Emriver outreach for the young and old.

Emriver outreach for the young and old.

We’ve had a busy couple of weeks with our Emriver Em2.  First, Andrew Podoll,  an NSF-funded geology/education GK-12 HEART fellow at SIUC, borrowed the Em2 for a student research event.  It was a huge hit with the kids, as you can see. Last weekend I hauled to...

Em2 redesign progress, collaboration with SIUC engineering.

Em2 redesign progress, collaboration with SIUC engineering.

We’re closing in on the new Em2 design.  It’s very exciting, but agonizing.  This CAD screenshot shows just a few of the two dozen or so leg attachment designs we’ve considered.  I’m insisting on something that’s super strong, safe,...

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,...

Little River rides the economic roller coaster.

Little River rides the economic roller coaster.

Or better, the bobsled.  This figure is from a recent report by the National Federation of Independent Business (via Andrew Sullivan’s blog and the Economist). With strong encouragement and financial support from my wife Kate, I expanded Little River Research...

SIUC stream ecology lab at LRRD.

SIUC stream ecology lab at LRRD.

Today Checo Colon-Gaud brought his SIUC advanced stream ecology class to LRRD for a lab.  Checo (holding before and after signs) is an NSF-funded postdoc famously featured in our Em2 video. I talked about our work and urban stream restoration.  Then the students moved...