MC offers creative program for aspiring student writers.

For students interested in learning the art of creative writing, or seeking to expand their skills, Midland College offers a class that teaches students how to revise, edit and write short stories. There are two courses available.

“The faculty is made up of many creative writers,” said Brendan Egan, who teaches fiction and dramatic writing, including screen- and playwriting. “We offer a normal and advanced class simultaneously.”

Poetry is also an option for students enrolled in the course and is taught by MC English professors, Glenda Hicks and Karen Pape.

“It’s a good place to come if you’ve already done some writing before and you just want to be part of a group who enjoys the same thing,” Pape said. “If you’ve had this little idea that you may be creative, and I think all of us are.

If you’ve had this itch to write, this kind of idea that you would like to explore writing or see how it’s done and experiment with it for a while, this is a great place to start.”

The genres of poetry taught by Pape are “what some people call open form, I call free verse and I do a little bit of formal poetry as well,” she said.

“We’ve all read poetry and some of us have already written poetry, but we need to read about the basics and apply them as we write,” Pape said.

The writing course is mainly offered online, but can be taken on campus during the fall semester.

“It’s a lot of fun. It’s enjoyable to engage in a different kind of writing,” Egan said.

The class is worth three credit hours and students are able to register through the MC website or in the registration office on campus. The class is described as “informative and empowering” by Egan.

There are contests for creative writing students who want to submit any of their work, including the Rebecca T. Watson and Hilda Simmons Levitt contests.

The Watson contest accepts poetry, essays and short stories, while the Levitt contest is strictly for poetry.

“Hilda Simmons Levitt is wonderful. It has good prizes and the students are judged by a professional poet, usually one who’s been published,” Pape said. Winners of the contests receive plaques, certificates and possibly money.

Troy Lira, an MC student who has taken Egan’s creative writing class said, “It’s beneficial, especially if you’re a writer or even an artist in general to give you more perspective on being creative, being spontaneous. I took creative writing because I enjoy writing essays and thought it would be cool to learn how to write more short stories.”

The class helped his musical pursuits. “I gained more confidence as a writer. It actually helped me in my music to write clearly, more creatively, more expressive,” Lira said.

His experience with Egan as an English instructor was one of the main reasons Lira took the class. “I loved the guy. He’s great,” he said.

The class has been part of the English department for years, but Egan said the instructors are making a push to expand the creative writing program.

The instructors who teach the classes are eager to gain more students so that they can help them improve in areas in which they wish to excel.

The creative writing program encourages anyone with a passion for expressing ideas or who desire a career in the writing field to enroll.

 

MC asks job seekers to raid its closet

When applicants have an interview, an important consideration is the first impression and how the applicants present themselves.

Some students find the perfect outfit is way out of their price range, according to Lupe Daniels, Midland College career guidance/job placement coordinator.

Daniels has presented a solution to this concern called the Job Zone Closet.

“The purpose of this is to help students, whenever they go on an interview, to look as professionally as they can,” Daniels said.

She plans for the compilation of clothing to provide complete business-attire outfits for both males and females.

The purpose is to help boost the confidence of students who need extra help. Some students may only need a piece of an outfit, she said.

The program is structured by having something in the form of a gift card that can be redeemed at certain stores.

“It is not like they can just buy anything though,” she said. “There will be a contact person and a list and the items on the list are the only things the students can get.”

The reason for the gift cards, instead of just having people donate clothes, is because it is hard to get clothing in all sizes and styles.

“There are so many different sizes and that is going to be hard for whenever people donate because there are just so many sizes I need,” she said.

“It will only be to a certain store… and only certain things they can get, and it will not be a whole lot of money,” she added.

The launch of the Job Zone Closet will be publicized soon. “I will send out an email, a text to everybody campus-wide and of course to students,” Daniels said. “It will be done by appointment only.”

These gift cards are not just to be handed out to anyone and everyone who wants to go shopping; they are strictly for buying items that are needed for interview purposes.

“The way I have been doing it is I am going need proof they have an interview.” she said.

“I am not going to let anybody come in and say ‘Hey, I have an interview; I want some clothes.’ It will not happen that way. It will be for people in need. I hope students will be confident enough to come see me,” Daniels said.

She added: “This is just a stepping stone to their future. That is what it is all about. Just that professional image that everybody needs to portray on that first interview, second interview, third interview.

“That first impression is very important, and it has to be a professional impression because that is what the employers are looking for.”

Interested students can contact Lupe Daniels at ldaniels@midland.edu or 685-4716.

