Articles of Interest | March 30, 2018

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“There is nothing like a dream to create the future.” – Victor Hugo

“Education must lead us from the irresponsible opinion to true responsible judgment. It must lead us from chance and arbitrariness to rational clarity and intellectual order. Therefore, let us guide our students over the road of discipline from materials, through function, to creative work.” – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” – Christopher Reeve

“Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” – Dr. Seuss

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” – Alan Alda

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie

Katsuko Saruhashi: 4 Quotes by the Pioneering Geochemist and Google Doodle


Marci Segal/World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21

This Look Inside Spike Jonze’s Apple Ad Is as Fascinating as the Film Itself

Egoistic Altruism – The reason why innovating for individual gain helps everyone
Idea to Value

Watch: Chicago lures Amazon with William Shatner
CMO Strategy – AdAge

Building a Prosthetic Arm With Lego
Great Big Story

Vittorio Loreto: Need a new idea? Start at the edge of what is known
TED Talk

One Moment of Math
OK Go Sandbox

OK Go Is Embarking On An Educational Project Using Their Music Videos

How a $10 Billion Experimental City Nearly Got Built in Rural Minnesota
Innovation | Smithsonian


NEW Museum of Science and Industry’s ‘Spring Make Festival’ helps creativity bloom
Chicago Parent
Through April 8

NEW Showcasing local Muslims’ nuanced identities through art
St. Louis Public Radio
March 31

Recognizing Pioneers of Engineering | National Academy of Engineering Awards
National Academy of Engineering
Deadline: April 1

NEW Inclusive Innovation Week is back to spark a citywide conversation on tech accessibility
Next Pittsburgh
April 2 – 8

NEW The economic, political, and security implications of technology transfer
Brookings Institution
April 5

Announcing Five Regional Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits!
ArtPlace America
Southwest/Rocky Mountains | April 6 – 7
Northeast Corridor | May 3 – 4
Appalachia Region | June 21 – 22
Capital Region | October 2018

NEW Impossible Science Challenge
ProjectBoard by
Submissions accepted April 6 – June 15

USA Science & Engineering Festival | The Nation’s Largest Science Festival
USA Science & Engineering Festival
April 7 – 8

2018 Oklahoma Creativity Ambassadors Gala
Creative Oklahoma
April 9 

NEW I Love Life: Celebrating Biodiversity Through Art And Science April 13-14
Los Alamos Daily Post
April 13 – 14

Engineering Festival to draw 800 students, ignite innovation
Penn State University
April 13 – 15

NEW United by Nature, Guided by Science
The Nature Conservancy
April 14

NEW What prevents people from celebrating World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21?
World Creativity and Innovation Week | April 15 – 21
World Creativity and Innovation Day | April 21

NEW Upload Your 2018 WCID And WCIW Activities
World Creativity and Innovation Week

Arts Business Research Symposium 2018: The Future of Creative Placemaking In Higher Education 2.0
Bolz Center for Arts Administration, University of Wisconsin – Madison
April 19 – 21

Discovery Education and 3M Open the 11th Annual Young Scientist Challenge
April 19 

CreativeXchange | Leadership Development and Team Design Workshop
Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia
April 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18

IF SO, WHAT? A New Fair Pairing Art and Innovation Arrives In The Bay Area
April 26 – 29

Breakthrough Prize Opens Public Nominations For Its 2019 Prizes In Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences & Mathematics
Deadline: April 30

Enter The 2018 Innovation By Design Awards!
Co.Design | Fast Company
Deadline: May 10

Meet The Jury Of The 2018 Innovation By Design Awards
Co.Design | Fast Company
Deadline: May 10

Finals | National Economics Challenge
Council for Economic Education
May 19 – 21

4th ENCATC-AAAE International Panel (tbc)
May 31 – June 2

Government shines light on Canada’s young entrepreneurs – Minister Chagger launches an event to recognize young entrepreneurs across the country
June 10 – 12

CPSI 2018 | Creativity Conference
Creative Problem Solving Institute
June 19 – 24 

