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Twitter-verified public health professionals are mostly men

On Twitter, many users covet the “blue check”, the official stamp of verification given by the company that “lets people know that a public interest account is genuine”. This way, users can tell the difference between a real politician’s account and a parody account (probably sometimes hard to tell these days).

Physicians are one group asking for this verification, in part because during the pandemic they have amassed a large following and influenced online conversations around covid-19. And they often get their blue check – at least male doctors do. This does not hold true, however, for a good portion of female physicians, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

When it comes to verified Twitter accounts held by doctors, of the 779 identified study authors, 70.7% belonged to men and only 29.3% to women.

The findings raise questions about Twitter’s verification process and, of course, the extra cachet given to health messages reaching wider audiences on social media.

“I wanted to know who was getting, for lack of a better term, respect or that extra kind of gold star,” said study co-author Fumiko Chino, a radiation oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer. Center in New York. City and a clinician researcher interested in health outcomes, health equity and health care disparities. Chino is verified on Twitter.

“Unlike, say, a celebrity, a verified doctor really does potentially have a wider voice and would be a bit more trustworthy than someone who hasn’t been verified.”

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Twitter representatives did not respond to a request asking them to explain their verification process. But on the company’s website, it sets out a number of categories and requirements that various people and businesses need to meet to be verified – including things like the account needs to be active, notable, and not recently created.

For “activists and organizers,” where Twitter categorizes medical professionals, the requirements state that “the account reflects an individual, not an organization” and that “the account’s follower count is in the top 0.05% in their area”. However, Twitter says it will vet accounts that don’t meet all of its requirements in matters of high public interest, due to their expertise or public role. This includes healthcare professionals during outbreaks.

“Social media has become part of a physician’s professional and public profile,” the study authors wrote. “The verification validates and reinforces this status and may have important implications for patient engagement and academic advancement based on digital scholarship.”

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Chino said she thinks the verification lends weight to messages put out by doctors. It can be both good and bad. While people think science is black and white, it’s actually very, very gray, Chino said.

And since vetted doctors compete online over things like wearing masks (some say you don’t need them) because they’re making decisions based on various data they’ve reviewed, it can leaving others, such as immunocompromised or “at-risk” people, vulnerable.

“We failed to control the flow of information about different levels of risk and how we should behave,” Chino said.

Anjana Susarla, a lead AI professor at Michigan State University who has researched how people search for health care information on social media, said information seekers are looking for usually from reliable sources that look like them. While doctors and healthcare professionals may turn to the CDC for example, an average internet user may not be well versed with reliable government resources.

“If Twitter provides a different verification status for men and women, it could affect the perception of what is trustworthy information on Twitter,” Susarla said.

Susarla gave the example of someone seeking advice on whether to send their children back to school. Information from a pediatrician who posts advice on Twitter who is a mother may differ from that of a male pediatrician. But if the woman isn’t verified and the man is, it could impact how people choose to use the information they provide. Susarla also said the verification process is notoriously opaque.

Chino has helped co-author additional studies that explore how sex and gender inequalities lead to some information being amplified over others. Examining Twitter influencers in his field of radiation oncology, Chino and his co-authors found that “male academic radiation oncologists based in North America hold particularly influential positions in virtual communities.”

That men are more likely than women to get the blue check isn’t new – older studies have found the same trends – but the recent study shows it’s an ongoing problem. Previous research has shown that, in general, men are much more likely to be verified than women.

“We’re in a liminal space right now where voices trying to promote a public health message are actually being attacked,” Chino said. “I think we have to be very careful about the voices we raise because unfortunately I feel like there’s been a real erosion of trust.”

Thanks to Dave Tepps for writing this article.

Kalona woman to be inducted into Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame in 2022


The Iowa Commission on the Status of Women has announced the 2022 honorees of the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame and recipient of the Cristine Wilson Medal for Equality and Justice.

The new class of Hall of Fame winners includes Mary Swander of Kalona, ​​Elizabeth Cowles of Des Moines, Laurie Schipper of Des Moines and Mary Elaine Richards of Ames.

The 2022 recipient of the Cristine Wilson Medal for Equality and Justice is Ako Abdul-Samad of Des Moines, a longtime member of the Iowa House of Representatives and social justice advocate.

An induction ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 27 at the Des Moines Playhouse, according to a press release from the Iowa Department of Human Rights. The ceremony and subsequent reception are free and open to the public.

Read more about Mary Swander of Kalona

The winner Mary Swander was born on November 5, 1950 in Carroll, Iowa. His mother’s family had fled the Irish Potato Famine and settled near Manning, Iowa.

Swander graduated from Davenport Central High School and then Georgetown University in 1972. She earned her master’s degree through the University of Iowa’s Iowa Writers Workshop, one of the most successful creative writing programs. country selective.

She taught at Iowa State University for 30 years, achieving the title of Distinguished Professor. She was Iowa’s Poet Laureate from 2009 to 2019.

Swander is the co-founder and executive director of AgArts at Kalona, ​​a non-profit organization that promotes healthy food systems through the arts. She is the host of the “AgArts from Horse & Buggy Land” podcast.

“Your health depends on how you eat. So for the survival of the human race, we have to know about agriculture,” Swander said. “Agriculture is responsible for, I think, 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions right now. And we could not only solve that problem, reduce that level, but also sequester carbon in the soil So we could fight climate change.”

She has established residencies for artists on farms across Iowa and across the country, and she has hosted many international artists, touring throughout the state.

“I take donations, write grants, and place artists in residency farms for two weeks to a month,” Swander said. “Then they do projects that reflect farmers’ agricultural issues. They get to know farmers and what it’s like to try to run a farm these days. So they learn a lot. I mean, the artists are usually two to three to four generations away from the farm.”

Swander is also the artistic director of her namesake Swander Woman Productions, a theater troupe that travels the country performing around the themes of food, agriculture and the rural environment. She has written and produced plays like Farmscape, Vang, and Map of my Kingdom, which tackle topics such as the farm crisis, immigrant farmers, and farmland transition.

“Agriculture has been the lifeblood of this state and it fuels our economy,” Swander said. “I think we could learn the deep story from that.”

Swander has also given lectures, workshops, retreats, keynote lectures, scholarly papers, and expert presentations in the United States and internationally, from Harvard Law School to the University of Warwick.

She has won numerous awards, including a Whiting Award from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation in 1994, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Literary Arts in 1986, two Ingram Merrill Awards in 1980 and 1986, and the Carl Sandburg Literary Award from The Chicago Public Library in 1981.

She lives in a former Amish schoolhouse, raises geese and goats, and tends a large organic garden. Swander, who has lived in cities before, prefers the community and connection of rural Iowa’s small towns.

“I just have a small office in downtown Kalona. I drive there and park outside my door. I call the hardware store, general store, pharmacy and grocery store and place my order , I give them my credit card and tell them my car is open,” Swander said. “They come and they put all the packages in my car and at the end of the day I drive home. It’s safe enough, I can just leave it (the car) open. It’s hilarious.”

Swander felt honored to be nominated for the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame alongside “pretty remarkable” women, she said.

“It was a really nice surprise,” Swander said. “Especially when you look at the list of all the other women. I would love to have all of these women in one room, that would be pretty amazing.”

Visit agars.org or find “AgArts from Horse & Buggy Land” wherever podcasts play to learn more about Swander’s work in Iowa.

Grace Altenhofen is a reporter for the Des Moines Register. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @gracealtenhofen.

OK Google, give me a coke: giant AI demos of soda-scavenging robots


MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) Google is combining the eyes and arms of physical robots with the knowledge and conversational skills of virtual chatbots to help its employees easily fetch sodas and crisps in the break rooms.

The mechanical servers, shown to reporters in action last week, embody a breakthrough in artificial intelligence that paves the way for versatile robots that are as easy to control as those that perform simple, structured tasks such as vacuuming or climbing. the guard.

Google robots are not ready to be sold. They only perform a few dozen simple actions, and the company hasn’t yet integrated them into the consumer-familiar “OK, Google” invocation feature.

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While Google says it continues to develop responsibly, adoption could ultimately be stalled by concerns like bots becoming surveillance machines or equipping chat technology that can give offensive responses, like Meta Platforms Inc. (META.O) and others have experienced it in recent years. .

Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) are pursuing comparable bot research.

“It’s going to take a while before we can really grasp the direct business impact,” said Vincent Vanhoucke, senior director of robotics research at Google.

When asked to help clean up a spill, Google’s robot agrees that grabbing a sponge is a doable response and more sensible than apologizing for creating the mess.

Bots interpret spoken commands naturally, evaluate possible actions against their capabilities, and plan smaller steps to reach the request.

The chain is made possible by infusing robots with linguistic technology that derives understanding of the world from Wikipedia, social media, and other web pages. Similar AI underpins chatbots or virtual assistants, but hasn’t been applied as widely to robots before, Google said.

He unveiled the effort in a research paper in April. The integration of more sophisticated linguistic AI since then has increased the success of bots on orders to 74% from 61%, according to a company blog post published on Tuesday.

Alphabet subsidiary Everyday Robots is designing the robots, which for now will be limited to grabbing snacks for employees.

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Elon University / Campus Health and Alerts / Infectious Disease Response Team

Elon University / Campus Health and Alerts / Infectious Disease Response Team

team load

  • Provide regular and ongoing monitoring of disease data (including communicable disease and foodborne illness) on campus and in the state and local community
  • Provide initial response to outbreaks in a timely manner and activate standard of care for students, faculty or staff who may be affected
  • Gather university partners for rapid response (implementing care, prompt notification of others affected, initiation of quarantine/isolation procedures, mitigation cleaning, testing, vaccination clinics and other necessary procedures)
  • Implement mitigation measures that may be mandated or recommended by local, state, or national public health entities
  • Periodically review and update university emergency response protocols
  • Recommend university mitigation policies to senior management
  • Support and advise the Emergency Operations Center, if activated in the event of a pandemic or infectious disease outbreak

Members of the team

  • Ginette Archinal, co-president – ​​university physician/medical director
  • Jana Lynn Patterson, Co-Chair – Associate Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students
  • Steve Bailey, Academic Council Liaison – Physical Therapy Education Professor
  • Owen Covington – Assistant Vice President for News and Information
  • Doug Dotson – Deputy Chief of Campus Security and Policing
  • Stacie Dooley – Assistant Dean of Career and Student Development, Elon Law
  • Val Drummond – Director of Risk Management
  • Raymond Fletcher – Deputy Director of Facilities Management
  • Whitney Gregory – Assistant Dean of Students
  • Kathy Harrison – Head of Faculty/Staff Health and Wellness Clinic
  • Aneshia Jerralds – Associate Director of Residence Life for Operations and Facilities
  • Paul Miller – Associate Provost for Academic Excellence and Operations
  • Shannon Moylan – Director of Environmental Services
  • Stephanie Page, Staff Advisory Council Liaison – Director of Human Resources Operations
  • Madelyn Pastrana – Community Health Manager
  • Carrie Ryan – Assistant Vice President for Ancillary Services
  • Jeffrey Scheible – Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Administration
  • Stephanie Vaughn – Student Health Services Practice Manager

Clean energy lender to stop making high-interest PACE loans in Missouri • Missouri Independent


One of the nation’s largest “clean energy” residential lenders suspended homeowner loans in Missouri, citing economic conditions and a new state law that required more consumer protection and oversight. .

California-based Ygrene Energy Fund said it will also stop lending in California, but will continue to lend to homeowners in Florida, where it can lend for wind and hurricane protection, a business more viable. No other state has large property-rated residential clean energy programs, although dozens of states allow them for commercial borrowers.

The measures in Missouri were enacted last year, after a ProPublica survey found that high-interest PACE loans were disproportionately burdening borrowers in predominantly black neighborhoods.

A spokesperson for Ygrene said on Thursday the company wanted to focus on other parts of the country where it would find profit opportunities. The spokesperson said law reforms in Missouri were a “small factor” in the company’s decision to stop lending to homeowners there, although a company executive said that the reforms had probably contributed to a drop in loan applications.

In its investigation, ProPublica found that Missouri PACE lenders, including Ygrene, were charging high interest rates for terms of up to 20 years, collecting loan repayments through tax bills, and running debts. by placing liens on the property – which left some borrowers vulnerable to losing their homes in the event of default.

ProPublica analyzed about 2,700 loans registered in the five counties with the most active PACE programs in the state and found that 28% of borrowers in predominantly black neighborhoods were at least a year behind on their loan repayments. , compared to 4% in predominantly white areas. If the loans are not repaid, the local government can seize the borrower’s property.

PACE was marketed as a way to fund energy-efficient home renovations with no upfront cost. Missouri law required that each project’s energy savings be at least equal to the cost of the loan, but many borrowers said they didn’t always see that much savings. ProPublica found that while state law allowed PACE programs to perform audits to ensure borrowers were saving money on their energy bills, it did not require them, and PACE programs in St. Louis and Kansas City areas generally did not perform them.

The programs targeted many vulnerable homeowners, including people who needed urgent repairs but had few credit options. ProPublica found that some Ygrene loans in the St. Louis area had gone to owners of homes with exceptionally low land values; in several cases, the loan amount exceeded the value of the entire property according to the local appraiser. Ygrene and other PACE lenders had used private appraisals which were often much higher.

This is simply due to interest rates and economic conditions that make the program unsustainable at this time.

– Jim Malle, Director of Government Affairs at Ygrene

The new Missouri law required PACE programs to base loans on local government assessments, a change that sharply reduced the availability of loans to homeowners with low property values.

The law also required that residential PACE programs be reviewed by the State Finance Division at least every two years. Previously, PACE programs had to submit annual reports to the state, but ProPublica’s investigation found there was little oversight.

PACE officials and its lenders said the program’s interest rates tend to be lower than some credit cards and payday lenders, providing much-needed financing for home improvement, especially in low-income neighborhoods. predominantly black where mainstream lenders generally don’t do much business. . Prior to the new law, Ygrene said, it had tightened its standards by ensuring borrowers had a history of paying property taxes on time and using more conservative property appraisals to underwrite loans. The company said it has also reduced its delinquency rates since the program began providing residential loans.

A Ygrene executive told the City of St. Louis Clean Energy Development Board on Wednesday that the company wants a one-year break from making new loans, starting Aug. 18.

“This is simply due to interest rates and economic conditions that make the program unsustainable at this time,” Jim Malle, director of government affairs at Ygrene, told the board. He also said the company has seen a reduction in new loan applications “and we believe this is due to Missouri law.”

The council, which only a few months ago renewed Ygrene’s contract to act as residential loans administrator, said it could have found the company in default of its contract with the city, but has agreed to suspend the program for at least three months and reassess the decision. quarterly.

Neal Richardson, executive director of the city’s development agency and member of the clean energy development board, said the city would use money from the US federal bailout law to help homeowners with energy projects and home repairs.

A representative for the St. Louis County PACE program, which also uses Ygrene, could not be reached for comment.

Ygrene had competed for market share in Missouri with another entity, Missouri Clean Energy District. While Ygrene dominated the market in St. Louis and St. Louis County, MCED operated primarily in St. Charles County, west of St. Louis, as well as statewide in the region. of Kansas City.

St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman, who has criticized PACE programs and last year urged the county council to “get out of this case,” said that while Ygrene’s departure was well, he was worried about other companies entering the market.

David Pickerill, executive director of MCED, said his district was still making loans, but business was “a bit down, I think, due to the economy, inflation and various factors.” He said it was possible “the people who were best placed to use the PACE program have already done so”.

Ygrene is not completely withdrawing from the lending business. The company recently announced that it has secured investments from two venture capital firms to expand other types of residential and commercial loans nationwide, including those not secured by collateral. Ygrene also offers PACE loans for commercial projects; these loans have not attracted as much attention from regulators because they tend to involve borrowers with more experience and access to capital who are not as likely as residential borrowers to default.

The company announced last year that it was offering PACE to Ohio homeowners through a partnership with the Port Authority of Toledo-Lucas County. The Port Authority had successfully run its own small-scale PACE program that offered affordable loans in the northwest Ohio town. But port officials said they needed a national corporation to help offer loans statewide. Months ago, Ygrene removed all mention of Ohio from its website. Port officials did not respond to questions about the progress of the project.

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PEN America, with 102 international writers and artists, calls on India to defend the freedom to write ahead of the 75th Independence Day celebration


raises lingering concerns about the unraveling of free speech and the imprisonment and silence of writers

(NEW YORK) – As India celebrates 75 years of independence today, 102 notable American and international creative writers and artists, including Marina Abramovic, Paul Auster, JM Coetzee, Jennifer Egan, Jonathan Franzen, Azar Nafisi and Orhan Pamuk, joined PEN America and PEN International in signing a letter to Indian President Draupadi Murmu, expressing concern over the deterioration of freedom of expression and calling for the release of imprisoned writers and dissenting and critical voices.

“As India celebrates 75 years of independence, the state of free expression is under grave threat and is mourned rather than celebrated,” said Karin Deutsch Karlekar, director of Free Expression at Risk programs at PEN America. . “We are relieved that poet Varavara Rao’s parole was made permanent on medical grounds this week, but other writers and public intellectuals, including Hany Babu and Anand Teltumbde, remain behind bars, and dozens of writers and journalists face state-sanctioned threats. and harassment. We urge the Indian government to stop trying to silence dissenting voices, allow freedom of expression without fear of reprisal, and release unjustly imprisoned writers.

The joint letter, signed by PEN America and PEN International and more than 100 prominent writers around the world, urges President Murmu to uphold democratic ideals and freedom of expression in the spirit of India’s independence, and to restore India’s reputation as an inclusive, secular, multi-ethnic and multi-religious democracy. The letter states: “Freedom of expression is the cornerstone of a strong democracy. By weakening this fundamental right, all other rights are threatened and the promises made at the birth of India as an independent republic are seriously undermined.

In a separate initiative, PEN America collaborated with a group of writers to invite authors from India and the Indian diaspora to reflect on the state of freedom of expression and democratic ideals and received contributions from 113 authors. Title India at 75the collection includes original writings by Salman Rushdie (shared before the violent attack on him on Friday August 12), Jhumpa Lahiri, Abraham Verghese, Shobhaa De, Rajmohan Gandhi, Romila Thapar, Aakar Patel, Anita Desai, Geetanjali Shree, Perumal Murugan, P. Sainath, Kiran Desai and Zia Jaffrey, among other notable writers.

“One of India’s great strengths is its linguistic diversity and vibrant literary culture,” noted Karlekar. “We hope that this collection of original writings from a wide range of critical voices, focusing on the state of Indian democracy on its 75th anniversary, encourages creative expression at a time when it is under threat and celebrates the key role that writers in India and the Diaspora play in speaking truth to power and contributing to the public sphere.Despite growing fear and self-censorship, the fact that so many notable writers have contributed speaks to the dynamism of the Indian literary community.

Together, the two initiatives represent a rallying cry to defend the freedom to write and to encourage writers and public intellectuals to continue their key role in contributing to India’s once vibrant democracy. Threats to free speech, academic freedom and digital rights have accelerated in India in recent years. The most recent PEN America Freedom to Write Index has revealed that India is the only nominally democratic country included in the tally of the top 10 jailers of writers and public intellectuals in the world, with eight people held behind bars. Detained writers face politically motivated prosecution for their writings on politics, caste, minorities and language; and journalists face detention for their reporting. In addition to cases of imprisonment or detention, dozens of writers have faced online harassment, physical threats, legal action or other forms of intimidation because of their opinions, including expressing the point perspective of ethnic minorities. More generally, recent internet shutdowns in Kashmir and in response to protests by farmers in the capital New Delhi have restricted communication and access to information.

About PEN America

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and around the world. We defend the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the freedoms that make it possible. Learn more at pen.org.

Contact: Suzanne Trimel, [email protected], 201-247-5057

Missouri S&T – News & Events – Missouri S&T Lists ‘Degrees of the Future’ for Power Engineering


Missouri S&T is one of 15 U.S. universities chosen by science and technology website Gizmodo as schools with the best energy engineering programs in a recent “degrees of the future” report.

“One of the most critical problems facing humans today is how to generate power efficiently,” Gizmodo editors wrote in the report, which was published Aug. 11. “We have many ways to generate electrical power, but all have their drawbacks – some devastating to the environment, some are difficult to scale, and some have been shelved for years due to fears for safety.

“As we move away from fossil fuels, energy engineering will help us find more efficient alternatives and better ways to use existing renewables like wind and solar,” says Gizmodo. “The field is producing innovations in energy production, storage, consumption and distribution, and we hope to free ourselves from our destructive dependence on oil and gas.”

Missouri S&T is also the only university in Missouri to make the list. The Energy Engineering Ranking was one of 25 “future-relevant” fields of study included in the report. To determine the top universities in each category, Gizmodo relied on independent surveys of faculty, alumni, and students, statistical data published by the U.S. government, and data evaluating the impact of scientific articles published by a institution in a particular field of study.,

Expertise in the energy of the future

Missouri S&T offers many courses, degrees, and certificate programs to prepare students for the future challenges of energy engineering. They include civil engineering, chemistry, chemical and biochemical engineering, electrical engineering, geology and geophysics, geological engineering, mining engineering, nuclear engineering and radiation science, and petroleum engineering. University researchers are also known for their expertise in areas such as critical minerals for future energy needs, and for the past two years have hosted a National Science Foundation-sponsored workshop on mineral production and policy. critical for industrial, academic and government partners. S&T also focuses on energy research through its Energy and Environment Research Center.

S&T is also a leader in sustainable energy with its geothermal energy system, which has been in operation since 2014 and has reduced energy consumption by nearly 60% each year since. The university is also home to six solar-powered houses designed and built by students for international solar decathlon competitions. The houses serve as literal living labs, with students living in the houses. Located in two areas, the solar complexes are equipped with solar panels micro-grids used to demonstrate the viability of alternative energy.

Reviews | Worrying new studies show the climate battle is not over

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“This summer is just a horror landscape,” Kim Cobb, director of Brown University’s Institute for Environment and Society, told The Post recently. From global heatwaves to multiple floods caused by thousand-year-old rainfall, extreme weather events have caused widespread disruption in recent weeks. And new studies paint a worrying picture of how far we have to go.

In the first paper, published in the journal Nature, scientists examined the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, a monster about the size of the United States that contains most of the world’s glacial zone. It has long been believed to be less sensitive to rising temperatures than the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, which is exposed to warm water from below, or the Greenland Ice Sheet, which is approaching from below. a “tipping point” for accelerated melting. But parts of East Antarctica are already showing signs of vulnerability, calling this assumption into question.

Based on evidence of historical periods of high temperatures, the researchers projected that a global temperature increase of less than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels – the upper limit specified in the Paris agreement – would likely maintain most of the ice sheet intact, but could result in a sea level rise of 1.6 feet by the year 2500. Breaking the Paris Sill could result in a sea level rise of 16.4 feet , rendering the planet virtually unrecognizable. “It’s really important that we don’t wake this sleeping giant,” lead study author Chris Stokes said in a statement.

Another one study in Nature, led by researchers from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of Tasmania, estimated that the Antarctic ice shelves had lost 12 trillion tonnes of mass since 1997, double the previous estimate. In particular, the team used satellite analysis to investigate the “calving” of icebergs – when they Pause off glaciers – and concluded that this causes almost as much ice loss as thinning due to warming seas. This raises new concerns about the stability of ice shelves, which are key to ensuring glaciers don’t collapse into the ocean.

Meanwhile, a third paper, published in Communications Earth & Environment, looked at the warming Arctic. The authors found that over the past four decades, the Arctic region has warmed four times faster than the rest of the world, significantly higher than expected. This has dire consequences for sea level rise – and that’s not all. Extreme weather conditions such as heat waves and heavy rains are related temperature differences between the poles and the equator. As the Arctic warms, these events could become more frequent and intense thousands of miles away.

After decades of “sleepwalking toward climate catastrophe,” as UN Secretary-General António Guterres described the global predicament, the United States has finally found the political will to enact climate legislation. But the window for action to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement is rapidly closing. This new research reminds us that there is still work to be done, at home and abroad, if we are to preserve a habitable planet for future generations.

More than 1,200 Purdue Global graduates attend launch ceremonies in Washington, D.C.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Jacque Yates has long had a passion for public service. Her background sparked an interest in pursuing higher education and she earned her Masters in Public Health from Purdue Global in 2021.

On Saturday, August 13, Yates delivered the commencement address to 1,212 Purdue Global graduates who participated in in-person and virtual commencement ceremonies at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

A native of Gary, Indiana, now serving Dallas residents as a program analyst for the CDC Foundation, Yates told graduates to focus on the present.

A new graduate celebrates her Purdue Global graduation at commencement ceremonies Saturday August 13 in Washington, DC (Purdue Global photo/Hannah Graber) Download Image

“I want you to focus on the dreams and ideas that have fueled you along this journey,” said Yates, whose husband James is also a Purdue Global alumnus. “Focus on that feeling you had when you successfully completed your first mission. Focus on the confidence that came over you when you were told about your application for graduation. Take all of this and I want you to carry it with you to every job interview, make sure it’s there at every presentation, make it your plus-one official at every networking event.

“Because it’s what’s going to hold you up as a Purdue Global graduate. It’ll help you find the opportunity in every obstacle. The train of life will only take you as far as the tracks that you laid out in front of him. A degree from Purdue Global provided me with a foundation of skills that I have found transferable from one discipline to another.

Two in-person and one virtual ceremonies took place during the day. Diplomas have been issued by business schools and information technology, education, general education, health sciences, nursing, social and behavioral sciences and Concord Law School. There was 563 bachelor’s degrees, 405 masters degrees, 135 associate degrees, 90 certificates and 19 doctorates (11 Doctor of Nursing Practice, six Juris Doctors and two Executive Juris Doctors).

Graduates reside in all 50 states – including 69 Indiana residents – plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, as well as Bermuda, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Guam, India, Japan, Thailand and in the UK.. A total of 234 graduates are affiliated with the military. Six employees from Purdue West Lafayette, Purdue Fort Wayne, Purdue Northwest and Purdue Global are among those who have earned a Purdue Global degree or certificate through the Purdue Global Education Advantage.

Chancellor Frank Dooley
Chancellor Frank Dooley speaks to new Purdue Global graduates at launch ceremonies on Saturday in Washington, D.C. Dooley spoke to approximately 630 Purdue Global graduates who took part in in-person ceremonies and approximately 580 who attended virtually. (Purdue Global photo/Hanna Graber) Download Image

Chancellor Frank Dooley addressed the graduates – 632 of them in person and 580 virtually.

Dooley noted that more than 9,000 Purdue Global students are affiliated with the military, including nearly 5,100 active duty, National Guard and Reserve members serving around the world. Nearly 50% are the first members of their family to attend university and about 60% are caring for a child or other dependant.

“What you all have done is so remarkable,” Dooley said. “You have completed your studies while dealing with whatever life throws at you, including a pandemic. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to get where you are today, and you should be proud.

Laquinta Pollardof Austin, Texas, received a Purdue Global degree for her Master of Science in Human Services and also performed the national anthem.

Saturday marked Purdue Global’s 14th launch since its inception in 2018 and the third in the nation’s capital.

In the days leading up to the start, Purdue Global held various virtual celebratory events, including a photo booth, toast, graduation board and social media activities.

More than 11,000 Purdue Global students have graduated in the past year.

Purdue Global’s next debut is scheduled for October 22 at the Elliott Hall of Music on the Purdue West Lafayette campus.

About Purdue Global

Purdue Global offers personalized online training tailored to the unique needs of adults who have work or life experience outside of the classroom, allowing them to develop essential academic and career skills with the support and flexibility they need. need to achieve their career goals. It offers students personalized paths to an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree, based on their work experience, desired pace, military service, prior college credits, and other considerations – no matter where they are in their life journey. Purdue Global is a public, nonprofit university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is affiliated with the flagship institution of Purdue University, a top-tier public research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University also operates regional campuses in Fort Wayne and northwest Indiana, as well as science, engineering, and technology students at the Indiana University campus at the University Purdue of Indianapolis (IUPUI). For more information, visit purdueglobal.edu.

Writer/media contact: Tom Schott, [email protected]

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Clean energy lender to stop making high-interest PACE loans in Missouri


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One of the nation’s largest ‘clean energy’ residential lenders suspended homeowner loans in Missouri, citing economic conditions and a new state law that required more consumer protection and oversight. .

California-based Ygrene Energy Fund said it will also stop lending in California, but will continue to lend to homeowners in Florida, where it can lend for wind and hurricane protection, a business more viable. No other state has large property-rated residential clean energy programs, although dozens of states allow them for commercial borrowers.

The measures in Missouri were enacted last year, after a ProPublica survey found that high-interest PACE loans were disproportionately burdening borrowers in predominantly black neighborhoods.

A spokesperson for Ygrene said on Thursday the company wanted to focus on other parts of the country where it would find profit opportunities. The spokesperson said law reforms in Missouri were a “small factor” in the company’s decision to stop providing loans to homeowners there, although a company executive said that the reforms had probably contributed to a drop in loan applications.

In its investigation, ProPublica found that Missouri PACE lenders, including Ygrene, were charging high interest rates for terms of up to 20 years, collecting loan repayments through tax bills, and running debts. by placing liens on the property – which left some borrowers vulnerable to losing their homes in the event of default.

We analyzed approximately 2,700 registered loans in the five counties with the most active PACE programs in the state and found that 28% of borrowers in predominantly black neighborhoods were at least one year behind on their loan repayments. , compared to 4% in predominantly white areas. If the loans are not repaid, the local government can seize the borrower’s property.

PACE was marketed as a way to fund energy-efficient home renovations with no upfront cost. Missouri law required that each project’s energy savings be at least equal to the cost of the loan, but many borrowers said they didn’t always see that much savings. ProPublica found that while state law allowed PACE programs to perform audits to ensure borrowers were saving money on their energy bills, it did not require them, and PACE programs in St. Louis and Kansas City areas generally did not perform them.

The programs targeted many vulnerable homeowners, including people who needed urgent repairs but had few credit options. ProPublica found that some Ygrene loans in the St. Louis area had gone to owners of homes with exceptionally low land values; in several cases, the loan amount exceeded the value of the entire property according to the local appraiser. Ygrene and other PACE lenders had used private appraisals which were often much higher.

The new Missouri law required PACE programs to base loans on local government assessments, a change that sharply reduced the availability of loans to homeowners with low property values.

The law also required that residential PACE programs be reviewed by the State Finance Division at least every two years. Previously, PACE programs had to submit annual reports to the state, but ProPublica’s investigation found there was little oversight.

PACE officials and its lenders said the program’s interest rates tend to be lower than some credit card and payday lenders, providing much-needed financing for home improvement, especially in low-income neighborhoods. predominantly black where mainstream lenders generally don’t do much business. . Prior to the new law, Ygrene said, it had tightened its standards by ensuring borrowers had a history of paying property taxes on time and using more conservative property appraisals to underwrite loans. The company said it has also reduced its delinquency rates since the program began providing residential loans.

A Ygrene executive told the City of St. Louis Clean Energy Development Board on Wednesday that the company wants a one-year pause before making new loans, starting Aug. 18.

“This is simply due to interest rates and economic conditions that make the program unsustainable at this time,” Jim Malle, director of government affairs at Ygrene, told the board. He also said the company has seen a reduction in new loan applications “and we believe this is due to Missouri law.”

