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2020 Science on Screen Program at the MV Film Center:

MIB:INTERNATIONAL W/ NEUROSCIENTIST, DR. MARK BEAR 

Wednesday, January 15th at 7:30pm

THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND W/ RICHARD ANDRE, President of Vineyard Power

Wednesday, February 12th at 4:00pm

THE BIT PLAYER W/ ALAN BRIGISH

POSTPONED
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MIB: INTERNATIONAL

01/15/2020 7:30pm

Guest Speaker: Dr. Mark Bear, Neuroscientist at MIT

The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization. Post screening Dr. Mark Bear from MIT will present and explain the possibilities on how a “Neutralyzer” could work on the human brain and the current scientific research being studied regarding memory and memory loss.

THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND
 
02/12/2020 at 4:00pm
 
Guest Speaker: Richard Andre, Vineyard Power
 
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a 2019 British drama film written, directed by and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor in his feature directorial debut. The film is based on the memoir The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. It was screened in the Premieres section at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. It was selected as the British entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.
THE BIT PLAYER
 
POSTPONED
 
Guest Speaker: Alan Brigish
 
The Bit Player is a 2019 documentary film created to celebrate the 2016 centenary of the birth of Claude Shannon, the “father of information theory“. The film was produced and directed by Mark Levinson, in cooperation with the IEEE Information Theory Society and the IEEE Foundation.
 

Science on Screen Guest Speakers

THE BIT PLAYER

Alan Brigish

Alan Brigish Alan earned a BS in electronic engineering from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He became a fan of Claude Shannon and his “Information Theory” when, for his 1963 graduating thesis in electronic engineering, Brigish built an analog-to-digital to analog converter to test and prove the underlying theory that Shannon had developed 15 years earlier.

Information theory studies the transmission, processing, storage, and uses of information. It underlies today’s entire electronic infrastructure.  Shannon is the undisputed and unsung father of the modern electronic era.

Alan co-founded SIMBA Information Inc. in 1989 in Wilton, Connecticut after a twenty-five-year career in applying information systems technology to online and electronic publishing services in the US and Europe. He studied virtually every attempt to move traditional publishing from paper to electronic formats for over 20 years. During the 80’s, Brigish was founder of a pioneering electronic publishing venture – the first working electronic yellow pages, catalog, and online ordering service. During the ‘70s, Brigish worked for one of the first cloud computing services companies.

Brigish has been a full time Vineyard resident since 2005, having spent the previous 16 years as a summer resident.

THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND

Richard Andre

Richard Andre, President of Vineyard Power, has responsibility for the Cooperative’s management and project development. Prior to his appointment as President, Richard was a founding director of Vineyard Power, a CEO of an international manufacturing company, based in the Netherlands, and a consultant to several leading private equity firms.  He also brings professional experience in energy markets, supply chain management, project finance, sales and strategic development to his work with Vineyard Power.  Richard received a degree in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University and a Finance degree from the London Business School.  He currently serves on the West Tisbury Energy Committee and on the Vineyard Sustainable Energy Committee and he lives in West Tisbury with his wife Ina and son Nicolas.

MIB: INTERNATIONAL

Dr. Mark Bear

Dr. Mark Bear is a Picower Professor of Neuroscience in The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for 22 years from 1994 to 2015, and served as Director of the Picower Institute from 2007 to 2009. Dr. Bear served as Director of The Picower Institute from 2007 to 2009. Prior to moving to MIT in 2003, Dr. Bear was on the faculty of Brown University School of Medicine for 17 years. After receiving his B.S. degree from Duke University, he earned his Ph.D. degree in neurobiology at Brown. He took postdoctoral training from Wolf Singer at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany, and from Leon Cooper at Brown. His laboratory is interested in how the brain is modified by experience. He uses a variety of methods (electrophysiological, biochemical, molecular, behavioral, and anatomical) to examine the synaptic modifications that form the neurobiological basis of learning and memory. His work is particularly focused on understanding developmental plasticity in the visual cortex, as well as other forms of experience-dependent synaptic modification in visual cortex and hippocampus. In recent years Dr. Bear has described novel forms of procedural learning in the visual system, and investigated synaptic function in models of fragile X syndrome and other autism spectrum disorders.

THE BIT PLAYER

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