Month: July 2012

MDOT to Survey Private Sector on Autonomous Vehicle Testing Requirements

Fast facts: – Autonomous vehicles have the potential to drastically reduce traffic crashes. – Southeast Michigan is considered an ideal location for the autonomous vehicle industry. – Automakers are already at work bringing semi-autonomous technology to the public.   July 31, 2012 — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is conducting an online survey in collaboration with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) in Ann Arbor. Survey responses from the autonomous vehicle industry will help MDOT and CAR determine what’s needed for a successful testing environment in southeast Michigan. Automobile, robotics and technology manufacturers can take the survey at www.cargroup.org/?module=Page&sID=mdot. Autonomous vehicles have the ability to communicate with other vehicles and the surrounding environment to safely navigate to their destination. This technology holds the potential of drastically reducing traffic crashes by taking the human elements of reaction time and distraction out of the driving process. “Automotive and technology researchers have brought this concept to the brink of reality,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. “The next steps include real-world testing to ensure the technology is working as planned and is meeting consumer needs.” “This survey will play a pivotal role in determining what autonomous vehicle and robotics manufacturers need as a platform to further develop, test and deploy this technology,” Steudle added. “Southeast Michigan is already home to the most advanced automotive research and development facilities in the...

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Romney Campaign Update: 7/31/12

Today, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is visiting Michigan on behalf of the Romney Campaign.  She will be attending the grand opening of the Ann Arbor Victory Center and “Built By Us”  event  at noon.  Then she will travel to Lansing where she will join Governor Snyder to host a “Built By Us” small business round table and the Romney-Victory Headquarters grand opening at 2:40pm.   Event:                        Governor Haley Attends Ann Arbor Victory Office Opening   Location:                  Ann Arbor Victory Center 4695 Washtenaw Avenue Ann Arbor, Michigan Program Time:        12:00 PM EDT   Event:                        Governor Haley Attends Lansing Roundtable Location:                  Romney for President Michigan Headquarters                                     120 North Washington Square, Suite 600 Lansing, Michigan Program Time:        2:40 PM EDT   Event:                        Governor Haley Attends Lansing Office Opening   Location:                  Romney for President Michigan Headquarters                                     120 North Washington Square, Suite 600 Lansing, Michigan Program Time:        3:15 PM EDT   President Obama’s campaign has doubled-down on their out-of-touch spin that 23 million Americans struggling for work and 8.6% unemployment in Michigan is the “right direction” and “right track” for our country. They must be taking cues from their boss who recently said his economic plan has already “worked” – despite the dismal economic situation families across the country face.   In the Detroit News on Friday, President Obama’s  Michigan spokesman stated that two...

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Civil War Photography Comes to Life at the Smithsonian Castle

Exhibit Explores the Advancements of Photography for “Civil War 150” July 30, 2012 A photo exhibit to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, “Experience Civil War Photography: From the Home Front to the Battlefront,” opens in the Smithsonian Castle Aug. 1 and it continues for a year. Advancements in photography brought the conflict close to home for many Americans and the exhibit features a stereoview and a carte-de-viste album of Civil War generals. During the Civil War the Castle served as a home for the Smithsonian Secretary’s family and a place of learning and collecting. The exhibit displays excerpts from the diary from the daughter of the Secretary Joseph Henry. Mary Henry recorded the comings and goings of soldiers to the Castle use of its towers to observe advancing soldiers and the state of Washington after Lincoln’s assassination. Also featured are Smithsonian employee Solomon Brown (1829-1906) and the lecture hall that hosted a series of abolitionist speakers; it was destroyed by fire in 1865. Stereoviews, a form of 3-D photography that blossomed during that era, daguerreotypes, tintypes and ambrotypes—all emerging types of photography—are highlighted in the exhibit to explore the ways photography was used to depict the war, prompt discussion and retain memories. The exhibit features a range of Civil War-era photographic materials from Smithsonian collections, including cameras, stereoviewers, albums and portraits, alongside photographs of soldiers and...

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Underwater Ecosystem Inundated by Sediment Plume

USGS Divers Steve Rubin and Reg Reisenbichler laying out a survey transect. (Multimedia Gallery) PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Scuba-diver scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, with support teams from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, and Washington Sea Grant, are returning to the mouth of Washington’s Elwha River this week to explore and catalogue the effect of released sediment on marine life following the nation’s largest dam removal effort. The underwater survey is taking place downstream of the Elwha and Glines Canyon Dams, which are nearing the one-year anniversary of the start of their removal, a gradual process that officials expect to be finished in 2013. The dive survey is helping scientists understand how underwater plant and animal life react and adapt to the downstream effects of dam removal and providing scientists a more detailed and complete picture of the ecological restoration. “For nearly 100 years, sediment delivery to the lower reaches of the Elwha River and its mouth has been starved, with that material accumulating behind dams, affecting both the form of the beach and the nearshore marine communities,” said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. “With the recent initiation of dam removal, the sediment supply to the coast has literally gone from famine to feast, presenting a rare scientific opportunity to document ecosystem response to a large sediment pulse and the gradual recovery to the...

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Michigan Governor Snyder Media Advisory – Monday July 30th

Monday, July 30 Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will visit growing businesses in the Upper Peninsula. ·         9 a.m. Nu-Vu Food Service Systems, a commercial oven manufacturing company 5600 13th St. Menominee, MI 49858   ·         11:15 a.m. Grede LLC, a metal component supplier to transportation and industrial markets 801 S. Carpenter Ave. Kingsford, MI 49802   ·         12:35 p.m. M.J. Electric Inc., an in-plant electric company 200 Frank Pipp Dr. Iron Mountain, MI 49801 ·         3:45 p.m. Lester Detterbeck Enterprises, a manufacturer of cutting tools 3390 East U.S. 2 Iron River, MI 49935   ·         5:15 p.m. Global Response North, a brand care call center 402 Washington Ave. Iron River, MI 49935 Bookmark It Hide...

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