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Environment - Civil Engineering - 06.02.2017
Forest ‘islands’ offer refuge to wintering birds
UW-Madison researchers studying forest microclimates show that these refuges may mean the difference between life and death for chickadees and their overwintering songbird kin. Photo © Jim Bauer The polar vortex of 2013 and 2014 brought the coldest winter many parts of the Midwest had experienced in decades.

Civil Engineering - 24.01.2017

Civil Engineering - Mathematics - 10.01.2017
How to inflate a hardened concrete shell with a weight of 80 t
How to inflate a hardened concrete shell with a weight of 80 t
At TU Wien, an alternative for resource intensive formwork for the construction of concrete domes was developed.

Life Sciences - Civil Engineering - 05.01.2017
Deaths
Deaths
Jerry Boardingham , 72, of Rantoul, Illinois, died June 20 at Heartland Health Care in Champaign. He worked at the university in custodial services and in food service.

Civil Engineering - Environment - 03.01.2017
New global evidence of the role of humans, urbanization in rapid evolution
It has long been suspected that humans and the urban areas we create are having an important - and surprisingly current and ongoing - effect on evolution, which may have significant implications for the sustainability of global ecosystems. A new multi-institution study led by the University of Washington that examines 1,600 global instances of phenotypic change - alterations to species' observable traits such as size, development or behavior - shows more clearly than ever that urbanization is affecting the genetic makeup of species that are crucial to ecosystem health and success.

Environment - Civil Engineering - 19.12.2016
University partners in EU project to create new green spaces in Liverpool
University researchers are partnering with Liverpool City Council and Mersey Forest on a £3.4M EU research project to create `green corridors' in key locations across the city with a view to finding out how they improve city living.

Administration - Civil Engineering - 15.12.2016
The SMART-FI City of the Future
The SMART-FI City of the Future
Today, 54% of the world population live in cities and by 2050, this figure is estimated to reach 66%.

Administration - Civil Engineering - 09.12.2016
How to beat the housing affordability crisis
Urban planning experts at the University of Melbourne have produced an action plan to tackle Victoria's housing affordability crisis.

Environment - Civil Engineering - 30.11.2016
Weathering of Cement is an Important but Overlooked Sink for Carbon Dioxide
Weathering of Cement is an Important but Overlooked Sink for Carbon Dioxide
A new multinational study shows that cement acts as a significant carbon dioxide (CO2) sink, one that has hitherto gone unaccounted for in global carbon-cycle analyses. Drawing upon field surveys conducted in China coupled with a meta-analysis of previous studies done on cement, a team led by Caltech's Zhu Liu found that between 1930 and 2013, weathering of cement absorbed about 4.5 gigatons of carbon (GtC) from atmospheric CO2.

Civil Engineering - 25.11.2016
Dark Matters - shedding light on cities at night
Dark Matters – shedding light on cities at night
The glare of almost perpetual digital day light is stealing those all-important fundamental relationships with our nocturnal cities.

Physics - Civil Engineering - 23.11.2016
Sensing the stresses in advanced composite structures
Sensing the stresses in advanced composite structures
Advanced composites such as glass fibre reinforced polymers (GFRPs) are light, stiff, strong, durable materials that can be flexibly shaped to build large load-bearing structures.

Civil Engineering - Earth Sciences - 08.11.2016
Opinion: How the UK and India can lead the development of ecologically smart cities
Bhaskar Vira and Eszter Kovacs (Department of Geography and University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute) discuss how lessons learned about water management in Nepal and India can guide how cities can be made "ecologically smart".

Civil Engineering - Environment - 01.11.2016
The sustainability promise of the vacant lot
The sustainability promise of the vacant lot
A new book by UC Berkeley architecture professor Nicholas de Monchaux argues that the most valuable resource to boost American cities' resilience in the face of climate change is the lowly vacant lot.

Civil Engineering - 31.10.2016
Researchers look at ways to improve Pennsylvania bridges
Penn State researchers are conducting a study to identify the key factors that are contributing to premature bridge deck cracking on many of Pennsylvania's 22,000 bridges. UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. Every day, millions of Pennsylvania motorists drive on or under one of the Commonwealth's more than 22,000 bridges without ever thinking about its safety and durability.

Health - Civil Engineering - 27.10.2016
Schmallenberg virus may reappear, warn experts
Schmallenberg virus may reappear, warn experts
Schmallenberg virus is unlikely to be circulating in the south of England, but more needs to be done to warn vets and farmers of future disease outbreaks, a new University of Liverpool study reports. Lack of Schmallenberg virus circulation makes governments, vets and farmers lose awareness, but decreasing herd immunity could lead to outbreaks in the years to come, the research suggests.

