Around the Schools: Harvard Graduate School of Education

first_imgHarvard University students have launched the first collegiate Sarah Jane Brain Club, to explore issues surrounding pediatric traumatic brain injury, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.“We at Harvard are privileged to launch the first Sarah Jane Brain Club at a university, which will help spread the message and improve the treatment of people with brain damage,” said Professor Kurt Fischer, director of the Mind, Brain, and Education Program at HGSE.The club is bringing together students and faculty across Harvard to focus on advancing knowledge of the brain, and supporting the millions of families around the country dealing with brain injuries.Launched by Patrick Donahue, a father of a child suffering from Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury, the Sarah Jane Brain Project focuses on creating a model system for research, rehabilitation, and development of children suffering from brain injuries. Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in people from birth to age 25 in the United States. The new Harvard club is open to all students throughout the university.— Jill AndersonIf you have an item for Around the Schools, please e-mail your write-up (150-200 words) to georgia_bellas@harvard.edulast_img read more

Mike Nichols, Beloved Director of Stage & Screen, Dies at 83

first_img His illustrious stage career also included directing The Apple Tree, Streamers, Hurlyburly and the recent revival of Betrayal on Broadway, in addition to taking on the role of producer for many of those productions and more (including the Tony-winning Annie and The Real Thing) as head of Icarus Productions. His equally renowned calling as screen director included helming films inspired by theater, including Closer, The Birdcage and Biloxi Blues, in addition to such movies as Catch-22, Carnal Knowledge, Silkwood, Working Girl and Postcards from the Edge. He had been tapped to direct Meryl Streep in an HBO adaptation of Master Class. Practically seamlessly, Nichols continued to direct on both Broadway and Hollywood. He took home Tonys for directing Plaza Suite, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Real Thing, Spamalot and the 2012 revival of Death of a Salesman. All the while, he received Oscar nominations for directing Silkwood and Working Girl and received Emmy Awards for his small screen adaptations of Wit (completing his EGOT) and Angels in America. Nichols, born Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky on November 6, 1931, moved to the United States from Germany at the age of seven with his younger brother. The two joined their father in the states, who had fled months earlier from the rise of the Nazi regime. Once their mother joined them two years later, the family moved to New York. He attended New York University before dropping out to study pre-med at the University of Chicago. It was there that he awakened his passion for comedy and theater. View Comments Moving from stage to screen, though still sticking to his theatrical roots, Nichols began his successful career as film director with the 1966 adaptation of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Nichols was nominated for an Academy Award. While he lost to Fred Zinnemann for another adaptation of a play, A Man for All Seasons, his film took home five awards out of its 13 nominations. He would take home the trophy the following year for The Graduate. While in Chicago, he joined the improv group Compass Players with Elaine May, and the two soon formed their eponymous comedy duo Nichols and May. Though Nichols would later have nearly 30 Broadway credits to his name as director or producer, he got his start on the Great White Way in 1960 performing opposite May in An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May. The recording of their Broadway debut earned the pair a Grammy Award for Best Comedic Performance—the first award toward Nichols’ EGOT achievement. Celebrated director of stage and screen Mike Nichols died on Wednesday, November 19. His death was announced in a statement by James Goldston, President of ABC News. The Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner was 83 years old. Following Nichols and May’s professional split, he made his Broadway directorial debut with Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park in 1963. The following year, the production earned him his first of nine Tony Awards, six of which were for Best Direction of a Play—more than any other individual in that category. He took home the award again two years later, being recognized for helming both Luv and The Odd Couple. Nichols wed ABC New Anchor Diane Sawyer in 1988. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three children, Daisy, Max and Jenny, as well as four grandchildren.last_img read more

Fighting Against Parasites.

