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‘Hidden Figures’ author to speak at WFU

Margot Lee Shetterly, the author of “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race,” will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at Wake Forest University in Wait Chapel.

The event is free and open to the public, WFU said in a statement.

The film adaptation of Shetterly’s book, “Hidden Figures,” became the No. 1 movie in America in 2016 and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Shetterly is also the founder of the Human Computer Project, a digital archive of the stories of NASA’s African-American “Human Computers,” whose work tipped the balance in favor of the United States in World War II, the Cold War and the Space Race, WFU said.

Her father was among the early generation of black NASA engineers and scientists, and she had direct access to NASA executives and the women featured in her book. She grew up around the historically black Hampton University, where some of the women in Hidden Figures studied.

Batalia to speak

at Forsyth Tech

Dr. Michael Batalia will be the January guest speaker for the monthly SciTech Lecture Series at Forsyth Technical Community College, Forsyth Tech said in a statement.

Batalia will deliver his speech at 4 p.m. Thursday inside the auditorium in the Strickland Center on the main campus of Forsyth Tech, 2100 Silas Creek Parkway.

The event is free and open to the public.

Batalia’s topic will be “Adventures in Innovation from Laboratory Bench to the Stratosphere.”

As an entrepreneur and expert in academic technology commercialization, Batalia is co-founder of WideEy3D, which develops 3-D printing solutions for mass manufacturing.

Batalia has more than 16 years of experience in academic technology transfer, intellectual property management and licensing. He served over 12 years at Wake Forest University as executive director of commercialization and four years at North Carolina State University as associate director, then director of technology transfer.

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