Monday, October 31, 2011

Project Eco R.O.V.E.R. and LRRD at Saturday Science

On Saturday, Little River Research & Design collaborator and friend Andrew Podoll launched a fundraising endeavor for his Project Eco R.O.V.E.R. at Carbondale's Farmers' Market, in an event he called Saturday Science.  

A conceptual sketch of the R.O.V.E.R., which will
feature an Emriver model in its cargo space
Andrew's turning an old charter bus into a mobile science classroom, which will include river models built by us. 

Andrew is using to fundraise.  Check out his site there.

Andrew teaches with our Em3 model at Saturday Science
We brought and Emriver Em2 and Em3 to the Farmer's Market, and Andrew taught dozens of kids and adults who visited Saturday Science.  

Good luck, Andrew! 

Andrew Podoll and Saturday Science visitors with the Em3 and the Eco R.O.V.E.R.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Some big shout-outs for Little River!

We're thrilled that some of our friends and collaborators are using our models for great work in education, research and outreach, and blogging about it.  We get to work with some remarkable educators.

Matt Kuchta has posted videos of his experiments in the Em2 on his blog.  Check this video in which he filmed the Em2 under UV light, and placed fluorescent plastic BBs in the stream to observe their path.

Fluorescent Emriver Stream Table from Matt Kuchta on Vimeo.

Matt ads on this post:
Sometimes there comes a product or concept that completely transforms the way you see things. This has happened to me recently when my lab got its Emriver stream table.
That's exactly what we LRRD stives for, thanks!

And our collaborator Andrew Podoll, director of Eco R.O.V.E.R., helped teachers from Park Community Charter School in Kaukauna, Wisconsin unveil their Em2, with coverage from local newspaper the Times-Villager.

Fifth graders learn about streamflow.  Thanks to Kristen
Podolak for sending us this photo!
We also heard from Kristen Podolak from the University of California at Berkley, who used her Em2 to teach dozens of fifth graders.

Thanks to everyone for sharing your experiments and experiences!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Loading an Em4 bound for BYU.

Today we loaded an Em4, the fourth, onto a truck bound for Brigham Young University.

Years of work realized and a big machine moved with the help of wonderful colleagues and friends.

Photos by Alee Quick.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Time lapse LRRD at GSA fun!

Our trip to GSA this year was incredible. We spent months planning and many hours in final preparation. Everybody at LRRD -- Nathan, Meriam, Alee, Christina, Lily, and I -- played an important role.

And my wife Kate took vacation time to join us, something we all appreciate! We were very excited to debut our new Em3 model, a three-meter model that will fill the gap between the Em2 and Em4.

We were dissapointed Nathan couldn't make it to Minneapolis; he's in his final semester of classes, and we want to make sure he maintains his near-perfect GPA.

I'm deeply thankful for such awesome colleagues, thanks to everybody. We saw many new and old clients, and really enjoyed meeting colleagues from all over the world. I tried to get that flavor into this video, I hope it works!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

LRRD at GSA Minneapolis

Em4 at GSA Minneapolis from Steve Gough on Vimeo.

A movie and  photos from GSA 2011.  Ending months of preparation followed by a couple of crazy weeks packing equipment and driving it up in a truck; flying nearly all of LRRD into Minneapolis to help.

We've had hundreds of cool visitors.  Thanks to all the geobloggers and tweet pals who mentioned us.

Too tired to caption the photos, but thanks to my LRRD peeps and to the many who use our models who stopped by to say hello.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

SIUC helps LRRD load for GSA!

Today, after months of planning and preparation, we loaded a sixteen-foot truck bound for GSA-Minneapolis.

SIUC students from all over campus formed human forklifts to muscle the big Em4 on board.

From forestry, geography, geology, zoology, and fisheries, and elite NSF-IGERT grad students.

Student chapters got donations, and six pizzas disappeared.

Thanks students! And to LRRD peeps for a wonderful, exciting day.

Monday, October 3, 2011

The new and improved

By Alee

A screen shot of the new home page
Our new website design has finally arrived!

Lily, Meriam and I spent many, many hours writing, designing, troubleshooting, and editing, and it's finally paid off.

The new site is powered by WordPress, with a theme design from BytesForAll.

It's locally hosted by the fantastic Arthur Agency.

Please let us know what you think of it!