Do you have an idea for a cutting-edge technology that could protect the environment while growing the economy? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering college professors and their students an opportunity to turn ideas into reality through its P3 (People, Prosperity and the Planet) grants competition. EPA’s P3 is a student design competition for sustainability that is now in its third year. Previous P3 winners have already taken their innovations to the next level – including starting successful businesses, winning additional awards, and providing environmental solutions to developing countries.
The P3 request for ideas will be open from August 15 to December 21, 2006 deadline. Interdisciplinary student teams will compete for $10,000 grants to research and develop their design projects during the 2007-2008 academic year. EPA expects to award approximately 100 new grants from the eligible applications in the summer of 2007.
Then, in spring 2008, all P3 grant recipients will be invited to Washington, D.C., to compete for the P3 Award. The National Academies, advisors to the nation on science, engineering, and medicine, convene a panel to evaluate and recommend the winners of additional funding (up to $75,000) to further develop the design, implement the project in the field, and move it to the marketplace. The judges look for design innovation and technical merit along with relevant social, economic and environmental considerations that are key to sustainable designs. Approximately six P3 Award winners will be chosen by the EPA.
The P3 competition is open to teams of students attending colleges, universities and other post-secondary educational institutions. Interdisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged, including representatives from multiple engineering departments and/or departments of chemistry, architecture, industrial design, economics, policy, social sciences, business, etc. Collaboration and partnerships with colleges and universities outside the United States are permitted, but only U.S. educational institutions are eligible to apply.
A year ago I heard the news announcement about John McCain’s pick for his VP2B– I nearly fell out of bed (and I have a futon) because I knew more about governing than Sarah Palin and I knew I wasn’t prepared to be President.
The national media had trouble pronouncing Palin’s name and suddenly everyone was searching for the city of Nowhere, Alaska.
See Mudflats take– A Year of Sarah Palin. What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been.
- Where is… Palin and bridge to Nowhere Alaska
- Sarah Palin content
- Where is… Wasilla (Gov. Sarah Palin’s residence)
Most important blog event of the year 2008 seems to have been sometime between 28 August and 29 August, I guess. [where is Nowhere, Alaska ]
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Gem asked several interesting questions on the Ringworm post about how much “housekeeping” is safe and reasonable and what additional steps could be taken for habitat ringworm. That is, if one does the usual steps to prevent the fungus and looks for the obvious culprits, what else can one prudently do?
I’m reluctant to offer any other suggestions as I am at the limit of my knowledge. A couple of things to keep in mind–
- People are very large (micro)organisms. So what kills fungus, bacteria, etc. will also disrupt the big stuff (us) with a large enough dose or frequent enough application or mixed with something else. Much the way chemotherapy can be said to kill the cancer cells but just before it kills the body, there needs to be a careful balance between treatment and over-treatment.
- Be sure you know what you are dealing with. Lots of conditions look similar but may have different causes and thus different treatments. For ringworm, I would rely on someone skilled in diagnosing different kinds of skin lesions.
I asked the veterinary Worms-and-germs folks http://www.wormsandgermsblog.com/ to do a post or commentary here about ringworm but haven’t heard back, yet.
On topic and timely, Olympic ringsworm–
J&J Wins Favored Status By Curing Statue Fungus Woes
By JASON LEOW in Beijing and SHIRLEY S. WANG and KELLY CROW in New York
August 18, 2008; Page A16
Inside Olympian sneakers in Beijing surely rages a case or two of athlete’s foot.
But that fungus no longer plagues a handful of 2,000-year-old statues here, which explains why China lent the artifacts to the corporate pavilion of Johnson & Johnson. A maker of athlete’s foot cream for half a century, J&J helped rescue one of China’s most precious archaeological treasures from a damaging athlete’s-foot-like fungus.
“We know everything about fungus,” says Chong Siong Hin, a J&J executive.
… The statues are called terracotta warriors…
Upon Emperor Qin’s death, he and his warriors were sealed in his mausoleum and forgotten until 1974, when owners of a persimmon orchard discovered the site while digging a well.
Archaeologists hailed the terracotta warriors as the find of the century. But soon after they were unearthed, heat and humidity attracted tiny spores of tinea pedis and other types of fungus that attacked the clay statues. Fungi excrete acid that began corroding the relics….
About a decade later, J&J learned of the fungus problem and started to wage battle against it.
Never having fought fungus on nonhumans, J&J invested years and hundreds of thousands of dollars researching molds on clay tiles and flowerpots.
Museum officials sent chunks of terracotta to J&J’s laboratory outside Antwerp, Belgium, to test for organisms. Ultimately, J&J and Chinese scientists identified 60 different fungi growing on the statues, including a variation of athlete’s foot.