first_imgYnes Ortega is a key addition to the University of Georgiaresearch team at the Griffin, Ga., Center for Food Safety andQuality Enhancement. Ortega is one of a handful of researchersin the world studying parasites on food.”We’re extremely excited about the new dimension of foodsafety expertise Dr. Ortega brings to our center,” said CFSQEdirector Michael Doyle. “Her research into this emergingarea of foodparasitology is certain to have tremendous impacton understanding the behavior, control and elimination of food-borneparasites.”Either bacteria or parasites usually cause food-borne illnesses.E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella and Camplyobacter are among the bacteriathat cause these illnesses.E. coli’s Not the Only Bad GuyOrtega’s research, though, focuses on parasites in food andwater. In 1993, she was part of a team of scientists that firstidentified Cyclospora, a parasite linked to outbreaks in raspberries, basil and lettuce.The parasite was falsely linked to strawberries in a 1995 Texasoutbreak. “The strawberries were blamed,” Ortega said,”and strawberry growers lost $20 million in one week.”At the time, no one knew what was causing the illnesses. “Theoutbreak happened in Texas, but the whole world got involved,”she said. “Researchers from universities, the CDC (Centersfor Disease Control and Prevention), FDA (Food and Drug Administration)and health officials were all working together.”Though strawberries were being blamed, the team’s researchdidn’t support the speculations. “Later, the outbreak wasepidemiologically linked to raspberry consumption,” Ortegasaid.Parasites Need Humans to SurviveUnlike bacteria, parasites need human hosts to survive andmultiply. This makes the work of researchers like Ortega muchharder.”We can’t multiply Cyclospora in the lab to study them,”she said. “We have to take samples from sick people. It’shard to study a parasite you can’t reproduce.”On the positive side, parasites seem easier to kill in humans.”Bacterial outbreaks are fast, and they kill fast,”Ortega said. “On the other hand, parasites need time to multiply.So the process takes longer.”Medication isn’t required to get rid of some parasites. “Ourbodies fight them with our immune systems,” she said.Other parasites require medications, which aren’t always effective.”Basically, you have to live with two to four weeks of diarrheaif the medication doesn’t work,” she said.A Strong Immune System is Your Best DefenseAs with food-borne illnesses caused by bacteria, parasite illnesseshit those with low immune systems harder.”Currently, there is no efficient treatment for Cryptosporidiuminfections,” she said. “And they can be life threatening.The best defense you can have against parasites is a strong immunesystem.”In her UGA lab, Ortega is studying the biology of these parasites.She’s trying to find how to isolate them and detect them on food.”The water industry has some experience and methods ofdetecting parasites,” she said. “But the food industrydoesn’t.”By training, Ortega is a medical parasitologist. She is workingto adapt detection methods used in the medical field. “Wehave to find out how to detect them and how to stop them,”she said.last_img read more

CAES DC Fellows

first_imgThis summer, seven University of Georgia students have embarked on the opportunity of a lifetime, serving as UGA Congressional Agricultural Fellows in Washington, D.C. The offices of Georgia Senators David Perdue and Johnny Isakson and Representatives Sanford Bishop, Doug Collins, Buddy Carter, Rick Allen and Austin Scott are hosting the students during the 12-week fellowship in the nation’s capital. The students, who attend UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), prepare briefs, attend committee hearings and conduct food- and agriculture-related research. In addition, they have the option of earning credit hours towards graduation. “Ag Fellows are full-time employees of the congressional offices and serve as apprentice staff members,” said Josef Broder, CAES associate dean for academic affairs and the fellowship program coordinator. “Many will be asked to serve as mentors to other student interns.” Students representing the University of Georgia as 2015 Congressional Agricultural Fellows include Dowdy White, of Cordele, Georgia; Matthew Pace, of Lyerly, Georgia; Nicole Holden, of Greensboro, Georgia; Casey Chastain, of Helen, Georgia; Kelsie Bickett, of Chickamauga, Georgia; Katelin Benkoski, of Madison, Georgia; and Ethan Perkins, of Brooklet, Georgia. Matthew Pace, a senior studying agricultural and applied economics, will be working in Sen. Johnny Isakson’s office. Matthew is the son of Wayne and Kari Pace. Nicole Holden, a senior studying agribusiness with a certificate in agrosecurity, will be working in Rep. Austin Scott’s office. Nicole is the daughter of Don and Andrea Holden. Kelsie Bickett, a senior studying agricultural communication, will be working in Sen. David Perdue’s office. Kelsie is the daughter of Todd and Alisa Bickett. Katelin Benkoski, a senior studying animal science and agribusiness, will be working in Rep. Buddy Carter’s office. Katelin is the daughter of John and Julie Benkoski. Dowdy White, a senior studying agricultural communication, will be working in Rep. Sanford Bishop’s office. Dowdy is the son of Billy and Gwen White. Casey Chastain, a junior studying agricultural communication and education, will be working in Rep. Doug Collins’ office. Casey is the daughter of Brad and Lori Chastain. Ethan Perkins, a junior studying agricultural communication, will be working in Rep. Rick Allen’s office. Ethan is the son of Emory and Kristie Perkins. The Congressional Agricultural Fellowship is made available through the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Deans’ Promise program. A collection of enrichment opportunities ranging from internships to study abroad opportunities, the Deans’ Promise program encourages CAES students to take advantage of unique, out-of-the-classroom opportunities during their time in college. For more information on the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the Deans’ Promise or other opportunities available to UGA students, visit read more

