Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Alison Quick joins LRRD.

Alee Quick recently joined LRRD as our Creative Director.  Last spring she graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with dual degrees in Spanish and Journalism.  Alee’s been a student of Spanish conversation, reading, and writing for 14 years.  She started off her undergrad studies in journalism with an emphasis in magazine writing, but after a summer studying in (and falling in love with) Spain, she added Spanish as another concentration. 

She earned both degrees with cum laude honors.  While an undergrad, Alee worked as a translator for the Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum at the University of Missouri, as a reporter at the Columbia Missourian newspaper, and as a creative writing intern at Landis + Gyr

Alee comes to LRRD as a writer after her academic and professional training in news, feature and creative writing.  As a photographer, Alee was trained using 35mm film, and has spent many delightful hours processing film and developing prints in a darkroom, but made a seamless jump to digital photography.  Alee learned videography while working as a reporter for the Missourian’s website. 

At Little River, she’ll be putting all of these skills to work – in the two months she’s been here, she has revised the Em2 User Manual, edited and (almost) finished the redesign of our new website, and taken tons of pictures for the manual, blog and website.  She’ll be doing many things, including writing, making movies, photography, and graphic design.

Alee’s always been active in progressive politics and environmental causes, and is thrilled to forward our environmental mission, especially our commitment to education. 

And we are thrilled to have her awesome skills, fantastic sense of humor, musical talents, and much more!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Emriver adventures in Canada; the ASEE conference.

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Lily and I traveled to beautiful Vancouver last week to attend the American Society for Engineering Education annual conference.

Vancouver is an amazing city, and the venue was spectacular; a gigantic waterfront building with a vegetated roof.

We met so many interesting people.  It seemed most were mechanical or electronic engineers, two of  many engineering disciplines.

We especially enjoyed talking with the few dozen engineering professors, most of them in civil engineering, who understood the strength of our models in teaching river engineering and fluid mechanics.