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“Lights . . . Camera . . . Action!” Discovery Café to be held April 12

Text: Discovery Café. Miami Ideas logo. April 12. 7:00pm. 1st floor King Library. Lights . . . Camera . . . Action!. It's the phrase that gets things rolling on a movie set, and it'll get things rolling at our next Discovery Café too. Join as Bob De Schutter (CEHS and AIMS), Mary Ben Bonham (Architecture & Interior Design), and Leighton Peterson (Anthropology) share their points of view. Free. Open to the public.

In November, OARS and The Graduate School began hosting Miami University’s Discovery Café.

Modeled on the Science Café concept originated by the PBS documentary series Nova, Discovery Café helps celebrate Miami’s Year of Creativity + Innovation. It’s a fun, casual — and free! — way to find out what’s new and next in nearly every field, from art to mechanical engineering to zoology.

At the next Café — scheduled for Tuesday, April 12 — three of Miami University’s most dynamic researcher-scholars will explore the theme, “Lights . . . Camera . . . Action!”

Bob De Schutter is a C. Michael Armstrong Professor at the College of Education, Health & Society and the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies (AIMS). His interdisciplinary research focuses on game design, the older audience of digital games, and the use of digital games for non-entertainment purposes.

Mary Ben Bonham is an associate professor in the Department of Architecture & Interior Design. Her scholarship focuses on architectural applications of lighting and other areas of building performance.

Leighton Peterson is associate professor of anthropology. His scholarship centers on media depictions of Native Americans and Native-produced media.

After the experts offer their perspective, the audience will have a chance to ask questions and engage in conversation.

All are welcome to attend the event, which takes place at 7:00pm on Tuesday, April 12, in the AIS on the first floor of Miami University’s King Library. Light refreshments will be served.

We hope to see you there!


Photo of March’s Discovery Café audience by Scott Kissell, Miami University Photo Services.

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“Discourse” Discovery Café to be held March 15

Text: Discovery Café. Miami Ideas logo. March 15. 7:00pm. 1st floor King Library. Discourse. In a Presidential election year, there's no shortage of discourse. Join us as Amanda Gillespie (Political Science), Tammy Kernodle (Music), and Annie-Laurie Blair (Media, Journalism, and Film) explain why. Free. Open to the public.

In November, OARS and The Graduate School began hosting Miami University’s Discovery Café.

Modeled on the Science Café concept originated by the PBS documentary series Nova, Discovery Café helps celebrate Miami’s Year of Creativity + Innovation. It’s a fun, casual — and free! — way to find out what’s new and next in nearly every field, from art to mechanical engineering to zoology.

At the next Café — scheduled for Tuesday, March 15 — three of Miami University’s most dynamic researcher-scholars will explore the theme, “Discourse.”

Amanda Gillespie is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research focuses on the narratives, symbols, and language used in political discourse and its impact on public opinion.

Tammy Kernodle is a professor in the Department of Music. Her scholarship focuses in part on various genres of African-American music, including the role music has played in African-American politics.

Annie-Laurie Blair is a senior clinical professor in journalism. An environmental reporter, she has been exploring visual and interactive ways to communicated science to the public after a 19-year career in news media.

After the experts offer their perspective, the audience will have a chance to ask questions and engage in conversation.

All are welcome to attend the event, which takes place at 7:00pm on Tuesday, March 15, in the AIS on the first floor of Miami University’s King Library. Light refreshments will be served.

We hope to see you there!


Photo of Jim Oris by Miami University Photo Services.

Galaxy in space

“Space: The Final Frontier” Discovery Café to be held February 18

In November, OARS and The Graduate School hosted Miami University’s first-ever Discovery Café (see video above).

Modeled on the Science Café concept originated by the PBS documentary series Nova, Discovery Café helps celebrate Miami’s Year of Creativity + Innovation. It’s a fun, casual — and free! — way to find out what’s new and next in nearly every field, from art to mechanical engineering to zoology.

At the next Café — scheduled for Thursday, February 18 — three of Miami University’s most dynamic researcher-scholars will explore the theme, “Space: The Final Frontier.”

Glenn Platt is a marketing professor and director of the Armstrong Institute of Interactive Media Studies (AIMS). He consults on social media, digital marketing, and e-commerce for companies such as P&G, Bank of America, and Luxottica.

Bob Setlock is a professor in the College of Engineering and Computing and director of Project High Flight, an interdisciplinary endeavor to develop a remote-controlled, long duration, high altitude balloon designed to fly missions to the edge of space. His research focuses on developing best practices for encouraging students’ natural creative and innovative abilities.

Robbyn Abbitt is GIS coordinator in the Depratment of Geography. Her research focuses on geographical information systems (GIS), and she is beginning to explore the use of drones for gathering and applying GIS data..

After the experts offer their perspective, the audience will have a chance to ask questions and engage in conversation.

All are welcome to attend the event, which takes place at 7:00pm on Thursday, February 18 in the AIS on the first floor of Miami University’s King Library. Light refreshments will be served.

We hope to see you there!


Video by Alan Schauer, used with permission. Space photo by Sweetie187 via Flickr, used under Creative Commons license.

 

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First Discovery Café to be held November 10

Head and shoulders portraits of two men and a woman. Text: Dennis Cheatham, Department of Art. Joseph Johnson, Department of Psychology. Gillian Oakenfull, Department of Marketing.

On November 10, OARS and The Graduate School will host Miami University’s first-ever Discovery Café.

Modeled on the Science Café concept originated by the PBS documentary series Nova, Discovery Café helps celebrate Miami’s Year of Creativity + Innovation. It is a fun, casual — and free! — way to find out what’s new and next in nearly every field, from art to mechanical engineering to zoology.

At each café, some of Miami University’s most dynamic researchers, scholars, and artists share their research findings and creative discoveries. On November 10, Dennis Cheatham, Joe Johnson, and Gillian Oakenfull will explore the theme “Decisions, Decisions, Decisions.”

Dennis Cheatham is a design researcher exploring how design affects human perception and behavior on topics of mental health, failure, and end-of-life decisions.

Joe Johnson’s research seeks to understand how people actually make decisions by examining the processes that lead to decision outcomes.

Gillian Oakenfull’s research focuses on what affects decisions in the gay and lesbian consumer market and how branding shapes consumer decisions.

After the experts offer their perspective, the audience gets a chance to ask questions and engage in conversation.

All are welcome to attend the event, which takes place at 7:00pm on Tuesday, November 10 in the AIS on the first floor of Miami University’s King Library. Light refreshments will be served.

We hope to see you there!


Photos of Dennis Cheatham and Gillian Oakenfull by Miami University Photo Services. Photo of Joseph Johnson courtesy of Joseph Johnson. Paperclip person photo by Envios via Flickr, used under Creative Commons license.