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Forum set to bring space down to earth

Space exploration calls for developing bold new concepts, which is just what entrepreneurial businesses need, according to the organizers of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge's broadcast event slated for Thursday, Sept. 22.

"The Power of Revolutionary Thinking: What Today's Scientists Can Teach You About Driving Innovation in Your Organization" will be broadcast live by Atlanta public television to MIT and 33 other worldwide sites from Tampa, Fla., to Tokyo. The panel begins at 7 p.m. in the Stata Center's Kirsch Auditorium. Entrance is free with an MIT ID, $30 for the public.

Panelists include Robert Cassanova, director of the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts; Bradley Carl Edwards, development leader for the space elevator project; Penelope Boston, director of research for Complex Life Systems Research; and Dava Newman, MIT associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics.

The MIT event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with refreshments and includes a 6:15 p.m. keynote by Joe Parrish, president of Payload Systems, which provides science and engineering services for spaceflight and terrestrial applications.

The broadcast is one of many educational programs fostered by the MIT Enterprise Forum Inc., an MIT Alumni Association department, and its 23 chapters. For more information, visit

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 21, 2005 (download PDF).

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