Exploring the Asteroid Vesta: NASA’s Dawn Mission
Dr. McSween shared information about the Dawn spacecraft during his presentation to the UT Science Forum Sept. 27, 2013. The spacecraft has completed its orbital investigation of Vesta and is now en route to Ceres. The properties of these two massive asteroids provide an interesting view of the diversity of planetary building blocks. Launched in 2007, the nearly decade-long mission will look at the asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres. Scientists hope to compare these two celestial bodies and the evolutionary path each took during the formation of the solar system. Data from the Dawn spacecraft could provide opportunities for significant breakthroughs in our understanding of how the solar system formed.
Living Light: A Prototype for Zero-Energy Living
In the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, the College of Architecture and Design and the Institute for Smart Structures focused on the integration of aesthetics, technology and energy efficient construction through the concept of Living Light. This concept not only relates to the sun, daylight and energy; it is a way of life that actively engages each participant in a learning experience to promote sustainable living. More than 200 UT students and faculty across nine academic disciplines designed the Living Light house for the Solar Decathlon.
UT placed eighth overall in the decathlon and claimed high-standing marks in several categories, including first in energy production, third in engineering, third in hot-water production, third in energy-efficient appliances and fifth in architecture.
Scientific Misconduct: Is it getting worse?
Dr. Neal Stewart shares his research on scientific misconduct at the UT Science Forum Sept. 6, 2013. During his presentation, Dr. Stewart shares the many levels of plagiarism from falsification of research to altering a digital image for publication. Is scientific misconduct getting worse or is it just being reported more? Take a look at this video and find out what Dr. Neal Stewart has to say on the subject. Do you agree?