World Polymer Congress - June 24-29, 2012 - Virginia Tech Campus - Blacksburg, VA - USA
Area Attractions

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Virginia is located midway between New York and Florida and is considered the gateway to the South. The state has many attractions, whether it’s visiting the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, historic Monticello, theme parks, or the beautiful beaches of the Eastern Shore. No matter what your taste, Virginia has something to offer.

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Things to Do

Vocal Arts and Music Festival

The Vocal Arts and Music Festival at Virginia Tech, presented by the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, features the voices of the opera world’s young professionals, who audition to participate in the festival and are selected by International Vocal Arts Institute founders Joan Dornemann, assistant conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, and Paul Nadler, conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, who select the best for one of three international festivals. One is in Tel Aviv, Israel; one in Montreal, Canada; and one is in Blacksburg, Virginia on June 16-29, 2012. The singers work hard from morning to afternoon on vocalization, language, staging, and more. Every evening, festivalgoers are treated to insightful master classes by the top voice teachers and world-class performances featuring the professional singers and internationally renowned musicians.

Additional Workshops and Talks by MACRO 2012 Speakers:

There is no cost for these events.

Dr. Robert Grubbs
June 26, 2012
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Science Museum of Western Virginia
4412 Electric Road
Tanglewood Mall, 2nd Level
Roanoke, VA
Phone: 540-342-5710 for direction or information

Topic: Green Chemistry and Catalysis: Where fundamental research can lead
As the carbon dioxide levels go up along with the cost of petroleum, new sources of carbon are needed and new methods must be developed to convert these new starting materials into useful products. One of the areas that will provide such solutions is chemistry and specifically chemical catalysis. Our research started as a fundamental study of a reaction called olefin metathesis. By understanding the fundamentals of the reaction and using that information to develop better catalysts, new methods for the conversion of biomaterials to products and the synthesis of more sustainable materials have been developed.

For more information, contact Sue Magliaro,

Dr. Robert Lang
June 29, 2012
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
ICAT Studio, Collegiate Square (lower level), 460 Turner Street, Blacksburg, VA

Origami Structures for Technological and Design Applications with Dr. Robert Lang (Origami Artist and Engineer) in collaboration with Virginia Tech’s School of Education and Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT)
This is a hands-on workshop to explore a range of folding structures used in various technological applications, including foldable space structures, medical devices, and more! You will be folding crease patterns and exploring the mechanical properties of folded structures and their underlying laws. No origami experience necessary; appropriate for college students and above, who have a background in design, architecture, engineering.

Space is limited, so register before June 22nd!

For more information, contact Adam Soccolich, or call 540-231-0802.

Dr. Robert Lang
June 30, 2012
10:30 am - 12 pm
The Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA

Topic: Making Modular Origami with Dr. Robert Lang (Origami Artist and Engineer)
This workshop will introduce you to modular origami, or folding polyhedra from multiple interlocking sheets of paper. We begin with a simple polyhedral unit, then progress to more challenging units and larger polyhedra. During the workshop, you will learn a little bit of 3D geometry, but you won't mind because you'll have also folded some really cool shapes. No origami experience necessary; appropriate for middle school students and above. Presented in collaboration with Virginia Tech and the Science Museum of Western Virginia.

For more information, contact Meghan Gelardi Holmes,


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