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Science, Technology and Values

“Beyond Modes, Beyond Media,” the 2009 Rolf Buchdahl lecture on science, technology and values will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, in the newly-renovated Park Shops building. The featured speaker is Dr. Jennifer Daryl Slack, a professor of communication and cultural studies at Michigan Technological University.

This year’s lecture is part of a two-day symposium about the social impacts of communication technologies. “Materializing Communication: Technologies, Infrastructures and Flows” is jointly sponsored by the Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media and Science, Technology and Society programs. More than 20 scholars from universities across the U.S. and Canada will present original research on topics such as new mobile media interfaces and  the political nature of commercial and technological networks. The event is free and open to the public. For details, visit

Logic and Cognitive Science Initiative

Experts from Yale, Notre Dame, Columbia, Stanford, SUNY Buffalo and Texas A&M will speak Friday, Sept. 25, and Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Logic and Cognitive Science Initiative Conference on Ontology. The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies is hosting the event, with all sessions in Withers Hall, Room 140. The conference is sponsored by a grant from GlaxoSmithKline. Preregistration and payment are required. For details, read the program and registration document.

moon and two planets
Learn to identify planets and constellations in the night sky.

Rescheduled Astronomy Open House

Stargaze to your heart's content (weather permitting) during the fall astronomy open house beginning at 8 p.m on Friday, Sept. 25, at the Reedy Creek Observatory. The event was rescheduled because of cloud cover last week. 

The evening’s activites include viewing stellar attractions such as Jupiter and the Andromeda galaxy, finding constellations and enjoying refreshments. School-age children and their families are encouraged to attend. Astronomy experts from the physics department will be on hand to answer questions about the night sky, stars, planets, galaxies and anything else related to astronomy. Just look for one of the volunteers wearing lighted glow-sticks around their necks. Signing up in advance is appreciated but not required. RSVP to Brian Williams at For directions, instructions, parking information and schedule updates, visit

Landscape Architecture Lecture

Professor Lois Brink from the University of Colorado will give a landscape architecture lecture at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28, in Burns Auditorium.

Pulitzer Prize Winner’s Reading

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder will read from his latest book, Strength in What Remains, on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the McKimmon Center. The book tells the story of Deo, a genocide survivor from Burundi who lands at JFK airport in New York with $200, no English and no contacts, and moves from homelessness in Central Park to medical school and a career as a healer. Kidder, the author of Mountains Beyond Mountains, My Detachment, Home Town, Old Friends, Among Schoolchildren, House and The Soul of a New Machine, has also won the National Book Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Award and many other literary prizes.

NC State’s Friends of the Library and Quail Ridge Books and Music are sponsoring the reading, which is supported by the NC State Foundation. Admission is $5 or free with purchase of Strength in What Remains from Quail Ridge Books and Music. Reserved seating for Friends of the Library members will be available in the front of the auditorium. Please contact the group at 919-515-2841 to purchase a ticket and reserve a seat.

Conversations with State Leaders

State Treasurer Janet Cowell will speak from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1,  in Caldwell Hall lounge. Her talk is part of the Conversations with State Leaders Series, sponsored by the School of Public and International Affairs. For more information, contact Dr. Andrew Taylor at 515-8618 or

Entrepreneurship Lecture Series

Meet a man who’s been named Ernst & Young’s “Master Entrepreneur” and one of Advertising Age’s “Digital Media Masters.” Christopher Evans, an entrepreneur and philanthropist with offices in Raleigh, will open the fall Entrepreneurship Lecture Series from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, at the McKimmon Center.

Evans was the CEO and founder of Accipiter, which provided online advertising technology used by MSN, CNET, Lycos, ZDNet, Broadcast.Com, Ask Jeeves and others. From 1985 through 1992, he served as executive vice president of DaVinci Systems, a Raleigh-based software company he co-founded. As DaVinci's top marketing exec, he helped grow the company's installed base to three million users in 45 countries. In 1992, he founded Hotlinx, a publisher of print and online buyer's guides for software professionals.

