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Innovation Showcase - Israel Antiquities Authority's Recent Discoveries

Jay talks with archaeologist Oren Ableman, PhD. Oren is a Dead Sea Scroll researcher with the Israel Antiquities Authority and he’s here today to inform us about the sensational discovery he and his colleagues recently made in the Judean Desert—the discovery of fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls dating back more than 2,000 years ago. In addition to these priceless fragments, the teams also found a 6,000-year-old skeleton of a child, rare coins, and a complete basket believed to be the oldest in the world, dating back 10,500 years. During the program, we’ll be finding out why and how this groundbreaking expedition came about, who was involved, and the fascinating logistics leading to these remarkable revelations. We’ll go on a behind-the-scenes tour, and, in the process, come to better understand and appreciate these priceless items and how they better inform our knowledge of this most important historical period.
 

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Innovation Showcase - Loving Little Minds

Jay talks with Simmy and Brian Buck. Simmy and Brian are the founders of Loving Little Minds, a non-profit that distributes a thoughtfully chosen selection of multicultural books to families every month. During the program, we’ll be learning why and how Loving Little Minds came about and how it’s grown, developed, and operates today. We’ll find out about some of the engaging books that have been shared with families and, in the process, we’ll come to better understand and appreciate the company’s overall mission, the wide range of themes and ethnic groups represented and the positive impact Loving Little Minds has had in promoting and enhancing multicultural education.
 

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Innovation Showcase - SanaHeal

Jay talks with Hyunwoo Yuk, Ph.D. from the department of mechanical engineering at MIT. Recently, Hyunwoo received the top prize at the Collegiate Inventors Competition hosted by the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame. He was named the graduate winner for his invention of SanaHeal, a bioadhesive tape that has the unique ability to bind wet tissues together. During the program, we’ll be learning why and how SanaHeal came about, what’s involved with its design and operation, and the potential impact this double-sided tape could have as a replacement or supplement for sutures after surgery.
 

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Innovation Showcase - BlackFacts.com

Jay talks with Ken Granderson and Dale Dowdie. Ken and Dale are the founders of BlackFacts.com, an extensive platform for information about Black history and culture. Ken serves as the Chief Technology Officer and Dale is the CEO. During the program, we’ll be learning why and how BlackFacts.com came about and how it’s grown, developed, and operates today. We’ll go on a behind-the-scenes tour, and, in the process, come to better understand and appreciate the breadth and depth of the site’s resources and information.
 

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Innovation Showcase - Jasmine Harrison: World Record Rower

Jay talks with Jasmine Harrision. Jasmine is from North Yorkshire, England and as you may have heard she recently became the youngest woman to ever row solo across an ocean. Jasmine accomplished this amazing feat by rowing 3,000 miles from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean. Jasmine accomplished this by participating in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge overseen by Atlantic Campaigns. During the program, we’ll be finding out why and how this incredible undertaking came about and, in so doing, we’ll come to better understand and appreciate Jasmine’s wide-range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences during this record setting 70-day adventure.
 

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Innovation Showcase - Science Research Mentoring Program - Center for Astrophysics

Jay talks with Clara Sousa-Silva, PhD, Tansu Daylan, PhD, Kartik Pinglé, and Jasmine Wright—all of whom are associated with the Science Research Mentoring Program at the Center for Astrophysics at Harvard and the Smithsonian. Dr. Sousa-Silva is the director of the program, Dr. Daylan serves as a mentor in the program, and Kartik and Jasmine are local high school students who have participated in the program. In addition to finding out all about the Science Research Mentoring Program, we’ll be spending much of our time learning about the groundbreaking discoveries made by Kartik and Jasmine. Together with Dr. Daylan, they were part of a team that discovered four exoplanets, planets outside our solar system.
 

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Innovation Showcase - bluShift Aerospace

Jay talks with Sascha Deri. Sascha is the founder and he now serves as the CEO of bluShift Aerospace-- an employee-owned American aerospace firm based in Brunswick, Maine. On January 31, the company made history when it conducted the first ever commercial launch of Stardust 1.0, a rocket powered by biofuel. It was also the first commercial rocket launch in Maine--lifting off from a snow-covered runway at the Loring Commerce Center in Limestone, Maine . During the program, we’ll be finding out why and how bluShift Aerospace came about, and how it’s grown, developed, and operates today. We’ll view and go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the successful launch, and, in the process, we’ll come to better understand and appreciate how the company’s groundbreaking efforts are being used now and the even more exciting plans for the future.
 

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Innovation Showcase - Adoption In Black and White

Jay talks with Pamela Chatterton-Purdy and Rev. Dr. David A. Purdy. Pamela and David are here today to share their recently published book entitled Adoption in Black & White—their deeply personal account of raising a mixed race family of four children—two biological daughters (Kristen and Jessica), and two adopted boys, one being African American (Ronald) and the other half-black and half Vietnamese (Stephen). During the program, we’ll learn why and how the book came about and we’ll hear about some of their joys and struggles of raising children from different backgrounds and becoming an integrated family. In the process, we’ll come to better understand and appreciate Pam and David’s long-time involvement in the civil rights movement and their lifelong passion and commitment for racial justice. Let’s start by meeting Pam and David and then learning all about Adoption in Black &White.
 
 

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Innovation Showcase - Shriya Srinivasan, PhD: Lemelson-MIT Student Prize Winner

Jay talks with Shriya Srinivasan, PhD. Shriya is a postdoctoral researcher at MIT who was recently awarded one of the Lemelson-MIT Student Prizes for her innovative surgical approach enabling amputees to better sense what their prosthesis feels and, in turn, leading to greater mobility and independence. During the program, we’ll be learning why and how Shriya’s new surgical approach came about, we’ll go on a behind the scenes tour of the surgery and, in the process, come to better understand and appreciate the promising impact of Shriya’s noteworthy efforts for amputees and the field of prosthetics.

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