Past Batavia Event: VOL 6

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February 16, 2017
@ Ramsey Auditorium (at Wilson Hall, Fermilab)

The Tiniest Things Matter

Ramsey Auditorium at Wilson Hall
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Tickets in Advance: ($6.50 with convenience charge)
Tickets at Door: $5.00 (cash only)

Food and beverage sales begin at 5:30 pm
Auditorium doors open at 6:30 pm; show starts at 7:00 pm

Featured Presentations

Maddie Bozik
“Charity, High School, and a Bus. Oh My!"

Anadi Canepa
"Desperately Seeking SUSY"

Matt Erion
“Titles Are Hard, and Other Lessons from Jazz on Creativity, Collaboration, and Community”

Elena Gramellini
“Neutrinos: Tiny Particles, Big Mysteries!"

Brea Hayes
“Thank You for Being a Friend”

Cindy Joe
"Indistinguishable from Magic”

Denis Kania
“A Little Bird Told Me”

Matt Myers
“Man vs. Mask: Dawn of the Varmint”

Jeffery Schielke
“Bill Wood, Eldora Hoover, and Their Famous Friend”

Béla “Bill” Suhayda
“From Tyranny to Liberty... a Personal Story”


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Man vs. Mask: Dawn of the Varmint

@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

Illustrating just how cunning and relentless raccoons can be, Matt Myers battles a most tenacious backyard pest.

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Desperately Seeking SUSY

@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

The most profound questions in physics—“What makes up the Universe?”—is answered by exploring the Universe immediately after the Big Bang. Anadi Canepa explains that these conditions are recreated at the high-energy particle colliders where sub-atomic particles travel at the speed of light and collide millions of times per second. Fermilab built the most powerful time-machines in the world and contributed to the historical discovery of the Higgs boson, the sole particle responsible for everyone’s existence. Because of its mission, extending knowledge, and its philosophy, sharing knowledge, Fermilab is a “cognitive bubble that one can’t escape, one doesn’t want to escape,” according to Canepa.

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Charity, High School, and a Bus. Oh My!"

@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

Maddie Bozik is the president of Maddie’s Mitten March, a charity she started in 2009, when she was ten years old. The goal of Maddie’s Mitten March is to collect, clean, and distribute winter clothing to those in need. Today, Maddie has a retrofitted (and repainted) school bus that goes around the community as part of her project to give winter clothing to anyone that needs it.

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Titles Are Hard, and Other Lessons from Jazz on Creativity, Collaboration, and Community

@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

Jazz composer Matt Erion shares inspirations and lessons gleaned from years in the musical trenches. This presentation is not exactly about music but is intended to inspire people of all walks of life to discover their passions and be bold in the pursuit of their vision.

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Neutrinos: Tiny Particles, Big Mysteries!

@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

Exploring the sub-atomic world, Elena Gramellini describes the elegant beauty of the Standard Model of Particle Physics and the pivotal discovery of the Higgs boson particle. But a sneaky particle defeats human knowledge: Neutrinos! Whence these spoilsports? Why are they important? How should we study them?

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Thank You for Being a Friend

@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

Brea Hayes discusses the different life events that led her to open a shop, FAWN Gifts, in Batavia, Illinois. Her thoughts encompass the importance of self-care, gift-giving, the power of theater, and, of course, The Golden Girls.

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Indistinguishable from Magic

@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Arthur C. Clarke’s famous Third Law hints at the awe technology and science can inspire. In this presentation, Fermilab particle accelerator operator Cindy Joe explains why science is worthy of passion and makes a compelling argument that it makes magic accessible to everyone.

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A Little Bird Told Me

@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

Little birds have shaped the life of Denis Kania in so many ways. Lessons he learned as he searched the world for his avian friends changed the way he looks at people, the world, and its future. He found that the choices we make at home can have a profound impact on the environment halfway around the world.

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Bill Wood, Eldora Hoover, and Their Famous Friend

@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

Jeffery Schielke, longtime mayor and local historian of Batavia, Illinois, shared his reflections on Batavia’s well-known educators, Eldora Hoover and Bill Wood, their collection of crosses, and their interest in Japanese customs and traditions. In their search for supplies for the Japanese tea ceremony, Eldora and Bill discovered a store in Chicago owned by Jun Toguri and his daughter, Iva. As their friendship grew, Iva revealed the story of an American citizen trapped in Japan during World War II—her story. Once called Tokyo Rose, she was imprisoned in the United States for treason. Ultimately, President Gerald R. Ford granted a full and unconditional pardon to Iva Toguri, which restored her U.S. citizenship.

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From Tyranny to Liberty... A Personal Story

@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

In an all-too-rate look at life behind the Iron Curtain, Bill Suhayda explores the conditions that caused the Hungarian people to revolt against both Soviet occupation and the tyranny of communism in the country of his birth. In 1956, some 200,000 people fled Communist Hungary; Bill’s family was among those people risking their lives to escape. Bill dedicated his presentation to those people in Hungary, Austria, and the United States who helped his family escape from tyranny, and those Americans who helped his family assimilate into American culture.

Denis Kania
Ecological Restoration, St. Charles Park District in Naperville
Cindy Joe
Particle Accelerator Operator, Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois
Matt Myers
Middle School Drama & Communications Teacher, Batavia Public School District 101 in Batavia (Illinois)
Matt Erion
Musician, et al, Self, et al. in Batavia
Elena Gramellini
Grad Student, Yale University in CHICAGO
Anadi Canepa
Scientist, Fermilab in Batavia
Bill Suhayda
Author, self employed in Batavia
Maddie Bozik
in Batavia
Jeffery Schielke
Mayor, City of Batavia in Batavia, IL
Brea Hayes
Owner, Fawn Gifts in Batavia