GVSU Muskegon Energy Center Hosting Free Solar Tours: Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center will host free solar tours of Muskegon-area homes on Saturday, Oct. 6. The homes will display how solar energy can affect monthly energy bills, reduce harmful carbon emissions and improve property values. The 45-minute, self-guided tours will run at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., starting at MAREC, 200 Viridian Drive in Muskegon. The tours are open to the public and RSVP is not required. The tours are cosponsored by the Muskegon-Oceana Community Action Partnership (MOCAP). It is part of the American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour, held annually for the past 17 years throughout the U.S. to showcase more than 5,000 solar-powered homes, schools and businesses. For more tour information contact MAREC program director Kim Walton at (616) 331-6907 or visit www.gvsu.edu/marec.
Killer Apps: Wayne State Speech To Talk Over Military Robots: Wayne State University’s Center for Peace and Conflict Studies will host a discussion with Paul J. Springer at 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15 at the Bernath Auditorium of the Undergraduate Library, 5155 Gullen Mall, Detroit. Springer will discuss autonomous weapons and how we have now reached the point where robotic systems can perform some key tasks that previously required direct human involvement. Springer, assistant professor of comparative military studies at the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Ala., teaches leadership and strategy courses to military officers, and classes on military history and terrorism. He previously taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and Texas A&M University, where he earned his doctorate in 2006. Springer is the author of “America’s Captives: POW Policy from the Revolution to the War on Terror,” and “Military Robots and Drones: A Reference Handbook.” His current projects include an examination of the West Point class of 1829, an analysis of the development of public higher education in the post-Civil War South, a textbook on American military history and a reference work on cyber warfare. The free lecture is open to the public. For more information, call (313) 577-3453, or (313) 577-8270.