Event Types
Sep 30, 2017
3:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Shaun Moshasha is crazy and eccentric. His interests are as diverse as life itself, however four main passions have percolated to the top of his list: biotechnology, education, entrepreneurship, and gamification. Discontent with settling for only one of his passions, Shaun has managed to merge the four together into what is now known as Open Bio Labs. He will never settle for the mundane, never be satisfied by the mediocre. If you want to be ordinary, then turn away now. But if you want to explore the furthest reaches of the micro and macrocosms, if you want to create the unimaginable, and if you want to shape the future of our world, let’s ride together and never look back.

Open Bio Labs will be Charlottesville’s Bioscience Community Center.  We will host classes and workshops to educate and train people in the biosciences and we will have a fully outfitted wetlab available for the community to use. Everyone of any age, field, or walk of life is invited to take a workshop, attend a lecture, or tinker around in our wetlab.
By engaging Charlottesville in DIY biology, Open Bio Labs will introduce a whole new medium for our community of artists and makers to explore their creativity. Collaborate with scientists, architects, designers, educators, engineers, and folks from every discipline. Develop breakthroughs that will transform the landscape in which we live!
Biotechnology will be the defining technology of the 21st century, just as computers transformed the world in the decades leading up to the new millennium. We at Open Bio Labs wholeheartedly believe that. We are in the vacuum tube era of synthetic biology and biotechnology, which leaves a whole universe to explore. These fields have the potential to revolutionize almost every industry, including agriculture, manufacturing, defense, art, consumer goods, etc.
Charlottesville is the perfect home for Open Bio Labs because we are a very energetic community that loves to make, explore, and live on the frontier of technology and science.

Shaun Moshasha
Oct 10, 2017
Oct 10, 2017 4:00 PM

An umbrella organization created to boost awareness of senior issues has been formally endorsed by both the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and Charlottesville City Council.
“By 2024, our area will have one in four people over the age of 65,” said Marta Keane, CEO of the Jefferson Area Board for Aging and an organizer behind the new Charlottesville Area Alliance.
Data from the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia projects the number of people over 65 in the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission will climb to 57,013 in 2030. That’s up from 24,488 in the year 2000.

Charlottesville Tomorrow
March 6, 2017

Marta Keane, Peter Thompson
Oct 24, 2017
Nov 14, 2017
4:00 PM – 5:20 PM
Dr. Michael A. Balazs serves as a Technology Integrator at MITRE, where he helps coordinate internal research and transition to the government. He also co-coordinates a portfolio of small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) programs. This work has grown into support to several counter-sUAS programs. Additionally, he leads research in non-traditional computational clusters.

He is known for the commercial-off-the-shelf ISR program. The program leverages the commercial smartphone industry as the core of an open and mobile ISR system built upon advanced manufactured (e.g., 3D printing) platforms that can both accommodate the ideal sensors and be rapidly redesigned to suit a changing operational environment. Systems support both government R&D and field operations.

Beyond helping to direct C-UAS strategy, he co-led the MITRE Challenge for Countering Unauthorized Aerial Systems. The Challenge evaluated technologies from around the world to identify solutions that could: 1) detect small drones and determine threats, and 2) interdict small UAS threats by forcing them to be recovered intact in a safe area. The results of the challenge are used both domestically and by foreign governments to direct R&D and inform policy.

His work has resulted in numerous awards and been featured in the Economist, WIRED Magazine, Fortune, and National Geographic’s Breakthroughs.

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Michael Balazs
Nov 14, 2017 5:30 PM
Nov 18, 2017
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Virginia to Africa is a collaboration between the Rotary Clubs of Albemarle County, the Blue Ridge, and Charlottesville, and the University of Virginia. Under this partnership, the “ABC Rotary Clubs,” with matching funds from Rotary International, has sponsored community water projects in Wum Cameroon, Tlhopane Primary School, and two villages in Limpopo province, South Africa. This talk will provide a summary of the project conducted in the villages of Tshapasha and Tshbvumo in Limpopo South Africa. The ABC clubs held a fundraiser for the project in 2010, matching funds from Rotary International were secured in 2014, and the project was completed in August 2015. Additional work remains to provide full access to an improved water supply to all villagers, and the talk will present the requirement for this extension.

Garrick Louis is Associate Professor of Systems Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Engineering & Society at the University of Virginia. He is the director of the Sustainable Infrastructure and Development Center and director of the 501 (C) (3) Development inter-Action Inc. that provides technical assistance to small water and sanitation projects in developing communities. Louis received his BSc. In Chemical Engineering from Howard University, his MSc. in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He received the 2000 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Clinton, is a 2006-7 AAAS Energy Environment & Natural Resources Fellow, a 2014 UVa Design and Health Faculty Fellow, and a 2015 Jefferson Science Fellow in the Office of Global Food Security at the U.S. Department of State. Dr. Louis is a Fulbright Specialist for water and sanitation.

Professor Garrick Louis
Nov 28, 2017 5:30 PM

December is the month in which we may experience an intensive press to be happy as we prepare for family and friends to join us for one of the most recognized holidays in the United States. At the same time there can be reflection, grief for those of us no longer with us, and a sense of nostalgia for times gone by.

As Rotarians we are also aware of those who are in need and perhaps suffering in all the places we serve because they are refuges, or unable to care fully for their children or dealing with illness and despair. How may we speak of happiness in face of these personal stressors and the knowledge that all are not as fortunate as we are?   This talk will consider deeper meanings and levels of happiness related to a sustained sense of well-being. We can cultivate happiness even with loss or the awareness of all that must be done to bring about a just world.

Gertrude Faser
Dec 12, 2017
Dec 12, 2017
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM