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Carbon, Our Energy Future, and You: A Community Workshop

The City of Charlottesville, the County of Albemarle, and the University of Virginia are hosting a Community Workshop inviting the public to learn more about ongoing initiatives related to energy opportunities and impacts, including recent efforts to identify effective energy management strategies.

Cost:                    Free

Date:                   Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Time:                   6:00-8:00 pm

Note:  Display Stations will be available for viewing in the Lobby all day on January 26th

Place:                  Albemarle County Office Building Auditorium and Lobby, 401 McIntyre Road, Charlottesville, VA

Further information:

Event details:  display posters on view in the Lobby with specialists on hand to answer questions/discuss issues; an interactive community survey with real-time responses; comment/suggestion boxes for community input.

Old School Hydrology

Old School Hydro: Modern and Historic Surveying Aboard the NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, November 4

3:00 p.m.

Alderman Library Scholars’ Lab

Max Edelson

Associate Professor

Corcoran Department of History

University of Virginia

During the summer of 2010, U.Va. historian Max Edelson gained a berth aboard the NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson as it charted the waters off the western Keys of Florida. For a week, he learned about modern coastal surveying and hydrography first hand and interviewed the TJ’s officers and scientists about their experiences using sonar-based sensing to measure the extent of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. To better get a grasp on the first rigorous colonial surveys of Florida created in the 1760s and 1770s, he enlisted some of the crew to recreate early modern methods by tracing the contours and measuring the depths of a harbor in Key West. When asked what they were up with their lead lines and sextants by puzzled crew mates, they replied, “We’re off to do some old-school hydro.” This talk describes the art and science of surveying and mapmaking in and around the Florida Keys across 250 years.

All Scholars’ Lab events are free and open to all. No registration is required.

GIS Workshop

GIS Workshop

Thursday, October 21:

GIS Workshop: Global Positioning System

2:00 p.m.

Alderman Electronic Classroom

Curious about how to make the best use of GPS in your fieldwork and other outdoor adventures? In this session we’ll explain the magic of GPS and how to combine GPS data with Google Earth and ArcGIS for visualization and analysis.

All Scholars’ Lab events are free and open to all. No registration is required.

Self-Healing Concrete

Reposted from the 9/2/10 ASEE First Bell:

Bacteria Could Be Key To Self-Healing Concrete.

New Scientist (9/2, McAlpine) reports, “Concrete could soon be healing its own hairline fractures” through the incorporation of bacteria. And whereas water exacerbates the damage of cracks in regular concrete, in this new design it would be part of the healing process, serving to activate the bacteria. Researchers at Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands, found “some strains of Bacillus” that could thrive in the high pH environment of concrete and remain dormant for long periods of time. “To keep the spores from activating in the wet concrete mix, and to keep them and their calcium lactate food from affecting the quality of the concrete, [the researchers] first set both into ceramic pellets 2 to 4 millimetres wide and then added them to the concrete.” The pellets crack when the concrete does, and when activated the bacteria “combine the calcium with oxygen and carbon dioxide to form calcite.”

Oil Spill and Restoration Info

Looking for authoritative information about oil spills, clean-up and restoration?  Give this resource a try:

Resources on Oil Spills, Response and Restoration: a Selected Bibliography

This is listed on the NOAA Central Library Subject Guides and Bibliographies page, along with numerous others:

Special Needs Shelter

High-Tech Dwellings For The Elderly Garner Praise, Concern.

The Washington Post (5/6, Kunkle) reports on “the MEDcottage, a portable high-tech dwelling that could be trucked to a family’s back yard and used to shelter a loved one in need of special care.” The shelter is the brainchild of the Rev. Kenneth Dupin of Salem, Virginia, who wanted to give the aged the option to “avoid a jarring move to the nursing home by living in small, specially equipped, temporary shelters close to relatives.” Critics, meanwhile, refer to the product as “the granny pod,” and “some local officials warn that Dupin’s dwellings — which have been authorized by Virginia’s state government — will spring up in subdivisions all over the state, creating not-in-my-back-yard tensions…and perhaps being misused.” The Post notes, “The enterprise has received backing from the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center,” and VT engineering professor Janis P. Terpenny said the shelter “could have a huge impact on revolutionizing health care.”

Reposted from the May 6, 2010 ASEE First Bell

Green Energy Portal Launched

Green Energy Portal Launched for Quick Public Access to Renewable Energy Research

Oak Ridge, TN Green energy-related research and development (R&D) results are now more easily accessible through a new online portal, DOE Green Energy.  The free public portal was launched on the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) within the Office of Science.  The site is designed to ease access to green energy R&D information for use by researchers, scientists, educators, students and the general public.  Researchers can use the DOE Green Energy portal to speed scientific discovery and innovation; business and industry can use the R&D to stimulate economic growth related to renewable energy.  Educators, students, and the public can discover applications of renewable energy science and energy efficiency best practices.  The portal provides technical documents from thousands of R&D projects conducted at DOE National Laboratories and by DOE-funded awards at universities.

DOE Green Energy contains both current and historical research, including bibliographic citations, technical reports and patent information on different types of renewable energy resources and energy conservation.  Subject areas include but are not limited to solar, wind, bioenergy, hydroelectric, geothermal, tidal and wave power, and energy storage.

An easy-to-use search box allows users to selectively download, at no cost, DOE bibliographic citations and associated detailed full-text research reports and patents focusing on renewable energy and energy efficiency science and technology.  The website also includes a news feed provided by the DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program.


Tim Byrne
DOE/Office of Scientific and Technical Information
P.O. Box 62
Oak Ridge,TN 37831
Phone: 865-241-2358

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