The council, which only a few months ago renewed Ygrene’s contract to act as residential loans administrator, said it could have found the company in default of its contract with the city, but has agreed to suspend the program for at least three months and reassess the decision. quarterly.

Neal Richardson, executive director of the city’s development agency and member of the clean energy development board, said the city would use money from the US federal bailout law to help homeowners with energy projects and home repairs.

A representative for the St. Louis County PACE program, which also uses Ygrene, could not be reached for comment.

Ygrene had competed for market share in Missouri with another entity, Missouri Clean Energy District. While Ygrene dominated the market in St. Louis and St. Louis County, MCED operated primarily in St. Charles County, west of St. Louis, as well as statewide in the region of Kansas City.

St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman, who has criticized PACE programs and last year urged the county council to “get out of this case,” said that while Ygrene’s departure was well, he was worried about other companies entering the market.

David Pickerill, executive director of MCED, said his district was still making loans, but business was “a bit down, I think, due to the economy, inflation and various factors.” He said it was possible “the people who were best placed to use the PACE program have already done so”.

Ygrene is not completely withdrawing from the lending business. The company recently announced that it has secured investments from two venture capital firms to expand other types of residential and commercial loans nationwide, including those not secured by collateral. Ygrene also offers PACE loans for commercial projects; these loans have not attracted as much attention from regulators because they tend to involve borrowers with more experience and access to capital who are not as likely as residential borrowers to default.

The company announced last year that it was offering PACE to Ohio homeowners through a partnership with the Port Authority of Toledo-Lucas County. The Port Authority had successfully run its own small-scale PACE program that offered affordable loans in the northwest Ohio town. But port officials said they needed a national corporation to help offer loans statewide. Months ago, Ygrene removed all mention of Ohio from its website. Port officials did not respond to questions about the progress of the project.

Op-ed: Public schools – institutions in turmoil | News, Sports, Jobs


I was a product of the public school system. It was a positive experience that I will always treasure. But times have changed drastically since my school days.

Over the past few decades, I have watched the decline in educational progress in our public school systems. Diminishing test scores and rising school discipline problems are quite evident across the country. I believe there are various reasons. Allow me to share my thoughts as a former K12 educator.


First, I want you to think about the qualifications of university teachers in other professions. In the medical field, higher education teachers are practitioners: IA, DPT, NP, PA, MD and DO. Law colleges consist of practicing paralegals, prosecution and criminal defense attorneys, and retired judges. Dental school instructors include dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants.

On the other hand, education teachers have little practical experience regarding the K-12 classroom setting. Many of them acquire a bachelor’s degree, immediately followed by obtaining a master’s degree. After that, they get their doctorate or EdD. And finally, they obtain teaching positions in institutions of higher education.

Yes, these education teachers certainly have very limited knowledge of the K-12 classroom situations that practitioners have to deal with. Thus, they filled the minds of their students with instructional theory based on sterile, controlled research, not actual scenarios regarding the K-12 environment.

Additionally, teacher educators lack experience in how to deal with the myriad of discipline issues that public school teachers face daily in the classroom.

They rarely (if ever) emphasize that student learning cannot take place without classroom control or discipline. Undoubtedly, class control is the foundation of knowledge dissemination in the K-12 arena. Ask any public school “head teacher.”

Thus, our young teachers are ill-prepared to deal with student discipline problems. So what can they do? Well, they either figure out how to handle their students on their own, or they leave the profession frustrated and traumatized with a sense of failure.

To be completely honest, I was one of those naïve teachers after graduation. And I got my “baptism by fire” in a downtown school. After only two weeks of trying to use the “educational theories” I was taught in undergrad, I realized approaches were useless in the K-12 field. Fortunately, I had the courage to change my strategy.

On the Monday of this third week, I shot a “about the face.” I turned into a stern K-12 educator, emphasizing that the classroom is teacher-led, not student-led. At that time, I developed the following philosophy: be firm, be fair and be consistent. Beliefs that I adhered to for the rest of my teaching career.

Please don’t get me wrong. I have always listened carefully to my graduate school professors when they shared their knowledge about my field of study. However, as soon as they started telling the class how to teach, that’s when I closed my notebook.


In my 40 years as an educator, I have witnessed the infiltration of the liberal agenda into the K-12 environment. Gradually, changes were made. Corporal punishment was virtually eliminated because liberal powers perceived it as an inappropriate disciplinary tactic in our schools.

During my early years as a teacher, I observed that discipline issues were immediately resolved when CP was administered. Today, school psychologists spend months trying to appease the various behavioral issues of disruptive students. Even then, many of these students continued to wreak havoc in the classroom.

Yes, our public schools are truly in dire straits. Discipline issues are at an all-time high. Students sell drugs in school hallways. Others are in possession of weapons. And much worse, we have witnessed deadly atrocities that have recently taken place in our schools.

Second, the liberal element has won another victory: the elimination of school prayer. It was a morally empty victory. Prayer does not harm anyone and in fact promotes positive human values. Love is a big one.

Anyone who says that the liberal agenda has created a healthy and safe school environment conducive to optimal student learning must be living in wonderland.


Over the years, student state test scores in core subjects (English, math, science, and reading) have steadily declined. I could state statistics that would fill many pages. All you have to do is surf the internet. Then you will become a devout believer.

Some educational theorists have suggested that Covid is the culprit for poor test scores. But as I mentioned before, this downward trend started long before the Covid outbreak. And I firmly believe that lack of control or discipline in the classroom is a major cause of lower test scores.

We have, however, learned something about the pandemic. Without a doubt, “distance learning” does not work. Ask any K-12 educator.

In closing, I suspect I’m in the minority regarding previous thoughts. Still, I felt compelled to express my opinions based on decades of practical teaching experiences.


Bill Welker, EdD, has taught at all levels during his K-12 career, including teaching in Pittsburgh, as well as other public and private schools during his 40 years in business. education. He was an assistant instructor at the university level. Welker has published over 20 scientific articles in various educational journals. He also published The Literacy Handbook, which was distributed to schools in eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia. Welker has been selected “Teacher of the Year” by the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce. He also received the “Jasper N. Deahl Award” by West Virginia University for his achievements as a Certified Reading Specialist.

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Ygrene suspends controversial PACE loans in Missouri, California — ProPublica


One of the nation’s largest ‘clean energy’ residential lenders suspended homeowner loans in Missouri, citing economic conditions and a new state law that required more consumer protection and oversight. .

California-based Ygrene Energy Fund said it will also stop lending in California, but will continue to lend to homeowners in Florida, where it can lend for wind and hurricane protection, a business more viable. No other state has large property-rated residential clean energy programs, although dozens of states allow them for commercial borrowers.

The measures in Missouri were enacted last year, after a ProPublica survey found that high-interest PACE loans were disproportionately burdening borrowers in predominantly black neighborhoods.

A spokesperson for Ygrene said on Thursday the company wanted to focus on other parts of the country where it would find profit opportunities. The spokesperson said law reforms in Missouri were a “small factor” in the company’s decision to stop providing loans to homeowners there, although a company executive said that the reforms had probably contributed to a drop in loan applications.

In its investigation, ProPublica found that Missouri PACE lenders, including Ygrene, were charging high interest rates for terms of up to 20 years, collecting loan repayments through tax bills, and running debts. by placing liens on the property – which left some borrowers vulnerable to losing their homes in the event of default.

We analyzed about 2,700 registered loans in the five counties with the most active PACE programs in the state and found that 28% of borrowers in predominantly black neighborhoods were at least one year behind on their loan repayments. , compared to 4% in predominantly white areas. If the loans are not repaid, the local government can seize the borrower’s property.

PACE was marketed as a way to fund energy-efficient home improvements with no upfront cost. Missouri law required that each project’s energy savings be at least equal to the cost of the loan, but many borrowers said they didn’t always see that much savings. ProPublica found that while state law allowed PACE programs to perform audits to ensure borrowers were saving money on their energy bills, it did not require them, and PACE programs in St. Louis and Kansas City areas generally did not perform them.

The programs targeted many vulnerable homeowners, including people who needed urgent repairs but had few credit options. ProPublica found that some Ygrene loans in the St. Louis area had gone to owners of homes with exceptionally low land values; in several cases, the loan amount exceeded the value of the entire property according to the local appraiser. Ygrene and other PACE lenders had used private appraisals which were often much higher.

The new Missouri law required PACE programs to base loans on local government assessments, a change that sharply reduced the availability of loans to homeowners with low property values.

The law also required that residential PACE programs be reviewed by the State Finance Division at least every two years. Previously, PACE programs had to submit annual reports to the state, but ProPublica’s investigation found there was little oversight.

PACE officials and its lenders said the program’s interest rates tend to be lower than some credit card and payday lenders, providing much-needed financing for home improvement, especially in low-income neighborhoods. predominantly black where mainstream lenders generally don’t do much business. . Prior to the new law, Ygrene said, it had tightened its standards by ensuring borrowers had a history of paying property taxes on time and using more conservative property appraisals to underwrite loans. The company said it has also reduced its delinquency rates since the program began providing residential loans.

A Ygrene executive told the City of St. Louis Clean Energy Development Board on Wednesday that the company wants a one-year break from making new loans, starting Aug. 18.

“This is simply due to interest rates and economic conditions that make the program unsustainable at this time,” Jim Malle, director of government affairs at Ygrene, told the board. He also said the company has seen a reduction in new loan applications “and we believe this is due to Missouri law.”

The council, which only a few months ago renewed Ygrene’s contract to act as residential loans administrator, said it could have found the company in default of its contract with the city, but has agreed to suspend the program for at least three months and reassess the decision. quarterly.

Neal Richardson, executive director of the city’s development agency and member of the clean energy development board, said the city would use money from the US federal bailout law to help homeowners with energy projects and home repairs.

A representative for the St. Louis County PACE program, which also uses Ygrene, could not be reached for comment.

Ygrene had competed for market share in Missouri with another entity, Missouri Clean Energy District. While Ygrene dominated the market in St. Louis and St. Louis County, MCED operated primarily in St. Charles County, west of St. Louis, as well as statewide in the region of Kansas City.

St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman, who has criticized PACE programs and last year urged the county council to “get out of this case,” said that while Ygrene’s departure was well, he was worried about other companies entering the market.

David Pickerill, executive director of MCED, said his district was still making loans, but business was “a bit down, I think, due to the economy, inflation and various factors.” He said it was possible “the people who were best placed to use the PACE program have already done so”.

Ygrene is not completely withdrawing from the lending business. The company recently announced that it has secured investments from two venture capital firms to expand other types of residential and commercial loans nationwide, including those not secured by collateral. Ygrene also offers PACE loans for commercial projects; these loans have not attracted as much attention from regulators because they tend to involve borrowers with more experience and access to capital who are not as likely as residential borrowers to default.

The company announced last year that it was offering PACE to Ohio homeowners through a partnership with the Port Authority of Toledo-Lucas County. The Port Authority had successfully run its own small-scale PACE program that offered affordable loans in the northwest Ohio city. But port officials said they needed a national corporation to help offer loans statewide. Months ago, Ygrene removed all mention of Ohio from its website. Port officials did not respond to questions about the progress of the project.

Impact of Visual Impairment on Children’s Mental Health

Studies conducted with Orbis International conclude that children’s mental health and academic improvements are positive with proper eye care and eyewear, filling important research gaps and providing critical guidance for future interventions and research.

Visual impairment and blindness affect 2.2 billion people worldwide, including 19 million children. For these children, visual impairment can have a significant impact on their lives, including their level of education and mental health.

Two studies conducted in collaboration with the non-profit eye care organization Orbis International conclude that providing free glasses to children improves their ability to learn in school, while treating visual impairment in children can alleviate depression and anxiety. Both studies fill important research gaps and provide critical guidance for future interventions and research.

Glasses and education for children

The first study, published in The BMJwas conducted in rural western China, where only 15% of children who need glasses have them.

The study was a clustered, double-blind randomized controlled trial (RCT), and cross-contamination was minimized by selecting 1 school per canton. Primary schools in 2 neighboring provinces, Gansu and Shaanxi, were considered eligible. The sampled areas included low- and middle-income townships in each province.

A total of 252 schools were selected – 1 per canton, and 1 fourth and fifth year class from each school was selected. Children in these selected classes were eligible to participate in the study if their uncorrected visual acuity (UCVA) was £6/12 in either eye and could be improved to ³6/12 in both eyes while wearing glasses.

The researchers started by providing questionnaires to children, parents and math teachers. Questionnaires for children focused on their vision and personal information. The questionnaires intended for parents and teachers concerned respectively the richness and the use of the blackboard.

Each child’s visual acuity was assessed at the start of the study. Then, automated refraction with subjective refinement was performed on children with UCVA £6/12. Mathematics scores were assessed at the start and end of the study using separate timed and proctored exams appropriate for each year. Wearing glasses was assessed at the end of the study by direct examination and self-report measures.

Schools were randomized to receive 1 of 3 interventions: free glasses, free glasses vouchers, or a prescription (the control group). Children in the voucher and control groups received free glasses at the end of the study if needed, but were not initially told.

Schools were then randomized into 2 groups: those who received education encouraging the wearing of glasses (such as watching a video, receiving a brochure or class discussion) or who received no education.

All information was created to express that myopia is common in China, glasses are the safest and most effective treatment, and wearing glasses does not harm children’s eyes.

Ultimately, 3,177 children in 251 schools were eligible to participate in the study. Only 15% of eligible children were already wearing glasses. At the end of the study, 41% of children in the free glasses group were observed wearing glasses, while 68% reported wearing them. Comparatively, 26% observed and 37% self-reported wear in the control group.

Providing free glasses to children improved math test scores equivalent to half a semester of additional education. The improvement was particularly pronounced when half or more of the instruction used blackboards (a plausible finding, as these children were mostly nearsighted and therefore particularly disadvantaged when reading from a distant blackboard, as opposed to a manual on their desk).

The provision of free glasses had more impact on test scores than on parent education and family wealth. This effect was seen even with imperfect compliance (around 40% in this case), but additional encouragement to wear glasses can be expected to further increase the impact.

This study provides a rationale for cost-effective government programs to provide free eyeglasses to school children. The low cost of eyeglasses purchased in bulk increases the affordability of government programs, and pilot programs providing free eyeglasses to children have started in Gansu and Shaanxi provinces as a result of this study. The study also helped catalyze a Chinese national myopia control program in 2018 announced by none other than Xi Jinping.

Visual impairment and mental health

The second study, published in Ophthalmologydemonstrated that children with visual impairment have higher rates of depression and anxiety than their peers without visual impairment.

Myopic children, in particular, have higher depression and anxiety scores, and those with other causes of visual impairment have higher anxiety scores. Additionally, children who undergo corrective strabismus surgery have been shown to have improved symptoms of depression and anxiety.

This study provides clear evidence that can guide governments to take action on children’s vision, particularly regarding the provision of eyeglasses and insurance coverage for corrective strabismus surgery when the cost is otherwise prohibitive.

Depression and anxiety pose a greater risk to children when they are not identified and corrected quickly. The lifetime burden in terms of years affected by these conditions is also much higher in children.

The Orbis study posits that the mental health of visually impaired children may be negatively affected because they tend to participate in fewer physical activities, perform worse in school and are more socially isolated.

Additionally, negative attitudes toward strabismus seem to emerge as early as age 6, and early detection and treatment can have a profound impact on children’s mental health.

This study reported on a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine whether vision disorders, ocular morbidity and their treatments are associated with mental health problems, particularly depression and anxiety, in children.

The study analyzed 36 articles from 9 different databases. These articles reviewed studies involving children and young adults who underwent ophthalmic procedures and provided a narrative summary of mental health outcomes in adults with visual impairment (visual acuity

Additionally, the review assessed 23 observational studies related to depression and anxiety, eight observational studies related to strabismus, and 7 interventional studies. In total, nearly 700,000 participants were enrolled in these studies. Of the 36 studies, 22 were from low- and middle-income countries, and 9 of them focused on myopia in China.

Although there is a large body of work focusing on the impact of visual impairment on depression and anxiety in adults, studies examining mental health in children with visual impairment are few and far between. have not yet been examined in this comprehensive manner.

This research has profound implications for health care planners when allocating resources and designing interventions to address visual impairment. For example, in some countries, strabismus surgery is considered a cosmetic procedure and excluded from insurance coverage, forcing families to pay out of pocket. These barriers could deter patients of low socioeconomic status from seeking treatment and keep the mental health benefits of corrective surgery out of reach.

More accessible eye care will improve the mental health and general well-being of children.

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These studies provide important information about the effect of preventable visual impairment and blindness on children’s educational outcomes and mental health.

Uncorrected refractive error continues to be the leading cause of vision loss worldwide. The inability to see clearly and the proven impact of poor vision on academic performance can be a source of anxiety and depression, especially in pressured educational environments like China, where more than half of children between the ages of 6 and 18 are nearsighted.

Ultimately, the results of both studies provide policy makers and health care planners with important information for designing interventions and allocating resources, as they highlight the negative impacts of visual impairment and the impacts positive from the treatment.

Nathan Congdon is Research Director at Orbis International.
Emily Rich, MPH, is a recent Global Health graduate from Queen’s University Belfast in Belfast, Northern Ireland and currently a volunteer faculty member at Orbis International. She can be contacted [email protected]

Opinion: How MiraCosta and Palomar Colleges Are Trying to Elevate Latinx Students


The following comment is in response to a comment posted here (link) regarding the current status of local Chicanos/Latinos at San Diego County colleges and universities.

Rivera Lacey is the superintendent/president of Palomar College and lives in Fallbrook. cooking is superintendent/president of MiraCosta College and lives in El Cajon.

MiraCosta and Palomar Colleges are committed to their mission of equity and inclusion. The Latinx/Chicanx community is the fastest growing in San Diego County and, unfortunately, has the lowest rates of completion in higher education. It is essential that our colleges focus on this population to support thriving communities and an inclusive regional workforce. Here we share some metrics on student success, hiring, and systems to better serve Latinx/Chicanx students.

Both colleges proudly serve northern San Diego County, including Carmel Valley, Fairbanks Ranch, and Poway to the south, along the entire length of the Highway 78 corridor, to Camp Pendleton and the Riverside County border at north. While North San Diego County has seen population growth, the growth rate is slightly lower than that of San Diego County as a whole. Using the term Hispanic, the 2020 U.S. Census Bureau reports that North San Diego County is 29% Hispanic, while the rest of the county is 36.4% Hispanic.

Due to a consistent focus on serving Latinx students, the number of transfers for Latinx students has more than doubled for both colleges since 2011. This work was recognized in 2021 by Diverse Issues in Higher Education and Hispanic Outlook Magazine . The former ranked both colleges in the top 4% of 2,507 institutions nationwide in serving total minority students who earned associate degrees. For Hispanic students earning an associate’s degree, both colleges were ranked in the top 2-3% of colleges nationally. Hispanic Outlook magazine ranked Palomar 51st and MiraCosta 76th in the nation among two-year colleges in awarding associate’s degrees to Hispanic/Latino students. Both entities use data collected by the US Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics for the 2019-2020 academic year.

In an effort to employ more faculty and administrators who reflect the backgrounds and lived experiences of our students, both institutions have made significant progress in hiring equity-minded and Latinx/Chicanx faculty and administrators. to support our students.

With continued improvements each year, MiraCosta reported that 21% of its full-time tenured faculty were Hispanic in 2021. At Palomar, the figure was 14%. Although these numbers are lower than the representation of our student body, progress is being made despite a limited annual hiring rate.

Meanwhile, in 2021, 16% of MiraCosta’s 19 directors and 25% of Palomar’s 16 directors identify as Hispanic, including its first superintendent/president Latina.

Additionally, MiraCosta and Palomar Colleges proudly offer programs that serve Latinx/Chicanx students.

– The PUENTE program – offered at both colleges – offers counseling, writing, professional development, culturally inclusive pedagogy and mentorship to Latinx/Chicanx students. By adhering to best practices, the goal of the PUENTE program is to increase the number of students who transfer to a four-year college/university or earn a college diploma or certificate.

– Undocumented People Rise in Solidarity and Empowerment (UPRISE) is a program offered at MiraCosta College to enhance academic achievement, improve career opportunities, enhance personal well-being, build institutional support, and increase allies of undocumented students and their families. UPRISE provides students and their families with free services, such as legal consultations on immigration status and academic, mental health and career counseling, among other support services.

– GEAR UP (Gearing Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is provided through a federal grant received by MiraCosta and Palomar Colleges to support families and build a college culture in middle and high schools. GEAR UP students receive support and mentorship, take early college courses, and visit four-year institutions to achieve higher rates of college attendance and completion.

– The distribution of emergency grants and technology is underway at MiraCosta and Palomar colleges, both of which have received higher education emergency relief funds. We intentionally partnered with our Expanded Opportunity programs and services, Puente and UPRISE programs to ensure that our Latinx/Chicanx students were overrepresented in the number of recipients who received emergency grants. Working with our respective foundations, both institutions have leveraged higher education emergency relief funds to support students’ basic needs (food), technology (computers and hotspots). ), gas gift cards and rental assistance.

Through these intentional and systematic approaches, MiraCosta and Palomar Colleges are experiencing a positive increase in student outcomes. We hold ourselves, our institutions and communities accountable to meet the needs of our growing Latinx/Chicanx community seeking higher education. Our commitment is strong, our work is having a positive impact and there is still much to do.

Piquero chosen by the Biden administration to lead the Bureau of Justice Statistics


Alex Piquero, a renowned criminologist and chairman of the Department of Sociology and Criminology, has been named director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, which is part of the Department of Justice.

Amy L. Solomon, senior assistant deputy attorney general for the Office of Justice Programs, announced Wednesday that President Joe Biden has named University of Miami criminology expert Alex Piquero as director of the Office of Justice Statistics. .

Piquero, whose appointment takes effect August 15, is Emeritus Professor of Arts and Sciences at the College of Arts and Sciences and serves as Professor of Criminology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

“Dr. Piquero is one of the world’s most prolific and distinguished criminologists, a model of scientific excellence whose work has expanded our knowledge base in virtually every aspect of criminal and juvenile justice,” said Solomon: “His extensive experience as a researcher, his exemplary academic reputation, his appreciation of the data-policy nexus, and his deep engagement with a wide range of stakeholders make him uniquely qualified to guide the critical mission of our Bureau of Justice Statistics.

As head of the office, Piquero will lead the Justice Department’s main statistical agency. Housed within the Office of Justice Programs, the office collects, analyzes, publishes and disseminates information about crime, victims of crime, those who engage in crime and criminal justice operations. The office also provides financial and technical support to state, local and tribal governments to improve their statistical capabilities and the quality and usefulness of their criminal records.

“I am honored to have been chosen to lead the Bureau of Justice Statistics,” Piquero said. “As the principal statistical agency of the Department of Justice, I look forward to working with the exceptional team at BJS to provide the President, Congress, researchers, and the public with accurate, timely, and objective data on crime and criminal justice issues in order to inform crime and justice policy.

Piquero is a nationally and internationally renowned criminologist with over 25 years of experience. His expertise ranges from criminal justice policy and crime prevention to the intersection of race and crime, with a focus on quantitative methodology. Prior to joining the University of Miami, he was on the faculty of several criminology and criminal justice programs, including the University of Texas at Dallas, University of Maryland College Park, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Piquero holds a doctorate, master’s, and bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland College Park.

He has published over 500 scientific articles and a number of books and served as editor of the Journal of Quantitative Criminology and the Justice Evaluation Journal. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. In 2019, he received the Bruce Smith Sr. Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for outstanding contributions to criminal justice. And in 2020, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Division of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology of the American Society of Criminology.

During his career, Piquero has served on several National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council panels, including Evaluating the National Institute of Justice and A Prioritized Plan to Implement a Developmental Approach in Juvenile Justice Reform, as well as more recently the Panel on the modernization of national crime statistics.

He has testified before Congress on evidence-based crime prevention practices and provided advice and support to local, state, national and international criminal justice agencies. In 2015, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder appointed him to the Scientific Advisory Board for Office of Justice programs. Most recently, in March 2021, he was elected to the Criminal Justice Council.

For more information on Justice Bureau programs and components, visit www.ojp.gov.

Law enforcement warns parents to be vigilant when posting back-to-school photos

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) — The Lucas County Sheriff’s Office is urging parents to think twice before sharing back-to-school photos on social media.

As a new school year approaches, back-to-school photos are already flooding social media platforms.

Still, local authorities are warning parents not to share the names of children’s schools, their ages or any other personal information, as these details can put students at risk.

“The safety of your children will always be paramount. Often we see people wanting to post information, especially on social media. This information may contain material which, if released to the general public, could endanger the safety of your child,” Captain Matt Luettke said.

Additionally, he added that visible details such as a bus number or even the name of a school district can be dangerous to post online.

A local parent, Angel Sawyer, said she used a private frame that included only selected friends and family members when posting photos of her children.

“…I normally take a photo and then when I post it it goes under close friends and family that way all my social media friends won’t see it. But so do my close friends and stuff like that .

Captain Luettke said no matter the privacy setting when posting to social media, it’s simply best to keep personal information to a minimum.

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Buy now, pay later Company agrees to stop illegal lending and refund settlement refunds


The DFPI reached a settlement with Florida-based point-of-sale lender Four Technologies, Inc., in which the company agreed to stop making loans, pay $2,500 in penalties, obtain a license and to reimburse $13,065 in illegal charges.

These refunds represent fees that Four Technologies collected from consumers in connection with transactions concluded by the DFPI as illegal loans. Under the settlement, Four Technologies will only make future loans to California residents after obtaining a license from the California Finance Act (CFL).

In late 2021, the DFPI reported a shift to Buy Now, Pay Later products, and an increase in consumer use of Buy Now, Pay Later products is coming under intense scrutiny from regulators. The DFPI continues to lead the way in oversight, clarifying late last year that BNPL products are loans and that companies offering them must comply with California state lending rules.

The DFPI continues to investigate other companies offering Buy Now, Pay Later products. In 2020, the DFPI (formerly Department of Business Oversight) entered into similar agreements with Buy Now, Pay Later, Quadpay, Sezzle, Afterpay US, and Klarna, Inc.

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StandWithUs launches second letter-writing campaign to fight campus anti-Semitism


The pro-Israel nonprofit StandWithUs launched its second national letter-writing campaign last week, writing to about 3,000 universities across the United States about key issues facing Jewish students on campus.

“If your administration and [Diversity, Equity and Inclusion] Offices are prioritizing social justice issues, and then fighting anti-Semitism on campus should be a top priority,” said the Aug. 4 letter signed by StandWithUs CEO Roz Rothstein, the director of the legal department. of StandWithUs, Yael Lerman, and the director of the Center for Combating Antisemitism, Carly Gammill.

The letter highlighted five main areas of concern for Jewish students.

The first was that faculty members were denying Jewish students educational opportunities by refusing to provide recommendations for study abroad programs in Israel, in line with calls from the BDS movement for an academic boycott of Israel.

The denial of educational opportunities has also manifested itself in recent years, according to the letter, in faculty members’ refusal to “make recommendations on hiring, promotion and scholarship decisions” when they were Jewish or Zionist students.

Two other issues addressed in the letter were faculty members bringing anti-Semitic and anti-Israel bias into the classroom and creating biased curricula to that end.

Citing the American Association of University Professors Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure, which states that if “[t]Students are entitled to freedom in the classroom to discuss their subject matter, they ‘must be careful not to introduce’ unrelated ‘controversial’ content into the classroom, StandWithUs urged university administrations to investigate the cases where instructors used class time to promote anti-Jewish or anti-Jewish content. anti-Israeli prejudices.

“Faculty members who use class time to espouse biases against Israel and Jews often do so outside the scope of the subject matter,” the letter states. “This violates professional standards and marginalizes Jewish students because of the Zionist component of their Jewish identity.”

“University administrators must recognize that words and ideas can have terrible consequences,” Rothstein said. “As the daughter of Holocaust survivors, I know firsthand the dangers that can arise when critical thinking deteriorates, minority groups are marginalized, and prejudice and hatred are normalized on campus.”

StandWithUs also highlighted the problem of the official use of universities’ “social media accounts, mailing lists, and school logos or brands” to promote one-sided views on political issues, such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. , saying that when academic departments engage in such use of school resources, “they are likely acting outside their department’s purview, professional standards of conduct, and boundaries of academic freedom” .

The StandWithUs letter urged universities to address the discrimination and harassment Jewish students face because of their perceived connection to Israel or their Jewish and Zionist identities. The letter called on university administrations to include training on antisemitism in faculty diversity training programs, appoint a diversity officer focused on antisemitism, and adopt the University’s working definition of antisemitism. the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).

Predicting metaverse threats: will this become the metaverse?


The term “metaverse” was first used by neal stephenson in his 1992 cyberpunk novel Snow Crash. It describes a virtual world that can be explored using avatars, giving players a completely immersive experience. Today we see similar worlds in massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) such as Roblox, Minecraft, Fortnite, Second Life and others, but these games are still far from the immersive experience described in Snow Crash.

The modern metaverse concept consists of several independent and connected virtual spaces. As such, it is impossible for a single company to build the entire metaverse on its own. An optimistic estimate would be that the full-fledged Metaverse is five to ten years away from full deployment. However, over the next three to five years, we expect the market to see more metaverse-like apps. Some, like Decentraland and Crypto Voxels, as well as games like Minecraft and Second Life, already exist.

Current metaverse-like apps are designed primarily for gamers rather than the general population. In the future, we expect daily tasks such as remote work, entertainment, education, and shopping to be performed in next-generation metaverse-like apps. Many of these applications will naturally share cyberspace, and it will eventually morph into a single metaverse as the underlying technology (hardware, software, network infrastructure, and ubiquity) matures. In this shared space, users will be able to effortlessly switch between applications and access the metaverse using a wide variety of hardware.

But the metaverse will also attract its own flavor of crime. We will explore this in the following blog and the accompanying research paper.

But first, what is the metaverse?

There are many differing opinions on what it is and how it fits into the bigger picture of the internet. To facilitate our research, we have created a working definition for the metaverse:

Metaverse is an immersive-interactive, multi-vendor distributed operating environment in the cloud that allows users to access it using different categories of connected devices (both static and mobile). It uses Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 technologies to provide an interactive layer on top of the existing Internet. As offered, it is an open platform for working and playing in a virtual, augmented, blended, or extended environment. This is comparable to existing MMORPG platforms, but although each MMPORG represents a unique proprietary virtual world, the Metaverse will allow players to move seamlessly between virtual spaces with their virtual assets. The Metaverse is not just a platform for human users; it will also be a communication layer for smart city devices with which humans and AI can share information.

Essentially, this will be the Internet of Experiences (IoX). However, we expect our definition to evolve as the concept of a metaverse evolves.

What are the threats affecting the metaverse?

Predicting cyber threats is difficult for a product space that does not yet exist and may or may not exist in the form we envision. With that in mind, we’ve brainstormed ideas for refining our understanding of the Metaverse and for identifying threats against the Metaverse and within the Metaverse.


Much has been made of the use of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in the metaverse. NFTs are unique units of data stored on the blockchain that can be sold and traded. NFT data may include hashes or links to digital files such as text, photos, video and audio to verify ownership of digital assets. NFTs regulate asset ownership but do not store assets, leaving users exposed to ransom or other threats. If the files are encrypted by ransomware, the owner of the NFT will not be able to access the files. Worse, if the underlying blockchain is likely to Sybille attacksthe asset can actually be stolen.

