Center or the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum.
See also: The Diversity Tour (PDF 2.5MB) to learn about spots on campus that serve as a reminder of the campus’s dedication to academic and cultural diversity.