Military offers education options.

NavyandBookThe military helps individuals advance their careers while enjoying a paycheck on the first and fifteenth days of every month.
Lilliana Reyes, a mass communications specialist petty officer 2nd class, who has been in the Navy for 11 years said she joined the Navy to continue her education and get out of El Paso, Texas.

“I didn’t have money for college or money to move out,” Reyes said.  “I was very shy and I also thought the military could give me the self-confidence to do more than what I thought I could do.”

One of the few ways in which the Navy helps pay for your education, she said, is Tuition Assistance, which is available to active duty personnel.

“It is free; you don’t have to pay it back, and it is very easy to start using it and your supervisors are going to be happy you are going to school,” she said.

She said that for those who serve and get out after their agreed term of service, there is the Post 9-11 GI Bill, which offers $120,000 for any university, college or vocational school. Through this bill, the government pays the institution directly. On top of the GI Bill, the Navy can help with housing and utilities with the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), and will also provide $1,000 for books and supplies.

“You also qualify for the Texas Hazelwood Act. The state of Texas offers you 150 credit semester hours for you to use in any state college or university,” Reyes said.

In addition, Navy COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line) offers technical certifications that make former sailors more marketable on the outside world.

Being on active duty offers housing, a guaranteed paycheck, college money, medical and dental benefits, and access to base facilities as well as the liberty to go out and hang out with friends, she said. The Navy is only a nine-to-five job.

Reyes said that there is also the opportunity of going into the reserves; this is a part-time affiliation with the Navy that allows individuals to live in their home-town and work a regular job while obtaining experience, gaining a second skill and earning money for school.

Joining straight out of high school, enlistees go in as E1, or enlisted one. Having college credits, however, can advance the enlistee to E2 for 24 credits or E3 for 48 credits. While in some of the branches of the military, people can go straight to war after boot camp, in the Navy that is not the case. “Once you finish boot camp, you go to an ‘A’ school (apprenticeship school) for the job you selected. The Navy’s combat service is volunteer,” Reyes said.

Each military branch has different expectations. All branches, however, require every potential or hopeful enlistee to take the ASVAB test. Based on the AFQT, or composite score, the branch decides whether or not the applicant qualifies for service, Reyes said.

Staff Sgt Noel Wood, who has been in the Army for eight years, said that the Army offers anywhere from $47,000 to $191,000 for college education, plus $4,500 per year while serving.

“We have over 200 jobs that you may qualify for,” he said. “And yes, several can help you out in the civilian side.”

Wood said that in most cases people will not deploy right after basic training, but it may sometimes happen. He has deployed twice to Afghanistan.

Hesgar Rios, an Air Force enlistee who attends Midland High, said that the reason he decided to join was because they offer great career opportunities.

“I would have gone into the Marines, but I have talked to former Marines, and they say that after they stop serving they pretty much have to start from zero,” he said.

Rios said that Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps has helped him train for what is coming in basic training. JROTC is a high school extracurricular that is offered from the beginning of freshman year.

This group trains high school students and attempts to teach them self-defense, leadership skills and first aid.

Anyone who is a part of JROTC and who plans to enlist in the military is advanced to an E3, the equivalent of having 48 college credit hours.

“The reason I chose the Air Force is because it has so many scholarly benefits not only for me, but also for my future wife and kids,” he said.

MC Program prepares students to fight fire.

Midland College’s Fire Science Technology program prepares students for job opportunities with municipal fire departments, insurance inspection companies, industry safety firms, the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Forest Service, according to Mark Kuhn, program director.

Student Robert Fields followed family tradition to enter the program. “I started in business school and learned that wasn’t something I enjoyed,” he said. “I decided I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps and carry on my family name for generations to come.”

The program offers a two-year associate of applied science degree and a one-year certificate through its regional fire academy. It is licensed through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection for basic firefighter certification.

Service to others also motivates students.

“I wanted to make a difference in my own life and in the lives of other people as well,” Student Jesus Almance-Molinar said.
The program teaches both academic and physical training, “While there is a lot of physical preparedness that one needs to have, they also have to be ready mentally for what they are about to encounter, that’s part of what the exercises we do teach us,” Fields said.

Students are challenged according to student Alex Villa.

“I think the hardest part of Fire Science would have to be the finals we take. It requires a lot of studying and dedication to be able to pass all of them,” he said.

“When we know one guy is having problems with a subject we all band together and do what we can to help him understand the material,” Villa said.

The students learn fire safety, hazmat, rapelling and other techniques that will help them in the future but character is also important.

