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6) Develop Technology for Diagnosing and Assessing Mental Disorders: Serious mental illnesses, those impairing or limit-ing one or more life activities, affect approximately 5% of the population in the US, with women and individuals from 18 to 25 being disproportionately affected. The National Institute of
Mental Health estimated in 2002 that the total direct and in-direct costs were over $300 billion per year . Diagnostic technology that is more sensitive and better able to discriminate among mental disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, and other affective disorders will lead to earlier and more informa-tive screening of affected children and adults, more effective treatments, and more appropriate societal responses to those with mental disorders.
E. Engineering Sustainable Bioenergy Production
Biological organisms can capture and convert solar energy and be a component of reducing dependence on fossil fuels. Over the next 20 years, engineers competent in biology, ecology, and related fields will be sought to advance production, processing, and yields of energy from aquatic, terrestrial, and artificial envi-ronments toward theoretical limits. The challenge will be to do this sustainably and without compromising food production. To-day, the solar energy conversion efficiency of photosynthesis is less than 20%, water use is excessive, and nutrient mass balance is low. As theoretical limits are defined in the near term, engi-neering objectives must be to discover, invent, or identify break-throughs that lead to quantum increases in yield and efficiency. The disciplines of bioenergy and biofuels engineering today are defined by traditional engineering fields. In the future, the educa-tion and practice of engineering for the production of bioenergy feedstocks will be defined by the working environment for the plant and/or animal subjects. Thus, the specialties will revolve around soil/terrestrial substrates for crops and forestry materi-als, aquatic systems encompassing fresh and saline water-based production of algae, shrimp, and microbial biomass, and around controlled environments for artificial substrate-based produc-
tion. Genetic, biomolecular, and systems engineering all come into play in addressing these challenges. Bioenergy on a much smaller scale may also be used in a biomedical context. For some applications, it appears to be possible to scavenge energy from sources in the body or environment in order to power med-ical sensors and other devices, reducing the need for traditional sources of power .
I still cry for you Sam, i miss you and will always love you no matter what. I really hope you know that.
Today i asked her, ” What did i ever do before i met you ? “.
It’s one of those mengada questions couples ask each other i think. The type that warrants a slap from others for being too mengada. But i really was wondering that. Now that i have her i can’t imagine not having her around. Not having her opinions on things that matter to me. Not knowing that she’s always got my back. It’s a bit terrifying.
Then we sat for 5 mins trying to think up the answer to that one.