River models and young students; redesign continues.

River models and young students; redesign continues.

Last week Andrew Podoll , a graduate fellow working with SIUC’s NSF-funded GK-12 Heartland Ecological/Environmental Academic Research Training (HEART) borrowed one of our Em2 models for a local elementary school’s “science night.”  He and the...

Redesign of the Emriver Em2.

Redesign of the Emriver Em2.

I’m super excited about our redesign of the Emriver Em2 model.  After many hours of meetings, emails, CAD work, research on materials and methods, and prototype building, I think we have the basic design figured out.  The first design, based on twenty years of...

Research and development at LRRD.

Research and development at LRRD.

I’m way overdue on an LRRD progress report:  We’re doing research and development on several fronts, including sensors and methods for full motion controlled models.  In English that means that things like valley slope, water and sediment discharge,...

Our big NSF proposal, blog neglect.

Our big NSF proposal, blog neglect.

One more day and we’ll have our massive NSF proposal submitted to the Course Curriculum and Lab Improvement (CCLI) progam.  The time we have six PIs at SIUC, me and LRRD, and no less than nine “node” institutions participating.  Cara and I...

Stereo camera mount for the Emriver Em2.

Stereo camera mount for the Emriver Em2.

Stephanie Rhodes, our new business manager since Jan 1, has been working feverishly on our new healthcare and payroll systems, among many other things. She’s doing a great job. Thanks to her I was able to get away from those things and my desk for a little while...