Engineers Without Borders works toward clean water for Ecuador community

first_imgThe Notre Dame chapter of Engineers Without Borders contributed to budding engineering developments abroad in a winter break trip to Ecuador this year.The social service organization is currently in the middle of a five-year partnership with the San Pedro de Suma community in Ecuador. With the assistance of its parent organization, Engineers Without Borders USA, and the mentorship of two engineering professionals, the club has developed a sustainable project in terms of assessment, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Cristina Interiano | The Observer President of Engineers Without Borders at Notre Dame senior Madelyn Wesoloski believes the personal relationship the club establishes with the community is essential to the success of the project. “There were two projects over winter break that we implemented,” Wesloski said. “We did chlorination at the two schools there and the town really liked it. Because the town was excited about chlorination, it will now be community-wide, which will be another assessment trip. We can extend our commitment with the community a bit, but we try to fit what we can in there. We travel there at least once a year, because if not, they can lose faith in you and you won’t seem invested.”The club started planning for this implementation trip last year. As part of the preparation process, club members did alternative analyses work for the water chlorinator and the wall they built around the schools to prevent animals from getting in (and students from leaving). During the fall, students prepared designs and calculations for the projects.Project lead and senior Jen Lies emphasized that Engineers Without Borders is focused on improving the health and welfare of those in the community. After the club’s assessment trip last year, they determined the water chlorinator was not just something the community wanted, but a pressing need and a project that the club could feasibly do.“Water chlorination is important because there is E. coli in the water. Wastewater treatment there is poor,” Lies said. “The chlorinator hasn’t gone live yet, but we are looking to increase health and general well-being of the community through the quality of water. We got to see designs we had been working on for entire year come into reality, which was awesome. We couldn’t have done it without the strength of partners who are volunteers and community contractors. It was great to see teamwork despite the bumps in the road.”Prior to the winter break implementation trip to Ecuador, members of the club created pamphlets about water chlorination in Spanish for the community to address the stigma associated with water chlorination. They also wrote maintenance and operation manuals so that town members could effectively use the systems. Wesoloski said the San Pedro de Suma community having a hands-on role in the project will ultimately lead to the successful implementation and effective use of the water chlorinator.“One cool thing is that last year the community was unsure about chlorine and water treatment system. Now, they’re asking if we can do it on a community-wide scale. They bought into water treatment as a whole,” Wesoloski said. “The wall was built by local contractors and labor was from the community. That’s another part of this. We don’t go in and do isolated things, but we involve local people and the economy with the projects. They have a lot of local knowledge that makes projects more effective.”Looking towards the future, Engineers Without Borders is expanding their work to projects in South Bend and increasing fundraising to accommodate the growing club. “We want to make sure people are comfortable and have access to the resources they need,” sophomore and treasurer Mike Marino said. “We hope our students learn a lot about the engineering process. Not just how it feels to interact with the community, but also what it feels [like] to make an impact. It is such a fun process with a lot of cooperation, and we know our work has an impact. We do the numbers, help communities with discernment and figure out what it means to be an engineer.”Engineers Without Borders meets Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in Duncan Student Center. Tags: Engineers Without Borders, San Pedro de sumalast_img read more

Millwall’s Cowan-Hall set to return to training

first_imgParis Cowan-Hall is expected to return to training in the next week.The Millwall forward, from Hillingdon, has been struggling with a groin injury and has not featured for the Lions for almost a month.“Paris is recovering well from the injury to his groin and is on course to rejoin the training group within a week,” Millwall physiotherapist Bobby Bacic confirmed to the club’s website.Cowan-Hall, 25, has yet to start a match for Millwall since joining them from Wycombe in January.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Two Fossil Explosions Are Better than One