Scammers can also clone an NFT by subtly altering a few bits of data in the “protected” file and essentially selling the same digital asset. Asset servers can also be manipulated, as demonstrated by Moxie Marlinspike, by altering the content returned by the URL stored in the NFT.

Another security issue relates to asset transfers. Moving digital assets between metaverse spaces can incur costs due to verification and also because incompatible assets need to be “converted” for use on a technologically different platform. Asset brokers will be used for this, but scammers posing as asset brokers can defraud users.

Before best practices and rules are established, virtual trade routes might look like the Wild West. If it is heavily grounded in blockchain technology, it will essentially be an unregulated market where no government or defined legal entity exists to help with fraud. Existing attacks such as phishing, drive-by downloads, and others can also be more effective due to the sense of trust that this interactive space presents.

The Darkverse

The darkverse, similar to the Dark Web, will be an anonymous space where malicious users can interact. The pseudo-physical presence mimics real spaces used for clandestine meetings, making it suitable for criminals to facilitate their illegal activities. Conversely, it could also be a safe space for free speech against oppressive entities or governments.

Darkverse worlds could be configured to only be accessible if the user is in a designated physical location, which protects closed metaverse communities. Location-based and proximity messages will make it difficult for law enforcement authorities (LEAs) to intercept metaverse data.

The darkverse is particularly problematic because serious crimes such as child pornography are already a big problem on the internet. These offenses are legally ill-defined and extremely difficult for the LEA to police in virtual spaces.

Financial fraud

The high volume of e-commerce transactions in the metaverse will attract criminals who will try to steal money and digital assets. In the metaverse, a new digital economy (using Bitcoin, Ethereum, real money, PayPal, wire transfers, etc.) will operate, with exchange rates controlled by the free market (and possibly deregulated). It will be a prime target for market manipulators. A metaverse-only business that is not covered by any jurisdiction could avoid income tax. Ponzi schemes and securities fraud can victimize metaverse investors. Digital currency, digital assets and interwoven fiat currency systems can cause meltdowns like the Terra/LUNA cryptocurrencies in 2022.

Digital currencies are ideal for receiving funds, but if a user is the victim of fraud or there are transaction problems, the publisher will face complex financial problems, possibly at the regulatory level. If a user is a victim of fraud or theft, it will be nearly impossible to get help, file a complaint, or take legal action if they use decentralized digital currencies.

In the metaverse, we can expect fake endorsements, endorsements, and investments to artificially increase the value of digital assets. For example, the value of virtual “land” is highly dependent on perception, which can be manipulated by many factors.

Social engineering

Social engineering describes a range of malicious human interactions designed to trick users into making security mistakes and disclosing sensitive information. Scams that use social engineering are more successful when malicious actors have detailed information about their targets. In the metaverse, operators can perform precise sentiment analysis with personal information such as eyes, body, voice, motion tracking, and more. This data is all collected and can be stolen or misused.

Criminals or state actors will seek out vulnerable groups of people sensitive to certain topics and then drop targeted narratives to influence them. The metaverse is ideal for criminal deep fakes, because combining speech and visuals becomes a powerful expression of opinions (and a tool for manipulation).

Metaverse operators should also beware of infiltrators who will try to impersonate official avatars to mislead metaverse users. Deep forgeries may not be necessary as an avatar’s assets can be easily harvested and cloned. If someone impersonates an official avatar skin, they can enter a metaverse space and cause mischief, which makes the impersonated company look bad.

Criminals can also impersonate doctors using the metaverse and give patients fake medical advice for payment. In broader scams, fake news worlds can be created and used as VR honeypots for intelligence gathering and malicious advertisers can sell trojanized digital products.

The metaverse transcends physical boundaries so people are easily exposed to global scammers and social engineering crimes get worse.


The next evolution of augmented, mixed and virtual reality will be the metaverse. Using new technologies, it will offer users a complete immersive experience: the Internet of Experiences. The user will have the impression of participating in real events.

The metaverse is an additional internet layer that aims to provide a seamless connection for all devices. However, the developers don’t seem to heed advice from those with decades of experience designing with security and privacy in mind. Everything must be done to prevent the metaverse from becoming an abusive, dangerous, criminal-infested space. Developers should integrate technical and social safeguards from the start. Without these safeguards, the metaverse will potentially be a more dangerous space than the Internet already is: it will be the metapire.

The best open tools to discover research in the arts and humanities in open access

Everyone loves finding free research papers online, especially independent scholars in the arts and humanities. These dedicated and often financially challenged researchers are forced to use open search tools to discover open content. Such open+open tools exist, often in circumstances as precarious as their users, and these tools can be vital for those who do not have access to the walled gardens of universities.

About ten years ago, I did the JURN research tool for these people. JURN discovers the full text of open journals in the arts and humanities. It runs on a Google custom search engine to provide Google-level speed, semantics, relevance ranking, and result deduplication. JURN now also comprehensively covers ecology journals, and it has a sister tool, Graft, which searches the world’s repositories. Neither tool is perfect, even with my annual maintenance and Google automatically weeding out dead URLs. But try it for yourself. Note that JURN may seem weak if you try it with two or three simple keywords, as Google seems to have learned to expect some complexity in the query. But if you succeed, you may discover its “secret sauce” – serendipity.


What about other open search tools for the arts and humanities? A useful novelty is Internet Archive Scholar. Still a work in progress, it features keyword search of selected OA journals, OA aggregator feeds, a host of microfilmed journals, old journals from the 19th and early 20th century, and even pages Archived websites. The tricky search results “Mongolian folk song” suggest that it has good keyword semantics.

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) also offers full-text search, but it is limited compared to the full directory. Full-text search will only occasionally bring up a useful article. Note that the DOAJ deletes a log if it has been inactive within the past year, so you cannot search through obsolete or inactive logs.

The Paperiness has slowed down in recent years, and its semantic interpretation of queries is extremely poor anyway. But Paperity is especially useful for gray OA from about 2000 to 2018, if you can sift through a lot of irrelevant results. Its ‘sort by publication date’ + ‘follow by RSS’ combination is particularly noticeable in rarity, although it rarely reveals humanities articles today. The HEART the search results also offer a “sort by recent” filter, this time for new content opened in academic repositories in the UK and European Union (EU) and globally, but it seems to lack RSS. Semantic Scholar has a useful “sort by recency” filter, but again, has no RSS.

As of this writing, the new GoTriple (in beta, end of 2021) searches for “Social Sciences and Humanities” in Europe, but yielded limited results when tested in July 2022. Once ready, GoTriple appears to be most useful for discovering projects and EU-funded results in EU repositories.

Local projects that deserve to be evaluated are the long-standing projects FreeFullPDF.com and the new OAmg. Semantic interpretation of keywords is good for both, although users should beware of occasional dubious scholarly links in the results. But certainly, even the powerful Google Scholar– run entirely separately from Google search – doesn’t seem to be able to completely rule them out.

Google News and Bing News can be surprisingly useful for discovering current projects, exhibitions or new books. Bing News is especially good for timely local and regional news. Until recently, I could top up my news access via a public library card, giving home access to ProQuest UK Newsstand with full-text newspapers. My UK public library no longer seems to subscribe, but others may find they have similar local options. (ProQuest News and Newspapers seems to be the current name of the service to inquire about.) As with news, searching for open podcasts can also help discover other searchers. I don’t know of any blog search tool worth using.

Old maps often help researchers, and for the UK, the National Library of Scotland provides an exemplary free and open service. For old pictures of places, PicClick is of immense value. Opened and funded by eBay commissions, it maintains a 2-year archive of all images posted on eBay.


Unfortunately, the dark copyright divide for books is difficult for independent scholars to unravel. google books is the key starting point, but it may only yield snippets or a few free pages. The Internet Archive is a useful follow-up, especially with the new Books to Borrow library (free to sign up) and its recent massive journal ingestion. But the user must learn the original ways of Internet Archive and how it interprets (or not) the search keywords and filters the results.

Open discovery of new books is surprisingly abysmal, especially at Amazon. But those lucky enough to discover a new title should note the 10% free reading offer for Kindle ebooks. This often provides an introduction, and most people have the Amazon account required to download eBooks.

The small number of open access books published – only 11 arts and humanities titles are listed on the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) for 2022 when you search for ‘humanities’ – means that the lack of a ‘what’s new’ page or RSS feed is an understandable omission at DOAB. DOAB books are well integrated with other open discovery tools.

Kennesaw State Named Best Institution for Cybersecurity Awareness

KENNESAW, Georgia | August 8, 2022

Kennesaw State University has been recognized by its peers as the top institution in the United States for spreading cybersecurity best practices to its community, developing cybersecurity programs and faculties, and enabling students to pursue careers in the ‘industry.

The colleges and universities that make up the National Security Agency’s National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity recently awarded Kennesaw State the 2022 First Place Outstanding Awareness Award. The 347 colleges and universities in the program NCAE were eligible for this honor.

The NCAE is a partnership between the NSA’s National School of Cryptology, several federal agencies, including the FBI and the Department of Defense, and hundreds of institutions across the country to improve cybersecurity education by establishing program standards and encouraging the adoption of security best practices. Kennesaw State has been an NCAE-designated Center of Excellence since 2004.

The University received the Outstanding Outreach Award at the NCAE Regional Annual Meeting in Atlanta, where Kennesaw State earned a new designation through 2027 and had the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity program validated as a that NCAE-Cyber ​​Defense Education curriculum.

“As NCAE, we are always expected to not only prepare students for careers in security, but also help improve cybersecurity education within the industry, government and the community at large,” said Michael Whitman, professor of information security and assurance and executive director of the Institute for Cybersecurity Workforce Development (ICWD) at Kennesaw State.

The ICWD is a multidisciplinary organization that oversees Kennesaw State’s online bachelor’s and master’s of science in cybersecurity programs. It also organizes several outreach initiatives, including hosting an annual cybersecurity conference with students, faculty, and industry partners; facilitate teacher training workshops; publication of the Journal of Cybersecurity Education Research and Practice; and hosting the Southeastern College Cyber ​​Defense Competition, where students from across the region network with peers and industry leaders as they compete to defend computer networks from attack.

For Whitman, these outreach efforts — especially those involving businesses — are aimed at educating the community about the importance of information security.

“It’s our information that cybersecurity professionals protect,” he said. “If we can help the region’s banks and information warehouses, it’s better for everyone that they are at the forefront of information security. »

The NSA award also recognized community outreach initiatives organized by the Information Systems and Security Department of the Michael J. Coles College of Business and its associated student organization, the Offensive Security Club.

– Story by Patrick Harbin
Photo by David Caselli

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Formula-Work-Answer-Explain (FWAE): A Teaching and Learning Strategy


In its founding text, Scholarship reconsidered: Faculty Priorities, Ernest Boyer (1990) drew attention to scholarship in teaching and learning (SoTL). Professors who successfully engage in SoTL focus on creating a meaningful learning experience for the student. They use deliberate practices, centered on effective teaching, in the teaching of courses.

SoTL requires teachers to adopt a constructivist view of their daily work, thereby becoming reflective practitioners whose efforts have a demonstrable practical bent in their classroom (Levinson, 2003). Simply put, faculty who engage in SoTL research want to examine their teaching practices and their impact on student learning. These academic practitioners continually seek out new and innovative ways to present the curriculum, and then take a look back at how that innovation enhances student learning. Those who conduct SoTL research point out teach to learn (Lyons, McIntosh and Kysilka, 2002).

The procedure

Given my propensity for learning-centered teaching, I continually look for ways to incorporate SoTL research into my courses. Formula-Work-Answer-Explanation (FWAE) is a learning-centered strategy that can be easily deployed in mathematics and statistics education. It has proven to be an effective four-step strategy through which I model word problem solving in lessons.

I encourage my students to use this step-by-step strategy to arrive at a structured solution to application problems (word problems). The FWAE method is useful and suggested both for solving traditional math problems and for application problems, common in advanced math and statistics programs. As a result, I used this learning-centered strategy in introductory and higher-level mathematics and statistics courses to improve student learning success.

How does the FWAE strategy work? It provides a four-step structured methodology to help students critically analyze and solve application problems.

  • Step 1: Often, a formula is associated with the solution to a math and/or statistics problem. If no specific formula and/or equation is associated with a given word problem, the original phrase can be replaced with step 1 in the FWAE solution strategy.
  • 2nd step: Work – I call it “plug and chug”. Here, students extract the necessary information from the word problem and substitute these values ​​into the appropriate mathematical or statistical formula.
  • Step 3: Answer – Students must give the “answer” to the mathematical or statistical problem.
  • Step 4: Explanation – Ideally, once a word problem is solved, the student should go back to the words to clarify the meaning.


The focus of FWAE enables students to develop a strategic method for solving mathematical and statistical problems. This structured technique allows students to develop a coherent problem-solving strategy: formula, work, answer, explanation. FWAE provides a proven strategy for modeling problem solving. It is useful for helping students connect with course content in an active learning community. This can be seen as a way to embed the practice of social and emotional learning (SEL) into online delivery, thereby subliminally introducing compassion and consistency into the teaching process.


Especially for students who say, “I hate word problems. I’ve never been good at solving them. FWAE contradicts this claim and offers a structured method that helps students develop problem-solving skills. Proven to be a useful activity for driving student engagement and academic performance, FWAE also allows for small group interaction when implementing live chat sessions and/or co-op hours. desk.


Although I have used the FWAE strategy almost exclusively in teaching mathematics and statistics, it is not limited to these disciplines. Any course where students need to create a deliverable can benefit from a structured approach. Equally important, the FWAE method harnesses students’ use of critical analysis skills, reading comprehension and writing across the curriculum.

Below are two examples of using the FWAE method. They are for guidance only and use basic problems in an introductory math course and a basic statistics course, respectively.

Example 1: Find the area of ​​a room 10 feet wide and 12 feet long.
Stage 1 formula: Area = Length x Width. (Use the formula to find the area of ​​a rectangle.)
Step 2 Work: 10ft x 12ft
Step 3 Answer: 120 square feet
Step 4 Explanation: The area of ​​the room is 120 square feet or 120 feet2. Area is measured in square units. Feet x feet are square feet or feet raised to the second power. Please remember this is an exhibitors app.

Example 2: Given a mean of 100, a standard deviation of 5.2, what is the z-score for 120?
Stage 1 formula: Z = (Raw Score – Mean)/Standard Deviation. (Use the formula to find a standardized score.)
Step 2 Work: Z = (120-100)/5.2
Step 3 Answer: 3.85
Step 4 Explanation: This tells us that the 120 score is 3.85 standard deviations above the mean. This would likely be an outlier for symmetric data where most data is usually within 3 standard deviations of the mean.

Reach and impact

Typically, I solve examples, step by step, using my strategy: Formula, Work, Answer, Explanation (FWAE). As a proactive teaching strategy, I provide additional problems as downloaded program files to support learning success. If students request a solved “sample problem” for a topic or lesson that needs additional guidance, I model the FWAE strategy for students in my response.


Online teachers constantly face challenges in facilitating successful interaction between learner and content. I used the FWAE strategy to promote student engagement and learning success in mathematics and statistics.

FWAE provides students with a repetitive learning strategy for critical analysis and problem solving in mathematics and statistics. I have also consistently integrated this basic strategy into general education.

As a teaching and learning strategy, I use FWAE to engage students in active learning; encourage them to collaborate with other learners; and to support student interaction with content. Using FWAE has allowed me to successfully support student engagement with course content. By modeling a consistent problem-solving strategy, I noted empirical data indicating student success in terms of course completion and retention.

Final Thoughts

First, let me share: I love teaching online. The adult learners I serve are real people with authentic responsibilities and challenges in life. Throughout my nearly 40 years of teaching experience in secondary and post-secondary education, I have been fortunate to serve learners who are striving to improve their lives and those of their families.

I also like the fact that we have adopted a philosophy of teaching and learning centered on the student and on learning. Invariably, at the end of each class, I find myself missing the students whose lives I have touched but will probably never interact with again. FWAE is one of the ways I focus my SoTL research on creating a meaningful learning experience for students that has maximum impact on their knowledge acquisition. Ultimately, I hope they adopt and adapt this strategy to other courses and to their overall academic and career success.

Dr. Ruby Evans is Executive Director and Senior Research Consultant for Academic Consulting Exchange and Assistant Professor and Associate Professor at Colorado Technical University in Colorado Springs, CO. private, across the K-20 educational spectrum.


Boyer, EL (1990). Scholarship Reconsidered: Faculty Priorities. New York: The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Education and Jossey-Bass.

Levinson, DL (2003). Introduction to Community College Faculty Scholarship. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 27, 575-578.

Lyons, R., McIntosh, M., & Kysilka, M. (2002). Teaching in college in the age of responsibility. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education.

Author’s Note

The author would like to thank Iris Rose Hart for editorial assistance and internal peer review. Retired Professor of English, Santa Fe College, whose knowledge and skills greatly enhanced the manuscript.

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Apple Leather Link Long-Term Review: Still Holding Up After Almost Two Years


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It’s been almost two years since Apple released the Leather Link band for the Apple Watch and although it shows signs of wear, it has held up remarkably well.

Apple launched the Leather Link band in fall 2020 alongside the Apple Watch Series 6. At launch, we chose a pair of bands representing two of the four original colors.

The ones we bought were California Poppy and Baltic Blue. Today Apple has four different color options. You can choose between Sequoia Green, Midnight, Dark Cherry and Golden Brown.

The leather link was designed to fit both the larger 45mm Apple Watch – what we tested – and the smaller 41mm Apple Watch. There are also two different lengths, an S/M version and an M/L version.

We opted for the S/M size because while the M/L fit us, the band overlapped enough to touch the opposite edge of the Apple Watch. Apple has a size guide to help you find your perfect size.

apple leather link

Apple uses Roux Granada leather for the leather strap, made in France. This type of leather is often used in furniture and has a solid top finish.

how they held up

We have been wearing the leather straps almost daily for two years. We wear the California Poppy a little more frequently in between.

Putting a clock on them, they average about a year’s wear each – more or less. Although there are signs of wear, we were very impressed with how they handled.

Neither band had stretch or was distorted. They are each as well as on the first day. The magnets were just as strong and the pods showed no damage.

The California Poppy band, in addition to being more worn, also has a lighter finish that shows wear more prominently. You can see the dirt that has accumulated under the wrist.

We accidentally caused inadvertent damage when we went to the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado, where there is a propensity for metallic ferrite particles in the sand. They accumulated on the bracelet, so when we pulled it apart, the magnets broke the ferrite bits between the bracelet pieces and left additional dark marks.

This is probably not a common scenario for users, and the marks were still limited to hidden parts of the group.

We wanted to try cleaning our Link leather strap to see how well it could be restored. The wear marks didn’t bother us, and they’re only on the wrist portion, but we were curious.

Leather link with dirt

Leather link with two years of wear

We took our group and tried a damp paper towel first, but that didn’t help much. It didn’t have enough friction power for the smooth leather surface.

Eventually, a light rubbing with our fingernails moved some of the grime. If you have a leather cleaner, that should also come in handy.

One of the links after cleaning

One of the links after cleaning, not all did well

You can see the transformation above for the one link we cleaned up because almost all the dirt came off. Some of the links seemed to have some of the colors removed so it never returned to “like new” condition upon completion.

Comparatively, the Baltic Blue band had much less noticeable wear and looked near perfect when worn.

After having had these bands for two years, these bands seem very worth their price. Because we loved Bands so much – and didn’t want to pay Apple’s high price every time – we tried budget versions with terrible results.

Third-party Leather Link knockoffs use leather of unknown origin that is significantly thicker and stiffer than Apple’s. They start to break down and the layers will come apart with use.

We’ve also heard countless reports of weak magnets falling off your wrist while running, something Apple won’t do, even with the stainless steel Apple Watch. They’ve also been known to stick to objects and peel off your wrist, another thing we didn’t encounter with Apple’s official release.

Baltic Blue Leather Link

Baltic Blue Leather Link

There’s a substantial price difference between these bands and those produced by Apple, but based on Apple’s outfit, aside from some minor wear, we think they’re worth the premium.

  • Regularly renewed with new colors
  • Absurdly comfortable with multiple sizing options
  • Can be cleaned with leather cleaner
  • High quality materials that do not stretch over time or lose strength
  • Darker options hide long-term wear well
  • Easy to put on or take off
  • Light colored versions wear out more easily

Rating: 5 out of 5

You can grab the leather link from Apple on Amazon. As of press time, the band is discounted to $84.99, a 14% off the regular price of $99.

How to fit Jane Austen – and why it’s so hard to do well


By Scottie Andrew, CNN

It’s a braver act than marrying for love, riskier than running off with Mr. Wickham, and clearer than Anne Elliot adapting Jane Austen’s essential and beloved books for the screen.

And yet the filmmakers keep trying.

There are the modern stories — “Distraught,” who dropped off her Emma Woodhouse in Beverly Hills and dressed her as Alaïa, and this summer “The Island of Fire” a version of “Pride and Prejudice” with homosexual protagonists. There are those that stick closely to the text, like the thunderous “Love and Friendship” by Whit Stillman and the 1995 “Pride and Prejudice” mini-series that turned a generation of viewers into die-hard Colin Firth-as-Darcy fans.

Do a mean adaptation and you risk the wrath of legions of Austen readers: “Persuasion,” which caused a huge stench even before its July release when its trailer included snippets of modernized new dialogue that cut out Austen’s original text and “Flea Bag”-esque camera-aggression.

It’s an unenviable task, condensing the value of volumes of social criticism, sparkling dialogue, and characters so beloved they’ve inspired an entire love interest archetype. But often these films succeed and even reveal new layers to Austen’s canonical works. At the very least, they inspire debate among his many readers.

CNN consulted with several scholars and Austen enthusiasts to explain what they look for in an adaptation of Austen’s work — and why the magic of his words can be so difficult to translate for the screen.

Why We Love Adapting Austen

In a way, Austen’s tales are quintessential romances. They have all the hallmarks of the genre: disapproving family, mismatched couples, love-hate relationships, long-awaited reunions, swoon-worthy declarations of love.

We’ve seen these tropes pop up in almost every love story since. So what makes Austen’s novels so ripe for telling?

On the one hand, it’s a smart business decision to revive Austen — there’s always an audience for his work, said Jillian Davis and Yolanda Rodriguez, hosts of the “Pemberley Podcast,” in which they analyze various adaptations of the work. of Austen.

“Complex interpersonal relationships will never go out of style,” Davis and Rodriguez told CNN in an email.

Over the years, Austen’s adaptations have made millions, been nominated for more than a dozen Oscars and multiple Emmys, and convinced viewers around the world that Mr. Darcy is the gold standard of movies. suitors. The 90s gave us a boom of Austen adaptations – the Firth with “Pride and Prejudice”, “Emma” with Gwyneth Paltrow, “Sense and Sensibility” with Emma Thompson to name a few – and d ‘others Regency era stories, similar to what we have now in the middle of the huge popularity of “Bridgerton”. Austen’s popularity spans the globe – see the Bollywood-inspired film ‘Bride & Prejudice’ and ‘Mr. Pride vs. Miss Prejudice’, two of Austen’s many adaptations featuring Asian protagonists.

Although Austen’s novels always incorporated love and marriage into their plots, the author did not always portray marriage as the flawless happy ending her heroines yearned for. It’s a financial decision and a family duty, of which her female characters are well aware. Austen’s women are often ambivalent about what it would mean for their independence if they married, even when they truly love their partner, said Inger Brodey, associate professor of English and comparative literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

“Austen is a way for today’s readers to romanticize soul mates and maintain their self-esteem,” said Brodey, who has published several articles about Austen.

And so, in this way, she says, Austen’s tales continue to inspire and empower today: they are lucid love stories told from a subtly feminist perspective that still give their protagonists a kind of ‘agency.

What Are Austen’s Best Adaptations

A strong adaptation of Austen need not repeat the original text or even be set in late 18th century England. In fact, Brodey said, she’d rather a movie not feel beholden to the source novel. The CNN Austenites interviewed agreed – for an adaptation of Austen to succeed, it must maintain the spirit of her work, especially her incisive depth and incomparable wit.

“What’s hardest for any Austen adapter has to be capturing her fiction’s incredible combination of comedy, irony and social critique, along with genuinely moving courtship stories,” said Devoney Looser, Regents Professor of English at Arizona State University and author of “The Creation of Jane Austen.” It’s obviously difficult to get that balance of characters in the content in two hours, along with the required and satisfying happy endings.

“I would say that I find any adaptation of Austen successful if it makes me think or rethink any part of the original,” Looser told CNN.

Take the seemingly divergent but thematically faithful “Clueless,” a ’90s retelling of “Emma.” He’s not an obvious candidate for the most accurate Austen adaptation (the chef’s name is Cher, for one, and his closet comes with software that helps him coordinate outfits), but researcher Brody and Austen’s William Galperin said Amy Heckerling’s film is an exemplary take on a film that modernizes elements of the story while retaining Austen’s spirit.

“Clueless” is “celebrating a certain kind of self-reliance, playfulness and togetherness among women,” the genre that Austen also took seriously, said William Galperin, a professor of English at Rutgers University and author of “The Historical Austen”. And like “Emma,” “Clueless” is more concerned with Cher’s development than her romantic escapades, and even those storylines serve to solidify her character.

Films that update, modernize, or remix Austen for a new time, place, or culture are, paradoxically, “more capable of revealing new aspects of Austen than films that attempt to follow his novels more slavishly.” , Brodey said. Even “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” though anything but subtle, found a parallel between “settling down” and zombieism.

But aside from the rare battle between Bennets and the walking dead, Austen’s stories extract narrative richness from relatively mundane events in English mansions, among members of a few local families.

“What (Austen) is trying to suggest on a grand scale is that what happens in the daily basis of all of our lives is filled with all kinds of implications,” Galperin said. “It doesn’t have to involve big things like fights and power struggles on a grand geopolitical level. Ordinary, everyday life is filled with all kinds of complexities. And the closer the movies get to that, the better they are. .

Where Austen’s Adaptations Fail

Condensing hundreds of pages of rich text — peppered with social criticism, gorgeous phrasing, and revealing inner musings — into a two-hour movie or even a six-hour miniseries is no small feat. So, Galperin said, some filmmakers focus on the most obvious part of the story: the plot of the wedding.

Relationships are of course important in Austen’s novels, but more often than not, according to Galperin, the marriage plot is merely “scaffolding,” the skeleton of a story. The meat, he said, is in the narrative episodes that reveal his characters’ true intentions.

Some adaptations – like the most recent “Persuasion”, according to many reviews – lack the ambivalence and depth present in Austen’s books. “Persuasion” is the story of a “second chance at love” between bachelor Anne Elliot (played in the latest version by Dakota Johnson, whose “bloom” decidedly did not “fade early”) and her former partner, Captain Wentworth. But it’s also about family duty, conformity, and treasured independence, and those themes, at least on screen, often come second to romance.

“The novel is extremely good at demonstrating this tension (between love and duty), while the film flattens that into an early rejection,” Galperin said.

Often, Brodey said, films “indulge heavily in romance at the expense of social satire.”

Why Austen’s Stories Will Live Forever

Even if new versions of “Persuasion” and other classics don’t necessarily succeed in reinterpreting Austen’s work, they’re still worth making, Looser said — at the very least, they’ll inspire new audiences. to fall in love with the brooding Darcy, the beachside bliss of Sanditon and the cunning and resourceful Lady Susan.

“If we don’t recreate Austen’s stories from the 19th century for our own time and attract new generations of viewers, then these texts will not survive,” Looser said. “So I’m definitely for adaptations that use Austen’s material as inspiration and make their own mark on it, rather than treating her originals as blueprints that need to be religiously copied.”

And continuing to weave new threads from Austen’s original work opens up her world to characters her books didn’t portray, including people of color and LGBTQ protagonists. “Fire Island” uses the loose setting of “Pride and Prejudice” to tell a story about two gay Asian Americans, the racism and classism they experience from white gay men, and the relationships they forge despite this hatred. Both “Sanditon” and “Persuasion” cast people of color into Austen’s world, at a time when racism was codified (a decision that sparks debate, as these projects often don’t address racism in their fictional world).

There are a million ways to tell an Austenian story today: immerse its plot in the present, break the fourth wall, or give the Bennet sisters swords to dispatch zombies (on varying levels). critical reception). It’s impossible to please every fan of Austen, but scholars and readers say that as long as an adaptation of Austen retains what makes his work so beloved in the first place – intelligence, irony and, yes, “capital R romance” – it will almost always find an audience ready to fall in love.

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Most McHenry County School Districts Won’t Adopt New ISBE Sex Ed Standards – Shaw Local

Kim Cook, St. Charles resident, former elementary school nurse and certified health education specialist, is the founder of Sex Education Alliance, an organization of independent sex education professionals who strive to make sex education more accessible.

New Faith Christian Academy in Naperville has ties to Awake Illinois – Chicago Tribune


A new Christian school that promotes his freedom to develop an academic experience not mandated by the state or federal government opens in Naperville in September.

Faith Christian Academy will take over the school from the Wheatland-Salem Methodist Church at 95th Street and Book Road and offer classes for children from preschool age 3 through high school.

Faith Academy is affiliated with GRACE, or Gracefully Reclaiming A Conservative Education, a network of independent schools founded by Pastor Randy Blan, who is also the Christian School Liaison for Awake Illinois.

Blan’s flagship school, Families of Faith Christian Academy in Channahon, was launched in 2005 as an option for parents who did not want their children’s learning governed by common state standards adopted by schools. public, said Al Crespo, communications director for GRACE. .

Channahon School was one of several schools sued by Governor JB Pritzker and the State of Illinois in 2020 for their failure to comply with established health guidelines for faculty and students in back-to-school protocols of State.

Despite the lawsuit, the private school was left alone and remained open with teachers and students never wearing masks, Crespo said.

The decision to expand into other communities was made after Families of Faith leaders began to see an educational gap among new students transferring from public schools who relied heavily on online learning, a- he declared.

Because they had new sophomores unable to read or write and high school students testing in junior high, all students attending Faith Christian in Naperville will receive assessments to determine their appropriate grade level, Crespo said. . Plans will be made for those who need to catch up, he said.

“What started was a severe learning loss,” Crespo said. “Public schools don’t have a plan to fill the gaps.”

Also, parents don’t have to worry about teaching critical race theory or sex education, he said.

Among the founding parents of the new Naperville school is Awake Illinois founder and president Shannon Adcock, whose sophomore will attend in the fall.

Adcock said the school is part of an alternative education movement that does not teach “awake education”.

“Parents will have a seat at the Faith Christian table, unlike public school for the past two years,” she said.

Adcock ran unsuccessfully for the Indian Prairie District 204 school board in 2021.

Besides Naperville, GRACE schools are also opening in Romeoville, Manhattan, and Sterling.

With the move of Faith Christian Academy to Wheatland-Salem, the former tenant of school space is moving north.

Covenant Classical School is taking over the building near Ogden Avenue and Rickert Drive that three years ago housed a private elementary school run by Chesterbrook Academy.

Tom Stoner, who runs the school, said Covenant was told in the spring that Wheatland-Salem would be moving in a different direction and not renewing the school’s lease for a 10th grade.

He previously rented space for three years at the Naperville Church of Christ on 75th Street.

The Christian Classical School will sublet the building at 1571 Oswego Road in Chesterbrook for the remaining four years on its lease. “Then there is a question of what happens to that property,” he said.

Chesterbrook still operates a preschool and daycare across the parking lot.

“It’s really ideal for us. I can move the same notes. Classrooms are bigger. It was designed as a school. We are the only people in the building. It really is a great location. … It’s just a real blessing for us,” Stoner said.

Covenant Classical will offer classes from kindergarten through eighth grade, and Stoner said the school will continue to seek a location large enough to include the high school.

The growth and popularity of classical education, described as the way education was in America until 75 or 100 years ago, is a result of the pandemic, according to Stoner.

With public schools moving to online learning, parents were able to see what their children were learning, he said.

“I think parents are becoming more and more aware of the nature of education. What are they learning? How do they learn? What’s going on?” he said.

The classical school is a kind of retro movement, he says. “Let’s go back to the days when children read classic literature and learned to write. We teach grammar, spelling and cursive writing – all those things that used to be highly prized,” he said.

Rather than putting devices in the hands of children in the classroom, its teachers encourage students to talk and understand the ideas that led to the creation of the technology, he said.

“We want them to understand the ideas that enable scientists, mathematicians and engineers to develop technology,” he said.

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Nature affects our lives in more ways than you might think, new study reveals



Humans have long benefited from the gifts of nature. But beyond being an essential source of food, water and raw materials, the natural world can contribute to people’s overall well-being through a host of intangible effects – and, according to new research, it There are many more critical connections between humans and nature than one might think.

After reviewing hundreds of scientific papers on “cultural ecosystem services,” or the nonmaterial benefits of nature, researchers have identified 227 unique pathways through which people’s interactions with nature can positively or negatively affect well-being. to be, according to article published on friday in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances.

The paper is considered the first of its kind to provide a comprehensive framework for understanding and quantifying the complex ways in which people and nature are linked. And its findings could have significant real-world implications, said Lam Thi Mai Huynh, lead author of the paper and a doctoral student at the University of Tokyo.

“For the modernized world, people tend to disconnect from nature,” she said. “For ecosystem management, the best solution, the most sustainable solution, is to reconnect people to nature and let local people be the ones to help maintain and manage ecosystem services.”

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For Huynh, the ambitious research – an undertaking that even his academic supervisor initially thought impossible – stemmed from a desire to improve understanding of the complex underlying processes behind how the intangible effects of nature – such as the possibilities of leisure and spiritual fulfillment – have an impact on well-being. A major challenge, however, is that much of the existing scientific literature on cultural ecosystem services has been “very fragmented”, the study notes.

“You have all kinds of different people watching [the intangible benefits of nature] through a different lens,” said Alexandros Gasparatos, associate professor at the Institute of Future Initiatives at the University of Tokyo, co-author of the paper. While it’s essential to have diverse searches, he said, “it gets a bit difficult to bring it all together.”

But the new study, a systematic review of about 300 peer-reviewed scientific papers, creates “an excellent knowledge base,” Gasparatos said.

“The point of this exercise is to understand the connection,” he added. “We give names to phenomena.”

The review breaks down the hundreds of possible links between individual aspects of human well-being (mental and physical health, connectedness and belonging, and spirituality, among others) and cultural ecosystem services, such as recreation and tourism, value aesthetics and social relations. The researchers then went further and identified more than a dozen distinct underlying mechanisms by which people’s interactions with nature can affect their well-being.

The researchers found that the highest positive contributions were seen in mental and physical health. Recreation, tourism, and aesthetic value appeared to have the greatest impact on human health through the “regenerative” mechanism, or experiencing restorative effects of being in nature, such as stress relief, according to the report. ‘article. Meanwhile, the most significant negative effects relate to mental health through the “destructive” mechanism, or direct damage associated with the degradation or loss of cultural ecosystem services, the researchers wrote.

“You really don’t have just one path,” and the effects aren’t always positive, Gasparatos said. “It’s not that if I go to the forest I get a thing.”

A well-designed park, for example, can be a place for leisure and recreation as well as a place to connect with other people. You might also find yourself enjoying the sight of towering trees and lush vegetation or birds and other wildlife. On the other hand, a poorly maintained natural space could lead to an ugly or visually threatening landscape that could make you feel uncomfortable or afraid to be there.

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The document can provide a kind of roadmap, Huynh said, to help people, especially policy makers, understand that there are not only various intangible benefits to interactions with nature, but also how to try to achieve them.

“If we understand the underlying process, we can help design better interventions for ecosystem management,” she said. “We can help improve nature’s contributions to human well-being”, in addition to potentially improving sustainable management practices and eliminating some of the negative effects on well-being.

The research was widely applauded by several outside experts who were not involved in the work.

“It takes a long time to have a study like this that makes some of those links a little clearer,” he said. Keith Tidball, an environmental anthropologist at Cornell University. “These things have been scattered all over the place for a long, long time, and this document takes a big step forward in sorting out what was previously quite confusing.”

Anne Guerry, chief strategy officer and chief scientist of the Natural Capital Project at Stanford University, agreed. “They’ve done a really good job of bringing together an extraordinarily diverse literature,” she said. It has been a challenge, she noted, for researchers to be able to present science in a way that reveals where and how nature provides the greatest benefits to people, which in turn could help “inform and to motivate investments in conservation and restoration that lead to better outcomes for people and nature.

For example, the research could have an impact on the role that nature potentially plays in human health. “What this is going to be seriously helpful is being able to continue to work to make the case that physicians and clinicians can actually prescribe outdoor time, outdoor recreation, even outdoor spaces because of these pathways that they identified in this article,” Tidball said.

In one scenario, elements of this work could ultimately be included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorderssaid Elizabeth HaseChair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Committee on Climate Change and Mental Health.

“It allows us to say that when we facilitate this type of interaction with nature, you see this type of benefit, and then prescribe these type of natural experiences, or have policies that say that you are really depriving someone of their sanity if you destroy these natural landscapes,” she said.

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But the review has limitations, prompting some experts to caution against overinterpreting or overemphasizing its findings.

A potential problem is that the existing research included in the review focuses disproportionately on individuals rather than groups.

“There are many times when something can be really good for an individual, but overall for the community it might not be very good at all,” said Kevin Summers, senior research ecologist at the Environmental Protection Research and Development Bureau. Agency.

“In many cases, there can be unintended consequences for things that look like very simple, straightforward decisions,” Summers added.

Other research gaps also need to be considered, Guerry said. Although the review suggests that some links between certain characteristics of human well-being and cultural ecosystem services seem stronger than others, that does not mean that these other relationships might not be significant, she said. .

“We have to be careful not to oversimplify the results and think that a lack of documented relationship in this paper means something isn’t important,” she said. Instead, it may mean that “it hasn’t been studied and we haven’t found ways to quantify it and bring it into the scientific literature and out of our kind of implicit understanding.”

The researchers addressed the limitations of their work, noting in the paper that future research “should explore in depth how these pathways and mechanisms manifest in less studied ecosystems and understand their differentiated effects on different stakeholders.”

In the meantime, however, the findings serve as an important reminder of nature’s necessity.

“It may very well justify a mindset like, ‘Let’s invest in nature because it has all these benefits,'” Gasparatos said.

With such positive benefits related to creativity, belonging, regeneration and more, “it is easy from this document to feel that your constitutional right to the pursuit of happiness requires a country to preserve the spaces natural,” added Haase.

At a time when many people are increasingly separated and alienated from “our ecological selves”, efforts to connect humans and nature are not only interesting in terms of science, philosophy or ethics, a Tidball said, but “there are also human security implications here.” which are significant. And, he said, if steps are not taken to reconnect people with nature, the consequences could be disastrous.

“If we continue down a path as a species of being in a state of ecological amnesia,” he said, “we’re going to find ourselves out of habitat and out of time and, therefore, no chance.”

Property on Old Forge Road in Rootstown to become newest Portage Park


The Portage Park District recently took possession of a 171 acre property on Old Forge Road in Rootstown which will be known as the Bird Family Bog Park and Preserve.

In addition to a 23-acre bog, the property includes approximately 40 acres of high-quality wetlands, 3,000 feet of stream, approximately 60 acres of forest, and a 3-acre fishing pond. Restoration through invasive species management, reforestation and grassland restoration has already begun.

Preliminary plans for the park call for about two miles of hiking trails, restrooms, and other low-impact amenities, though development is a few years away. The property will remain a reserve during the restoration and planning process and will not be open to the public, although the park district offers staff-guided “reserve tours” several times a year to allow the public to visit the unopened properties.

The project was initiated in July 2020 when the real estate listing for a property with known significant bog was discovered.

“Knowing that time was running out and the Park District couldn’t move that quickly, I contacted Joe Leslie, West Creek Conservancy’s property manager on a Sunday and he worked to get the deal done,” said Christine Craycroft, executive director of the park district. “The owner was excited about the potential to leave a legacy by keeping the land he had loved for years.”

West Creek Conservancy is a non-profit land conservation organization that works to protect land for conservation and recreation.

“I am very happy to see the Bird Family Bog property among the many wonderful parks and preserves. It was a pleasure to work with the Park District to acquire this important property,” said Leslie.

The Portage Park District recently took possession of a 171-acre property on Old Forge Road in Rootstown.

The project was made possible through funding from the Clean Ohio Greenspace Conservation Fund; H2Ohio, a state water protection fund; Portage Park District Foundation; and in-kind support from park district and WCC staff. The Park District’s financial contribution was $50,000 for costs not covered by the grants. Additional support came from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy, and the Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association.

The bog had been referenced by biologists in scientific papers over the decades due to its rarity (only 2% of Ohio’s original bogs remain, concentrated in northeast Ohio) and of the only known occurrence in Ohio of an endangered bog plant. Land conservation not only preserves important habitat, but also reduces flood risk and protects water quality in the Breakneck Creek watershed, a source of water for residents and towns of Kent and Ravenna . The property is adjacent to other preserved properties and was also identified in the park district master plan analysis as being in an area of ​​high park need.

Campus Ink and FGCU Basketball Student-Athletes Set for NIL Merchandising Partnership

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Beginning with student-athletes representing the FGCU’s national men’s and women’s basketball programs, the NIL Store powered by Campus Ink will now provide a name, image and likeness merchandising solution to Eagles who partner with the company for custom apparel and merchandise.

Campus Ink, which lists Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban as an investor, has provided a number of student-athletes and programs across the country with a total solution deal in the merchandise space that includes custom digital locker rooms later this fall. In addition to specific merchandise for individual student-athletes, Campus Ink can also supply officially licensed jerseys, shirts and other apparel. Student-athletes will also have the opportunity to make special merchandise deliveries to help capitalize on special moments throughout their careers.

“This is another element of our NIL program for our student-athletes,” the men’s basketball head coach said. Pat Chambers. “They will have complete control over what they want to sell, and Campus Ink has great resources to support their vision. For basketball, we have incredible partnerships in place between the School of Entrepreneurship and the ‘INFLCR who will now be resources for our players have this great option with Campus Ink to create products that reflect themselves.”

The Campus Ink team handles all creative, product creation, design, marketing, execution and customer service for student-athletes who sign with the company. Additionally, Campus Ink works directly with student-athletes to educate them on merchandising, marketing, and sales trends to develop strategies for optimal success.

“Our female student-athletes are truly thrilled to be able to partner with Campus Ink,” said the women’s basketball head coach. Karl Smesko. “This is an opportunity for them to capitalize on NIL opportunities in a unique and creative way. It also allows them to expand their reach by creating merchandise that looks like them – something that is often not available on the market. traditional retail market.”

While this student-athlete partnership began with those in the basketball program, it will be open and available to all FGCU student-athletes who wish to partner with Campus Ink.

For complete coverage of FGCU men’s and women’s basketball, follow the Eagles on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @FGCU_MBB/@FGCU_WBB and online at www.FGCUAthletics.com. You can also sign up to receive news about FGCU basketball teams and other programs straight to your inbox by visiting www.fgcuathletics.com/email.


Backed by Mark Cuban, Campus Ink expanded into the Name, Image, Likeness (NIL) space in 2021 and launched the NIL Store, which serves as a merchandising solution for student-athletes and schools. The NIL Store operates with the firm belief that every student-athlete has the opportunity to capitalize on their NIL. Campus Ink was founded in 1947 on the University of Illinois campus and was redesigned in 2015 with an office in downtown Chicago and a production facility in Urbana, Illinois, where the company operates all of its own production and production.

IT NEEDS A TEAM to achieve our most recent goal – a $10 million campaign to address the needs of student-athletes for continued academic success, life skills, mental health, nutrition, strength and conditioning as well as needs of the department for expansion and improvement of facilities as well as mentoring and leadership training for coaches and staff. The name embodies our mission and the goal of the EAGLE – Eagle Athletics Generating Lifetime Excellence campaign. Join our team and commit your donation today to help the Eagles of tomorrow!

FGCU Athletics sponsors events in November and April to benefit the FGCU Campus Food Pantry (www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry) and the Harry Chapin Food Bank (www.harrychapinfoodbank.org), FGCU Athletics’ charities of choice. For more information, including how to contribute, please visit www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry and use the hashtag #FeedFGCU to help raise awareness.

FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 92 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 15 seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just 11 seasons of DI playoff eligibility, the Eagles brought together 45 teams or individuals competing in NCAA championships. In 2022, the men’s golf team became the first program to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Eight FGCU programs ranked in the top 25 nationally in their respective sports, including women’s basketball (#20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (#20, 2022) and men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s football. (2018) as four of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Vert et Bleu posted the department’s best sixth place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top 100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and Florida State’s top seven teams won the NCAA Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progression in their sport. FGCU also collectively achieved a record 3.50 in-class GPA in the fall 2020 semester and outperformed the general undergraduate college population for 26 consecutive semesters. The last five semesters (Fall 2019 – Spring 2022) saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a cumulative team average of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also served an all-time high of 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two finalists for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.


Handwriting a journal may seem old-fashioned, but it offers insights that digital journals simply can’t match


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(THE CONVERSATION) When I first taught a college course called “The London Diary” for young Americans studying abroad in 2002, each student ended up with a tangible book of memories, a handwritten record of his semester in London. But when I taught the course 15 years later, the first question my students asked was whether they could keep their journals online. The question made me realize how the image of a newspaper changed from scribbled words in a blank book to images and digital text on a screen.

Why not go digital?

Even though journaling apps like Penzu and Diaro are becoming more widely available, estimates and surveys suggest that a significant number of journal keepers around the world still keep handwritten journals.

Fans of digital planners give them an advantage in terms of convenience, portability, searchability and password protection. Jonathan, one of my students from 2018, described in a class essay how digital columnists can upload entries to multiple platforms, keeping some parts offline or restricted to select audiences while others parties become completely public. It is more difficult to control distribution, encrypt entries, or build an index with a paper-based log.

I already expected my students to use electronic devices to read course materials, communicate with me and their families at home, write essays for class, and navigate London. Why not let them also keep digital journals?

Diary as artifact

Poet and literary scholar Anna Jackson was researching the private papers of novelist Katherine Mansfield for her book “Diary Poetics” when she made an unexpected discovery. Jackson came across a “piece of the world” that was also an item in Mansfield’s diary – a kowhai flower between two pages of a notebook:

“After all this time, it was still there, still yellow, still between the same two pages that Mansfield placed it all those years ago. A piece of the world she wrote about was still there as a piece of the world, not a piece of writing.

Jackson’s experience shows the power of holding the newspaper in your hand like a physical object. What researchers call the “materiality” of the manuscript connects the author to the reader in a surprisingly intimate way.

For historians and journal scholars, the manuscripts are artifacts. A book’s binding, paper quality, and ink can signal an anonymous columnist’s socioeconomic status. Calligraphy changes can show how the writer felt – sleepy, very cautious, or restless – while writing certain passages.

Some clues, such as the proof provided by the insertion of a memento, relay intentional messages. Others, like crossed out words, may reveal information that the author did not intend to share.

Physical evidence can also refer to what happened after a text was written. Damaged or missing pages can indicate a strong reaction to content. A few years ago, curators at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England discovered a hidden entry in the diary of a 17th-century British sailor. In his diary, he first confessed to committing rape, but then wrote a different account of the event, pasting the new page so neatly over the original that it went unnoticed for over 300 years.

Digital but material

Every quirky mark in a journal reflects a spur of the moment. As journal instructor Tristine Rainer says in “The New Diary,” “At any time, you can change your point of view, your style, your book, the pen you write with, the direction in which you write on the pages, the language you write in, the topics you include… This is your book, yours alone.

With so many handy features, digital planners remain a popular choice. This option, one might be surprised to learn, even has its own form of materiality.

In “How to Read a Newspaper,” literary scholar Desirée Henderson notes that digital newspapers are also objects, shaped by tools the columnist selects—in this case, software and hardware—to create the newspaper. The writer’s design choices, such as site structure, networking settings, integration of graphics, image and audio files, and hyperlinks, provide water for interpretation, a much like reading non-verbal cues from a traditional newspaper.

write in the future

When I was thinking of giving my students the online option, I started imagining them many years from now, coming across this London newspaper from their college days. I remembered my first group of students drawing sketches on their pages, attaching a travel map, a coffee napkin, or a theater ticket. I remembered Anna Jackson with the kowhai flower. I am convinced that future diaries readers will be less captivated by a digital product – even enriched with multimedia – than by the quirky and messy hand-written books of their predecessors.

In the end, I asked my students – at least those who were physically able – to create their London newspaper by hand. They could still use their phone to capture images or take preliminary notes, but in the end they would produce a material memory.

Several students decided to write in their notebooks while keeping a digital journal. The dual process seemed natural to them. On his blog, Jonathan wrote: “Like many 21st century kids, I like the idea of ​​keeping everything online. This way I can take notes on my phone as I walk, automatically update them on my computer, where I can expand with more time. If I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea, I don’t have to wake a roommate with a lamp. However, the course also requires an analog journal.

Each diary, ‘analog’ or digital, can be read as a meaningful artifact – an artifact that conveys clues about the life and times of its author through both non-verbal cues and words.

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article here: https://theconversation.com/handwriting-a-diary-may-feel-old-fashioned-but-it-offers-insights-that-digital-diaries-just-cant-match-187508 .

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The Paper Bag Box Market report provides an in-depth analysis of the current state of the industry including its technological trends, competitive landscape, key players, revenue forecast at global, regional and country levels. It also provides comprehensive coverage of key industry drivers, restraints and their impact on market growth over the forecast period. For research purposes, the report has segmented the global paper box market on the basis of type, technology, and region.

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Leading competitors of the Global Paper Bag Boxes Market are:
Shenzhen Tianya Paper Products, Dongguan Shuntong Color Printing, The Bag N Box Man, Bates Cargo-Pak, Cordstrap, Green Label Packaging, Atmet Group, Etap Packaging International, OEMSERV, ULINE, Litco International

The Paper Bag Box market research literature also presents exclusive sections for assessment and conclusion of revenue outlook for each market sector. The report concludes with a detailed assessment of this industry, highlighting the growth drivers and lucrative prospects that are likely to impact the Global Paper Boxes Market over the forecast period.

This section discusses various aspects of this industry, including its size, trends, and revenue forecasts. The paper box market is segmented by product type, end-user industry and geography.

The main types of products covered are:
kraft paper bag box
corrugated paper bag box

The application coverage in the market is:
Food and beverage industry
Cosmetics and personal care industry

Paper Bag Boxes Market Scope:

UNITY Value (million USD/billion)
CAGR Yes (%)
BY COMPANIES Shenzhen Tianya Paper Products, Dongguan Shuntong Color Printing, The Bag N Box Man, Bates Cargo-Pak, Cordstrap, Green Label Packaging, Atmet Group, Etap Packaging International, OEMSERV, ULINE, Litco International
SECTORS COVERED Types, applications, end users, etc.
REPORT COVER Total Revenue Forecast, Company Ranking & Market Share, Regional Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, Emerging Trends, Business Strategies, etc.
REGIONAL ANALYSIS North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa

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Regional Paper Bag Boxes Market (Regional Production, Demand and Forecast by Regions):-
North America (United States, Canada, Mexico)
South America (Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Chile)
Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, India, Korea)
Europe (Germany, UK, France, Italy)
Middle East Africa (Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iran) and more.

Main points covered in the table of contents:

  • Paper Bag Boxes Market Overview
  • Market competition by manufacturers
  • Picture of Paper Bag Box Production and Global Paper Bag Box Market: Classification
  • Global Paper Bag Boxes Market Regional Demand
  • Market breakdown and data triangulation approach
  • Company, region, product type, sales channel – trends
  • Paper Boxes Market Dynamics: Constraints, Opportunities, Industry Value Chain, Porter’s Analysis and Others
  • Impact of Covid-19 on global demand for paper bag boxes
  • Market analysis forecast by segments
  • Competitive analysis
  • Market Research Findings and Conclusion The research report studies the past, present and future performance of the global market. The report further analyzes the current competitive scenario, prevalent business models, and likely advances of offerings by prominent players in the coming years.

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$72.41 Billion Growth in Academic E-Learning Market, Launching New Online Degrees to Drive Market Growth

Ambow Education Holding Ltd., D2L Corp., Instructure Inc., MPS Ltd., New Oriental Education and Technology Group Inc., NIIT Ltd., Pearson Plc, Providence Equity Partners LLC, TAL Education Group and Think & Learn Pvt. ltd. are among the major players in the market.

The introduction of new online degrees is an important factor in the expansion of the global university online learning sector. Because online courses are becoming more and more popular, academic institutions around the world are starting to offer online degrees. Since 2015, many online degree programs have been introduced by universities in the United States, Canadaand Australia. During the projected period, there will be an increase in online degree enrollment due to the introduction of new online undergraduate and graduate degrees.

The major impediment to market growth is the high development cost associated with e-learning courses. Depending on the instructional design methodology chosen, the costs of developing and designing university e-learning courses will vary. The roles of a subject matter expert (SME), instructional design team, project management team, and technical staff specialists are all involved in the development process. Accordingly, the expansion of the target market over the projection period is likely to be slowed by the high development costs associated with e-learning university courses. Buy a sample report.

Growing competition in the global e-learning market forces the providers to adopt various growth strategies such as promotional activities and advertising expenditures to enhance the visibility of their services. Some vendors are also adopting inorganic growth strategies such as mergers and acquisitions to stay competitive in the market.

The report analyzes the competitive landscape of the market and offers information on several market vendorsincluding:

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Winner of the Nav Grant English for a Lifetime


Learning English can be a barrier that harms immigrants socially and economically. In an effort to change that, Dr. Joel Floyd founded English for a Lifetime, a school that helps immigrants master the English language for personal, professional, and career development. The newest recipient of Nav’s quarterly $10,000 small business grant, Dr. Floyd will use the funds to help build a computer lab and continue to expand to other locations.

Ultimately, he hopes to teach and inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs.

Dr. Floyd’s love for language arts began in elementary school. He still remembers the pride he felt when he won an essay contest in sixth grade and the encouragement he received from teachers who told him to keep reading and writing.

After several years of teaching English, he decided to create his own school. He saw how hungry so many students were to learn English and in 2012 he founded English for a Lifetime. He literally knocked on the doors of Roswell, Georgia to recruit students.

The first year was difficult and he wondered if his business would survive. But he managed to continue and grow the school.

Then COVID-19 created another crisis and the school was forced to close temporarily. Again, he got away with it and business is picking up.

When asked what makes English for a Lifetime unique, Dr. Floyd describes three key factors:

  • “We meet students where they are despite their academic background and/or social status.
  • We integrate “critical” pedagogy into teaching and learning. We want students to have a say and have choice in their learning while helping them establish agency and create change in their respective worlds. As students learn Academic English, we also challenge them to ask the critical questions, who, what, when, where and why – so they can fully handle any situation in American society.
  • We do not deny any student access to registration. Some students may have a status (residency) problem, but we give every student the opportunity to learn the English language despite their status.

Seeding and growth

English for a Lifetime started with less than $1,000. A relative helped with a loan which he has since repaid. He also has a credit card that he uses for business expenses and payroll. He found Nav a few years ago through an online search and used Nav’s resources to help him establish his business credit and prepare for other financing opportunities.

Learning English for a lifetime is a challenge that many other businesses face today. Income can fluctuate seasonally, as summer often means lower student numbers. It has also been difficult to recruit and retain highly qualified teachers.

Business mentors helped him overcome the challenges. Dr. Floyd says his CPA, Leonard Scott, provided valuable insight into his company’s finances. Another important mentor is Todd Hawkins, who runs an electrical school and whom he met early in his career. He credits Hawkins for allowing him to be open about the challenges he faces and providing him with ongoing guidance. He continues to meet him once a month.

With a lifelong passion for learning, Dr. Floyd continues to learn and grow. He studies the latest trends in learning English so that he can apply these methods to his school. During the pandemic, he noticed that a lack of computer literacy was affecting his students’ ability to continue their education and knew it would keep them in the job market. Along with the computer lab, her school will teach basic skills like email to help open up new opportunities for her students.

He also says many of his students want to become entrepreneurs themselves, and he plans to create a program to help them do just that. “I would like to create and implement a business certificate program to help students understand American business theory,” he explains.

2022 marks ten years in business for English for a Lifetime, and it has become a “dream fulfilled”, says Dr Floyd. As he continues to grow his business, he will undoubtedly help many others achieve their dreams.

This article was originally written on August 2, 2022.

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Research and Investment in Saratoga – GuruFocus.com


Saratoga Investment Research and Management recently filed its 13F report for the second quarter of 2022, which ended on 2022-06-30.

The 13F report details the stocks that were in a guru’s stock portfolio at the end of the quarter, although investors should note that these filings are limited in scope, containing only an overview of long stock positions. listed in the United States and American certificates of deposit at the end of the quarter. They are not required to include international holdings, short positions or other types of investments. Yet even this limited repository can provide valuable information.

PO BOX 3552 SARATOGA, CA 95070

According to the latest 13F report, the guru’s stock portfolio contained 47 stocks valued at a total of $2.02 billion. The main titles were RTX (6.00%), ORCL (5.68%) and DIS (5.61%).

According to data from GuruFocus, these were Saratoga Research & Investment Management’s top five deals of the quarter.

Adobe Inc.

During the quarter, Saratoga Research & Investment Management purchased 158,316 shares of NAS:ADBE for a total holding of 160,606. The transaction had a 3.13% impact on the equity portfolio. During the quarter, the stock traded at an average price of $481.12.

On 01/08/2022, Adobe Inc traded at a price of $411.09 per share and a market capitalization of $192.39 billion. The stock has returned -33.87% over the past year.

GuruFocus gives the company a financial strength rating of 8 out of 10 and a profitability rating of 9 out of 10.

In terms of valuation, Adobe Inc has a price/earnings ratio of 40.14, a price/book ratio of 13.84, a price/earnings/growth (PEG) ratio of 1.36, an EV/Ebitda ratio of 27.98 and a price-to-sales ratio of 11.74.

The GF price/value ratio is 0.67, giving the stock a GF value rank of 8.

Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Saratoga Research & Investment Management reduced its investment in NYSE:BRK.B by 191,925 shares. The transaction had an impact of 2.44% on the equity portfolio. During the quarter, the stock traded at an average price of $323.34.

On 08/01/2022, Berkshire Hathaway Inc traded at a price of $295.86 per share and a market capitalization of $653.24 billion. The stock has returned 6.31% over the past year.

GuruFocus gives the company a financial strength rating of 6 out of 10 and a profitability rating of 8 out of 10.

In terms of valuation, Berkshire Hathaway Inc has a price/earnings ratio of 8.01, a price/book ratio of 1.29, a price/earnings/growth (PEG) ratio of 0.26, an EV/Ebitda ratio of 6.22 and a price-to-sales ratio of 1.87.

The GF price-to-value ratio is 1.02, giving the stock a GF value rank of 5.

Cisco Systems Inc.

Saratoga Research & Investment Management reduced its investment in NAS:CSCO by 519,890 shares. The transaction had an impact of 1.4% on the equity portfolio. During the quarter, the stock traded at an average price of $56.67.

On 08/01/2022, Cisco Systems Inc traded at a price of $45.28 per share and a market capitalization of $187.50 billion. The stock has returned -15.51% over the past year.

GuruFocus gives the company a financial strength rating of 7 out of 10 and a profitability rating of 10 out of 10.

In terms of valuation, Cisco Systems Inc has a price/earnings ratio of 15.87, a price/book ratio of 4.64, a price/earnings/growth (PEG) ratio of 3.17, an EV/Ebitda ratio of 10.29 and a price-to-sales ratio of 3.69.

The GF price/value ratio is 0.90, giving the stock a GF value rank of 7.

Starbucks Corp.

During the quarter, Saratoga Research & Investment Management purchased 264,683 shares of NAS:SBUX for a total equity stake of 764,734. The transaction had a 1.05% impact on the equity portfolio. During the quarter, the stock traded at an average price of $94.44.

On 08/01/2022, Starbucks Corp traded at a price of $84.91 per share and a market capitalization of $97.38 billion. The stock has returned -28.49% over the past year.

GuruFocus gives the company a financial strength rating of 4 out of 10 and a profitability rating of 9 out of 10.

In terms of valuation, Starbucks Corp has a price/earnings ratio of 22.76, a price/earnings/growth (PEG) ratio of 4.64, an EV/EBITDA ratio of 15.58 and a price/sales ratio of 3 ,18.

The GF price-to-value ratio is 0.72, giving the stock a GF value rank of 10.

Medtronic APIs

During the quarter, Saratoga Research & Investment Management purchased 215,306 shares of NYSE:MDT for a total holding of 760,818. The transaction had a 1.04% impact on the equity portfolio. During the quarter, the stock traded at an average price of $105.61.

On 08/01/2022, Medtronic PLC traded at a price of $93.08 per share and a market capitalization of $123.68 billion. The stock has returned -27.16% over the past year.

GuruFocus gives the company a financial strength rating of 6 out of 10 and a profitability rating of 8 out of 10.

In terms of valuation, Medtronic PLC has a price/earnings ratio of 24.94, a price/pounds ratio of 2.37, an EV/Ebitda ratio of 15.63 and a price/sales ratio of 3.98.

The GF price-to-value ratio is 0.80, giving the stock a GF value rank of 9.

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Retraction for the article MicroRNA-139-3p Inhibits The Growth And Met


Xue F, Li QR, Xu YH, Zhou HB. Onco targets there. 2019;12:8935–8945.

At the request of the authors, the publisher and the publisher of OncoTargets and Therapy wishes to withdraw the published article. The authors informed the journal that the primers for miR-139-3p were mistakenly designed for miR-129-3p and that the conclusions described in the reported study were unreliable. Additionally, it was also found that the images in Figure 3 were duplicated. Specifically,

  • Figure 3A, OVCAR-3, 0h, miR-NC appears to have been duplicated with the same image for Figure 3A, OVCAR-3, 0h, miR-139-3p.

The authors were unable to explain how the incorrect primers were designed or how the images in Figure 3A were duplicated. The authors were also unable to provide the original data from their study. The editor has accepted the authors’ request to withdraw the article.

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The Berrien County Health Department is hosting the ‘Back to School Bash’ August 1-3

BENTON HARBOR, Michigan – The Berrien County Health Department has announced that it will host two “Back to School Bash” events. The events will feature health care services to help prepare children for the school year.

