Updated: 1/23/20 7:35 AM

 

Citizen Science 2020 - Annandale

Daniel Newsome - Communication Strand, Section 17,

Fisher Arts Building (Just down the hill from Kline), Room 138

 

 

Newsome Edition                            Class Policies-Look these over.


Our Calendar

 

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

1/10

Saturday

1/11

Typically we will have class in the mornings from 10:00-12:00 and in the afternoons from 2:30-5:00. Our lunch time is always from 12:15-1:00 and we all have nap time from 1:00-2:15. 

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Lab 1:

10:00-12:00

 

Lunch-Break

12:15-1:00-2:15

Core 0:

7:00-8:30

Core 1:

2:30-5:00

 

Sunday

1/12

Monday

1/13

Tuesday

1/14

Wednesday

1/15

Thursday

1/16

Friday

1/17

Saturday

1/18

 

Lab 2:

10:00-12:00

Lab 3:

10:00-12:00

Lab 4:

10:00-12:00

Lab 5:

10:00-12:00

Lab 6:

10:00-12:00

CCE

 

Lunch-Break

12:15-1:00-2:15

Lunch-Break

12:15-1:00-2:15

Lunch-Break

12:15-1:00-2:15

Lunch-Break

12:15-1:00-2:15

Lunch-Break

12:15-1:00-2:15

CCE

Fisher Center 7:00 pm

Speaker: David Sedlak-

From Crisis to Solutions: Water in the 21st Century-

 

Core 2:

2:30-5:00

Core 3:

2:30-5:00

Core 4:

2:30-5:00

Core 5:

2:30-5:00

Core 6:

2:30-5:00

CCE

 

Sunday

1/19

Monday

1/20

Tuesday

1/21

Wednesday

1/22

Thursday

2/23

Friday

1/24

Saturday

1/25

 

MLK

Lab 7:

10:00-12:00

Lab 8:

10:00-12:00

Lab 9:

10:00-12:00

Core 10:

10:00-12:00

 

 

MLK

Lunch-Break

12:15-1:00-2:15

Lunch-Break

12:15-1:00-2:15

Lunch-Break

12:15-1:00-2:15

 

 

 

Fisher Center 7:00 pm.

Panel:

 MLK and Climate Justice: A Path Forward

Core 7:

2:30-5:00

 

Optional:

"Dark Waters" - see below for sign-up sheet.

Core 8:

2:30-5:00

Core 9:

2:30-5:00

 

Photographer ca. 3:00.

 

 

 

Optional movie: Sign-up for the movie, "Dark Waters," starring Mark Ruffalo.

Showing at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck on Tuesday, Jan. 21. 

Limited number of seats, so sign-up as soon as you can.

Possible transportation to the theater is described in the sign-up sheet.

I'm not sure about the exact time, but it will probably be around 7:00 pm or there abouts.

The movie is about PFOA (a chemical) found in water.

Wikipedia article on "Dark Waters"                               Official "Dark Waters" site

 


Our Daily Assignments and Links to additional materials.

I will update this regularly.   Check back multiple times per day.  Be sure to reload each time.

Assigned readings and other homework are to be completed for the day in which they are listed.

 

Due for

class on...

Assignments Table

Extras

Friday

Jan. 10

Read Chapter 1 from the book, Water 4.0, by David Sedlak.  Here is a link to a PDF of this chapter: Ch1-Rome.  It is password protected.  The password is in the email I sent you on 1/8/20.  No further chapters will be provided.  Make sure you have the book as soon as possible.  [It is also available on Audible.com.]

 

Library Option:  It may be possible to get Sedlak's book here: JSTOR (as a PDF???), but I'm not sure if students will have access.  It works for me as faculty.

 

FW-Quotes

 

 

Saturday

Jan. 11

Morning Lab 1:  Do the following for Saturday's morning class.

 

   -Listen to this RadioLab Episode: RadioLab Worth. 

   -Watch this segment from a show called "The Liars Club" - LC-1969 

            Here's another optional segment: LC-1978. 

                 Trigger Warning: These old game shows are filled with sexist stereotypes. 

   -Read Chapter 2 (pp. 14-25) from Sedlak's Water 4.0.