first_img“If one is good, two is better” might work with cookies, but not with headaches.  Evolutionary paleontologists have just gotten a second headache and seem almost happy about it.  How can this be?  Read this article in Science Daily to learn how some evolutionists seem to be masochists.  As if the Cambrian Explosion were not a big enough problem for Darwinian gradualistic views (04/23/2006, 03/28/2007) here comes the Precambrian Explosion.    Using the evolutionists’ geologic timescale, it appears that fossils of mysterious organisms called the Ediacaran biota appeared abruptly without precursors.  Although this problem has been known before (see 12/23/2002, 08/19/2004), a team of scientists from Virginia Tech decided to check out the paleontology and diversity of these organisms that appeared, diversified within limits, and then went extinct some 15 to 40 million years before the Cambrian “radiation” (a scientific euphemism for explosion).  They published their ‘dynamite’ results in Science.1  Because the Avalon group is the earliest of three assemblages of Ediacara, each of which appears abruptly, they dubbed the phenomenon of their sudden appearance “the Avalon explosion.”    Nowhere did they account for this phenomenon in Darwinian terms.  Nor did they even consider pre-empting the charge that might surely come from creationists who would argue this amounts to a double falsification of evolutionary theory.  Instead, they began to see a pattern: if abrupt appearance is the norm, maybe this is how evolution works!  In the new view, evolution simply explodes life into morphospace (i.e., the space of possible body plans).  The final paragraph of the paper explains:What might have led to the rapid morphospace expansion in the Avalon assemblage, and what might have constrained the Ediacara morphospace from further expansion or shift in the subsequent White Sea and Nama assemblages?  We consider a long, undocumented period of Ediacara history before the Avalon assemblage to be unlikely.  The rapid increase of morphospace at the beginning of Ediacara evolution parallels the disparity patterns of the Cambrian explosion: a rapid evolution of body plans followed by taxonomic diversification within the limits of a predefined morphospace.  Various environmental, ecological, and developmental factors have been proposed to explain the rapid evolution of animal body plans during the Cambrian explosion, as well as to account for post-Cambrian constraints on modifications of these basic body plans despite taxonomic diversification.  In principle, these explanations may also be applied to the Avalon radiation…. Regardless of the veracity of these causative explanations, the marked parallels between the Cambrian and Avalon explosions suggest that the decoupling of taxonomic and morphological evolution is not unique to the Cambrian explosion and that the Avalon explosion represents an independent, failed experiment with an evolutionary pattern similar to that of the Cambrian explosion.The way one co-author put it, “Accelerated rates may characterize the early evolution of many groups of organisms.”  Evolution itself was never in any doubt.  Now they “know” that evolution works at accelerated rates.  Darwin had insisted that evolution was slow, operating by the “gradual accumulation of numerous, successive, slight modifications.”    Science Daily indicated that the team was surprised at what they found.  “Surprisingly, … these earliest Ediacara life forms already occupied a full morphological range of body plans that would ever be realized through the entire history of Ediacara organisms,” the article says.  They knew Charles Darwin had been concerned about the Cambrian explosion way back in the 19th century.  Now, here was another explosion just like it.  His branching tree pattern, or expanding cone of diversity, is wrong:“The explosive evolutionary pattern was a concern to Charles Darwin, because he expected that evolution happens at a slow and constant pace,” said Shuhai Xiao, associate professor of geobiology at Virginia Tech.  “Darwin’s perception could be represented by an inverted cone with ever expanding morphological range, but the fossil record of the Cambrian Explosion and since is better represented by a cylinder with a morphological radiation at the base and morphological constraint afterwards.”How can a cylinder with all the radiation at the base be reconciled with an evolutionary view?  The scientists did not attempt to answer that question.  “Scientists are still unsure what were the driving forces behind the rapid morphological expansion during the Avalon explosion,” the article ended.  Xiao commented, “But, one thing seems certain — the evolution of earliest macroscopic and complex life also went through an explosive event before to [sic] the Cambrian Explosion.” 1.  Shen, Dong, Xiao and Kowalewski, “The Avalon Explosion: Evolution of Ediacara Morphospace,” Science, 4 January 2008: Vol. 319. no. 5859, pp. 81-84, DOI: 10.1126/science.1150279.OK, that’s it.  It’s over.  Darwinists, give up!  How many times does the evidence have to falsify your theory before you admit that this little worldview experiment was a bad trip?  We are no longer going to allow you to believe in free lunches (08/07/2007).    For an experience in complete bewilderment at the propensity for the human mind to cling to a false belief, read the Science Daily article in its entirety.  This team of scientists has just seen a very non-evolutionary picture staring them in the face, and all they can see is evolution.  “Well, what do you know – evolution proceeds explosively instead of gradually!”  It’s enough to make one despair of the human condition.  To despair even more, ponder the fact that these falsifications of Darwinism keep appearing at the very time the Darwinists and all the leading scientific societies are on the warpath to stamp out all opposition to evolutionary teaching (see 01/02/2008 entry and a story on Evolution News).  The inmates are running the asylum.    Cryptanalysts look at noise for evidence of a message.  Archaeologists look at markings to look for evidence of an intelligent culture.  Intelligent design scientists look at patterns in improbable structures for evidence of purposeful intent.  SETI scientists look at stellar noise for evidence of a signal.  Darwinists look at signals for evidence of noise.(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Hewlett-Packard Banks on Alliances as Web 2.0 Meets the World of Unified Communications

