“Making Space” launches its third season


Let yourself be bored. That’s one of the lessons that author and “Note to Self” podcaster Manoush Zomorodi teaches in her new book, Bored and Brilliant: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Spacing Out. Zomorodi kicks off this season of the Making Space series with a talk about how to disconnect from tech in order to reconnect with yourself.

Making Space aims to confront bias and systemic barriers to inclusion in the STEM fields by presenting the experiences and perspectives of underrepresented groups in science and technology, including people of all identities and abilities. In doing so, we seek to inspire all members of the NC State community to take on new skills, learn emerging tools, and be creative with technology.  Through a series of public talks and workshops, this program series centers gender diversity and inclusion in STEM, as it intersects with race, ethnicity, ability, and sexuality.

The fall 2017 season begins with Zomorodi’s visit on Sept. 12. Alumna Helena Price follows a week later, on Sept. 19, with a talk about leaving a dayjob behind to become a successful freelance photographer. Danielle Applestone of Other Machine Co. closes out the fall on Oct. 18 with a recounting of her career path in Silicon Valley. Architect and biohacker Annelie Koller of Modern Medow concludes the semester on November 8 with a talk and workshop centered around biofabricated materials.

Now in its third season, Making Space is supported by a grant from The Pentair Foundation. See below for a full listing of events for the season.

Fall 2017 Making Space series at a glance

Author Event: Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC's Podcast “Note to Self”
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 7:00 p.m., Hunt Library, Duke Energy Hall

In Manoush Zomorodi's new book, Bored and Brilliant: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Spacing Out, she details how we can harness boredom’s hidden benefits to become our most productive selves. Part of the Libraries’ “Making Space” series, this event is a co-presentation with Quail Ridge Books. Tickets are free; Eventbrite registration is required.

Helena Price, NC State Alumna, Creative Survival: Building Your Career in the Modern World
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 4:00 p.m., D. H. Hill Library, Fishbowl Forum

In 2013, NC State alumnae Helena Price quit her desk job to try and make photos for a living. Within two years, she was named “Silicon Valley’s Most Wanted Photographer,” and was working on projects with Airbnb, Facebook, Google, Pinterest, and more. Price will share the lessons she learned building a career by her own rules, as well as the strategies to survive long-term in the modern job market.

Danielle Applestone, CEO of Other Machine Co.
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 3:00 p.m., D. H. Hill Library, Fishbowl Forum

Dr. Danielle Applestone, CEO of Other Machine Co. will share stories of her path from MIT to Silicon Valley hardware startup founder/CEO through the acquisition of her company earlier this year.

Annelie Koller of Modern Medow, Multiscale Design: From bacteria to buildings
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 4:00 p.m., D. H. Hill Library Auditorum

Join Annelie Koller as she shares her journey from architect to working at the Biotech startup, Modern Meadow, that grows biofabricated leather materials in a lab. She will aim to demystify this brave new world of biodesign, sharing her insights on biologically grown materials, new technologies and what it takes for a woman outside of the realms of science, to find herself in the middle of it.