By the People
June 21 – 24

Crayola Invites Proposals From Elementary Schools for 2018 Creative Leadership Grants
RFPs | Philanthropy News Digest
Deadline: June 22

Are Your Students Ready For a Challenge? K-12 Game-a-thon Now Open for Submissions
Mind Research Institute Blog
Deadline: July 16

CreativesMX Marathon – Hudson Valley
July 29 – August 5

Creativity Conference at SOU
Southern Oregon University | Eventbrite
August 3 – 6

Celebrated Tech Festival Launches 2018 Event
Markets Insider
September 25 – 27

The ArtsGames 2018
October 26 – November 3

2017 – 18 Event Calendar
Co-Create and Creative Industries Network

CreativeMornings | a monthly breakfast lecture series


What prevents people from celebrating World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21?
World Creativity and Innovation Week | April 15 – 21
World Creativity and Innovation Day | April 21

Upload Your 2018 WCID And WCIW Activities
World Creativity and Innovation Week

Five Fifty: Midlife of design
McKinsey & Company

Why It’s Time to Rethink School Science Fairs
MindShift | KQED News

No more math drills: Suggestions for helping your child excel in math

Full STEAM ahead: ASU faculty work to integrate arts into STEM
The State Press

ROBERTS: Humanity in the code
Yale Daily News

Impossible Science Student Challenge to Launch at USA Science and Engineering Festival

Canada 150 program results in ‘brain gain’ for universities: Duncan
CTV News

Canada’s Brain Gain. Round 2. – Top international researchers from Harvard, NASA, University 

Chemistry Professor Aspuru-Guzik to Leave Harvard
News | The Harvard Crimson

Innovation momentum can help shore up jobs lost to automation
IT World Canada News

Cutler receives NSF grant to advance engineering education research
Penn State University

Top schools for AI: New study ranks the leading U.S. artificial intelligence grad programs

Apple’s New Approach To Education Is Humbler, But Stronger
Fast Company

This Artificial Sledding Hill Drops Down A Two-Story Building
Co.Design | Fast Company

How Rabble Transforms Libraries into Digital Hubs for Local Music
Wisconsin INNO

Trump Attacks Amazon, Saying It Does Not Pay Enough Taxes
The New York Times

The Creatives in Communities
ArtPlace America

How Film Moves Communities
ArtPlace America

China Is Using Facial Recognition Technology to Send Jaywalkers Fines Through Text Messages

hree Lessons From John Maeda’s Design in Tech Report
Eye on Design | AIGA

Why Outsiders ‘Think Different’ & How to Spot Them
Innovation Management

4 Ways To Create A Workplace That Embraces Innovation
Chief Innovation Officer | Innovation Enterprise

How D.C. Cherry Blossoms Came the United States
National Geographic

Bologna 2018: Jacqueline Woodson Wins Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
Publishers Weekly

In search of a scientific definition of wisdom

Alan Lightman Explains How the Heavens Fell to Earth

How science fiction feeds the fuel solutions of the future
Aeon Essays

The Best Books to Understand Complex Systems
The Mission | Medium

See the Winners and Finalists of the 15th Annual Photo Contest
Smithsonian Photo Contest | Smithsonian

How Education Can Impact the Well-Being of a Nation
Finding the Next Einstein | Psychology Today

Is It Time To Rethink The Scientific Method?
Innovation Excellence

Eleven Essential Behavioral Science Books for Innovators
Innovation Excellence

Mixer founder Matt Salsamendi interview
Business Insider

The Extreme Geographic Inequality of High-Tech Venture Capital

Adaptation: TED Radio Hour
Imagination Matters

Apple’s New Emoji Designs Represent People With Disabilities

Service Teaches Gamers How To Save Money

Why Best Practices Often Fall Short
MIT Sloan Management Review

How to Innovate to Keep Brands Fresh: Lessons From Nike

We Are Pushing Away From the Old Innovating Core
Innovation Excellence

8 Reasons Why Today Will Be an Awesome Day
Innovation Excellence

Musician Zedd Explains His Score for Nat Geo’s ‘One Strange Rock’ Series
National Geographic

