Low-Carbon Concrete Products to be Developed by Atlas Block and CarbonCure

Atlas Concrete Carbon Neutral Block

Atlas Block, a manufacturer of concrete products based in Ontario, has signed a licensing agreement with CarbonCure, an emerging leader in science-based concrete technology for green building, to manufacture low-carbon concrete that will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the concrete industry.

Several months have been spent testing the bolt-on technology from CarbonCure at the Atlas Block Hillsdale plant. The method sequesters carbon dioxide into the concrete during the manufacturing process. CO2 waste is consumed during concrete production to transform it into solid limestone, thus creating a better concrete product.

“This could transform the entire concrete industry,” said Don Gordon, CEO of Atlas Block. “I’ve been in this industry many years. This is easily the most exciting technological improvement I’ve seen.” Concrete is responsible for approximately 5 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions as the most widely used construction material.

Several major firms are beginning to spec the Atlas Block products, including B+H Architects. “B+H Architects is so impressed with the environmental sustainability of this technology that Atlas Block with CarbonCure products will be exclusively specified on all new products,” said Matthew Roberts of B+H Architects.

Atlas Block joins CarbonCure distributors, The Shaw Group of Nova Scotia, and Basalite Concrete Products of Dixon, California to meet the global demand for innovative green building materials.

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Full Sail Real World Education Serves as Presenting Sponsor of Otronicon and Offers Inside Look at Video Game Careers and Development

Winter Park, FL (PRWEB) January 18, 2008

Full Sail Real World Education (http://www.fullsail.com) will be returning for the third year as the presenting sponsor for Otronicon (http://www.otronicon.org), the ultimate video game experience happening in partnership with the Orlando Science Center. With nearly 20,000 visitors each year, Otronicon further establishes Full Sail as one of the leading gaming schools in the world, and offers Full Sail an additional venue to introduce their leading-edge educational training through workshops available to students and to the public during the anticipated convention.

Starting on Friday, January 18, staff from the Game Development department of Full Sail will be lending their talents to instruct workshops in Game Design, Game Development and Asset Production. Each area of instruction will have numerous courses designed to allow students to gain a fundamental understanding of video game development. “The focus of Otronicon is to bring the gaming industry to the community. Through the workshops, we are able to showcase all of the aspects of gaming and various jobs available through this business,” said Erik Noteboom, Director of Education for Digital Arts at Full Sail.

Also available during Otronicon are a wide variety of video game and simulation activities for individuals of all ages to experience, including playing Halo 3 on the Orlando Science Center Cinedome, learning to fly in a military simulator, and showing your skills on the large production Rock Band stage. A full list of Otronicon activities can be found at http://www.otronicon.org.

“Otronicon represents an industry that is continuously growing as it raises the bar on training and educational tools,” added Noteboom. “This is an opportunity for students and parents to learn of the career possibilities within the gaming industry, and it creates an increase in national attention for gaming while creating a stronger digital media element for Central Florida.”

Since 1979, Full Sail Real World Education, a college outside of Orlando, FL, has been an innovative educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment industry. With over 27,000 alumni, graduate credits include work on Oscar, Emmy and GRAMMY-winning projects, best-selling video games and the #1 grossing U.S. concert tour seven out of the last seven years. Full Sail’s 178-acre campus proudly welcomes over 5,600 students from 50 states and 47 countries.

Full Sail currently offers a total of thirteen degree programs including: Associate of Science Degrees offered in Graphic Design, Recording Arts and Show Production & Touring; Bachelor of Science Degrees offered in Computer Animation, Digital Arts & Design, Entertainment Business (online), Film, Game Art, Game Development, Music Business and Web Design & Development; and a Master of Science Degree in Education Media Design & Technology (online) and Entertainment Business (online and on-campus).

Students on-campus experience a real world education with a professional class structure of 8-12 hours per day and a 24-hour around the clock schedule which earned Full Sail the Most Innovative Program Award by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. The college has also been named: The Harvard of Game Schools by Tips & Tricks Magazine; one of the top three New Media Schools by Shift Magazine (alongside the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University); one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs in the world by Electronic Gaming Monthly; one of the Best Music Programs in the country by Rolling Stone Magazine; one of the Best Music Business Departments in the Schools That Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide; and one of the Best Film Programs in the country by UNleashed Magazine.

