Dominic Canare and Piper Lou Reneé

03/26/2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Dominic Canare and Piper Lou Reneé
Oasis Space, Wichita Kansas

Speaker: Dominic Canare

Welcome back to Dominic Canare! Dominic is a founding member and current board member of MakeICT. He is also a board member at Bike Walk Wichita and the Incubator for Nonprofits in Kansas (ThINK), a technology consultant, a former adjunct engineering instructor at Wichita State University, and current student pursuing a PhD in Human Factors Psychology. He holds BS and MS degrees in computer science from Pittsburgh State and Wichita State, respectively. In addition, he is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, and community volunteer and leader, earning him the designation of 2014 Newsmaker from the Wichita Business Journal.

Topic: “You suck at thinking and probably always will” – A talk on Cognitive Biases.

Humans are subject to various forms of cognitive bias. These lapses in judgement make it difficult to accurately asses situations and arguments, and are an unavoidable effect of our experiences, environments, and basic human psychology. Come learn and discuss some of the most prominent forms of cognitive bias that are encountered in everyday life. Let’s work together to better understand and learn how to identify our own biases, as well as those with whom we hold discussions.

Music: Piper Lou Reneé

Welcome back to Piper Lou Reneé! Based out of Wichita Kansas, Piper has, according to Jammerzine, “The voice of an angel.” Her career began at fifteen as an actress and singer on the sitcom iShine Knect. Since then she has been featured in numerous TV shows, podcasts, movies and has played concerts all over the United States.

She says, “Most of my inspiration for songs sparks from events in my life. I write a lot about heartache and starting over. I think we are all starting over in some way. When I’m sad, I want to listen to songs that I can relate to, so that’s what I write. I want to remind people that they aren’t alone, and that there can be beauty that comes from pain.”

Speaker:Dominic Canare Topic:“You suck at thinking and probably always will” – A talk on Cognitive Biases. Music:Piper Lou Reneé
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Aaron Wirtz and Isabella Parker

04/02/2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Aaron Wirtz and Isabella Parker
Oasis Space, Wichita Kansas

Speaker: Aaron Wirtz

Title: When to Let Go, When to Hold On: The Comfort of Atheism in Times of Death

After growing up in a religious environment, introducing oneself as atheist always carries complex family implications. But what happens when this irreligious awakening coincides with the passing of a loved one? In this presentation, Aaron Wirtz will share his personal journey toward freedom from religion while saying goodbye to his beloved Grandmother—the questions he’s let go of and the love that remains.

Music: Isabella Parker

Speaker:Aaron Wirtz Topic:When to Let Go, When to Hold On: The Comfort of Atheism in Times of Death Music:Isabella Parker
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Dr. Mark A. Schneegurt and Billy Bloomquist

04/23/2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Dr. Mark A. Schneegurt and Billy Bloomquist
Oasis Space, Wichita Kansas

Speaker: Dr. Mark A Schneegurt

Dr. Mark A. Schneegurt is a Professor of Biological Sciences at Wichita State University and maintains joint appointments in Curriculum and Instruction and Biomedical Engineering.  Dr. Schneegurt holds degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. from Brown University.  He was a postdoctoral fellow at Eli Lilly and has taught and researched at Purdue University and University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on applied and environmental microbiology, resulting in 70+ scientific publications and 150+ presentations.

Topic: Life on Pluto? Life on Mars? Don’t Drink the Water!

Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink?  Follow the water for the best chances of finding of life on other celestial bodies.  Now we know that there is liquid water on Mars, Europa Enceladus, and other icy satellites appear to have oceans.  The water may be very salty, cold, and acidic.  What makes a location habitable on another world?  What are the challenges?  Could organisms from Earth grow in these exotic environments?   We will discuss current and past robotic missions to potential habitats across the solar system.

Musician: Billy Bloomquist

Speaker:Dr. Mark A. Schneegurt Topic:Life on Pluto? Life on Mars? Don’t Drink the Water! Music:Billy Bloomquist
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