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December 26, 2015
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SVTC Members Invited: AXON AI Open House @ Their New Downtown Location (1/26)
Registration open: Saturday Morning Physics (6 sessions for high schoolers; 1/30-3/5)
WAW HOSTS: Active Shooters in the Workplace: Prevention and Response (1/19)
SVTC's Jan. Bits & Grits (1/19)
Upcoming SBIR/STTR Training in Virginia (Jan, Feb)
Hold The Date: BizBlitz 2016 (3/18-3/20)
SVTC Members Invited To: AXON AI Open House @ Their New Downtown Location
Wed., Jan. 27, 2016, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

SVTC Members are invited to get an exclusive look at project demos, to meet the AXON AI staff, to network, look at a poster sessions, and eat some hors d'oeuvres (wine and beer served from 5:30- 8pm)

On December 1, 2015 AxonAI, Inc., moved into new office space located on Court Square (2 South Main Street, Suite 501, Harrisonburg).  With support from the City of Harrisonburg and the Commonwealth Opportunity Fund, the new location provides needed growth space and also strengthens AxonAI's presence and partnership with the local technology community in Harrisonburg.  We are excited about our new space and look forward to sharing our excitement, our progress and our vision for the future with you at the open house.

At AxonAI, we overcome the limitations of current approaches to analysis, decision-making, and operations by deploying swarms of simple software processes on massively parallel computing architectures that continuously assess new information, collectively contribute to the required analytic products, and learn from human input and real-world observations.

JMU Saturday Morning Physics, back in 2016
January 30 - March 5, 9am-12pm; JMU Miller Hall
(6 sessions for high schoolers; pre-registration required)

From the subatomic to galactic scales! Explore fascinating science and cutting-edge research topics in physics and astronomy. JMU Physics and Astronomy presents an educational event series designed especially for high school students and teachers but one parents will enjoy, too: Saturday Morning Physics. 

For the fourth year running, the Physics and Astronomy Department in collaboration with the Office of Outreach and Engagement at James Madison University cordially invite high-school students and science teachers to take part in an engaging enrichment program developed in a sequence of 6 easy-to-follow scientific exploration events.

Activities Include:
  • Solar Observing! Making use of JMU's solar telescope you will be able to see the Sun as never before. That boring yellow ball up in the sky is really a very dynamic place. Once Galileo first pointed his telescope towards the Sun, scientist began to understand our nearest neighboring star. With JMU's solar telescopes, you will be able to see sunspots, prominences, and the Sun's granulation. You will be able to take a photograph of the Sun similar to the one seen at the right. You'll earn about how the Sun works. We will be tracking sunspots as they traverse the Sun and determine its rotation rate and the length of a day
  • Build your own telescope! The first telescope ever built was a refractor telescope, that is one that uses two lenses. Lenses were discovered roughly 700 years ago. They were mostly used as magnifying glasses, or for visual aids. It took humanity roughly another 300 years to figure out that if you combine two lenses in a particular fashion, you obtain a telescope. The first scientist to point his telescope towards the heavens was Galileo. Galileo heard about this new magnifying glass, and was told that it consisted of two lenses inside a tube. Apparently, he then went home, played with some lenses and by the next morning had built his telescope. In this activity we'll do something similar. First we will analyze the properties of lenses. Then, we will somehow (you'll figure this out) combine two lenses and rediscover the telescope. You'll get to keep the telescope that you build!
  • The JMU Planetarium! James Madison University transformed its John C. Wells Planetarium facility in Miller Hall first with a million dollar renovation in the Fall of 2008 and also a recent upgrade in the summer of 2013. The planetarium is outfitted with digital projectors, a hybrid projection system that combines a high quality star projector with an all-dome video system, a state of the art lighting system at the bottom edge of the dome to permit impressive sunrise and sunset simulations (along with many other effects), and a Dolby 5.1 channel sound system. You'll see a full dome movie followed by a "star talk" that will provide you with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible. Visit the John C. Wells Planetarium site for more information about the facility.
  • Physics is Phun Science Show! Students and faculty of the physics and astronomy will provide for you a PHYSICS IS PHUN science show. Physics majors and faculty will run through a host of demonstrations that illustrate principles of science that range from the basic forces of nature like electricity to the way matter behaves and changes.

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WAW Seminar Invitation: 
Active Shooters in the Workplace | 
Prevention & Response
Jan. 19, 11:30am - 1:30 pm; BRCC Plecker Workforce Center

Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver will sponsor Wayne Freeman, a Special Agent with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, to present and discuss strategies to prevent and respond to active shooters in the workplace.
Mr. Freeman's approach to effective response is based on nearly a decade as an active shooter instructor. He has trained with personnel across the country, including Columbine, San Ysidro, Virginia Tech, Greenwood South Carolina Oakland Elementary School shooting, and many others. Mr. Freeman has trained more than 10,000 students in active shooter response and is the author of the South Carolina active shooter training manual. | Lunch is provided.

Contact Attorney Tom Ullrich for seminar questions or follow up:

SVTC's Bits and Grits
January 19, 8-9am; Mrs. Rowes, Staunton, VA

Come get together for great breakfast and to talk some tech. Dutch treat. No reservations required. 


This is where our technology users and creators get together to connect about various topics (while eating some good food!). This occurs on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Look for Kurt Plowman.  


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Upcoming SBIR/STTR Training in Virginia

"NSF SBIR/STTR Program Overview" WEBINAR
Jan. 21, 2016, 11AM-12:30PM
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"NSF SBIR/STTR Program Details & Project Planning" WEBINAR 
Jan. 28, 2016, 11AM-12:30PM
Details and REGISTER

"NSF SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation Essentials" WEBINAR 
Feb. 4, 2016, 11AM-12:30PM
Details and REGISTER 

"NSF Forms, Budget & Electronic Submission"  
Feb. 11, 2016, 11AM-12:30PM
Pre-Recorded SBIR/STTR Training Sessions
Most of these sessions are FREE for Virginia based companies and Virginia based university researchers.  

Questions about any of these events:
Robert Brooke, -- 703-689-3080

Registration will start in January| more info 

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