The Research Triangle Park

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RTP 360: Seriously Creative Research with UNC Asheville

It's time for a very special edition of RTP 180 -- an RTP 360, if you will.

On February 6, we’re pleased to celebrate speakers from Western North Carolina at “RTP 360: Seriously Creative Research with UNC Asheville.

Here’s an opportunity to learn what the bright young minds of tomorrow are coming up with -- today. Come mingle with our students and neighbors from across the state and join co-emcees Erin Monday, Will Hardison and Mark Harvey, from 6:00-7:30, at RTP’s headquarters (12 Davis Drive, Durham, NC). Our doors open at 5:00 so you can stop in right after work to grab a snack; a catered reception will follow after the event.

We can’t say much about food just yet, aside from alluding to general tastiness: but you can definitely prepare yourselves for some serious Asheville beer.

There are no suits, no ties, and definitely no hats allowed, unless they're red fedoras.

This is the future of North Carolina. And it's a loud one.

Please RSVP here.

Our regularly scheduled RTP 180 event will proceed as usual, for February 20th. Please visit www.rtp.org/rtp180.


Topics & Speakers

  • Will the Real Abe Lincoln Please Stand Up  - A team of UNC students is constructing a photorealistic, animated, 3-D digital version of Lincoln based on photos, biographical information, and some life casts of the President's face and hands. In their quest for accurate data, this team uncovered a previously unknown image of Lincoln at Gettysburg, prompting national attention.
  • A Tale of Two Ann(e)s – Is there ever a time where you’ve wondered what it would be like to lead a university?  UNC Asheville’s Chancellor Anne Ponder takes the stage to tell us about it. As an extra special bonus, Ann Goodnight will also be participating.
  • A Park, a Pledge, and Many Found Doors - The Research Triangle Park’s Bob Geolas will talk to the ideals and the purpose that built the private, not-for-profit entity that is RTP, and its ongoing relationship in service of the rest of the state.
  • The Human Instrument - David Sweet believes in the power of humans -- and biometric sensors. Inter-process communications can help software developers connect with computer programs -- across a variety of software platforms.
  • Shaping China’s Youth - Erin Litke takes us on a curious journey into the mind of China. Continuous attempts have been made by the Chinese government to "protect" the minds of their young people from too many outside influences -- but is this really a valid fear?
  • There’s Chemistry Involved in Creative Writing – Corey McClintock examines the provocative literary work of combined chemist, writer and holocaust survivor Primo Levi. Together, we’ll explore the unique parallels that exist between chemistry and creative writing.

Exhibits

    • Mutants & Chimeras - Alicia Tagliatela, a molecular biology student, investigates engineered mutants and chimeras to investigate the guanine-nucleotide binding proteins (G proteins) involved in transmitting signals from cell surface receptors to downstream pathways. In short: she’s really smart. 
    • Earth From Above - In the grand tradition of Jackson Pollock and Helen Frankenthaler, Joy Hof uses collaged mixed media and experimental pouring techniques to demonstrate a balance between control versus chaos as well as factual versus the imaginative -- in her senior exhibition. 
    • Land of Sky – In Western North Carolina, planning for growth is a collaborative effort. Caroline Ketcham weaves a unique narrative of public economic discussions and the synthesizing of community feedback into real strategies and solutions. 
    • HCFCs & You – What’s hanging out in the atmosphere? Hydrochlorofluorocarbons. Otherwise known as HCFCs, they are emitted to the atmosphere through industrial processes, where they contribute to the destruction of ozone and to an increase in global warming.

    Event information, including livestreaming, will be updated regularly over at www.rtp.org/RTP180.


    Additional Details

    The RTP 180  series is meant to be fun and light-hearted -- a sum of all the awesome of the Triangle. For RTP 360, we’re mixing things up a bit as we celebrate research, discovery and human achievement  with our educational partners across the state of North Carolina.

    The hashtag for this event is #RTP360 and we'll do our best to livestream from our YouTube channel over at www.youtube.com/user/TheRTPNC. Afterwards, professionally edited video segments of our speakers will be posted there.