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Register for Middlebury’s first hackathon–no experience needed!

MiddHacks

April 25-26, 2020

Axinn Center at Starr Library

A hackathon is a design sprint-like event in which participants form teams and work together around a specific idea or problem; they start from scratch to come up with new solutions. The goal of a hackathon is to create functioning software or hardware by the end of the event. We are not using a computer to gain unauthorized access to data in a system (in the popularized sense of the word); instead, we are building a prototype for an idea and problem statement in an innovative way in a given time.

Participants will work in teams of 3-5 to design and innovate amazing technical projects in just 24 hours. The hackathon will have the help of excellent mentors from our distinguished sponsors and Middlebury College professors. There will be exciting workshops and tech talks to attend. You may register just to attend our workshops and other fun tech-related sessions. We’ll have free food, prizes, games, and more. Don’t have a team, or even an idea? Don’t worry! We’ll give you the tools to build something incredible.

If this would be your first hackathon, that’s perfect! It’s ours, too. MiddHacks hopes to attract participants at varying levels of technical expertise and with a wide range of interests. We welcome all–from the first-year student who has never taken a coding class before college but is interested in technology to the senior majoring in Computer Science who has all the technical building blocks.

To Store the Wind and Sun, Energy Startups Look to Gravity

From giant earth towers to compressed-air plants, entrepreneurs are piloting systems to make renewable energy more reliable

by David Hodari and Ed Ballard February 14, 2020

In the Alpine town of Arbedo-Castione, Switzerland, an electric-blue, 400-foot-high crane with six heads lifts a block of compacted soil into the air and carefully adds it to the top of a stack.

Later, the crane will reverse that process, generating power as gravity lowers the block back toward the ground.

Energy Vault, the company that built the contraption, believes it could help the renewable-energy industry confront its most intractable problem: storing up energy against the surges and lulls that characterize renewables like wind and solar.

These options are gaining ground as alternatives to fossil fuels, but they can’t yet be relied on to generate power around the clock. Without cheap ways of getting power when it is cloudy or calm, there is a limit to how much the grid can rely on renewables.

“What you’d like to do is power the grid 100% with zero-carbon energy, and there aren’t very many ways to generate it,” says Eric Toone, an emeritus professor of chemistry at Duke University and executive managing director at Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a clean-tech venture fund that has invested in energy-storage startups.

To decarbonize the world’s power with solar and wind, storage capacity also has to grow, he says.

Researchers and entrepreneurs are attacking the challenge of storage from all angles.

Continue reading the rest of the article as WSJ.com

Register for the 4th annual Summit for Women in STEM

Belong. Connect. Create. Pass it on.

Saturday, April 4, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Where
Mars Center for Science & Technology
Fillmore Drive, Norton, MA, 02766

Wheaton’s Fourth Annual Summit for Women in STEM brings together a powerhouse network of industry leaders, researchers, and academics with undergraduate students who represent the next generation of innovators. At a time when women represent only 24% of professionals in all STEM fields, the Summit will open new worlds to aspiring young female scientists. By connected industry leaders with up-and-coming talent, the full-day meeting creates connections, forges new relationships, builds knowledge, and matches students with inspiring role models.

Undergraduate students are encouraged to give a talk. Registration is free and will remain open until full.

RSVP for Columbia University’s Earth Institute info session on Monday, February 17th

Please join the Earth Institute at an information session to learn about our Master’s programs in Environmental Science and PolicySustainability Management, and Sustainability Science at Columbia University. The session will cover admissions, fellowships, and careers after graduation.

When: Monday, February 17th, 2020, 6:15 – 7:15 PM

Where: Axinn 219

About us:

The Earth Institute at Columbia University offers one of the world’s richest selections of academic programs in sustainability and related environmental fields. We invite you to learn about these programs. If you are interested in pursuing a Master’s degree or a professional certification in these rapidly growing areas, please consider one of the following programs:

M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy – full time, one year intensive program 
Since 2002, this one-year program has prepared future environmental sustainability leaders to take on the world’s biggest challenges. The program is offered jointly by the School of International and Public Affairs and Columbia’s Earth Institute. Application deadlines: November 1 (early decision), January 15 (fellowship consideration), February 15 (final).

M.S in Sustainability Management – part time / full time, evening classes
A flexible degree program for those who wish to pursue a career in management that takes into account both the environment and the economy. Graduates transform how organizations do business by formulating and implementing sustainability strategies. The program is offered jointly by the School of Professional Studies and Columbia’s Earth Institute. Application deadlines: November 1 for Spring enrolment, and May 15 for Fall enrolment. 

M.S in Sustainability Science – part time / full time, evening classes 
In this program, professionals with technical backgrounds learn how to help their organizations better understand, predict, and address environmental impacts. The program is offered jointly by the School of Professional Studies and Columbia’s Earth Institute. Application deadlines: November 1 for Spring enrollment, and May 15 for Fall enrollment. For further details, queries may be directed to Stephanie Hoyt [sah2239@sipa.columbia.edu].

University of Tennessee Summer Undergraduate Research Education Experiences in the Environmental Health Sciences, Applications Open!

The University of Tennessee Summer Undergraduate Research Education Experiences in the Environmental Health Sciences provides students an opportunity to explore their interests in the environmental health-related aspects of biology, microbiology, and the biomedical sciences through hands-on summer research opportunities. Students will uniquely experience the breadth and depth of research that occurs at a major research […]

Reminder: Nov. 10 Nomination Application Deadlines for Goldwater, Truman, Beinecke, St. Andrews

For Juniors (graduating Feb or May 2021) Beinecke Scholarship: Funding for graduate study in humanities and social sciences. Juniors only. Must have 3.7+ GPA, documented financial need, US citizen or US national. Nomination applications due Nov 10; see go/beinecke. Goldwater Scholarship: Tuition award, STEM students planning research careers. Sophomores and juniors eligible. Must have 3.7+ GPA, US citizen or US […]

Stephanie Jordan ’20 and Teal Witter ’20 Named Goldwater Scholars

Congratulations to Middlebury’s newest Goldwater Scholars, Stephanie Jordan and Teal Witter! Stephanie and Teal were selected from a national pool of 1223 natural science, engineering and mathematics students nominated by 443 colleges and universities. The Barry Goldwater Scholarship provides scholarships up to $7,500 to support undergraduates pursuing careers in math, natural sciences, and engineering. Read more […]