Fall Convocation 2011
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Fall Convocation 2014

Fall convocation opens each academic year with a formal celebration of scholarship and innovation. A bookend to commencement, convocation is an annual event open to university faculty, staff, students and friends. This annual event features an academic procession and a keynote speaker.

Fall convocation 2014 begins at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 at Severance Hall. This event is free and open to the public. Free tickets will be available, starting Monday, June 16th, by contacting the Severance Hall box office at 216.231.1111.

University’s Common Reading

Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, a cardiologist at the UCLA Medical Center, coined the term "zoobiquity" to describe the idea of looking to animals and the doctors who care for them to better understand human health. Veterinary medicine had not been on her radar at all until about 10 years ago. That's when she was asked to join the medical advisory board for the Los Angeles Zoo and she began hearing about "congestive heart failure in a gorilla or leukemia in a rhinoceros or breast cancer in a tiger or a lion."

Natterson-Horowitz explores the connection between human and veterinary medicine in a book she co-authored with Kathryn Bowers, Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health. "This comparative way of thinking is something that veterinarians learn from their first week of veterinary school," she tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "When they learn about the heart, they learn about a four-chambered heart in a mammal and a three-chambered heart in a reptile and a two-chambered heart in a fish. ... Physicians, we don't learn that way. We don't think that way."

Barbara Natterson Horowitz

Featured speaker

Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, The Elaine G. Hadden Distinguished Visiting Author of this year’s common reading selection Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health, will deliver the keynote address at fall convocation. Learn more about the featured speaker.