Kavan, Rohan Make Scholar All-Region Team

first_imgRohan, a midfielder who was named to the All-MVC First Team in 2018 and 2019, recorded two goals and one assist this season. She scored the game-winning goal in Drake’s 1-0 victory over Valparaiso in the MVC Tournament, which helped earn her a spot on the MVC All-Tournament Team for the second year in a row. KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two Drake University women’s soccer players – Cassie Rohan and Vanessa Kavan – earned places on the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-Region teams, the organization announced Monday. Rohan received second-team distinction while Kavan was honored with third-team recognition. A senior from Palatine, Ill., Rohan maintains a 3.52 GPA as a marketing major and is scheduled to graduate in the spring. Kavan, a redshirt senior from Lincoln, Neb., recently graduated with a 3.98 GPA in marketing. She was recognized as a member of the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team for the second-consecutive year and was featured as the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week on Sept. 26. Kavan also collected Academic All-District honors this year and received the State Farm MVC Good Neighbor Award. On the field, Kavan contributed to seven shutouts as a defender. She was selected to the All-MVC First Team after registering two goals and a team-best three assists this season. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Lunar Upsets Challenge Paradigms

first_imgForty years after the last moonwalkers came home, new discoveries about the moon are calling into question what scientists know about our celestial partner.  But is it legitimate for scientists to invoke mystery forces when a favored theory faces falsifying evidence?Shocking physics:  Looking into the crystal balls Apollo astronauts brought back from the moon, namely zircon minerals, geologists at Curtin University decided their data “challenges” the “current paradigm” known as the Late Heavy Bombardment (see 1/09/2012).  PhysOrg reported about “impact-related shock features in lunar zircon, giving scientists a new conceptual framework to explain the history and timing of meteorite impact events in our solar system.”  When a “new conceptual framework” challenges a “current paradigm,” the ripple effects can undermine textbooks and other related theories.  Since theories about the “timing of meteorite impact events” are built on lunar data, this puts theories of the entire history of the solar system at risk.Alternative energy source:  The moon had a long-lasting dynamo.  That statement should floor you if you are a typical planetary scientist.  To see why, read on Space.com why physicists are scrambling to find alternative power, like homeowners frantically searching for a backup generator when the lights just went out.  The data come from crystals in basalt sample #10020 from the moon that, according to the evolutionary view of radiometric dating, is 3.7 billion years old – yet has remnant magnetism.  In their dating scheme, that’s almost a billion years after the formation of the moon.  Any primeval dynamo that could have magnetized the rock should have been long gone by then.  PhysOrg put the surprise in the first sentence: “The moon has this protracted history that’s surprising.  This provides evidence of a fundamentally new way of making a magnetic field in a planet a new power source [sic].”That quote was from Benjamin Weiss, an associate professor of planetary science at MIT, one of the authors of a paper in Science (27 January 2012: Vol. 335 no. 6067 pp. 453-456, doi: 10.1126/science.1215359).  “Such a long-lived lunar dynamo probably required a power source other than thermochemical convection from secular cooling of the lunar interior,” they wrote, referring to the consensus dynamo theory.  “The inferred strong intensity of the lunar paleofield presents a challenge to current dynamo theory.”  What powered it?  “an alternative energy source,” they suggested.  Have they found one?  No.  They tossed out a couple of possibilities at the end of the paper: maybe stirring from precession did it.  Maybe a big meteor walloped the interior into a temporary molten stir.  It hardly seems they considered those options seriously when they ended, “the late, intense paleomagnetic record from 10020 presents a challenge to current dynamo theory.”Ray tracing algorithm:  This story’s not from our moon, but from the asteroid Vesta, where the DAWN spacecraft is undertaking an orbital reconnaissance.  A new photograph displayed on PhysOrg shows a crater with both dark and light rays.  “There is dark and bright material located across Vesta,” the article said, “but it is unusual to have a crater with both bright and dark ejecta rays.”  Although the press release didn’t say so, the darkness of crater rays is usually taken as an indicator of age.  Looking at our moon, planetary scientists assume that crater rays begin bright and darken over time due to “space weathering,” the effect of solar wind particles on lunar dust.  (See, for instance, in the “Geology of the Moon” article on Ask.com, which states: “The impact process excavates high albedo materials that initially gives the crater, ejecta, and ray system a bright appearance. The process of space weathering gradually decreases the albedo of this material such that the rays fade with time.”)  The new Vesta combo crater shows that dark and light rays can originate from the same impact, potentially undermining the ray-dating algorithm.Which moon?  We may not be able to talk about “the moon” in our nighttime sky.  New Scientist just announced that “Hundreds of tiny moons may be orbiting Earth.”  The idea is that wandering asteroids may get captured in Earth orbit from time to time.  The Earth sits in a gravity well, after all, so it’s not surprising that it would pull objects into its tractor beam.  “They orbit at distances between five and 10 times as far from Earth as the moon,” the article said.  “Most stay in orbit less than a year, although some stay much longer. One object in the team’s simulations stayed in orbit for almost 900 years.”  This could provide some water cooler conversation.  When someone talks about “the moon,” you might respond, “To which moon are you referring?”  They’ll think you are Looney Tunes till you explain.  You can even quote Shakespeare; “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”Blue marble:  We end with a breathtaking finale.  The historic Apollo 8 mission in 1968 provided the first human-photographed image of the Earth from a distance.  Subsequent spacecraft have improved on “Earth from space” views over the years.  Now, an Earth-observing spacecraft launched in October, dubbed Suomi NPP, has just released a stunner – a realistic photograph of our “Blue Marble” from 512 miles that is so clear, so beautiful, it deserves to be set to music.  At Space.com you can download it for a screen save in several sizes.  At the Suomi NPP website, you can download the complete highest-resolution image (16.4 mb, 8000 x 8000 pixels) and soar over North and Central America with incredible detail (for starters, check out Lake Mead, Grand Canyon and Lake Powell).  Because the spacecraft flies in a sun-synchronous orbit (see Suomi NPP feature), we can expect more fully-lit images of other faces of our planet as Earth rotates underneath.Look at the Blue Marble photograph and ponder it awhile.  Think about the proud little creatures running around down there who pretend they can understand the cosmos.(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Apartment Owner Makes Unusually Big Push for Solar

first_imgAt Home Apartments is betting that the timing is right for a major investment in photovoltaic (PV) systems for buildings it owns in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. A 148-kilowatt PV array was recently installed at one of those buildings, the CityVue Apartments in Eagan.The solar panels, installed by Innovative Power Systems, cover the roof of a parking lot next to the 11-story, 113-unit building, Midwestern Energy News reports. They PV panels part of an expansive renewable energy plan calling for the investment of $1.6 million for 526 kW of solar electric capacity this year alone.“We thought we could make a meaningful contribution so that when we add (solar) to our marketing platform it’s not just paying lip service to being green,” said Alan Spaulding, a partner in At Home Apartments. “Additionally, in my view, there’s a perfect storm. The cost per kilowatt has come down. There are good public subsidies for it.”In fact, Spaulding adds, there’s really no downside to adding solar. Interest rates are low (in the mid-3% range), and the solar arrays increase the value of the properties while lowering operating costs.Eric Pasi of Innovative Power Systems said that his firm has installed solar panels for a handful of other apartment owners, but the practice isn’t common.“You don’t see a ton of multifamily buildings doing solar,” he said. “They [At Home Apartments] are doing more than what we’re seeing from other apartment complex owners.”Apartment building roofs aren’t big enough to accommodate arrays much larger than 40 kW, Spaulding said. Garage roofs, with an absence of obstructions such as plumbing stacks and AC equipment, can handle much larger installations.last_img read more

All You Need to Know About Money…Fits on a What?

