Monday, March 10, 2008

Free Designer/Developer Tools For Students from Microsoft

If you are a college or university student you can download (for free!) the following professional-level design and development tools from Microsoft:

  • Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
  • Expression Studio (includes Expression Web, Expression Blend, Expression Media and Expression Design)
  • SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition, with SP2
This is in addition to the free Express editions of Visual Studio and SQL Server that anyone can download for free. For full details, visit the DreamSpark web site:

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

BASC to Investigate Global Flows of Air Pollutants

The following call for nominations for members of a new BASC committee has been received from study director Curtis Marshall:

The National Academies
Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate

The Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate is pleased to announce the formation of a new committee to study, The Significance of International Support of Air Pollutants. The purpose of this study is to summarize the state of knowledge regarding the international flows of air pollutants into and out of the United States and across its various regions on continental and intercontinental scales. The study will inform efforts by the United States government to develop domestic and international environmental policies and contribute to an international assessment being conducted under the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution’s Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution. The committee will meet 5 times over the course of approximately 18 months, with one of its meetings in conjunction with a major workshop on the study topic.

At this time, we are soliciting nominations for committee membership. We will appoint a committee of approximately 14 members with experience and expertise related to all the items in the Statement of Task (Please see the attached Study Description for the Statement of Task). At least two international members will be included (one from Europe, one from East Asia ). The committee will have significant expertise in ozone and particulate matter and include expertise in atmospheric composition observations from surface networks, aircraft, and satellites; global and regional modeling of meteorology and atmospheric chemistry; multi-media modeling of pollutant transport; and current and future anthropogenic and natural emissions. To nominate an individual for committee membership, please send the person’s name, affiliation, contact information, and a brief statement on his or her qualifications to Dr. Curtis Marshall, Study Director, at Please provide a courtesy copy to Rob Greenway, Senior Project Assistant, at Please submit your nominations by Tuesday, March 18, 2008.

Thank you for your assistance.

[Note: This email has been sent to several distribution lists. My apologies if you receive multiple copies.]

Curtis H. Marshall, Ph.D.
Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate
The National Academies / National Research Council
500 Fifth Street, NW , Room 631
Washington , DC 20001

Ph: (202) 334-3533
Fax: (202) 334-3825