Friday, January 9, 2015

Ready for the new semester?

Monday is the big day, the start of a new Unity College semester. My own first class will be Tuesday, 8am. I'm looking forward to it.

Some upcoming student engagement highlights of our SEM program and related activities:
  • The Bibles Farm turbine is up and running (see below). We will be visiting at the earliest opportunity.
  • An in-class climate research project in GL4003 Global Change, with the cooperation of leading climate scientist Dr. Judith Lean at the Navy Lab. We'll be studying the impact of World War I and II on the ocean and land surface temperature series. We -- Unity College students and myself in last semester Economics and Quantitative Analysis class -- found an interesting and statistical significant effect, probably publishable, whereby the basic (L & R 2009) model is more skillful if you exclude these years. How come? What happened? Probably some of the data was messed up by wartime difficulties. We'd like to know for sure.
  • Student projects in Physics, Heat, Magnetism and Electricity. We'll be highlighting some of our new developments in electronics, robotics, and 3D printing, using our "maker-space" in the former Physics Lab.
  • Community-based learning projects in IC 3413 Environmental Scenarios and Solutions. We'll be partnering with various providers of community energy advice to see how we can help make Maine run on more renewable energy and be more energy efficient.

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