Sunday, January 24, 2016

For Sale or Lease: 514 East Main in Carbondale, Illinois

After a great eight-year run in this building, we’ve moved to a bigger one.

For sale $195,000, we'll consider leasing.

--4,500 square feet
--All level concrete floors with garage door entry
—Truss design; any internal wall can be removed/moved

—Less than 1/2 mile from SIUC campus
—Four blocks to downtown Carbondale.
—Earth sheltered with thick concrete walls on three sides, very solid and secure.
—Faces Highway 13 in Carbondale; the busiest road in town.

—Southern exposure; great light and perfect for solar installation.
—Parking for 16+ cars, easy access.  Plenty of free parking nearby.

—New 30-year metal roof installed by Baine Roofing.
—New, state of the art sun tunnel lighting.
—New HVAC, great insulation and energy efficiency.
—Ground-level access with garage door, and level concrete floor.
—Well-maintained and updated electricals, including three-phase access.
—Underground cable Internet.

This building should be maintenance-free for many years.

Baine Roofing installing metal roof in 2012.

We have updated and fixed all major mechanicals, this building should be maintenance free for many years. 

2008  just after after we moved in.

Contact Steve Gough at, Beth Fisher at, or Bob Davenport at (618) 924-3644.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Steven Vogel has died.

Scientist Steven Vogel died today.

In early 2007 I called Steven Vogel out of the blue -- we'd never met -- expecting a short, maybe even hostile response from such an important man. 

We talked for over an hour that first time, and that hour profoundly influenced me and Little River Research.  I knew there was a need for a small turnkey teaching flume and hoped to answer it; he mentioned "swim tunnels" in his papers.

He sent me a stack of notes, and many digital files and said "build it, the world needs it!  I'll help any way I can."  He never mentioned money or credit. 

With amazing scientific and technical skill, and all the math and physics down to basic theory, Dr. Vogel figured out that a ducted propeller (not a noisy, heavy inefficient centrifugal pump) was the way to go with small flumes.  So we used that.
Vogel's 2007 drawing of a "flow tunnel," unpublished.

Vogel's realization of his theoretical best, emailed to me. He said "I'm not good with construction."

Steven Vogel is a hero to me, an amazing cross-disciplinary scientist, educator, researcher, and communicator.  He could do jaw-dropping technical work; his writing was unparalleled; he got away with wry humor in even his journal articles.  His books are marvelous that way.

He cared about educating people, about exposing as many people as he could to the beauty of biomechanics and, as the title of one of my all-time favorite academic books reads, "Life in Moving Fluids."

I never met him face to face, but I see his aims in everything he produced.  He funded much of his research personally. 

Thank you, Steven Vogel.  We shot this video just a couple of weeks ago, for a major launch of our model; and I intended to tell you that this week. 

Emflume1 two-minute overview from Little River Research on Vimeo.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Watch our new video of the Emflume1

Check out our new video on the revolutionary, turnkey, desktop Emflume1. We introduced the Emflume1 in 2013 and it is now in use around the world, helping students in engineering, geosciences, and fisheries learn fluid mechanics with hands-on experience in the lab.

Emflume1 two-minute overview from Little River Research on Vimeo.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Em2 Owner Receives Environmental Excellence Award

Vermont’s Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District was a recipient of the 2015 Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for their River Road Show, a traveling educational display that uses the Emriver Em2 model to demonstrate how rivers and streambanks react to human impacts. The program has educated thousands of Vermonters on river science and flood resiliency. We blogged about the great work ONRCD was doing in 2013.

With 13 Emriver models in use throughout the state by multiple agencies, organizations, and schools, Vermont continues to be a leader in using the models to effect positive change in river management and education. Keep up the great work!

Vermont Governor Shumlin and Congressman Welsh at the Springfield Apple Festival. 
Photo Courtesy of ONRCD.

Em2 Installed in Japan Museum

Little River is proud to have an Em2 model at the Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History in Japan. A big thanks to Akiyo and Go Matsumoto who represented Little River during the dedication ceremony and demonstration in July.

Akiyo speaks on stage during the dedication ceremony.

Akiyo and Go conduct a demonstration with museum visitors. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Japan Geoscience Union meeting in full swing

We are happy to report our exhibit in Japan is being visited by multitudes of Japan Geoscience Union meeting attendees. All the excitement has us barely feeling the time change anymore. Despite Chiba, which is located in the Greater Tokyo Area, being 11 hours ahead of Southern Illinois, we are having a phenomenal time at JpGU.

On Monday we felt an earthquake that was centered just northeast of Tokyo. The U.S. Geological Survey measured it at a 5.3 magnitude. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

If we had been filming the Em2 when the earthquake happened, we would have captured the significant bank failure we saw in the model.

A few visitors to our booth had seen us before at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, and they were happy we brought two of our models, an Emriver Em2 and Emflume1, to Japan. Thanks to the packing skills of Steve, Jim and Keisha, they arrived safe and sound without a scratch.

Thursday is the final day of exhibition, and we hope you will stop by and see us in booth number 43 if you are at JpGU. If you are elsewhere, you can see the next best thing--more photos from JpGU on our Facebook Page.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Em2 and Emflume1 models to make debut in Japan at geoscience meeting

Editor's Note: Akiyo Matsumoto, who is a native of Japan, translated this post into Japanese.

Three of us from Little River Research & Design are heading to Japan in a few days to attend the Japan Geoscience Union meeting.

JPGU is a partner organization of the American Geophysical Union, and we have attended annual AGU meetings for several years.

Akiyo, Anna and Meriam at our booth in San Francisco at AGU 2014.

We are excited to be taking two of our models to Japan. We will have an Em2 and Emflume1 near Tokyo at the Makuhari Messe International Conference Hall in booth number 43 from May 24 to 28.

Japan has a long history of river research, and many challenges with water-related geohazards, including flooding, landslides and tsunamis. Our Emriver models can further efforts to understand these hazards.

Jim, Keisha, Anna and Akiyo see off the first Emriver Em2 geomodel to Japan.
We are also excited to add two Japanese institutions to the list of our worldwide owners. Our Emflume1, Em2, Em3 and Em4 are facilitating river science education and research in Canada, Australia, nine countries in Europe, China, Taiwan, and 48 U.S. states. We are happy to add Japan to the list!

We look forward to meeting new people at JPGU and continuing to send our models across the world to contribute to worldwide science education and research.

今月末、Little River Research & Design(リトルリバーリサーチ&デザイン)から三名が、日本地球惑星科学連合大会(JpGU)に参加するため日本に向かいます。JpGUはアメリカ地球物理学連合(AGU)のパートナー組織でありこのAGU大会にここ数年連続して参加しています。
Anna and Akiyo demonstrate a landslide in an Em2.


An Emriver Em3 geomodel at an event in Denver, Colorado in 2013.