 

Afternoon Core 1:

   -Read "Water: the weirdest liquid on the planet" by Alok Jah.  [2015, The Guardian]  Hardcopy was handed out.  Web copy is here.

Bottini-Siena

Sunday

Jan. 12

Read Read Chapter 3 (pp. 26-40) from Sedlak's Water 4.0.  I just want all of you to have read at least 3 chapters from his book before you go to his talk. Formulate questions you might ask him. 

 

7:00 pm.

    David Sedlak talk at the Fisher Center (Sosnoff Theater/Auditorium). 

    Check in with me in the lobby.   Attendance is required. 

 

Monday

Jan. 13

Morning Lab 2:  Dirty waters:  Testing the waters? 

   - Read Chapter 4 (pp. 41-62) from Sedlak's Water 4.0.

   -Read Gibbens-MassiveDeadZone-NatGeo-2019.pdf (password protected.  The same password as before.  See email from me if you have forgotten.)

   - Answer these questions. Questions.   Please turn this in on paper.

 

Afternoon Core 2:

   -Read over these: Charcoal and Activated Carbon

 

SedlakSlides

Tuesday

Jan. 14

Homework to be completed for today, Tuesday:

 

  - Read Chapter 5 (pp. 63-89) from Sedlak's Water 4.0.

  - Read Ch7, "The Guano Trade" (pp. 143-163) from this Password protected PDF: Bown-Most_Damnable...

Potassium nitrate(saltpeter) + sulfur(brimstone) + carbon(charcoal) = BOOM!


Morning Lab 3:  Mystery Waters. Isolated samples. Initial observations, sensory testing, PH, TDS, and documentation.

 


Afternoon Core 3:

Look over the then discussion of...

-NY State Hudson River Fish Advisory Table.  [handout]

- PCB Overview

 

 

 

Wednesday

Jan. 15

Homework to be completed for Wednesday:

 

  - Read Chapter 6, "The Chlorine Dilema" (pp. 90-111) from Sedlak's Water 4.0.

  - Read Ch9, "Battle of the Falklands" (pp. 185-206) from this Password protected PDF: Bown-Most_Damnable...

   -Read Smil:  We can do this later.  I'm tired.

 

Watch these three videos and answer the questions on the question sheet:

a)   5 minute Video produced by GE (General Electric).

b)   5 minute video on the dredging of the Hudson River made by Duke University:  Video here.  (Paid for by Duke School of the Environment.)

c)  Video made by the Campaign for a Cleaner Hudson:  Cleaner Hudson Video of the history and the failures of GE and EPA, including current state of things. You can stop at the 6 minute 15 second mark.  Use this link instead.  The original link is broken: http://www.hudsonriverstories.com/pcbs-toxic-legacy/

 

Question Sheet to fill out on the above videos:  Question Sheet


 

Morning Lab 4: Further testing of mystery water.  More refined documentation.  Lab-4-Outline and Instructions.

 


 

2:30-5:00 -- Afternoon Core 4:  Polarity

 

Link to short descriptions to common contaminates: Overview of Water-Related...CDC.

 

Thursday

Jan. 16

Homework to be completed for Thursday:

  - Read Ch10 and the Epilogue, "The Father of the War" (pp. 207-239) from this Password protected PDF: Bown-Most_Damnable...

   -Read Vaclav Smil's  "Global Population..." [password protected]

 

 

Lab 5: Cleaning the mystery water and building filters.

Carbon filtration.  Brita. Making a super-filter?  Working on water reports.

 

Core 5:  PCBs and health

[First finish Polarity and PCB chemistry/history]

 

Recommended: Implicit Bias test- The test titled, "Gender (Gender-Science IAT)," tests for gender-associated biases in one's expectations of a scientist.

 

Friday

Jan. 17

Homework to be completed for Friday:  BRING COMPUTERS!

   - Read this very short story about lead from Reuters.  More Lead Problems.  Convert 5 micrograms per deciliter to ppm and ppb.

 

   -Read - Gomez: "The Children of Flint Were Not Poisoned" (2018)

     [Optional: The journal article by Gomez: "Blood Levels....Flint" (2018)]  Gomez is taking a rather contraversial position.  What do you think?

 

Lab 6:  Reverse Osmosis? Distillation?

