Port Lansing Global Logistics Centre to open: On Tuesday, Oct. 30, the Capital Region Airport Authority will unveil our new 48,000-square-foot cargo warehouse that is rapidly becoming a focal point for global commerce at Port Lansing. The new cargo facility and supporting international programs solidify Greater Lansing’s  reputation as an emerging global logistics hub for the entire state of Michigan and the Midwest. The event will run from 4 to 6 p.m. at 2350 Port Lansing Road. Network with the region’s public policy, logistics, manufacturing and other business leaders in the new facility.  Enjoy food, drinks and entertainment as we celebrate this milestone that will increase the region’s capacity for international trade.

STC-SM Program Meeting: The Society for Technical Communication will meet on Agile Technical Writing Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Lawrence Technological University, Conference Room S108, Arts & Sciences Building, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield. This presentation will take you through the roots of agile technical writing, describe some of its common problems and pitfalls (such as scheduling and working to extremely small time boxes), and end with some real-life practice of the Scrum. More at www.stc-sm.org.

Award-winning chemist to speak at GVSU Ott Lecture: An award-winning pioneer in chemical methods is the featured speaker for the Grand Valley State University Arnold C. Ott Lectureship in Chemistry. Kevan Shokat is an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and chair of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at the University of California at San Francisco. He is a pioneer in the development of chemical methods for investigating cellular pathways. Shokat has received numerous awards including the Eli Lilly Award, given to the most promising biological chemist in the country under the age of 37. He has been inducted into the National Academy of Sciences (2010), the Institute of Medicine (2011) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2011). Shokat will give a public lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 16, and a seminar for students on Wednesday, Oct. 17.  The Oct. 16 lecture, “Cancer Drug Discovery: Targeting How Cells make Decisions,” starts with a 5 p.m. reception at the Cook-DeWitt Center, Allendale Campus. The Oct. 17 seminar, “Chemical Genetic Analysis of Kinase Signaling Pathways,” starts at 1 p.m. in 123 Manitou Hall, Allendale Campus. The Arnold C. Ott Lectureship in Chemistry was created and endowed by a gift from Arnold C. Ott and Marion Ott. Arnold Ott received his doctorate in 1943 from Michigan State University in chemistry, physics and bacteriology and was a leading chemist and entrepreneur in West Michigan. He was one of the co-founders of Grand Valley State University and served on the GVSU Board of Trustees for 28 years. For more information, contact the GVSU Chemistry Department at (616) 331-3317.

Merit Network Offers Info On Wires, Routers, Switches and Way Beyond: Make plans to attend Networking 2012: A Summit for Network Pros on Dec. 5 in Ypsilanti. The summit is an opportunity for networking mavens to focus on the current state of networking technologies, find out what other organizations are doing within their infrastructures, and get together to share stories about the realities of network-building. Registration for attendees from Merit Member organizations is just $69. Through the contributions of the Merit community supporters, Merit members are invited to register a second person to attend at no additional charge. You’ll also want to stay for the Network Performance Workshop that will be held the following day in Ann Arbor. Networking 2012: A Summit for Network Pros will be held at the Eagle Crest Conference Center in Ypsilanti. The agenda will begin with continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m., with presentations following from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration includes breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks. You can also register to attend both the summit and the Network Performance Workshop that will be held the following day in Ann Arbor. The price to atted both events is $79. This price does not include the Bring-a-Colleague option. Potential Members from higher education, K-12, libraries, health care and non-profits may attend for $99. Others may attend the event only through special arrangement. Please contact learning@merit.edu for more information.

Trivalent Group To Host Biasurvivor Disaster Recovery Workshop: Trivalent Group will host “BIASurvivor,” a no-cost disaster recovery workshop for the business community on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at its Grandville headquarters, 3145 Prairie St. SW. Disaster recovery experts from Trivalent Group will share strategies to increase an organization’s survivability by building an effective business continuity plan. The program starts at 11:30 a.m. and includes a working lunch. For more information and to registration, contact Margy Sneller at msneller@trivalentgroup.com or (616) 301-6301.

Huntington Speaker Focuses On Silicon Valley: The co-founder of Global Connect at the University of California, San Diego is the featured speaker at the Huntington Breakfast Lecture Series hosted by the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University. Gregory Horowitt, co-founder and director at Global Enterprise of Global Connect and author of “The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley,” will be the guest speaker Oct. 18. His book proposes a new theory to explain the nature of innovation ecosystems: human networks that generate creativity and output. It argues that free market thinking fails to consider the impact of human nature on the innovation process. Horowitt will speak about “Making Entrepreneurs: Lessons Learned from Silicon Valley.” The event begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Loosemore Auditorium of the DeVos Center of Grand Valley’s Pew Grand Rapids Campus. This event is open to the public and seating is limited. Registration is required at (616) 331-7100.


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