“The most valuable thing I have learned is to be open-minded and willing to learn throughout my life,” Villa said. “We should take pride in whatever we do because the community looks up and depends on us to be there.”

Student David Mata said this about his crew: “ There is a brotherhood among us; we have been together since August. We all have our strengths and weaknesses and we all have our shortcomings, despite that we are a family.”

MC Students Have Rights.

Midland College students possess rights and responsibilities to help them succeed and feel comfortable while attending the school, according to Rita Nell Diffie, vice president of student services.

The MC catalog, which is available on the MC website, lists the obligations and rights of students granted by the college’s Board of Trustees.

If a student has a complaint or question involving his or her rights as an MC student, he or she is directed to report to the Student Services office located in the Scharbauer Student Center. “There are all kinds of reasons they (students) might have a complaint,” Diffie said. “It could be an academic issue, it could be a student involvement issue, it could be a residential life issue. There are all types of things.”

Due process includes all the rights of a student involving discrimination, disciplinary action, final grades and denial of admission.

A student experiencing any difficulty with due process should report to the SS office so that he or she can be assisted in taking the next step.

“You can always come to me,” Diffie said. “That’s not an issue at all. I am always open to help any student.”

Due process may involve a hearing if the student feels it is necessary. “Some (students) have already made all the steps,” Diffie said. “They’ve gone to the instructor, they’ve gone to the dean and they’re still not satisfied and then they come to me. I can walk them through what a due process hearing involves.”

During a hearing, a student and the opposing party have the chance to tell their side of the story to a neutral panel who will then make the determination on whether there needs to be a change or if the results should stand they currently are.

The panel members ask both parties questions before any decision is made.

Students are granted an advocate who will prepare them for the hearing.

For a student having a problem with a grade, he or she may be able to receive an appeal.

“The grade appeal is very similar to the other (due) process,” Diffie said. “If a student is having a problem with a grade, they might want to talk to the instructor first.”

There are students who are aware of their rights and do seek assistance when a problem occurs.

“I like the idea that if I’m not happy with a grade, I am able to sit down and talk to the professor about it,” said MC Student Marla Wilson. “But if they won’t cooperate, I can go to the dean and actually get something accomplished.”

Other issues concern students.

“I feel that since I’m in college, I should be able to voice my opinion (in and out of class) without getting in trouble for it,” Wilson said. “You also get to wear what you want.”

Students who live in the residence halls plead for less strict check-in times and possible possession of pets.

“We get to leave whenever we want, but we shouldn’t have to check in after a certain time,” Wilson said. “Some of the students neglect to clean their rooms as it is, so I’m okay with not having pets because I know some students wouldn’t take care of them the way they need to be.” hand book pic color

Rockers Bring More Than Shock to the Stage.

Bleeding on stage, wearing jaw-dropping outfits, bringing animals on stage and making most parents cover their children’s eyes is what some people think of when the term “shock rock” is mentioned.

Though some, if not all of those actions do occur, the artists have meaning behind what they do. The thematic imagery is just part of who the artists are and how they feel they can express their song meanings.

The most popularly-known shock rockers include Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Ozzy Osbourne and Alice Cooper. Watching any of their music videos or concerts might make some cringe, and most likely take offense to an action or image that was used.

Though the artists are infamous for causing havoc and shock, they have some of the largest and most loyal fan bases in the music business.

The rockers encourage fans and listeners to be themselves and to not be ashamed of who they are or what they’ve done. Their music is an escape for their fans and allows them to feel understood and less alone.

The song lyrics of these artists are relatable to people all around the world.

A celebrity who shows vulnerability and real emotions is something not common in today’s music industry, which is mostly run by pop stars with low-cut dresses and dingy personalities who don’t write their own lyrics.

It takes a true artist to write a song and envision how he or she wants to perform it for a crowd and even more of an artist to bring those visions to life. Shock rockers take action in making their visions real on stage or in a video.

They bring so much to the table with their talent, dreams and passion, and they are able to incorporate all of that into one performance.

The thematic elements aren’t just to get attention, the artists actually have thought and meaning behind what they do during a performance.

A performance for them usually tells a story and displays the song(s) being sung the way they want others to see it. Their performances are also more entertaining to watch than an annoying girl at the MTV awards not hitting her notes.

For fans, listening to the music by their favorite shock artist makes them feel good. It’s a comfortable feeling to listen to a song and not be in awe because of stupid lyrics like, “quack quack to a duck and a chicken too. Put the hyena in a freakin’ zoo.” It’s refreshing to know that not all singers are air heads.

