You may have noticed the installation at a ceiling near you of dataloggers, aka HOBOs, in the library this month. What’s a HOBO? It’s a bluetooth-enabled device that reports temperature and humidity, allowing us to capture accurate data throughout the building to study environmental conditions in a variety of locations, occupancy levels, outside temperatures, and times of day. A campus-based research team as well as campus facilities are involved in the HOBO installation and data monitoring. All of this will be providing data to help understand what kinds of interventions and opportunities we have to improve the way the building feels to its occupants. This is just one part of our new “Living Library” initiative – in this case, getting smart about staying cool!
Summer on display and on the move: while you’re checking out the new third floor study rooms, enjoy the student architectural models exhibited throughout the third floor architecture reading room. And today the Multi Cultural Center will be reinstalling 2016’s IAmCalPoly exhibit in the community gallery on the first floor, where it can be enjoyed by new students and visitors all summer. Summer building projects on the first, second, and third floors are all moving fast – many are ahead of schedule. On the first and second floors, our Facilities project team and work crews and our in-house facilities team have cleared the floors of furniture and computers, and are laying out fresh flooring. If you’re out of town, watch our renovation news page and social media for updates!
If the world has been stunned by the outcome of yesterday’s Brexit referendum (“the single most momentous day in British politics since WWII”) some of us were also stunned this week by the PG&E’s announced exit strategy from Diablo Canyon. It’s yet another example of how a whole systems perspective changes things: “removing the inflexible ‘must-run’ nuclear output, which can’t easily and economically ramp down much, will help integrate more renewable power reliably into the grid. Midday solar, rather than being increasingly crowded out by continued nuclear overgeneration, will be able to supply more energy.” (Forbes) Another example of the power of a systems approach to problems popped up on my radar this week: Margaret Hamilton‘s Universal Systems Language. Hamilton’s story is amazing. She turns 80 this August and is best known as a brilliant programmer with the Apollo moon landing program, who studied the very idea of “errors” and designed software that “expected the unexpected.”
Stay cool this weekend!