The first event will take place on Monday, August 1 at the Port of Benton office of the Department of Health from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The second will be on Wednesday, August 3 at the Niles office of the Berrien County Health Department from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. health services provided include vaccinations, blood lead screenings, hearing screenings and vision screenings. There will also be information about local resources, including the special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), parenting classes and health insurance assistance.

The event will also offer many activities for children. They include seed planting and face planting. Kids can also meet Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man.

“We know that back to school can be a particularly busy time for families as they prepare for the year ahead,” said health worker Guy Miller. “By offering services and resources at a hands-on event, we hope to make it easier for families to check things off their to-do list while helping kids prepare for a healthy school year.”

The “Back to School Bash” events will take place on Monday, August 1 and Wednesday, August 3 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. More information about the events can be found on the Berrien County Health Department website.

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Illini begins training camp at Memorial Stadium


The first head coach training Bret BielemaThe second season of is officially on the books after the players took part in drills on Memorial Stadium’s brand new turf on Saturday.

Although Bielema and his team already have a season in Champaign under their belt, the second year will certainly be different: new offensive coordinator Barry Lunney Jr. brings a quick offense in his first year with the Illini, the departure of several seniors from the 2021 roster requires the emergence of new leadership and a new special teams coordinator and specialist coach Sean Snyder inherits an inexperienced unit.

With Opening Day less than four weeks away and the Illini back on the pitch this summer, let’s look at some of the biggest takeaways from the first practice of the season.

The race for starting quarterbacks is still on the starting line

With the diploma of Brandon Peters and the arrival of several new faces in the quarters room, the QB1 spot is one of the fiercest battles to watch in training camp.

“This guy must have leadership skills,” Bielema said. “He has to have the ability to handle adversity. He has to be able to bring others with him. He has to be able to take criticism when things aren’t going well, so I think someone has to part ways on a period. of time. I don’t think it’s a one-day evaluation and promotion. It’s something of a cumulative effect.

Junior Arthur Sitkowski has the most Illinois experience among current starting contenders. Sitkowski was traded from Rutgers last season and made five starts before suffering a season-ending injury against Penn State on Oct. 23.

In those five starts, Sitkowski recorded more than 700 passing yards and six touchdowns and helped Illinois earn a Day 1 victory over Nebraska in Bielema and the club’s regular season opener. company with the Illini.

“Art is a kind of coaching voice, it’s true, like very authoritative, not afraid to dictate, not afraid to speak, not afraid to criticize others but also himself- even in a positive way,” Bielema said.

Senior Tommy DeVito is also ready to fight for the starting job. A transfer from Syracuse, DeVito has 27 college appearances, 28 touchdowns and nearly 4,000 career passing yards on his resume.

“Tommy, you know, is really one of those guys and embraces and appreciates and loves life every day,” Bielema said. “Very candid behavior.”

The starting gig is far from a two-man race, however, as Northern Michigan transfers senior ryan johnsonfreshman in red shirt Jacques Huberand freshmen Kirkland Michaux and Donovan Leary all made their first impressions of Bielema and his team.

A decision on QB1 won’t come for a few weeks, although Bielema isn’t concerned and is rather happy to watch the competition in the quarter room.

Offense excited about uptempo program under new OC Barry Lunney Jr.

While the man under center won’t be determined until later in training camp, the new offensive coordinator Barry Lunney Jr. has already clarified that he plans to use a fast offense in his first season in Champaign.

Junior wide receiver Casey Washington is looking to make a bigger impact on Lunney’s offense after hitting career highs in games played, receptions and receiving yards last season. Washington says Lunney is a “much more aggressive caller” who isn’t afraid to pick up the pace on offense, but he’s confident the unit can adapt quickly.

“Our offensive coordinator, man, this guy is a confident guy and you know we’re going to take shots and we’re going to run the ball as well,” Washington said. “We’re going to set the running game, and we’re going to play from there. But Coach Lunney knows what he’s doing.”

The senior offensive lineman is an integral part of this new system. Alex Palczewski, who chose to return to the Illini for a sixth season. After splitting time at tackle and guard last season, Palczewski will return to right tackle this season.

“The right tackle is where I feel at home, it’s where I feel most comfortable,” Palczewski said. “I feel a lot better now. I feel like that’s where I can contribute the most.”

The offensive line will be very different from recent seasons with the departure of Doug Kramer and Vederian Lowewho combined to start 100 games for Illinois between 2017 and 2021.

As the most experienced player on the offensive line with 52 career starts, Palczewski says he’s finally healthy and expects to be the best version of himself this season.

“It’s crazy how much better I feel,” Palczewski said. “That was a big reason I wanted to come back because I really believe we have the best strength, the best training staff in the country, like being there every morning with Coach Tank (Wright).

“I mean, I can’t thank them enough because I feel so much better, so much more athletic, and I’m so happy to be back for another year.”

Palczewski played in a fast-paced offense in his early seasons at Champaign, and he’s excited to return to that accelerated schedule this year.

“It’s what I’m used to,” Palczewski said. “That’s what I absolutely love, so most of it is just getting used to moving and running because you can do drills and workouts and stuff, but until you put the pads, helmets and you actually start blocking someone, it’s a bit of a different animal, but I mean I like that fast attack.”

Special teams will look different and specialist starters have yet to be determined

With assistant coach Ben Miller still absent from the squad after being diagnosed with colon cancer in February, Bielema brought in Sean Snyder take over special teams duties this season.

Snyder has nearly three decades of college football experience, serving as special teams coordinator at Kansas State from 2011-2018 and USC from 2020-2021.

“When I started looking at guys in that position, okay, there’s a lot of guys who are, especially as coordinators, who are really good in special teams, but they’re not good, maybe they don’t have a lot of experience, kicking the ball, slamming the ball, throwing the ball” Bielema said. “That’s his forte. That’s where he made his deal.”

Kicker James McCourtbettor Blake Hayesand long snapper Ethan Tabel all left the program after writing their names in Illini’s record books during their tenure in Champaign, leading to competitions for starting jobs at each location.

Snyder will not be alone in making these decisions, however, as Bielema will use himself and his defensive coaches – defensive backs coach Aaron Henrylinebackers coach Andy Booand outside linebackers coach Kevin Kane – with a few graduate assistants as special teams personnel.

Although the special teams coaching staff consists of multiple coaches, Bielema still wants to give Snyder command to lead the four special teams units.

“It’s a voice. He and I have met a lot before,” Bielema said. “I’m sure he’s had enough of me already, but we’ve had a lot of experiences together over the years and I’m delighted with his experience.”

Defense looks to capitalize on huge turnaround in DC Ryan Walters‘ first season

It’s no secret that Illini’s defense has made significant progress in 2021, especially in the final nine games of the season. junior linebacker Tarique Barnes says this is just the beginning of what the defense is capable of in front of the defensive coordinator Ryan Walters‘Second Season.

“I just think we’re building our expectations. … Last year was first year, so everything was first,” Barnes said. “Obviously you want to go out and we want to win, we’re going to win, we’re going to do all of this. But I think when you have a second season to do that, when you have time under that, I just think that you start to adapt to certain things or start to learn a little bit more about what you can and can’t do, learn a little bit more about the system.”

The defense lost several key elements of last year’s squad, including Tony Adams, Owen Carney Jr., Isaiah Gay, Jake Hansen, Kerby Joseph, Roderick Perry IIand Khalan Tolsonalthough the Illini still have plenty of production from last year’s roster.

This includes junior defensive back Devon Witherspoonwho wants to take on a bigger leadership role and will use their confidence to strengthen their teammates.

“(I want) to continue to increase my confidence and my style of play,” Witherspoon said. “I hope it affects everyone so we can all be great players.”

To step forward this season, Barnes says it will take effort from the entire roster, starting at the top with the seniors and working down to the freshmen.

“I think stepping forward obviously brings more energy and really holding each other accountable as teammates on the pitch and even off the pitch: movie, weight room, even just fellowship with each other,” Barnes said. “I think all of that plays a part if you want to be able to trust and believe in the people next to you, and I think making sure everyone is on the same page is the easiest way to do it.”

Bielema is impressed with his first real freshman class

Although Bielema is in his second season at Champaign, this year will feature his first full freshman class.

The Illini currently have 35 players listed as freshmen, nearly half of whom are from Illinois State.

Bielema has already been impressed with the freshmen, and he’s delighted they’re making an impact this season and beyond.

“Everyone who touched this freshman class just talked about the difference in how she got through her compliance meeting when she got here, how she handled her semester academically, and how which she managed the transition from the first year,” Bielema said. “There’s a group of academics who work with the incoming guys throughout the summer. They’ve talked about their demeanor, their approach, just their general presence.

“I’m excited about this group. I think that’s hopefully a good indication of where we’re going.”

The second day of summer training will take place Sunday at Memorial Stadium.

Court sentences five to 7 years in prison in MP Vyapam’s case


A special court here on Saturday sentenced five people to seven years in prison for rigging a pre-medical test (PMT) conducted by the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board in 2009, known by its Hindi acronym Vyapam.

CBI Special Prosecutor (SPP) Ranjan Sharma said that in 2009, Sanyogita Ganj police registered a case of cheating against six people during the PMT examination. During the exam, 2 students had sent two other people to take the exam for them.

The defendants are identified as Ravindra Dulawat, Satyapal Kustawar, Ashish Uttam, Shailendra Kumar and Sanjay Dulawat.

Court of Supplementary Sessions Judge (CBI) Sanjay Kumar Gupta sentenced Shailendra Kumar, Satyapal Kastawar, Ashish Uttam, Ravindra Dulawat, Dr. Sanjay Dulawat and Rampriya Das under Sections 419, 420, 471, 467, 468 of the Penal Code Indian and Madhya Pradesh. Provisions of the Examination Recognition Act.

The court also fined them Rs 10,000 each.

The CBI special prosecutor further said the court found the five guilty after interviewing 70 witnesses.

“Shailendra Kumar was found taking the exam instead of Satyapal Kustawar, a student of MGM Medical College and instead of Ravindra Dulawat, Ashish was giving the best exam. Both were approached through Dr. Sanjay Dulawat and Rampriya Das,” Ranjan Sharma said.

After the Vyapam scam came to light in 2009, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) was formed into this case, as the investigation progressed the cases multiplied and the CBI took over the investigation. investigation following a Supreme Court order in 2016.

The court however acquitted Rampriya Das for lack of evidence against him, he added.

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Obituary: Patricia Joan (Monett) McKeown

Patricia Joan (Monett) McKeown

NORTH MONMOUTH – Pat, 85, died July 28, 2022. She was born in Ohio to parents Lawrence Leo Monett and Hellen Louise Monett. Pat is a graduate of Hayesville High School and Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing.

She married James Joseph McKeown in 1957. Pat and Jim had five children together and resided in Ledyard, Connecticut until Jim retired from the Navy. They all moved to Jim’s home state of Maine, settling on a small farm in Lewiston. Pat retired after 30 years of service for the State of Maine as a public health nurse.

She was predeceased by Jim; his parents; and his two older brothers, Joseph and Donald.

Pat is survived by his sister, Delphine Hanover, his brother, Lawrence Monett Jr., his five children, Patricia Fecteau, James Jr., Peter, Paul and Donald; many grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Pat remarried William E. Pabst Sr., and they resided together in their North Monmouth home until William’s death in 2014.

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SUCCEED – Abigail Kinney achieved myriad successes in school despite being visually impaired. After graduating as one of nine valedictorians at Edison High School, she transfers to college to study journalism. — Contributed

RICHMOND — For Abigail Kinney, there is no limit to success.

Despite being visually impaired, the Edison High School 2022 alumnus celebrated her accomplishments as one of nine majors in her class and hopes to establish a career in broadcast journalism.

She leaves for college on August 19 and plans to attend Kent State University’s main campus for her studies.

“I really like talking to people and I like to write, so I chose something that matches what I like to do”, she says.

Kinney, the daughter of Keith and Lori Kinney from Bloomingdale’s, has been diagnosed with Leber’s congenital amaurosis, a congenital disease of the retina which causes severe vision loss at an early age, as well as a genetic mutation in the RDH gene 12. She ended up with 10% of her overall sight and lack of peripheral vision.

“My parents noticed I didn’t watch them when I was 18 months old, then I was taken to specialists and diagnosed when I was 3,” she says.

But she managed to overcome these challenges with the support of her family, which includes two older brothers, David and Andrew, her family and her school. She worked with visually impaired staff as well as orientation and mobility specialists through the Jefferson County Educational Services Center and began learning braille in second grade and continued throughout. High School. She also used equipment such as the Braille Note Touch computer which allowed her to type assignments. in Braille but sends printed assignments to his teachers. Helpers also helped in his classes.

“My parents really helped me and I had Department VI at school. They pleaded for me to get suitable equipment and missions,” she continued, thanking them for all their help.

Kinney amassed an impressive portfolio during his time at EHS, appearing in middle school and high school productions such as “Xanadou”, “The Sound of Music” and “The Wedding Singer;” achieve superior and excellent grades in vocals in the Ohio Music Education Association solo and ensemble competitions; earn an Associate of Arts degree from Eastern Gateway Community College through the College Credit Plus program; receive academic letters; and achieve a cumulative grade point average of 4.0.

Additionally, she ran track for one year, trained for four years in swimming, and participated in Beta Club for four years as well as drama club, prom committee, and EHS 2022 homecoming court.

In addition, she obtained various scholarships to continue her studies. Among them were the Bergholz Community Foundation Scholarship, the Bob Alpino Scholarship, the Charles M. and Thelma M. Pugliese Charitable Foundation Scholarship, the Pay It Forward Scholarship, the Edison Student Council Scholarship, and the Ray Lautzenheiser Vocal Scholarship.

Advice from coaches and teammates literally helped her in athletic competitions and allowed her to compete and even win heats in swimming, according to Kinney.

“I was always in the first lane on the track during the 100 and 200. My teammates and coaches would stand on the infield and call me out during turns and guide me to the finish line,” she commented. “In swimming, I could see the lines in the pools, and people were cheering for me when I hit the turns.”

She said she is grateful for all the support she has received and continues to strive for an equally bright future.

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    Darrell A. Wentworth

    LISBON – Darrell A. Wentworth of Moody Road, Lisbon died on Thursday July 22, 2022 at Hospice House due to declining health. He was the youngest of four children.

    He is survived by his wife, Jeanne of 27 wonderful years, as well as his sister, Diane Moody and his nephews.

    Darrell graduated from Camden High School. He was born on July 8, 1950 to the late Ann M. and Harold Wentworth. Her siblings included her sister, Gladys Huntley and brother Harold Wentworth. Darrell has been a weaver most of his life.

    We met on August 9, 1995 and have been together ever since. He has always been a very loving, caring and devoted man. Darrell also had a very good sense of humor. He enjoyed fishing and hunting with his best friend Leroy Dodge. They also enjoyed going out for breakfast for SOS. He was very fond of his son-in-law and his wife Jeff and Lori Mason and their children, Jeffrey and Jake. Darrell has always enjoyed barbecues at our house with his friends and family. Her greatest joy was taking the little ones on mountain bike rides and in the bouncy house. He was a very good man.

    Darrell leaves a void in my heart. He was my best friend, he always was, he always will be.

    There will be no services at his request.

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    From Kitchen Kapers to Fishing


    Smells of cinnamon and brown sugar filled the halls of Thomas Jefferson Middle School as summer school students baked monkey bread muffins Monday morning. Kitchen Kapers is one of a series of classes offered as part of the Port Washington-Saukville School District’s summer school program, which ran June 13 through July 28.

    “We like to offer lots of options,” said Jodi Swagel, vice-principal at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. “We are proud of our program and how it provides variety for our families.

    Swagel said the program is designed to expose children to a variety of experiences with classes including Lego Creations, Kitchen Kapers and Fun in the Sun. New to the course catalog this year were Minecraft: Education Edition and Junior Paleontologists.

    Students had their pick, taking four classes per term over two semesters.

    “It allows students to test and experience things they’ve never seen before,” Swagel said. “It allows them to find a field of passion. Maybe they’ll go home and say, “Hey, I want to try fishing. Can we do this as a family?

    The district also offers reading, writing, and math classes to support academic progress with the help of district specialists.

    About 1,000 students from kindergarten through eighth grade have enrolled in the program, staffed by about 70 teachers.

    With a rapid transition from the regular school year into the summer months, recruiting teachers can be a challenge, Swagel said.

    “We have a long-standing (relationship) with our own teachers, but also with those in other districts to make sure we’re running a good program,” Swagel said. “It’s a big headache to get the staff together.”

    Many teachers like to take advantage of their summers to go on vacation and spend time with family, Swagel said, which means she’s had to be “creative with our staff and also lucky to have some substitutes”. This flexibility allows the district to recruit enough teachers to offer a variety of quality classes, she said.

    Since many of the program’s exciting projects — like wrestling and fishing — can be found outside of the classroom, Swagel likes to think of summer school as a school-community partnership.

    “I really see it as a partnership with the community,” Swagel said. “Whether it’s an area of ​​passion or academics, there is a partnership.”

    Barrier Coated Flexible Paper Packaging Market study by size, share, trends, business opportunities and major manufactures and forecast by 2027


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    Westpac puts buy now, pay later lenders on its list of ‘sensitive’ sectors

    Catherine McGrath, chief executive of Westpac, said the bank had set emissions reduction targets for 2030.


    Catherine McGrath, chief executive of Westpac, said the bank had set emissions reduction targets for 2030.

    Westpac is lifting the limit on its interest-free loans for homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient by $10,000 to $40,000.

    At the same time, the bank added buy now, pay later, lend to the list of “sensitive” sectors it will be cautious about with the bank.

    These measures are part of a series of social and climate policies announced by Westpac chief executive Catherine McGrath.

    Since late 2020, Westpac has refused to bank payday lenders, but it has now released a list of sensitive sectors putting Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) lenders alongside lower tier lenders, finance companies. oil and gas extraction and loggers.

    * More cases are emerging of banks using profits from the sale of customers’ homes to pay off other mortgages
    * ANZ reports profit of nearly $2 billion despite effects of Covid-19
    * BNZ’s six-month profit jumps 80%, tracks big results from other big banks

    These are areas that Westpac says it is ready to fund, but needs work to improve ethical business practices.

    Companies in the sectors would face more scrutiny to be allowed to do business with Westpac and could be debanked if they fail to comply with regulations affecting them.

    BNPL is a form of interest-free short-term lending which the Minister for Commerce and Consumer Affairs, David Clark, is considering regulating following revelations that vulnerable borrowers can take out multiple BNPL loans without having to submit to checks of financial capacity.

    Buy now, pay later (BNPL) loans have become a habit, according to a government survey. Many people are caught in a consumption cycle fueled by BNPL. He has another dark side. Some people buy basic necessities like meat and medicine on BNPL.

    Earlier this month there was public outcry after it emerged people could use BNPL loans to buy alcohol.

    McGrath said Westpac’s list of sensitive sectors was released to show customers what the bank was worried about and watching for.

    She said buy now, pay later was a form of debt, but many buyers tended not to see it that way.

    “What I think is extremely important is that whenever someone borrows, it’s both well assessed and regulated,” she said.

    Westpac also released a list of sectors it would not lend to, including payday lenders, mobile merchants and mining companies.

    Also on Westpac’s Prohibited List were businesses involved in commercial whaling, shark finning, and businesses involved in nuclear weapons, except under government-controlled programs with countries in the United States. NATO authorized under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

    The bank has also committed to aligning its operations with a net-zero future by joining the United Nations Net-Zero Banking Alliance.

    McGrath said Westpac has committed to a net-zero loan portfolio by 2050.

    The bank had waited until it had solid plans in place to work with specific sectors before committing, she said.

    “Very concrete actions are already starting to be underway,” she said.

    Coal mining is on Westpac's prohibited list, as is commercial whaling.


    Coal mining is on Westpac’s prohibited list, as is commercial whaling.

    The bank had already lent more than $30 million interest-free through its Warm Up Loans and was aiming to reach $100 million, she said.

    Loans could be used to finance insulation, installation of heat pumps, double glazing, ventilation, efficient wood burners, solar power and batteries, but had now been extended to include installation of EV chargers.

    Westpac Warm-Up loans will be available to install EV chargers.


    Westpac Warm-Up loans will be available to install EV chargers.

    The bank is also piloting a sustainable finance loan for farmers.

    These would require borrowers to meet all parts of the Sustainable Agriculture Finance Initiative guidelines, which include environmental, emissions and labor standards.

    The farm loan was being piloted with a small group of farmers, McGrath said. Borrowers would be rewarded with lower cost loans if they met their targets within two years.

    The loans would be rolled out more widely next year, McGrath said.

    The increase in the Warm Up loan limit would take effect on August 4.

    McGrath said the bank’s next goal would be to work closely with large corporate clients who wanted to access loans, to establish how they were managing climate-related risks and what they were doing to decarbonise.

    Throwback to July 27

    100 years ago: 1922

    All members of the MYOB club gathered at their camp in Lake Grove on Wednesday evening. Splendid entertainment was enjoyed. The second act of the “silent drama” was a great success. The lead roles were played by Howard Shaw, Harry Kimball of Westbrook, and Misses Jane Roux and Lucille Fournier.

    Later that evening a dance took place, followed by a buffet lunch served by Helen Balfour and the President. A guest in town was Miss Eva Tanguay of Bath

    50 years ago: 1972

    Building an outdoor community has benefited nearly 150 Girl Scouts at Camp Cedar Cove near Litchfield. Cedar Cove is owned and operated by the Kennebec Girl Scout Council, supported by profits from annual cookie sales and RV fees. “The camp is run by Miss Karen Zelinski of Auburn, a professional council worker from Kennebec.

    Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts plan and execute their own program with guidance from trained seasonal staff members, many of whom are teachers and students from far and wide such as Florida, California and England. Campers participate in a wide variety of activities, including archery, outdoor cooking, swimming, canoeing, nature studies, conservation and ecology, weaving, making candles, hiking, folk dancing and many other activities.

    A highlight of the first session was a Hawaiian luau with a “jungle” of ferns. and roasts cooked in the Imus, a type of rock-lined underground oven.

    25 years ago: 1997

    The County Chords, a quartet of barbers, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday at All Souls Chapel on Ricker Hill in Poland Spring. A donation of $3 per person is suggested. The Poland Extension will serve refreshments in the Maine State Building after the concert.

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    Clinician Nexus makes it easy to manage complex physician compensation arrangements in academic practice settings

    New group compensation functionality added for growth of the Provider Performance Management Technology™ platform

    MINNEAPOLIS, July 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Clinician Nexus, a clinical staffing technology company, has announced enhancements to its innovative Provider Performance Management™ (PPMT™) technology that provide unique insight into the composition of compensation agreements physicians in academic practice settings. PPMT is a comprehensive physician compensation software solution that engages clinical staff and informs leaders with transparent performance-based compensation administration, reporting, and analytics capabilities.

    PPMT currently allows organizations using group compensation models to automate total group compensation aggregation and then distribute compensation to physicians based on customer-defined rules, such as full-time equivalent status , individual contributions and other factors. Building on this existing functionality, PPMT now allows authorized stakeholders such as department heads and division heads to adjust the recommended salary distribution according to a specified set of parameters. This provides physician leaders at academic medical centers increased flexibility to help better support the tri-partite mission of education, research, and high-quality patient care while rewarding physicians based on unique circumstances.

    “These critical enhancements help streamline decision-making and provide greater flexibility within an automated system to easily implement necessary adjustments with each payroll cycle. Most importantly, it improves transparency and strengthens unique mission of academic medical centers – where managing departmental compensation can be very complex – through an enhanced review and approval process at multiple levels of management,” said Jason Tacket, general manager of SullivanCotter’s medical workforce practice. SullivanCotter is a leading independent consulting firm in the evaluation and development of total compensation programs, workforce solutions and data products for the healthcare industry and the nonprofit sector. lucrative.

    PPMT helps healthcare organizations improve and engage their physician and advanced practice provider workforces through a better understanding of overall service compensation while combining this with detailed analysis and reporting at the individual provider level. .

    “With customizable solutions designed to support every stage of the clinical staff lifecycle – from scheduling and training to measuring, rewarding and driving performance – Clinician Nexus is dedicated to helping its customers to deliver the best patient care. PPMT is a critical piece of the puzzle as organizations seek to align provider compensation with performance and achieve meaningful results, and we continue to make vital improvements to the system to to help customers achieve these goals,” said David Schwietzchief information officer, Nexus clinician.

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    Tribal Loan Interest Rates $38 Million Class Action Settlement


    Several tribal officials have agreed to fund a settlement worth $39 million to resolve class action lawsuits for trying to circumvent loan laws.

    The settlement benefits consumers who obtained a loan from Golden Valley, Silver Cloud or Majestic Lake at any time or those who obtained a loan from Mountain Summit before February 1, 2021.

    According a loan class actiona number of loan companies formed under the tribal laws of the Habematolel Pomo Tribe of the Upper Lake Tribe have used tribal laws to circumvent state laws on loan interest and security.

    Plaintiffs in the case say they were charged interest rates of between 543% and 919% on payday loans. While such high interest rates may be permitted under tribal laws, the plaintiffs in the case say they were not properly informed that their loans would not be governed by stricter state laws.

    “Under this model, payday lenders launch their loan products through a corporation ‘owned’ by a Native American tribe and organized under its laws,” the class action lawsuit explains.

    “Tribal society serves as a conduit for loans, facilitating a dubious and legally incorrect claim that loans are subject to tribal law, not the protections created by state usury and licensing laws.”

    Tribal officials have not admitted any wrongdoing, but have agreed to resolve the allegations with $39 million in settlements.

    Under the terms of the Tribal Loans lawsuit settlement, class members may be eligible for a cash payment based on the amount they paid in principal and interest on eligible loans. Borrowers are not eligible for these payments if they meet any of the following criteria:

    • Have not made any payments on their loans
    • Lived in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Dakota South, Vermont, Virginia, or Wisconsin and has not made any payments above the loan principal balance
    • Lived in Alabama, Alaska, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Washington D.C., and Wyoming and did not pay interest beyond their state’s legal limits
    • Lived in states with no interest restrictions (Utah and Nevada)

    Class members who meet the payment criteria will not receive a full refund of their paid amounts, but will be eligible for a share of the settlement proportional to what they paid.

    For example, a class member who paid $10,000 in interest and principal would be eligible for a larger share of the settlement than those who only paid $1,000 in interest and principal.

    Borrowers can visit the settlement website to find out if they will receive any money.

    Although not eligible for monetary settlement payments, all class members are eligible for non-monetary settlement benefits.

    Class members can have their outstanding balances canceled for any Golden Valley, Silver Cloud, Majestic Lake, or Mountain Summit loans covered by the class definition.

    In addition, tribal officials will request that all negative information regarding Covered Loans be removed from group members’ credit reports.

    The exclusion and objection deadline is September 6, 2022.

    The final settlement approval hearing is scheduled for October 21, 2022.

    No claim form is required to benefit from the Tribal Loans Lawsuit Settlement. Group members who do not opt ​​out will automatically receive payments.

    How to use technology for essay writing? – Useful devices and tools


    All students must write academic essays only once per semester. Many subjects and fields of study require much more. That’s why it’s important to improve your writing skills and know some instruments that can make the process easier. If you want to get better scores and boost your academic process, start seriously considering essay writing.

    It is said that it takes a lot of talent to write essays properly. It is not so. You can learn to do this with the help of technology. It will save you a lot of effort and time. Technology offers students many easy solutions, and this article provides several tips on what you can use and how to use it to your advantage.

    Relevant samples online will do you a lot of good

    The Internet has many sources for writing academic essays. Students didn’t have this opportunity in the past, but now you can find examples of academic writing on any topic, topic, or area of ​​study. If you google you will find essays written by students and scientists. Professional academic writers also contribute a lot.

    You don’t need to copy-paste the example. This will be considered plagiarism. However, the out-of-the-box essays will explain citation style, structure, and formats.

    A reusable notebook is a great help

    To start writing an essay, you need to generate ideas. There may be many ideas that come to mind at first. Next, you will research and refine your topic content. These ideas can come to you at any time, so it’s important to have a place to jot them down. A reusable notebook is a great solution, along with an erasable pen. You can take it with you wherever you go and erase anything you see that isn’t consistent.

    To make the process easier, you can make a copy and download it to your laptop or tablet. Of course, this reusable notebook will cost you more, but the unrestricted use and convenience are very beneficial. Moreover, using such a notebook is eco-friendly because you can erase all the materials when you finish the essay and start doing other things.

    Check essays with online tools

    You may know that a great essay should be well-structured and error-free. It must meet style and citation requirements and be well documented and referenced. This is why proofreading is essential. However, most students find this step unimportant and boring as they strive to meet their deadlines and turn in their work as quickly as possible.

    Of course, verifying your essay manually is rather boring and can be time consuming. Nevertheless, there are plenty of tools online to help you do this faster and more efficiently. Some of these instruments are free, others are paid, but all of them will do you good.

    Grammar is one of these tools. It helps to improve academic writing and get top grades as you can check your essay for grammar, vocabulary, readability, style, punctuation, and conciseness. Or you can use any other grammar and spelling checker and get rid of unnecessary errors and typos in no time.

    Start reading a lot with e-books

    Everyone knows that reading helps a lot in improving essay writing skills. That’s why you need to start reading more and become a more professional writer.

    Reading helps to:

    • improving writing techniques;

    • collect new hypotheses and ideas;

    • collect interesting facts, anecdotes and quotes;

    • compare facts and opinions.

    Paper books, however, aren’t practical to take with you when you’re on the go. And they are not that cheap. Instead, you can use an e-book. By subscribing to its platform, you will have access to all the books you want to read.

    Learn to write appropriately from professionals

    You can observe writing processes and imitate them. It is similar to learning any other skill. Follow the professionals and their advice. These can be your tutors, alumni, advisors, and instructors, or just experienced academic writers from the article writing service.

    An experienced writer can also provide examples and explain how to structure your essay and use the information collected correctly. They can also skim through your writing and recommend improvements.

    Noise canceling headphones are useful

    You need maximum concentration while writing an essay. However, you cannot achieve this in the student environment which is usually rather noisy. The library is the only place where you can find peace, but it is not always available.

    That’s why you need a good quality pair of noise canceling headphones to make any environment conducive to concentration and efficient writing. This trick is quite simple, but it will help you a lot.

    Use a plagiarism checker to ensure complete uniqueness

    Uniqueness is the most difficult issue for students because plagiarism is always severely punished in all academic institutions. Even if you try to write your article from scratch, you may risk plagiarizing some content by accident. You need a good plagiarism checker to protect your writing from such accidents. This software is available online, and by using it, you will be able to rewrite any questionable piece of text or quote it correctly.

    Get help from a professional writer online

    Students usually do this and many online platforms offer this type of service. You may not have enough time to do all the necessary research, or the deadline may be tight. You can use such a website and order your essay from them regardless of your field of study and geo-location. This option is not approved by professors, but often it can help you overcome all the challenges when you are pressed for time.

    Final Thoughts

    You can see that modern technology is very helpful when writing academic papers. You can use many technological devices and find the most suitable options to facilitate your writing process.

    Using the internet will help you improve your writing skills and get the best results. Online tools and various gadgets are easy to access and use, so try to make your writing process as easy and convenient as possible.

    This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or management of EconoTimes.