After 100 years, the Cleveland Orchestra Continues to Ignore Women, Minorities and Living Composers
Scene, Cleveland

Toronto ranks among the fastest-growing global technology innovation hubs

Stand Up To Cancer grants encourage ‘innovation in collaboration’
EurekAlert! Science News

A Secret Formula For Radical Innovation: Lessons From Silicon Valley

USC’s Chapter of National Society of Black Engineers Named Best in the Nation
USC Viterbi | School of Engineering

Books editor’s blog: Humanities and social sciences: why so defensive about the Classics?
Times Higher Ed

Speakers Announced for 2018 Innovation Fair
The Independent: Community News
April 14

Five students chosen for prestigious national innovation program
Wichita State News

Brain waves of concertgoers sync up at shows
Science News

Reverse engineering consciousness: Is the brain a quantum computer?
The Next Web

Prosthetic Memories Help Brain Injury Patients with Short-Term Recall

Stephanie Wiles of Cornell named next director of the Yale Art Gallery

Male birth control pill passes a safety test
Science News

Why We Should Test Heart Drugs On a ‘Virtual Human’ Instead of Animals
Innovation | Smithsonian

Mayo Clinic CEO on how to drive waste out of health care (video)
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

People of Color Are Taking Over Edtech
Fast Forward | OZY

The Difference Between Big Ideas and Little Ideas
Eudaimonia and Co | Medium

Even Google Can’t Decide Whether The Android Brand Matters
Fast Company

When you get schooled by Apple
Lance Ulanoff | Medium

The 25 most influential books ever written about business
Business Insider

The many ways Amazon can shake up health care

Un-liberty | The problem of hyper-liberalism
Times Literary Supplement

Digital Storytelling: 5 Tools That Make Data Worth Looking At

Ten Female Innovators to Watch In 2018
Innovation | Smithsonian

Cradles of Innovation

Using AI to Invent New Medical Tests
Harvard Business Review

Op-Ed: Why The Barcode Will Soon Become The World’s Largest Consumer Engagement Platform

Silicon Valley Wants To Own Your Creativity
Co.Design | Fast Company

Apple Reveals Free “Everyone Can Create” Curriculum for Creativity
iPhone Canada 

Apple unveils Everyone Can Create curriculum to spark student creativity

Design Tech High School Is the Ultimate Incubator

National Institutes of Health funding on the rise. Here’s who’s winning

Four Ways to Make Boring Meetings Better with the Torrance Incubation Model
The Creativity Post

The 5 biggest announcements from the Apple education event
The Verge

Reimagining and rethinking engineering education
MIT News

Tech Industry Leaders Globally Increasingly See U.S. As Tech Innovation And Disruption Leader

Is art for pleasure or politics?
CNN Style

Iowa State Research Day keynote discusses blurring educational borders
News |

Are We Quantum Computers?
The UCSB Current

STEM Corner: What’s a ‘Math Brain’?
Juneau Empire

Government needs to better support women entrepreneurs
Policy Options

These Signature Artifacts Embody the Giving Spirt of Artist-Philanthropists
At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian

How Children’s Books Reveal Our Evolving Relationship With Whales
Science | Smithsonian

6 Life Lessons from My Math Degree That Have Nothing to Do with Math
Alex Korchinski | Medium

This Online Grocer Wants To End Food Deserts By Underselling Amazon

Kids Expect Apple To Meld Creativity And Education, Says Its Retail Chief
Fast Company

World Video Game Hall of Fame to announce 2018 finalists, AP

Canceled Deals and Pulped Books, as the Publishing Industry Confronts Sexual Harassment
The New York Times

Nine Reasons Not to Buy Time Magazine
The New York Times

When your ideas get stolen
Seth’s Blog

Device Turns Any Guitar Into A Music Teacher

Atlanta Museum Teaches Kids Design Thinking At Summer Camp

Six Principles For Creating A Good Corporate Innovation Process

Artist Jean Jullien Explores How Travel Inspires Creativity
National Geographic

Drones Are Spying on Caribou in Canada—for Science
National Geographic

Scientists May Have Just Discovered a New Organ—And It Could Be the Biggest Yet
Mental Floss

