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Innovation Showcase - The Discovery of Prehistoric Rock Art Paintings in the Columbian Amazon Rainforest

Jay talks with archaeologist Mark Robinson, PhD. Mark focuses on environmental archaeology and he’s currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Exeter in England. He’s here today to share with us the spectacular discovery he and his colleagues have made in the Columbian Amazon rainforest--the uncovering of thousands of prehistoric rock art paintings dating back more than 12,000 years ago. During the program, we’ll be finding out why and how this groundbreaking expedition came about, who was involved, and the logistics leading to this remarkable revelation. We’ll go on a behind-the-scenes tour, and, in the process, come to better understand and appreciate these magnificent rock art paintings and how this better informs our knowledge of the early human colonization in South America.

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Innovation Showcase - Tzu Chieh (Zijay) Tang - Lemelson-MIT Student Prize Winner

Jay talks with Tzu Chieh (Zijay) Tang. Zijay is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT. Recently, he was awarded one of the Lemelson-MIT Student Prizes for his innovative work in the field of synthetic biology. One of his inventions, Syn-SCOBY, is a pollutant-sensing filter made from only bacteria and yeast. Zijay also developed DEPCOS (DEployable Physical COntainment Strategy) for the safe deployment of engineered microbes for water quality monitoring. During the program, we’ll be learning why and how Syn-SCOBY and DEPCOS came about, what’s involved in their design and operation, and the potential impact of these efforts with regard to improving the world’s water supply.

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Innovation Showcase - Katherine Taylor Masks of Boston

Jay talks with Katherine Taylor. Katherine is a highly accomplished Boston-based photojournalist and freelance photographer and she’s here today to share with us one of her current projects entitled Masks of Boston—a fascinating online initiative displaying a wide-range of masked individuals accompanied by their responses to the question, "Who Do You Wear a Mask For?" During the program, we’ll be learning why and how Masks of Boston came about and how it’s grown, developed, and operates today. We’ll go on a behind-the-scenes tour of Katherine’s portraits, and, in the process, come to better understand and appreciate how she goes about creating her engaging photographs and the insightful responses she’s obtained to the question, "Who Do You Wear a Mask For?" In addition, Katherine will also be sharing some of her other captivating photography.

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Innovation Showcase - Invisawear

Jay talks with Kristina Loycano. Kristina is the sales manager for invisaWear--a company that makes attractive and smart jewelry which instantly sends your location to emergency dispatchers and loved ones during an emergency. During the program, we’ll be learning why and how invisaWear came about and how it’s grown, developed, and operates today. In the process, we’ll come to better understand and appreciate the technology involved and the wide range of products to choose from. Let’s start by meeting Kristina and then finding out all about invisaWear.

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Innovation Showcase - The StoryWalk® Project

Jay talks with Anne Ferguson and Rachel Senechal, both of whom are associated with the StoryWalk® Project, which is an innovative approach to encouraging people of all ages to get out and walk while enjoying wonderful children’s books. Anne is the founder of this endeavor and Rachel has supported these efforts over the years. During the program, we’ll be learning why and how the StoryWalk® Project came about and how it’s grown, developed, and operates today. We’ll go on a behind-the-scenes tour of several walks and, in the process, we’ll come to better understand and appreciate this initiative’s overall mission, the logistics involved in creating a local StoryWalk, and the positive impact these experiences have had on promoting both the enjoyment of reading and the outdoors.

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Innovation Showcase - The Knowledge Society

Jay talks with Michael Raspuzzi, Mikey Taylor, and Alice Liu, all of whom are associated with The Knowledge Society--a 10 month global human accelerator helping teenagers learn about a wide-range of technologies such as  artificial intelligence, gene editing, and quantum computing as well as how to understand how to solve some of  the world's biggest problems. Michael serves as the Director leading both the Boston City Program and the Global Virtual Program. Mikey and Alice are alumni of the program. During this episode, we’ll be learning why and how The Knowledge Society came about and how it’s grown, developed, and operates today. Mikey and Alice will share their experiences with The Knowledge Society and inform us about the fascinating projects that they’re involved with today. In so doing, we’ll come to better understand and appreciate The Knowledge Society’s overall mission and engaging program.

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Innovation Showcase - Paula Sacks

Jay talks with Paula Sacks. Paula is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Attachment Specialist with a private practice in Chestnut Hill. She’s also the author of two engaging and informative new books related to attachment theory—one is directed to new parents and the other to children. The Importance of Love Rays: Developing Secure Attachment in Infancy and Childhood is written for new parents and the related children's book is entitled Love Rays. During the program, we’ll be learning why and how these two books came about, we’ll review their contents and format and, in the process, come to better understand and appreciate the importance of attachment theory and the development of secure and healthy emotional bonds between parents and their newborn children.

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Innovation Showcase - Cleo Robotics

Jay talks with Omar Eleryan. Omar is one of the co-founders and he now serves as the CEO of Cleo Robotics, a Boston-based company that’s developed the Dronut. The Dronut is a drone designed for safe operation indoors and in confined spaces for applications such as law enforcement, reconnaissance, surveying, security, and warehousing. During the program we’ll be finding out why and how the Dronut came about, we’ll learn about its special features, how it operates, what distinguishes it from other drones and, in the process, come to better understand and appreciate some of the promising uses of this innovative endeavor.

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Innovation Showcase - The People's Memorial Project

Jay talks with Vanessa Till Hooper and Cedric “Vise 1” Douglas. Vanessa is the founder and she now serves as the creative director of Studio HHH- a multidisciplinary design studio, specializing in large-scale art installations, interior architecture and immersive environments. Cedric is a designer, street artist, and social interventionist. They’re here today to inform us about a fascinating project they’ve collaborated on called The People’s Memorial Project-- a pop-up public video projection installation in Boston’s North End, that addresses the current debate about public monuments and their controversial status. During the program, we’ll be finding out why and how The People’s Memorial Project came about, we’ll go on a behind-the-scenes tour and, in the process, come to better understand and appreciate the project’s overall mission and its promising potential both locally and beyond.

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