Evans currently serves on the board of directors of the Trinity Forum, Community in Schools of Wake County and the NC State Engineering Department’s Entrepreneurs Advisory Board. He is a charter member of the university’s State Entrepreneurship Initiative Advisory Board. He also serves as an advisor to businesses and not-for-profit enterprises in the U.S. and Europe.

Best Practices with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations

The Department of Social Work will host a workshop on best practices for working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, adults, couples, families and communities, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, in the Talley Student Center ballroom. Registration is open to faculty and students. Friday, Sept. 18, is the deadline to register online.

dog catching frisbee
Frisbee toss is one of the Dog Olympics events.

Dog Olympics

Cue the theme music and fetch some Milk Bones: The Dog Olympics is back on Saturday, Oct. 3. Here’s your chance to root for canine athletes in the high jump, applaud the best howler or adopt a shelter animal in need of a home. Organizers have temporarily moved the event downtown to Moore Square due to construction at the Centennial Biomedical Campus.

More than 1,000 people attended last year’s competition, which is sponsored by the student chapter of the American Hospital Association in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Faculty members will oversee events and hand out the medals.

The “Olympic Village” will include a free microchip clinic to prevent pets from becoming lost, sponsored by the Raleigh Kennel Club. The American Kennel Club will host an agility demonstration and sponsor a Canine Good Citizen Testing program, which costs $5 for certification. Events run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $1 for spectators and owners and $7 for dogs; children 5 and younger are free. Canine admission includes an entry fee for one event and a photo of your dog in the winner’s circle. Each additional event or photo is $1.

Borlaug Lecture canceled; award nominations open

Organizers have canceled the Borlaug Distinguished Lecture, originally scheduled for Monday, Oct. 5. However, nominations are still being accepted for the Award for Service to Environment and Society, presented each year to a tenure-track faculty member from any college, recognizing scholarly work to improve human and natural world conditions. The honoree will be recognized at a future Borlaug lecture.

Monday, Sept. 28, is the deadline for submitting nomination packets to the office of Dr. Robert Brown, dean of the College of Natural Resources. For more information, contact Paul Mueller at or 515-2665, or Dan Robison at or 515-2890.

Try Transit Week

Take advantage of free offers, special events and prizes for riding the bus during Try Transit Week.

  • Monday, Sept. 28: Follow RaleighRides on Twitter and join the GoTriangle online scavenger hunt for a chance to win two tickets to the Carolina Panthers vs. Miami Dolphins game on Thursday, Nov. 19 in Charlotte, along with an Amtrak roundtrip ticket and a room at the Marriott Center.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 29: Lunch and Learn, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.: Learn how to ride the bus. Join the group at Moore Square Transit Station to catch a CAT bus to Cameron Village for lunch. Also, it's Rack and Ride Day: Put your bike on the bus and ride for free (first come, first served).
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30: Stuff the Bus Food Drive: Get a coupon for a free Chick-Fil-A sandwich when you bring three cans of food to the Chick-Fil-A on Fayetteville Street from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or the Townridge Center location on Glenwood Avenue from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct.1, Rider Appreciation Day: Fares are free on all regional transit systems. Stop by Moore Square Transit Station for free ice cream from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 2, Driver Appreciation Day: Thank your bus driver.

Computer Security Day

Cybersecurity is a concern for computer users, and the Office of Information Technology (OIT) wants you to build a strong defense against security threats. Faculty, staff and students are invited to OIT’s third annual Computer Security Day: Cybersecurity Self-Defense from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26, in the Talley Student Center. The event provides insight into the privacy and security issues surrounding electronically stored sensitive information and offers ways to keep your computer and data safe.

An internationally celebrated event, Computer Security Day is designed to raise awareness and promote best practices in information technology security. During this event, there will be general and technical discussions about social networking, current privacy issues in legislation, Web application security, antivirus protection, disk encryption, mobile device security, tools for desktop security, identity theft prevention, identity management, access control and more. For information about this event, visit the Computer Security Day 2009 Web site.

Employ Older Workers Week

Sept. 20 through 26 is “Employ Older Workers Week” in North Carolina. 

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