Humanities, Medicine & Wellness Conference - 'Science, Healthcare and Healing'

When: February 28, 2014 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Join us for the "Science, Healthcare and Healing" presentation featuring UA experts from multiple disciplines as they discuss issues related to health sciences and the humanities. Presenter Russell S. Witte will address questions of electricity and often forgotten scientific contributions of the last centuries. Panelists Melinda H. Connor, Sallyanne Payton and Hansonia Caldwell will look at the neuro-plasticity of language, timing and working memory through music. Both presentations will explore 19th and 20th century scientific discoveries, as well as current neurological understandings of the brain and how they apply to medicine and healing in the 21st century.

A complete list of participants and topics are included below.

  • Moderator and respondent: Stuart R. Hameroff, Director of the Center for Consciousness Studies and Professor Emeritus, Department of Anesthesiology
  • Presenter: Russell S. Witte, Associate Professor, Medical Imaging, Biomedical Engineering, Optical Sciences; Member- Sarver Heart Center, Member - Arizona Cancer Center, "Shaking Up Healthcare With Electricity and Vibration: Revisiting Scientists of the Past in the Context of Twenty-first Century Medicine"
  • Presenters: Melinda H. Connor, Sallyanne Payton and Hansonia Caldwell, "Healing for the Brain with Music that Feeds the Soul: Reverse Engineering Neurological Processes with Lessons Learned from the Antebellum Negro Spiritual"

This panel is part of the broader three-day Humanities, Medicine & Wellness Conference featuring UA faculty working at the intersections of the humanities, health sciences, and wellness initiatives to address global challenges. The conference will be held Feb. 26-28, 2014 on the UA campus and will integrate research panels and papers from the Colleges of Humanities, Law, Medicine, Public Health, Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and others. Sponsored by the College of Humanities, all events are free and open to the public.

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Audience: All


Campus: Main Campus


Contact info & links


Jenna Finfrock College of Humanities

Requests for disability-related accommodations should be directed to the event's primary contact: Jenna Finfrock