Shock rock is important to the music industry because it represents what music is all about. Freedom of expression, performing, entertaining and risk-taking are not easy things to accomplish, but they are made to look worth it when someone is gaining fame, publicity and support. It doesn’t matter if an artist is wearing a red leather jumpsuit with thigh high boots, even if the artist is a man.

As long as they are making an effort to make their dreams come true, their fans feel encouraged to follow their dreams as well, which is important when wanting to live a happy and successful life.

It takes courage and confidence to do what is in your heart and mind. It takes a brave person to know that what they are doing is going to be frowned upon. It takes a strong person to ignore all of the outrageous, bizarre rumors that have been spread about them as they continue doing what they love.

Shock rock isn’t as fast growing as pop or rap music, but the rockers can rest assured that if they never back down from their beliefs, they will still remain loved and supported.

Film earns an “A”

How far would you go to defend your beliefs? This is the very question university student Josh Wheaten, played by Shane Harper, is forced to ask himself during his first class, philosophy I.

Philosophy professor Jeffery Raddison, played by Kevin Sorbo, challenges his students to declare, “God is dead.” Students who do so receive an A on that portion of the class; the students who fail at doing so must address the class and prove the existence of God.

Christians have been begging Hollywood to produce Christian-themed films. While there was a lot of controversy surrounding the weekend’s top grossing film, Noah, Hollywood was dead-on with the groundbreaking film, God’s Not Dead.

The movie’s cast played a significant role in the success of the film, which was the opening weekend’s number five film in the nation.
Soul Surfer’s Kevin Sorbo, Duck Dynasty’s Willie and Korie Robertson, and Good Luck Charlie’s Shane Harper made the movie what it was. Casting such characters was a very smart move made by director Harold Cronk. Including the Christian band Newsboys wasn’t a bad idea either, especially since their hit song God’s Not Dead turned into the anthem of the movie.

The makers of God’s Not Dead did an outstanding job of creating many different emotions throughout the movie. At certain parts you wanted to cry, other parts you were angry, and towards the end you just wanted to clap with excitement.

God’s Not Dead is a must see, Christian or not. The PG-rated film is relevant for any and every student pursuing an education, especially college students working their way through science courses. I haven’t seen a movie as powerful and eye-opening as God’s Not Dead.

Cyberbullying leads to depression

Taylor Hildridge is a young woman who received the gift of her dreams for her 17th birthday, her very own laptop.

What she thought would be the best gift in the world, turned out to be the worst gift of her life. With a new laptop came her social life on the web.

When her social life was attacked, Hildridge became filled with depression, which eventually led to her attempt at suicide.

Taylor Hildridge is a fictional character, played by Emily Osment in the ABC Family original film, Cyberbully, who took to the Internet to build her social life.

While her intentions were pure and she simply wanted to join the crowd, she ended up standing alone as she was left to face a cyberbully. After days of harassment and public embarrassment that stemmed from the rumors that were being spread about her online, the pressure became overwhelming and Hildridge decided she could no longer live with her situation.

She attempted to commit suicide by consuming an entire bottle of pills; however, her friend was able to come to her rescue before she made that irrational decision.

While this story may merely be a dramatic ABC Family presentation, these kinds of things happen every day, and most people have no idea it’s going on.

According to DoSomething.org, “Cyber bullying” is defined as a young person tormenting, threatening, harassing, or embarrassing another young person using the Internet or other technologies, like cell phones.

Victoria Garcia, a former victim that overcome cyber bullying, said she encountered bullying first in person and then online.

“Beginning high school was a struggle for me, as it would be for anyone. It all started with a boy, who brought many complications to my life. This guy had many friends that didn’t agree with his decision to talk to me. I had many of those girls bully me throughout my ninth grade year. They did anything and everything to tear me down,” Garcia said. “It first began with them telling me ugly things in the hallways. When that didn’t work, they began being aggressive and doing things like shoving me in the hallways. I remember being called “ugly” and “worthless” and even told to ‘go kill yourself.’ I remember just thinking how could people be so cruel and heartless?”

Sophia Quintela, a bullying survivor said, “Bullying plays a major role in my life. It has led me to the person I am today and who I hope to be in the future. Let’s go back to elementary days. ‘Fatty,’ ‘fatball,’ and ‘squishy’ were some of my nicknames. I was a chubby kid, what can I say, I loved food. Reason being, it was comfort for me at the time. Boys would walk around and make fun of me because I wore different style of clothes than every other girl. They would ask me out and then write me a little note saying ‘I was joking by the way. You’re too ugly or too fat to date.’ Some of those words are implanted in my head. I didn’t know what I was doing or what was going on. Why people treated me as if I were some kind of creature from another world. I was a kid. I was me. To them it wasn’t cool to be the real you,” Quintela said.