GenOn to close Morgantown coal-fired station, support Maryland just transition legislation

first_imgGenOn to close Morgantown coal-fired station, support Maryland just transition legislation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享E&E News ($):One of the nation’s largest independent power producers has announced it is closing a coal plant in Maryland and is throwing its weight behind a bid to phase out coal-fired generation in the state entirely.GenOn Holdings Inc., a Houston-based firm, said it plans to retire its [1,205MW] Morgantown Generating Station in southern Maryland by 2027, marking the firm’s third closure announcement this year.The company is also backing a bipartisan bill requiring all of Maryland’s coal-fired generating units to shut down by 2030. As of 2019, approximately 14% of the state’s electricity came from coal. The measure includes a provision to support impacted coal workers and communities, mirroring a national push to support workers and economies suffering from coal’s decline.“These retirements reflect the sentiment of the citizens of Maryland and will facilitate a smooth transition for GenOn’s employees and the communities in which we currently operate,” Dave Freysinger, the company’s CEO, said in a statement.Colorado and New Mexico have enacted similar “just transition” bills, and President-elect Joe Biden has called for a federal push.“GenOn’s support of this bill is huge and greatly enhances the likelihood it is going to pass,” said state Del. Ben Brooks (D), who is co-sponsoring the proposal with Republican state Sen. Chris West. “What we want to do in the state of Maryland is get 50% of our energy from renewables by 2030, and this is going to go a long way in helping that.”[Arianna Skibell]More ($): Major power producer backs shutdown of all Md. coal plantslast_img read more

Ecuador Seizes 2.2 Tons of Cocaine and Drug Submersible

first_imgBy Dialogo June 28, 2012 The seizure in Ecuador of 2.2 tons of cocaine and a submersible capable of transporting up to 15 tons of drugs led President Rafael Correa to declare on June 26 that his country is one of the region’s most efficient in the fight against drug trafficking. “We’re one of the most effective countries in the region in the fight against drug trafficking; we’re the only Andean country that doesn’t have drug crops,” the president told the press after the police and the Navy revealed the results of three separate operations on the Pacific coast. He added that, “with all due respect to Colombia and Peru, we’re in between the two largest drug producers, and it’s going to be very difficult to avoid having trafficking.” The Anti-Narcotics Unit exhibited 1.2 tons of cocaine to the press that it found abandoned on a beach in the southwestern part of the country the previous week. “The packaging suggests that they were going to load (the drugs) onto speedboats in order to export them from the continent,” said the top national anti-narcotics official, General Juan Carlos Barragán, adding that “we can’t rule out links to other events” reported in recent days. On June 23, three Mexicans were arrested off the coast of the province of Manabí (in southwestern Ecuador), on board a speedboat on which they were transporting fuel allegedly intended for drug-trafficking activities. On May 13, a Mexican-registered small plane crashed on a hillside in Manabí, causing the deaths of its two occupants, of the same nationality. The plane, which was allegedly involved in drug trafficking and was flying at low altitude and without lights in order to avoid being detected by radar, was found to be carrying 1.3 million dollars. The police said that another operation allowed them to locate 14 packages with around 1 ton of cocaine in residences searched in the port of Guayaquil (in southwestern Ecuador), on June 24, and to arrest five Ecuadorean citizens and one Colombian national. The agency added that the narcotics were apparently packed in cans of tuna for shipment abroad. “Police sources revealed that the drugs seized came from Peru and were processed in the port city for subsequent transport to Europe by sea,” the state news agency Andes said for its part. Meanwhile, the Navy reported that a submersible was discovered on a small island in the Gulf of Guayaquil (280 km southwest of Quito) on June 25. The vessel was in the final phase of construction, the National Aquatic Spaces Directorate specified in a statement. It added that the vessel, 15 meters long and 4 meters wide, is believed to be capable of transporting between 10 and 15 tons of drugs.last_img read more

