My fall university tour details are kindofmostly confirmed now!!! YAYYY!! I AM SO SO EXCITED TO MEET YOU AND HAVE SEX POSI FUNTIMES! Unless noted, all of these are open events, so even if you go to another school in the area or aren’t a student, you are welcome to join. These events will last 60-90 minutes and I will be available for hellos & hugs afterward! (Follow me on Twitter to keep up with me on the road!)
FYI, I will be updating this post as more details are confirmed (some schools and locations are pending, noted below). I am at capacity for this fall, but when I return in October I will begin booking for the spring.
UC Riverside: Closed event. Best Sex Ever, 9:15 and 10:45 with freshmen in UCR residence halls
Colgate University: Best Sex Ever, 8PM in Women’s Studies Center
State University of New York Brockport: Taking Down Rape Culture, 9:30PM in Edwards Hall Room 103
Wesleyan University: Relationsh!t, 7PM in Tischler Hall
Memorial University: Best Sex Ever, evening, location pending
Mount Allison University: Best Sex Ever, 7:30PM in the Convocation Hall
Virginia Tech: Taking Down Rape Culture, 7PM in the Graduate Life Center Auditorium
University of Michigan Flint: Relationsh!t, 6PM in the Ontario Room
Wheaton College: The Down Low on Hooking Up, 7PM in Hindle Auditorium
Pending schools: St. Francis Xavier, Swarthmore, UC Berkeley, Stanford, San Francisco State
MEET CYRU: A MAN-SIZED JELLYFISH ROBOT COULD REVEAL SECRETS OF OCEANS
Jeanna Bryner/ Live Science
A giant, slimy, tentacled robot modeled after one of the world’s largest jellyfish could be a precursor to self-powered, autonomous robots that monitor the seas, map the seafloor and even reveal secrets of marine life, engineers say.
Dubbed Cyro, the newly unveiled robotic jellyfish is a scaled-up version of another mechanical swimmer, this one the size of a human hand, called RoboJelly that was developed by the same team of researchers at Virginia Tech College of Engineering.
At 5-foot-7 (1.7 meters) and weighing 170 pounds (77 kilograms), Cyro is the jelly equivalent of an average human guy.
Jellyfish make great models for self-powered and autonomous bots partly because of their relatively low metabolic rate, meaning they can move through the sea on little energy. They also come in various sizes and inhabit a range of aquatic habitats from shallow coastal areas to the deep-sea, meaning engineers have plenty to work with when looking for a mimic for particular uses.
Cyro is modeled after Cyanea capillata, or the lion’s mane jellyfish, whose bell stretches about 5 to 6 feet (1.5 to 1.8 m) across, with some observations suggesting the bell can reach 9 feet (2.7 m) across. The robot mimic also has a central “bell,” this one holding the creature’s electronic guts, with a thick layer of squishy silicone meant to mimic jellyfish skin covering the entire creature, Alex Villanueva, a mechanical engineering graduate student at Virginia Tech
The robot’s arms, which are powered and controlled by the central electronics, move radially from an outward position in toward the center. That radial “musculature” triggers the pulsing motions of the artificial mesoglea, or the gelatinous substance that makes up the jellyfish’s skin.
Cyro is still in the prototype stages, and so years away from real deployment in the seas, the researchers said. The team, which also includes graduate student Tyler Michael, is working on horizontal movements, as Cyro currently can move only in the up-down direction
The Night Before Christmas = BEATBAMA
Bah…time for me to go back to work.
My redhead and I are tag-teaming the sickie firstborn. ^_^
HOWEVER…1 MORE SLEEP TILL BEATBAMA!
2 sleeps and then #BEATBAMA!
A group of future Hokies if I’ve ever seen one. How awesome is this?
Congratulations to Adam Mills, a rising junior at Virginia Tech, on being chosen to attend the prestigious Fulbright Summer Institute at Queen’s University, Belfast, Ireland.
Mills, who is majoring in physics within the College of Science, is one of only about 50 college students from across the United States selected for the prestigious Fulbright Summer Institute scholarship program.
He is also a member of the first cohort of students to successfully complete the two-year, Integrated Science Curriculum, which was featured in a Spotlight on Innovation story earlier this year.
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Found this gem in a little corner of YouTube:
Jonesing for a good VT football game but have to wait till August 31 when we #BeatBama?
Well, check out user HokieTapes for full-length games (and no commercials) dating back to the illustrious 1999 Hokie season. Other Hokie sports as well if football isn’t your thing (but what the hell is wrong with you?).