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Are You the Generation That Will End AIDS?

Today at 4:30 p.m.

Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

The University Lecture Series will host Margaret Johnston, director of the vaccine research program in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ (NIAID) Division of AIDS. Johnston is a Carnegie Mellon graduate (MCS ’72) and currently develops NIAID’s HIV/AIDS vaccine-focused research programs. The programs focus on a wide range of issues surrounding an HIV/AIDS vaccine, including initiatives in fundamental vaccine-related research, preclinical evaluation and development, and clinical trials (including the HIV Vaccine Trials Network).

Johnston is the recipient of the prestigious Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service. In addition, Johnston has received two National Institute of Health (NIH) Director’s Awards, five NIH Merit Awards, and several non-government awards and citations, reflecting her numerous contributions to the fields of HIV/AIDS therapeutics and prevention research and development.

Johnston’s lecture is sponsored by the departments of biomedical engineering and engineering and technology innovation management, the college of engineering, and the Mellon College of Science. The University Lecture Series is free and open to the public.

Everything I Know About Innovation I Learned from Buggy

Today at 7 p.m.

Adamson Wing, Baker Hall 136A

Matthew Wagner, a Carnegie Mellon alumnus (CIT ’87), will present a general conceptual model of innovation, supported with examples of his experiences at Carnegie Mellon as a founder and chair of Spirit Buggy.

Wagner graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 1987 with a bachelor of science in chemical engineering and engineering and public policy. He then went on to receive a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota. For the next 17 years, Wagner worked for Praxair, a leading international industrial gas company.

At Praxair, Wagner was responsible for several positions, all focused around the concept of innovation: researcher, manager, organizational and work process development, and breakthrough innovation.

Currently, Wagner is the CFO of RYN USA, LLC, a start-up footwear company, and as a consultant for Niagara International Capital, a boutique investment bank located in Buffalo, N.Y.

School of Art Lecture Series: Daniel Bozhkov

Tuesday, March 2 at 5 p.m.

McConomy Auditorium, University Center

Artist Daniel Bozhkov will present his work during the School of Art’s lecture series.

Bozhkov employs a variety of media within his work, including everything from fresco to performance and video. Central to Bozhkov’s work is the concept of collaboration, working with professionals across many fields and therefore using varying strategies to activate public space.

Within his collaborations, Bozhkov works with a wide range of subject matter, including genetic science, department mega-stores, and world-famous tourist sites.
Bozhkov is a recipient of a 2007 Chuck Close Rome Prize of the American Academy in Rome. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andy Warhol Foundation, Art Matters, and Artslink. Bozhkov was a 2009 artist-in-residence at the Queens Museum of Art New York. He is a lecturer at Columbia University and Yale University, and is represented by the Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York City.