For more information about Full Sail, please visit http://www.fullsail.com.

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Full Sail Real World Education Announces the Educational Media Design and Technology Master’s Degree, Florida Educational Technology Conference to also Highlight Degree and Feature Full Sail

Winter Park, FL (PRWEB) January 25, 2008

Full Sail Real World Education (http://www.fullsail.com) announces their Education Media Design and Technology (EMDT) Master’s Degree, a 12-month online program packed with cutting-edge curriculum and technology. This innovative, one-of-a-kind degree serves as one of two Master’s Degrees currently available to bring Full Sail’s total degree offerings to 13 within the entertainment media industry. The EMDT degree tailors to creating and developing future leaders in education and corporate training fields.

“A 21st century curriculum for the 21st century learner,” said Holly Ludgate, Ed.D, Full Sail’s Program Director for EMDT. The EMDT degree spans across several areas of technology, education, design, corporate training and theoretical perspectives through a custom-built learning management system.

“Whether your passion is in the K-12 setting as an educator, or a corporate trainer wanting to learn new strategies to engage your audience, this multi-faceted degree will provide a foundation necessary to meet the needs of the students and workers of today and tomorrow,” added Ludgate. “This degree will give you hands-on experience of creating, tailoring and implementing effective uses of technology in your workplace.”

Ludgate will be at the Flordia Educational Technology Conference (FETC) on behalf of Full Sail from January 22 – 25 at the Orange County Convention Center. The annual conference brings educators together to plan the future of technology for their schools and districts. “At FETC, educators are brought together to discuss how to bring the technology that students are using at home into the classroom,” said Ludgate. “Through the EMDT degree, educators will learn how to use the technology and implement it into their curriculum, and having the opportunity to discuss it with them first-hand is invaluable.”

Since 1979, Full Sail Real World Education, a college outside of Orlando, FL, has been an innovative educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment industry. With over 27,000 alumni, graduate credits include work on Oscar, Emmy and GRAMMY-winning projects, best-selling video games and the #1 grossing U.S. concert tour seven out of the last seven years. Full Sail’s 178-acre campus proudly welcomes over 5,600 students from 50 states and 47 countries.

Full Sail currently offers a total of 13 degree programs including: Associate of Science Degrees offered in Graphic Design, Recording Arts and Show Production & Touring; Bachelor of Science Degrees offered in Computer Animation, Digital Arts & Design, Entertainment Business (online), Film, Game Art, Game Development, Music Business and Web Design & Development; and a Master of Science Degree in Education Media Design & Technology (online) and Entertainment Business (online and on-campus).

Students on-campus experience a real world education with a professional class structure of 8-12 hours per day and a 24-hour around the clock schedule which earned Full Sail the Most Innovative Program Award by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. The college has also been named: The Harvard of Game Schools by Tips & Tricks Magazine; one of the top three New Media Schools by Shift Magazine (alongside the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University); one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs in the world by Electronic Gaming Monthly; one of the Best Music Programs in the country by Rolling Stone Magazine; one of the Best Music Business Departments in the Schools That Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide; and one of the Best Film Programs in the country by UNleashed Magazine.

For more information about Full Sail, please visit http://www.fullsail.com.

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Get Ready for Gay Day with Girls in Wonderland–Top Women’s Event Producers Up the Ante for Their Annual Disney World Weekend, Benefiting the National Center for Lesbian Rights

Miami, FL (PRWEB) March 10, 2008

A new generation of Disney heroines is ready to claim the Kingdom that Walt built. South Florida’s top women’s party producers Alison Burgos and Pandora Events expect more than 7,000 members of the estrogen set to attend their eighth annual Girls in Wonderland extravaganza June 4-8 in central Florida. The events, hosted by MTV star Dani Campbell (A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila), coincide with the 18th annual Gay Day at Walt Disney World and raise funds for the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

“This will definitely be our most diverse year,” said Girls in Wonderland co-founder Alison Burgos. “We’re proud that Orlando’s LezGo Events and Girlz Like Us are supporting us so that we can deliver a lineup with appeal to women of all ages.”

