Inside Harvard’s green labs

first_imgHarvard scientists are all for collaborating when it comes to research. But when it comes to saving energy in their labs, the competition can get fierce.Whether it’s closing fume hood sashes when they’re not in use or adjusting freezer temperatures, researchers in labs across campus are setting the sustainability bar higher for each other through friendly contests. And their steps are paying off — a building-wide energy-efficiency project at Northwest Labs alone is projected to save $900,000 a year. 7Using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, researchers in the Northwest Labs analyze trace residues on ancient vessels found in Turkey. A building-wide energy-efficiency project at the labs is projected to save $900,000 a year by adjusting ventilation and airflow levels. From left are Julia Strauss ’19, GSAS student and research assistant in chemistry and chemical biology Tim Roth, Bary Lisak ’19, and Jordan Donald ’18. 10Professor Hopi Hoekstra works with GSAS students Rockwell Anyoha (left) and Brock Wooldridge. The Hoekstra Lab recently won the national North American Laboratory Freezer Challenge in the academic division, saving energy costs and reducing emissions by taking steps like tuning their freezers to minus 70 C from the standard minus 80 C. 12Lab manager Kyle Turner (left) teaches in the Hoekstra Lab. 6GSAS student Cristin Juda works in the Betley Lab, where a recent renovation incorporates cutting-edge sustainable technology and green building features that aim for LEED certification. 5The Weitz Lab is partnering with the Green Labs program to assess the energy use of lab equipment. Pictured here are Biyi Xu (from left), associate researcher at Nanjing University; Kirk Mutafopulos, GSAS physics student; and Pascal Spink, a research fellow in applied physics. 8A tetrode twister is used in the Murthy Lab by researchers studying the neural and algorithmic bases of odor-guided behaviors in animals. The lab won a recent energy-saving competition by shutting the sash on fume hoods when not in use. 11Emmanuel D’Agostino ’19 (left) and Rebecca Greenberg ’18 (right) work with Professor Hopi Hoekstra (center). 4Shima Parsa works with a UV-visible spectrometer. The Weitz Lab is active in the Office for Sustainability’s Shut the Sash Competition, which aims to reduce the energy consumption of fume hoods. 1Yuka Amako (left), visiting fellow and postdoctoral candidate, and GSAS student Hope Flaxman do chemical biology research in the Woo Lab, where researchers compete to save energy by keeping fume hood sashes closed when not in use. 3Researchers measure the absorption of light in a fluid sample using a UV-visible spectrometer in the LEED Gold-certified Weitz Lab. Shima Parsa (left) is a postdoctoral candidate and Zhehan Zhong is a fellow in applied physics 2Professor Christina Woo works in her lab, which has been upgraded with equipment that meets high sustainability standards, including the most energy-efficient freezer on the market. New fume hood controls conserve energy by reducing airflow when not in use. 9Alex Su ’18 works in the Betley Lab, which participates in an expanded lab recycling program while consistently meeting its monthly goal through the Shut the Sash Competition. In addition, lab members reduce waste by composting in their kitchen.last_img read more