  Lead.  What's the big deal?

  Writing simply.

 

Start putting together ideas on Final Projects:  [Two parts]

1) Assembling what we have already done.  Finding themes, making collages, etc.

2) Work alone or in pairs or triples.  (Please get my blessing if you want to work as a group of 3.)  Choose something, anything, from what has come up in class and in the readings.  Make some sort of interesting project on it... a project that can be exhibited somehow.  Examples:  The development of the gas mask.  The Haber-Bosch process.  Global population.  Something about cows.  Ancient water systems.  Water access.  Some interesting detail on water chemistry.  Why do we even have PCBs or PFOAs?  etc.

 

Core 6:  Models

A Thing Explainer Explained.

Here is the actual text editor:

ThingExplainer

 

 

 

 

Monday

 

 

MLK

Day

 

 

Monday

 

 

MLK

Day

Sosnoff: 7:00.  BE THERE!

Where?  Here's a map: MAP

The official seats are as follows:

[Shotgun!] I'm sitting in R2.

You all can sit in these:

R: 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12.

S: 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10

T: 2, 4, 6, and 8

U: 2, 4, and 6

 

Update: This event caught the attention of the press.  link


MLK Day – Reflections

Here are a few interesting tidbits if you feel like

reflecting on American History.  This is just a random selection of things that you may not have known about and that I have found interesting over the years.

 

-Michelle Alexander Opinion Piece: Injustice on Repeat (2020)

 

-Thomas-Quinn-Tuskegee Syphilis Study and HIV

 

-Masten, et al--Flint: What Happened and Why?  Detailed, peer-reviewed scientific paper.

 

-Edwards: The Revolt of the Black Athlete (1985)-- book that inspired "High Flying Bird" (Soderbergh film-2019)  Available in many places.

 

-13th (2016 documentary about the 13th Ammendment by DuVernay)- Netflix

 

-Mann, Excerpt from 1493 on malaria, guano, Sicklecell, slavery, and disease. 

 

Monday

 

 

MLK

Day

 

 

 

Monday

 

 

MLK

Day

Tuesday

Jan. 21

Homework to be completed for Tuesday:

 

-Read Pollan: Power Steer.  I'll quiz you on this.... for reals.  Read it!  Michael Pollan is best known for his book, The Omnivore's Dilemma.  This essay is in that book, but in edited form and some details are missing that this version contains.  Pollan recently put out a book on the history of psychedelics called, How to Change Your Mind.  I highly recommend it.

 

-Read Foderaro-ItŐs Fish vs. Dams (NY Times).  Explore Bard's hydro project using the links at the end of the article.


Morning Lab 7:  Finalization of work on water reports. 

    -Discussion on Cows, fertilizer, energy, antibiotic resistance, Nitrogen run-off, corn, WWII and the Farm Bill, and the presidential primaries.

    -Make nixtimal.


Afternoon Core 7: Nitro-genesis. 

   -Discuss nitrate issues (Pollan).

   -Meet with all Water Report Groups to give last minute revisions.

 

My Project:

A Weekend Taking Pictures of Water:

 

Pictures:

WaterPics-pdf

 

Short Movies:

-GalaxyFormation

-Critters

-WaterBlasters

-Synesthesia

 

I might further edit these and come up with some prose to go with them.

[PaxOnSofa]

Wednesday

Jan. 22

Homework to be completed for Wednesday:

 

-Read these two short essays by Andrew Ure and Friederich Engels: Ure&Engels.PDF

 

-Read this essay by Jared Diamond: The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race (1987).

 

-Read Genesis, Chapter 3.

 

-Read Reverse Osmosis Overview.


Morning Lab 8: 

   -Discuss Readings

   -Reverse Osmosis [RO] demo.

   -Start organizing exhibit.

   -Final Water Reports should be done or nearly done.


Afternoon Core 8: PFOAs

    -Core activities

   -Meet with students to finalize final projects.

 

Get me any special printing needs by end of class so that I can print stuff up for Thursday.

 

 

Thursday

Jan. 23

Homework to be completed for Thursday:

Work on your projects.


Morning Core 9: Assessment BS [1.25 hrs] and setting up the exhibit.


