Lecturer Kirk French and Christopher Duffy (Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering) are receiving publicity for their article "Prehispanic Water Pressure: A New World First" which appeared in the May issue of Journal of Archaeological Science.
As reported in the article, French and Duffy discovered the earliest known water pressure system. The Classic Maya (AD 250-600) constructed a system with the potential to control the flow of water within an urban area.
Their article generated the publication of a piece titled "Under Pressure" in the Random Samples section of the May 14 issue of Science magazine. See attached article.Under Pressure - Science.pdf
The Los Angeles Times captured the article in their May
7 issue. Click on this link to view the article "Fountain-type system in Maya
city may be first in New World". http://articles.latimes.com/2010/may/07/science/la-sci-maya-water-20100508
Additionally, they were featured in a Public Radio International's (PRI) The World-Science podcast. Click this link to hear the podcast.