Monday, March 26, 2007

Kiva Microfunds' Success Has Roots in Silicon Valley

PND News Alert
March 25, 2007

The following article has been posted to Philanthropy News Digest:

Kiva Microfunds' Success Has Roots in Silicon Valley
A large part of the online microlender's success is attributable to its ability to harness the collective power of the Silicon Valley tech community.... More»

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Petition for Public Access to Publicly Funded Research in the United States

The Alliance for Taxpayer Access has launched a Petition for Publicly Funded Research in the United States. Please sign!

For more information, please join us for a special teleconference meeting on Thursday, April 5, 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time / noon Eastern Time, when Heather Joseph, Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing Academic Resources Coalition, will join us to talk about the Federal Research Public Access Act.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Open Access, Open Source Speaker Series: Heather Joseph, Peter Suber, Jean-Claude Bradley

Please join Chemists Without Borders for a special series of teleconference meetings on Open Access and Open Source. For more background, please see the link from the Chemists Without Borders website to our Open Chemistry Position Statement.

Thursday, April 5 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time / Noon Eastern Time
Heather Joseph: Federal Research Public Access Act

Heather Joseph, Executive Director, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), will talk about the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA). FRPAA is anticipated to be re-introduced this spring. The purpose of this bill is to require all U.S. Federal research granting agencies with portfolios of over $100 million (11 agencies altogether) to develop policies requiring open access to the results of the research they fund. FRPAA has been endorsed by many higher education leaders and the Alliance for Taxpayer Access. Chemists Without Borders is a member of the Alliance for Taxpayer Access; should we support FRPAA?
More information about FRPAA can be found on the SPARC website.

As the Executive Director of SPARC, Heather Joseph is very involved in advocacy for FRPAA. Before joining SPARC, Heather worked for many years in the publishing industry, and was formerly Executive Director of the BioOne publishing cooperative.

Thursday, June 7, 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time / Noon Eastern Time
Peter Suber: Open Access Questions & Answers

Peter Suber, Open Access Project Director, Public Knowledge Project, author of Open Access News
Peter Suber, one of the world's leading academics in the area of open access, will join Chemists Without Borders for a question and answer session on any aspect of open access.

Thursday, September 6 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time / Noon Eastern Time
Jean-Claude Bradley: Open Source Chemistry

Chemists Without Borders' own Jean-Claude Bradley, Coordinator for E-Learning at the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University, will talk about the Useful Chemistry approach to open source chemistry, founded by Bradley.

Chemists Without Borders: participation in this special series is the same as for regular teleconferences. Watch for a reminder. Not a member? No problem - contact us and let us know you would like to participate. There is no charge, other than regular long distance rates, to join the teleconference.

Coal Power Plants

From an MSNBC article on coal fired power plants:

Companies say the new coal plants are better than old ones, though both use the same approach: pulverizing coal, then burning it in huge boilers to power giant turbines. The new $1.1 billion MidAmerican facility will be one of the nation's biggest, with 790 megawatts of capacity. Its boilers and pulverizers will devour 400 tons of coal every hour, 3.5 million tons a year, Sokol says. Combined with an existing plant next door, it will require a fresh train of coal every 16 to 17 hours; each train will be nearly 1.5 miles long and lug 135 cars about 650 miles from Wyoming's Powder River Basin.

Wow. That's a lot of coal, and that's just one power plant. Anyone thought about what we should do try to reduce the rising demand for electricity?

Food for thought.