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A Technological Symbiosis of Cyborg Plants

December 06, 2011

Technology Biology

James Stone,

James Stone is a self-described "rhizomatic technologist". James' studies as a hacker-turned-artist have led to his M.F.A. thesis on cyborg plants. Robotic, Augmented and Cyborg Plants is an M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition taking critical theory in the area of human-machine-interface, agricultural science,...

Bring Back the Boys: Using Video Games to Re-engage Boys in Learning

October 21, 2010

Ali Carr-Chellman

Ali Carr-Chellman is an instructional designer and award-winning author who has focused on change, innovations, diffusion, user-design and school change in her work over the past two decades. She has worked at Penn State in the College of Education for the past 16 years in the department of Learning...

Humans, Superheroes, Mutants, and People with Disabilities

October 21, 2010

Inequality Culture Disabilities

Michael Bérubé,

Michael Bérubé is the Paterno Family Professor in Literature and the Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at Penn State University, where he holds appointments in the Department of English and the Program in Science, Technology, and Society. He is the author of seven books to date: ...

The Looming Intergenerational Conflict: Dollars or Sense

October 21, 2010

Education Health Inequality Culture

Chris Calkins,

Chris Calkins is the director of Outreach Health Initiatives at Penn State. In this role, he works to expand health initiatives already under way in Penn State Outreach and identify opportunities to increase Outreach participation in teaching, research and outreach efforts related to health across t...


December 12, 2011


Jeremy Irish,

Jeremy Irish is the President and CEO of Groundspeak. Jeremy launched "www.geocaching.com" in September 2000 as the first official website for the geocaching hobby. Prior to this, he was a member of the US Air Force working as a Mandarin Cryptologic Linguist. He has also worked as a project manager,...

Swipe left for sex: love & HIV in the age of Grindr

April 30, 2015

Health Love & Relationships LGBT Issues Mental Health

Scott Fried,

Popular apps, such as Grindr, Tinder and OK Cupid, have made it easier for people to find and hook up with others at a faster rate than at any other time in human history. They’ve also allowed us to act in uncivil ways towards each other and ourselves. In this compelling talk, Scott Fried bravely ex...

A Look Into Our Climate: Past To Present To Future

December 06, 2011

Michael Mann

Michael Mann is a professor in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, a climatologist, and the director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University. Michael is best known for his extensive background and research in the field of paleoclimatology. This work led to Michael's graph ...

America Needs an Avatar

December 06, 2011

Rob Rogers

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers has been creating cartoons with impact since his college days. His work is nationally syndicated four times weekly. "His work is a winning combination of dry wit, draftsmanship and a keen understanding of the humorous possibilities in current e...

Positive Social Risks!

April 22, 2013

Creativity Community Love & Relationships

Chad Littlefield,

People aren't objects in our way or vehicles to success. They have emotions, triumphs, failures, futures, and pasts. In his TED talk, Chad Littlefield encourages you to stretch your personal comfort zone, disrupt your pattern of social interaction, and make genuine connections with those around you ...

Tectonic Machines

May 22, 2013

Marcus Shaffer

Marcus Shaffer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at Penn State's Stuckeman School. His research focuses on architectural works, theories, and practices that engage the Machine as an extension of our impulse to examine and re-make the natural world. The conceptual basis fo...


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