February 2008 Meeting

MAKING SENSE OF GLOBAL WARMING

DATE: Thursday, February 28, 2008
PLACE : Raffel’s – 10160 Reading Road (see below for directions)
TIME : 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Social Time
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Dinner
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Presentation

The presentation, which will be given by Prof. Wolf Roder of U. C., will introduce the concept of climate as distinct from weather, and how it is measured. He will:
• discuss the energy we receive from the sun, what happens to it in the atmosphere, the ocean, and the land surface and how that energy is returned to space;
• define what is meant by the “greenhouse” effect, and why this is a misnomer;
• look at the evidence for global warming and perhaps mention some of the reasonable objections to the theory.
He will attempt to be very clear about what is known because it can be measured, what is inferred from the measurements, and what he fears may happen in the future. Continue reading

Scanning the Past: A History of Electrical Engineering

Leonard F. Fuller and Naval Radio in 1916
The June 1916 issue of the PROCEEDINGS OF THE IRE (Institute of Radio Engineers) included a brief contribution on the reception of continuous wave signals by a brilliant young electrical engineer, Leonard F. Fuller. The same issue contained a paper by Louis W. Austin, head of the U. S. Naval Radio Laboratory, reporting on radio propagation experiments at the naval radio station at Darien in the Panama Canal Zone. The two papers were not unrelated since Fuller was the chief electrical engineer of the Federal Telegraph Company, which had recently constructed a 100 kW Poulsen-arc transmitter for the Darien station. In 1916, the Navy was in the process of installing high-power arc converters designed by Fuller at strategic locations around the world. Continue reading

IEEE News – Feb. 2008

IEEE Life Fellow Becomes IEEE-USA President, Will Work to Enhance U.S.
Innovation and Competitiveness
WASHINGTON (21 January 2008)
— IEEE-USA will continue working to increase federal investment in basic research and bolster U.S. innovation and competitiveness in 2008, according to IEEE Life Fellow Dr. Russell Lefevre, who became IEEE-USA president on New Year’s Day.

“Our overarching goal is to keep the United States the most technologically advanced nation on earth,” Lefevre said. “By increasing our nation’s investment in high-tech research and development (R&D), we can help bring good, high-paying jobs to the United States. That’s why we support and advance programs that foster innovation and unleash the U.S. entrepreneurial spirit.” Continue reading

RESC Luncheon – CPD Opportunity

RETIRED ENGINEERS AND SCIENTISTS OF CINCINNATI
Luncheon Meeting -Tuesday, February 19, 2008 @ 11:30 AM
Evergreen Retirement Community
230 West Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, Ohio (Hartwell)
(West of Drake Hospital, past Williamsburg on the right in the Dining Room)

TAXES and TRUSTS & RELATED TOPICS

ATTORNEY MICHAEL R. MILLER, Estate Trust Fiduciary Taxation

This is a chance for RESC luncheon attendees to present some questions and concerns on taxes and trusts at this time of the year. The speaker, Attorney Michael R. (Mike) Miller is a partner with Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP, Attorney-at-Law, and is knowledgeable in the area of trusts and taxes. Some areas of expertise are banks and trusts, estate and trust administration, individual estate and trust taxes to name a few. Continue reading