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When: Friday, March 2nd
From 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Where: 641-715-3300, access code 485743#
Contact: Prucia Buscell

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Friday, March 2, 2012
1-2 PM Eastern Time
641-715-3300, access code 485743#
Beyond Chemistry with the Periodic Table
Guests: Cameron Norman, Andrea Yip, and James Harris

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The Periodic Table of Elements revolutionized nineteenth century chemistry because it allowed scientists to organize chemical elements by their chemical structure, and make predictions about future discoveries. The table is being used today in fields beyond chemistry by designers, artists, and creative thinkers. Cameron Norman is a designer, a scientist, an educator and a health promotion professional who is passionately committed to using design and systems thinking to make sense of and address complex social problems. He is principal of a health-focused design studio called CENSE Research + Design where I focus on the study and practice of waysshape the actions and conditions that promote and sustain good health and wellbeing for ourselves and our communities. CENSE Research + Design, a social innovation consultancy group and design studio that helps organizations apply systems thinking in their work and use social media to engage the public. He is also an assistant professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Torontowhere he has taught courses in health behavior change, program evaluation and systems science perspectives on public health. Andrea Yip, social media coordinator at the Dalla Lana School of Public Healthis a health promoter and scientist at heart. Her interests in public health research and practice focus on youth peer education, design thinking, participatory action research, and youth engagement. She is particularly intrigued by the ways in which social, mobile and visual media have transformed the way we interact, connect, share knowledge, and shape our own conceptions of health and well being. Her blog is here. The Periodic Table of Design Thinking is here. Graphic designer James Harris, also known as ComputerSherpa, created the Periodic Table of Storytelling.After growing up in Russia and spending four years fixing computers for the US Air Force, Harris is now studying for a Bachelor's Degree in Communications Design in Denver.




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