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RealClimateGW [SURE Stories]

7 May

–This post is written by UHP students and SURE Award winners Alec Nadeau, Emilia Totzeva,Colleen Tan, and Sameer Aggarwal.

Emilia Totzeva, Alec Nadeau, Sameer Agarwal, and Colleen Tan

The team members of RealClimateGW that have been focused on creating a kiosk have progressed a long way since we received the SURE Award in February of this year.

The kiosk itself, intended to create greater awareness of our efforts to build a more climate conscious community, consists of a programmed IPad mounted in a form of kiosk. At the time of our grant application we had already built a functional and appealing website, but we felt like we needed a way to get our message to the GW student body more effectively. We therefore have already refined an IPad program that will allow us to display an adapted version of our website, with some bonus features, in a way that can catch the attention of the casual passerby and keep that person informed on the local status of Climate Change. Continue reading

Continuity, Change, and the Evolution of the Federal Minimum Wage [SURE Stories]

3 May

Jonathan Robinson

–This post was written by UHP student and SURE Award winner Jonathan Robinson.

“What do you know about lobbying?” Hanley asked.

“A lot,” Juliano responded. “You know how much time I’ve spent in the lobby of the Palmer House.”

This summer I was the fortunate recipient of a Luther Rice Collaborative Research Fellowship to work on a paper with then Chair of the Political Science Department and now Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Forrest Maltzman. The paper that was born out of that collaboration is my paper Continuity, Change, and the Evolution of the Federal Minimum Wage, 1937-2010. While the paper is in part motivated by my interest in the politics of social policy, the greater motivation of the project was to study empirically how policies change after they are enacted. The tendency for a policy to move from it’s original intention is called policy drift. Continue reading

Making Climate Change Real [SURE Stories]

23 Apr

–This post is written by Valerie Rodden and Allison Paisner, UHP students and SURE Award winner–

Allison and Valerie placing the carbon dioxide sensor into the climate light house in Prof. Miller's lab.

Neither of us imagined that we would be actively working to combat climate change through the creation and installation of a carbon dioxide sensing device on our campus in the fall of our freshman year. We signed up for the course, Making Climate Change Real, because we have a genuine interest in the changing climate and wanted to learn more about the effects that human activity has on the environment. We accurately predicted that through this course we would learn all about climate change, greenhouse gases, and global warming, but we didn’t gather this information from a textbook or a lecture. Instead, we gained this knowledge from intensive research, class discussions and hands on data gathering through the creation of a carbon dioxide sensing post. Continue reading

How To: Get $500 from the UHP

8 Dec

UHP/Sigelman Undergraduate Research Enhancement Award (SURE) is the best way to get free money from the UHP.

The deadline to apply this year is January 17, 2011, which means that you should probably get started now on brainstorming for good ideas (fly somewhere to study some people or an event? Attend a conference? Order some chemicals and decode the secrets of DNA?)  The possibilities are endless, and the money is free!

Keep reading for more info, or read about the award here.

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Sush and her Amazing Device from the Future [SURE Winner]

1 Sep
Sushmitha Rajeevan

Sushmitha Rajeevan -- SURE Award Winner

Last year, Sush won a SURE award from the UHP.  She’s using the funds to help her team create a device that we’ve only seen before in science fiction movies — a totally mobile life systems monitor.  I like to imagine it’ll be like the wrist strap Jack Harkness wears (Torchwood fans, anyone?)  Keep reading to hear Sush better explain the awesomeness.

As all good engineering students know, all the classes taken, all the exams passed and all the problems completed are worthless if those lessons cannot be applied in creating a working device. So, all senior engineering students are set on the grueling and satisfying (in retrospect) task of designing, building and testing a capstone project. The project is at once the key to graduation and an invaluable opportunity to leave a mark in this world.

For my senior design project, my partners and I are implementing a wireless human health monitor: a medical device specifically intended to allow the wearer mobility while still continuously recording and analyzing vital signs.

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