Afternoon Lab 9:  Finalizing project installations, gallery talks,  Microscopes and/or filter tests (Brita vs. Sand-AC-KDF85 vs. homemade charcoal vs. Reverse Osmosis.  Also AC vs. homemade charcoal)

 

3:00 Photographer

 

 

 

Friday

Jan. 24

Core/Lab: 10 - CAFE forms and final overview of our exhibit.  Films and other stuff will be shown.  Party of sorts.  Probably a special guest.

 

Fin

 

Sad

 

Exhibit will be taken down Friday afternoon, so take what you want from it at the end of the class.  The building wants its walls back.

Philadelphia Museum:

Designs for Different Futures

[NYTimes story: link]

 

MoMA's

Broken Nature

[video]

Monday

I can't believe it all starts again. 

I'll see a couple of you in Precalculus, Math 110.

 

Next fall I might be teaching a math-for-nonmajors course called, "Quadrivium". 

[NumberTheory/Numerology, Music Theory, Geometry, and Astro-nomy-ology]

If you are interested in this course, register for it and then send me an email reminder.  I will probably get about 75 applicants for 22 spots in the class.

 

 

 

JNW-Direct-Color Chart

 

TESTlab-Color Chart

 

 


Water and PCB overview:

 

The water molecule is polar.  It has a positive and a negative side.  It's charge distribution is sort of asymmetrical.

Molecules that mix with water tend also to be polar, making them hydro-philic.  Water-lovers.  They attract one another... the positive side of one sticks to the negative side of another.

 

PCBs are non-polar and more dense than water.  They sort of have a symmetrical charge distribution.  They don't have more positive or more negative regions.  The charge is more equally distributed.

Unlike vegetable oil (also non-polar) which is less dense than water, PCBs sink to the bottom of water and don't mix with it.  But they will mix with fats.  This is why PCBs can bioaccumulate in the fats of fish.  If humans eat these fish, they get PCBs in their fats.

PCBs are hydro-phobic and lipo-philic... They fear water and love lipids... fats.

Generally speaking, all non-polar molecules are lipo-philic.  [They love to mix with fats, but they don't mix with water.]

 

Polar molecules tend to mix with other polar molecules.

Non-polar molecules with other non-polar.

Like goes with like.

 

This is why it is nearly impossible to wash oil off your hands with water.  The oil is hydro-phobic. 

Soap is a weird emulsion of the two.  It is both hydrophobic and hydrophilic.  The oil in soap mixes with the oil on your hands, and the hydrophilic (water-loving) part of the soap allows you to rinse it off with water. 

 

 

 

 

 


Extras...

 

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Above: This is the color key for the litmus paper that students have.  Neutral PH is 7.  This is the PH of distilled water.  It is neither acid nor base. 


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Battery acid, hydrofloric acid

1

Hydrochloric acid in stomach,

2

Lemon juice, vinegar, gastric acid

3

Grapefruit and orange juice. Soft drinks.

4

Tomato juice, acid rain

5

Acid rain, black coffee, very "soft" tap water,

6

Urine, milk, saliva

7

"Pure" water,

8

Baking soda, seawater, eggs

9

toothpaste (9.9), baking soda

10

Milk of magnesium, Great Salt Lake (Utah),

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Household ammonia

12

Soapy water

13

bleaches, oven cleaner, lye

14

Liquid drain cleaner, caustic soda

 

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Size Chart in microns: JPEG

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AV and Web resources:

 

RadioLab: -Worth-RadLab

 

Charcoal:

Primitive Technology: Charcoal

 

Charcoal in Zambia

 

Charcoal in Nigeria

 

Charcoal in Romania

 

Charcoal in Germany

 


Activated Charcoal:

 

Activated Carbon adsorption video

 

CDC-Drinking Water (Public and Private)

 


 

Useful links:

CDC- Well Water Contaminates

 


PFOA Links:

Delgado and Hoosick Falls

 

Officials: Approach To Hoosick Falls Would Not Change After New PFAS Recommendations

 


Bottled Water

Unfiltered Fervor

 


 

Graphs

GapMinder- choose your x and y axes: E.g. CO2 emissions vs. malaria rate

 

ngram-viewer: E.g. How often does the word enigma appear in literature?

 

 

Writing

A Thing Explainer

 


Fisher Arts on a map