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

Bruce laments dreadful defending

first_imgHull manager Steve Bruce says his players rightly got punished for a string of basic errors in Saturday’s 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Newcastle. Though the match at the KC Stadium will long be remembered for Newcastle manager Alan Pardew’s headbutt on Hull midfielder David Meyler, the overriding memory for Bruce was a catalogue of mistakes which contributed to the humbling reverse – the Tigers’ heaviest at home this season. Moussa Sissoko scored his first of the afternoon after 10 minutes, sweeping home first time after a counter-attack, while Newcastle’s second was a gift from Maynor Figueroa, the defender’s criminally under-hit back-pass allowing Loic Remy to gallop clear to score into an empty net after rounding the advancing Allan McGregor. Press Associationcenter_img After Hull had pulled one back through Curtis Davis at the start of the second period, Sissoko took the game away from the Tigers again with his second, which came after Hull had needlessly conceded possession from a free-kick, while the home backline appeared ragged and out of position when Vurnon Anita made it four in injury time. “The one thing we’ve prided ourselves on at this level is our defence,” said Bruce, whose side had conceded just 10 goals in 13 home games in the league before Saturday. “We’ve made more mistakes today than I’ve remembered us making in six months. Collectively and individually we’ve made just basic, bad schoolboy errors. “We’ve gifted them three goals in my opinion. When you do that it’s always going to be a long afternoon and we rightly got punished.” In spite of the one-sided scoreline Hull had more than enough chances to take something from the game, a fact that will give Bruce hope heading into next weekend’s FA Cup quarter-final with Sunderland and a home league encounter with title-chasing Manchester City on March 15. Newcastle’s first arrived within seconds of Bruce’s son Alex almost opening the scoring at the other end, only to see Tim Krul deny him with a superb double save, while Ahmed Elmohamady should have done better with a first-half header, as should Nikica Jelavic who also struck the frame of the goal from a free-kick. “I thought we played fantastically well in the first half,” Bruce added. “We’ve had a great chance, Krul’s made two wonderful saves, and within 30 seconds we’re 1-0 down. “Then we’ve had Jelavic’s chance, Elmohamady’s chance, Jelavic hits the bar, and then we go and make a mistake (for Newcastle’s second goal) like you see on a Sunday morning park pitch. You can’t do that at this level. “It looks like one of those horrible scorelines where we’ve been well beaten, but anyone who witnessed it knows we haven’t.” last_img read more