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  • And, yet, engineers continue to work on ways to clean up the ocean gyres. In days gone by, no one thought going to the Moon, let alone Mars, would ever be possible. Decades later, who would have thought a palm-sized electronic device would hold ...

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  • This may be a solution, but I think it's needs to be put into a more robust decision framework including clarity on the problem being solved and alternatives. It also calls for deep issue raising and evaluation across both the full range of issue space ...

  • The idea is very simple in concept – but no doubt daringly novel. Hope it will work, although as far as the material is concerned, the efficacy of polypropylene with other reinforcements was questioned ( e.g. by Konrad Mech). But seems to be working ...

  • I think we should layout the various alternatives, determine the extraneous constraints & consequences and t select that ones that give us the biggest bang for the buck.  This is the standard approach to engineering problems.  in this case what ...

  • There are 3 possible issues with this approach. Polypropylene is a hydrocarbon product and ironically requires oil extraction and refining to produce. Blankets like this would have to be UV stabilized.  The best UV stabilizer is carbon black which ...

  • Dear Bevin, as I was reading your article, I had the same thought about plastic. Wouldn't it be wonderful to harvest the plastic from the ocean gyres to make blankets?! Therese Baer, P.E. ------------------------------ Therese Baer P.E., M.ASCE President ...

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  • I recently read an article from the Washington Post which contained the following excerpt: "Climate scientist Jason Box has proposed covering Greenland's glaciers with white blankets to reflect sunlight, keeping the ice frozen. In a documentary ...

  • Jeff,     Check out Fairview, TN. Most homes have private grinder pumps. ------------------------------ Kenneth Wolfe P.E., M.ASCE Vice-President SCA Gallatin TN ------------------------------

  • ​I am working on a municipal project that includes reconstruction and/or relocation of sanitary sewer trunklines serving several neighborhoods in a hilly area.  All of the existing residences currently connect to the existing trunklines via gravity sewer ...

  • This is very interesting, Hydrologist and other consultant engineering may found this challenging to provide engineering solutions and options to eliminate those compounds. And so I make a little research about that and this is what I found. This stability ...

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  • Fellowships for HydroLearn Virtual Watershed and Hackathon

    HydroLearn, an NSF-sponsored project, is pleased to invite hydrology and water resources instructors to participate in the HydroLearn 2021 Virtual Workshop and hackathon to be held during July 12 - 16 & 19 – 21. The workshop is based on applying research-based pedagogical approaches to the collaborative development of active learning content for teaching hydrology and water resources courses.  Participants receive a $3,000 fellowship and are expected to work with other instructors to develop a HydroLearn module to use in their own teaching.  Participants will use the HydroLearn online platform (www.hydrolearn.org) to collaboratively develop and share new undergraduate and entry-level graduate course material.

    Following a "hackathon" approach, the workshop will start with training on the development of content for HydroLearn and the research-based pedagogical approaches it uses, followed by collaborative work in small groups (2 to 3) on module development with the goal to complete the development of modules that each fellow could use in their own teaching at their home institution. 

    See the full workshop announcement, and link to apply, at https://www.hydrolearn.org/summer-hackathon-2021.  Application deadline is May 14, 2021.  You can learn more about the 2020 HydroLearn Hackathon and the modules that were developed by 30 participating faculty members https://www.hydrolearn.org/community-page.  

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