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Futureportal… an ezine on the future, October 2013

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Welcome to Futureportal, an ezine of the Institute for the Future at Anne Arundel Community College (IF @ AACC), October 2013, volume 9, issue 9...We study the future to help build a better tomorrow.   

Inside this issue...

  • applied foresight... using the perspective
  • futures thinking... looking ahead
  • on the horizon... learning opportunities & events - local, regional and global

futures thinking ... looking ahead

The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) will lead a $24 million project jointly funded by the U.S Navy and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency to develop a “Body on a Chip.”  The project includes Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor,  Morgan State University in Maryland, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center. It is intended to integrate the Organs-on-Chips technology of the Harvard Wyss Institute into a single system.  Funded by DARPA and NIH, parallel efforts are underway at 17 other institutions to pursue “tissue chips.”  This quick overview includes a display of the Wyss Institute’s current chips, some of the chips in a lab as they are prepared for 3D organ printing, and a description of its Organs-on-Chips technology pipeline. For more, a colleague at IF @ AACC curates an ezine that is currently covering the future of the “augmented human” while highlighting the trends and indicators of these projects and many others.

applied foresight ... using the perspective

The International Justice Mission (IJM) seeks to rescue exploited people and provide aftercare. Its investigators, social workers, and lawyers work to combat human trafficking in slavery and sexual bondage, as well as to protect land rights of widowed women, and to promote equal protection for the poor. Founded in 1997, IJM has ongoing operations in 16 cities in Asia, Africa, Central America, and South America. 

on the horizon... learning opportunities & events

Interested in a course on the future for college credit?
Check our Exploring the Future (FTR /BPA /SOC /PSY 105) course listing. This is a 3 credit-hour General Education course which also satisfies the diversity requirement, and it is offered in either online or face-to-face formats. Registration is open  for Term 2 of Fall 2013.

Registration is now open for the WorldFuture 2014 Conference, "What If". The conference will be in Orlando, Florida, USA, July 11 - 13, 2014.

The Futureportal supports the spirit of community among colleagues and the synergy of working together.