first_imgBy Carol ChurchThis post is part of an ongoing series to support our annual upcoming three-day learning event. The Personal Finance Virtual Learning Event will be held June 5-7 and this year will focus on the soft skills financial professionals need to effectively meet the needs of their clients and students. Learn more and register for sessions here.Financial professionals have a difficult job. It sometimes feels like there is so much information to get out there…and so much misinformation to combat. To add to the problem, few Americans possess a great deal of financial literacy, and math literacy also is a challenge for many. At times, it may feel like we are not making much headway in our efforts to help people live a more financially sound life.With all this in mind, what would you say if someone told you that most, or all, of the principles of sound financial management could fit on a single index card? If you haven’t heard about this, it’s the principle behind a book by Harold Pollack, a professor of public policy who said off-handedly in an interview that all the financial advice most people really need could be written on an index card and was available for free. When people started asking for this (at that point, nonexistent) card, Pollack actually made one. Over time, he’s refined his “index card” principles a bit more.Though this idea may sound gimmicky, I recently listened to a podcast featuring an interview with Pollack and was favorably impressed. So–could distilling financial management down to “bite size” work for you and those you serve?The original “index card” principles were:Max out your employer retirement fund.Save 10-20% of what you earn.Pay your credit balance in full monthly.Don’t buy individual stocks. Buy cheap mutual funds instead.Make sure your financial advisor follows the fiduciary standard.Watch the fees on funds you invest in.Put lots of money into savings account with tax advantages, like Roth IRAs and 529s.Support the social safety net, which helps those who need it.These brief and generally sound tips could be pretty useful to many. However, any savvy reader will notice that these ideas seem to mostly apply to higher-income Americans. After all, millions of people out there wouldn’t recognize a mutual fund if one bit them on the leg, and are not in a place to save 20% of their income.Pollack received criticism along these lines, so he got some advice from financial experts and added another “card” focused on budgeting. It includes the following general principles:Wait till the time is right to buy a house.Don’t bother with credit card rewards programs.Increase your insurance deductibles.Pay cash whenever possible.Buy used cars.Research before you buy.Track and analyze your spending.Spend wisely when it comes to entertainment.An additional “card” Pollack developed offered yet more tips, such as “Don’t take financial advice from celebrities,” “Use your income tax return wisely,” and “Make financial goals that you want to meet.”So. Do these tips sound familiar? Perhaps a bit basic? That might be because those of us in the financial field have heard most of them many times.However, there is a powerful appeal to the idea of “this is all you need to know” and “it will fit on this tiny piece of paper.” (Even if it’s actually several tiny pieces of paper.)Simplifying complex concepts is almost always a good idea, as is taking time to focus on the major “take-home messages” you want to impart. Though the concepts you are trying to teach may not fit on one card, the financial “index card” concept may be useful to communicators, who can take it and modify it to fit their needs.If you’re interested in learning more about Pollack’s idea, the book is called “The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to be Complicated.”References:Arnold, C. (2016). Can the best financial tips fit on an index card?Friedman, Z. (2017). 9 Simple Money Rules All On 1 Index Card.Klein, E. (2013). This 4×6 index card has all the financial advice you’ll ever need.Pollack, H. (2017). Ways to tame your finances.last_img read more

Jamaica to Host ECPA Energy Summit in 2019

first_img Extending appreciation to President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet and the Minister of Energy, Hon. Andres Rebelledo and his team, in partnership with the OAS, for guiding ECPA over the past two years, she noted that Chile has handed Jamaica the baton with a running start. She expressed confidence that Jamaica will also provide strong leadership. Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Her Excellency Audrey Marks, made the announcement as she addressed the opening plenary of the 3rd Ministerial Meeting of ECPA, at Viña del Mar, just outside Santiago, Chile, on September 7. Jamaica is to host the 5th Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), scheduled to be held in 2019. Story Highlights Jamaica is to host the 5th Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), scheduled to be held in 2019.Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Her Excellency Audrey Marks, made the announcement as she addressed the opening plenary of the 3rd Ministerial Meeting of ECPA, at Viña del Mar, just outside Santiago, Chile, on September 7.The Ambassador spoke of the continued commitment of the Government towards energy diversification and access, and reduced cost to the population.She said Jamaica looks forward to the next two years of leading the work of the ECPA in partnership with the team at the Development Secretariat of the OAS.“The region is rich in natural resources and we will seek to optimize this potential through various activities that will make the Americas a leader in the new energy paradigm,” the Ambassador said.Extending appreciation to President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet and the Minister of Energy, Hon. Andres Rebelledo and his team, in partnership with the OAS, for guiding ECPA over the past two years, she noted that Chile has handed Jamaica the baton with a running start. She expressed confidence that Jamaica will also provide strong leadership.“I am very heartened by the expressions of support from the partners of this initiative at the United States Department of Energy and Department of State as well as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank delegations,” the Ambassador said.Also addressing the meeting were President Bachelet and the Secretary General of the OAS, Ambassador Luis Almagro.President Bachelet highlighted the necessity of energy access and her country’s commitment towards more sustainable energy, and supporting the guiding principles and Action Plan of the ECPA.During the opening ceremony, representatives from several countries made presentations in support of the seven pillars of the ECPA.The seven pillars include: promoting renewable energy; improving energy efficiency; making more efficient use of fossil fuels; creating energy infrastructure; reducing energy poverty; promoting regional energy integration; and developing energy research and innovation.Its Mission is to promote regional energy cooperation through different strategies and actions to achieve a cleaner, safer, efficient, modern and fair energy deployment, while the Vision is one of shared leadership in the implementation of energy initiatives and the exchange of experiences within the countries of the Americas, in support of energy development objectives.The ECPA is supported by a Technical Coordination Unit led by the Department of Sustainable Development of the OAS.last_img read more