I Predict Innovation’s Next Wave Will Come From Dance
The Clyde Fitch Report

Creative jobs expected to grow at double the rate of UK average, study claims
News | The Stage

What is the most cultured city in the US?
The Art Newspaper

TV networks shed ad time as consumers skip commercials
Los Angeles Times

China Movie Regulation Shifts to Communist Propaganda Department

There’s New Evidence That Music Lessons Boost Kids’ Cognitive Skills
Pacific Standard

CDs, vinyl are outselling digital downloads for the first time since 2011
The Washington Post

Introducing the Innovation Mentors
MIT News

Government Has No Idea Whether The Billions It Spends On STEM Education Is Working

Are You Brave Enough To Take The Great British Creativity Test?
Imagination Matters

A Bagel Chain Made A Breakfast-Inspired Shampoo And Conditioner Set

Could ‘Nanowood’ Replace Styrofoam?
Innovation | Smithsonian

Music lessons improve children’s cognitive skills and academic performance: Cognitive skills developed from music lessons appear to transfer to unrelated subjects, leading to improved academic performance

UT student organization builds, passion, confidence and community through art
The Daily Texan

Researchers study perceptions of anxiety and women in STEM
The Dartmouth

WPI to help train science, math ‘ambassadors’ for state
Worcester Telegram

To Motivate STEM Students, Ask Them Better Questions

Michigan Math and Science Center Network shutting down
Upper Michigan Source

Stony Brook University Innovation Lab gives students tools to create
The Statesman

UCLA incubator helps drive innovations, assisting early-stage tech and life science companies

Adobe bets that AI tools can foster real creativity
MIT Technology Review

Crashes and creativity at Camp Fortune’s cardboard sled derby
CBC News

Parliament’s new poet laureate on her plans, parties and politics
CTV News

Ph.D. student argues for early intervention in reading trouble, takes 3MT top prize
Vanderbilt News | Vanderbilt University

Looking deeper into brain function: Human Brain Project (HBP) researchers propose new concept to discover the ‘operational functions’ of brain areas

Ultrathin endoscope captures neurons firing deep in the brain: New fiber-based endoscope, tested in mice, poised to bring new insights into brain function

Do brain exercises work?
Popular Science

Twelve-hour, girls-only hackathon only part of how teens empower next tech generation
Cambridge Day

Female inmates express pain, joy and humanity through performance
ASU Now: Access, Excellence, Impact

Elon Musk announces next Boring Co. product: ‘Lifesize’ Lego bricks
L.A. Biz

From lab to bedside, the Wisconsin Idea is all for the good of the patients
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

5 Best Cities Around the World to Launch a Startup

Falls Church, Virginia, Is America’s Healthiest Community in New Rankings Due to Education, Economy | Healthiest Communities
US News and World Report

The 4 Types of Entrepreneur and Why You Need to Be Each One

Smaller and faster: The terahertz computer chip is now within reach

Meet TESS, Seeker of Alien Worlds
The New York Times

For Many Strokes, There’s an Effective Treatment. Why Aren’t Some Doctors Offering It?
The New York Times

Wisconsin Inno puts spotlight on state’s innovation economy
Milwaukee Business Journal

Can Big Tech Be Tamed?
San Francisco Magazine

Can artificial intelligence solve the internet’s fake news problem?
Popular Science

Stop Using Design Research As A Safety Net
Co.Design | Fast Company

International women’s day: women say mostly male conference line-ups have got to go
USA Today

Learning To Learn For Greater Innovation Returns
Disruption Hub

What is a Google Design Sprint?
Innovation Excellence

Benefits of Play Revealed in Research on Video Gaming
Freedom to Learn | Psychology Today

Scientists Explain What Their Second-Choice Careers Are

Why Does This Jazz Guitarist Fascinate Neuroscientists?

