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Quantum Communication Complexity Part II

Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Wean Hall 8325

Dan Stahlke, a research and web programmer at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, will discuss his theories and research within the field of quantum communication.

His lecture will review, in detail, the notion of nonlocality and communication complexity. Furthermore, he will share his thoughts on the development of modern physics.

Stahlke has published many scientific papers, including work on quantum physics published this year. He has also developed software and electronic programs, including a Java fractal generator and a power usage logger.

Design Lecture: Nervous System: “Growing Objects”

Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Breed Hall (Margaret Morrison 103)

Nervous System is a design studio whose members work at the intersection of science, art, and technology. Founded by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louris-Rosenberg in 2007, Nervous System creates computer programs to create what the group describes on its website as “unique and affordable” consumer products. In the lecture, Rosenkrantz and Louris-Rosenberg will discuss their design philosophy, explaining why they have decided to create objects through software instead of through more traditional methods.

This lecture is sponsored through a partnership between the School of Design, the Studio for Creative Inquiry, and the D-Fab Lab.

Media, Meaning and Computation: Expressive Intelligence and the Future of Playable Media

Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Rashid Auditorium (Hillman Center 4401)

Moving on from performance artist Stelarc and his grafted-on third ear, the HCII Seminar’s new Z-Axis series continues with Michael Mateas, co-director of the Center for Games and Playable Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His talk, as explained in its abstract, will explore the “explosion of interest, both inside and outside academia, in games,” as Mateas argues that research should work to expand the possiblities for game-based media.

Conversation with Dr. Vandana Shiva

Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

Connan Room, University Center

Dr. Vandana Shiva is an activist against bioengineering companies, including Monsanto, that genetically engineer their own crops and pesticides, causing “superweeds” to develop and thrive.

An ardent ecofeminist, Shiva believes women should more strongly defend their historical role, which she calls “the providers of food security,” by supporting and promoting biological diversity in the crops that are planted both in America and around the world. Shiva believes such action is necessary to circumvent a small number of companies that create and control the global food supply.

This lecture is sponsored by the Center for History and Policy, the Office of the Vice Provost for Education, Student Affairs, and the Steinbrenner Institute.