Archive for October, 2011

The World of Chemical Engineering

CENtral Science

Chemical and Engineering News has a separate website for “News, notes, and musings from C&EN” that takes a more accessible look at what is going in the world of chemical engineering with a dozen different blogs.  These blogs include “Just Another Electron Pusher”, “The Haystack”, and “Artful Science”.   Visitors will find the latest entry in “Artful Science” to be an informative piece on acrylic paint, which was invented in the 1940s.  This particular entry looks at how over time the surfactants in it rise to the surface of a painting and produce a white film.   Currently, art restorers are looking for a way to effectively remove the film while not harming the painting.   The “Friday chemical safety round-up” lists “chemical and safety news from the past week”, including items from categories such as “Fires and explosions” and “Leaks, spills, and other exposures”. [KMG]

Reposted from the October 21, 2011 “Scout Report”.

Virginia Space Grant Consortium Scholarships

Virginia Space Grant Consortium Announces (VSGC) 2012–2013 Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities!  Visit for more info.

VSGC awards over $325,000 in scholarships and fellowships to students attending Virginia Space Grant member institutions and majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field.  Research proposals from students majoring in any STEM field and working on a project that supports NASA’s mission are welcomed.  VSGC can assist students and faculty in identifying research projects and connecting to NASA.

The Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship Program provides a one-year scholarship of up to $8,500 to support undergraduate students actively engaged in a research project with a faculty mentor.

The Graduate STEM Research Fellowship Program provides $5,000 in support to graduate students actively engaged in a research project with a faculty mentor.  The Graduate Fellowship is add-on support for students and is renewable for one year.

The Community College STEM Scholarship Program provides $2,000 scholarships to students attending any Virginia Community College and majoring in STEM.

The Teacher Education STEM Scholarship Program provides $1,000 awards to students majoring in a teacher education preparation program and demonstrating an interest in teaching in a STEM field.   Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply.

The VSGC is especially seeking applications from underrepresented minorities, females, and persons with disabilities.

For more info, please contact Nick Koltun, VSGC Educational Programs Specialist at or (757) 766-5210.

GIS Workshop: Georeferencing Paper Maps

Tuesday, November 1
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Alderman Library Electronic Classroom

Do you like old maps?  Would you like to find the real-world location of features you see on old maps?  Maybe overlay old maps with new maps to see what’s changed over time?  Georeferencing makes paper maps geo-smart so they play nicely with Google Earth, ArcGIS, and other geo-software for visualization and analysis.  You’ll leave this hands-on session with georeferencing skills and tools to geo-enable any paper map.

Audience Response Systems

The UVa Mobile Networking Community presents its first event of the school year.  Next Thursday 27 OCT, we will be hosting a forum on Audience Response Systems in Clemons Library 201 from 12:30 – 1:45.  Technologies presented at this event are used to engage students and audiences as well as enhance the educational experience through the implementation of mobile devices, social networking and networked feedback.  Our 4 presenters represent a rich cross-section of educational fields in technology, arts, humanities, and sciences and will discuss specific instances of how they are applying these types of technologies to the teaching and learning experience.

Panel Chair: Michael McPherson
VP and CIO with UVA’s Information Technology Services (ITS)
will provide an overview of the industry and currently available technology solutions for gathering information from audiences.

Panelist: Marianne Kubik
Drama Department
will discuss using a polling solution to engage audiences before a performance of “dark play or stories for boys.”

Panelist: Sonya Donaldson
English Department
will discuss exploring the use of social networking tools (Twitter, Gowalla, and others) to engage students in the classroom.

Panelist: Ed Murphy
Astronomy Department
will discuss using clickers in teaching science to non-science majors in large lecture sections, with an emphasis on using them to reveal and address common misconceptions.

Building on our forum series of the past two years, the Mobile Networking Community is concerned with providing the UVA community with information about how mobile technologies are affecting our professional and personal lives, whether you are simply interested in mobile technologies or can’t survive without them, own an iPhone, Android or whatever, and whether you love to use apps or develop code for them. This event is open to all and promises to continue to spark your interests in mobile technologies in your workflow.  So bring your curiosity, interests, questions and comments to Clemons next Thursday.
Light snacks provided as well.

Mapping Yourself with GPS and Google

Family Weekend GIS Workshop: Mapping Yourself with GPS and Google

Saturday, October 29
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Scholars’ Lab Common Room

Curious about GPS, Google mapping, and how you can be part of the fun? Join Chris Gist and Kelly Johnston of the U.Va. Scholars’ Lab for an introduction to the magic of GPS and Google mapping. You will leave with the tools to communicate with satellites 12,000 miles overhead, make your own maps, and selectively share your cartographic masterpieces with the world.

Introduction to NVivo

SLab and ITS Software Workshop: Introduction to NVivo

Wednesday, October 26
2:00 p.m.
Curry Library Innovation Commons

This workshop will explore principles and techniques of qualitative analysis using NVivo from QSR International. Instructor: Nancy Kechner.

Making Maps Online

GIS Workshop: Making Maps Online with GeoCommons

Tuesday, October 25
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Alderman Library Electronic Classroom

GeoCommons is a free online alternative to ArcGIS or Google Fusion Tables for mapping and analyzing your data. We’ll walk through the steps to upload data, make a map, and use the new GeoIQ analysis tools. If you prefer Mac or PC, Firefox, Chrome, or IE, you’ll learn to use new tools to make and share your maps with the world.

RSS Feed

October 2011