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April 16, 2015

ASCE Conference, Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe Competitions

The Notre Dame Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers is happy to announce that they will be hosting the Great Lakes Regional ASCE Conference this Thursday, April 16 through Sunday, April 19. The conference will be highlighted by the concrete canoe competition, on Friday, April 17, on St. Mary’s Lake, and the steel bridge competition, on Saturday, April 18, in the Compton Family Ice Arena. These events will take place over the course of the entire days they are scheduled for. Eighteen schools will be in attendance. All events are free and open to spectators. 

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April 22, 2015

Film: "Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement"

There is a growing buzz around the potential for science and technology to create significant "human enhancement" applications, such as bionic limbs, improved memory or cognition, or the ability to choose specific characteristics for our offspring. The possibilities stir the imagination and excitement of many, while for others the rhetoric and current research into human enhancement signals alarms of a new eugenics. And yet, for most non-scientists, this sounds like the realm of science fiction, a world awash in mystery and misunderstanding. Fixed features disability studies scholar Dominika Bednarska; disability justice educator Patty Berne; exoskeleton test pilot Fernanda Castelo; bionics engineer Hugh Herr; NPR radio host John Hockenberry; biochemist and ability studies scholar Gregor Wolbring; robot scientist Rodney Brooks; futurist Jamais Cascio; bioethicist and policy advocate Marcy Darnovsky; braincomputer interface study participant Tim Hemmes; philosophy professor Cressida Heyes; transhumanist James Hughes; reproductive rights advocate Sujatha Jesudason; and disability lawyer Silvia Yee. With cameo performances by some of the world’s leading integrated dance companies, featuring disabled and non-disabled dancers and artists, including the Anjali Dance Company, Antoine Hunter (of Sins Invalid and Urban Jazz Dance Company), AXIS Dance Company, Candoco, Dancing Wheels, GIMP, Kounterclockwise, Lisa Bufano, Marc Brew, Remix Dance Company, and Sue Austin/Freewheeling. Through a dynamic mix of verité, dance, archival and interview footage, Fixed challenges notions of normal, the body and what it means fundamentally to be human in the 21st century.

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