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15May/160

Green Chemistry seminar videos

Green Chemistry

Join the Portland, Oregon section of the American Chemical Society for a couple of wonderful talks on Green Chemistry.

First, Dr. David Stuart, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Portland State University, offers a brief introduction to Green Chemistry and an example from his lab.

Next, Dr. Tom Wilson, retired Director of Materials Technology at Nike, offers an interesting look at the Green Chemistry of rubber in a story about zinc oxide in Nike's Environmentally Preferred Rubber.

Take a look at the two videos below!

This activity was supported by an ACS Sustainability Grant awarded to the Portland Section of the American Chemical Society. Videos recorded by Joseph Thiebes.

16Apr/160

Portland ACS Interview

Joseph Thiebes in the lab
Joseph Thiebes at NASA Glenn Research Center

Joseph Thiebes at NASA Glenn Research Center

The Portland section of the American Chemical Society interviewed me recently about my internship at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio in summer, 2015, where I worked on lithium-sulfur battery research:

Portland State chemistry student Joseph Thiebes loves materials science and explored battery technology during NASA internship

29Jul/150

Diamond Lattice Structure Pendant

The diamond lattice structure pendant by Joseph Thiebes, 2015.

Diamonds are a scam! They are very common, and rather worthless. One company has cornered the market, controlling how many diamonds are mined and how they reach the consumer. Mining for diamonds is back-breaking work, and the wages are ridiculously low.

Want to know more? Check out the video, and the new diamond lattice structure pendant by Joseph Thiebes, below:

Diamonds are a scam, and it is for this reason I have created the diamond lattice structure pendant. This pendant features the structure of diamonds, formed by carbon atoms in a specific arrangement.

Pick from a variety of materials, including everything from solid gold to white plastic and best survival knife. Shown below is the default material, blackened steel, giving the traditional appearance of carbon atom models.

The diamond lattice structure pendant by Joseph Thiebes, 2015.

The diamond lattice structure pendant by Joseph Thiebes, 2015.

The piece is about 1.5 inches across. Just loop your favorite chain through the open lattice and put it on. Science jewelry!

24Jun/150

Literacy in the Information Age

Portland Spectrum June 2015 Joseph Thiebes cover

Read this new essay about research and critical thinking in the context of the Internet, published in the June, 2015 issue of the Portland Spectrum:

Cover story: Literacy in the Information Age, by Joseph Thiebes
2Jun/150

Nobel Prize Laureate Eric Betzig

Eric Betzig, illustration by Joseph Thiebes

“I would never call myself a chemist,” said Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2014 recipient Eric Betzig.

Betzig was this year’s speaker at the annual Mark Gurevitch Memorial Lecture Series, hosted by the Physics Department at Portland State. During his lecture at Hoffman Hall on May 14, Betzig spoke about his career and his prize-winning work. Read more about Betzig's talk in this article by Joseph Thiebes, and in the video below.

25Feb/150

SWEETLab

SWEETLab 2015 by Joseph Thiebes

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.

27Jan/152

Landslide science

Scott Burns. Photo 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:

29Nov/140

Interview with an Extreme Biologist

Ken Stedman and David Goodman

Don't miss my interview and short article about the groundbreaking work of Dr. Ken Stedman and Howard Casley , whose recent research has uncovered a similarity between HIV and a type of virus that finds its home in acidic, volcanic hot springs.

18Nov/140

A holiday guide for science geeks

Finnegan's-toys-and-gifts

"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: CutterWelderMaestro

2Nov/140

GMO Labeling

Joseph Thiebes eaten by Insecta-Cobbfish

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.