Are you rabidly loyal to your political party? Do you wear the buttons, post the signs, make the phone calls?

Guess what? The folks who AREN’T like that are the ones who determine elections.

Surprised? Me, too. But that’s the reason political scientists haven’t yet developed a foolproof method of predicting election outcomes.

Dr. George Rabinowitz is going to share behind-the-scenes secrets about election science and voting behavior during Morehead’s Current Science Forum on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. It’s free — be there and bring a friend. This is fascinating stuff! (And think how much more fun it’ll be to watch the debates with your newfound knowledge).

Karen Kornegay is Morehead's marketing manager.

28 Aug 2008
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Our longtime educator and friend, Jesse Richuso, is leaving us for colder pastures. He’s heading to the University of Wisconson at Madison for a new job as a Physics Outreach Manager. The best part about it is that he will be driving a van around to local schools doing physics demos for the kids. Of course we assume that he will be living in the van…down by the river. Here’s a pic of us when we found out he was going somewhere that has snow.

And here’s Jesse trying to look all Emo for his last Rock Band session in the NDT.

Good luck, Jesse! We’ll miss ya!

Jay Heinz is Morehead's Digital Production Manager.

We spent Thursday on a trip out to the Haw River, west of Chapel Hill. We were able to do a macroinvertebrate study just below a dam to investigate what was living in the river, and what we could learn about stream health.

In the afternoon we canoed out onto the lake just above the dam, observing human impact on river banks, accumulation of trash and just enjoying the beauty of the river!

Enjoy these shots of our young scientists checking out the river’s biodiversity!


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Carly Apple is Morehead's afterschool coordinator.

Here are some great shot of our camp scientists in action! Building cardboard boats (they’d better float), and filtering some VERY gross water! Do we have any future OWASA chemists in our midst?


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Carly Apple is Morehead's afterschool coordinator.


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Carly Apple is Morehead's afterschool coordinator.

Here’s the pictures of our stream survey morning! Our biological survey team (with some help from the chemical survey team) found an amazing number of crayfish (more than 5!)

Michelle and Chase amazed us with their novel way of grabbing stream invertebrates, and the physical survey group did a great job of checking the width and depth of the stream to compare to tomorrow.

I can’t wait for our trip to OWASA this afternoon. More pictures are definitely on the way!


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Carly Apple is Morehead's afterschool coordinator.

11 Aug 2008
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The students who work here at MPSC Production don’t just get us coffee and do our dry cleaning. That does take up most of their time, but when they have a spare moment, they get a little animating done as well.


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Jay Heinz is Morehead's Digital Production Manager.

Sadly, the end of this week of SciVentures has come. But check out all the blog posts by those science teams! And the campers did a great job building their cardboard boats and setting sail (even if some of them didn’t quite make it back…)

Today was extra exciting as we took apart out weir. Check out the water level upstream from that thing!

Thanks for a great week, campers!


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Carly Apple is Morehead's afterschool coordinator.

Today we tested out some of the filtering strategies that we learned about OWASA. We made a mixture of many things that we might put down our sinks (that probably shouldn’t go there), and then tried to purify it. I’m not sure I’d want to drink any of the results, though…. OWASA is a bit better than we are!


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Carly Apple is Morehead's afterschool coordinator.

Today we took a trip to OWASA’s Water Treatment Plant and Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Here are some pictures of the campers during this amazing opportunity.  Thanks, OWASA!!


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Carly Apple is Morehead's afterschool coordinator.


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