Meredith Ansell

June 25, 2014
Harnessing the Ocean Winds—Floating Windmills

Harnessing the Ocean Winds—Floating Windmills

Windmills have been around for thousands of years. They served a variety of functions, such as creating power to run mills and pump water. In the 1970s, due to the increasing expense of fossil fuels combined with more aggressive advocacy by environmentalists, the windmill took on new life. Wind farms […]
May 14, 2014

The Bionic Eye – Sounds Like Science Fiction, But it is Not!

Late last year the FDA approved a breakthrough technology that will bring life-changing relief to Americans who suffer from retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that almost always leads to legal blindness by the age of 40. More than 100,000 people suffer from this disease. Retinitis pigmentosa evolves slowly, initially impacting […]
April 23, 2014
Walmart Protest

Strikes and Protests Pay Off for Walmart Workers

After two years of protests and walkouts over employment policies that limited workers’ hours and opportunities for professional development, Walmart finally responded with a new program called, “Access to Open Shifts.” After a successful run as a pilot program at its Fort Smith, Arkansas store last year, Access to Open […]
April 7, 2014

Using Technology to Help Autistic Children

Julie Kientz is a computer scientist but she is not your usual computer geek. In fact, you will rarely find her in front of a computer. For Julie Kientz, the computer is a simply a tool to help her accomplish her primary mission in life—helping families with autistic children. Kientz’s […]