Note for HONORS 291A at UMass
Note for HONORS 291A at UMass
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Date Created: 02/06/15
Gabrielle SylvainJean Guest Speaker Honors 29 1A The guest speaker event on April 5 2011 was by Steven Goodwin Dean of the College of Natural Sciences I arrived a couple minutes late as I was in a class that had a con icting schedule The talk was very scienti c when I rst walked in There was a lot of talk about polymers how they can separate charges and that they can be used to replace petroleum A lot of this was not making sense to me or even interesting me for the most part What I got from this part of the talk was that the University is trying to nd different better more ecofriendly sources to produce electricity and power other things Another idea talked about in this section of the talk was the geofactor in which bacteria is evolved to make electricity Dean Goodwin in his opinion stated that geofactor was the best discovery in microbiology in the last fty years In the next section of the talk Dean Goodwin brought all the scienti c ideas home and made them relatable to the UMass community He talked about what some of the scientists on campus have been working on including improvement in sustainability He informed us that since 2004 UMass has had a 24 reduction in steam 9 reduction in electricity and 43 reduction in water One of the things Ithought was impressionable was the fact that we have one of the most ef cient power plants in the nation When Dean Goodwin talked about the power plant I felt a sense of revelation because I had always wondered what that random building was Some of the other students had good questions for Dean Goodwin after the talk One of the good questions was what would be the payback period for the power plant Dean Goodwin s answer for this was seven years Another question was how we decreased the water use by so much The answer to this question was that UMass began reusing water with steam playing an important part in the process The biggest challenge as stated by Dean Goodwin was the infrastructure and age of our buildings at UMass I believe that with all the progress we ve made thus far UMass will continue to nd ways of improving and helping the environment
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