All posts by Matthew Grattan

In The Aftermath of Weinstein

By Gabriela Godlewski (CE ‘19)

In recent weeks, the dam that kept Harvey Weinstein’s victims silent broke after decades of sexual abuse, resulting in dozens of actresses coming forward and detailing how he abused them. As of this past week, the number of women accusing Weinstein for such acts has reached over 40, with many more possibly still remaining silent. Hollywood responded quickly: Within a few days, former friends of Weinstein and his own brother publicly denounced him, he was fired from the company he started, and he was unceremoniously kicked out of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

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Who was Peter Cooper?

By Afshin Khan (CE ‘19)

Peter Cooper was born on February 12, 1791, fifteen years after the founding of the United States of America. Despite having one year of formal schooling, Cooper was able to make forays into several industries, including real estate, locomotion, and insurance. At the age of 68, Peter Cooper established The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art as the first of its kind, offering a free education that was open to people from all walks of life. But these are all factoids that a quick Google search can turn up. Who was the real Peter Cooper?

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Ai Weiwei in the Great Hall, Fences and Refugees

By Matthew Grattan (ChE ’19)

You may have noticed fences springing up around the East Village and the Lower East Side—mounted on the north side of the Foundation Building, nestled between two buildings on East Seventh Street, or lining the exterior of the Essex Street Market. Those fences, along with a host of larger sculptures and banners on street lamps are part of the Public Art Fund’s exhibition, “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors,” by artist Ai Weiwei.

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Let’s Talk: Women in Engineering

By Yuqiao Wang (ChE ‘19)

After a 9 a.m. fluid mechanics lecture, I opened Facebook, and saw the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) had updated the event “Let’s Talk.” I am always into such an activity, and The Pioneer asked me to report the event, so I refreshed myself with a grande Americano and arrived at the event place at 12 p.m. sharp, disregarding the tiresome two hours of calculation on momentum balance. At the event, although only twenty people showed up, everyone seemed interested and attentive; everyone thoughtfully answered their fellows’ questions.

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Imagine Science Film Festival: VR Storytelling

By Gabriela Godlewski (CE ‘19)

The Cooper Union has historically been a site where art and science progress, and often meet, to create projects and works that improve the way society views ideas or explores the world. On Thursday, Oct. 19, art and science met in a fascinating and unusual way in the Rose Auditorium with the presentation of Virtual Science Storytelling. As the penultimate night of the 10th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival, The Cooper Union welcomed scientists, engineers, artists, and storytellers to take the stage and talk about their projects and individual contributions to the up-and-coming field of virtual reality (VR). Although each presenter and project were unique, they all shared the common goal of using VR to change the way ideas could be presented.

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Buy High, Sell Low: Cryptocurrency

By Padraic McAtee (ME ‘19)

If you’ve ever had a casual conversation on the topic of cryptocurrency, statistics show it included: (1) a computer science major boasting three LinkedIn endorsements on their “blockchain” skills, (2) a person trapped in hindsight, who endlessly regrets not buying Bitcoin when it was still worth a cent, or (3) someone wishing they knew what was going on.

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Miles of Movies: “Blade Runner 2049”

By Miles Barber (CE ‘18)

“Blade Runner 2049” is the sequel to “Blade Runner,” an incredibly influential 1982 science fiction film that didn’t gain traction until many years after it was released. Since then, its dirty futuristic setting has influenced nearly every science fiction film and its exploration of what it means to be human has become more and more relevant as artificial intelligence gets more and more prevalent in our society.

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