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Volume 61, Number 4    September 9, 2013         

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It's a bird…
Assistant Professor of Geography Leonard Blesius commented for a Sept. 2 report on an unmanned aerial vehicle adapted for surveying use by geographic information science graduate student Peter Christian. The six-propeller unit, called a hexacopter, "is generating a lot of interest from within the Geography Department and among researchers in related fields," Blesius said. "It provides high spatial resolution -- you can measure a site in the order of inches and centimeters -- and by taking photos from multiple angles we can create 3D elevation models of the landscape."

Stayin' alive
The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Sept. 2 that in August Student Services Professional Tina Marie Rossi was awarded a certificate of appreciation by Marin County for helping save a man who had a heart attack while bicycling. A few days later, Rossi provided first aid to a restaurant diner with cut fingers. "If there are injuries or car accidents, I usually stop at the scene and see if I can help," Rossi said.

Life finds a way
Research by Associate Professor of Biology Jonathon Stillman, Professor of Biology Ed Carpenter and Associate Professor of Chemistry Tomoko Komada, which suggests that coccolithophores, single-celled algae, may still be able to grow their calcified shells even as oceans grow warmer and more acidic, was mentioned in an Aug. 26 New York Times: Dot Earth Blog entry.


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