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market alex williams A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Hewlett-Packard is banking on alliances as the unified communications market hits its stride and Web 2.0 technologies become ingrained into voice services and other data networks within the enterprise.Unified communications is the convergence of voice, data, instant messaging and presence technologies. It is one of the broadest terms that we come across but it is providing context as collaboration services and mobile technologies leverage the social Web.For example, the ability to use Twitter to trigger voice mail is an example of how traditional communications systems are adapting to the advent of Web 2.0 technologies.HP is seeking to gain on Cisco in the networking market by focusing on unified communications through interoperability efforts and alliances. It sees Web 2.0 technologies as messaging systems that can go to any device through any network.In terms of alliances, HP and Avaya have entered into a three-year partnership. HP will sell Avaya’s Unffied Communications solutions, including Avaya’s Aura plarform. Avaya is the leading vendor in the VOIP market. Avaya Aura launched last year. it provides the control of voice, video, messaging, presence and Web applications.HP also has partnerships with Alcatel-Lucent and Microsoft to provide networking and unified communications.HP’s is forming these alliances with multiple partners as the enterprise market opens and the capabilities for using Facebook, Twitter and other services become ways to communicate through voice networks.That is coupled with the deeper use of collaboration and mobile technologies.According to IDC, the number of mobile workers worldwide will reach almost 1.2 billion. That’s in large part due to the migration to unified communications.The collaboration space is also expected to boom. But there’s a catch. There are few, if any, collaboration standards. That can make any integration a process that requires matching vendors capabilities. Plug and play is still pretty much a concept.As Mike Vizard points out:“Right now, the few standards that exist in the collaboration space are built mostly around existing messaging protocols and growing industry support for SIP. But not all vendors implement even these standards equally well, and the providers of online services are notorious for providing APIs with limited data-sharing capabilities. That means that IT services companies in this space such as IBM, Avaya and Siemens, which will shortly demonstrate some interoperability between its unified communications platform and Twitter, are being asked to do the heavy lifting by building custom connectors between services.”That’s in large part why a company like HP needs to form alliances. Customers need to know the networking vendors they pick can make the connection to Web 2.0 services.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#enterprise#web#Web 2.0 last_img read more

