Pegasis: Covers Used To be Originals

Elevator pitch When was the last time you heard a song you'd never heard before? Not a version of a song, but the actual piece itself? Abstract Writing songs is such an individualistic process. For some of us it’s easier to write words on a page that sort of rhyme, but then we struggle to find a melody line for it. Or maybe we have a really cool sounding melody line but the most we can write out is “sitting on my bed, thoughts inside my head...pizza.” That’s an exaggeration but it gets the point across. And some of us have probably seen ads either through Google, or through some other mediums, of how to write a song. They claim to give you step-by-step instructions on how to write a hi

Lucy Arendt: Dark Humor Is All Good. Really

Elevator pitch Dark humor helps us cope with all the terrible things in our lives. For some people, the darker the humor, the better. Abstract Humor is a multifaceted phenomenon. It helps us to be happy, to be creative, to understand our world, to get along with others, and to deal with negative events and thoughts. Without humor, most people would agree that life would be less fulfilling. Without dark humor, specifically, negative events and thoughts might be paralyzing. This talk will highlight the value of dark humor and the circumstances under which it is both appropriate and necessary. Bio

Krissy Lukins: GIS - A “Spatial” Technology!

Elevator pitch Did you know that November 13th is GIS Day? Listen to stories about how this amazing technology is changing the world and how YOU can use it too! Abstract If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a map is worth a million! A geographic information system (GIS) allows us to visualize spatial data to see relationships, make predictions, and ultimately made decisions that can have an impact both locally and globally. We live with an explosive amount of data at our fingertips - things like population, health, agriculture, weather, etc. How can we USE that data to make better decisions? With a GIS we can ASK geographic questions, EXPLORE the data, and ACT on our findings! Bio

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