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Midwest US Biodesign Symposium

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Join us on April 21 to hear from biodesign practitioners, research institutions, and students across the Midwest.

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Biodesign is finding its way into education institutions all over the world. It bridges art, design, and biotech to reimagine a more sustainable and thoughtful future.

Biodesign Challenge (BDC), the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Toledo are hosting an online symposium to bring together the biodesign community across the Midwestern United States. The event will kickoff a regional Hub for biodesign practitioners, research institutions, and students to share resources, collaborate on projects, and develop new teaching practices.

Experts from across the Midwest will speak about their work and ambitions for biodesign. BDC alumni will offer short talks about their projects and design processes.

The event will feature a keynote talk by Fulbright award-winning and NSF-funded scholar, writer, social scientist, and design researcher Laura Forlano.

We also invite you to keep the conversation going on our LinkedIn Group: Biodesign Regional Hub - Midwest.

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1:00-1:25 Introduction

  • Daniel Grushkin, Executive Director, Biodesign Challenge BDC 2021 Team, University of Cincinnati
  • Brian Carpenter, Artist and Assistant Professor, University of Toledo
  • Nandita Baxi Sheth, Artist and Faculty, Trans Disciplinary Honors, University of Cincinnati

1:25-1:55 1st Session

  • BDC 2021 student team, University of Cincinnati
  • Whitney Gaskins, Faculty and Assistant Dean of Inclusive Excellence and Community Engagement, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Cincinnati
  • LIFEBRIK, BDC 2020, University of Cincinnati

2:05-2:25 2nd Session

  • Eric Zeigler, Artist and Assistant Professor of Art, University of Toledo
  • Wastr, BDC 2020 alumni, University of Toledo

2:25-2:40 Keynote

  • Laura Forlano, Associate Professor of Design, Institute of Design (ID); Affiliated Faculty in the College of Architecture, Director of the Critical Futures Lab, Illinois Institute of Technology

2:40-3:10 Breakout sessions

  • Discuss intentions and goals for creating a Midwest biodesign community

3:10-3:30 Closing remarks

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