Archives—September 2012

Distinguished Ecologist Lecture: Food webs in river networks: towards predictive mapping

Distinguished Ecologists Lecture Thursday, September 27, 2012
Mary Power, Professor; Department of Integrative Biology, University of California Berkeley
“Food webs in river networks: towards predictive mapping” Her research in tropical and temperate rivers untangles the complex connections in food webs, species interactions, and watershed dynamics.
At 12:30 p.m. on Thursday September 27th in G002, Hesterberg Hall in the U. J. Noblet Building; Cosponsored by the Center for Water and Society and the Visiting Women and Minority Lecture Series

Richard Honrath Memorial Lecture: Oct. 1

Richard Honrath Memorial Lecture and Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar, Monday, Oct. 1 at 4:00 pm at M&M U115:
Dr. Guy Brasseur, German Climate Service Center and the Advanced Study Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research

Title: “From Climate Science to Earth System Stewardship”

Over the last 30 years, tremendous progress has been made in our
understanding of the processes that govern the evolution of the Earth
System and specifically the climate system. The influence of the human
enterprise has been so large that we are entering in a new period of our
geological history dominated by human impacts, now called the
Anthropocene. The talk will review some of the major impacts of human
activities on the Earth System. It will highlight key challenges that
have been posed to the scientific community in the last century
(predicting weather, projecting climate, improving air quality, etc.),
and discuss successes and failures. The challenges for the future are
very different; they will be directly related to the major issues facing
our society under climate change: a transformation of the energy system,
the need to ensure food security and water availability, the improvement
of the health and education systems and the eradication of poverty.
Government and international organizations have attempted to address a
number of major environmental issues, but successes have been limited.
Planetary stewardship requires new interdisciplinary approaches, two-way
communication between scientists and stakeholders. The science will play
a fundamental role in addressing these issues, but the traditional
climate and environmental research much be complemented by a well
designed approach to adaptation to planetary changes.

The Lecture is supported by the Earth Planetary and Space Sciences
Institute (EPSSI) and the Honrath Memorial Fund. The fund provides
support for the Richard E. Honrath Memorial Lecture and for
undergraduate and graduate students whose major and/or research
demonstrate a commitment to protecting the environment and/or the
pursuit of knowledge about our earth’s natural forces. Lecturers are
internationally recognized scholars in the arena of Atmospheric
Sciences who will interact substantially with students during their

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar: Sep 20

Scott Patterson, P.E. chief engineer, Acrow Corporation, Parsippany, NJ
Title: “Acrow Products and Solutions for the Construction Industry”
Thursday, September 20, 2012, 4 pm Dow 641

About Acrow:
Acrow Corporation has been incorporated in the United States since 1951 with its headquarters in the State of New Jersey. Acrow is an industry world leader that specializes in the design, manufacture, and supply of modular prefabricated steel Acrow Bridges and Superprop Shoring Systems.
Acrow Bridges make use of the most current technologies in this 21st century when creating the prefabricated modular steel Acrow Bridge. Three dimensional computer modeling is performed during the design process to ensure load capacities. All Acrow Bridges are certified to be manufactured under the quality assurance standards of ISO9001 and American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC); thus, assuring the highest level of quality. Our customers have used Acrow Bridges for many types of applications including permanent bridges, temporary bridges, emergency bridges, railroad bridges, mining bridges, heavy haul off road vehicle bridges, pedestrian bridges, movable bridges, overpass bridges, pipe bridges and many other styles of bridges. Acrow Bridges have been sold to over fifty countries around the globe, all of the States in the USA, and all of the Provinces of Canada.
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Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar: Sep 13

CE Graduate Seminar Series – Fall, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 4:05 pm @ Room 641 Dow
Speaker: Bonnie E. Zwissler, Michigan Tech CEE graduate student in geotechnical engineering
Seminar Title: The Impact of Freeze-Thaw on Cliff Recession at the Calvert Cliffs
Bonnie will trace the geological as well as recent history of this area on Maryland’s west shore of Chesapeake Bay. She will describe the development of her work, including last summer’s field studies, and explain her hypothesis for the natural cliff recession in this area.

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar: Sep 6

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar, Dow ESE 641, 4 pm September 6, 2012
Dr. Dale Tahtinen will speak on the interactions possible between civil and environmental engineers and both state and federal legislators. He will also discuss how we (engineers) can be most effective in influencing legislation. I’m sure that some of his commentary will raise questions, and he has requested that questions from the audience can be raised at any time. Dr. Tahtinen has a great deal of experience interacting with elected and appointed officials ranging from the President of the United States to state staff members.