John Seely Brown: Chief of Confusion
Vannevar Bush (/væˈniːvɑr/ van-NEE-var; March 11, 1890 – June 28, 1974) was an American engineer, inventor and science administrator, whose most important contribution was as head of the U.S. Office of Scientific Research and Development (OSRD) during World War II, through which almost all wartime military R&D was carried out, including initiation and early administration of the Manhattan Project. His office was considered one of the key factors in winning the war. For his master's thesis, Bush invented and patented a "profile tracer", a mapping device for assisting surveyors. Bush was appointed to the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) in 1938, and soon became its chairman. Early life and work Vannevar Bush was born in Everett, Massachusetts, on March 11, 1890, the third child and only son of Perry Bush, the local Universalist pastor, and his wife Emma Linwood née Paine. In 1924, Bush and Marshall teamed up with physicist Charles G. World War II period
Ed Begley Jr.: Community Colleges and the Green Economy
I am a proud alumnus of Los Angeles Valley College, one of the nation's 1,200 community colleges. Last week President Obama praised community colleges as "the unsung heroes of America's education system," critical to our success in the "global competition to lead in the growth industries of the 21st century." That seems a tall order for schools that, as the president acknowledged, don't often get the same resources as four-year colleges and universities, even though they educate nearly half the student population -- some 12 million students -- each year. How can they meet the challenge, and where are they going to get the resources to do so? Four years ago, when U.S. and international windpower companies began flocking to north-central Oregon, Columbia Gorge Community College saw a gap between the local workforce and the technical skills needed to build and operate the turbines. SEED stands for Sustainability Education and Economic Development.