“I started to keep a journal, writing all of my feelings down because I felt as if no one knew what I was going through or I felt as if they couldn’t help me… as if I was the ‘Lost Cause.’ I put it in my backpack one day, and the bell rang for lunch and as I was walking into the cafeteria everyone started laughing at me, reading things in my journal, and making fun of me. I saw this boy who kept reading it out loud. As I tried to grab it he threw it to another boy. As it hit the table, it dropped to the floor and so did I. I knew I shouldn’t let them see me cry so I ran off into the bathroom and started bawling. Everyone knew me as the girl who lost it and retreated into the bathroom,” Quintela said. “Same thing would happen to me over and over again. It was always a joke to them.”

Garcia and Quintela are not alone.

According to DoSomething.org, “Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year.” That is a very alarming number.
What’s more alarming is that bullying has hit the internet.

DoSomething.org says, “Nearly 43 percent of kids have been bullied online.
To 1 in 4 it has had it happened more than once.”

“It died down after I entered high school. However, it then rose into cyber bullying,” Quintela said.

She explained that people would take to social media sites such as Ask.fm, which is a website which enables someone to ask questions and make comments to people anonymously, to bully her.

“Once I met my boyfriend, Miguel, I wanted to get involved in a relationship with Christ. So, I did. Bullies on ask.fm would say my relationship was fake or that it was a phase and wasn’t going to last. People just didn’t like to see me happy and when I wasn’t, they still brought me down. I tried to find friends, but when I did they would turn around and talk bad about me. Most of those people at my high school had their own secrets. They put on a mask everyday just to be perfect. I didn’t. I never had a mask. That’s probably why I had so much bulling brought upon me. I stood my ground. I fought for myself, my education and my life.”

Garcia and Quinela both expressed how potentially harmful bullying can be.

DoSomething.org adds, “Bullying victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider committing suicide.”

Garcia said, “You cannot hide from the bullying that goes on today or try to ignore it because this has led to many suicides. I coped with the harassment by telling myself the things they said about me weren’t true. I guess you can say I have pretty “thick skin.” I stuck through it all, I never let what they thought of me define me, but just because I stayed strong through it all doesn’t mean that everyone can, others are different and cope with things differently.

“Eventually, I decided I was done being treated as if I were worthless or some piece of gum on the concrete that everyone stepped on. Trying to survive throughout the day without crying or having thoughts of suicide wasn’t easy. I tried to kill myself twice, before I decided I was done having suicidal thoughts and depression.”

Bullying, both face to face and on the Internet, is very dangerous, illegal, and harmful.

“Some advice that I would give anyone who is being bullied is don’t let this define you. You know who you are better than anyone else, so why let someone else define you? Stay strong, because this doesn’t last forever; things change and in the end, the bully won’t matter at all. TELL SOMEONE. I know you don’t want to, but it will honestly help,” Garcia said.

Quintela added, “Talk to someone you trust. Tell them what’s going on. Be fearless and stand your ground. Don’t let them run you over or call you names. You are worth way more than any gold or silver you could imagine. Hold your head up high and succeed.”

“Life is more rewarding after you’ve completed school. Life goes on and we have a blessing to learn from it and move on. Be better, be bolder and be stronger,” she said.

MC hosts Gladys Knight

For one night at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 11, MC students will have a free opportunity to see Gladys Knight, who will be performing as part of the Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Art Series.

“The committee has been interested in Gladys Knight for quite some time because of her appeal to a broad audience demographic (age, ethnicity and gender),” said media services director Rebecca Bell.

It was not hard to get her to attend. “Artists such as Ms. Knight usually like to have several performances scheduled at locations within the same state or geographic region.

It just so happens that she will be performing in Houston on Saturday, April 12, and we are able to have her come to Midland the evening before,” Bell said

MC is able to attract famous performers like Knight because “individual donations are also given to the Midland College Foundation to help sustain the performing arts series. The Midland College Foundation is a private, nonprofit corporation,” Bell said.

“The Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series performances generally have between 1,500-3,000 people in attendance,” Bell said. “Of course, the size of the audience depends on the appeal of the performer. For Gladys Knight, we estimate to fill about 1,800 general admission seats and 500 Friends of the Series seats. Friends of the Series are those people who have paid $1,000 in 2014 to help sustain MC’s performing arts and lecture series.”

