Scholar examines religious freedom in light of HHS mandate

January 26, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgAt an event hosted by Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Wednesday evening, Margaret Harper McCarthy from the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America spoke about contraception and religious freedom in light of the HHS mandate. The event, titled “The Contraceptive Mandate: What do Catholics Want When They Ask for Religious Freedom,” kicked off this semester’s “Theology On Fire” speaker series.McCarthy, an assistant professor of theology at Catholic University, focused her talk on contraception, noting that many who have spoken about the issue of religious freedom in the context of the HHS mandate have focused their attentions on the right to religious freedom and less on the topic of contraception itself.“The assumption is you cannot win if you talk about contraception,” McCarthy said. “It’s often said that the issue is not about contraception. It’s just about religious freedom.”She said focusing on religious freedom is a common strategy used to convince others that a company should not have to provide contraception benefits to its employees. McCarthy said contraception has become an issue that cannot be discussed in the public realm.According to the mandate, religious freedom allows for religious practice in private settings, such ceremonies in church and temples, McCarthy said. However, the mandate’s definition of religious freedom would restrict religious practices in a public setting, such as schools, universities, and businesses.“[Religious freedom] has just been relegated to a private faith, faith without public witness, a faith without works,” she said. McCarthy denied this definition and redefined it.“Religious Freedom is tied to an obligation to speak the truth and carry it into the world,” McCarthy said.Kaitie Maierhofer, a senior and ministry assistant in McCandless Hall, said attended previous “Theology on Fire” sessions and came to McCarthy’s speech Wednesday to learn more about the issue.“I use [these Theology on Fire sessions] more as information for me,” Maierhofer said. “Growing up, I was always only around one side of the argument or the issue wasn’t discussed at all and I had no idea there was an issue in the first place.Tags: Catholic Social Teaching, Contraception, HHS Mandate, theology on firelast_img read more

GE looks to 3D printing to build next generation of taller, less costly wind turbines

December 31, 2020 0 Comments

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Verge:GE announced today that it’s developing skyscraper-sized wind turbines with massive 3D-printed bases. The conglomerate plans to work with partners in the construction industry to produce both a printer and materials that could eventually be deployed around the world.Taller turbines can capitalize on stronger winds at higher altitudes, and the structures support larger blades that generate more power. But building bigger turbines makes transporting the pieces needed to put it together a logistical nightmare. GE hopes to 3D print the base of a turbine wherever they want to place it, so that they won’t need to haul around such a gigantic hunk of concrete or steel. The company says its onshore turbines could reach up to 200 meters tall, which is taller than the Seattle Space Needle and more than double the average height for wind turbines in the U.S. today.Onshore wind turbines have had a massive growth spurt since the 1980s, when they averaged a height of about 20 meters in the US — not counting the blades. Under ideal conditions, those earlier turbines had a maximum output of about 100kW per turbine. By 2017, those numbers grew to 84 meters tall with an output of more than 2MW (2000kW). Turbines in parts of Europe, where there aren’t as strong winds closer to the ground, can reach greater heights. One of the tallest onshore turbines, in Gaildorf, Germany, towers 178 meters tall. GE wants to go even bigger.Since it’s one of the world’s largest manufacturers of wind turbines, GE could usher in a whole new era for wind turbines design and construction. But it won’t be the first company to look into 3D-printing for wind energy. Startup RCAM Technologies, with $1.25 million in funding from the California Energy Commission, set out in 2017 to build two turbine towers in a similar fashion — their research is still ongoing. That means GE could be the first to make wind turbines with a 3D-printed base commercially available. The company completed its first prototype in October 2019, and it plans to begin production in 2023.“What you’re looking at is a technology that enables the industry to go to a new level,” says Paul Veers, chief engineer at the National Wind Technology Center and a senior research fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, of 3D printing. The new technology could potentially reduce the amount of time and labor needed to install turbines, especially onshore, where turbines tend to be smaller than their offshore counterparts (it’s easier to transport materials by sea). “It’s a stepping stone into the next generation of wind plants,” says Veers.GE believes it can build a 160-meter tall, 5MW turbine that generates 33 percent more power yearly than a turbine half the size — at a “significant” cost savings. And since it’s usually easier to transport a 3D-printer than a 100 to 200 meter tower, it will be able to bring renewable wind energy to new markets, the company tells The Verge. It would cut down the greenhouse gas emissions coming from transporting giant structures too.[Justine Calma]More: GE will make taller wind turbines using 3D-printing GE looks to 3D printing to build next generation of taller, less costly wind turbineslast_img read more

Ronald G. Cox – Brookville

September 23, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgThose surviving who will cherish Ron’s memory include his three sons, Jason (Jamie) Cox of Connersville, James Cox of Blooming Grove, and Ronald Wes (Aimee) Cox of Brookville; eight grandchildren, Noah, Jimmy, Whitney, Kendall, Carlie, Kodie, Jason and Jacob; siblings, Randy (Becky) Cox of Brookville and Rick (Wanda) Cox of Batesville as well as several nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Services will be held at 1 p.m. and burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery. Ronald G. Cox, of Brookville, was born on June 26, 1955 in Connersville, a son to Albert and May Lou McMillan Cox.  He was raised in Metamora often reminisced about his childhood there with friends and family – it held a special place in his heart.  Ron worked for Hill-Rom for 26 years and enjoyed fishing and mushroom hunting.  He loved watching both his kids and grandkids play sports and was an avid supporter of all their activities.  On March 6, 2019 at the age of 63, Ron passed away peacefully with family.center_img To sign the online guestbook please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Ron Cox.last_img read more