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A Grand Day at Fermilab

@ VOL 8 ON AUG 17, 2017

When PechaKucha Batavia invited Spencer Paseroto present, he invited them to spend a day at work with him at Fermilab. This visit to Fermilab included presentations by and for teachers and students, a walk in the prairie, and a journey 300 feet underground.

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A Crazy-Short Introduction to Spiral Dynamics

@ VOL 8 ON AUG 17, 2017

Spiral Dynamics offers a framework to help us understand, recognize and respect the perspectives and value systems at our own level, as well as at others’ levels. Mary Beth Speer discovered Spiral Dynamics a few years ago and has studied it ever since. She believes that even a basic grasp of Spiral Dynamics provides a framework for understanding the dynamic forces at work in human affairs.

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On Officially Getting Things Named on the Map; or, How a Seemingly Interesting Class Project Went Totally Awry and Nearly Drove the Professor and Government Employees Insane

@ VOL 8 ON AUG 17, 2017

Keith Yearman, a geography professor, decided to get his classes involved in a project related to toponyms; that is, geographic place names. Using guidelines established by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, a little-known function of the federal government, his students worked to name DuPage County features that lacked official names. He admittedly did not think this project through as thoroughly as needed, which resulted in this of a project gone awry—a project that caused a tremendous amount of work and stress for federal employees and local politicians.

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The Vinyl Frontier

@ VOL 8 ON AUG 17, 2017

Receiving his first record player in second grade sent Mike Wildman on a 50-year journey of collecting phonograph records and music in all formats. The journey began with joy and wonder, grew to obsession, but ultimately led to redemption.

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Rising from the Ashes

@ VOL 8 ON AUG 17, 2017

Jamie Mosser addresses the myths and misinformation surrounding domestic violence. An attorney, she belongs to an organization called Rise from the Ashes, which works to link attorneys, counselors, and advocates with victims of domestic violence. Her presentation focuses on enlightening people on the realities of domestic violence.

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The 125th Anniversary of the Batavia Woman's Club

@ VOL 8 ON AUG 17, 2017

Batavia Woman’s Club is the oldest civic organization in Batavia, Illinois, and celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2017. Sue Lusted and Nan Phillips explore the club’s origins by revisiting the founders and their goals. They describe how the club has maintained this vision and continues to successfully serve Batavia and the surrounding community through volunteer service and fundraising efforts.

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Who Doesn't Love a Map?

@ VOL 8 ON AUG 17, 2017

Sanborn fire insurance maps detailed urban areas in the United States for over one hundred years. Today, these maps are used extensively for urban planning, as well as historical and genealogical research. Dee James describes how these maps helped shape our cities and explains why it is important to preserve two unique Sanborn fire insurance maps made for Batavia, Illinois, in January 1907.

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The Fine Art of Paper Conservation

@ VOL 7 ON MAY 25, 2017

"Our world is filled with (the) conservation, restoration, and preservation of important works on paper."

In "The Fine Art of Paper Conservation" from PechaKucha Night Batavia Vol. 7, drawing upon his experience as the president of Graphic Conservation Company in Chicago, one of the top paper-conservation laboratories in North America, Russ Maki provides a beautifully illustrated overview of the conservation of works ranging from works of art to historically significant documents.

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Belly Buttons: An Unexpected Portal to Miracles

@ VOL 7 ON MAY 25, 2017

The birth of a blind child followed by the birth of a sighted child provided a miraculous discovery for John N. Lamperis, the father of both, who was not only present at their births, but assisted in making their belly buttons. While sharing his journey, John tells humorous anecdotes of his frustration with his oldest daughter’s attire, which revealed his creation—that is, the belly button—and describes the joy in knowing that, sighted or not, each of children is a blessing.

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Who's Afraid of Physics?

@ VOL 7 ON MAY 25, 2017

“I hated physics in high school!” is the one phrase Şeyda İpek hears most often when she tells people she is a physicist. As Şeyda tells her story about becoming a physicist, her path wends its way through ancient Egypt, Peter Pan fandom, and UFOs before she realizes her love for physics.

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History Happens Here

@ VOL 7 ON MAY 25, 2017

Join Dan Hoefler & Tony Winter of the Batavia Historical Society on a tour of the Batavia Depot Museum, which is housed in the oldest surviving Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad depot in the United States. Discover how the depot was transformed from an abandoned building to a nationally known museum, take a tour of the museum, and learn the details of a planned expansion project.

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Bitcoin: Down The Rabbit Hole

@ VOL 7 ON MAY 25, 2017

In 2009, a programmer or group of programmer, under the name Satoshi Nakamoto, presented to the world a worldwide cryptocurrency and digital payment system—a solution to frictionless settlement that has the power to change money as the world knows it. Adam Hennessy, a pioneer in the cryptocurrency arena and a Bitcoin “miner,” explores the components of cryptocurrency as he seeks to spark curiosity and perhaps even some “digital-gold fever” with this primer about Bitcoin.