What Can Shoelaces Teach Us About Tradition and Innovation
Experience Studio | Psychology Today

Naperville tech hub proposal inspired by CEO’s teen interns
Naperville Sun

Ford and Alibaba unveil car vending machine

With Jonathan Rosenberg, Advisor To Alphabet Management: How To Start Radical Innovation

Living in a World of Algorithms
Hacker Noon | Medium

Researcher unlocking relationship between early math ability, fingers

Canada Reads: The Sudbury Edition
CBC News

Canada a leader in student-founded startups: OECD working paper
University of Toronto News

School of Engineering receives $3 million donation
The Daily Lobo

Improving human-data interaction to speed nanomaterials innovation
EurekAlert! Science News

Gift by Dwight J. Baum to Name Maker Space at USC Viterbi
USC Viterbi | School of Engineering

Winner of Brain Prize 2018, Prof Michel Goedert, on our best hope for tackling Alzheimer’s disease
Science | Cambridge Independent

The brain learns completely differently than we’ve assumed since the 20th century

This Wild Mask Could Change the Way We Study the Brain
Popular Science

The Radical Imagination of Eve Ewing
The Intercept

Lucy Liu Visits NYC Students To Help Bring Art Back To Schools

Women’s History Month 2018: Scientists Who Discovered Cures and Defied Gender Stereotypes
Elysium Health | Medium

An astronomers’ meeting turns into a haiku competition
Scientific foibles | The Economist

When You Need Ideas…
Creative Jeffrey (Baumgartner)

London announces Creative Enterprise Zones shortlist

A Beautiful Picture: NJ Schools Offer Art Classes for Almost Every Student
NJ Spotlight

I posted a huge note for the thief who stole my bike. Then my doorbell rang.
The Morning Call

Can We Gene-Edit Herpes Away?
Science | Smithsonian

This Texas Company Is Fighting Hollywood’s Gender Inequality With Hard Data From Movie Scripts
Innovation | Smithsonian

How innovative is Massachusetts? Let’s look at the numbers
The Boston Globe

Google giving $250K grant to Oklahoma City’s economic innovators

Seven Women Forging the Future of Healthcare With AI

8 pieces of advice for thriving in a world of constant change

Want to Come Up With Brilliant Ideas? Do This 1 Thing First
Adaptation | Psychology Today

Sorry, Silicon Valley Won’t Save Your Kids From Tech Addiction
Fast Company

Better Technology Isn’t The Solution To Ecological Collapse
Fast Company

At Amazon’s MARS Conference, Jeff Bezos Plots The Future With 200 (Very) Big Brains
Fast Company

Smartphone Battery Life Would Suck If It Weren’t For These Guys
Fast Company

How Young Entrepreneurs Are Devising Tech Solutions To Gun Violence
Fast Company

Pot Meet Kettle Alert: Google’s AI Guru Attacks Facebook’s Algorithms
Fast Company

Do Art Scenes Really Lead to Gentrification?
City Lab

You will not be surprised by artificial intelligence
Seth’s Blog

Artists Are Taking Facebook And Big Data

Ep. 347: Best Practices are Stupid. And Stephen Shapiro Tells Us Why
Doug Sandler Podcast by the Nice Guys

Scientists detect radio echoes of a black hole feeding on a star
MIT News

The Turtle and the Unicorn: A Silicon Valley Fable

Hopper: Innovation, Transformation, Inspiration
Navy Live

Is Business Killing Our Creative Sprits?
Innovation Excellence

Lines of Innovation – Part II
Innovation Excellence

The Little Innovation which Transformed Online Shopping
Innovation Excellence

How World War I Brought Women Scientists Into the Spotlight
National Geographic

Older, Wiser, and More Creative
How We Age | Psychology Today

8 Ways Discomfort is Good for Creativity
One True Thing | Psychology Today

The Baseball Hall Of Fame Eliminated Cleveland’s Racist Mascot Before The Team Did
GOOD Sports

Use This March Madness Bracket To Support Your Local Charities
GOOD Sports

Ancient Ruins Reconstructed with Architectural GIFs

How Beats headphones have changed since joining Apple.

Detroit’s best-kept auto secret? GM’s private museum for vintage cars
Detroit Free-Press

Does Having a Day Job Mean Making Better Art?
The New York Times 

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