In January, Sustainable Water, Energy and Environmental Technologies Laboratory (SWEETLab) finished setting up nearly half a million filters and stoves in Rwanda, many of which contain new sensors that communicate their status over the Internet, according to SWEETLab Director and Portland State Mechanical & Materials Engineering Assistant Professor Evan Thomas. Learn more from Dr. Thomas, Kwasi Boateng, and Zdenek Zumr about SWEETLab in this article and video below by Joseph Thiebes.
Check out my latest story on landslides in the Pacific Northwest and the geologists that are working to make landslides more predictable. Here's a video supplement to the story:
Don't miss my interview and short article about the groundbreaking work of Dr. Ken Stedman, whose recent research has uncovered a similarity between HIV and a type of virus that finds its home in acidic, volcanic hot springs.
"For science geeks, this list of locations, events, and shopping ideas is a great place to start celebrating the season of axial tilt in heliocentric style."
Read the whole article by Joseph Thiebes, and check out the photos & video, here: Science Geek Holiday Guide
Here's my story on GMO labeling for the Portland State Vanguard. I wanted to use more from all my interviewees -- but that's the way it goes. I wish I could do a whole documentary! But I had to keep the focus tight and I wanted to get people to see that it's a complex and human issue. That wasn't easy but I think I gave people some food for thought, if not an in depth view.
The video attached to the article is also a big step up in my production quality.
In spite of the repeated claims by activists who oppose biotechnology and GMOs on ideological grounds, GM traits are improving environmental impacts from pesticide (insecticide and herbicide) use. Genetically modified foods have been available in the marketplace since 1996, and in the last 2 decades, pesticide use in the areas where GM crops are planted has been reduced by 503 million kg, and the environmental impact dropped by 18.7%. Here's more from the press release, where you can find a link to the full document:
Last week I produced a video along with a couple of photos and a short news story for the Portland State Vanguard, available at this link. In this multimedia piece, local officers Katherine Flenniken, Moira Gion, and Becky Russo speak about the benefits that the group offers to students, and the goals of their current fundraising efforts.
My first video for the Portland State Vanguard is now available online at this link. In the video, Dr. Jason Podrabsky, chair of the biology department, speaks about the benefits that the new Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB) benefits students in the biology department. One of the photos in the slide show at the top of the article was also taken by myself. Below are a couple more photos, unpublished elsewhere, that I took while at the new CLSB. The first is one showing the nearly-complete Tilikum Crossing bridge, which will open in 2015. Its West end is right next to the CLSB. Below that is a photograph that I took in one of the new chemistry teaching labs in the North part of the CLSB.
Three hours later than planned, after a 6-hour flight and a hurried drive through the suburbs of Boston, I finally arrived in Salem, Massachusetts to find the media team nearly ready for the event that had been anticipated jokingly as perhaps “the most important political event of the year,” (Bernstein) and would later be called “the best fake presidential debate Massachusetts has seen in a generation” (Carioli). I donned my newly fitted black tuxedo with a red bowtie and matching pocket square, and sat down at a table on stage next to a man in the process of fastening a boot to his head. It was Halloween weekend, but the boot was not exactly a costume. Hearing the excited cheers of audience and members of the media team, Vermin Supreme acknowledged that this trademark fashion accessory brings more media attention than any of his other antics.