Lehigh IDEAS

This week in the first year IDEAS Seminar at Lehigh we read and discussed Technology and Religion by Noreen Herzfeld.

If you want to join in the discussion, comment below.

Question 1: Is technology a religion?

Question 2: How does religion affect technology?

Question 3: How does technology impact religion?

unconsumption:

An interesting, and somewhat confrontational, campaign to reduce consumption, featuring a shoe made of “shoreline rubbish.”

More at: EVERYTHING YOU BUY IS RUBBISH

Combining design and PR, how will you spread the word about the issues you care about?

lehighu:

Kevin Ahearn and David Stover, from the class of 2007, are here visiting Lehigh today. Here to speak in Packard Lab, these mechanical engineers just launched their dream start-up firm in Chile with partner Ben Kneppers from Northeastern University.

Bureo Skateboards are made out of recycled fishing nets and the process is quite sustainable. Fishermen can drop their old nets off at several different points along the Chilean shoreline. These drop points make it easy for the fishermen to recycle their nets. This recycling program keeps plastic garbage out of the ocean while providing durable and raw materials for the skateboard fabrication.

While on campus, Ahearn and Stover took time to with students, including one of our newest—Taryn Sammet, pictured above with her mom Elissa Karasin-Samet. Taryn, of Sanibel, Florida, just enrolled today— Welcome to Lehigh! We’ll see you at MOOV In this fall!

This week in the First Year IDEAS Seminar at Lehigh we read and discussed An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen.

If you want to join in the discussion, comment below!

  • Question 1: Is there a disconnect between scientists and society?
  • Question 2: Do consequences matter in ethical decisions? Do motives?
  • Question 3: What is truth? What is its role in society?

This week in the Lehigh IDEAS First Year Seminar we discussed Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut. 

If you want to join the discussion, comment below!
Question 1: What is the role of the arts in engineering?
Question 2: Is it better to be in the center, or out on the edge?
Question 3: What is progress? How does it relate to technology?

This week in the Lehigh IDEAS First Year Seminar we watched and discussed The China Syndrome (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078966/).

If you want to join the discussion, comment below.

Question 1: What is the future of energy?
Question 2: What is the role of the media in a technological world?
Question 3: How do engineers know what we know?
Question 4: What is the role of judgement in engineering?

popmech:

Booster-rocket stages, weather-balloon radios, batteries, shipping containers, Nike shoes, plastic bath toys, tree trunks, fishing lines—there are countless hunks of debris bobbing around in the ocean. Caught in gyres and currents, the garbage floats in patches that can spread across hundreds of miles. Plenty of oceangoing trash sinks; according toGreenpeace, about 70 percent of plastic waste winds up on the seafloor, where it can smother marine life. But that means a hefty percentage of garbage floats too.


There’s a reason for all the MH370-debris false alarms: Our oceans are full of floating junk.

How can we use our engineering skills to change this? These materials could easily be used for low-cost manufacturing resource. Check out what some Lehigh alums are doing with these plastics from the ocean making skateboards in Chile.
Bureo Skateboards

popmech:

Booster-rocket stages, weather-balloon radios, batteries, shipping containers, Nike shoes, plastic bath toys, tree trunks, fishing lines—there are countless hunks of debris bobbing around in the ocean. Caught in gyres and currents, the garbage floats in patches that can spread across hundreds of miles. Plenty of oceangoing trash sinks; according toGreenpeace, about 70 percent of plastic waste winds up on the seafloor, where it can smother marine life. But that means a hefty percentage of garbage floats too.

There’s a reason for all the MH370-debris false alarms: Our oceans are full of floating junk.

How can we use our engineering skills to change this? These materials could easily be used for low-cost manufacturing resource. Check out what some Lehigh alums are doing with these plastics from the ocean making skateboards in Chile.

Bureo Skateboards

99percentinvisible:

"sneckdown" ( combination of “snow” and “neckdown” - another name for a curb expansion) uses snow formations on the street to reveal the space cars don’t use. Advocates can then use these sneckdown photos to make the case to local transportation officials that traffic calming interventions like curb bumpouts and traffic islands can be installed without any loss to car drivers. 

From What Snow Tells Us about Creating Better Public Spaces on E. Passyunk Avenue

All of this snow can be used for something! Improving the public space!

This week in the first year IDEAS seminar we watched the film Manufactured Landscapes. We discussed the consequences of development with a focus on the Three Gorges Dam in China.

If you want to join in the discussion, comment below!

Question 1) How is technology changing society?

Question 2) Does technology impact everyone equally?

courtenaybird:

The Get More Out of Google Infographic Summarizes Online Research Tricks for Students

Few quick pointers for those big research papers this semester!

courtenaybird:

The Get More Out of Google Infographic Summarizes Online Research Tricks for Students

Few quick pointers for those big research papers this semester!