    When a scientific journal does the right thing

    Today I want to tell a positive story, where a scientific journal did the right thing.

    I’ve written a lot over the years about bad science. A particular gripe of mine is when bogus, sometimes fraudulent, sometimes simply sloppy scientific findings manage to sneak into the peer-reviewed scientific literature. This happens all too often, especially as the number of articles published each year has increased. These bad papers are then used by fraudsters and charlatans (and sometimes by innocent people who simply don’t have the expertise to understand) to “prove” an unscientific claim.

    Fortunately, a growing number of journals – the best ones, in general – are showing more concern than in the past and are (sometimes) taking steps to withdraw articles, even in spite of authors’ objections.

    Before coming to the good news, a reminder of the most notorious scientific article in recent memory: that of Andrew Wakefield fraudulent study in The Lancetpublished in 1998, which claimed to find a link between vaccines and autism. The Lancetto his eternal shame, failed to remove item until 2010, despite an avalanche of evidence that began to appear in 2002. Ten of the original 13 authors even published their own “Withdrawal of an interpretation” in 2004, but The Lancet has consistently refused to retract unless all authors agree. Wakefield, who already led the anti-vaccine movement and is now adored by anti-vaxxers, refused.

    This article likely indirectly contributed to the deaths of thousands of people from vaccine-preventable infectious diseases. And given what we knew in 2002, The Lancet had no excuse to delay the retraction until 12 years after publication.

    But I digress. Today I want to highlight an article that I called for retraction a few years ago, the one that the journal, Scientific reports (published by Nature Publishing Group) effectively retracted, approximately 9 months later.

    The paper that I called was a study that claimed that a poison oak extract could be used to treat pain. If that sounds a bit ridiculous, that’s because it is. The paper itself sounded very scientific, as I pointed out in my original column. It was called “Ultra-diluted Toxicodendron pubescens attenuates pro-inflammatory cytokines and ROS-mediated neuropathic pain in rats.

    Toxicodendron pubescens, in case you were wondering, is poison oak. It’s not a tree and has nothing to do with oak trees – it’s a cousin of poison ivy, and both plants contain oils that can cause extreme itching and painful rashes on the skin. contact.

    How on earth could poison oak be used to treat pain? Well, it can’t. The article was actually talking about a homeopathic treatment. One of the fundamental principles of homeopathy is that “like cures like”, as long as you dilute it enough. So, the poison oak paper started with the premise that since poison oak causes pain and itchiness, you can also use it, after diluting it, to treat pain and itchiness!

    Homeopathy, as I have written before, is a highly implausible and easily refutable set of beliefs about medicine. I use the word “belief” intentionally here, because homeopathy really has no claim to being a type of medicine, or even a hypothesis. It’s just a 200-year-old set of beliefs that were proven wrong a long time ago.

    If that sounds absurd, well, selling these products is a very profitable business. For example, check out Boericke & Tafel’s Oral Ivy Liquid ($15 for a 1 ounce bottle at Amazon.com), a homeopathic product made from poison ivy, poison ivy, and poison ivy. It claims to be “for the prevention and temporary relief of contact dermatitis associated with poison ivy, poison ivy, or poison ivy.” What’s inside ? Poison oak, at very low levels. (Actually, this product isn’t really diluted to homeopathic levels: the packaging says it has 0.02g of poison oak in each drop, so it might actually cause an allergic reaction – I would stay away from this kind of stuff.)

    Back to the study: In the article, the authors diluted a poison ivy preparation to levels as low as 10-30, a common practice in homeopathy. The problem is that at this level of dilution, not even a single molecule of the original substance would remain. There is simply no possibility that such a dilution could have any therapeutic benefit, but somehow they found an effect. Hmm.

    A number of scientists wrote to the journal complaining that this result was extremely implausible and that the experiments did not support the conclusions. To their credit, the journal’s editors took complaints seriously and investigated. The notice of withdrawal (read it here) also pointed out another major problem: some of the numbers were duplicates! Each figure is meant to represent a different experience, so duplication is a big problem, added to the fundamental implausibility of the study.

    As is often the case when fraud is detected, the authors disagreed with the retraction.

    When I wrote my column complaining about this study, I said “the right thing to do would be to remove this article because its results are just not valid. We’ll see if that happens. Well, about 9 months later, that’s exactly what happened.

    A few years ago, I was in direct contact with the editors of the two Scientific reports and PLOS ONE (about different articles than the one I’m talking about above), and they expressed a real concern about fraudulent research, as well as a determination to do better to eradicate it. When journals do the right thing, we should applaud them. So here’s to Scientific reportswho got it right this time.

    Enfield students earn college degrees and honors


    ENFIELD, CT – Here are some more recent notable achievements by college students from Enfield. Information is provided to Patch by readMedia Newswire.

    Adelphi UniversityGarden City NY

    • Kaitlynn Mandeville from Enfield has been named to Adelphi University’s 2022 Spring Semester Dean’s List. Mandeville was among a select group of outstanding students recognized by the Deans of Arts and Sciences, Education and Health Sciences, Business, Nursing and Public Health, Social Work and Adelphi Psychology for their superior academic performance. The list includes full-time students – enrolled in 12 or more credits – who have completed at least nine graded credits and achieved a 3.5 or higher grade point average for the semester.

    American International CollegeSpringfield MA

    • Kathryn LaBianca and Angela Rodrigues, both of Enfield, were among 216 undergraduates representing five countries, 12 states and Puerto Rico to graduate from AIC.

    Assumption UniversityWorcester MA

    • Nearly 400 graduates received bachelor’s degrees at Assumption University’s 105th Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 8 at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester. Among them were Enfield residents Megan Castoldi and Caterina Fonseca.

    Eastern Connecticut State UniversityCT Willimantic

    • Hundreds of students graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University at the end of the 2022 spring semester. The university’s annual commencement exercises were held May 17 at the XL Center in Hartford. The graduation ceremony took place on May 14 on the Eastern campus. Eric Baillargeon from Enfield graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology. McKenna Choiniere of Enfield graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Marie Hamilton of Enfield graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Tiana Lamontagne of Enfield graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Social Sciences. Taylor Molina of Enfield graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater.

    Emmanuel CollegeBoston MA

    • Aurélie Barry of Enfield graduated from Emmanuel College on Saturday, May 14, 2022, during the college’s 100th commencement exercises at its Boston campus. Barry received a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Health Sciences at the ceremony. Barry graduated magna cum laude and with honors in the field of study.

    Ithaca CollegeIthaca NY

    • Enfield’s Killian Gomeau graduated Magna cum Laude from Ithaca College with a BFA in Writing for Film, Television and Emerging Media.

    Rochester Institute of TechnologyRochester NY

    • The Rochester Institute of Technology awarded more than 4,300 degrees across all of its campuses in the 2021-2022 academic year. Three Enfield residents have received degrees: Cara Lizotte, BS in Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience; John Riley, BS in Human-Centered Computing; and Nick Bialka, BS in Management Information Systems.
    • Three Enfield residents have been named to Rochester Institute of Technology’s Dean’s List for the Spring 2022 semester: John Riley, Human-Centered Computing program; Luke Barnes, Applied Statistics and Actuarial Science Program; and Nate Bedard, Civil Engineering Technology Program. Full-time degree-seeking undergraduates are eligible for Dean’s List if their GPA is 3,400 or greater; they do not have “Incomplete”, “D” or “F” grades; and they have registered and completed at least 12 credit hours.

    University of HartfordWest Hartford CT

    • The University of Hartford is pleased to announce the students at Enfield who have been named to the President’s Honor List and Dean’s List for Spring 2022. They are Jack Anderson, Mariangelie Beaudry, Kyle Bechard, Sean Cooney, Madisen DiLauro, Alexander Easley, Devon Edwards, James Feltault, Layla Holmes, Madilyn Ludwick, Jack MacDonald, Spencer Mailhoit, Olivia Mas, April McBroom, Skyler McGrath, Erin McLaughlin, Jacob Reynolds, Joshua Roy, Olivia Rund and Spencer Scutt.

    University of New HampshireDurham NH

    • The following Enfield students have been named to the University of New Hampshire Dean’s List for the 2022 spring semester: Melissa Kulpeksa, Honors; Hannah Smith, highest honors; Rachael Tweedlie, honours; and Nicole Marcotte, with very good honours. The highest honors are awarded to students who achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.85 or better out of a possible 4.0. Students with an average of 3.65 to 3.84 receive honors and students whose cumulative grade point average is 3.5 to 3.64 receive honors.

    Saint Joseph UniversityWest Hartford CT

    • The Department of Nursing at Saint Joseph University held its Undergraduate Nursing Award and Pinning Ceremony on May 13. Three nursing graduates were honoured: Taylor Bergin, Rachel Campanelli and Jordan Miller.

    Western New England UniversitySpringfield MA

    • The Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants (MassCPAs) has awarded the Barbara M. Iannoni Scholarship from the 2022 MassCPAs Educational Foundation Scholars Program to Danielle Orr of Enfield. She was one of 44 students selected to receive a scholarship from the program. The students were honored for their awards at MassCPAs’ annual networking event, Connect 2022, on May 10.
    • Danielle Orr received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence from the Western New England University College of Business which was presented by Dean Walker. This award celebrates the extraordinary achievement achieved by Orr throughout his four years at the University. Additionally, the award highlights the student who has the highest academic GPA in their respective class. Orr has extensive leadership experience inside and outside the University through multiple internships where she demonstrated her strong work ethic. She is currently working on her master’s degree in accounting at Western New England University.
    • A total of 35 students from the Western New England University College of Engineering have earned their Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification. Students who have received the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification join a growing number of professionals with a deep understanding of enhanced problem-solving skills, with an emphasis on the DMAIC process: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control. Among the winners is Jeremy Comfry of Enfield.

    Worcester Polytechnic InstituteWorcester MA

    • WPI awarded nearly 1,200 bachelor’s degrees at the undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 14. Jason Chen from Enfield majored in Chemical Engineering and Taylor Nowak from Enfield majored in Mechanical Engineering.

    Lorna Nichols resigns as Buckfield City Manager

    BUCKFIELD — The revolving door to the city manager’s office took another twist Thursday when Lorna Nichols announced her resignation as city leader.

    Nichols has served as city manager since Oct. 4, 2021, and has helped stabilize a city office in turmoil.

    The select committee named Cameron Hinkley as acting city manager. Hinkley resigned his seat on the Select Board, where he served as vice-chairman, to accept the interim role.

    “I’m very happy to see Cam in this position,” Nichols said during Friday’s emergency meeting. “I think he is the right candidate for this and he is the one who will continue the good work.”

    Hinkley is the sixth person to serve as Buckfield City Manager in less than two years.

    Nichols, who is also chair of the Select Board in her hometown of New Sharon, has accepted an unspecified job closer to home. She said on Saturday that she was waiting for her new employer to issue a statement before giving details of her new job.

    She has a one-hour drive each way between her home and the Buckfield municipal office.

    Nichols did not say if there were other factors in his decision to leave Buckfield.

    The city has had a long streak of city managers since Joe Roach resigned in August 2020 to go to Rangeley. The list includes acting city managers Mitch Berkowitz and Bradley Plante as well as John Andrews, who left after six months in what he called a “toxic environment”.

    Andrews was not helped when all of the city office staff resigned after he was hired. The municipal office remained closed for several months until Plante reopened it after training new staff.

    While Plante helped lead the city back from the abyss, Nichols skillfully provided the city with the necessary stability, leadership, and direction, beginning by trying to fill the many holes in the financial records. Although enough has been accomplished to complete an audit earlier this year, Nichols admitted in his report earlier in the week that “the books for 2020-2022 are not finished, we will need to work on a plan to complete them and prepare for the audit. .”

    To this end, a new computer system has been installed, making it easier to keep records and track finances. The city is developing a five-year capital plan for vehicles and other equipment, and the first stages of a full reassessment of the city are underway.

    Hinckley has been a manager since 2021. The board did not reveal the terms of his hire.

    “I’m very grateful that you’ve agreed to step up to the plate to ensure continuity for us,” Board Chair Cheryl Coffman said.

    Nichols will stay for the next 30 days to help with the transition and to help guide the city through next month’s town meeting.

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    NJSBA concerned about potential increases in school employee health program rates

    The New Jersey School Boards Association is expressing concern about potential 2023 premium increases for the school’s employee health benefits program.

    Although final premium rates for the plan year beginning January 1, 2023 have not been made public, it would appear that these increases will be in the double digits, as will premiums for the state health benefits program. . A July 21 press release from the Senate Republican Office said bonuses for school employees and teachers covered by the SEHBP are expected to increase by 15.6%, while bonuses for employees active in the benefits program state health would increase by 24%.

    According to NJ.com, New Jersey Treasury spokeswoman Jennifer Sciortino acknowledged that rate increases were being considered and added that rates for the coming year in the various plans would likely increase between 12 and 20 percent. .

    SEHBP increases would largely be paid for by school boards; many employees enrolled there pay a percentage of their salary, not a percentage of the insurance premium, under changes implemented under Chapter 44. The NJSBA has expressed concerns about the financial impact potential of Chapter 44 and urged reconsideration of this measure, as well as relief from the negative consequences of the 2020 law, which increased costs for many districts.

    “This decision would have a very negative impact on district budgets,” said Irene LeFebvre, president of the NJSBA. “It diverts taxpayer dollars from classrooms at the expense of student services, academic programs, and appropriate staff — and it ends up undermining student success.”

    Senate Speaker Nick Scutari, Senate Majority Leader Teresa Ruiz and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo released a statement on July 21 urging the plan design committee for the benefits program state health care and school employee health benefits program. to delay the approval of rate increases. The state senators also called on the state treasurer to “use his authority to block anticipated approval and ensure that a full account of the finances of both health benefit plans is made public and fully discussed”. There should be no rate increases without justification, and they should be prepared to take whatever steps are necessary to mitigate the financial impact of any rate change.

    “District budgets have been finalized for next year, and substantial fee increases would require councils to reduce or eliminate programs and services that could benefit children,” said Dr. Timothy Purnell, executive director of the NJSBA. “We urge the Schools Employee Health Benefits Commission to further review rate proposals and seek strategies to limit increases for the 2023 plan year, rather than forcing district school boards to make cuts to a budget that went through a transparent budget approval process. ”

    Elon University / Today at Elon / Elon Law Scholar named Fellow at the Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics


    A project by Professor Enrique Armijo will explore how lies delivered by speakers in direct response to someone else’s lies – flooding the “market of ideas” with knowingly bad information – can suppress free speech and harm underrepresented communities.

    An Elon Law scholar has been named a Fellow at George Washington University’s Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics, where he aims to protect historically marginalized groups harmed when authorities respond to false information in the public dialogue by spreading their own lies.

    Professor Enrique Armijo’s work on what he has named The Counter-lies Project also aims to help platforms like Twitter and Facebook better protect underrepresented users by moderating content based on his theory of how this type of lying can ultimately harm freedom of expression.

    “I’ve been writing, teaching, and thinking about these areas for a long time,” Armijo said. “This fellowship will allow me to pull together multiple issues and arguments in a way that will help IDDP stakeholders, policy makers and others who follow its work and rely on it to make policy recommendations. It will also continue to inform the free speech related courses I teach.

    The foundations of Armijo’s work emerge from the long-held notion that the public domain can be countered and ultimately unmasked by truth. Lately, however, not all lies have been met with truth. Instead, various actors in the public dialogue will use their own lies, in the words of Trump adviser and media strategist Steve Bannon whom Armijo cites in his scholarship application, to “flood the area with shit.”

    The resulting confusion and lack of trust in government, the media, or industry inevitably degrades democratic institutions and hurts most those whose speech rights are affected by a “focus on formal speaker equality”. , which has the effect of subordinating the discourse of marginalized and underrepresented groups. ”

    Finally, the Counter-lies Project will examine the idea that the government has a place to state an “official truth” when the harm caused by the competing lies of public figures outweighs any hypothetical concern about whether the government should intervene. in the speech market.

    Armijo is an affiliate member of the Yale Law School Information Society Project and the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He teaches and researches in the areas of the First Amendment, Constitutional Law, Tort, Administrative Law, Media and Internet Law, and International Freedom of Expression.

    His fellowship focuses on the interplay between new technologies and freedom of expression.

    Based out of GWU’s School of Media and Public Affairs, the Institute for Data, Democracy and Policy aims “to help the public, journalists and policy makers understand the influence of digital media on dialogue and public opinion, and to develop thoughtful solutions to misinformation and other ills that arise in these spaces.

    The Institute brings together scholars from all academic disciplines, works with mainstream media, advises policymakers in the United States and Europe, and engages with organizations that have significant societal influence and reach.

    BREAKING: GOP Senate candidate Ted Budd sided with payday lenders as he took their PAC donations


    A new report published today reveals that Ted Budd “repeatedly sided with payday lendersand in return they “repeatedly filled his campaign coffers.” Despite North Carolina’s ban on payday loans, Budd has always voted for legislation that supports predatory lenders and their “exploitation tactics.” In May 2017, Budd even received industry donations”a few days after a key votethat would allow payday lenders to charge consumers higher interest rates.

    Learn more about Budd’shistory of siding with his donors over his North Carolina constituents.”

    American Independent: GOP Senate candidate Ted Budd sided with payday lenders as he takes their PAC donations

    • North Carolina Republican Senate candidate Ted Budd has always sided predatory lenders and the payday loan industry, even though payday loans are banned in his state. The industry rewarded him with thousands of dollars in campaign contributions.
    • He has consistently supported lenders who prey on low-income people using abusive repayment terms and exploitative tactics, practices that have been illegal in North Carolina for more than 20 years.
    • In March 2018, Budd signed as co-sponsor of an effort to repeal a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule cracking down on paydays, car title and other high-cost loans.
    • In July 2020 and again in February 2021Budd introduced a “Freedom to Regulate Act” that would have placed limits on the actions of independent agencies, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
    • As Budd repeatedly sided with the payday lenders, payday lenders repeatedly filled his campaign coffers.
    • He received at least $2,500 of the Community Financial Services Association of America PAC, the political arm of the payday loan industry trade association.
    • Funding for Budd’s June 2022 campaign report noted thousands of dollars in PAC contributions from payday loan companies.
    • Some of the industry donations he received came days after a key vote.
    • On May 4, 2017, Budd vote to advance the Financial Choice Act of 2017 off the House Financial Services Committee. The package, which was primarily aimed at to move back the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Actincluded a section determining that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau “cannot exercise any regulatory, enforcement, or other authority with respect to payday loans, vehicle title loans, or other similar loans.”
    • Several financial company executives donated to Budd that month, including at least one payday lender.
    • On May 31, he receives $1,000 from Scott Wisniewski, CEO of Western Shamrock Corporation, who offers payday advance loans and has been called “predatory lenderby the advocacy group Texans for Public Justice.


    Prediction performance and fairness heterogeneity in cardiovascular risk models


    Information source

    A high-level summary of our methodology is shown in Fig. 1 additional. We analyzed 3 independent data sources: the Explorys dataset, Mass General Brigham (MGB) and the UK Biobank (UKBB).

    The Explorys dataset includes the health data of over 21 million people, aggregated from different health systems with distinct EHRs that have already been used for medical research19,21,22. Data was statistically anonymized23, normalized, normalized using common ontologies and made searchable after being uploaded to a platform compatible with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. The data included EHR entries for all patients who were seen between January 1, 1999 and December 31, 2020.

    MGB is a large healthcare network serving the New England region of the United States. We used the Community Care Cohort Project24an EHR dataset of over 520,000 people who received a longitudinal primary in the MGB system, which includes 7 teaching and community hospitals with associated outpatient clinics.

    The UKBB is a prospective cohort of over 500,000 participants enrolled between 2006 and 201025. In short, around 9.2 million people aged 40-69 living within 25 miles of 22 assessment centers in the UK were invited and 5.4% took part in the baseline assessment. Questionnaires and physical measurements were collected during recruitment, and all participants are tracked for results through a link to national health-related datasets provided by the Center for Health and Human Services Information , the Patient Episode Database for Wales and by Scottish Morbidity Records.26. We confirm that all methods have been carried out in accordance with applicable guidelines and regulations.

    Cohort building

    To ensure adequate verification and follow-up of the data, we included in Explorys people who had at least two outpatient visits at an interval greater than or equal to 2 years.27. People in the MGB dataset had at least one pair of primary care office visits 1 to 3 years apart. We included all people enrolled in the UKBB study, excluding those who subsequently withdrew consent.

    In Explorys, the start of follow-up was defined as the first appointment following the second qualifying outpatient appointment. In MGB, start of follow-up was defined as the second office visit of the first qualified pair. At UKBB, the start of follow-up was the initial assessment visit. In each dataset, baseline variables were defined at or before the start of monitoring. People with missing data for the AF risk estimate at baseline were excluded. We call the AF analysis sets the “AF subsets”. We defined the ASCVD analysis set analogously, excluding individuals with missing data needed to calculate the PCE score (“ASCVD subsets”). Full details of the cohort construction for the 3 datasets are presented in Supplementary Tables I-VI.

    Clinical factors

    Age, sex, race and smoking status were defined using the EHR fields in Explorys and MGB and were self-reported at the initial assessment visit in UKBB. Height, weight, blood pressure, total cholesterol and high density lipoprotein cholesterol values ​​were similarly extracted from EHR in MGB and Explorys and measured at baseline assessment in UKBB19.28. For patients with multiple eligible values ​​in the reference period, only the most recent was used. Smoking status was categorized as present or absent, and race was categorized as white or black. Since the dedicated PCE models are only available for white and black people, as done earlier29 models developed for black individuals were used for individuals identifying as black, while models developed for white individuals were used for individuals of all other races. The presence of clinical comorbidities was established using a diagnosis (International Classification of Diseases-9th [ICD-9] and -10th [ICD-10] revisions) and procedural (Current Procedural Terminology, CPT), either extracted from the EHR (Explorys and MGB), or linked data from national medical records (UKBB). All covariates were used according to CHARGE-AF and PCE definitions12,16,30. Clinical factor definitions for all outcomes and covariates appear in Supplementary Table VII.

    Definitions of monitoring and results

    The primary outcomes were 5-year incident AF (for AF subsets) and 10-year incident ASCVD (for ASCVD subsets). In EHR samples, incident AF was defined using a previously validated EHR-based AF determination algorithm (92% positive predictive value), except that electrocardiographic criteria were not used in Explorys in the absence of EKG reports31. In the UKBB, AF was defined using a self-reported dataset and previously published diagnostic and procedure codes, which had been previously validated in an external dataset with a positive predictive value of 92 %32. Incident ASCVD was defined as a composite of myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke, each defined using diagnosis codes33. The codes used to set ASCVD in UKBB and Explorys have already been released19.32and those used in MGB have already been validated with a positive predictive value ≥ 85%27. Result definitions are shown in Supplementary Table VII.

    All models were censored at last follow-up or at the end of the relevant prediction window (i.e. 5 years for CHARGE-AF and 10 years for PCE). Last follow-up was defined as last office visit or hospital encounter in Explorys, last EHR encounter in MGB (or administrative redaction date of August 31, 2019), and date of last hospital data related available in UKBB. Since the date of death is known in UKBB and MGB, follow-up was also censored at death in these analyses. However, since the precise date of death was not available in Explorys, we made no attempt to censor the death (i.e. death was presumed to occur after the last visit to the office or the hospital).

    Types of subgroups

    According to the original design of the PCE, we assessed the 4 gender- and race-specific patterns within their respective populations (black females, black males, white females, white males). All populations were then stratified into 10-year age groups. These age-based analyzes included 6 age strata for CHARGE-AF (45–54, 55–64, 65–74, 75–84, 85–90 and all) and 5 age strata for PCE (40 –49, 50–59, 60–69, 70–79 and all). In the FA analyses, we assessed the following additional subgroups: female, male, black, white, HF prevalent, and stroke prevalent. In the PCE analyses, we also assessed the prevailing CI.

    Quantification of model performance

    We calculated incidence rates for each outcome, reported per 1,000 patient-years (1,000 years). For each risk score and subgroup, we assessed the association between the risk score and its respective outcome using Cox proportional hazards regression, with 5-year AF as the outcome of interest for CHARGE -AF and ASCVD at 10 years as the outcome of interest for PCE. Because the CHARGE-AF and PCE models did not consider death as a competing risk, date of death is not available in Explorys, and the proportion of individuals who died before the end of follow-up was low in the two UKBB (AF 1.6%, PCE 3.1%) and MGB (AF 0.3%, PCE 0.4%), we did not model the concurrent risk of death. Hazard ratios were scaled by the within-sample standard deviation (SD) of the linear predictor of each score for comparability (standardized hazard ratio [SHR]). Therefore, the SHR reflects the relative increase in event risk seen with an increase in 1-SD of the respective linear predictor. We also assessed the discrimination of each score by calculating the Harrell concordance index. We compared the calibration slopes, defined as the beta coefficient of a univariate Cox proportional hazards model with the prediction target as the outcome and the linear predictor of the respective risk score as the only covariate, where an optimally calibrated slope has a value of one34. To calculate the 95% confidence intervals, we applied bootstrap resampling with 100 replicates.

    In order to identify subgroups in which performance was particularly suboptimal, we used a concordance index 1.3 (general tendency to underestimate) to define a suboptimal calibration.

    To assess performance heterogeneity beyond traditional model metrics, we calculated fairness measures including statistical parity difference, true positive rate difference, and true negative rate difference.35. These measures assess fairness in the context of a protected attribute (eg, gender, race). The statistical parity difference represents the differences in predicted risk based on the score. True positive and negative rates represent differences in sensitivity and specificity. These analyzes focused on the subgroups most likely to be affected by potential injustice, including age, gender (female and male), and race (black and white). A score is considered potentially unfair if it exhibits unexplained variation in performance between different subpopulations. Fairness measures can be independent of traditional model metrics for accuracy (e.g. a score can provide very good discrimination within a subpopulation but can still be unfair).

    For these analyses, CHARGE-AF and PCE scores were converted to event probabilities using their published equations12.15. When fairness parameters required application of binary risk thresholds (i.e., difference in true positive rate and difference in false positive rate), we defined high AF risk as a estimated 5-year AF risk ≥ 5.0% using CHARGE-AF19.36 and high risk of ASCV as estimated 10-year risk of ASCV ≥ 7.5%1,3,4,30.

    All analyzes were performed using R version 3.6, including the “survival”, “rms”, “data.table” and “prodlim” packages.37.

    GOP Senate candidate Ted Budd sided with payday lenders as he took their PAC donations


    North Carolina Republican Rep. Ted Budd opposed protecting consumers from predatory lending, despite his own state banning the practice.

    North Carolina Republican Senate candidate Ted Budd has always sided with predatory lenders and the payday loan industry, even though payday loans are banned in his state. The industry rewarded him with thousands of dollars in campaign contributions.

    Budd, who is currently serving her third term in the U.S. House of Representatives, is running against former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley (D) in November for the Republican senator’s open seat in retired Richard Burr. He calls himself a “liberal agenda crusher” who “will work for ordinary families, not the elite or political insiders.”

    But Budd’s file indicates otherwise. He has consistently supported lenders who prey on low-income people using abusive repayment terms and exploitative tactics, practices that have been illegal in North Carolina for more than 20 years.

    Many financial services companies offer payday loans or “cash advances,” short-term loans with a high interest rate based on expected income on the borrower’s next payday.

    North Carolina is among the states that have cracked down on these practices. According to its Department of Justice, “North Carolina has some of the strongest laws against unfair lending in the nation and was the first state to enact a comprehensive law against predatory home lending.”

    The state has banned payday loans since 2001. After state authorities closed a loophole in 2006, payday loan stores stopped operating in the state altogether.

    Republicans in Washington, DC, lobbied to roll back those regulations and other states, at the behest of the lending industry. A rule enacted in late 2020 by then-President Donald Trump’s administration allowed lenders to partner with banks in other states to avoid state-imposed restrictions.

    Democratic majorities in the House and Senate overturned the Trump administration’s rule in 2021. Budd and nearly every other Republican voted to keep it in place.

    In March 2018, Budd signed on as a co-sponsor of an effort to repeal a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule cracking down on paydays, car titles and other high-cost loans.

    In July 2020 and again in February 2021, Budd introduced a “Freedom to Regulate Act” that would have placed limits on the actions of independent agencies, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

    His spokesperson told the right-wing Epoch Times after the initial bill was introduced that the effort was “focused on some of the most important and economically influential regulations that independent agencies have implemented. , such as the CFPB’s 2017 payday loan rule, the FCC’s net neutrality rule, the NLRB’s co-employer rule.

    As Budd repeatedly sided with the payday lenders, payday lenders repeatedly filled his campaign coffers.

    He received at least $2,500 from the Community Financial Services Association of America PAC, the policy arm of the payday loan industry’s trade association. A spokesperson for the group did not immediately respond to a request for donation information.

    Budd’s June 2022 campaign finance report noted thousands of dollars in PAC contributions from payday loan companies.

    Some of the industry donations he received came days after a key vote.

    On May 4, 2017, Budd voted to move the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 out of the House Financial Services Committee. The package, which was primarily aimed at rolling back the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, included a section determining that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau “cannot exercise any regulatory authority , performance or otherwise with respect to payday loans, vehicle title loans or other similar loans.”

    “They’re trying to squeeze their way into this provision,” Diane Standaert, then executive vice president of the Center for Responsible Lending, told the Los Angeles Times. “It seems like they were hoping no one would notice.”

    Several financial company executives donated to Budd that month, including at least one payday lender.

    On May 31, he received $1,000 from Scott Wisniewski, the CEO of Western Shamrock Corporation, which offers payday loans and was called a “predatory lender” by advocacy group Texans for Public Justice.

    A company spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Democratic candidate Beasley, who supports her state’s ban, told the American Independent Foundation in an emailed statement, “Payday lenders have long taken advantage of hard-working Americans, and it is unacceptable that Washington politicians like Ted Budd have chosen to campaign for contributions instead of holding them accountable.In the Senate, I will always advocate for corporate vested interests to protect the people of North Carolina from predatory lenders.

    Budd has a habit of siding with his donors rather than his constituents in North Carolina.

    He accepted contributions from pharmaceutical interests days after voting against a bill to cut prescription drug prices in 2019 and took money from the oil and gas sector a day before voting not to prohibit price gouging by industry.

    Spokespersons for Budd did not respond to an inquiry into the story.

    Published with permission of the American Independent Foundation.

    Obituaries: Alberta G. Fisher – Lewiston Sun Journal

    Alberta G. Fisher

    AUBURN – Alberta “Vava” Gertrude Fisher, 90, a resident of Auburn, died with family members by her side on Wednesday July 13, 2022 at Androscoggin Hospice House. Alberta will be best remembered for its love of knitting and sewing, spending time with its cats and for its family. Alberta will forever be known for its love of Elvis and old-school reruns of his favorite TV shows.

    She was born on September 23, 1931 in Litchfield, daughter of Albert Mason and Ella Mason. She attended Lewiston High School, graduating in 1959 and later she attended Mansfield Beauty School and earned her license in cosmetology. She also attended Mid-State Business School. Alberta began her career at the Sun Journal working as an inserter, eventually moving into weekend and night reception and worked there for 25 years until her retirement. She was very dedicated to her work and became deeply attached to her colleagues during the many years she spent at the Sun Journal.

