BE Board:Dinner Discussion
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Monday Night Dinner Discussions at the BE Retreat
Under inspiration from responses to the "Future of BE" panel discussion, we have decided to make the Monday evening dinner a time to shoot the scientific breeze with your tablemates. We are all at MIT because of a simple fascination with the far-ranging and radical ideas that arise from scientific study and innovation. We hope that this discussion will delve back into that childlike wonder and those crazy and almost inconceivable ideas that we all have but don't get to share with our mentors or students.
Logistics: Each table will ponder the applicability and possible impacts of biological engineering to a specific world problem. A leader at each table (we will need volunteers!) will prepare a 1-page summary of the world problem ahead of time, so that each table member will have at least be slightly informed of some of the facts and figures. After this initial seeding, feel free to take the discussion in any direction you want! We would also like to get feedback from the discussions on Tuesday. Each table generates a small cartoon/diagram/sketch of their most feasible/least feasible/coolest/funniest ideas, to be displayed at breakfast the next morning and presented after the Tuesday morning poster session.
Possible Topics and Table Leaders
If you are interested in researching/producing the one-page summary (this will be done in pairs) and initiating your table's discussion, email Danielle France and add your name next to the topic.
Top 8 Topics
One-page Sample Summary on Global Energy Supply:
Illustrator Format or
Feel free to use these templates or generate your own.
Additional topic suggestions
These are just a couple of additional topics which might generate interesting discussion, however, they don't follow the general pattern above.
--Amn 09:11, 9 February 2006 (EST)
I really like these topics, it seems like general topics like this will be more successful at generating productive discussion between people with different research backgrounds. For instance, I don't think I'd have much to say about AIDS research among other things on the first list. In particular, amy's topics benefit from having people with diverse backgrounds since different labs/fields have different cultures regarding approaches to openness, problem-solving, teamwork, etc... I think almost anyone could contribute to these discussions. Though I would suggest for these topics (or even the first set) that we try and define some "discussion points" or provide examples since they are quite broad. That said, there are some topics from the first list that probably would be general enough to be approachable by all as well. --JKI would be in favor of a mixed set of topics from the first and second list. The idea of having a 1 page summary (as outlined in the logistics section at the top) should provide plenty of talking points even for the non-specialists. It might be useful if people knew which table they were assigned to before the retreat to allow people to do a bit of cramming if they are feeling super-eager--BC 16:01, 9 February 2006 (EST)