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  • Views: 268 Links & Resources | Global Positioning System

    Glossary:

    The Global Positioning System (GPS) is the only fully functional Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). Utilizing a constellation of at least 24 Medium Earth Orbit satellites that transmit precise microwave signals, the system enables a GPS receiver to determine its location, speed, direction, and time. Other similar systems are the Russian GLONASS (incomplete as of 2008), the upcoming European Galileo positioning system, the proposed COMPASS navigation system of China, and IRNSS of India.
    Developed by the United States Department of Defense, GPS is officially named NAVSTAR GPS (Contrary to popular belief, NAVSTAR is not an acronym, but simply a name given by John Walsh, a key decision maker when it came to the budget for the GPS program).[1] The satellite constellation is managed by the United States Air Force 50th Space Wing. The cost of maintaining the system is approximately US$750 million per year,[2] including the replacement of aging satellites, and research and development.

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  • Views: 232 Links & Resources | BioFuel

    Glossary:

    Biofuel (if cultivated, then also called agrofuel or agrifuel) can be broadly defined as solid, liquid, or gas fuel consisting of, or derived from recently dead biological material, most commonly plants. This distinguishes it from fossil fuel, which is derived from long dead biological material.

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  • Views: 232 Links & Resources | Left vs Right Handedness

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    Dr. Stephen Christman in the UT Department of Psychology, has been studying “handedness” in humans. His research primarily focuses on cognitive differences as a function of an individual's degree of handedness. Mixed-handedness, that is, persons who use both left and right hands may have more interaction between the hemispheres of the brain. Dr. Christman has used this research to see how handedness affects beliefs, attitudes, memory, even eating disorders.
    http://psychology.utoledo.edu/default.asp?id=121

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  • Views: 380 Links & Resources | Virtual Reality in Medical Education

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    We all know what Virtual Reality means when it comes to video games, but what about  the classroom? Here’s a one-stop link to a collection of articles, tips, etc about using VR in the classroom:
    http://www.sunrisevr.com/vrlearn.htm

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  • Views: 184 Links & Resources | Forensic Fact and Fiction

    Glossary:

    The word forensic comes from the Latin word forensis: public; to the forum or public discussion; argumentative, rhetorical, belonging to debate or discussion. From there it is a small step to the modern definition of forensic as belonging to, used in or suitable to courts of judicature, or to public discussion or debate. Forensic science is science used in public, in a court or in the justice system. Any science, used for the purposes of the law, is a forensic science.

    Links:

    http://www.aafs.org/

    The University of Toledo offers a minor in Forensic Science:
    http://www.utoledo.edu/hshs/index.html

    Perhaps in part because of the popularity of some television dramas, universities that offer Forensic Science are seeing a surge in enrollments:
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2007-08-27-forensics-school_N.htm

    However, CSI-type TV shows are not necessarily reality TV:
    http://media.www.independentcollegian.com/media/storage/paper678/news/2007/03/19/News/Csi-University.Of.Toledo-2780095.shtml

  • Views: 217 Links & Resources | Eco-friendly Products

    Nifty Notes:

    Regional greenhouse growers have come together to form the Maumee Valley Growers (MVG). MVG is an industry-based association committed to sustaining and growing the greenhouse industry in northwest Ohio. The Maumee Valley Growers are committed to the following principles:
    • Marketing only the highest quality plants possible under the Maumee Valley Growers logo.
    • Increasing demand through awareness and preference of quality, locally grown products from our regional growers.
    • Improving grower efficiency and profits through joint problem solving and networking to share best practices and resources.
    • Growing our local economy by supporting new businesses that can supply our northwest Ohio greenhouse/nursery network.

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  • Views: 248 Links & Resources | Altruistic Kidney Donation

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    Alliance for Paired Donation
    Dr. Michael A. Rees, urologist at UTMC founded the Alliance for Paired Donation, an altruistic kidney donation program. (There’s a simple animation on web site that easily explains what Paired Donation is.)
    http://www.paireddonation.org/

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  • Views: 304 Links & Resources | Lake Erie Center

    Nifty Notes:

    The mission of the Lake Erie Center, located in Oregon, Ohio, is to:

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  • Views: 219 Links & Resources | Biomechanics

    Glossary:

    Biomechanics is the study of the mechanics of the living body, especially of the forces exerted by muscles and gravity on the skeletal structure. It is the science of internal and external forces acting on the human body.

