Archive for October 16th, 2009

Upcoming RCL Short Course

Intro to SAS

Kathy Gerber

Research Computing Support Specialist

Thursday, October 22, 2009, from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

In the Brown Science and Engineering Library Electronic Classroom 

This session will provide an introduction to the statistical software package SAS.  This session is appropriate for anyone wishing to learn more about doing quantitative statistical analysis with SAS. 

You can register for this course at

http://www2.lib.virginia.edu/brown/rescomp/help/index.html

Upcoming RCL Short Course

Intro to Relational Databases
Sherry Lake
Research Computing Support Specialist
Tuesday, October 20, 2009, from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
In the Brown Science and Engineering Library Electronic Classroom

This session will provide an overview to relational databases.

You can register for this course at

http://www2.lib.virginia.edu/brown/rescomp/help/index.html

STS Colloquium Series

Department of Science, Technology and Society
Fall 2009 Colloquium Series

Speaker:   Arne Kaijser, Professor of Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm
Title:   Technology and the Making of Contemporary Europe: Learning from the Tensions of Europe Project 
Date:   Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Time:   3:30 – 5:00 PM
Location:   Rodman Room (A207), Thornton Hall

Abstract:
Arne Kaijser will describe the Tensions of Europe project, a collaborative undertaking that explores ways to study transnational European history with a focus on the role of technology as a force of change.  Kaisjer will also tell us about his current research on the development of a European gas grid and the export of Soviet gas to Western Europe during the Cold War.

Brief Bio:
Arne Kaijser is a professor of History of Technology at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and the current president of the Society for the History of Technology.  Kaijser has written extensively about the history of large technological systems, with specific projects on energy and information technology.   He is also a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Urban Technology and Centaurus.

The Fun Theory

Is it possible to change people’s behavior for the better by making something fun?  Take a look at The Fun Theory site and judge for yourself — it might just be fun!  This site is dedicated to the thought that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behavior for the better.  Be it for yourself, for the environment, or something entirely different, just so long as it’s change for the better.  Current examples include:

  • Bottle Bank Arcade Machine
  • Piano Staircase
  • World’s Deepest Trash Bin

And between now and November 15th you can enter The Fun Theory competition to submit YOUR fun, behavior-changing idea — and possibly win 2,500 euros!  See The Fun Theory Award web page for details and entry form.

Have fun!

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