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Catalyst Radio: GR Web Dev brings together techies of all persuasions

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Drawing in upwards of 70 attendees each month, GR Web Dev is a general user group that attracts developers, designers that range from beginners to tech aficionados.
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About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch, along with Denise Cheng. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

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Two facilitators from the Grand Rapids Web Development Group, Ben Rausch and Ross Hunter, join us on air to explain this hot young gun on the GR tech scene. Drawing in upwards of 70 attendees each month, GR Web Dev is a general user group that attracts developers, designers that range from beginners to tech aficionados.

Music this week is "Computer Love" by Kraftwerk off their 1981 release, Computer World.



Academic ghostwriter criticizes universities for inadequate student support
The pseudonymous Ed Dante published a piece last year in the Chronicle of Higher Education exposing himself as a professional academic paper writer. He has made a full-time career writing college admission essays, undergraduate thesis statements and master's and Ph.D. level dissertations.
[More: The Chronicle, Lampham's Quarterly]

New smartphone app to contribute news alerts within user's vicinity
Last month during a major technology conference, new phone app Mereporter was announced. Mereporter is a tool for iPhones (coming to Android soon) that invites users to add their eyewitness account of something happening in front of them. The accounts are then tagged with geographical information so that anyone who uses the app and is nearby can learn about the news. Like FourSquare, Mereporter creates incentives in the form of badges based on how many stories are filed. It is also open to licensing the software to media companies.
[More: Poynter]

Intel's marketing tool utilizes Facebook to patch together personalized museum
In a marketing campaign, Intel decided to create the "Musuem of Me," a site that interfaces with your Facebook that takes you through a museum curated with items from your Facebook profile.
[More: The Daily What]

Intelligence branch puts out call for proposals to analyze metaphors in different languages
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity put out a call for proposals to fund research into metaphors. It's asking computer programmers to create a system that can parse language so that researchers gain more insight into how people from different languages think about things and conceptualize.
[More: The Atlantic]


CALENDAR (26:34)

What's the Buzz
2 p.m. on Saturday at Blandford Nature Center (1715 Hillburn NW)
The program will go over the basics of bee keeping, the biology of honey bees, hive behavior and the importance of pollination.

Carillon series brings musicians to its bell tower for sunset concerts
8:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 at GVSU - Allendale
GVSU has invited Jonathan Lehrer to play the bells at its Allendale campus. The sunset concert is free to the public and is part of a 17 year-old carillon series of inviting international carillonneur to the campus.

Free HIV testing all around Grand Rapids
All day on Monday, June 27
Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan is offering Free HIV Testing at all of their locations to mark National HIV Testing Day.

GR Web Dev focuses on typography
6 p.m. on Monday, June 27 at Mutually Human (401 Hall SW)
The Grand Rapids Web Development group holds their meetups on the last Monday of each month. Coming up, they'll be geeking out about typography and the Internet.

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