Green Chemistry Conference Coming To GR: The 2013 Michigan Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference, “Designing a Sustainable Michigan,” will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 23 and 24, at the downtown Grand Rapids Eberhard Center of Grand Valley State University. Online registration is available at this link. For researchers, chemists, engineers, industry CEOs, students, educators, entrepreneurs, and policymakers, this conference provides an excellent opportunity to hear and share ideas on how we can best “green up” Michigan through green chemistry and engineering. Conference attendees will learn how green chemistry and engineering not only protects human health and the environment, but can also help businesses create new markets, reduce costs, and gain a competitive edge. Highlights an include an American Chemical Society career workshop, the Fifth Annual Michigan Green Chemistry Governor’s Awards, a keynote  presentation by Terry Collins, Teresa Heinz Professor of Green Chemistry and Director of the Institute for Green Science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, more than 15 breakout session speakers, a poster session and student poster contest, exhibitors, and much opportunity for networking. Both the Amway Grand Plaza and the Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown have rooms available for conference attendees at a nightly rate of $109. For the Amway Grand, call (800) 253-3590 and use promotional code 11B3H8, and for the Holiday Inn, call (616) 235-7611 and use the promotional code DEQ. For more information, contact Jennifer Acevedo at (517) 335-3203 or

LTU hosts Sept. 27 lecture on openness in digital archiving: Ethan Watrall, an assistant professor of anthropology at Michigan State University, will present “Towards a Model of Openness in Digital Cultural Heritage” on Friday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Mary E. Marburger Science and Engineering Auditorium at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West 10 Mile Road, Southfield. The talk is free and open to the public. Watrall will address how cultural heritage institutions such as libraries, archives, and museums — along with academic disciplines such as history, archaeology, anthropology, and classics — are wrestling with how openness within a digital space impacts their core identity and unique professional practice. This lecture is the keynote address of Network Detroit: Digital Humanities Theory and Practice, a conference exploring the impact of the digital revolution on the study and teaching of the humanities.  For schedule, location and registration information for the conference, go to Lawrence Technological University,, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 7 percent of universities for return on undergraduate tuition investment, and highest in the Detroit metropolitan area. Lawrence Tech is also listed in the top tier of Midwestern universities by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student clubs and organizations and a growing roster of NAIA varsity sports.

Macomb-OU INCubator sponsors BYOD Event: “How Personal Devices Put Your Organization At Risk” is the title of the latest Macomb-OU INCubator Launch and Learn event, Thursday, Oct. 17 from noon to 1 p.m. at the incubator, 6633 18 Mile Road in Sterling Heights. “BYOD” stands for “bring your own device,” the practice of allowing employees and contractors to use personal devices, such as laptops, smart phones, home computers and tablets, to conduct the organization’s business. Whether your organization allows BYOD or not, a workable policy to address the myriad of legal issues raised is a must. If you are a contractor working with an organization, BYOD can also have implications for you. Presenter Kathy Ossian is Founder and CEO of Ossian Law, P.C., a firm focused exclusively on IT Law. Ossian is a former senior principal at Miller Canfield where she headed up the firm’s IT and cyberlaw section. Ossian has almost 30 years of legal experience and more than 16 years of Information Technology law expertise, and is an advanced certified faculty member at University of Phoenix, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate business law courses. A long time Best Lawyer in America and Michigan Super Lawyer in information technology law, Ossian is a frequent author and speaker on the information technology law topics of the day. Presenter Bob Breitman is president of IT That Works, and IT services company. Breitman has more than 35 years of business management and IT experience, including being the CIO of a $3.5 billion company where he was paid to be paranoid. Breitman is regularly asked to speak nationally on IT issues and cloud computing. He is the Cloud Track instructor for SPC International’s Business Boot Camps. For more information on this Lunch and Launch program, or to register, call Joan Carleton at (586) 884–9324 or email

SAE Sets Student Kickoff Dinner Meeting: SAE Detroit will hold its student chapter kickoff meeting Thursday, Sept. 26 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Eaton Corp. in Southfield. SAE Detroit Section student chapters are invited to attend this annual meeting to discuss their 2013-14 student activities and present an informal five-minute presentation on their SAE accomplishments and upcoming events. New this year will be an opportunity for students to engage with professional engineers from various companies in the automotive industry. Contact Lynn Norwood for more information at