My top 5 moments from Finastra #Perspectives17

first_imgLate summer kicks off a flurry of financial services conferences that last through the fall. The first on my radar this year was Perspectives. Touted as Finastra’s largest U.S. customer conference and the first since their formation of Finastra less than 80 days ago, credit unions invaded Orlando to hear the latest on the merger, technology evolution and industry trends at Perspectives.  After an extremely busy few days, I headed off to the airport and left the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort behind while replaying the most memorable portions of the conference. Here are my top 5 moments from Perspectives: Reconnecting with industry peers The number of years spent in the U.S. banking space equates directly to the number of hugs I receive on opening night of a conference. Times 10. In all seriousness though, I cannot pass up the opportunity to visit in person with valued customers, peers, and industry experts from leading financial services organizations. Hanging with celebrity chef Todd EnglishLeave it to Hyland Software to plan the cocktail party of the conference! Held at the award-winning restaurant, Todd English bluezoo, Hyland hosted 80 of its customers for an evening away from the conference hustle. Todd’s special appearance and an exceptional lobster dish he prepared exclusively for the party spoiled attendees and left folks buzzing about the event for days. Talking tech trendsDigital transformation, analytics, lending automation and the elimination of data silos across the financial institution were all hot topics during the conference. It’s clear, financial institutions are exploring more efficient ways to integrate their existing software systems. This gives them the ability to share information and reduce the mounting pressures on IT staff. The best solutions will help financial institutions do more with less by connecting important systems while giving a single place to store and manage information.Scoping out the swagBaseballs, fidget spinners, water bottles and even bunny slippers (yes, slippers!) were the hit of the Partner Expo. I may have even seen the bunny slippers on the feet of some patrons on Disney’s BoardWalk one evening!Hearing Robert Herjavec’s insightsInvestor, entrepreneur, and lead Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank, Robert Herjavec, delivered the keynote and it did not disappoint. Entertaining and informative, Robert shared his wisdom on how customers want to be sold to and marketed to.  What else did I walk away from the conference with? The desire to go back again next year! 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michelle Harbinak Shapiro Michelle Shapiro has more than a 15 years of experience in the banking industry to her role as Financial Services Industry Expert at Hyland Software. Her mission is to share … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Crews respond to tractor-trailer crash with fuel spill in Fenton

first_imgFENTON (WBNG) — Emergency crews are responding to a tractor-trailer crash on I-88 early Wednesday morning. The incident is still under investigation. 6:12 A.M. UPDATE: The New York State Department of Transportation and Chenango Bridge Fire also responded. —– The sheriff’s office says the incident involved one individual and they were operating the vehicle. They say that person is uninjured as a result of the crash. According to the Broome County dispatch they say both lanes are blocked on I 88 Westbound near exit 2. FENTON (WBNG) — The Broome County Sheriff’s Office says the operator of the tractor-trailer said they lost control of the vehicle after driving off the side of new pavement. It is unknown what the cause is or if there’s any injuries. —– 3:53 P.M. UPDATE: FENTON (WBNG) — According to Broome County Dispatch, there are no injuries. This is a developing story, Stay with 12 News for further updates. They say the lanes are blocked due to a fuel spill. According to 511 NY, the alternate route is to take Exit 2 to SR 12 A to SR 12 to I-81.last_img read more

The guns outside election offices are bad enough, but Barr wants guns inside the counting process

first_imgNote the wide range of activities suggested in this letter. It’s not just that you can send someone with a gun down to “investigate” the not-so-violent crime of potential voter fraud, you can send an armed federal agent to “prevent” crimes that haven’t happened. In other words … you can stand someone in to fiddle with the safety on their Glock while the elderly woman in front of them tries to decide if that mark for Joe Biden is dark enough to count. Do you think so, ma’am? Do you really think so?The raft of frivolous lawsuits being cranked out by Trump are being thrown out of court left and right, but Barr doesn’t need to go before a judge to make a request for adding some real heavy metal to the voting process. By a complete coincidence, the letter telling federal prosecutors to send forth their troops came just before Trump issued a statement saying: “We want all voting to stop.” When someone asks why the process is going so slowly, the answer might be that it’s difficult to work when you’re genuinely “under the gun.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – As The New York Times reports, Barr’s Wednesday letter practices some very careful lawyering. Election law actually does prohibit the positioning of armed federal officers at polling stations, because legislators rightly perceived that having someone in uniform standing over voters with a rifle lent things a very developing-world appearance. In addition to looking bad, it’s simply bad.But the hairsplitter general determined that just because you can’t direct a barrel at voters when they’ve got their pens over a ballot doesn’t mean you can’t wring some sweat out of the person trying to read the ballot. As the Department of Justice letter notes, election law “does not prevent armed federal law enforcement persons from responding to, investigate, or prevent federal crimes at closed polling places or at other locations where votes are being counted.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Cities and municipalities that do not determine the amount of the lump sum for renters, it will be 750 kuna per bed