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  • Views: 242 Links & Resources | Glucose Eye Scanner

    Glossary:

    Currently, the method for measuring blood sugar (glucose) levels in diabetic people is to draw blood by pricking a finger. More than 15 million Americans are diabetic and the disease has reached virtually epidemic levels. The pinprick method of testing one’s glucose is painful and may cause some diabetics to neglect their glucose monitoring, which could lead to serious complications and even death.

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  • Views: 243 Links & Resources | Searching for Life on Other Planets

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    What made sustainable life possible on Earth? Understanding where we came from helps scientists today as they search for life elsewhere in the universe.

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  • Views: 191 Links & Resources | 3-D Imaging

    Nifty Notes:

    TechTol Imaging is a local start-up that is developing 3-D imaging that could have implications in everything from Facebook profiles to homeland security. This may be the future of how we are viewed on computers.

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  • Views: 253 Links & Resources | Solar Cell Installation

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    Solar panel installation is a growing enterprise and creating a new segment of workers – those in “green collar” jobs.  Owens Community College has a program that trains students for “green” careers - a Photovoltaic Training Program, which exposes, trains and educates students in the rapidly expanding industry and career field of photovoltaic installers and integrators.

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  • Views: 289 Links & Resources | Cochlear Implants

    Glossary:

    The science and technology that brings a sense of sound to people who have severe to profound losses of hearing is explored through a surgically implanted, electronic device – the Cochlear Implant.

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  • Views: 297 Links & Resources | Anatomy and Physiology Revealed

    Glossary:

    Anatomy & Physiology Revealed, is an interactive, multimedia computer program for learning practical human anatomy and its clinical application. It offers a “virtual dissection experience” in which students can “melt” away layers of skin to see what is beneath.

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  • Views: 227 Links & Resources | Intermodal Transportation

    Intermodal Transportation involves the transportation of freight in a container or vehicle, using multiple modes of transportation (such as rail, ship and truck) without any handling of the freight itself when changing modes.

    The University of Toledo Intermodal Transportation Institute initiative began in the mid 1990s with public and private sector organizations encouraging the University of Toledo to develop a center focusing on transportation, logistics, and supply chain issues. From these cooperative efforts the Intermodal Transportation Institute was created in 2001 and began formal operation in 2002. The vision of the UT-ITI is to develop technology-enabled intermodal transportation systems and supply chains that promote economic development and quality of life.

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  • Views: 206 Links & Resources | Sports and Gender

    While women’s sports are growing at a rapid pace, with more and more girls and women participating, the proliferation has also raised questions about the differences, similarities and peculiarities between male and female athletes.

    Do female athletes excel in areas in which male athletes do not? Are there differences in male/female strengths, endurance, weaknesses, etc.?

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  • Views: 174 Links & Resources | Stop the Bleeding

    The following article summarizes the blood agent examined the story. It can be found at-

    http://utnews.utoledo.edu/publish/News_2/new_corporation.shtml

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  • Views: 180 Links & Resources | Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the area of computer science focusing on creating machines that can engage in behaviors that humans consider familiar and intelligent, machines that perceive their environment and take actions which maximize their own chances of success. This raises philosophical issues about the nature of the mind and limits of science.

    UT’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Department maintains the Artificial Intelligence Lab, located in Nitschke Hall.

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  • Views: 195 Links & Resources | Water Purification

    Here’s a UT release about the Los Sanchez project.

    http://utnews.utoledo.edu/publish/News_2/Engineering_students_help_Honduras_village_access_clean_water.shtml

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  • Views: 181 Links & Resources | Art, Math and Understanding

    Much has been said about how art enhances creativity, but far less is said about how art encourages cognition, critical thinking, and mathematics. Our current education system places great emphasis on academic development. As a result, arts programs are being reduced or even eliminated from classrooms to accommodate more didactic teaching methods. Is this the wrong move at the very time we may need art the most in American education?

    Americans for the Arts can provide some general background on the crusade of many to save the arts and arts education in the United States.

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  • Views: 478 Links & Resources | E-cycling

    The next level of recycling. Not just cans and newspaper. How about construction materials? Technological devices like computers? Copiers? i-phones?

    University Recycling Services: 419-530-1021

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