Field Innovation Team

December 10, 2016

Saturday is #HumanRightsDay, which the United Nations created in 1950 to celebrate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and motivate people to stand up for the rights of humanity.

At FIT, we believe in the right of survivors to have the resources to respond to their communities during disasters, rebuild their communities after disasters and prevent future harm from what they can’t always prevent. Survivors are not victims and they deserve the most advanced solutions to the issues they face.

Any one of us can experience a disaster at any time. Therefore, to empower survivors is to empower humanity as a whole because we can learn from each other. This Human Rights Day, consider how helping those in an emergency situation take action for themselves means helping humans everywhere.

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November 10, 2016

Last week marked the 4th anniversary of @Hurricane Sandy ending, so we’d like to revisit “Rebuilt and Recovered? Sandy Stories from Rockaway”, a project we did last year with Rockaway Waterfront Alliance RWA and The Moth. Storytelling is an important tool for recovery, and “Sandy Stories” featured stories from five survivors from the Rockaway community: Daris Garnes, Jocelyn Dicent, Evontie Brown, Stephanie Barry, and Lynette Shelborne Barfield. This is Jocelyn’s story.


March 11, 2016

March is Women’s History Month and we’re honoring it by featuring those who are working to solve post-disaster problems that are unique to women. This week we turn the spotlight on Elizabeth Fussell and her study on the psychological impact of Hurricane Katrina on low-income mothers.

The Resilience in Survivors of Katrina (RISK) project began in 2003 as a study of the effects of performance-based scholarships on the well-being of low-income parents enrolled in three New Orleans community colleges. About a year after Katrina, Fussell’s team reconnected with over 80% of the study’s participants, the majority of whom were African-American single mothers.


Protochips’ Poseidon 510 Plays Integral Role in Ground Breaking ORNL Study

Research May Benefit Advances in Lithium-ion Batteries

Protochips’ Poseidon 510 electrochemistry liquid cell was recently featured in a study conducted at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The study is called “Nanoscale Imaging of Fundamental Li Battery Chemistry: Solid-Electrolyte Interphase Formation and Preferential Growth of Lithium Metal Nanoclusters” and was co-authored by Robert Sacci, Jennifer Black, Nina Balke, Nancy Dudney, Karren More and Raymond Unocic.

The scientists used the Poseidon 510 electrochemical cell to observe dendrite growth in a liquid environment similar to that which is found inside a typical lithium-ion battery. Since lithium dendrite structures degrade lithium-ion batteries, their research is intended to examine the structures’ growth so that inhibition or reduction methods can be developed in the future. In conducting the experiment, the scientists applied voltage to the cell in order to stimulate the growth of lithium deposits into dendritic structures. Using the Poseidon system, they were able to capture high-resolution images of the phenomenon at the nanoscale.Oak Ridge National Laboratory Logo

“This technique allows us to follow subtle nano-sized structural and chemical changes that occur and more importantly, correlate that to the measured performance of a battery,” said Sacci.

The ORNL team believes that their research with benefit scientists who are pursuing different approaches to the issue of lithium dendrite growth.

“If you don’t understand the basic mechanism of why things happen in your devices, you’ll always be thinking, ‘Why did this happen and how do I fix it?’” Unocic said. “Until you get down to the microscopic and nanoscopic level to look at the structural and chemical evolution that’s happening in the cells—then you can’t truly address those issues that come up.”

The study was published online by Nano Letters and ACS on February 23, 2015.

Introducing the Nike VR_S Covert Driver

Nike VR_S Covert Driver
Nike VR_S Covert Driver

With the introduction of the VR_S Covert series, Nike Golf has brought cavity-back technology to drivers, fairways and hybrids. This seemingly simple engineering concept completely changes the way woods and hybrids perform on both professional and amateur levels. Its technological changes are matched with a striking visual design to make it even more unique.

The VR_S Covert is the world’s first high speed cavity back driver that complies with USGA and R&A rules. The breakthrough cavity back technology strategically positions weight to the heel and toe, increasing the MOI (Moment of Inertia). This creates more stability and energy when the driver makes contact with the ball, resulting in greater distance. You won’t be able to see the cavity without looking at the sole, though – it’s concealed by the crown to make its performance potential truly “covert”.


Innovations in Golf Apparel: A Brief History

In 1744, the Gentlemen Golfers of Leith created a list of golf rules that is now the earliest surviving record of its kind. There were rules regarding “holling” [holeing] and “lyes” [lies] but no regulations regarding attire.

Harrison Fisher Fore 1909
“Fore” by Harrison Fisher, 1909

The same clothing was generally worn for all sports, and that usually consisted of suits and skirts.In the 1900s, some golfers wore the short, loose pants commonly referred to as “knickers”, but that’s about as daring as it got. Two decades later, however, athletic clothes started its transition into more practical and casual designs. Golf apparel soon established its own place in the fashion world, though like any type of fashion, it continues to change with the times.


Divotman Begins

Let’s set some things straight. I’m not the son of a deceased billionaire mogul. I didn’t come from a distant planet with a mission from my father. I have no parents, but not because they were taken from me. My origins are in a factory somewhere, probably in Asia, with thousands of brethren I haven’t seen since I left the warehouse that served as my orphanage. You could say I’m a mutant of sorts since I’m a self-aware yet inanimate object. I think of it as more of a manufacturing error. An error, but not a defect.


Divotman Returns

Of course I return. I return to the warehouse every day. What I wasn’t expecting was the return of the Nike VR family.
I had set my sights on slashing the price of a particularly unruly polo shirt (and he knows who he is), but then everything went dark. I was standing in the standard-length shadow of what could only be a driver. I had no choice but to turn around. It was a VR STR8-FIT Tour driver.

“Why so surprised?” he asked. “You knew one of us would avenge our hybrid.”