While most of my primary output has been video in the past few years, I’ve had experience writing for magazines and websites. Even at WFIU/WTIU, I wrote the scripts for my video packages.


Universities, Companies Debate Senate Patent Reform Bill

More than half of basic science research in the United States is done at universities, but academic leaders say a patent reform bill in Congress would cripple their ability to invest in new ideas.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Innovation Act on December 13, and it’s now making its way through the Senate. It’s a bill intended to target so-called “patent trolls,” people or companies who buy patents solely to sue other people for infringing on those patents.

Indiana Town Elects Village Idiot

On a good night, the total population of Story can go up to as many as 40 people. Permanent population: 4 or 5, depending on how you count it.

“We definitely have close to as many dogs on property as we do people,” says Rick Hofstetter, owner of the Story Inn.

State of Missouri

Following the Tigers on a Build Day

“The Tigers are coming! The Tigers are coming!”

Two buses arrive at the corner of 25th and Virginia in Joplin, Mo., and Mizzou’s student-athletes, including the gymnastics team, football players and football coach Gary Pinkel, step off the buses to the delight of the volunteers already on location.

Mizzou Engineer magazine

TigerPlace: where care and aging with dignity go hand-in-hand with technology

Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”

It’s a catchphrase that has been the stuff of jokes and parodies since a 1980s stiffly dramatized commercial for a medical alarm company, but fall risk assessment and prevention for the elderly is serious business.

Paper on nuclear battery rated as outstanding at conference
(This was picked up by the BBC, BoingBoing, and other tech outlets.)

Very small batteries for very small devices are the subject of Mizzou Engineering professor Jae Kwon’s recent paper submitted to the 15th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems (also known this year by its snappier name, Transducers 2009).