Computer Science - Civil Engineering - 24.10.2016
Quantifying urban revitalization
For years, researchers at the MIT Media Lab have been developing a database of images captured at regular distances around several major cities.

Civil Engineering - Environment - 13.10.2016
Scientists call for greater say on global plan for future cities
If cities expand business as usual, the projected urbanisation alone will breach the warming limit set by the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

Health - Civil Engineering - 12.10.2016
Cars vs. health: UW’s Moudon, Dannenberg contribute to Lancet series on urban planning, public health
Automobiles - and the planning and infrastructure to support them - are making our cities sick, says an international group of researchers now publishing a three-part series in the British medical journal The Lancet.

Civil Engineering - 11.10.2016
Teller Celebrates the Unexpected Benefits of Failure
As captain of Moonshots at X , Alphabet's Moonshot Factory, Carnegie Mellon University alumnus Astro Teller is working on bringing audacious ideas to reality through science and technology.

Civil Engineering - 07.10.2016

Environment - Civil Engineering - 05.10.2016
Our future doesn’t have to be dismal
It is rare to hear environmental scientists sounding positive about the future. But that's exactly what's happening now with an international group of researchers.

Health - Civil Engineering - 28.09.2016
Creating healthy cities one step at a time
A new series published in The Lancet , led by the University of Melbourne and featuring authors from leading global academic institutions, quantifies for the first time the health outcomes that could

Civil Engineering - Architecture - 19.09.2016
Blueprints for renewal
Blueprints for renewal
Most of us have looked at an ugly building and thought: I could do better than that. Brent Ryan turned that idea into a career.

Civil Engineering - Mechanical Engineering - 16.09.2016
Drive-by monitoring for urban streetlights
Drive-by monitoring for urban streetlights
Is there a streetlight burned out on your block? Unless you or your neighbors phone the right city department, there's a good chance nobody knows about it. Most cities don't have any comprehensive listing or map of where their lights are located, what kind they are, what their expected operational lifetimes are, how high they are, or when they were last replaced.

Computer Science - Civil Engineering - 13.09.2016
Engineers Teach Machines to Recognize Tree Species
Engineers Teach Machines to Recognize Tree Species
Engineers from Caltech have developed a method that uses data from satellite and street-level images, such as the ones that you can see in Google maps, to create automatically an inventory of street trees that cities may use to better manage urban forests.

Administration - Civil Engineering - 30.08.2016

Civil Engineering - Environment - 29.08.2016
Chicago becomes first city to launch Array of Things
This week in Chicago, the Array of Things team begins the first phase of the groundbreaking urban sensing project, installing the first of an eventual 500 nodes on city streets.

Civil Engineering - Computer Science - 29.08.2016
Inferring urban travel patterns from cellphone data
In making decisions about infrastructure development and resource allocation, city planners rely on models of how people move through their cities, on foot, in cars, and on public transportation.

Computer Science - Civil Engineering - 24.08.2016
Structural, regulatory and human error were factors in Washington highway bridge collapse
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — When an important bridge collapsed on Interstate 5 near Mount Vernon, Washington, in 2013, questions were raised about how such a catastrophic failure could occur.

Civil Engineering - Physics - 22.08.2016

Civil Engineering - Environment - 08.08.2016
Former Philadelphia mayor joins UChicago Urban Labs in new role
Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter is joining the University of Chicago Urban Labs to help guide strategy and growth as an executive fellow'a new role for the organization, which is dedicated to addressing challenges faced by cities through evidence-based policymaking. Nutter was mayor of the nation's fifth-most populous city until January 2016 when he reached his term limit.

Civil Engineering - Health - 04.08.2016
Out of the Lecture Hall, into the Olympic Stadium
Out of the Lecture Hall, into the Olympic Stadium
Campus news They are studying medical technology, civil engineering and management. But they also do sports - and are so successful they'll be participating in the Olympic Games opening in Rio de Janeiro tomorrow.

Civil Engineering - Architecture - 05.07.2016
Cities of tomorrow
Cities can be confusing, messy places. Traffic jams make it hard to get around. Public transit can be puzzling.

Civil Engineering - Architecture - 30.06.2016
Living on the edge: succeeding in the slums
Cities exist in a state of constant flux: not always 'smart' and successful, they can be vulnerable, chaotic and seem on the edge of failure.