    Alberta is survived by her four children; George Fisher of Lewiston, Pamela Fisher of Sabattus, Mike Fisher of Lewiston, and Cindy Langelier and her husband Rudy Langelier of Leeds; his grandchildren, Monica Laplante and her husband David Laplante, Michael Fisher, Christian Brown, Jason Fisher and his wife Paige, Jamie-Rae Brown, Cassidy Allaire and her husband Joshua Allaire, and Randi-Anne Langelier; as well as his great-grandchildren Emma-Lee and Rudy-James Allaire.

    She was predeceased by her parents, her husband George Fisher, and her siblings, Ora Wiley, Elmer Mason, Evelyn Mason Bergeron, Roy Mason and his wife Edith Mason, and Gertrude Mason.

    Visitation Groupe Fortin / AUBURN Mon. July 25, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 1:30 p.m., at Friends Cemetery on West Road in West Gardiner. To leave a message for the family in their online guestbook, please visit http://www.thefortingroupauburn.com.

    A service from Groupe Fortin Funeral Home, 217 Turner Street, AUBURN, 783-8545.

    Alberta G. Fisher

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    Payday loan initiative won’t get Michigan to vote, canvassers rule


    DELTA TOWNSHIP, MI – Michigan’s November ballot will not include any legislative initiatives after the state’s Superior Election Commission ruled that a proposal to crack down on predatory payday lending failed to gain enough signatures .

    The Board of State Solicitors voted 4-0 to accept the Board of Elections’ recommendation that Michiganders for Fair Lending do not qualify for the ballot. The Bureau’s sample review of the nearly 400,000 signatures submitted found that only 274,668 were valid, meaning the initiative missed about 72,000 signatures.

    “It’s not a close call,” said Andrea Hansen, an attorney for the opposition group Safe Lending Michigan.

    Fair Lending was the only one of 10 legislative initiative petitions to submit signatures by the June 1 deadline and said it was confident in the accuracy of its petition materials due to an internal quality control process.

    Line-by-line review by the Elections Office of a representative sample of approximately 500 signatures revealed that more than 1 in 5 were invalid, the most common reason being that the person was not registered to vote in the good jurisdiction.

    A challenge from Safe Lending Michigan also invalidated some signatures. Fair Lending challenged about 1,400 rejected signatures and succeeded about 300, Bureau Director Jonathan Brater said, but that wouldn’t have been enough to make up the difference.

    “Even if all the signatures they think should be turned over were counted,” Brater said, “it wouldn’t affect the projection here in terms of validity, just because they ended up being short by a considerable margin. .”

    No one from Fair Lending appeared Thursday to plead further. The initiative would have prevented payday lenders from charging predatory interest rates, attempting to give people access to small loans instead of trapping them in debt.

    Thursday’s meeting was the first for newly appointed Republican canvasser Richard Houskamp. The Council is made up of two Republicans and two Democrats, nominated by their political parties and appointed by the Governor.

    Although no legislative initiative is on the ballot in November, two proposed constitutional amendments are still in effect after submitting signatures for consideration last week. Petitions for abortion rights and increased access to voting have each achieved the minimum number of signatures in the hundreds of thousands.

    The canvassers are then due to meet on Aug. 19, when members decide whether to certify the results of Michigan’s Aug. 2 primary election.

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    New academic program for healthcare professionals to lead the urgent overhaul of America’s healthcare systems – USC Viterbi

    The Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC), in collaboration with USC’s Keck School of Medicine and USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, launched the first Master of Science in Engineering program health systems management (HSME). on the West Coast. The program is now recruiting physicians, nurses, information and data technology professionals, quality improvement and patient safety specialists, and other interested administrative and operational staff. lead the transformation of America’s healthcare industry.

    This unique program offered by the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at USC Viterbi aims to place graduates at the forefront of healthcare innovation and create new career paths . Professionals will have the opportunity to re-imagine or re-engineer how healthcare can be delivered more efficiently and learn how to achieve better patient outcomes.

    Students will have the opportunity to develop performance improvement and other industrial engineering skills, explore project and change management tools, and gain expertise in clinical informatics/data analytics, improvement healthcare quality, supply chain management or other operational areas. Courses focus on improving and optimizing processes in healthcare, as well as strategies to help providers make data-informed decisions. Areas of interest can be customized through cross-campus electives.

    David Belson, PhD, program director of the USC Viterbi MS in HSME program and an industrial engineer with more than 30 years of experience, says, “Now is the time for this program. Nationally, the pandemic has revealed critical staffing shortages, supply chain gaps, inequities in patient access and rising operational costs, to name a few. The pandemic has accelerated the need for change, and increasingly, healthcare executives and key personnel will need the skills offered by this program to understand and embrace new models of care.

    The HSME program has been developed to be flexible for working professionals and is offered as a certificate or master’s program. It can be completed part-time while working or full-time, which takes approximately 18 months. Courses can be taken online remotely, in person or in combination. Program content can also be tailored to a hospital, healthcare system, post-acute care provider, professional association and/or any other healthcare organization involved in staff training.

    Scholarships and financial aid are available. Applications for the first round of scholarships must be submitted by September 15, 2022. A second round of applications is due on March 1, 2023.

    For questions regarding the program, please contact Professor Belson at [email protected] For more information on the program, visit:

    Healthcare Performance Improvement Program at USC

    Posted on July 20, 2022

    Last updated July 20, 2022

    The 4 Best Plagiarism Checkers for Google Docs


    Plagiarism is a serious problem for many teachers and students. Even if you’re the one writing, it’s important not to fall into the trap of accidental plagiarism, which is a more common problem than you might think.

    Also, with citations and references being such an important part of academic documents, it can be easy to mistakenly forget to include a citation and get yourself in trouble.


    Whatever your reasons, there are plenty of easy-to-use Google Docs tools available online that will make it easy and transparent to check for plagiarism. Here are some of the best.

    First on this list we have Plagium. If you have ever worried about plagiarism, content theft or copyright infringement in your documents, then Plagium is a great add-on for Google Docs that can help ease your worries.

    In fact, using Plagium is super easy. All you have to do is add the extension to your Google account, and you can access it from your Google Docs whenever you want. It’s hidden under the extensions tab, which means it’ll never get in the way when you don’t need it.

    As you can imagine, using Plagium is also quite simple. All you have to do is select some text and then run it through the Plagium add-on.

    Unlike most of the best free plagiarism detection tools, Plagium detects potential plagiarism in documents by intelligently dividing your selected text into smaller parts. It then performs those parts on a variety of content that you can find on the internet.

    When Plagium detects a hit, it gives you a direct link to where it detected the matching text. It will also show how much the texts use a percentage, as well as other useful information.

    Plagium is a pretty useful add-on for Google Docs, but it’s worth noting that it’s a limited service. You don’t get an infinite number of plagiarism checks. It is possible to get more, but it will require paying for their service.

    Next on this list comes PlagiarismCheck.org. If you end up viewing a variety of different pages and need a quick and efficient way to do so, then PlagiarismCheck is a solid little Google Docs extension to help you do just that.

    Created in 2011, PlagiarismCheck.org is a dedicated search engine built around the idea of ​​trying to find and match potentially plagiarized texts.

    Although it started out as an online service, PlagiarismCheck.org has Google Docs extensions that allow you to quickly and seamlessly check any document you want for potential plagiarism.

    All you have to do to get started with PlagiarismCheck is open the document you want to scan for potential content theft and open the add-on. PlagiarismCheck takes care of the rest.

    This analysis section gives you a clear idea of ​​where and how the text was taken or used previously. You can easily see the displayed links yourself, as PlagiarismCheck gives you a direct link to any potentially stolen content.

    It should be mentioned, however, that PlagiarismCheck is not a free service, but rather a subscription-based service. The number of pages you can check is limited to one page until you purchase more. There’s no daily limit in place though, meaning you can do as much as you want at once, as long as you’ve paid for the pages.

    If you’re looking for a Google Docs add-on that can give you confidence in your citations and references, then Unicheck is a great resource for that specific case.

    Unicheck is a comprehensive service that does just about everything you might expect from a plagiarism checker. It automatically scans documents for potentially matching text and displays them cleanly and easily for you to understand.

    The cool thing about Unicheck is that it also has tabs for citations and references, so you can easily browse your document based on how you referenced it. If you are a university or college student, this can be an invaluable help.

    The actual detection of plagiarism is also sharp. You will get detailed breakdowns on the percentage of similarity detected by Unicheck, which is a good way to keep abreast of the likelihood that it is actually plagiarized. Unicheck, however, is a fully paid service. You have to buy pages for Unicheck to scan, and there’s no form of trial to see if you’ll like it.

    Finally, we have ProWritingAid’s grammar checker and writing coach. If you’re looking for a plagiarism checker that you can use for your personal use that might just improve the quality of your writing while you’re at it, then ProWritingAid is a great option to do so.

    When it comes to analyzing your writing, ProWritingAid is a great Google Doc add-on to do just that. ProWritingAid has a huge amount of information that you can use to better understand and improve your writing.

    Therefore, if you are just looking for a plagiarism checker, you might find it a bit difficult to find the plagiarism checker. It’s hidden under the Improve Document tab, with the submenu for plagiarism hidden in the top bar.

    The actual plagiarism checker is a pretty solid addition to the extension, although ProWritingAid’s biggest appeal is clearly how it lets you do much more than just check your document for potential plagiarism.

    Whatever the writing style, ProWritingAid has tools that can help you refine and dissect your way of writing. Although there are plenty of free spelling and grammar checkers to download online, it allows you to really understand what needs improvement in your writing.

    Never worry about plagiarism again

    As you can see, there are a wide variety of different tools available online to help you avoid potential plagiarism, whether in your own work or in the work of others.

    Plus, they’re easy to install and remove, so there’s no reason not to try them all and see if one appeals to you.

    Paper Clips Market Size | To share


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    At vigil, pastor calls for change and remembers mall shooting victims

    INDIANAPOLIS — At the South Side Resurrection Lutheran Church, about 30 people gathered to pray and reflect following a mass shooting that left four people dead, including the shooter, at Greenwood Park Mall on Sunday.

    The Tuesday service was held at a church unrelated to the families of the victims – Victor Gomez, 30, and husband and wife Pedro Pineda, 56, and Rosa Mirian Rivera de Pineda, 37. However, Pastor Ryan Bailey said he thought it was important. to provide space for the community together following the shooting, regardless of religion. The church, on Stop 11 Road, is just two miles from the mall.

    “When that happens we don’t know what to do, but we shouldn’t get up, go to work and run errands like nothing has changed,” Bailey said. “We have to decide what kind of community we want to live in and what steps to take.”

    During the vigil, Bailey and Reader Molly Laut — who works for the City of Greenwood in marketing and community relations for the mayor’s office — helped spread light from their candles to those of attendees. Laut led the prayers while Bailey led the congregants in song and offered a reflection.

    “These are dark times for our community, but God has given each of us light. We may feel helpless as the bad news piles up as we wonder where to start or what someone should do, but we don’t give up,” Bailey said. “We wait, watch and work because we care too much to do otherwise. May God make our candles longer and our wicks longer so that we can continue to wait, watch and work until dawn.”

    Cynthia Morraz, of Indianapolis, said she went to the vigil to support the Latino community because all three victims were Hispanic.

    “I hope our leaders and our neighbors will make an effort to reach out to the Latin American community and let them know that they are a friend and will do whatever it takes to keep them safe,” Morraz said.

    Discussions of gun violence shouldn’t be used to score political points, but people should reach out to their lawmakers if they want to see policy change, Bailey said.

    “There are some simple things about our policies, and Indiana’s unlicensed transportation seems like a really unfortunate change, especially now,” Bailey said. “I would like us as individuals to think less about the talking points that go along with my side of these issues and more about the community we want to live in and what we need to do to help make it happen. … We know we can do better than that.”

    At the same time Monday evening, about four miles south of the church, Greenwood City Council took a few moments to pray for the victims and their families, as well as the armed bystander who arrested the gunman during their regular meeting of the city council.

    City Council Speaker Mike Campbell opened the meeting by asking council members, city officials and members of the public in attendance to keep the victims of the shooting in their prayers. The shooting was a tragedy that affects everyone and the city, and he feels for the families of the victims, he said.

    He also praised the actions of Elisjsha Dicken, the 22-year-old Seymour resident who shot the shooter and was able to stop him from shooting more people. Police and city leaders hailed Dicken as a hero and called him a good Samaritan. Dicken was a young man who had the courage to walk up to the shooter in an attempt to stop him, Campbell said, and he feels what he’s going through.

    “He would seem like a good person who had no intention of killing anyone, but last night he was put in a situation where he needed to,” Campbell said. “Let’s keep them all in our prayers. And we thank Elisjsha for his bravery and hope that things will go well and that God will watch over him and the families of the victims.

    Fifteen seconds was the total from when the first shot was fired to when the shooter was shot. No police could have arrived during that short time, Campbell said.

    “It’s unclear how many people would have lost their lives if Elisjsha hadn’t been there to do what he did,” he said.

    Council member Linda Gibson also thanked Dicken for his actions, then thanked the first responders, from Greenwood and surrounding areas, for responding to the scene as quickly as they did and for assisting in the scene processing.

    “I am very proud of the way it was handled. … I just couldn’t be more proud of our police department and the way they handled things,” Gibson said.

    Daily Journal reporter Noah Crenshaw contributed to this report.

    Fundraisers intended for victims

    Of them fundraisers have has been intended on the behalf of pedro Pineda and Pink Mirian Rivera of pinewood, who were both kill in the filming, at to help with funeral costs.

    The family and friends of Pinedas’ are breeding silver for their funeral by sale traditional food of El salvador on Saturday. The an event on Saturday is of 8 a m at 8 pm at 3720 W 30th St. in Indianapolis.

    A GoFundMe has too has been Position at the top by a family friend of the Pinedas’ at to help with their funerals. After that $3,395 has has been raised with the Fund raising objective Position at $20,000.

    To make a donation, people box go at gofund.me/a3deadc5.

    Local therapist offer free sessions

    Sean Copeland, who practices therapy at Evolve Therapy in Greenwood, is offer free trauma therapy sessions at somebody who has been impacted by the filming at Green wood To park Mall. Those who are interested should E-mail [email protected]

    Coffeehouse Five offers free mental health treatment support on Friday

    Coffeehouse Five’s Greenwood location will host an event on Friday to provide mental health support to those affected by last Sunday’s shooting at Greenwood Park Mall.

    The non-profit cafe, which is dedicated to helping the community by providing mental health treatment counseling and support services, will host the event at its Greenwood location, 323 Market Plaza, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. p.m. Friday.

    Traders will be joined by psychotherapist Christine Turo-Shields. Turo-Shields has over 30 years of therapy experience in a variety of settings, including the treatment of anxiety/panic disorders and abuse/trauma/PTSD. She has provided support during previous mass disasters such as the Richmond Hills explosion and the Indiana State Fair stage collapse, according to a press release from Coffeehouse Five.

    No barista service will be available during the event to allow Coffeehouse Five to participate. Brewed coffee and water will be provided free of charge, the press release said.

    No shortage of NCERT textbooks, over 4 crore books distributed for 2022-23 academic session: Ministry of Education

    In a written response to a question, Union Minister of State for Education Annapurna Devi provided the information. The Indian Postal Service delivers textbooks ordered online to customers at their doorsteps.

    In a written response to a question, Union Minister of State for Education Annapurna Devi provided the information. The Indian Postal Service delivers textbooks ordered online to customers at their doorsteps.

    The National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has informed that there is no reported shortage of NCERT books in the country, according to information shared by the Union Minister of State for Annapurna Devi education in response to a written question.

    “The National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has informed that there is no reported shortage of textbooks in the country. They have informed that 4.25 crore of textbooks for the 2022 academic session -23 have already been distributed by 950 approved vendors across the nation,” the minister said.


    Reportedly, 4.25 crores of textbooks for the 2022-23 academic session have already been distributed by 950 approved vendors nationwide.


    NCERT textbooks are also distributed through its sales counters located at NCERT headquarters, New Delhi, its Regional Institutes of Education (RIE) in Ajmer, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Mysuru and Shillong, and its regional centers in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata and Guwahati. .


    The minister said that the textbooks ordered online are delivered to the doorstep of the customer with the help of Indian Postal Services. “All NCERT textbooks are also made available for free download in PDF format through its digital platforms such as E-Pathshala, E-Pub, etc. to facilitate students across the country,” she added.


    (With PTI inputs)

    — ENDS —

    Tarleton Unveils New Building for Athletics and Academic Achievement Administration


    STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Tarleton State University’s growth continued in a big way Monday morning with the grand opening of the Athletics and Academic Achievement Administration Building.

    “Commitment to academics was the driving force behind our move to NCAA Division I,” said Tarleton President James Hurley. “When we accepted the invitation to join us, our executive cabinet assured our faculty and staff that we would place the utmost importance on the academic success and well-being of all of our student-athletes. This facility is the product of our university’s commitment to innovation and academic excellence.

    “I want to thank our Texas A&M University System Board of Regents and Chancellor John Sharp for helping fund this project. This shows the support of the A&M system we are becoming. the first comprehensive regional university in the country.

    The old hydrology building underwent an 18-month facelift and opened to the public on Monday afternoon. Dr Hurley was joined by State Rep. Shelby Slawson, Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Lonn Reisman and AD Senior Associate for Academic Services Dr. Megan O’Quin to address the hundreds of Tarleton faculty, staff, students and supporters.

    “This is an incredible upgrade to our facilities and provides our student-athletes with a great place to grow academically,” Reisman said. “Our top priority will always be academics and compliance. Our staff has done an incredible job of establishing an elite foundation of success in these areas, and this new facility provides even more opportunities for our student-athletes to thrive in the classroom. .

    “We are so grateful to the Texas A&M University System, Dr. Hurley, the construction team and staff, and all of our great supporters. This is just another step in Tarleton’s journey to becoming a premier destination for student-athletes to compete and learn.”

    The first floor of the new facility will house the Tarleton Athletics administration offices and will include a meeting room with 111 theater seats, two televisions and a large projector providing 35 feet of writing and display space.

    The second floor is dedicated to the academic success of Tarleton’s nearly 450 student-athletes. A large connected study room commands two-thirds of the surface. A small study room with dividers allows for group study and supervised testing. Academic sports services are located near the main entrance, which is secured by key card access for study room supervision. Laptops and desktop computers are available.

    For photos of the new building, visit TarletonSports.com/galleries.

    Study finds Arizonans most guilty of panic buying toilet paper during coronavirus pandemic


    We all remember March 2020 and when the world stopped spinning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We all remember uncertainty and empty shelves. Nowhere was this felt more deeply than in the toilet paper aisle. We all remember that feeling of panic that we couldn’t wipe our ass.

    Well, turns out if you were feeling this, you weren’t alone. And Arizonans acted on that impulse more than anyone.

    From California to Connecticut, people have stockpiled as much toilet paper as possible. But no state has gone as loco for toilets as Arizona, a study released this month revealed.

    Cherry Digital, a public relations and content marketing agency based in Portland, Oregon and London, conducted an analysis of Google search data for the phrase “toilet paper” through March 2020. The results at the height of the panic buying period were compared to data compiled from March 2019.

    The hunt for paper in Arizona led to a whopping 11,115% increase in online searches for toilet paper over the previous year, according to Cherry Digital.

    “Companies generally operate because there is trust in the system,” said Jamie Gibbs, director of content marketing at Cherry Digital, in a press release. “The pandemic has marked an anxiety-provoking time for many people, and so that very trust has started to erode at an alarming rate, which is why panic buying has taken place. Although it seems like an irrational thing to do, hoarding everyday objects was actually a predictable human action.

    Among Arizona cities, the biggest panic buyers resided in Phoenix.

    Next is Mesa, Gilbert and Surprise. According to Cherry Digital data provided to Phoenix New Times.

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    Nine of the top 10 cities for panic buying are in metro Phoenix, with the exception of Tucson at No. 5, according to data from Cherry Digital.

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    In a 1989 research paper from Rider University in New Jersey, “Understanding Consumer Panic: a Sociological Perspective,” the researchers noted, “In a crisis situation, there is a breakdown in the individual’s intellectual abilities in terms of processing the information, environmental assessment and analysis of alternatives.”

    The authors added: “The greater the perceived time pressure, the smaller the number of alternatives considered, the greater the likelihood that decisions will be made before it is needed, and the greater the likelihood of an incorrect choice of alternatives is great”.

    In a store in San Francisco, a struggle even erupted in March 2020 between shoppers during the panic over toilet paper, resulting in shattered bottles on the ground.

    When deciding how much consumable to buy, people buy with their eyes, said Phoenix-based economic analyst Jim Rounds.

    If an item seems scarce on the shelves, people buy more of it – and the cycle continues.

    “During COVID, Arizona had more vacant shelves than other states,” Rounds said. new times Thursday. “More empty shelves mean more panic buying.”

    But why Arizona? Demand for toilet paper in the Grand Canyon State has increased nearly 10 times more than in states like Alaska, the study found.

    According to Rounds, it all comes down to inflation, and Phoenix has the highest inflation of any city in the country, because new times reported in April. In March 2020, inflation rates were already climbing faster in Phoenix than in other US cities, experts said.

    “It’s directly correlated to inflation,” Rounds said. “Arizona has its challenges with affordability. Inflation is higher here, so we’ve seen a lot more panic buying.

    In addition to inflation, supply chain disruptions have led to panic buying in 2020, according to Rounds.

    Experts initially allayed worries about a shortage, but the bathroom rush has exposed basic flaws in the supply chain in what Fortune Magazine called “the great toilet paper panic of 2020”.

    “As soon as stocks slide, people panic,” Rounds said. “A small interruption in supply can lead to months or years of panic buying.”

    That’s what happened again with formula in May, when Arizona got the offers the second lowest in the country.

    In June, the teachers of Arizona State University has identified shortages of other products – tampons and fireworks – highlighting how fragile everyday items people once took for granted have now become a whac-a-mole retail game.

    “Less supply comes from China. In many cases less than 50% of what was ordered,” said Hitendra Chaturvedi, a Tempe-based supply chain expert. “Consumers should be prepared to see less variety, and whatever they get will be more expensive.”

    Another reason for the spike in demand was that people actually needed more toilet paper, experts said.

    “With people staying home due to business closures and shelter-in-place orders, demand for consumer toilet paper has skyrocketed while demand for commercial toilet paper has declined,” according to a report. from May 2020 from North Carolina State University‘s College of Natural Resources.

    The average American household uses 409 rolls of toilet paper a year, according to Georgia-Pacific, the company that makes the Angel Soft and Quilted Northern brands. The company estimated that people who spent all of their time at home during the pandemic used around 40% more toilet paper than usual.

    In March 2020, some analysts had already predicted the problem, classifying Arizona as the state the most concerned about a shortage of toilet paper.

    But that’s not the only item panic shoppers have flocked to buy in Arizona. Driven by the pandemic, Arms sales hit record high in 2020 due to a “hoarding mentality” that was compared to stockpiling toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

    By the end of November that year, 610,911 background checks had been completed in the state, nearly double the total number for all of 2019, according to FBI data.

    Now that inflation has hit double digits in Phoenix, one of two US cities with double-digit inflation, experts are predicting a lull in panic buying.

    “There are still supply disruptions, but I think there will be a lot less panic buying in the future,” Rounds said. “People are looking at price tags more than they are looking at the number of units on the shelves right now. Inflation is so out of control, and it’s hurting a lot of people.

    It’s clear what’s important to the Arizonans: a clean caboose and enough firepower to outfit a small army.

    Randolph Mammoth returns to Catt. County | News, Sports, Jobs

    Pictured is the Randolph Mammoth, first discovered in May 1934. Photo submitted

    RANDOLPH – The historic Randolph Mammoth has once again returned to the Cattaraugus County Museum and Research Library.

    The mammoth was first discovered at Randolph in May 1934, when workers were digging a pond at the state hatchery. When workers struck the mammoth’s skull, they realized they had something, and a few days later a state paleontologist came to oversee further excavation. The mammoth was eventually shipped to Albany where it will spend several decades on display at the state museum.

    It is one of only two mammoth specimens found in Cattaraugus County, the other being a tooth discovered in Olean in 1989. This mammoth – believed to be a Columbian mammoth and rarer in the region than the woolly mammoth – is also the most comprehensive found in New York State.

    In the early 2000s, the mammoth skull made a brief comeback in Cattaraugus County.

    “I started at the museum in 2007” said Brain McClellan, curator of the Cattaraugus County Museum. “At the time, one of our employees suggested that we contact Albany to see if we could get the mammoth back from Albany on loan. She was so interested in this because she was actually at the mammoth excavation and was 7 years old at the time. It was a big event that many people from the city came to see, and she was one of them. In 2015 we found out he was on loan to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown and we asked back to Albany and he was loaned to us in 2016.”

    The Randolph Mammoth, consisting of the original tusks and a cast of the skull, remained at the Cattaraugus County Museum for about a year and a half.

    Museum officials were recently asked if they were interested in having mammoths again.

    “We said of course that we would like to recover it”, McClellan said. “We were supposed to get it in the spring of 2020 and then of course COVID came along so we had to wait. They contacted us last October and the mammoth was returned to us in November.

    The Randolph Mammoth is expected to stay at the museum for about 18 months as part of an exhibit of fossils and prehistoric artifacts, some of which are on loan from a Buffalo museum.

    The Randolph Mammoth remains an important scientific discovery to this day. Experiments involving the cutting of the original tusks were done to try to determine the age of the mammoth at the time of its death.

    “It’s a pretty thing to display,” McClellan said.

    Alongside the gigantic exhibition, the museum currently offers a program of summer events with musicals and lectures on historical subjects from the Summer Stone House. On Thursday there will be an exhibitor talking about quilting and embroidery, and on Saturday from 2-5pm there will be an event focusing on the 154th Regiment, discussing the acquisition of the lands the regiment fought on.

    There is also a program for veterans, taking an oral history of Cattaraugus County veterans. The museum brought in a videographer and made videos of the veterans which are now playing on a kiosk at the museum and on their YouTube channel.

    For more information on these upcoming events or for veterans interested in being part of the Oral History Program, visit the Cattaraugus County Facebook page or website, www.cattco.org/museum.

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    NMC plans to hold exams for Pakistan’s persecuted minorities

    New Delhi: The National Medical Commission has formed a group of experts to develop guidelines for a proposed examination to enable persecuted minority medical graduates who have emigrated from Pakistan and obtained Indian citizenship to acquire permanent registration to practice medicine. in India.

    This decision is a beacon of hope for many doctors who, after emigrating from Pakistan, are unable to legally practice medicine in India.

    For decades, many people from Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Christian minority groups from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan have migrated to India and applied for citizenship.

    The Home Ministry had informed parliament during its winter session in 2021 that 8,244 applications for citizenship had been received from non-Muslims in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, of whom 3,117 had been granted citizenship.

    Significantly, Parliament passed the Citizenship Act (CAA) in 2019, which facilitates the granting of Indian citizenship to persecuted non-Muslim minorities in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. However, the law has not been implemented as the rules under the CAA have yet to be developed.

    Dr LN Jangid, 49, who lives in Jodhpur after emigrating to India from Umerkot in Pakistan in 2004, works as a physician’s assistant at a private clinic. He obtained Indian citizenship in 2019.

    Although he has an MBBS degree from Jinnah Sindh Medical University in Karachi, his job now is to take patient history, check their blood pressure and make them understand the doses of medication prescribed by the doctor.

    “I feel very disappointed to work as a medical assistant. I keep coming back to my days in Pakistan when I worked as a doctor and saw patients and prescribed medicine.

    I feel like I failed to live my dream of serving patients,” Jangid told PTI.

    It’s not just Jangid, many like him are forced to do odd jobs in India after emigrating from Pakistan with a medical degree.

    The notification from the National Medical Commission (NMC) on the formation of the expert panel, issued on June 20, reads: “It is hereby declared that the Ministry of Health, through its holistic effort, has decided that appropriate guidelines/regulations could be developed to give effect to the decision to conduct a proposed examination for persecuted minorities migrating from Pakistan under the direct supervision of the National Medical Commission to test their knowledge of modern medicine and grant a permanent registration to practice medicine in India.

    Dr Nakhat Singh Sodha (54), who migrated to India from Sindh in Pakistan in 2005 and now works as a maintenance supervisor at a private hospital in Jodhpur, said it would take him nine to 10 months to recover. prepare for the FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduate Exam). .

    He graduated from Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) in Karachi in 1994.

    “I graduated over two decades ago. I don’t understand how I could take a qualifying exam again. We will need at least nine to ten months of preparation if we want to pass the FMGE exam. By doing this, we will not be able to continue our work and who would feed our family?

    “It would be great if the government adopted a policy to give us permanent registration to work as doctors,” he said.

    Indian medical graduates from foreign universities can only practice in India after passing the FMGE. However, postgraduate degrees from five English-speaking countries – the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand – are recognized in India and they do not need to be applied for. ‘exam.

    In an April 28 public notice, the NMC had urged Indian students not to enroll in any college or educational institution in Pakistan.

    “All concerned are advised not to travel to Pakistan to pursue medical studies.

    “Any Indian national/overseas citizen of India who intends to gain admission for MBBS/BDS or equivalent medical course in any medical college in Pakistan will not be eligible to appear in FMGE or seek employment in India on the basis of his/her degrees (in any subject) acquired in Pakistan, except those who had joined colleges/academic institutions in Pakistan before December 2018 or later after obtaining the ‘MHA security clearance to date,’ reads the public notice issued on April 28.

    However, migrants and their children who have obtained a medical degree or higher education in Pakistan and who have obtained Indian citizenship would continue to be eligible to appear in FMGE/NEXT or seek employment in India after obtaining a clearance from MHA security, he added. .

    The proposed mandate of the five-member panel constituted by the NMC is to provide a roadmap for granting permanent registration to persecuted minority migrants, who are now Indian citizens, to practice medicine in India.

    The Panel of Experts is also mandated to obtain the demographic and academic information with work experience, if any, of the candidate, verify the submitted documents, and decide on the methodology and mode of special examination to be conducted by the NMC.

    “Once the guidelines are set, candidates will be asked to register on a portal to appear in the proposed exam,” an official source said.

    New book focuses on South Asian period experience


    Despite the creative euphemisms, menstruation as a topic doesn’t really need to be slicked back to entice readers. It’s intrinsically interesting to about half the population, even when – and also because – it’s tainted with taboo and shame. Conversations on and around menstruation, particularly menstrual health, hygiene, management and its politics in a capitalist society, are immanent – they are only aided by recent events, from the issue of access to women in Sabarimala to the emerging femtech sector in India. and an Oscar win for the documentary Period. End of sentence.

    Read also : Why we need femtech

    So when a book like Period Matters: Menstruation In South Asia is published, one wonders why it took so long. An anthology edited by London and Pakistan-based writer Farah Ahamed, it features “the discrepancies and commonalities in the experience” of menstruation. Various menstruators and other stakeholders examine their experience through a variety of genres and forms, including art, essays, short stories, academic writing, poems, and even dance.

    Some of them are quite enlightening. Tashi Zangmo’s essay Red Nectar Of The Sacred Lotus focuses on Zangmo’s work with the Bhutan Nuns Foundation to train and educate nunneries on reproductive health. Zangmo writes that Bhutan has a strong spiritual tradition, so when people, especially women, are sick, they first turn to monasteries. Seen in this context, it becomes imperative that nuns be trained in menstrual health.

