Friday, August 1, 2014

Two more Berkeley Engineer stories

And here are two more I failed to post: a pair of stories on student research at UC Berkeley's College of Engineering, for its publication Innovations. First is one on a Cypriot student who received a prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute award for her work on cancer research, and second a story on four undergraduates hoping to save lives by treating postpartum hemorrhage with a unique device.

Rethinking the Garden: A story about drought-tolerant landscaping for Marin Magazine

Forgot to post this puppy back in June. It was a fun and very useful story to research, especially considering my wife and I are in the midst (sort of) of trying to landscape almost an acre at our new home in Petaluma with low- or no-water plants and to mitigate any water demands with a greywater system. Marin is a regional leader in water conservation (meaning it's also a national leader), and it shows through the sources/experts I was able to reach for this story. Hear their thoughts and tips here!

On the cover of this month's EHP: "Keeping Tabs on HABs"

What's that you say? You'd like to learn about harmful algal blooms (commonly referred to as red tides, though as you'll learn in my story that's a misnomer)? Well, you've come to the right place. On the cover of this month's Environmental Health Perspective is my latest feature for the publication, titled (in full) "Keeping Tabs on HABs: New Tools for Detecting, Monitoring, and Preventing Harmful Algal Blooms." I spoke extensively with many of the nation's leading researchers on the subject and perused a lot of the latest science. I studied up on the newest technologies and visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institution (MBARI) to see their facilities, various underwater vehicles, and the brand-spanking-new ESP, the Cadillac (or Ferrari, perhaps, since it'll be mounted to one of the world's three long-range autonomous underwater vehicles [LRAUVs]) of HAB detection devices, which'll be rolling out for testing later this year. But I digress. For the whole story, go here.