Monday, October 6, 2008

Engineers: Your Oceans Need You!

Are you looking for a "green" job in an environmental field? How about a job where you put your skills to work doing some good for the world? Or maybe you're just looking for a job that will challenge you. In any of these cases, a career in oceanic engineering could offer exactly what you are looking for.

Read more, in the September 2008 issue of Today's Engineer.

Friday, August 8, 2008

U.S. Law Bans Genetic Discrimination

If you have relatives with a history of hereditary conditions like Parkinson's disease, diabetes, or breast cancer, would you want to know if you were genetically inclined to develop the diseases yourself?

Read more in the August 2008 issue of IEEE's The Institute

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Green Tech columns for July 2008

Another Way to Recycle (or Sell) Your Electronics

A Greener iPhone

Display Your Passions with Green Ringtones

How to Buy a Greener TV

Carry the Power of the Sun on Your Back

New Lenovo Laptop Earns PC Magazine's GreenTech Seal of Approval

Save Energy by Installing Motion-Sensitive Lighting

Create a WWF Web Page to Help Spread Your Environmental Message

How to Recycle Your Old Cell Phone

Five Green-Tech Ways to Use Less Paper

Save Water with a Smart Sprinkler

Greener Business Cards a Click Away

Greenpeace grades the greenest electronics

Extinction Blog: July 2008 news stories

This month's Extinction Blog stories, from the pages of Plenty Magazine:

Penguins in peril

How climate change could kill off the tuatara

New mathematical model predicts faster extinctions. Much faster.

Tasmanian devils face end of days in the wild

As go the coral reefs...

Orangutan deathwatch

Endangered mice had better stay in Colorado

Should China be allowed to import ivory?

China given OK to buy ivory. Poachers rejoice

Plague strikes down black-footed ferrets

Texans, help endangered plants by collecting seeds

Howling good news for gray wolves

Rare plant blooms for the first time since 2004

Biodiversity crisis in the Philippines

California's condors aren't the only ones in trouble

Racing to save a newly discovered monkey from extinction

Poisoned parrots may create shift in New Zealand possum-control policies

Mongolia to sell off endangered falcons

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Team from McGill University Wins Hybrid Race Car Competition

Watch any NASCAR or Formula One race and you’ll see cars emblazoned with the logos of companies like Budweiser, Domino’s Pizza, and Kellogg’s.
The race cars at this year’s Formula Hybrid International Competition, held from 5 to 7 May at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, looked and sounded very different. The promotional logos on vehicles featured images from IEEE, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), electronics manufacturer Omron, and colleges such as Drexel University. And with electric motors alone in gear, the cars made far less noise.
Read more in the July 2008 issue of The Institute.

Fluorescence Microscope Lands Scholarship for Teen

Harikrishna (Hari) Rallapalli, a 16-year-old from Pleasanton, Calif., is the 10th recipient of the IEEE Presidents’ Scholarship.

Read more, in the July 2008 issue of The Institute

Monday, July 7, 2008

Lights... Camera... Engineering!

Students, warm up your video cameras! It's almost time to enter IEEE-USA's second annual "How Engineers Make a World of Difference" online video competition for the chance to win thousands of dollars in college scholarships.

Read more in the July 2008 issue of Today's Engineer.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Green Tech columns for June 2008

Another month, another batch of green technology stories for businesses and consumers. From the pages of

Extinction Blog: June 2008 news stories

Here they are, another 17 stories from the pages of Plenty Magazine:
Wildlife lawsuits, as far as the eye can see

Will lead-bullet ban take effect in time to save the California Condor?

Hamster extinction could cost France millions

Another extinction: The Caribbean monk seal

Endangered species news catch-up

Mediterranean sharks see 99% decline, now "functionally extinct"

Gold rush

Protection sought for 32 endangered species "at the knife's edge of extinction"

African rhino populations boom, but one species goes bust

New fishing regulations to protect critically endangered albatross

Blue whale blues

More butterflies on the brink

Another shark swims toward extinction

Feral cats take their toll on Australia's bilby

"Nemo" getting harder to find

Snow leopard poaching crisis in Afghanistan

Fences and endangered species

Marketing New Technologies to Green Consumers (and Beyond)

How do you get green consumers — and later, the majority — to embrace green technologies? By following a familiar theory regarding the diffusion of innovations.

Read the article in the June 2008 issue of Today's Engineer.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

"Green Tech" columns for April & May 2008

Okay, I've been a little show posting links the these latest articles, but here are a whole bunch of "Green Tech" articles from the pages of

Act With Your Wallet: Do Business With Green Companies

Do Green Good Every Time You Search the Internet

Web Browser Gives Back to Green Causes

Learn to Improve Your Car's Gasoline Efficiency

Texas Declares Memorial Day Sales Tax Holiday for Energy Star Appliances

Device Can Cut Energy Use by 10% -- Just Plug It In!

Cold Soda Equals High Energy Costs

Solar-Powered Table Lights Up the Night, Charges Your Devices

The Greenest Cellphone Company in America: CREDO

Save Money, Paper, Power -- Ditch the Fax Machine

Save Paper. Save Trees -- Try Digital Magazines

Free Mobile Phone Game Aims to Save Gorillas

New Green Stereo Sound System Uses Less Energy

Send an Instant Message, Fight Global Warming

Reduce, Reuse... FREECYCLE

Energy Star: It's About More Than Refrigerators

5 Ways to Recycle Your Old Computer Monitor

New Solar-Powered Household Generator Is Pricey But Powerful

New Gadget Can Save You Money on Electricity

Carbon Credits for Frequent Fliers

Quick Trips Call for the E-Bike

Make a Friend, Plant a Tree

World's First Solar-Powered Bluetooth Headset

Hot News About Water Heaters

Greener Office Supplies Just a Click Away

How Can You Become An Innovator? Look to the Stars for Answers

For more than a century, science-fiction authors have played a major role in helping to shape technology innovations. What can we learn from writers of science fiction that will allow us to be more innovative in the real world?

