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February 24, 2015

NDNF Olympus Optical Micrograph Competition

NDnano is sponsoring a micrograph competition for images taken using any of the Olympus Optical Microscopes housed in the Notre Dame Nanofabrication Facility (NDNF). The competition is open to all students, and all entries must be submitted by close of business on Friday, March 27, 2015.

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March 6, 2015

College Welcomes SWE 2015 Region H Conference

Hosted by the Notre Dame student chapter, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Region H Conference is an annual event attended by collegiate and professional members of Region H — Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The Region H conference supports diversity in engineering, provides networking opportunities with prominent companies and includes personal, professional, and SWE development activities. The theme for the 2015 Conference is “Bringing the Brains and the Beauty to Engineering.”

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March 9, 2015

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Graduate Student Symposium

The first-annual Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Graduate Student Symposium is a day-long event organized by the CBE graduate organization at the University of Notre Dame. It provides a platform for students to showcase current research, network, and interact directly with industry professionals.

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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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