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Bridges to Prosperity needs a technical mentor

The Bridges to Prosperity (B2P) student group is is looking for a technical mentor to travel with them for a much needed pedestrian bridge project in rural Bolivia.| Short Read
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The mentor would travel with them for about one third to one half of the construction phase. The ideal mentor would have either field or design experience with bridge construction. A PE license would be beneficial but is not required. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact B2P vice president Keith Schueller at The bridge will be completed between May 6 and June 17 2013.

If you are unable to travel with B2P but would still like to support the project financially, please contact Lydia VanTimmeren at Your donation will be tax-deductible. B2P has raised approximately $12,000 towards their goal of $26,800 to fully finance the construction and travel costs.

Bridges to Prosperity (B2P) works to improve transportation infrastructure in the rural communities of developing countries by constructing pedestrian bridges. Most bridges are constructed at vital river crossings which become impassable during the rainy season. The bridges facilitate year-round access to economic opportunities, healthcare and education for the communities involved. These bridges are relatively inexpensive to construct and are built in collaboration with the local community.

The Bolivia bridge project will directly aid approximately 250 families. A group of about 15 U-M students have been working together to design the bridge, put together construction and travel plans and raise money for the project.

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The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

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