Comcast, NBC Universal Offer E-Waste Recycling: Electronic waste, better known as e-waste, accounts for 70 percent of the overall toxic waste currently found in landfills. Recycling electronics prevents the release of hazardous, toxic, and carcinogenic materials in our ecosystems. Comcast and NBC Universal have teamed up to host a “Green is Universal eCycling Event” at the Comcast Miller Road facility in Lansing Thursday, Oct. 28 where residents can bring their old, unused and unwanted electronics to be recycled for free. The following items will be accepted: Computers and printers; televisions; cell phones; stereo equipment; video game players; MP3 players and video equipment. The following types of batteries will also be accepted: Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd); Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH); Lithium Ion (Li-ion); Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn) and Small Sealed Lead Acid (Pb). The event runs from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and the address is 1401 E. Miller Road, Lansing.

Baker College of Auburn Hills Hosts Seventh Annual Women in Transition Conference: Baker College of Auburn Hills, in partnership with Oakland Community College, the American Association of University Women and Best Source Credit Union, will host the seventh annual Women in Transition conference on Friday, Nov. 5. The event, titled “Everything you ever wanted to know about getting ahead,” is designed to assist and support women. Attendees will learn about recognizing skills and interests, choosing and preparing for a career, getting into college or entering a trade, and obtaining financial and study skills assistance. The guest speaker is Janis Jones. A media technician in an area elementary school, Jones is in the process of completing her graduate studies in business information technology. She plans to continue her career in the fields of project management and systems analysis and design. The mother of two deaf children, Jones views technology as the key to breaking down the physical and emotional barriers experienced by deaf and hearing impaired children. The Women in Transition conference runs 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Baker College of Auburn Hills, 1500 University Drive. The $15 enrollment fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, all sessions and handouts. Scholarships are available for those unable to pay the enrollment fee. For information and to register, please call Baker College at (248) 340-0600 or (888) 429-0410. Registration deadline is Oct. 29.

KUKA Robotics Shows Off At Pack Expo: Clinton Township-based Kuka Robotics will show off what it’s calling a “revolution in robotic packaging and palletizing” at Pack Expo in Chicago Oct. 31. Kuka says the “revolution” is the result of a collaboration between KUKA Robotics and Rockwell Automation allowing the KUKA PA series robots to be controlled by the ControlLogix programmable automation controller. Customers have been able to track developments of the KUKA Revolution through, a Web site and viral video campaign established in correlation to the new technology launch at PackExpo. The KUKA Revolution technology is an open architecture system requiring only one programming environment and one programmable automation controller for an entire machine control of the KUKA PA robot line. Leveraging the Rockwell Automation Encompass Product Referencing program, KUKA utilizes RSLogixTM 5000 and ControlLogix to create their revolutionary system providing greater productivity gains across the life cycle of a machine, simplification of the automation architecture through standardization of control components all the while reducing company‘s overall footprint and providing a familiar user-machine interface. More at

Ross School Hosts National Sustainability Event: The 18th annual Net Impact Conference, “2020: Vision for a Sustainable Decade,” will welcome more than 2,500 professionals, MBA students and others to hear lively debate on how we can achieve a more sustainable future. Several keynote speakers from business and academia and more than 350 sustainability and corporate responsibility experts will share their experiences at more than 100 sessions in the areas of corporate impact, energy and clean tech, environment and natural resources, impact investing, international development, professional development, social innovation, and urban revitalization and community development. The conference will help attendees build a socially and environmentally responsible career path by offering career coaching, professional workshops and an expo with more than 80 exhibitors recruiting for more than 150 jobs and internships. Most sessions will be held at the Ross School of Business, with some at Lorch Hall, the School of Education, the Rackham Building and Hill Auditorium. More at

Refresh Detroit to meet on content management: Refresh Detroit will meet Wednesday, Nov. 3 on the title “Joomla! Why web professionals love it and where does it fit in?” Shane Sevo, leader of Joomla Detroit, will discuss what makes the Joomla Content Management System popular with many web designers and developers and how it compares with other open source projects. Steven Pignataro of corePHP will also be joining us to discuss how his company’s innovative components can take your Joomla site further. The event runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the
Caroline Kennedy Library, 24590 George St. in Dearborn Heights. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited so please RSVP at More information at Refresh-Detroit is a group of Web professionals whose goal is to promote Web standards, usability, and accessibility, and to spread the knowledge of Web design in the Detroit and Ann Arbor Michigan areas.

Altair to Showcase Innovations in Simulation-Driven Design and Process Automation: Troy-based Altair Engineering Inc. will showcase its expertise and innovation in simulation-driven design and computer-aided engineering process automation with two compelling presentations about the future of computer simulation at the NAFEMS 2010 Virtual Conference. During the online conference, themed “2020 Vision of Engineering Analysis and Simulation,” Altair Chairman and CEO James Scapa will share his perspective about the future role CAE will play in the earliest stages of innovating products. His presentation, scheduled for Nov. 16 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time, will focus on “The Next Decade – CAE in the Innovative Process,” and will highlight the broadening role of CAE and how existing and emerging technologies, such as simulation technology, will be used as key contributors for moving beyond virtual tests to idea creation for product design. Altair’s CAD2Crash24 Grand Challenge pushed the CAE process to the limits when on April 20, a team of its engineers broke the simulation time barrier, compressing the time required to mesh, assemble and simulate a full-vehicle model crash and finite-element analysis from the traditional two to four weeks into just 24 hours. At the NAFEMS Conference on Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. ET, Altair executive director of global automotive Anthony Norton will co-lead a presentation, “Learning from the CAD2Crash24 Grand Challenge,” that explores how Altair used only its commercially available HyperWorks suite of CAE applications and OEM native computer-aided design data for this milestone achievement, and became the first company to complete this level of automation. Altair is a platinum sponsor of the conference and will host a booth on the virtual exhibit floor where attendees can learn more about HyperWorks and the CAD2Crash24 Grand Challenge, as well as Altair’s licensing model and its entire line of products and services. The NAFEMS 2010 Virtual Conference, hosted by NAFEMS North America, is free for NAFEMS members and is open to non-members for a $100 registration fee. For more information and to register for the conference, visit

Public Interest Policy Advocate Vincent DeMarco To Speak At UM: Vincent DeMarco, veteran public interest policy advocate and the subject of a new book by Michael Pertschuk called “The DeMarco Factor: Transforming Public Will into Political Power.” DeMarco is president of the Maryland Citizen’s Health Initiative, a coalition of more than 1,000 organizations seeking to insure quality, affordable health care for all residents of Maryland. The initiative was the lead organization working for the Governor’s Working Families and Small Business Health Care Coverage Act of 2007 which expanded health care to more than 100,000 uninsured Maryland residents. He is also the national coordinator of Faith United Against Tobacco, a coalition of national faith groups that helped to enact the landmark 2009 law that authorizes the FDA to regulate tobacco products. DeMarco, an adjunct assistant professor of at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, was previously executive director of a two-year project known as the Maryland Children’s Initiative that brought together over 350 organizations in Maryland to successfully promote an increase in the state cigarette tax in that saved thousands of children from becoming addicted to tobacco. He has also been a leader of the state and national anti-gun violence movement. The event takes place in the Betty Ford Classroom. 1110 Weill Hall, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, 735 S. State St., Ann Arbor. For more about the event, visit:

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