first_imgAt the 10th Session of the Parliament held on November 21, 2018, the final proposal of the Law on Amendments to the Law on Income Tax was extinguished.In the discussion at the Committee, it was noted that the Government of the Republic of Croatia with the Final Law on Amendments to Income Tax regulates the amount of the lump sum if local government units do not make a decision on the lump sum income tax for renters in tourism per bed or accommodation unit in the camp. . Legislative changes regulate the range of this lump sum. The lump sum may not be less than HRK 150 or more than HRK 1.500. By the way, so far the lump sum was 150 kn. The Government of the Republic of Croatia regulates that in cities and municipalities that do not determine the amount of this lump sum, it amounts to HRK 750.However, interestingly, if the towns and municipalities do not make a decision on the amount of the lump sum, which is lowered to the local level by the new law because so far the decision on the amount of the lump sum was made by the Ministry of Tourism, the Government of the Republic of Croatia regulates of that lump sum it amounts to HRK 750.It was further stated that such lump sums should be earned as revenues of local governments where the property is located and not where the owner has registered residence. This type of real estate represents a burden for the infrastructure of local self-government units due to the large influx of tourists over the summer without adequate financial compensation. The proponent replied that such lump sums were related to the residence of the property owner and not to the place where the property is located.More information/TRANSITIONAL AND FINAL PROVISIONS TRANSITIONAL AND FINAL PROVISIONSArticle 30(1) Representative bodies of local self-government units are obliged to make decisions from Article 2019 of this Act for 17 which will prescribe the amount of flat tax per bed or per accommodation unit in the camp by 31 January 2019 and submit them to the Tax Administration no later than until February 15, 2019. The adopted decision shall be applied until a new decision is made in accordance with Article 17 of this Act.(2) If the representative body of the local self-government unit does not make a decision within the prescribed time limit, the amount of the flat tax per bed or per accommodation unit in the camp shall be determined in the amount of HRK 750,00.(3) Article 14 of this Act shall apply when determining the annual income tax for 2018 and onwards. Furthermore, it was said in the discussion that the decision on the amount of the lump sum is determined by the local self-government unit, and the funds from renting real estate in tourism are received by the local self-government unit where the property owner is registered. In this way, one local government unit affects the revenues of another local government unit. It is also pointed out that such real estate is rented in tourism and no holiday home tax can be charged for it. It was pointed out that such a problem is particularly pronounced in small places on the sea and the coast, where most renters do not have a permanent residence, so small places have no income from it. The proponent replied that this was a factual situation under the Income Tax Act. Among other things, it was noted that for non-resident foreigners as owners of real estate in tourism, revenues go to the budget of the local government unit where the property is located.The Act was passed at the 10th session on November 21, 2018 with 79 votes in favor, 51 against, 1 abstention, and the Income Tax Act, which will enter into force on January 1, 2019.So, the summary of everything is how the final bill gives local governments the opportunity to make decisions on the amount of flat tax payment per bed or per accommodation unit in the camp in the proposed range from 150,00 to 1.500,00 kuna. If they do not make a decision on the amount of the flat tax, it is determined in the amount of HRK 750,00.Hosts in family accommodation, talk to your representatives in municipalities and cities, to your representatives you have chosen in local and county elections, about the amount of sojourn tax and make sure the decision is made, so that later we would not know.Side dish: FINAL PROPOSAL OF THE LAW ON AMENDMENTS TO THE LAW ON INCOME TAXcenter_img Article 17In Article 57, after paragraph 2, new paragraphs 3, 4 and 5 are added as follows:”(3) In the case referred to in paragraph 2 of this Article, the representative body of the local self-government unit is obliged to issue a decision prescribing the amount of flat tax per bed or accommodation unit in the camp, which may not be less than HRK 150,00 or more than HRK 1.500,00.(4) The decision of the representative body of the local self-government unit referred to in paragraph 3 of this Article may be changed no later than 15 December of the current year, and shall apply from 1 January of the following year. per bed or per accommodation unit in the camp.(5) Local self-government units shall submit the decision of their representative body referred to in paragraph 3 of this Article to the Ministry of Finance, Tax Administration within eight days from the day of its adoption for publication on the Tax Administration website. “.last_img read more