Roanoke’s GO Fest is an Adventurer’s Paradise

first_imgIf you’re a hiker, biker, paddler, angler, climber, yogi, runner, slacker, craft beer drinker . . . there’s only one place to be October 13-15 – GO Fest.The twice voted “Best Festival” by Blue Ridge Outdoors readers is technically called the Anthem Go Outside Festival, but everyone just calls it GO Fest. Last year the festival attracted 30K adventurers from across the East Coast making it the primo festival for outdoor enthusiasts.This bad ass festival is 100% free, so that’s a huge bonus right out of the gate. Roanoke Outside and the Roanoke Parks and Recreation collaborate on the festival and have stayed true to their goal of keeping the event free so that everyone can live a healthy active lifestyle.For simplicity sake the hundreds of activities found at GO Fest can be broken into three categories: Watch It, Race It, and Try It.Watch It: Any person who wanders into the festival not sure what’s going on can at least catch an awesome show. Pro slackliners, pro BMX stunt shows, dogs jumping 20+ feet into a tank of water, bike trial pros, a lumberjack show, bands, and a heck of a lot of other people doing cool things around the clock.Race It: GO Fest hosts multiple competitive events – the Super Hero 5K, the Wild Gear Chase urban scavenger hunt, a Beer Mile Relay, Cyclocross Exhibitions, and a Strava-based King and Queen of the Mountain Challenge just to name a few.Try It (Our Favorite Part): Demo bikes, shoes, kayaks, sups, fly rods, and more. Sit in on one of over 100 different hands-on classes ranging from wilderness first aid and Leave No Trace to bike maintenance and backpack 101 clinics. Try slacklining, yoga, ride adult big wheels, jump 30’ onto a big air bag, learn to fly cast, hop on the pumptrack, take a shuttle to the top of Mill Mountain for a downhill ride, go for a group trail run, go for a night run, take a hike, chillax in an ENO hammock . . . and that’s just off the top of our head. There truly is something for everyone.Daytime at GO Fest is filled with checking out gear, testing your skills, goofing off, catching up with friends, noshing on grub, and sipping a beverage (or two).But as the sun sets and the moon comes out the day ain’t over. It’s time to head back to your campsite (free camping) and swap your active wear for your dance wear. GO Fest has partnered with the music-minded geniuses behind FloydFest to provide nightly concerts – and a Silent Disco DJ Tent – to boogie the night away.And the best part (other than being 100% free) . . . you get to go to sleep, wake up the next day, and do it again. Learn more at roanokegofest.com.last_img read more

English players charge in pursuit of Finland’s Kerttu

first_imgCaption: top Jess Baker, below Kerttu Hiltunen (copyright Leaderboard Photography). Tags: Girls, Lyme Regis, U16 8 Aug 2018 English players charge in pursuit of Finland’s Kerttu center_img Finland’s Kerttu Hiltunen holds a three-shot lead at the halfway stage of the English U16 girls’ championship at Lyme Regis Golf Club – but English players are staging a strong charge to catch her.It’s led by Northumberland’s Jess Baker (Gosforth Park Ladies) who shot her best ever round today of three-under 71 to move into second place. It made her five-under for the championship and after holing out in a torrential downpour she came off the course wreathed in smiles.“I went into this round just wanting to post a solid score and stay up at the top,” said Baker, who was fourth overnight. “It’s really nice to get my name up there.”“I tried to make as many pars and birdies as I could and my short game was where I scored,” she said. She started as she wanted and was two-under after the fifth, where she had the bonus of unexpectedly holing a difficult putt.Two shots further back is Rafiah Banday (Royal Mid Surrey) who was a little disappointed to leave the course with a level par score.“I was doing quite well until I doubled the 15th, which I eagled yesterday, and then bogeyed the next,” she said. However, the strong winds made the 16th a very tough proposition and Banday came quickly back with an 18th hole birdie and then played her back nine – holes one to nine – in level par.Ellie Gower continued the English push with her one-under 73, which makes her level par at the halfway stage. Her round included an eagle on the seventh where she holed out from 25ft.“It was tricky in the wind yesterday and it was harder today but I managed to keep it in play and keep out of trouble,” said the 15-year-old, who lives in France, where her parents have a nine-hole golf course.Her father is a professional but his efforts to interest her in golf failed until he took her to the Lacoste French ladies open four years ago and one of the players gave her a golf ball. She also met English Tour player Ellie Givens and has caddied for her in the event ever since. “That kicked it off,” she said.Behind her, there’s three more English girls: Daisy Kennedy (Stoke Park) on one-over, Hannah Golding (Brocton Hall) who was round in one-under today and is tied on two-over with Rosie Belsham (Whitley Bay).However, Hiltunen is setting a great pace and would love to win this title. She’s bringing good form into this event, having won the U16 Hazards Salver at last week’s English U18 girls’ championship.She opened her campaign at Lyme Regis with a first round of six-under 68 and followed up with today’s 72. She made the perfect start with an eagle three on her first hole, the 10th, but had a set back with a double bogey on the 14th. However she responded straight away with a birdie and played steadily for the rest of the round.In the U14 girls’ championship, which is being played simultaneously, Harriet Lockley of Wales leads on two over. A shot behind is Italy’s Francesca Fiorellini, while a group on level par includes defending champion Charlotte Cannatteo.The field in both championships was cut today to 33 players in the U16s and 28 in the U14s. The U16s will play 36 holes tomorrow while the U14s will play 18 holes.last_img read more