Knight will not be the only performer that has attended an event at MC like this. They have had many others along with dance groups. “Some of the artists we have had in the past include Lyle Lovett, Garrison Keillor, Marvin Hamlisch, Bob Newhart, Dave Barry, Ruthie Foster and Andre Watts,” Bell said.

“We have also had internationally recognized dance troupes and other acts such as the Russian National Ballet Theatre, The 5 Browns, The Kingston Trio, The Ten Tenors, The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez. On March 18, we will have the Dance Theatre of Harlem.”

For more information about the event, contact Rebecca Bell at 432-685-4556 or at rbell@midland.edu.

Kaku delivers thought-provoking presentation

“Can you feel it? We are in the presence of greatness,” said Dan Hart, Chair of the Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series as he introduced Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist and author of the book The Future of the Mind.

Kaku earned his Ph.D from the University of California at Berkeley in 1972. He holds the Henry Semat Chair in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York where he has worked for the past 30 years.

Kaku has spoken on numerous TV and radio shows, and he airs his own weekly radio show.

Kaku was named one of the 100 smartest people by the New York Time, he said. He’s not sure how much of an honor that is since Madonna also made that list.

One of Kaku’s areas of expertise is Albert Einstein’s unified field theory which he is trying to complete.

Kaku’s topic for the lecture was his new book The Future of the Mind. Last month his new book was the best non-fiction on the New York Times best sellers list.

This has been the second time a book with the word physics in the title has been in the best sellers list, Kaku said.

Kaku said the two greatest mysteries for physicists are outer space, due to the big bang, and the rest of the universe and inner space, because the mind is the “most complex process known to man.”

The U.S. government is joining in a multi-national brain-mapping project that is estimated to cost $1 billion. The project will work to map and understand the human brain and work to find a cure for mental illness.

Kaku said that movies give people ideas of what could be possible. He used the examples of Iron Man and how that has sparked interest in exoskeletons, and Star Trek and other science fiction series which featured telepathy. Scientific research allows people to see what is actually possible.

Kaku said many of these futuristic technologies have already been tested in the laboratory.

By using MRI machines to track the blood in the brain, scientists can see what part of the brain is active while doing different actions. Knowing which area of the brain controls which functions allows scientists to create control systems for advanced technologies.

“It is true when people say that men get stupider when they talk to a pretty girl— the blood drains out of their brain,” Kaku said.

Kaku used cosmologist Steven Hawkins, who is completely paralyzed, as an example. Hawkins has an antenna on his glasses that is connected to a microchip which allows him to communicate through a laptop computer.

Advancements have been made in making robotic limbs for people who have lost theirs. The U.S. military has taken an interest in this for veterans who have been injured during their service, Kaku said.

Kaku said that humans could be put in control of robotic bodies for performing dangerous jobs such as fighting fires to limit the risk of injury. He said this could be used in the space program as well.

Kaku talked about the ability to upload and download memories. He said there is a concept for a “brain pacemaker” which could be used for Alzheimer’s patients to implant the memories that they cannot remember.

Kaku said there are three levels of consciousness. Humans are at the top, with animals and everything else below them.
He said that animals have no idea of the future. Only humans have a concept of the past and future, this is why people laugh at jokes, he said.

When the human brain hears a joke, it tries to fill in the punch line, but when the joke ends different than expected, that is what makes it funny.
The world’s smartest robot is only capable of level-one consciousness, which is equivalent to a cockroach, Kaku said. Companies are working on building level-two consciousness robots, but they are not ready yet, Kaku said.

The next thing Kaku talked about was why some people have extraordinary abilities.

He said that people who have received an injury to the left lobe of the brain sometimes become more analytical.

However, “Don’t go home and pick up a hammer,” Kaku said.

MC associate professor of mathematics Joseph Severino attended the lecture.

“I enjoyed the talk immensely. While I might prefer a more technical discussion of his research, I appreciate how Professor Kaku tailored hislecture in a way that allowed him to share some pretty advanced concepts with a broad audience,” Severino said.

Prior to the lecture, Kaku spoke with a select group of MC engineering and physics students about how he became interested in physics. The students were also given time to ask Kaku questions.Kaku started by telling the students that science is the engine of prosperity, and that they are all winners for choosing science.

Kaku said that he first became interested in physics when he was eight years old after seeing an article about Albert Einstein’s death and becoming interested in Einstein’s unified field theory.kaku