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Christine and David Vernier Win 2014 Simon Benson Award for Philanthropy

Photo provided by Portland State University
On October 23, Christine and David Vernier were presented with the Simon Benson Award for Philanthropy by Portland State University. Named for one of Oregon’s first philanthropists, the Simon Benson Award for Philanthropy was created by Portland State University in 1999 to honor the state’s contemporary leaders of philanthropy.

Vernier Awarded Second in 2014 Healthiest Oregon Employers Awards

#2 Healthiest Employer in Oregon 2014

On October 23rd, Vernier ranked 2nd in the 2-99 employees category for healthiest employers in Oregon. This is our third consecutive year winning this award. The Healthiest Oregon Employers Award from the Portland Business Journal recognized organizations that are committed to creating a healthy workplace. Thanks to our wellness committee for our health-promoting activities and our employees for participating in improving their wellness.

LabQuest 2.4 Update

We’re pleased to release the latest update for LabQuest 2. The version 2.4 update is free and recommended for all LabQuest 2 users.

New Features and Enhancements

  • Support for Go Wireless pH (for LabQuest 2 model LQ2-LE only)
  • Support for Go Wireless Electrode Amplifier (for LabQuest 2 model LQ2-LE only)
  • Allow user defined distance units in photogate timing modes
  • Fixed display of curve fit coefficient errors in Plot Details
  • Prevent sampling at less than 15 ms when using spectrometers as this can result in erroneous data
  • Addressed issues with Connections App stability

Download LabQuest 2.4 Update

Vernier Time Capsule

David and Christine Vernier holding the time capsule by its resting place

We recently placed a time capsule in a wall of the new Vernier building addition. In 50 years, it will be opened and includes an employee-signed commemorative photo book, “Vernier Software & Technology: The First 33 Years“, a 2014 catalog, current marketing materials, a LabPro, original LabQuest, and LabQuest 2 interface, a temperature probe, and software, including a 5 1/4″ floppy disk from February 1982 with the first software programs Vernier ever sold!

Time capsule contents: Interfaces, software, catalog, newsletter, and memory book

LabQuest Viewer 1.1 Update

LabQuest Viewer 1.1 for Windows and Mac is now available for download. Version 1.1 features:

  • Added support for Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Mac OS X 10.9, and provisional support for 10.10
  • Improved user experience when selecting and switching between available LabQuest units for presentation
  • Enabled use of computer keyboard for entering text in dialogs and notes
  • Included functionality for checking to see if a new version of the software is available
  • Supports use of LabQuest Viewer Windows software when Bonjour software is not installed (not recommended)

LabQuest Viewer 1.1 is a free update to all LabQuest Viewer for Windows and Mac users.

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Classroom Astronomy and Vernier

This is a muon telescope built from Vernier Radiation Monitors. Events that trigger both detectors are located along a line passing through both Geiger tubes.
This is a muon telescope built from Vernier Radiation Monitors. Events that trigger both detectors are located along a line passing through both Geiger tubes.

Detecting Cosmic Rays from Supernovae and Other Catastrophes

There is a great article in The Classroom Astronomer showing how to do coincidence counting using two (or more) of our Vernier Radiation Monitors, some simple circuitry on a breadboard, and a LabQuest 2. They make a muon telescope from two Vernier Radiation Monitors, and experimentally show that muon count rate increases with altitude.

Detecting Cosmic Rays from Supernovae and Other Catastrophes

Using Vernier Sensors to Monitor Light, Temperature and Sky Color During Any Solar Eclipse

There is also another article, “Using Vernier Sensors to Monitor Light, Temperature and Sky Color During Any Solar Eclipse,” by Larry Krumenaker. A group of astronomers and astronomy educators used our LabQuest, temperature sensor, Light Sensor, and SpectoVis Plus to monitor conditions during the annular eclipse on May 20, 2014.

Using Vernier Sensors to Monitor Light, Temperature and Sky Color During Any Solar Eclipse

The editor of The Classroom Astronomer was kind enough to provide the articles online so that interested teachers can read them. Subscriptions to The Classroom Astronomer are available at

Celebrate National Chemistry Week

National Chemistry Week (NCW) began in 1987 as National Chemistry Day, and it is a great way to encourage students to learn chemistry. Annual themes help give direction and variety to the celebration each year. This year, National Chemistry Week will take place Oct 19–25, and the theme is “The Sweet Side of Chemistry—Candy.”

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Win a Free Go Wireless Temp!

Win a Go Wireless Temp, Vernier’s first temperature sensor that wirelessly streams data to compatible mobile devices. Each week during the month of October, Vernier will select five winners at random from the reviews. Those chosen will win a Go Wireless Temp.

How to Enter

  1. Log on to Facebook, and “like” the Vernier Software & Technology page at
  2. Then, write a short review about a Vernier product, service, workshop, or grant and submit your review on our Facebook page. Be sure to include the name of the school at which you teach with your review.

Official Rules and Restrictions

Entrants must provide their first, last, and school name with their review to be considered a valid entry. One entry per person, per week.

Drawings will take place on Friday of each week, and winning participants will be announced in a post on the Vernier Software & Technology Facebook page. The giveaway opens on Monday, September 29th, at 12:00 pm (PST) and closes on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 12:00 pm (PST).

No purchase is necessary, and this contest is void where prohibited. Participants must be 21 or older. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Each participant releases Facebook of such responsibility upon entry.

NSTA Blog: Vernier Motion Encoder System “Raises The Bar”

“While it would be easy to dismiss all the good science taught with primitive methods, instead the simplicity, accuracy and operational speed of Vernier’s Motion Encoder System provides students not only a crystal clear insight into the nuts and bolts of motion, but also raises the bar on the subtitles and nuances of motion through actual hands-on experimentation and, if you will, science play.”

Read the NSTA blog review »

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