South Dakota Tech News
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October 18, 2004
Contact: Steve Buchholz, Public Information Manager, 394-6082
Speaker Series Brings the Future to Tech
Experts on the subject of nanotechnology from across the country will come to South Dakota Tech in Rapid City on Tuesday, Nov. 16, for the Star of the West Speaker Series. All events will take place in the Surbeck Center.
“We are pleased to offer the Star of the West speaker series to the community,” said Tech President Dr. Charles Ruch. “It will give us a chance to discuss relevant and important issues in which we all have a stake.”
The event’s speakers will focus on the place of nanotechnology in science and society, and the impact it can have on developing economic opportunities in Rapid City and South Dakota. Tech invites everyone to attend.
James Von Ehr, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Zyvex Corporation, based in Richardson, Texas, will be featured as the event’s keynote speaker. His address is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, in the Surbeck Ballroom.
Von Ehr is a respected leader within the nanotechnology industry. He is an invited member of the Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group to the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Nanotechnology Initiative, the NanoBusiness Alliance, and the Executive Committee of the Metroplex Technology Business Council.
At 4 p.m., a panel of national and local experts will discuss the national landscape of nanotechnology, including its societal implications as well as educational issues and how nanotechnology could impact ecnomic development and manufacturing.
The panel discussion will begin with a portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Rapid City actor Jabari Morgan. Morgan, as Dr. King, will discuss the need to include all people, regardless of race, gender, and ethnicity, in the engineering, science, and math fields.
The 4 p.m. panel will include:
Dr. Donald R. Baer, a laboratory fellow at the William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. He will address nanotechnology educational issues.
James Von Ehr, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Zyvex Corporation, based in Richardson, Texas. He will discuss the economic development and manufacturing implications that could stem from nanotechnology.
Dr. Davis Baird is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina. He will address the societal implications of nanotechnology research.
Tech is tentatively looking at scheduling another panel discussion at 2 p.m. that would include experts discussing methods for expanding technology-based economic development using local resources.
The speaker series is possible because of a donation from Ray Graham. Graham, of Rapid City and Albuquerque, N.M., has a long history of supporting arts-related activities. Graham supports the series because he wanted to give students, faculty, staff, and the community access to experts at the national level who can challenge us to consider new ways of thinking about important issues.
“We appreciate Ray’s donation,” Ruch said. “This event wouldn’t be possible without his support.”
That support has allowed Tech to make all the events free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Reservations and tickets will be available according to a staggered schedule, giving priority first to Tech students, then to Tech faculty and staff, and then to the public. Tickets are required only for the Von Ehr speech, although Tech recommends you reserve seats for the other sessions.
Community members can begin reserving seats and tickets at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2. All reserved tickets must be picked up in Tech’s Office of University and Public Relations in O’Harra Building Room 208 before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9. Reserved tickets not picked up by then will be released to others.
For information, or to reserve seats and tickets, call (605) 394-2554. Visit the Star of the West Speaker Series website at www.sdsmt.edu/starofthewest.
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