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31
October
2012

The Science of Sugar

Halloween is pretty much my favorite holiday. I love the costumes, the spookiness, using marshmallow "peeps" in my science experiments, and the candy!

Of course, we know what makes candy great is sugar. What we know as sugar is sucrose, a molecule composed of 12 atoms of carbon, 22 atoms of hydrogen, and 11 atoms of oxygen (C12H22O11).

I don’t really consider myself much of a scientist, being a communications person and all, but I love the idea that cooking, baking, and the like counts as science. When we mix different ingredients together, we form new compounds, and formulate chemical reactions to make delicious foods. By the way, whenever this mad scientist is in the kitchen, it’s definitely considered experimental. I once burned rice krispie treats! (in the science world that is called carbon. Sheepish grin.)

The Science of Sugar
30
October
2012

Griggs Reservoir River mile 142.62 – 138.82

Griggs Reservoir River mile 142.62 – 138.82

Of all the segments of my journey, this one was the closest to where I lived, so I decided to explore this particular part of the river by bicycle. The day I chose started out cloudy and fairly cool. I used Googlemaps bicycle application to plot a course down the Olentangy Bike Trail and across Upper Arlington to Riverside Drive just opposite the southern entrance to the Griggs Reservoir parkland. A pop up shower made for a wet ride but, thanks to rain gear for both me and my bag, I arrived at the end of the rain in good shape to hike along the river south of the dam.

Griggs Reservoir River mile 142.62 – 138.82
19
September
2012

Between Two Reservoirs: River Mile 148.8 – 141.1

The City of Columbus has not one, but two, reservoirs on the Scioto River created by the construction of gravity dams that impound water and impede the flow of the river. The next leg of my journey was along the stretch of river between these two reservoirs.

South of the O’Shaughnessy dam the Scioto River runs through the city of Dublin. I visited several Dublin parks with Mime Migliore, Nature Educator with Dublin Recreation and Parks. Providing access to the river and encouraging people to visit has been a goal of hers for the past several years. Most of the land along the river is privately owned, but Dublin does have some holdings and the Parks Department has made the most of these access points in recent years. We did a driving tour to see several of the sites where Dublin residents can get close to the river that runs through their town.

Between Two Reservoirs: River Mile 148.8 – 141.1
17
September
2012

O’Shaughnessy Reservoir River Mile 155.8 – 148.8

The thought of paddling our way from one end of O’Shaughnessy Reservoir to the other was less than appealing. Without a current to help you along, paddling a lake takes more effort. The presence of power boats and water skiers means you have to hug the shoreline. The sheer size of the body of water means you either choose to limit your exploration to one shore or you circle the lake in the blazing sun. All of this is my way of explaining why I chose to explore O’Shaughnessy mainly by car – with one kayaking excursion. In spite of not being on the water for the entire length of O’Shaughnessy, I found this part of the Scioto River surprisingly interesting.

O’Shaughnessy Reservoir River Mile 155.8 – 148.8
12
June
2012

News from the Extreme Screen

My job at COSI is the best – one of the parts of my job that I enjoy the most is working with COSI’s giant digital screen theater – The Extreme Screen Theater.

I have been working with the theater for the past eleven years and opening new films, meeting film makers and seeing guest reactions to the films never gets old.

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