Interview With Amber Scott


Briefly describe what biotechnology means.

-bio tech to me is like super sized chickens at McDonalds or like stem cell research.

Are you in favor of further industrial research in this field?

-yes, medical wise I believe it can help cure diseases and stuff like that

Provide at least one reason for your stance on this issue

– I believe that biotechnology is going to save many lives with it’s medical advancements.

D. What is your academic major?



Set The Example,Change Norfolk Now.


In the near future the estimated population is around 8 billion people. If our planet increases to that magnitude, with our already suffering environment is will destroy life as we know it. We need to put a stop to this stress on the environment immediately. It all starts with us. So let us set the example by changing how much we here in Norfolk impact the environment.

Norfolk has a population of 242,803 as of the Census in 2010; it’s the second largest city in Virginia. It’s time to brighten Norfolk up again. The air is foggy with air pollution and CO2 emissions that come from the constant every day hustle and bustle on the highways and waste from buildings and things of that nature. The potential of our city is astronomical. The possibilities are endless; it’s time to set the example. This is how I propose we change our city.

To set the example, as residents of Norfolk we need to start to eliminate the three following problems.  We need to fix the transportation problem in this city; we need to start building only green buildings and we need acquire green space.  In order to lessen the impact of cars on our air and environment, the amount of bicycles sold in Norfolk should immediately skyrocket.  That means your first choice of transportation should be hoping on your bike, or using public transportation and not hoping behind the wheel of your car. This method of bike sharing could vastly lower the amount of greenhouses gases and CO2 emissions in our area. One area of concern would be getting people to get on the wagon, and start using bicycles as there first means of transportation. Jesse Simmons, author of the article A Case for the Bike Share, says “ However, some cities have attempted assessments, such as Barcelona, which claims that bike ridership rose from .75% to 1.76% in the two years after their Biking system bike share was introduced.” Also, our own ODU is going to be implementing bike sharing this fall. So that means a good amount of Norfolk will be riding bikes instead of riding in cars coming in the near future, that’s one step closer to our goal. It’s time to set the example.

Next, Norfolk should take advantage of all the green space it could acquire. For example, many areas around Old Dominion University could be utilized. Not only would utilizing our green space increase the property value of the land of Norfolk, it would also attract more people to our city. All the run down houses and buildings in Norfolk should be torn down, therefore creating green space.  Then, it would be our responsibility as citizens of this city to build things that would impact our environment positively such as park, playgrounds and greenhouses.  It’s time to set the example.

Lastly, we can further Norfolk’s advancement by starting to build only green buildings. The green building implemented here in Norfolk would function only on energy from the sun and carbon electrons.  We would utilize solar panels on the new buildings and homes; we would even go as far as to modify the buildings and homes already built here in Norfolk.  The solar panels would allow for cooling and warmth depending on the way they reflected the sun.  This would lower the amount of nonrenewable resources we as a city use. These last two implementations of changes would set the stage to convert Norfolk to go completely green slowly but surely. It’s start with each and every one of you. Let Norfolk be the guide to the rest of the world. It’s time to set the example.

The Shareable Future of Cities


1.How many people does Steffen estimate we will have living in or near cities by mid-century-?

-about 8 million maybe more.

2.Explain how you agree or disagree with Steffen’s point that our energy use is “predestined” rather than “behavioral”.

–  I agree with this point because as an on campus student with everything right in arms reach, I would rather walk or use my bike to get to the places I want to go. This is probably true for many cities around the country. If the need and demand for cars is low, people will not use them.

3.What correlation does Steffen make between a city’s density and its climate emissions?

– the denser the place, the lover the emissions.

4.What are the “eco districts” that Steffen mentions? How you see these as feasible or unfeasible in a city like Norfolk?

-Eco districts are places where the town is more dense and compact, which makes it easier to get to places and it cuts back on energy. I think it could work in Norfolk if it gets something really attractive to the public in the town. This would make more people come to the eco districts.

5.Explain how you agree or disagree with the “threshold effect” that Steffen discusses related to transportation.