Monday, June 2, 2008

Extinction Blog: April and May 2008 news stories

Two months, more than two dozen stories about endangered species around the world:

April, 2008

Could the Tasmanian devil evolve and save itself from extinction?

Endangered sunflower gets critical habitat

Interior Secretary blows off polar bear hearings

Cambodian waterbirds make a comeback -- thanks to former poachers

Project aims to preserve endangered frogs -- by freezing their sperm

Extinct species rediscovered

Britain's butterflies, dragonflies disappearing fast

Too many males for critically endangered seabird

At least China is doing one good thing for Tibet

Judge: No more delays on polar bear decision

May, 2008

Another endangered species, another case of White House interference

Solar power vs. endangered birds

Rare breeding success for China's endangered crested ibis

Hey Americans, stop buying ivory!

Why hasn't the endangered Puerto Rican parrot recovered?

History repeating itself for peregrine falcons

Breeding success for three critically endangered species

Polar bears declared a threatened species; oil drilling to continue

Friday is Endangered Species Day

Humans driving 1% of species to extinction every year, says study

Extinct: Say good-bye to the white-handed gibbon

Avian apocalypse: 1 in 8 bird species risks extinction

Good news for humpback whales

Finning continues to devastate shark populations

Endangered species news from around the world

Rare beauty disappearing from the wild

The race to discover the world's biodiversity ... before it disappears

Is it too late to save New Zealand's endangered dolphins?

Monday, March 31, 2008

"Green Tech" column @

This month saw the start of my new "Green Tech" column for Here are links to my first 12 articles:

Who Built the Solar Car?

Build a Greener Web Site or Blog

LEDs: The Next Big Thing in Lights

Save Paper, Ink with Free Software

Can a TV Be "Eco"?

Recycle Those Electronics!

Green Your Cell Phone in One Easy Step

Cut Waste: Download Your Movies

Reduce Your Business Travel By Meeting Online

Honda Civic GX Tops List of Greenest Cars

Who Makes the Greenest Electronics?

Do You Know How Much Energy Your PC Is Using?

Extinction Blog: March 2008 news stories

Here's the latest news from the pages of Plenty magazine:

Endangered species: The new "blood diamonds"

Whale watch

Kenya: No tourism = no wildlife

The woes of the wandering wolverine

Six wins for endangered species

The economics of endangered species

Six losses for endangered species

Tiger populations plummet -- down 50% in 25 years

Study: Endangered chimps are no laughing matter

Reintroducing one of the world's rarest insects

The sad saga of the saiga

Fish recovery plan sets a precedent in Canada

CITES takes action against Nigeria's trade in endangered species

Group sues to protect 681 endangered species

China turns to "sexercise" to encourage panda breeding

Japan takes quick action to protect rare beetle

Wolves lose protected status today

Man meddles, nature suffers

Friday, March 7, 2008

What Makes Me Stand Out from the Crowd?

Excited to finally be graduating this spring? You're not alone. According to the U.S. Department of Education?s National Center for Education Statistics, you are just one of approximately 4.5 million students who will graduate from college this year and enter the work force.

That's a lot of competition, but don't let it get you down. The trick to standing out from the crowd is to recognize the qualities that make you who you are and showing them off to the world of hiring managers and your co-workers-to-be.

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Is "Entry Level" Code for "Salary Slavery"?

So you're entering the job force, and looking for an entry-level job to start your career off right. But that "entry level" thing scares you. You're worried: do those two words translate to "salary slave"?

No, they don't. At least, not if you don't let them.

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Graduating Seniors -- Plan Your Job-Hunting Timeline

Tick tock. The clock is counting down to your graduation ceremony, and then it's time for you to enter the so-called "real world." Are you ready?

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Use Keywords to Find the Best Entry-Level Jobs

Finding a job is, at times, a full-time job. At any given moment, there are probably hundreds of thousands of open job listings across the United States. Since very few are blatantly advertised as "entry-level" jobs, this creates a particular challenge for recent grads. How do you sort through them all to know which ones are for you?


I Don't Know Any Professionals! How Do I Network?

You've heard that old adage, "It's not what you know, but who you know." That's a simple way of saying that many people succeed based solely on the quality of the names in their address books. But while there is some truth to the adage, it leaves out many realities of job-hunting, especially for people first entering the job market.

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Working as a Woman in Engineering

While gender roles in technology still aren't equal, they are getting better every year, and there are more opportunities for women in engineering around the world than ever before.

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Six Paths to Continuing Your Engineering Education

Your education in engineering and technology doesn't end the day you get your diploma.

In fact, in order to stay competitive in your field, you will need to devote a great deal of time to updating your skills, learning the newest information in your industry, and staying up to date with the latest technological innovations and scientific breakthroughs.

Yes, education is going to be a part of your life for a long time to come.

Luckily, there are numerous paths you can take to continue your engineering education. Part one of this article covers college, online courses, and webinars. Part two will cover conferences, professional education, and local seminars.

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