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Title: Authors’ Rights and Wrongs Series — “Open Access in Chemistry”

The Basics: For those interested in emerging issues in intellectual property rights within the scientific community, Carnegie Mellon faculty Jay Apt, Hyung Kim, and David Dzombak will lead a panel discussion on open access and intellectual property rights as they relate to chemistry. Apt is an associate research professor in the department of engineering and public policy and the executive director of the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center; Kim is the head of the chemistry department; and Dzombak is the Walter J. Blenko Sr. professor of environmental engineering in the department of civil and environmental engineering and faculty director of Carnegie Mellon’s Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research. The discussion will be moderated by chemistry professor and researcher David Yaron.

When: Today at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Connan Room, University Center

Title: How Government Works Series — “Congress and the Engineer”

The Basics: Engineer Rachel Radell will discuss the legislative process of creating a strong energy policy while negotiating with the federal government. Radell is a congressional fellow for Senator Dianne Feinstein (D–Calif.) on space and science issues, as well as climate change, biofuels, and other civil and environmental issues. The seminar will be presented via videoconferencing from the Carnegie Mellon department of engineering and public policy’s Washington, D.C. office, and it will be moderated by Sue Markland Day, director of the office.

When: Tuesday at noon

Where: Baker Hall 129

Title: University Lecture Series — “Local Living Economies: Green, Fair, and Fun”

The Basics: Judy Wicks, founder of Philadelphia’s Sustainable Business Network and the Business Alliance for Local Living, will discuss the advantages of sustainability in community business practices. In 1983, Wicks established the White Dog Café in Philadelphia, offering food made with locally grown ingredients. Based on this experience, Wicks argues that community-based enterprises have the potential to profoundly affect cultural change.

When: Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Where: Connan Room, University Center

Title: “Another Fall from Paradise: The Problem of the Infinite”

The Basics: William Tait, professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Chicago, will discuss philosopher Georg Cantor’s 1883 work Foundations of a General Theory of Manifolds and its theories of the actual infinite, specifically its dilemma — the intrinsic open-endedness of the mathematical universe. The lecture is sponsored by the department of philosophy.

When: Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Baker Hall A53

Title: “Nanowire Optoelectronics and Electronic Memory”

The Basics: Ritesh Agarwal, currently an assistant professor in the department of materials science and engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, will speak on the synthesis, directed assembly, and fabrication of sub-wave length photonic devices for the generation, waveguiding, and detection of light at the nanoscale. He will also speak on efforts in studying reversible crystalline to amorphous phase transitions.

When: Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Scaife Hall 1251