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Personal Space & Involvements

BY RODNEY HILL
@ VOL 20 ON SEP 24, 2019

Dr. Jorge Vanegas provides the voice to Rodney Hill's research on personal space in the US, international personal space and involvement theory.

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An Architect's Non-Architecture

BY WEILING HE
@ VOL 20 ON SEP 24, 2019

What can an architect do besides design buildings?  Can explorations alongside, or even outside, Architecture inform one’s understanding of the discipline?  By sharing a series of projects, Weiling He hopes to elicit your curiosity, discovery, and ultimately, a simple intimacy with how the “architectural” can be other than itself.

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Creative Conservation

BY DAVID WOODCOCK
@ VOL 20 ON SEP 24, 2019

Interventions to the form and use of existing buildings are inevitable, as is the need for change. Preservationists “manage change wisely,” and as such are really Conservationists.  Creativity is as essential to heritage conservation as it is to the creation of new work. Indeed, it is arguable that to be a curator of built heritage as well as a creator of interventions requires greater skill and insight.

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Finding the Future: Data for Smart Contracts in Design & Construction

BY HASSAN ANIFOWOSE
@ VOL 20 ON SEP 24, 2019

Hassan Anifowose highlights significant moments on his journey to improve project delivery in the construction industry. His ongoing research at the Department of Architecture in Texas A&M University focuses on Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Blockchain Technology. He discusses how data will provide the framework for enhanced stakeholder participation on design and construction projects.

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Dismissed to Developed

BY SHANIELLE VEAZIE
@ VOL 20 ON SEP 24, 2019

Shanielle Veazie will share an encouraging personal story of perseverance after being dismissed from college. Dismissal from college led her to become employed by the Texas A&M College of Architecture. She will also share her growth while being employed by the College, the things she is involved within the College and the support she has received during her time there.

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Shards of Memory: A Mishmash of Conjecture

BY TONY OKOROMADU
@ VOL 19 ON JUN 04, 2019

Random everyday objects and events that prompt a throwback to some experience in Tony Okoromadu's life, provoking deeper introspection than would have been expected.

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Advances in Onsite Wastewater Treatment

BY RYAN GERLICH
@ VOL 19 ON JUN 04, 2019

Onsite wastewater treatment system is really a fancy term for what's better known as a septic system. These systems account for roughly 20% of the wastewater treatment infrastructure in Texas. Ryan Gerlich’s presentation will provide an overview of onsite wastewater treatment technologies, and how these systems have evolved over the years. He'll also discuss the advances toward water reuse to meet the growing demand as Texas' population continues to grow.

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The Genocidal Artificial Intelligence is a Red Herring

BY MATTHEW HURLEY
@ VOL 19 ON JUN 04, 2019

Sci-fi has warned us for decades of the danger posed by a super-intelligent computer network. H.A.L., Replicants, WOPR, Skynet, The Matrix, and others paint a bleak future for careless AI development… But none of these bear even the slightest resemblance to real AI, nor do any of them discuss the current problems that AI is already creating. Let’s dispel some of the superstition and address the real danger.

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Seeing the World in LEGO: Mixing Creativity, Art and STEM

BY LUKE LYONS
@ VOL 19 ON JUN 04, 2019

What if the world was made of LEGO? In this talk, Luke Lyons shares how he sees the world as tiny plastic interlocking bricks.  Lyons, like many children, grew up playing with LEGO, but today he uses LEGO as an outlet for his creativity and artistic side.  He has created LEGO scale buildings of old high schools, university buildings, train stations and designed his own museum specifically for the purpose of displaying a LEGO Tyrannosaurus rex. He discusses how LEGO promotes creativity in STEM education, while still accessing the arts.

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The HeART of Medicine

BY ANDREW ROBLYER
@ VOL 19 ON JUN 04, 2019

In what is often seen as the cold, clinical, and even sterile environment of medical education, how do you teach providers to find empathy for their patients? Andrew Roblyer discusses the art at the core of medical training that helps prepare professionals to confront the humanity of their future patients with compassion and kindness.

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Improvisational Comedy- Off Center Improv

BY JENNIFER HARGIS
@ VOL 18 ON MAR 05, 2019

Improv is comedy without a net. There are always some guidelines, but never a script. Rather than explain the process, which can often be as simple as making things up as one goes along, Off-Center Improv troupe, Jennifer Hargis is going to actually give a PechaKucha presentation based on photos they’ve never seen before.

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Stesti Brewing Company: Brewing Czech-Style in Texas

BY DENNIS GORE
@ VOL 18 ON MAR 05, 2019

Dennis Gore talks about his inspiration for and the artistry of brewing Czech-style beer.

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