“What’s new at Morehead?” That’s a common question that I get from friends and family. Whenever I get the question, I’m always a little dumbstruck. Where to start? There’s always something new in the works. Maybe the first of a new year is a little unusual with people feeling the need to launch new initiatives or the jump-start ones left over from the prior year. But my schedule this week has been full of meetings on interesting projects that are in the works. Don’t take it for granted that all of these projects (or Morehead’s participation) will actually happen. Keep checking back for official announcements. But here’s a taste of what’s been on my calendar this week and what we’re working on for 2010:

  • National Lab Day: The White House is backing an initiative to connect teachers, students, engineers and scientists in hands-on science learning. It’s more than just one day, but National Lab Day activities will take place the first week of May. We’re working on connecting with teachers and students via the DESTINY program and UNC scientists. We’re also discussing working through the timing because the first week of May is leading into end-of-course tests in North Carolina.
  • An example of a steampunk computer keyboard and monitor.

    An example of a steampunk computer keyboard and monitor. Image from Wired.com.

    The Art and Science of Steampunk: We had a meeting this week with a couple of members of the local steampunk scene. One of my colleagues, Amber Vogel, has received a grant to put on a steampunk festival in April. For those of you who might not be familiar with steampunk (I wasn’t), steampunk is a subculture that fuses the Victorian Era, science fiction and new technology. Need a better description? Check out Wired magazine’s description and examples.

  • The USA Science and Engineering Festival: That’s coming up in October. We’re planning on participating in the expo on the National Mall and developing a local counterpart. Denise Young plans on sharing more details in an upcoming blog post.

And of course, we’re working on Our Next Giant Leap. What is Our Next Giant Leap? You’ll have to check back later this month for more details. But I’ll say this: it’s big.

Jeff Hill is Morehead's director of external relations and is wishing that he had a copy of Will Smith's "Wild, Wild West" on Blu-Ray.



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