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These are a Few of My Favorite Things: Who does not love the smell of pine trees?  Or stretchy long underwear?  Hooray for camping!
These are a Few of My Favorite Things: Who does not love the smell of pine trees? Or stretchy long underwear? Hooray for camping!Courtesy John

Are you interested in conserving our country's land, waterways, historical, and/or cultural resources? How about connecting your fellow Americans with the outdoors? Senior representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Council on Environmental Quality, and the U.S. Department of Defense want to hear from you!

As part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative, the University of Minnesota is offering a pubic listening session August 4th from 4-7:30pm in the Tedd Mann Concert Hall that offers an opportunity to engage these senior representatives in a conversation about the conservation solutions of Minnesotans. The event is free and open to the pubic, but online registration is strongly encouraged. Want to register or need more information? Event details here.


Earn money, save money
Earn money, save moneyCourtesy Achim Hering

Obama's Home Depot speech

We are wasting money when heat is lost from our homes.
What would happen if economic stimulus money was used to improve the energy efficiency of our homes?

Benefits of improving energy efficiency

  • Economic boost ($20 billion cash flow)
  • Money saved on energy bills ($1k - $3k improvement / home X 5 million homes = $3.3 billion saved / yr on energy bills)
  • Jobs creation (600,000 to 850,000 new jobs - contractors, suppliers, and inspectors)

Weatherization legislation pending

Lawmakers recently have begun pushing to offer weatherization incentives immediately as a way to create 600,000 to 850,000 new jobs.

Lane Wesley Burt, manager of building energy policy for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said the program could be set up as a government rebate administered by certified contractors that would shave the money from a homeowner's bill when the work was completed. The contractor then would apply to the government for reimbursement of the incentive, similar to how auto dealers administered cash-for-clunkers rebates.

Learn more about possible weatherization incentives

Source: Los Angeles Times
Obama pushes home improvement to create jobs, save energy


Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Health and Human ServicesCourtesy Department of Health and Human Services

H1N1 Flu information

If you want valid information about Influenza A(H1N1), You should first check out the official disease control websites.

Here are some of the official web pages of our national and world leadership for information about fighting disease.

Also embeded is a webcast where public questions about the 2009 flu pandemic are answered by Acting Director of CDC, Dr. Besser.

Use the links below for official information about Influenza A(H1N1)

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  3. CDC H1N1 flu information
  4. H1N1 Flu questions & answers
  5. World Health Organization info

President Obama's flu message


Watch a webcast answering questions about the 2009 flu pandemic

I was very excited to listen to Barack Obama's inauguration address and hear him speak the words, science, data, and statistics with pride and emphasis. We will keep a watchful eye over the next four years to make sure that science policy adheres to the agenda and principles that our new president has set out.

Science blogger at the New York Times, Andrew C. Revkin, has some great questions that he is going to ask Barack Obama's science and environmental policy team. Obama has promised to keep governmental politics out of research and increase funding for scientific study as well. Revkin's questions, accumulated from the community of Times readers, put's the new president's science team on the spot about how they will actually do this. Check out the list of questions. What science questions would you ask Obama?