Kate Raskauskas '09, a sophomore at Georgia Institute of Technology, spent her summer working as a research assistant studying Alkali Silica Reaction (ASR) and concrete damage. ASR is the process by which alkalis (basic ionic salts), reactive silica (silicon dioxide) and moisture combine to form what's called ASR gel, which, when it expands, causes concrete expansion and cracking.
At Friday's all-middle school assembly, head of middle school Jamey Hein unveiled the theme for this year: Global Citizenship. "Now more than ever, we see and read the world’s events in real time and in concentrated doses," Hein told students.
Since its launch in April 2010, Real Time Foods - a website that connects people to local food producers and locally-sourced foods - has been steadily gaining attention. Founded by Karl '98 and Cara Rosaen '99, "the mission of Real Time Farms is to excite and educate people about where they can find fresh, local sources of food, bringing transparency to the food web." Says Karl: "We believe that when people know where their food comes from, it leads naturally to choices that are healthiest for themselves and the environment."
Vicka Vanderspek '04 will take the 2010 Skyline Plunge! At 8 a.m.on September 12, Vicka will rappell 27 stories (278 feet) down the exterior facade of the Wit Hotel in downtown Chicago. She's rappelling as part of a fundraising effort to benefit the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago (RHAMC). The event promotes lung health and raises funds for the RHMAC, which has made significant accomplishments in research, legislation/advocacy and education around the issue of respiratory health.
Ryan Lester '08, a junior at Brown University, recently helped bring to life "A Thousand Voices," a compelling aural performance project which "gave voice" to 500-1,000 people in the Brown and Providence communities answering the question "How are you?" honestly. "A Thousand Voices" played this summer on the Brown campus and at the Megapolis Audio Art Festival in Baltimore, Md.