KU News: Dole fellow to discuss digital democracy; first dean candidate announced for School of Engineering

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Dole Institute of Politics visiting fellow will discuss 2024 elections, digital democracy

LAWRENCE — A visiting fellow with the Dole Institute of Politics and former public policy director at Facebook will discuss upcoming elections and how new technologies such as artificial intelligence may be used. Katie Harbath will present “Whirlwind: What to Expect for Digital Democracy in 2024” at 10 a.m. Nov. 9.

 

First dean candidate for School of Engineering to present Oct. 23

LAWRENCE — Mary Rezac will be the first candidate for the University of Kansas School of Engineering dean position to give a public presentation on her vision for the school. Rezac has served as the dean of Washington State University’s College of Engineering and Architecture since 2017 and previously worked at Kansas State University. Her presentation will take place at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Beren Petroleum Conference Center, Slawson Hall G192. The event will also be livestreamed.

 

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Contact: Maria Fisher, Dole Institute of Politics, 785-864-4900, [email protected]

Dole Institute of Politics visiting fellow will discuss 2024 elections, digital democracy

LAWRENCE – The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas will host an opportunity to engage with Visiting Fellow Katie Harbath on the topics of technology and democracy. At 10 a.m. Nov. 9, Harbath will present “Whirlwind: What to Expect for Digital Democracy in 2024,” where she will discuss the influence of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, the implementation of new regulations and a breakdown of what to expect in the upcoming elections.

Harbath’s visit is the first as a result of the new partnership between the Dole Institute and the Bipartisan Policy Center to bring the nation’s top policy experts to campus to engage with students and the community.

Harbath is a global leader at the center of elections, democracy and technology. In her role as chief executive of Anchor Change, she helps clients navigate the complex and ever-changing landscape of tech policy. Harbath is also a senior adviser for technology and democracy at the International Republican Institute and serves as a fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Integrity Institute and as a nonresidential fellow at the Atlantic Council.

Previously, Harbath spent over 10 years as public policy director at Facebook, where she built and led global teams that managed elections and helped government and political figures use the social network to connect with their constituents. These teams developed and implemented policies and products that amplified transparency, integrity and participation in the digital space.

Harbath has a passion for democracy and uses her leadership position to empower citizens and strengthen institutions through technology. She further exemplifies this through her weekly newsletter on Substack, Anchor Change, and her podcast, “Impossible Tradeoffs.”

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Contact: Savannah Rattanavong, Office of the Provost, 785-864-6402, [email protected], @KUProvost

First dean candidate for School of Engineering to present Oct. 23

LAWRENCE — Mary Rezac will be the first candidate for the University of Kansas School of Engineering dean position to give a public presentation on her vision for the school.

Her presentation will take place 1:30-2:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Beren Petroleum Conference Center, Slawson Hall G192. The event will also be livestreamed, and the passcode is 852037.

Rezac has served as the dean of Washington State University’s College of Engineering and Architecture since 2017.

The remaining three candidates will be announced approximately two days before their respective campus visits. Their public presentations are scheduled for the following times and locations:

· Candidate 2: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Oct. 25, Woodruff Auditorium at the Kansas Union

· Candidate 3: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Beren Petroleum Conference Center, Slawson Hall G192

· Candidate 4: 9:30-10:30 am. Nov. 2, Burge Union Forum A

Members of the KU community are encouraged to attend each presentation and provide feedback to the search committee.

A candidate feedback survey will be open for two business days following the conclusion of each finalist’s visit. The survey and a recording of Rezac’s presentation will be available after the presentation on the search page until the survey closes.

Additional search information, including Rezac’s CV, is also available on the search page.

As dean of Washington State University’s College of Engineering and Architecture, Rezac oversees seven academic schools and multiple research centers, as well as the college’s more than $80 million budget. In this role, Rezac has managed the expansion of faculty research productivity, establishment of new undergraduate programs and implementation of programming focusing on retention and diversity of undergraduate students. Rezac has also led corporate and government relations on behalf of the college as well as developed strategies to fund a 10-year, $350 million capital building project.

Rezac previously worked at Kansas State University for 15 years in multiple positions, including interim associate vice president of research, co-director of the Center for Sustainable Energy and head of the Department of Chemical Engineering. She previously was a faculty member of Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Chemical Engineering.

Rezac has served on a number of policymaking groups, including the Council for Chemical Research, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the National Research Council. Rezac holds multiple patents and has co-written more than 250 publications and presentations.

Rezac earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Kansas State University and master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from University of Texas at Austin.

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