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September 12, 2012
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  Infrastructure Watch 
  • Sloan-Kettering to build $1B cancer facility in NYC
    Plans for a new Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and an upgrade to the City University of New York's Hunter College on the Upper East Side of New York City was announced by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a deal he described as a "hugely significant development." The $1 billion cancer building will have up to 750,000 square feet of space and be built next to Hunter College's new $400 million Science and Health Professions building. New York Post (9/11), Real Estate Weekly (New York) (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ancient remains could throw Texas' $322M toll project off schedule
    Construction of the $322 million Grand Parkway toll project in Harris County, Texas, may be delayed as ancient human artifacts were unearthed for the second time along the project's path. The discovery ignited calls from scientists to conduct a further study of the area before the project proceeds. Such a study could cause lengthy delays in construction of the 15-mile, four-lane highway. Houston Chronicle (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Technology 
  • U.S. slides again in competitiveness ranking
    For the fourth consecutive year, the U.S. fell in a competitiveness ranking by the World Economic Forum, reaching seventh place. Switzerland, Singapore and Finland hold the top three spots. "Plotting the scores against [gross domestic product] per person reveals an unsurprising correlation: competitiveness brings wealth, but rich countries can most easily afford to provide the conditions for it," according to The Economist. "They can squander competitiveness too." The Economist (9/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainable Development 
  • Private investment could address water infrastructure funding gap
    Three legislative initiatives could spur private investment in public water and wastewater infrastructure, says John Freedman of GE Power & Water. Private activity bonds, tax incentives and an initiative similar to the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act could all help private investors gain benefits when they invest in the water infrastructure that is reaching its limits, he writes. "With the benefit of private financing, the potential exists to help ensure that the future of our nation’s water infrastructure is sound," Freedman notes. Environmental Leader (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Commentary: NYC can do "small things" to mitigate flood risk
    Instead of building flood barriers to protect New York City from storm surges, city officials can develop smaller and less costly measures to mitigate the risk, such as expanding wetlands and installing more green roofs, Felix Salmon writes. Protecting the city's road tunnels and subway is crucial, he adds. "Doing lots of small things is all well and good, and I'm not convinced that the huge things are necessarily worthwhile -- or even, in the case of moving people to higher ground, even possible. But the medium-sized things? Those should be a no-brainer right now," Salmon writes. Reuters/Felix Salmon blog (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Election 2012 
  • Boxer: Funding levels agreed to in transportation law must be honored
    A continuing resolution on the expired SAFETEA-LU, the current transportation bill, would reduce funding by $500 million in the 2013 fiscal year. Rather than do that, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., has asked House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to honor the funding levels agreed to in the recently approved $105 billion transportation bill. "The MAP-21 funding levels should be honored for fiscal year 2013. If the cut were to remain in the continuing resolution, it must be restored before any full-year transportation funding bill proceeds," Boxer said. The Hill/Transportation blog (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing the Profession 
  • Train your brain to produce more innovative ideas
    Your brain is elastic and can be trained to come up with more imaginative and innovative ideas, Amy Alexander writes. Actively searching for fresh insights and spending time on social media reading what interests other people are two easy ways to gain inspiration, she writes. Investor's Business Daily (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  News from ASCE 
  • Civil Engineering online exclusive: Oregon Bridge Designed With Budget in Mind
    ASCE Civil Engineering magazine online  

    A steel deck arch bridge will economically replace an aging Warren truss bridge in Multnomah County, Ore., and the existing bridge will be used as a detour while the new crossing is being constructed. Explore the process, then discover more fascinating, topical articles at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Cash award available to young researchers -- deadline Oct. 1
    Young researchers in any civil engineering specialty are eligible for the 2013 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prizes. The Huber Prize recognizes members of the Society in any grade for notable achievements in research related to civil engineering. Preference is given to younger members (generally under 40 years of age) of early accomplishment who can be expected to continue fruitful careers in research. Past Huber winners view this prize as an important milestone in their career. Nominations are due to Honors and Awards by Oct. 1. Learn more and get forms at the official award page or contact LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SmartBrief Excerpt -- "The Honest Truth About Dishonesty"
    What happens when well-intentioned people find themselves considering an illegal parking spot, or in the depths of a corporate scandal? ASCE SmartBrief is pleased to share a preview from behavioral economist Dan Ariely's new book, "The Honest Truth About Dishonesty." In return for updating your SmartBrief profile, we will send you the introduction to Ariely's new book absolutely free. Learn more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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