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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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Innovation Showcase - Hatched-Breaking Through the Silence

Jay talks with Maria Finkelmeier and Alison McRae. They’re here today to inform us about “Hatched: Breaking through the Silence”—an extremely engaging four-week illumination and sound experience taking place right now at the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade. This dynamic project celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Esplanade Association’s successful public-private partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Maria from MF Dynamics served as the Artistic Director and Composer of the production and Alison is the Capital Projects Manager at the Esplanade Association. During the program, we’ll learning why and how “Hatched: Breaking through the Silence” came about, we’ll go on a behind-the-scenes tour and, in the process, we’ll come to better understand and appreciate Maria’s artistry, the project’s overall mission, and all that the general public can look forward to experiencing and enjoying both from this extraordinary multi-sensory experience together with all the other wonderful public art supported by the Esplanade Association.
 

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Innovation Showcase - Revolution Chess

Jay talks with Jesse Shaw. Jesse is a highly accomplished wood craftsman and furniture designer and the founder of JShaw Furniture Design, which is located in Stow. He’s also the creator of a sensational game called Revolution Chess—which is an innovative variation of the well-known game with which we’re all familiar. During the program, we’ll be learning why and how Revolution Chess came about, Jesse will demonstrate and take us on a behind-the-scenes tour of how the game is played, and, in the process, we’ll come to better understand and appreciate its unique features and design. In addition, Jesse will be sharing some of his exquisite furniture and craftsmanship.
 

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Innovation Showcase - SteveBennett: The Pandemic Lens

Jay talks with Mindy Tsongas Choi, Paula Estey, and Christa Brown. Mindy, Paula, and Christa are all involved with exciting initiatives that promote social justice and cultural identity by providing forums for those artists and makers whose voices are all too often marginalized. Mindy is the founder of the Be Seen Project, Paula oversees the Paula Estey Gallery: A Center for Art and Activism located in Newburyport, and Christa is the founder and executive director of The Free Soil Arts Collective based in Lowell. During the program, we’ll be finding out why and how these vibrant organizations came about and how they’ve grown, developed, and operate today. In the process, we’ll come to better understand and appreciate the creative voices and contributions of those often underrepresented and heard from in our society and some of the many ways that the arts promote activism and social change.
 

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