Architecture - Civil Engineering - 24.06.2016
UCLA architect Greg Lynn reenvisions site of abandoned factory in Detroit
UCLA Greg Lynn designed the Center for Fulfillment, Knowledge and Innovation for the site of a milelong abandoned building that once housed a bustling Packard automobile factory in Detroit.

Civil Engineering - Architecture - 23.06.2016
Would you live in a city made of bone?
The cities of today are built with concrete and steel - but some Cambridge researchers think that the cities of the future need to go back to nature if they are to support an ever-expanding population, while keeping carbon emissions under control.

Civil Engineering - History / Archeology - 17.06.2016
Book chronicles rise of urban planning in ancient Egypt
The pyramids and temples of Egypt, which still stand as magnificent monuments to ancient Egyptian civilization, were the result of some of the world's first urban planners-the ruling pharaohs who invested in town planning. New research at the University of Chicago offers additional insights into how the pharaohs invested in town planning.

Civil Engineering - Environment - 03.06.2016
Finding connections to nature in cities is key to healthy urban living
The modern city is a place where a vibrant array of ideas, sights, sounds and smells intermingle to spawn creativity, expression and innovation.

Civil Engineering - Environment - 31.05.2016
Live from the Hive: world's first live tweeting honeybees in Bristol project
Live from the Hive: world’s first live tweeting honeybees in Bristol project
A new project comparing the lives of bees living in the countryside with those in the city is being launched today, featuring the world's first live tweeting honeybees.

Civil Engineering - Environment - 25.05.2016
Mellon seminar tours a changing, urbanized Amazon
Bruno Bosteels, professor of Romance studies, at the site of an evicted informal neighborhood in Cidade das Luzes (City of Lights) in Manaus, Brazil.

Civil Engineering - Physics - 25.05.2016
Finding a new formula for concrete
Finding a new formula for concrete
Researchers at MIT are seeking to redesign concrete - the most widely used human-made material in the world - by following nature's blueprints.  In a paper published online in the journal Construction and Building Materials, the team contrasts cement paste - concrete's binding ingredient - with the structure and properties of natural materials such as bones, shells, and deep-sea sponges.

Architecture - Civil Engineering - 24.05.2016
U-M to represent US, Detroit at Venice Biennale, world's top architecture show
U-M to represent US, Detroit at Venice Biennale, world’s top architecture show
ANN ARBOR-With eight faculty participants representing three different countries, the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning will take center stage at the world's top architecture show this summer.

Civil Engineering - 23.05.2016
Researchers stress role of subsidized housing in easing affordability crisis
New research from UC Berkeley's Urban Displacement Project stresses the need for the production of both market-rate and subsidized housing, along with aggressive preservation of affordable units and protection for tenants, to resolve the San Francisco Bay Area's housing affordability crisis. "Our research suggests that both subsidized and market-rate housing development make a difference.

Civil Engineering - 17.05.2016
International workshop reveals shared urban challenges
International workshop reveals shared urban challenges
That was the conclusion of a workshop on 'Urban Dialogues' held in Brazil earlier this month, organised by Dr Sarah Ayres from the University of Bristol and Professor Clélio Campolina Diniz of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Civil Engineering - Environment - 17.05.2016
New model from Masdar Institute-MIT collaboration to support a cooler, more sustainable Abu Dhabi
The following is adapted from a Masdar Institute article by Erica Solomon . Cities generate a lot of heat, from car motors to heat-trapping pavements and structures, to the very things we use to cool our homes - air-conditioners.

Civil Engineering - Health - 05.05.2016
Deaths
Deaths
Nolan McNeely , 99, died May 2 in Chandler, Ariz. He worked at the university as a foreman. Jean Colee "Jeanie" Mullen , 89, died June 25 in Marietta, Ga.

Environment - Civil Engineering - 27.04.2016
SOA’s Initiative on Race, Gender, and the Built Environment
AUSTIN, Texas - The School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin will address one of the most pressing issues affecting 21st-century design and planning by establishing a new program on race, gender and the American built environment.

Health - Civil Engineering - 26.04.2016
U of’T joins with European, Asian universities to tackle urban issues
Urban issues were the main topic of discussion as U of'T President Meric Gertler met with Utrecht University President Marjan Oudeman and Chinese University of Hong Kong President Joseph Sung in in Utrecht, Holland recently.

Environment - Civil Engineering - 26.04.2016
From big cities to small islands, Australia-Indonesia research will deliver
Urban and small island communities facing major social and environmental challenges will be the first to benefit from close to half a million dollars of joint investment by The University of Queensland and Indonesia's national research organisation, the Indonesia Institute of Science (LIPI).