Acclaimed 3D Printing Hacker And Biotechnologist Corrie Van Sice To Speak In Chattanooga

Monday, May 19, 2014

Corrie Van Sice, a national thought leader in 3D printing, biotechnology and innovation culture, will share her perspectives in Chattanooga on June 3 at The Church on Main. The event will take place from 6 – 9 p.m. Her discussion will highlight the intellectual trade grounds emerging around 3D printing, as well as the changing landscape of engineering innovation.

The event is the first installment of the Chattanooga Spirit Series, a string of speaking engagements that will feature national voices on topics that highlight emerging innovation opportunities in Chattanooga. Sponsored by the Benwood Foundation, the Chattanooga Spirit Series is meant to inspire a shared exploration into areas of growing potential for the community.

The series is hosted by The Company Lab, The Enterprise Center, Lamp Post Group and SwiftWing Ventures.

“Chattanooga seemed like an unlikely hotspot for 3D printing innovators, yet there is a felt enthusiasm there, and locals can already access the tool in their public library,” said Ms. Van Sice. “This state of intrigue combined with a supportive and collaborative community is the recipe for truly surprising adaptations. As someone who studies innovation culture, I’m looking forward to discussing the interdisciplinary future of 3D printing in a city that appears to have a reputation for working together.”

"Ms. Van Sice is widely-recognized for blending 3D printing with applications in materials engineering, biotechnology and the arts. She regularly partners with researchers, engineers, artists and designers across the globe to develop new, interdisciplinary-oriented technologies and processes. Her perspectives on the future of materials manufacturing, the changing culture of making things and the role of community in research and innovation have distinguished her as a much sought-after voice on a number of emergent topics in science and technology." officials said.

“We’re delighted to have an innovator of Corrie’s caliber join us in Chattanooga for our first session of the Chattanooga Spirit Series,” said Mike Bradshaw, executive director of CO.LAB. “Not only is she an important pioneer in 3D printing, she is also a creative engineer who applies new, integrated ways of thinking to the art and science of making things. Our community can learn a great deal from her experiences and research, and we’re looking forward to introducing her to our city.”

While in Chattanooga, Ms. Van Sice will spend time mentoring the startups participating in CO.LAB’s GIGTANK program. As America’s first startup accelerator for the 3D printing industry, GIGTANK is currently supporting seven teams of entrepreneurs who are developing applications in 3D printing.

To register to hear Corrie Van Sice speak in Chattanooga, go to this link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/chattanooga-spirit-series-corrie-van-sice-tickets-11651976375?utm_campaign=new_eventv2&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=eventurl_text. This is free and open to the public.


Chamber To Host Speed Networking Membership Luncheon

There will be a speed networking luncheon at the Walker County Civic Center at 11:45 a.m. on Feb. 23.  The event is sponsored by The Meeting Company, with special guest and emcee (and Walker County resident) Kim Carson from Sunny 92.3 FM. "Attendees have the opportunity to network face-to-face with each guest, exchanging business cards and information about their ... (click for more)

Whitfield County Installs New Kiosk For Renewing Car Tags

A new kiosk for renewing car tags is being installed at the Walnut Avenue Kroger through the Georgia Department of Revenue and Whitfield County Tax Commissioner’s Office. That location, instead of the Cleveland Highway Kroger, was chosen after a study by the kiosk company discovered the most residents, by far, live nearby. “For several years, I’ve been trying to get the state ... (click for more)

Charges Will Not Be Filed Against Officers In Javario Eagle Case

District Attorney General Neal Pinkston said Wednesday he will not file charges against the six Chattanooga Police Department officers involved in the Dec. 12, 2015, fatal shooting of Javario Eagle.  His office said, "An investigation conducted by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office found use of deadly force by officers Lorin Johnston, Allen Griffith, Tim McFarland, Mitchell ... (click for more)

Medal Of Honor Museum Hopes To Finally Find Permanent Home At Coolidge Park

Officials of the National Medal of Honor Museum said Wednesday they hope to finally find a permanent home at Coolidge Park. Bill Raines said it is planned to build a two-story, 6,800-square-foot domed museum on two acres at the park. It will be dedicated to Medal of Honor recipient Charles H. Coolidge, who is now 94. There will be a sculpture of Mr. Coolidge - for whom the ... (click for more)

What Our Schools Are And Have Been Doing About Bullying

Bullying has been a widely discussed topic during the last few weeks in the wake of the incident involving the Ooltewah High basketball team.  Contrary to public opinion, Hamilton County Schools have not been passive in our efforts to address bullying now or for the past several years.  Unfortunately, bullying is a societal norm that is infiltrating our school community, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Grab The Reaching Hand

Three of Tennessee’s largest four cities are now searching for school superintendents. Jesse Register retired last June and, after botching the first attempt, Nashville city leaders are intensely helping the Board of Education in a search for the best candidate. In Knoxville and Chattanooga the superintendents have resigned, both under a cloud, and now the leaders of the ‘2.0’ initiative ... (click for more)