The identification of the fungus helped to lead to the development of some fungicides that are proving effective. […]
The mention of acid in the passage brings up an aspect of fungus habitat I haven’t read about– pH of the skin surface. I suppose it might be worth daubing on Milk of Magnesia as a counterbalance (this was supposed to work to get rid of tomato blisters around the mouth, but I have NOT seen any demonstration that this in fact occurs). Does anyone have suggestions that are demonstrated safe and effective , please comment here.
[This is a housekeeping entry.]
I suspect many readers visit for specific posts and others are using feed readers for posts and comments. While the blog format is very flexible for information and discussion it’s technical restrictions are a little challenging for me to keep folks up to date on revisions and to highlight other posts of possible interest.
Index or Contents posts like this one [such as the alphabetical listing or the reverse chronological listing] will be cross-indexed on the Table of Contents page. Because it is a regular post, feed readers will be notified.
“Popular posts” is one such tool provided by WordPress.com. I doubt that it is very accurate for actual readers but the relative rankings provide an alternative way to find items of interest. I wish there was a way to get the full set of data they collect, especially for the referrers (see http://cerebraloddjobs.edublogs.org/2006/09/30/referrers-in-edublogs/), to see what it is that people are looking for. This would help to revise information or add new information [so would reader comments and queries]. Unfortunately,WP.com don’t have a consistent way to present this data to blog administrators (asking for daily referrers gives a very different set of information than getting the weekly or yearly referrers. Same data but the presentation to the human at this end is patchy.) Notice how the titles are truncated, for example.
The ranking for 2007 is given first and then for 2008 (up to July 12)
the previous contents listing 2007apr26
1918 pandemic in Polynesia and Fiji (small island developing states)
2 ways to start learning about environmental impact assessment
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This title index has to be done mostly by hand (tedious) but it does impress me that I am not very consistent with titles of posts (hard to know what I’ve written in advance).
It is easier to locate resources for further info from this link.
deadline February 1, 2007
Flu Stories: CDC Press Conference Tomorrow On Pandemic Flu Preparations
Wed Jan 31, 2007 at 04:07:17 AM PST
Press release from CDC on new Public Service Announcements and Community Mitigation Guidelines
I don’t find too much evidence for significant progress in PSAs and public involvement from our institutions. But, I’ll wait for the CDC announcement.
It would be very helpful if some of the English classes could analyze the CDC guidelines for their effectiveness at reaching the public. Can you develop better or more useful information? Math classes could calculate the number of vaccinated people we would need to provide community protection. How many vaccine doses and how many bottles of sanitizer gel does your village need? Social studies classes could volunteer to help city and tribal councils conduct prep meetings and pass resolutions for action. How will children continue their school studies if schools are closed for weeks? Will your upaa get his diabetes medicine?
The PSAs from the state and feds for bird sampling last spring were not comprehensive [from the City of Bethel, not at all]. I found they were not very effective at the beginning, mostly because the agencies were unprepared to follow up with information because there were no plans for public involvement.
Most of the significant USA preparations which have occurred (the few preparations that have actually occurred) have focussed on urban and suburban areas and not rural, remote, and frontier regions. Perhaps some of the larger tribes have included some aspects of pandemic disasters in their emergency management.
That’s why I started this regional source of information. Our situation is unusual and few others know we exist. We are certainly capable of researching what we need and applying our own expertise.
Whether we are ready or not, mass disasters will come–
- foot by foot of eroding landscape
- gallon by gallon of disappearing precipitation
- bucket by bucket of sewage in our spawning grounds
- puff by puff of petrochemicals from generators, snow-go, cars, boats
- particle by particle of airborne dust and soot
- 750 mL by 750 mL bottle
- sneeze by sneeze
- taunt by taunt
- complacency by complacency
A visitor came by searching for maps on alcohol prohibition. I thought I’d see what else they located and found this interesting map series from the US National Institutes of Health.
(Thank you for the resource.)
“Underage Drinking Maps and Charts”
# Underage Possession of Alcohol
# Underage Consumption of Alcohol
# Underage Purchase of Alcohol
# Furnishing Alcohol to Minors
# Minimum Ages for On-Premises Servers and Bartenders
# Minimum Ages for Off-Premises Sellers
# False Identification for Obtaining Alcohol
# Blood Alcohol Concentration Limits for Drivers Under 21
# Keg Registration
# Loss of Driving Privileges for Alcohol Violations by Minors (“Use/Lose” Laws)
# Hosting Underage Drinking Parties: Criminal Liability