Lecture Previews

University Lecture Series: Rachel Maines (HS ’83)

Today at 4:30 p.m.

Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

Rachel Maines, a visiting scientist from Cornell University, will speak on “Engineering as Law: Injury Epidemiology and Consensus Codes.”

Maines’ principal research interests are in the history of technology, especially issues relating to technology and the body. Such issues include sexuality, medicine, technological risk, and injury epidemiology.

Maines’ lecture will focus on how “the development, incorporation into law, and enforcement of consensus safety codes for the built environment makes safety engineering the instrumental arm of injury epidemiology in industrial democracies.”

James R. Swartz Entrepreneurial Leadership Series: Alden Mills

Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Posner Hall 151

The Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship at the Tepper School of Business presents Alden Mills (TPR ’00), CEO and co-founder of Perfect Fitness LLC. Mills is the maker of the Perfect Pushup, the Perfect Pullup, and the Perfect Counter. In less than seven years, Mills’ fitness products went from “as seen on TV” to the top-selling fitness products in many retail stores.

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Data Privacy Panel Discussion

Wednesday at noon

Hamburg Hall 1000

The Heinz College will be hosting a poster session and panel discussion with Carnegie Mellon privacy researchers. The event will cover a broad spectrum of timely privacy issues, including protecting confidentiality in census data, understanding how individuals make privacy decisions, designing privacy interfaces for Twitter and Facebook, and using formal tools to detect flaws in privacy policies.

Radical Cartooning in the Labor Movement as History

Wednesday at 6 p.m.

McKenna/Peter/Wright Rooms, University Center

Gary Huck is an internationally syndicated political cartoonist who has co-authored six collections of political cartoons with cartoonist Mike Konopacki. Huck is also a cartoonist for the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, an independent, progressive, national union based in Pittsburgh.

Huck will take an insightful look at the radical artists that illustrated America’s class wars. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts in Society and the Humanities Scholars Program.

OnStar Student Developer Challenge Kickoff

Thursday at 5 p.m.

Gates Hillman Center 6115

Voice application experts from General Motors’ OnStar and QuickFuse will host a campus kick-off workshop for its OnStar Student Developer Challenge, an initiative that encourages students at participating universities to submit voice-enabled applications using OnStar vehicle data.

The experts will give advice and tips on creating entries using the QuickFuse Voice app platform.

The grand prize is a $10,000 package of development tools including iPads, MacBook Pros, and more.