The 2008 soiree builds on the previous successes and ramps up the action another notch. That means more bikini-clad bodies at the pool parties, more gyrating forms on the dance floor for the signature House of Blues party, and more hot performances courtesy of the She Rock All-Star Concert. Women looking for a relaxed evening will find their groove at the new Polynesian Luau or in front of the poolside big screen for a “Dive In” lesbian movie night.

To accommodate the growing crowds, there are two host hotels: the bustling Courtyard Marriott, ground zero for pool party action, the welcome reception, movie screening, and luau; and its laid-back neighbor, the Fairfield Inn, site of a new pool party. Both hotels are conveniently located at Marriott Village, 8623 Vineland Ave., Lake Buena Vista, and will have shuttle service to off-site events. Rates start at $ 93 a night; use the reservation code “Girls in Wonderland” when booking.

Proceeds from the Girls in Wonderland weekend benefit NCLR, a national legal resource center that advances the rights and safety of lesbians and their families through litigation, public policy, and education. NCLR also provides representation and resources to gay men and bisexual and transgender individuals on key issues that support lesbian rights.

Girls in Wonderland Sponsors: Bud Light, Showtime’s The L Word, Express, KittysToyBox.com, Miami Boutique Hotels, Labrys Atlanta, Go NYC magazine, Pandora Events, Boca Loca Cachaca Brazilian Rum, She Magazine, Damron, Lesbianation, Phish Phest, Finlandia vodka, Lesbo-a-GoGo, Red Bull, Curve magazine, Xerox, Jane & Jane magazine, the Juno Foundation, Orlando Premium Outlets, Milford Photography, Southern Comfort, Appleton’s Estate Jamaica Rum, CollegeDropout.com, Mama Raga, Parliament House, GLEE, L-Word.com, Greater Miami Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Radio with a Twist, adventureoutwomen.com, Henrietta Hudsons-NYC, Family Pride, Watermark, Pearl’s Rainbow-Key West, and Girl Power Events.

For more information, please visit http://www.girlsinwonderland.com.

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Photoshop and Imaging All-Stars at Photoshop World 2008

Hoboken, NJ (PRWEB) March 31, 2008

Photoshop professionals and prolific digital imaging authors Ted LoCascio and Tim Grey will be attending Photoshop World 2008 in Orlando, FL, at the Orange County Convention Center April 2-4 and will be making appearances at the John Wiley & Sons, Inc. booth (#605) for individual book signings.

Ted LoCascio (http://tedlocascio.com) will be on hand Thursday, April 3 from 2-3 p.m. to sign copies of his new book Mastering Photoshop CS3 for Print Design and Production (978-0-470-11457-5). LoCascio is a professional graphic designer and an expert in Photoshop, Bridge, Version Cue, Photoshop Elements, InDesign, Illustrator, Font Management, and QuarkXPress. He served as senior designer at KW Media and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) for several years, and has created layouts and designs for many successful software training books, videos, and magazines.

In addition to Mastering Photoshop CS3 for Print Design and Production, LoCascio has authored InDesign CS2 at Your Fingertips, The InDesign Effects Book, and Combining Images with Photoshop Elements: Selecting, Layering, Masking, and Compositing (all from Sybex publishers, a division of John Wiley and Sons). He has contributed articles to Photoshop User magazine, Creativepro.com, the Quark Xtra newsletter, and InDesign Magazine, and has taught at the Adobe CS Conference and PhotoshopWorld.

Tim Grey (http://www.timgrey.com) has authored or co-authored over a dozen books on digital imaging for photographers, including the best-selling Photoshop CS3 Workflow (978-0-470-11941-9) and Color Confidence also published by Sybex. He will be in the John Wiley & Sons, Inc. booth for signings on Thursday, April 3 from 3-4 p.m.

Grey has also had hundreds of articles published in magazines such as Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photo Pro and PC Photo. He also publishes an almost-daily Digital Darkroom Questions (DDQ) e-mail service, where he answers questions related to the digital darkroom. Most recently, he has started publishing the Digital Darkroom Quarterly print newsletter, featuring in-depth articles to help photographers make the most of digital technology in their work. Grey also lectures and teaches courses on digital imaging, including appearances at the major photo industry tradeshows, and is a member of the Photoshop World Instructor Dream Team.

In addition to LoCascio and Grey’s books, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. will have a variety of books on Photoshop and digital imaging featured at the show; a cross-section of selections from the Sybex, For Dummies, Visual and Wiley imprints.