– I agree with the threshold effect because I am the type of person that would fall into the category. Since there is so much to do around Old Dominion’s campus within walking or biking distance I really don’t drive anyway, even my job is close. I hate finding places to park so I never really move my car unless it’s necessary.

6.What does Steffen mean by the idea that, “…even space itself is turning into a service…”? Can you provide any examples that you see here in Norfolk or elsewhere?

-Steffen is talking about being able to use free spaces and using it wisely. Even people who share the same space like sharing heating and cooling can allow people to use less energy. Services like using sunlight to heat buildings or breezes to cool are the kind of things he explains. In Norfolk, it’s safe to say we have vacant spaces and we should utilize the space.

7.Describe your understanding of Steffen’s argument that, “…it’s not about the leaves above, but the systems below…”.

-This argument is saying it’s not about the little leaves that have grown from the tree, but the root of how it all started and what was done. This will determine the end results and the efficiency of the tree.

8.Describe your understanding of Steffen’s argument that, “…it’s not about the leaves above, but the systems below…”.Finally, overall in what way(s) do you see Steffen’s ideas working / not working here in Norfolk?

– I agree that every city has opportunity to better its self. Norfolk has the potential to change like every other major city in America. This change would benefit the people and the environment. Big changes are going to be really hard to implement because driving is the”norm” for most people. So, to change Norfolk it’s going to take teamwork and effort from all the people who live here.




Beer & Technology.


So, in class right now we are watching a video called How Beer Saved The World. The video just started and I’m trying to figure out how beer and technology go together. I personally hate beer, I think its the grossest thing in the world but I am starting to understand how beer has driven our country. I feel that technology like beer evolved over time. To make better beer, there was a creation of new technologies for better harvesting of barley. Alot of the technologies we have today came into existence because of BEER. This video exclaims that beer invented the written language, they say that the reason people started writing was to better document how to get beer and make beer. I think this video has some truth to it….however how important beer was to “saving our world” is a far strech from the truth.

My Relationship With Techonology


Technology is basically my life. I can’t walk away from my Iphone for 5 minutes without feeling anxious! It’s sad but it’s very true. When I’m not constantly on my phone, I’m probably on my computer either on facebook or twitter or tumblr. I am clearly addicted to technology and I don’t know where I would be with out it. I have a love for technology.

my everything ❤

Abstract 1 : Overview & Impact


Lardner, J., D. LaGeese, and J. Rae-Dupree. 2001. Over-whelmed by Technology. US News and World Report 130 (2): 30-36

Technology was created to make individuals lives easier. Things like cell phones and cameras were all created because the old way of communicating or sharing your lives with others were much to time consuming. However, the author argues that technology has done nothing but anger its users. The author argues that technology is too complicated and by the time people figure out how to use a certain gadget, another more complicated one is coming out on the market. The author insists that new technology is being created for engineering purposes and not for the everyday person. Realizing this problem and because of the recent decline in sales due to gadgets being too complicated to figure out, huge technology companies like Microsoft and Gateway have been working hard to figure out less complicated ways to use their gadgets. Also, they are working hard on fixing their existing gadgets for easier operation.  The author argues that the consumers should always read the user manual no matter how easy the gadget may seem. Every aspect of technology is being created easier for users, not just gadgets but the internet is now having web pages designed easier, so more people come to sites without complications.  The author argues that consumers also complain about being overwhelmed by technology but users won’t devote the time it takes to learn how the software works.  As much as consumers complain about how difficult technology is, people still want the latest and greatest gadgets.

I agree with this article. We are raised to want the best, however many of us never even look at the user’s manual . It is impossible to know exactly how a gadget works without at least skimming through a users manual. As americans we always want quick and easy. I also agree with what the author said about how impossible it is to keep up with new technology. I just got the Iphone 4s, but I guarantee in about 6 or 7 months a new Iphone will come out and be all the rage. Technological advantages are taking us by storm and it’s getting almost impossible to keep up.