My New Friend, El Gato

first_imgThe last thing I wanted in this world was a cat.The picture you see here is my family’s new cat. I named him “El Gato.” My youngest daughter asked me if we could adopt a cat from the Delaware County Animal Shelter. She said she wanted to adopt “some old boy that nobody wants.” How could I say no? She found an 8-year old cat named Blaze, and we went and visited him.My little one liked old Blaze, so I filled out the paperwork. But when I handed in the paperwork, the volunteer’s face told me something was wrong. Someone had filled out paperwork and claimed Blaze 15 minutes earlier. So my little girl looked around and found this kitten. He was too old to get the attention of the young kids who were interested in the smaller kittens, all of whom were gone almost immediately. El Gato was aloof, asleep, and not happy about her pulling him out of the big cage where he lived alone.So we sprung El Gato.There were six or seven dogs locked up at the shelter. One was a two-year old terrier-lab mix named Boo. He was a sweet and very sad dog. I would have brought him home with me if I could have, but that wasn’t a possibility. So as I paid for El Gato, I asked to pay for Boo, too. The volunteer thanked me for paying for Boo, and she confirmed my assumption that my having paid for him would make it easier and faster for him to find a home. I checked the website, and it looks Boo found a home, too.Last night, El Gato jumped on my chest at 4:00 AM and started purring like a machine. I swear he was trying to steal my breath. Then, he walked across my pillow and onto my bedside table. His fur is very black, but I could make out his head stuffed into my glass of water. Then he came back and licked my head. I pushed him away and he slept on my wife’s pillow for awhile. Then he went back to my glass of water, and as he was finishing his second drink, he knocked the glass over, drenching the books on my table.I woke up to El Gato wrapped around my arm, playfully biting me. Yeah, that’s the kitten, El Gato.It’s the Holiday season. You are going to be giving and receiving gifts. You are going to be celebrating with the people you love. But there are souls that are less fortunate than we are.The charity of my choice here in Columbus is called Faith Mission. They feed and give shelter to as many as 400 homeless families every night. It costs them a couple bucks per person to feed each person a meal. I also help a program here in our school district that feeds kids whose families don’t have enough food to feed them over the weekends (Share BacAPac).I also support Ohio Rottweiler Rescue. I don’t own Rottweilers and never have. But Gayla, the proprietor, literally goes out and rescues abused dogs, often releasing them from the trees that they have been chained to for years. One dog she rescued just had to have a bullet removed from its neck. The bullet was put there by the owner who left him chained up to a tree for his entire life. Gayla has 15 or 16 dogs she cares for now.You and I can’t do as much to help as we wish we could. But each of us can do something. No matter how small, we can make a difference. Even if we don’t believe that what we have to offer is enough to make the difference, it does.Practice gratitude this holiday season. Be charitable. Know that what you do makes a difference.last_img read more

BHU to relax curfew timings for girls

first_imgAfter a sustained movement, there could soon be good news for girls in the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) as the varsity is likely to relax their hostel curfew timings. The varsity resumed classes on Tuesday after a vacation break, which was advanced by three days due to the turmoil on the campus after protests over alleged molestation of a woman student turned violent.Senior administrative sources in the BHU told The Hindu that a proposal was in motion to extend the hostel outdoor timings from 8 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. for girls’ hostels. Inmates of girls’ hostels have been demanding equal curfew timings, arguing that the 10 p.m. deadline for boys was discriminatory and arbitrary. In addition, the girls would be provided a half-an-hour grace period under special circumstances, which means the timing for boys and girls would be relatively at par. It must be noted that not all hostels, especially those in the medical department, face restrictions.The Varanasi administration has assured the varsity that the new timings for girls would be “safe,” a senior BHU official said. Consensus reachedThe administrative wardens and Dean of Students would meet in the next couple of days to discuss the change in rules, over which “a consensus” had already been reached. “The point has come for girls to feel that they are not trapped in time restrictions. They should not feel like they are in a jail,” the official said.Meanwhile, the high-power probe committee of retired Allahabad High Court judge Justice V.K. Dikshit started investigation and has appealed to students, professors, journalists who are witness to the lathicharge to submit their written statements.80% attendanceClasses at the Central University resumed on Tuesday with around 80% of hostel inmates and students back on campus, said proctor Shraddha Singh.BHU chief proctor Royana Singh, at the front of the change, said the varsity was taking steps to make the campus safer and has so far installed 68 cameras on campus, including 24 at the six entrances. The varsity has also deployed quick reaction teams on the campus to react to molestation and eve-teasing cases. Ms. Singh claimed the response was good so far.“Last evening, a girl alerted the QRT that three boys were lurking in the bushes near her hostel and called for help. The QRT acted on it and was able to identify the boys,” she said.last_img read more