Notre Dame hosts annual Energy Week

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Anne Pillai South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg, left and Carmel, Indiana, mayor James Brainard speak at an event about designing smart cities during last year’s Energy Week. This year’s Energy Week started Monday.Anne Berges Pillai, education and outreach associate program director at ND Energy and one of the organizers of Energy Week, said one of the week’s major goals is to spread knowledge about energy and related issues to students and parts of campus who may not otherwise be exposed to the topic.“We definitely want to get as many people engaged as we can,” she said. “This year especially, we have a lot of topics that are related a lot to policy to try and engage parts of campus that maybe haven’t really thought about energy that much before.”In keeping with this goal, the events constituting Energy Week will engage a diverse number of energy related topics. For instance, there will be a lecture delivered by a guest speaker from Kodiak, Alaska, one of only five places in the United States which uses nearly 100 percent renewable electricity. There will also be a guest speaker from Puerto Rico, as well as a showing of a documentary on Hurricane Maria. Both events are meant to examine the power situation on the island.It’s important to be informed about energy and how it works, especially considering that many important energy decisions take place on a local, rather than federal level, Pillai said. This issue was at the center of a talk hosted during last year’s Energy Week between South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Mayor James Brainard from Carmel, Ind.Breanna Belz, a junior on the student energy board, said Energy Week programming has a wide focus. “Of course we have a lot of people from the College of Science and Engineering who deliver lots of technical talks about different forms of energy, but then we also have a lot of people from the College of Business that are big names and that a lot of our students know who talk more on the policy side and the business side,” Belz said. “Like how can these different methods of energy generation succeed? It’s not all about the science, a lot of it is implementation, politics, companies and money.”While many of the events and topics will be especially relevant to students studying energy, sustainability, business and economics, energy is a topic that affects everyone and one that everyone should be informed about, Pillai explained.“We have been reaching out and trying to convince everyone that they can play a role, either as an intelligent citizen who knows about the issues or by doing what they can in their own home,” she said. “It’s a personal responsibility thing, it doesn’t matter what your major is.”Tags: Energy Week, sustainability, Sustainable energy This week marks the beginning of the 12th ND Energy Week, a series of talks and events meant to raise awareness about energy and sustainability across campus.These events will include lectures from both Notre Dame professors and guest speakers, tours of power facilities and documentaries and interactive talks about what it’s like to work in the energy sector. All events are designed to inform students from all majors about different kinds of energy as well as the business and policies that surround energy and sustainability. last_img read more

NBA Draft: Lakers select Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell with No. 2 pick

first_imgAmid a league centered on point guards accelerating the game’s pace and outside shooting, the Lakers decided to continue the trend. The Lakers selected Ohio State point guard D’Angelo Russell with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, giving them a potentially elite point guard to shore up their backcourt. • Photos: Russell is introduced as Lakers draft pickThat role could reduce Kobe Bryant’s workload in what will be his 20th and perhaps final NBA season. Jordan Clarkson will also likely slide to shooting guard in what is considered his more natural position after making the NBA’s All-Rookie first team after averaging 15.8 points, five assists and 4.2 rebounds in 38 games as the Lakers’ starting point guard. • Related: What qualities will Russell need to flourish with Kobe?As for Russell, he posted 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and five assists while shooting 41 percent from three-point range as a freshman with the Buckeyes. His playmaking, shooting and athleticism impressed the Lakers than Duke center Jahlil Okafor, who prompted NBA talent evaluators both to gush over his post presence and fret over his defense. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more