Assignment 4 Interview

Interview with Nick Fertita

1. Briefly explain what biotechnology is.

Biotechnology is the use of technology to genetically alter DNA for the use of technology.

2. Are you in favor of further industrial research in this field?

I don’t know much about the field of bio technology but i know there should be further research in the field.

3. Provide at least one reason for your stance on this issue.

With technology progressing over the years, biotechnology has become very important in the medical field. New innovations have lead the way in producing false limbs and other vital organs.

4. What is your academic major?

Business major


Norfolk Leading the Way in Innovation

Briton Arth Stem110t group 6 and class # 33598

Ever walked through a city, drop everything you are doing, and think to yourself how can this city become better for the environment? Well here at Arth incorporated we are taking this idea of a more environmentally friendly city and expanding it to Norfolk. We have come up with many different ideas which include the following: improving upon the public transportation, building green buildings, raising the sky line of Norfolk, and a fairly new innovation that will completely eliminate green house gases by cars.

With all of these new and innovative ideas we, Arth incorporated, look to help refurbish an already vast city. Most of our methods will help reduce Norfolk’s gas emissions from cars, lower housing costs because of the new technology surrounding green buildings, and the construction of a new hurricane evacuation bunker.

With all great ideas and solutions come difficulties. There will be two main problems with our new technologies. First, the cost of these projects will exceed into the billions of dollars. Second, Norfolk is mainly a military based city with people coming and going more often than not. This causes a big problem by not allowing people to stay with the same techniques throughout their life but making them have to adapt when the move here or away from Norfolk.

The Sharable Future of Cities! – Briton Arth

  • How many people does Steffen estimate we will have living in or near cities by mid-century? There will be close to 8 billion people living near cities by the mid century.
  • Explain how you agree or disagree with Steffen’s point that our energy use is “predestined” rather than “behavioral”. I agree with Steffens point that our energy use is “predestined” rather than “behavioral”. I see how everyone is trying and trying to use alternative resources instead of fossil fuels. and with technology it is just a matter of time before we get off of this non renuable resource.
  • What correlation does Steffen make between a city’s density and its climate emissions?
  • What are the “eco districts” that Steffen mentions? How you see these as feasible or unfeasible in a city like Norfolk? These eco districts use Steffen mentions is the use off light by using all glass and using non boilers to heat up these districts. I see these semi feasible in the city of Norfolk but only during the spring and fall months where the temperature is not too hot or too cold.
  • Explain how you agree or disagree with the “threshold effect” that Steffen discusses related to transportation.
  • What does Steffen mean by the idea that, “…even space itself is turning into a service…”? Can you provide any examples that you see here in Norfolk or elsewhere?
  • Describe your understanding of Steffen’s argument that, “…it’s not about the leaves above, but the systems below…”.
  • Finally, overall in what way(s) do you see Steffen’s ideas working / not working here in Norfolk? Spend time with this question! Steffen has some plausible ideas for energy saving and transportation, but i don’t see all of them being used in the city of Norfolk. The only cities i see this working in is cities with a lot more population like New York or Chicago. These cities can afford all of the expenses by using these ideas, and have a more stable population. What  I mean by this is that Norfolk has a lot of military and with that more people will be moving away and not wanting to pay the outstanding taxes for something they not get to enjoy for a extended length of time. But geographically I believe that his ideas are very plausible. 

Individual Statement (Briton Arth)

Our group, Group 6, is putting attention to the ODU “parking problem.” We came up with a problem statement and it goes as follows: There is not enough car parking spaces for students of Old Dominion University within the campus during the week from 8am to 6pm when school is in session due to high population density, large faculty lots, and strict rules of parking. 

My plan to correct this problem is to build a parking garage in the back commuter parking lot. Although there is a parking lot already in place, it is only one floor of parking instead of multiple. This solution will not only make parking more readily available to students, but will create less congestion in the surrounding lots around campus. Though might be cost effective to build I believe in the long run it will pay off. The university does get a good portion of money from the tickets issued during the hours of the day but would draw more students if the built more readily available lots or garages. 

(could not find a link for this problem!!!)

Abstract 1: Technology Overview and Impact

Kaplan, D. (2001). A new state of fear. (cover story). U.S. News & World Report, 131(17), 14.

The time following the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11 heightened America’s anxiety about terrorism and the reality of the events. Several anthrax attacks were recorded across America following 9-11 that put America up on its toes. Suspicions arose which put everyone in a scare for chemical or biological weaponry from the terrorists of the middle east. Precautionary warnings spread to prepare America’s military for the worst. Along with Military mobilization and other deterrent measures, Americans were scrambling for an answer to the anthrax scares. The typical view of terrorists with machine guns and bandanas was starting to fade. Now, possibly wielding chemical weapons, terrorist groups were able to strike a new fear into the eyes of all Americans. Biochemicals used as weapons would not only kill some immediately, but it would have a lasting affect on anyone or anything that came in contact at any point. Even though a majority of cases dealing with the anthrax virus were deceptive and false, there was still that fear for every American.

I believe Kaplan posted this article, following the attacks of 9-11, to show us as Americans that these terrorist scares are not as worrisome as we all think they are. Even though a majority of the alleged attacks were hoaxes, it still doesn’t hurt to be prepared for what could come of it. America as a nation read the paper and watch the news to see a few instances happening, and believe that it will happen to them. It still is human nature to be worried about what could happen following a major disaster.