Friday, January 20, 2012

UC San Diego's Microgrid Shows Path to the Future of the Power Grid

A video by the Rocky Mountain Institute, a non-profit think-tank based in Colorado, highlighted UC San Diego's microgrid as one of the best-in-class examples of how an electricity network can provide local control but is still interconnected with the larger electricity grid. The video features environmental engineering professor Jan Kleissl and graduate student Bryan Urquhart. Be sure to watch the whole video. The last shot shows Prof. Kleissl using alternative transportation, namely a scooter, to get around campus.

Jacobs School Shake Table Video Spurs Family to Prepare for Earthquakes

The folks at the TV show "Totally Unprepared" recently visited the home of TV reporter Lee Ann Kim and her family here in San Diego. The home was hardly earthquake-proof, so host Ron Haralson, who also is a firefighter, played a video shot on the shake table at Powell Laboratories. It showed unsecured bookshelves, aquariums, wine racks, pictures and even snow globes, falling spectacularly during simulated temblors. "That was scary and bad," one of Lee Ann's sons commented. The family vowed to take some time to get prepared for a potential quake.

Call for Bands / Jacobs School of Rock

The Jacobs School of Rock is coming to the Loft on June 8, 2012.

Are you in a band AND affiliated with the Jacobs School of Engineering. If so, check out the Jacobs School of Rock Facebook page and JSOR website for info on possibly playing the show.