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.
Wirelessly transmit pH data to your iPad or LabQuest 2 using Go Wireless pH. Students can study the pH of household acids and bases, conduct acid-base titrations, perform water quality tests, and much more!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 www.classroomastronomer.com
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.”