For more information, please contact Ashley Evens via email at aevens@wiley.com or call 201.748.6702.

The Wiley booth will be open:

Wednesday, April 2:

1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 3:

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Friday, April 4:

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

About Wiley

Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has been a valued source of information and understanding for 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Since 1901, Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 350 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and Peace.

Our core businesses publish scientific, technical, medical and scholarly journals, encyclopedias, books, and online products and services; professional/trade books, subscription products, training materials, and online applications and websites; and educational materials for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners. Wiley’s global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company’s Web site can be accessed at http://www.wiley.com. The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols JWa and JWb.

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From Burning Man to Berkeley – Revolutionary Construction Technology Gets First Real World Application

Berkeley, CA (PRWEB) July 14, 2010

After four years spent navigating the United States Patent and Trade Office and two years being vetted by the Berkeley Planning and Building Department, AVAVA Systems is currently building the first real-world application of their newly patented construction method. AVAVA Systems uses the mechanical properties of manufactured wood I-joists and interlocking joist-locksTM as the frame, combined with plywood sheathing to construct economical and sustainable buildings up to five stories high.

David Wilson, a civil engineer, and Michael Kozel, an architectural designer, both of Berkeley, California, originally designed and tested the system in 2006, the same year they created a Burning Man art project called the Sugar Cube. The Sugar Cube, a 20’ by 20’ by 20’ open-ended structure with ladders leading to a mezzanine and roof observation deck, was built once in a backyard in Berkeley, dismantled, shipped on a flat-bed truck to the Burning Man event, erected there using volunteer labor, and then disassembled to be used again.

This project proved the efficiency and elegance of the system, based on Stuart Brand’s (editor of the Whole Earth Access and author of How Buildings Learn) concept of separating buildings into various specialized layers with different life spans and functions. The frame and skin of the AVAVA Systems building can be erected by relatively unskilled labor using no more than ropes and power hand tools creating a free-standing building shell with completely open floor plans in days, rather than weeks or months. The plywood and I-joist materials are sustainably harvested or recycled wood and up to 90% of the concrete and steel traditionally used in building construction can be eliminated in this design, thus giving the AVAVA System home or building the smallest possible carbon footprint. This construction method also allows for insulation values up to R50 in the walls thus appealing to the most stringent green building requirements. The flat roof inherent to the design is ideal for the installation of solar panels thus further reducing the building’s dependence on the grid.

While the interest of many architects, builders, and developers has been stirred, mostly through word of mouth, the next step is bringing AVAVA Systems to the construction industry and to apply it to a real project. For this next demonstration David volunteered his home in Berkeley to be the test case. Luckily the proposed house, a mid-century flat-roofed home designed by Donald Olsen, has just the right architectural style to use as the base for a third-story addition essentially consisting of the upper half of the Sugar Cube. The design was simple, a master bedroom with glass at both ends and a closet and bathroom along the same side as the interior stairs. Half of the existing roof will be transformed into a large roof deck with panoramic views of the bay. Donald Olsen will be able to watch the construction from his famous glass house next door.

Permitting the project was especially challenging due to the recent enforcement of the Berkeley Creek Ordinance. According to David, this might have been one of the only projects receiving a creek permit in Berkeley in 2010. The city’s engineer also had to be convinced that the new system was worthy of a building permit as the first of its kind, using I-joists instead of traditional 2x timber studs for the walls. The joist-locksTM are precision components made of specially cut laminated veneer lumber called LVL with mortise and tendon joints. These were manufactured by a Canadian specialty wood shop that had one of the very few wood milling machines capable of creating the required shapes.

When the crew is ready, sometime in the next two weeks, the framing will be erected and sheathed with plywood in one day. The process will look like a very rapid tinker toy assembly that will be easily woven together. The process will be documented from start to finish and both photos and video will be available on the AVAVA Systems web site (http://www.avavasystems.com/projects.html). You will also find links to the company’s Facebook page and Twitter feed for instant updates.

Robert Criviner of San Francisco joined Michael and David in 2009 and became a partner in AVAVA Systems in 2010. He brought to the table the subsequent project that is now awaiting approval from the San Francisco Building Department consisting of an 800 square foot, 2-story rear house addition utilizing the joist-lockTM technology at all three levels; construction is currently scheduled to begin in late 2010).

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