Joe Davis: ‘Ad Archaea Ad Astra’ Analyst, Artist, Adventurer

Joe Davis’ Creative Technology Lecture ‘Ad Archaea ad Astra’ will address his study of ancient organisms such as salt crystals and meteorite and how he uses ‘junk’ DNA material to uncover creative opportunities that blend science and art. Joe just got back from Moscow where he shared his transgenic and metalized silks that were inspired by spider webs. He is excited about a newly minted project with the German cultural ministry for the creation of a (his words) “temporary institute for the unification of knowledge”. Joe currently teaches at Harvard.

Joe’s works includes centrifuges, radios, prosthetics, magnetic fields, and genetic material. Davis' teaching positions have been at MIT and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

Davis' works include the sculpture Earth Sphere, a landmark fog fountain at Kendall Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts, near the MIT campus; [1] RuBisCo Stars, a transmission of a message to nearby stars from the Arecibo Observatory radio telescope in Puerto Rico, carried out in November 2009; [2][3]  New Age Ruby Falls, a project to create an artificial aurora using a 100,000 watt electron beam fired into the magnetosphere from a NASA space shuttle
(which has not yet been carried out); [4]  and Microvenus, a piece of symbolic art involving engineering the genetic code
of a microbe.

Date: 01/09/2019 (Wed.)Time: 9:30am – 10:30am ESTLocation: Library

Programming for a living: what they don’t teach you in school

Do you enjoy coding?  Would you like to know a little more about what a career in coding might be like?

John Gregg is a computer scientist and programmer.  Working as a programmer since the 1980’s, he has made many observations about what it is like to work as a programmer including the culture, climate of different companies, how to get hired, writing code, editing existing code, specifications, myths and more.

This will be a frank discussion about what it is like to program for a living.

Please join us in the library during WIN Block on December 12th.

Date: 12/12/2018 (Wed.)Time: 9:30am – 10:30am ESTLocation: Library