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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Image for ENERGY RECOVERY AND CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION FROM DISTILLERY WASTEWATER TREATMENT PROJECTSENERGY RECOVERY AND CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION FROM DISTILLERY WASTEWATER TREATMENT PROJECTS

11:00 am - 12:15 pm - University Student Union Theater (USU)
http://www.ecs.csun.edu/ecsdean/docs/Kulkarni20121025.pdf

Distilleries manufacture alcohol from molasses which is wastewater generated in cane sugar industry. The wastewater generated in the distillation process is called spent wash which is highly organic and polluting in nature. As per the norms of Pollution Control Board, distilleries have to follow âZero discharge policyâ. Traditionally, anaerobic lagoons followed by composting treatment is used. Though this method conforms the norms of Pollution Control Boards, it emits methane a Green House Gas responsible for global warming and climate change. The presentation discusses a case study of a distillery in Maharashtra State which is implementing a project in which instead of anaerobic lagoons, bio-digester is used for the treatment of spent wash. The biogas generated in the treatment is captured and burnt to generate electrical energy. Attempts are being made to get financial assistance to this project in the form of Carbon Credits under Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The paper also discusses the project cycle of CDM.

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Campus Sustainability Day

11:00 am - 3:15 pm - USU Theatre
http://www.csun.edu/sustainability

This year CSUN's Sustainability Day event focuses on issues surrounding Climate Change and is taking place on Thursday, October 25 from 11 am - 3:30pm in the USU Theatre.  The day will include a talk at 2:00 pm by Naomi Oreskes, author of 'Merchants of Doubt' and Professor of History and Science Studies at UC San Diego., who will be introduced by Provost Hellenbrand. The day's events include three sessions which coincide with class times.

The first session (11:00am- 12:15pm) will be a talk given by Dr. Milind Kulkarni, Director of Engineering Institutes at ITM Group of Institutions in Mumbai, India. He will discuss energy challenges in the developing world, in India in particular, and a sustainable development project in which waste water is used to generate renewable energy using bio-digestion.

The second session (12:30-1:45pm) will show a documentary film, "There Once Was an Island", which provides a case study about a tiny atoll in Papua New Guinea facing escalating climate-related impacts. This will be followed by a facilitated discussion on the issues raised.

In the third session (2:00-3:15pm) Naomi Oreskes will talk about the subject of her book -- how a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming. This talk is part of the Distinguished Visiting Speakers Series and is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the College of Science and Math, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the Institute for Sustainability.

Image for Fantastic & Strange: Reflections of Self in Science Fiction Literature Fantastic & Strange: Reflections of Self in Science Fiction Literature

Tuesday, September 18 - Friday, July 26 All Day - Tseng Gallery, Oviatt Library
http://library.csun.edu/blogs/goingson/fantastic-strange/

Science fiction literature, one of the most popular and entertaining genres in modern fiction, has been read and loved by children and adults for decades. From the earliest pulp publications to modern masterpieces, science fiction short stories and novels have often functioned as a lens through which we express our sense of wonder, marvel at the possibilities of new technologies, and engage in our wildest imaginings. Join us as we celebrate the fantastic and strange in science fiction literature.

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New Club Workshop

11:30 am - 12:30 pm - MIC Conference Room
http://www.csun.edu/getinvolved

Want to start a new club? We're here to help you make it happen! Your first step is to attend a New Club Workshop where you will learn about the process, responsibilities, benefits and basic requirements needed to establish and maintain University Recognition at CSU, Northridge. To register for any of the New Club Workshops listed below, please visit the Matador Involvement Center (MIC) and sign up at the front desk.

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CSUN Cinematheque

7:00 pm - 9:45 pm - Armer Screening Room (ASR)
http://movies.csun.edu

Thursday Nights at the Cinematheque

A Retrospective of the films of François Truffaut

Day for Night  (La nuit americaine)  (1973, 115 mins.) 

Day for Night was Truffaut's loving and humorous tribute to the collective insanity of making a movie. The film details the making of a family drama about the tragedy that follows when a young French man introduces his parents to his new British wife. Truffaut gently satirizes his own films with the drama's overwrought storyline, but the real focus is on the chaos behind the scenes. Starring Jacqueline Bisset and Jean-Pierre Leaud, Day for Night went on to win the 1973 Oscar for Best Foreign Film. 

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Ravi K. Sawhney

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm - Kurland Lecture Hall at the Valley Performing Arts Center
https://www.csunalumni.com/default.aspx?Page=EVNTEventDetail&EventID=1193

Commerce of Creativity Distinguished Speakers Series featuring Ravi K. Sawhney

Mr. Sawhney (Art '78) is an internationally celebrated industrial designer, business strategist and lifestyle innovator. As founder and CEO of RKS, he has developed human-focused solutions for diverse industries, incubated companies, created products with meaningful impact and collected more than 100 awards for his company's exceptional work.  In 2010, Mr. Sawhney co-authored Predictable Magic, which explores his unique design methodology known as Psycho-Aesthetics (registered trademark).

Mr. Sawhney will speak about his experiences and accomplishments in this free public presentation. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Seating is limited. RSVP by October 21 at https://www.csunalumni.com/default.aspx?Page=EVNTEventDetail&EventID=1193


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