Monday, May 25, 2009

Unpacking the 100-year flood - Jerry Richardson, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE

Dr. Jerry Richardson from UMKC returns to explain the interpretation of terms such as the 100-year flood or the 500-year earthquake. If you search for "return period," you will find the statistical background that Dr. Richardson and Dr. O'Bannon alluded to. Listen to the podcast.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Measuring river flow - Dr. Jerry Richardson, PE, D.WRE

Dr. Jerry Richardson (UMKC professor) and Dr. O'Bannon discussed how velocity and flow (discharge) are measured in rivers. Dr. Richardson shared his rich experience in investigating rivers and why flow information is important. Dr. Richardson teaches the undergraduate fluid mechanics and hydraulics courses, and teaches open channel flow, sediment transport and river morphology courses at the graduate level. Listen to the podcast.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Dissolved oxygen and coliform bacteria explained - Deb O'Bannon

Dissolved oxygen and coliform bacteria are both important components of water quality assessment. Dr. O'Bannon discussed the testing and data interpretation for these measurements of water quality, and why we should be interested in them. Listen to the podcast.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Linda Hall Library's Rare Books - Bruce Bradley

Bruce Bradley shared the science and engineering resources that are available to the public at the Linda Hall Library. Deb O'Bannon referred to drawings from the rare book collection, particularly drawings of the Panama Canal, and polar explorations. Linda Hall Library is located at 5109 Cherry Street in Kansas City, MO. Listen to the podcast.