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Title: Mark Palatucci — “100 Robots for 100 Kids, a Grassroots Project to Inspire Pittsburgh’s Children”

The Basics: Palatucci, a Ph.D. student in the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute, launched a grassroots project nearly two years ago to identify 100 children with limited exposure to science and engineering and to teach them robotics. The project has since raised more than $25,000 from community organizations and taught more than 50 children how to build a working robot. In this lecture, Palatucci will present a case study of 100 robots and explain some of the “nuts and bolts” of starting a community project. He will also talk about ideas you can use in your own project such as building trust, finding partners, and raising funds.

When: Today at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (BH 136A)

Title: Public lecture with Joan Busquets

The Basics: Busquets is a Spanish architect, urban designer, and professor of architecture at Harvard University. In this lecture, he will discuss his work with Urban Design Associates, based in Pittsburgh.

When: Today at 6 p.m.

Where: Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland

Title: Kathleen Hall Jamieson: “What the Rhetoric of the 2008 Presidential Campaign Reveals and Conceals”

The Basics: Jamieson, a frequent commentator on PBS and National Public Radio, and a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss various aspects of political advertising and communications as they pertain to the current election.

Dr. Jamieson’s talk is part of the University Lecture Series, and it is co-sponsored by the English department, H&SS, the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, and the Humanities Center, as well as the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Communication.

When: Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Adamson Wing (BH 136A)

Title: Stuart Morgan: “Giving Form to Vision: Balancing the Three Disciplines of Leadership, Innovation, & Execution”

The Basics: Morgan is the director of Industrial Design and Human Factors for Ethicon Endo-Surgery, a company that develops and markets advanced medical devices for minimally invasive and open surgical procedures. Through recent product examples, Morgan will outline guiding principles, strategies, processes, methods, and tools employed to deliver significant results to the company, and show the importance of balancing the three disciplines of design.

This lecture is part of the School of Design Fall 2008 Lecture Series.

When: Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Margaret Morrison Breed Hall (MM 103)

Title: Bobbie Gordon — Special Event about The Landmark Forum

The Basics: The forum is a personal development progam that poses questions not addressed in traditional education, such as how to be effective in relationships; how to operate at peak performance; how to communicate so we elicit the best in others; what is behind our beliefs, choices and actions; and who and what we are. Gordon claims that these questions uncover the nature of what it is to be human and are so fundamental and intrinsic to living that engaging with them has the power to shape and alter the course of lives. Gordon hopes that they will provide an opportunity to consider a unique form of freedom, power and ease.

When: Sunday from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Where: Connan Room, University Center