The Design of Decision Support Systems in Urban and Regional Planning
Planning methodology over the years, has shifted from situations whereby planners think, plan and design for the people to one whereby both people and planners have become important components of the planning process. Consequently, the important urban planning methodology of the last two decades that utilized mathematical models in the planning process is fast becoming obsolete. The paper argues that model building should move to the creation of urban decision support systems for the planning pr
The digital architecture of tomorrow
This paper presents an ongoing research project about the development of the materials and fabrication techniques for a fundamentally new class of architectural composite. This type of composite, which is a representative example of an even broader class of smart architectural material, has the potential to change the design and function of an architectural structure or living environment. As of today, this kind of composite does not exist. Once completed, this will be the first technology on i
Building A Computer Aid for Teaching Architectural Design Concepts
Building an aid for teaching architectural design concepts is the process of elaborating topics, defining problems and suggesting to the students strategies for solving those problems. I believe students in Environment and Behavior (E&B) courses at Georgia Tech can benefit greatly from a computer based educational tool designed to provide them with experiences they currently do not possess. In particular, little time in the course (outside lectures) is devoted to applying concepts taught in the
Arteries and veins of the zebra fish
Arteries and veins are blood vessels and are part of the circulatory system. Arteries take oxygenated blood away from the heart and veins bring blood back to the heart after it has circulated through the body. The circulatory system distributes oxygen to the body and also moves around nutrients.
Artemia inquiry lab
Artemia blood has blood cells that circulate in an open circulatory system.
A collection of fern plants in a California forest
Ferns are the most diverse group of seedless vascular plants. The leaves are compound and contain many little leaflets. The many leaflets contain spore spots. Ferns have a true root system, unlike the bryophytes.
This resource consists of a Java applet and expository text. The applet is a simulation of the voter experiment, an interacting partile system that consists of a rectangular array of sites. At each discrete time unit, a site is chosen at random, a neighboring site is chosen, and the color of the first site is changed to that of the neighbor. The applet illustrates clustering of the colors and convergence to consensus.
Lecture 27 - 11/24/2010
Case It! Case Study Learning via Simulations of Molecular Biology Techniques
Case It! is an NSF-sponsored project to promote collaborative case-based learning in biology education worldwide. This paper describes the latest version of the Case It! simulation software (DNA gel electrophoresis, Southern blotting, and PCR). Students use these open-ended molecular biology computer simulations to analyze case studies involving genetic diseases, then discuss results with their peers at other institutions via web-based "poster sessions." They also use Case It! software to gather
Korea’s Division System and Its Regional Implications
The partition of the Korean peninsula has since the end of the Korean War solidified into a ‘division system' encompassing two otherwise contrastive societies. This notion enables an important shift from a state- or ideology-oriented approach to a people-oriented one, focusing on the oppression of the preponderant majority of population on both sides. It also implies a shift to a global, rather than a nationalistic perspective since the division system is conceived as a sub-unit of the wor
Observing climate change effects using the Earth’s gravity field
The Earth's gravity field varies from place to place and from one day to the next. The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) is a revolutionary satellite system that allows scientists to use gravity changes to observe critical rates of ice mass loss in Antarctica and Greenland. It can also show changes in the water storage in river drainage basins such as the Murray-Darling Basin. This talk will provide an overview of these results as well as outline NASA's plans for the next such miss
The Kepler Mission: Searching for Other Earths in the Cosmos
Dr Fanson speaks about the Kepler project, NASA's first mission capable of discovering Earth-size planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy. Scheduled for launch in early 2009, Kepler seeks to answer an age-old question: Are there other habitable worlds in the cosmos? The centuries-old quest for other worlds like our Earth has been rejuvenated by the intense excitement and popular interest surrounding the discovery of giant planets like Jupiter orbiting stars beyond our solar system. With the e
The New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt
New Horizons is the first scientific investigation to obtain a close look at Pluto and its moon Charon. Scientists hope to find answers to basic questions about the surface properties, geology, interior makeup and atmospheres on these bodies, the last in our solar system to be visited by a spacecraft. The mission could also visit one or more Kuiper Belt objects. New Horizons launched on January 19, 2006. It will swing past Jupiter for a gravity boost & scientific studies in early 2007
The Confessions of an Erstwhile Land Rights Advocate
Late in his term on the High Court, Justice McHugh, one of the majority in the Mabo decision and one of the dissentients in Wik, expressed criticism of the "costly and time-consuming" native title system. He thought it was unable to fairly evaluate the competing legal rights of landholders and native-title holders. In this lecture presented by the National Centre for Indigenous Studies and the Centre for International and Public Law, Father Frank Brennan argues that the issue now is not the legi
US Military Commissions & International Humanitarian Law in the ‘War on Terrorism’
David Hicks, accused of being an enemy combatant in the war on terrorism and held at Guantanamo Bay, has become a household name in Australia. Reports of his case have appeared regularly in the media, often including comments from his defence lawyer Major Michael Mori of the US Marine Corps. In this lecture Major Mori outlines the proposed trial proceedings for US military commissions and discuss whether or not the rules and procedures will accord with the minimum requirements mandated under Int
Obesity as a Complex Problem
Obesity has increased dramatically across the world, and there is currently no solution to its control. While obesity is easily understood as the positive imbalance of energy intake and expenditure, this does not explain why it is easy to overeat and underexercise. Explanatory models that feed into energy balance include those of obesogenic environments, thrifty genotype, obesogenic behaviour, obesogenic culture, nutrition transition, political economic structures and biocultural interactions of
New approaches to structuring government to close the implementation gap
The 85 per cent of Australia that is remote from the main centres of population is a place of recurrent crises leading to ad hoc special interventions. Broken up by state and territory boundaries it is the backyard for the governments of Australia. While it produces the bulk of our tradable wealth it suffers from inability to provide basic services, poverty is common, civil order is precarious, and government lacks legitimacy in the eyes of those who live there. Much of it meets the internationa
Obamarama & the audacity of evidence for health reform in the United States
Since President Barrack Obama took office early this year, Congress has proposed bold actions to address the ailing United States health care system. In a system that spends $2.4 trillion each year on health care with some of the worst outcomes in the western world, there is enthusiasm to revitalise primary care. Dr Andrew Bazemore, of the Robert Graham Center in Washington DC, will talk about health reform in the US and the renewed role for evidence-based policy making.
National Health Reform Series No.2
Professor Ian Chubb, Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University, and the Honourable Warren Snowdon MP, Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery, launched the National Health Reform Series in Committee Room 2s1, Parliament House, Canberra on 19 November at 10.30am. The topic of the launch event was, 'Can we fix the health system without reforming the workforce?' The series is being presented by ANU and supported by the Australian Primary
Working Towards a Connected Frontline Health System
Commonwealth Government needs to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Australia's health care system. Primary health care provides the first point of contact for patients and is touted as the cornerstone of a more effective health system, but it is undermined by fragmented services. Frontline clinicians need be able to provide comprehensive, coordinated and personalised care to patients, particularly those with multiple serious illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and depression. Dr Stange