Monthly Archives

June 2016

Themes in Innovation 2016 – Week 4 Wrap-up

By | AGILITY Courses | No Comments

Ethics, a tricky but essential conversation to have when developing new ideas, was the main topic of week 4 in Themes in Innovation 2016. Dr. John Usher led students through a discussion on various aspects of ethics, including the implications of technology, philosophical underpinnings, and finding solutions to ethical problems. In relation to food, the class delved deeper on ethical implications related to food giants, pseudo foods, and supermarket strategies that influence shopper purchasing behaviour.  John also highlighted differences between ethical dilemmas, choices between right vs. wrong and right vs. right, the doctrine of double effect, and Type 1 and Type 2 problems. In the latter half of the week, students pitched their final project ideas to a panel of judges (as well as the rest of the class) that identified a potential food related issue requiring innovative problem solving. From there, students then chose the top three projects that they would dedicate…

Read More

Themes in Innovation 2016 – Week 3 Wrap-up

By | AGILITY Courses | No Comments

Students delved deeper into design principals in Week Three with Associate Professor Leanne Elias. As one of the faculty involved with the Fine Arts Data Physicalization Lab, Leanne charged students with a hands on activity to engage their critical making skills by coming up with solutions on how to bridge the gap between creative ideas and physical representations. The activity? Take four black boxes and arrange them in different ways to convey the meaning of a word. Data physicalization aims to help people explore, understand, and communicate data using computer-supported physical data representations. In the Fine Arts Data Physicalization Lab, U of L students and a variety of scientists work together to explore the intersection of art, new media, and scientific data. AGILITY students were able to sample the process that Data Physicalization students follow in order to gain an understanding that seemingly impossible constraints, once worked on, are actually not as limiting as initially thought….

Read More

Themes in Innovation 2016 – Week 2 Wrap-up

By | AGILITY Courses | No Comments

Dr. Bruce MacKay really kicked off the theme of this year’s class by giving a guest lecture titled “The Implications of Food”. During his discussion, Bruce talked about genetically engineered salmon, FDA regulations over modified animals, and the implications to the future of our food. One such case that was used was AquaBounty Technologies, the first company in the world to gain FDA approval in order to sell genetically modified food animals.  Bruce also brought up the real cost of pork production. Everything from the effects of hog manure in tailing ponds, the impact on a community from emphasized racial and poverty inequalities, and global export operations were examined by using case studies of large, tightly-controlled indoor hog operations. The main example came from Duplin County, the top hog producing county in the United States with 530 operations and the capacity to farm over 2 million pigs. The case highlighted just how impactful a…

Read More