    In several Buddhist texts, the pema, or lotus, refers to a woman’s private parts, and the dripping of menstrual blood from it is visualized as nectar. But even though menstruation is considered a natural occurrence in Bhutanese culture, something to be treated according to common sense, there is still a reluctance to talk about it openly. What stands out is a curious mix of mysticism and practicality in Bhutan’s Buddhist approach to menstruation.

    Amna Mawaz Khan’s Raqs-e-Mahvaari, a menstrual dance accessible via a QR code that was provided, explores the “duality of the public and private nature of menstruation: indignity and creativity”, as she writes in her short chapter. The dance, in the form of the Indian classical tradition, is an expression of how she sees, thinks and lives her monthly cycle, and the relationship she has developed with it over the years.

    No one can question the “breadth of perspectives” that Ahamed compiles, bringing together varied experiences into a laudable and indispensable undertaking. And it helps that the focus is on South Asia – the book works within a given framework that the reader is informed about. But in what one might consider a compendium cliche, the result is something of a lukewarm mixed bag. The perspectives are diverse and the genres distinct, but they’re not presented in the most engaging or curious way.

    Interspersed throughout the book are chapters that require little editorial intervention because the subject matter itself is unique and fascinating. At Homa Istrizia Azan Asan, Ahamed herself introduces us to the Kalasha community in northwestern Pakistan through her visit to the Bashali in Bumburet, a valley in the Chitral district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. It is a communal house intended exclusively for menstruating women and women about to give birth.

    Read also : How to make your period less stressful

    When Kalasha women have their period, it is normal for them to stay in a Bashali. No one is allowed to disturb them there. “Men were never allowed to enter or touch the walls or doors of Bashali,” writes Ahamed. “It was a private space created and curated by Kalasha women for themselves.”


    Period Matters—Menstruation In South Asia, edited by Farah Ahamed, Pan Macmillan India, 318 pages, 599
    (Pan Macmillan India)

    It also implies that in the Kalasha community, men are aware of menstruation and what it entails, and are used to the women in their lives taking monthly leave from domestic obligations. The Bashali practice offers insight into what a society would look like that treats menstruation as completely normal and natural, and what happens when women take control of the “menstruation conversation.”

    Unlike Bashali’s article, the accounts of homeless and incarcerated women about how they experience their periods appear as whitewashed interpretations of conversation transcripts, accompanied by naked reporting and peppered with statistics. These stories could have benefited from an equally evocative narrative.

    Some other, otherwise fascinating and pressing, topics around menstruation are reported in an equally dry and off-the-record manner. The chapters on the NGOs Goonj, Anandi, and the illustrated period guide project Menstrupedia seem to have fallen prey to the quintessential textbook question-and-answer format.

    While Period Matters promises the voices of the marginalized, they are inevitably and very obviously framed by scholars and writers of a certain class. The book is also meant to highlight the “commonality” of the phenomenon, but the uncontrolled inclusion of themes of shame, taboo and stigma, including the repetition of certain statistics over several chapters, has reduced them to a triviality. .

    Read also : Let’s talk about menstruation

    In the grand scheme of things though, it’s obvious that Period Matters is an important book with its heart in the right place. Seen holistically, its multifaceted approach shows how living conditions and contexts could lead to very specific practices around menstruation.

    Writing about her work with the Santal community in Jharkhand, Srilekha Chakraborty says that tribal girls discussed menstruation freely with their peers; there were few stigmata around her. They would even work there, unable to give up the daily wage. In contrast, more “privileged” communities in countries like Sri Lanka were steeped in stigma around menstruation, but practiced Kotahalu Mangalya, a celebration to mark a girl’s menarche – a celebration that depended on financial strength, as Zinthiya Ganeshpanchan discusses in another essay.

    Then there are tales of two trans women mimicking the rituals of menstruation in Red Dye On A Pad, highlighted by The Worst Day Of My Life, 32-year-old Javed’s account of how menstruation ” abnormal” feel for a trans man.

    In some ways, Period Matters’ wide range of viewpoints is its downfall. There are no less than 35 contributions in total, packed into a book of only 300 pages, not counting the work which remains, for some reason, without the artist’s note. In wanting to be everything, the book does not know what it really is, nor for whom it is intended. The silver lining is maybe there will probably at least be something in the collection that will resonate with everyone.

    Regardless of its downsides, the collection achieves its goals: it does indeed provide “an insight into how menstruation is viewed by people from different backgrounds, religions, and classes”, even if it sometimes fails in its delivery. He advances an ongoing conversation simply by deciding to participate in it.

    Mumbai-based Tasneem Pocketwala writes about culture, identity, gender, cities and books.

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    Morgan Academy pitcher Andrew Thomas named Times-Journal Baseball Player of the Year – The Selma Times-Journal

    Recently graduated former Morgan Academy star Andrew Thomas ended his high school playing career with back-to-back seasons as the Selma Times-Journal Player of the Year.

    In his senior season, Thomas went 6-1 on the mound for the Senators with 126 strikeouts and a 1.07 ERA. He earned a spot on the Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State Second Team crew.

    “It means a lot because it shows that all the work I’ve done since I was little is paying off, that I won it two years in a row and got a scholarship to go play at the next level. “, Thomas said.

    Thomas credited the rapport with his teammates as a reason the Senators enjoyed the successes they achieved.

    “We’ve always bonded really well,” he said. “We are all very tight. We always went out together, even when we weren’t at school. We went out on the weekends and stuff like that. We just got closer in the last two years.

    His final season at Morgan Academy ended with a semifinal loss at Glenwood, but he can always think back to his last appearance on the mound at home in the quarterfinals against Springwood, where his team swept the Wildcats.

    “It means a lot that we won the series to get us through to the next round,” Thomas said. “I was happy because I didn’t want to lose at home to end my high school career. I gave up a home run, but it didn’t really bother me. I liked it. I have always loved playing at home.

    Thomas said he recently disengaged from Lawson State Community College and will attend Shelton State Community College.

    “I worked and play on a team in Tuscaloosa with some of my other buddies who are also heading to Shelton State with me,” he said. “We played in some tournaments and played a few games. I spent time with friends before leaving.

    Morgan Academy head coach Stephen Clements said Thomas had done his best for the team from the time Clements placed him in a tournament match at Gulf Shores as a rookie.

    “Just watching him develop from there and become the player he is, he’s been one of the leaders and one of the heart and soul players on all of our teams ever since…” Clements said. “It just comes down to his work ethic, how he receives coaching and his way of practicing. He just holds himself to a different standard.

    Both athletics teams and 16 individuals win academic awards from USTFCCCCA

    NEW ORLEANS – The United States Athletic and Cross-Country Coaches Association announced July 13 its academic awards for teams and individuals. For Ithaca, both teams were honored as the men’s program posted a 3.255 GPA and the women’s team finished the 2021-22 academic year with a 3.394. Individually, six members of the men’s team and 10 of the women’s team earned the distinction.

    Below are the qualification criteria for individual and team recognition.

    Minimum CUMULATIVE cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a 4.0 scale during the most recent grading period. Institutions using a different GPA scale should convert the GPA to a 4.0 scale using the standard conversion method [GPA/Scale x 4.0]. The data must be certifiable by the institution’s registrar.

    Graduate students should consider all undergraduate and graduate courses.

    Meet one of the following sporting criteria:


    • Must have finished the indoor season among the top 50 individuals listed in descending order on TFRRS. In addition, all athletes who are not in the top 50, but who have participated in the Indoor or Outdoor National Championships, are eligible.
    • Must have competed as a member of one of the top 35 relay teams listed in descending order indoors on TFRRS. In addition, all athletes who are not part of the top 35 relay teams, but who competed in the relay at the Indoor or Outdoor National Championships, are eligible. Finally, any member of the relay team competing on a descending list expanded to include 35 establishments (1 relay team per establishment) is eligible.
    • Cumulative Team GPA (not 2021-22 academic year, not semester) of all student-athletes who have used an eligibility season must be at least 3.1 on a scale of 4, 0 in the most recent semester/quarter, calculated using the following method:
    • Total the cumulative number of semester or quarter-hour hours earned for all student-athletes who have used a qualifying season, including the most recent scoring period;
    • Total the cumulative number of grade points (GPA multiplied by the number of credit hours) earned by all student-athletes who have used a qualifying season, including the most recent ranking period;
    • Divide the cumulative number of quality points earned by the cumulative number of semesters or quarter-hours earned.
    • Institutions using a GPA scale other than 4.0 should then convert the GPA to a 4.0 scale using the standard conversion method [GPA/Scale x 4.0]. The data must be certifiable by the institution’s registrar.
    • Graduate students should consider all undergraduate and graduate courses.

    BIT will offer the UG BE course in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science from the current academic year


    New Delhi, July 15: Delhi Police have issued a notice suggesting blacksmiths on Kanwar yatra road should be moved as they ‘eat non-vegetarian food and leave bones behind’ due to lack of proper disposal system, say officials said.

    The advisory issued by the Delhi Police Special Branch to the District Police suggested that the blacksmiths either be ‘moved’ or the yatra routes, which takes place after a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Covid, are mapped in such a way. way that they don’t come in the way.

    It was advised that social media should be strictly monitored to check for any false posts which could lead to a public order situation, police said.

    A senior police officer said the blacksmiths lived by the roadsides and ate non-vegetarian food.

    Due to the lack of a proper disposal system, they leave the bones behind and the Kanwar Yatris, going on the holy pilgrimage, would have trouble with this, the officer said.

    Earlier, Delhi police said adequate security arrangements had been made ahead of the yatra, which started on July 14.

    Police said on Tuesday that the special traffic and safety arrangement would be in place from July 14 to July 26.

    Traffic from Kanwariyas is expected to increase after July 21, police said.

    There are particular routes that have been dedicated to the Kanwariyas. A total of 338 camps are set up for them. Motorists and road users should follow traffic rules and use their dedicated lanes, police had said.

    Delhi police last week opened a passenger registration system to make the yatra safe and easy.

    Yatra participants can register at kavad.delhipolice.gov.in through their mobile phones.

    In April, clashes erupted between two communities during a Hanuman Jayanti procession in the Jahangirpuri area of ​​northwest Delhi, leaving eight policemen and a local resident injured. Stone-throwing and arson were reported during the clashes and some vehicles were also set on fire.

    Paper packaging materials market to reach $553.1 billion by 2031: TMR study

    • Growing demand for sustainable packaging across multiple end-use industries to generate significant revenue in the paper packaging materials market; use in food and beverage packaging applications to direct abundant lucrative opportunities
    • Application of corrugated boxes in retail packaging to drive revenue growth; opportunities in Asia Pacific rise at a promising pace

    WILMINGTON, Del., July 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The use of paper packaging materials to package food products of various types has steadily increased, propelled by the inclination towards the adoption of environmentally friendly packaging solutions. . The abundant use of these in frozen foods, fast foods and fresh foods has greatly expanded the sources of income over the years. The size of paper packaging materials market was attached to US$359.5 billion in 2020. The market value is expected to reach US$553.1 billion in 2031.

    Stridingly, the continued shift towards using compostable and recyclable materials in product packaging in other industries, including dairy and bakery, pet food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals , has expanded lucrative avenues. Paper packaging manufacturers aim to meet the growing market demand for paper packaging materials.

    Advancements in the e-commerce industry and focus on reducing the environmental footprint of packaging have boosted the adoption of paper packaging solutions, notes a global paper materials market study. paper packaging. The massive demand for eco-friendly packaging for garments across the globe is providing vast opportunities for the players in the paper packaging materials market. It should be noted that the adoption of paper packaging for clothing is expected to grow over the next few years.

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    Key Findings from the Paper Packaging Materials Market Research

    • Increase in Beverage Packaging Demand to Generate Massive Revenue: In developing and developed regions, the demand for paper-based packaging is invigorated by the trend of sustainable packaging solutions. Increase in the adoption of eco-friendly packaging materials for beverages has boosted revenue streams for companies in the paper packaging materials market. Noteworthy BRICS countries have seen their customers increasingly prefer paper over plastics as well as metals to bolster their sustainability credentials, especially in the packaging of a myriad of personal care and food products.
    • Companies deriving revenue from demand for sustainable packaging materials across multiple end-use sectors: The massive use of paper in sustainable packaging products for multiple industries, including pharmaceutical, food and beverage, pet food and cosmetics, has propelled revenue generation for companies in packaging. Attractive product attributes such as lightweight, recyclability, and biodegradability have translated into revenue opportunities for companies in the paper packaging materials market. Among various applications, corrugated boxes held a leading market share in 2020. The outlook is fueled by the increase in the use of corrugated packaging boxes in retail packaging.
    • R&D focus on recent test methods: Companies in the paper packaging materials market rely on unveiling products that comply with the latest standard tests and methods to verify compostability and biodegradability. This helps them build customer confidence. The examples in question are ASTM D6868 and OECD 301B testing methods.

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    Paper Packaging Materials Market: Key Drivers

    • The dynamism of the paper packaging materials market stems from the need for versatile packaging materials that are also environmentally friendly in several respects. It should be noted that shipping cartons, corrugated boxes, cartons and folding boxes have demonstrated several benefits of durable and functional packaging for multiple industries.
    • Advances in e-commerce industries in emerging economies have driven businesses to find and exploit inexpensive and environmentally friendly packaging materials

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    Paper Packaging Materials Market: Regional Growth Dynamics

    • North America and Europe jointly held a share of more than 50% of the global paper packaging materials market in 2020. The high adoption of paper materials in a wide range of packaging solutions for end-use industries has propelled the growth of revenues from these regional markets.
    • The TMR study notes, however, that Asia Pacific has become the most attractive region in the paper packaging materials market. It held a large share in 2020 and is expected to grow at a rapid pace over the forecast period. Abundant demand for sustainable packaging solutions across various industries will drive the growth.

    Paper Packaging Materials Market: Key Players

    Some of the major players in the paper packaging materials market are Mayr-Melnhof Group, Smurfit Kappa Group Plc, Stora Enso Oyj, MeadWestvaco Corporation, Oji Holdings Corporation, Hood Packaging Corporation, International Paper Company, Holmen AB, DS Smith PLC and Georgia-Pacific Corporation.

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    Segmentation of the paper packaging materials market

    • Product
      • Liquid packaging cartons
      • Corrugated boxes
      • Cartons and folding boxes
      • Others (Bags, Bags, etc.)
    • Application
      • Beverages
      • fast food
      • fresh food
      • Dairy and bakery
      • Frozen food
      • Others (Pet Food, Cosmetics, Pharmaceuticals, etc.)

    Regions covered

    • North America
    • Europe
    • Asia Pacific
    • Middle East & Africa
    • Latin America


    • WE
    • Canada
    • Germany
    • France
    • UK
    • Italy
    • Russia & IEC
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • ASEAN
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • GCC countries
    • South Africa

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    Beloved Traditions, New Events for Johnson County Fair

    Rides, food, prizes and more. The Johnson County 4-H and Agricultural Fair returns with a busy schedule with many returning and new events for the whole family.

    During the fair week, temperatures will range from 80 to 90 degrees, with a chance of rain Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

    With COVID-19 cases low and local restrictions non-existent, the fair is as it was before the pandemic.

    This year’s fair kicks off early with the 2nd Annual Johnson County Fairground Truck and Tractor National Championship on Friday at 7 p.m., which is a two-day event that continues Saturday evening. There will be three different classes, pro-stock tractors, super agricultural tractors and two-wheel drive trucks.

    According to tradition, the parade of the fair at 1 p.m. The parade will begin at Franklin Community Middle School and proceed downtown from Banta Street to Walnut Street to Jefferson Street. The theme for this year’s parade and fair is “Measuring Tomorrow’s Success with Character Built Today”. The theme signifies the character growth that 4-H participants achieve through the work they put into their projects.

    Sunday night at 7 p.m., 10 young women will compete for the crown of Johnson County Fair Queen. The Queen and her court will be a staple of the fair, handing out winning ribbons, meeting residents and making appearances at various stalls throughout the week.

    Kids and families can learn about animals and farming, each morning when 4-Hers will compete in different grooming and show competitions for cows, horses, goats, sheep, pigs and more Again. Non-animal projects will also be on display throughout the week.

    Brian Young, chairman of the fair’s board, said he looks forward to seeing all residents enjoy the rides, booths and contests.

    “I don’t really have a favourite, I love the fair…1,200 kids have signed up for the 4-H program and many kids are coming back and I’ve noticed many kids who attended the fair there years have come back with their own family,” Young said.

    The setting up of the pre-fair is in progress, as is the preliminary evaluation of the projects. Young said appreciates all the different families who came to help set up the fair with the different rides and tents.

    For trips, several offers of trip bracelets are offered every day. Fan-favorite “Kiddies Day” wristbands are available on Tuesday and July 23, when kids get unlimited rides from 1-5 p.m.

    “Poor Jack Amusements has brought it all this year, they’re making sure to get it back to full capacity with rides on the grounds, giving the kids the chance to ride more,” Young said.

    There are a few new events that residents will have the chance to attend, such as micro-wrestling and laser tag.

    The Micro Wrestling Federation (MWF) is a WWE type event, the entire cast is under five feet tall. MWF is a Pigeon Forge, Tennessee organization that has performed shows from coast to coast according to the MWF website. The pro wrestling organization will perform Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Residents will be able to watch two singles matches, a mic brawl and the mic royal rumble.

    Laser tag will be Monday through Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., next to the shooting sports building.

    Returning events like the Little Miss and Mister Johnson County Pageant, Pet Parade, Straw Scramble, Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest, Celebrity Goat Milking and Baby Contest will draw to again crowds of competitors and viewers.

    For a detailed schedule and more information about the 2022 Johnson County 4-H and Agricultural Fair, visit johnsoncountyfairin.com.


    The Johnson County 4-H and Agriculture Fair kicks off this weekend in Franklin. Here’s a look at some of the highlights from this weekend:

    Johnson County Grand National Championship Truck and Tractor Pull

    When: 7 p.m. today and 7 p.m. Saturday

    Where: Johnson County Fairgrounds Grandstands, 100 Fairground St.

    Cost: $20 admission, free parking

    Johnson County Fair Parade

    When: 1 p.m. Saturday

    Where: The parade begins at Franklin Community Middle School and winds around downtown Franklin, ending at the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office at 1 Caisson Drive.

    truck show

    When: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

    Where: Grandstands

    No cost

    Animal Parade

    When: 2 p.m. Sunday

    Where: Indoor arena

    Registration: Children up to 10 years old can participate for free.

    Little Miss and Mr. Johnson County

    When: 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday

    Where: Indoor arena at the Johnson County Fairgrounds.

    No cost

    Flat/dirt slides

    When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday

    Where: Grandstands

    Cost: $10

    Fair Queen Pageant

    When: 7 p.m. Sunday

    Where: Indoor arena

    No cost

    RazorBug Diploma Tour Unveils Art Teacher Diploma at Fort Smith Home


    Alexandra Lemp, left, and Ed Bengtson pause for a photo July 1 outside Lemp’s home after Bengtson presented her with a framed diploma during the RazorBug diploma tour. Lemp studied online for a master’s degree in educational leadership from the U of A. The tour celebrated the successes of students who studied in online degree programs.

    Alexandra Lemp teaches art at Ozark High School and wants to one day bring the perspective of an arts educator to school administration. She chose an online master’s degree from the U of A so she can continue teaching at Ozark while earning the degree that can move her into the direction of education.

    “Most of my students won’t be working in the arts as a career,” Lemp said. “But the arts teach you critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills, both visual and verbal.”

    On July 1, U of A faculty and staff traveled to the River Valley to continue the RazorBug Graduation Tour started in June to celebrate the success of U of A students who have studied in online degree programs. Ed Bengtson, head of the curriculum and instruction department, traveled from Fayetteville to present Lemp’s framed diploma at a ceremony in the front yard of his Fort Smith home. He was the first person she spoke to – over the phone – when she signed up for the program two years ago.

    “I’m excited,” Lemp said. “It’s really cool. It’s a bit more definitive. My teachers were fantastic, especially Christy Smith (assistant professor). They were encouraging and accommodating.”

    Her mother and one of her sisters watched the presentation, and her black cat, Kefi, peeked out of the house’s bay window.

    “My family has definitely been a huge support,” Lemp said. “I had a few tantrums, times when they brought me dinner, times when I was late to family events, usually because I had fallen asleep. Education is my passion, and it It was difficult, but I liked it, and I think it’s very important.”

    Lemp was in the first class to graduate from the new U of A School of Art, and she wanted to continue her studies at the U of A. She first enrolled in the M.A. teaching arts in social studies, but decided the master’s degree in educational leadership would serve her better in the long run. She was already certified to teach history.

    Lemp told Bengtson after the presentation that she has more of a mindset for the future now, where she would like to see her school district go and the direction of public education as a whole. One of her favorite parts of the online master’s program was having what she described as high-level discussions about these broader perspectives.

    “I definitely became more aware of the administrator’s point of view,” she said. “I look at the organization as a whole, not just my class, and how my teaching influences the school culture as a whole.”

    More than 440 students who studied in online degree programs applied to graduate from the U of A in May.

    U of A faculty and staff traveled to southern Arkansas and the River Valley for two weeks on the RazorBug Diploma Tour to present diplomas to some of the recent graduates who have earned degrees in online programs. The RazorBug is a converted red Volkswagen Beetle that sports a Razorback muzzle, tail, and sharp spine. It has been used for recruitment and special events since 2005.

    The RazorBug Diploma Tour was hosted by U of A’s Global Campus. Global Campus works with university colleges to offer more than 75 online degree, certificate, micro-certificate, and bachelor’s degree programs. For more information about U of A ONLINE, please visit online.uark.edu.

    STAAR Results Show Year-over-Year Improvement Among Humble ISD Students


    Humble ISD students scored at or above the state average in most subjects in the spring administration of the State of Texas Academic Readiness Assessments, according to results published on July 1.

    The district saw five areas in which students performed below state averages, including fourth-, fifth-, and seventh-grade math; fifth grade science; and eighth-grade reading, according to data provided by the Texas Education Agency.

    HISD communications director Jamie Mount noted that grade seven math scores were lower this year because many students took exams covering eighth grade material.

    “Many Humble ISD seventh graders took the eighth grade math STAAR because their seventh grade class covers eighth grade material, so fewer strong math students are reflected in seventh grade math scores “Mount said in a statement. “This is the first year that our seventh graders covering eighth grade material have taken the eighth grade STAAR instead of the seventh grade STAAR.”

    Students in grades three through five demonstrated academic growth over the past year in most cases. Average pass rates were higher than or the same as 2021 in all subjects except fifth-grade science, seventh-grade math and eighth-grade social studies, according to TEA data.

    “I am incredibly proud of the work of all of our teachers,” HISD Superintendent Elizabeth Fagen said in a statement. “These have been very difficult years, and despite the loss of COVID that everyone has suffered, the results speak for themselves in our district.”

    Fagen pointed to several initiatives implemented by the district that have contributed to student success, including a literacy assessment program and double-staffed classrooms in elementary schools.

    “In a Humble ISD dual-staff classroom with some of our most impacted learners, all students in the class are learning to be bilingual in English and Spanish, and nearly 90% of those students passed the STAAR this year,” Fagen said. . “In another example, in an innovative double-staffed classroom to accommodate 20 students, students increased an average of four reading levels over the past year.”

    Fagen noted that the student-teacher ratio in these dual-staff classrooms is about 1 in 10, which she says eliminates the need for substitute teachers, reduces the isolation teachers of at-risk students can sometimes resent and creates a team environment focused solely on the needs of at-risk students.

    “It looks like these are really starting to produce the results we were hoping for,” Fagen said. “Now that we have results that clearly show the positive impact for so many people using this model, we are in the process of replicating it in mathematics.”

    In a July 1 press release from the TEA, officials acknowledged that scores have improved statewide from 2021 to 22, especially in reading. Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath said the results point to a brighter future, but students are still performing below pre-COVID-19 levels in math.

    “The investments the state is making in reading academies and accelerated education are clearly paying dividends for our students, and the results are a testament to the hard work of our state’s teachers,” Morath said. “While we still have a lot of work to do to recover from COVID[-19]-Mathematics-related learning loss, the improvements our students have made in reading are clear.”

    State legislation passed in 2021 targeted learning gaps formed during the pandemic, and additional legislation is expected to be implemented ahead of STAAR in 2023.

    One of these changes will be the implementation of House Bill 3906, requiring an overhaul of STAAR to better align with classroom instruction. The test will also move to full online administration next year. Students in grades three through eight will take writing assessments as part of the reading test in the spring of 2023. According to the TEA, the changes are intended to improve student engagement and reduce “teaching until test”.

    Click here for more STAAR and end of course exam results.

    TOSSD Data for 2020: An Overview of Key Data Trends in Support of Sustainable Development


    Data on total official support for sustainable development (TSDD) takes a recipient perspective, unlike data on official development assistance (ODA), which takes a donor perspective. The TOSSD measure captures flows of development resources that are not included in donor reports to the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and aims to link resource flows to development goals sustainability (SDG). For 2020, 98 donors reported data to TOSSD, an increase of six donors from 2019. Reported net disbursements totaled $291 billion, including $62 billion reported to TOSSD alone. The top five sectors in the TOSSD reports, accounting for 65% of net disbursements, were energy, donor administrative costs, refugee costs in donor countries, health, and government and civil society.

    For disbursements linked to one or more SDGs, 61% went to the Health, Poverty Eradication, Climate Change, Support for Decent Work and Sustainable Economic Growth, End Hunger and Partnerships SDGs. The gender equality SDG received only 4.5% of total net disbursements. The TOSSD data provided a base of activity-level detail to enable further research into SDG allocations. The picture provided by the TOSSD data could be more complete if other donors reported to the TOSSD and if all donors reported on links to the SDGs.

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    Local student receives national honor | Journal of the Herald of Monticello

    ATLANTA, GA — The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) announced that student Alexis Hettinger of Idaville has been selected to become a member of the esteemed organization. The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship, and community engagement. The announcement was made by NSHSS co-founder and chairman James W. Lewis.

    “On behalf of NSHSS and our co-founder Claes Nobel, a member of the family that created the Nobel Prizes, I am honored to recognize the hard work, passion and commitment Alexis has shown to reach this exceptional level. of academic excellence,” Lewis said. “Alexis is now a member of a unique community of scholars – a community that represents our best hope for the future.”

    “We are proud to offer lifetime membership to young scholars to support their growth and development,” Lewis said. “We help students like Alexis build on their academic success by connecting them to learning experiences and resources to help prepare them for college and meaningful careers.”

    NSHSS members automatically become Life Members upon initial membership. At every stage of the journey – from high school to college to career – the NSHSS connects outstanding young scholars with the resources they need to develop their strengths and pursue their passions.

    Group of American veterans donate to Harvard Undergraduate Veterans Organization

    The donation will support the academic success of student veterans; Gift made possible by from Harvard University decision to appoint AVG as co-manager on the recent bond issue

    MELVILLE, NY, July 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — American Veterans Group (AVG), an impact investment bank and Wall Street’s first and only public benefit corporation, has donated to the Harvard Undergraduate Veteran Organization (HUVO). HUVO will use AVG’s donation to support the academic success of military veterans studying as veteran undergraduate students at Harvard College.

    The donation to HUVO is the result of from Harvard University decision to appoint AVG as co-manager on its recent $500 millionpresident and fellows Harvard College taxable bond issue.

    AVG is a rapidly growing investment bank that dedicates 25% of its revenue to supporting veterans’ causes. The company directs its philanthropic giving to the communities where it and its customers do business.

    “At AVG, we prioritize supporting veterans who choose to further their education by studying at colleges and universities after their military service,” said Ben Biles, co-founder and CEO of American Veterans Group. “One of the ways we have pursued this mission is to direct our investment banking expertise to support bond transactions initiated by higher education institutions. from Harvard decision to engage our services is testament to the success we have had in developing expertise in managing senior bond issuances. The related support for HUVO furthers the noble mission of the student organization and aligns perfectly with our commitment to deliver broader social impact for clients such as Harvard University.”

    HUVO guides military veterans through the application process Harvardpromotes their academic success during their years on campus and prepares them for the next steps in their professional or academic careers.

    “AVG’s generosity will go a long way in helping veteran students thrive at Harvard,” said Hudson Miller, president of the Harvard Undergraduate Veterans Organization. “We truly appreciate AVG’s support and admire their commitment as a public benefit corporation to improving the lives of veterans and their families nationwide through their philanthropy.”

    About the American Veterans Group

    American Veterans Group, PBC, is a military veteran-owned, social impact-focused broker-dealer that delivers value to institutional clients while providing meaningful philanthropic support to the military veteran community. The company reinvests 25% of its revenue into national and local nonprofit veterans organizations that provide dignified service and support to one of the most vulnerable and at-risk populations in the United States. As Wall Street’s only public benefit corporation, American Veterans Group connects its institutional clients with its social mission while allowing them to stay focused on key business objectives. To learn more about American Veterans Group, visit their website at www.americanvetsgroup.com.

    About the Harvard Undergraduate Veterans Organization

    Since its inception in 2018, HUVO has grown from eight to 49 members. Every veteran undergraduate student who is accepted into Harvard is referred to HUVO. HUVO provides veterans with access to information about campus events and resources; networking opportunities with other veteran and non-veteran students; transportation to medical appointments and VA; and assistance for veterans who depend on public transportation to get to campus. HUVO fosters a community of service through its annual Veterans Day Challenge fundraiser, which benefits nonprofit organizations around the Boston region that support local veterans. HUVO also organizes mentorships for Harvard ROTC students, pairing them with veteran students to share their military experiences with future military leaders.

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    Lois Agnew, Acting Dean of A&S: “It was a gift to join this community”


    Lois Agnew

    A special theme unites the nearly 6,000 students and approximately 300 faculty members who call the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) home: the drive to use the knowledge and skills they have honed to help make the healthier, more hopeful and more humane world. Whether they’re in a lab developing better therapies for people with diabetes or creating literature that delights millions, members of the A&S community address issues around social justice, climate change, medicine, health and more.

    As former chair of the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Composition (WRC), Lois Agnew, Acting Dean of A&S, notes that a strong liberal arts education prepares students for academic expertise and flexible skills that will serve them throughout their careers. “I’ve seen how excited students are to discover how the perspectives, research methods, and skills they learn in liberal arts courses can shape their professional goals and inform their responses to a wide range of issues that interest them,” she said. said.

    Agnew serves as Acting Dean after serving as the A&S Associate Dean for Curriculum, Innovation, and Pedagogy since 2017. She has helped lead key initiatives to improve and strengthen the student experience at the Syracuse University, including being part of a team currently updating liberal arts core. Agnew also helped provide support for an interdisciplinary team-teaching program, coordinated the development of the Health Humanities and Digital Humanities Integrated Learning majors, and hosted the annual Undergraduate Research Festival. from college.

    A faculty member since 2004, Agnew has held several administrative positions at the University, including acting chair of African American studies (2021-22), chair of the WRC (2012-17), and director of undergraduate studies. for the writing program (2007-12). Among Agnew’s academic honors and awards received at Syracuse include the 2015 William Wasserstrom Award for Higher Education, recognizing outstanding teaching and mentoring of graduate students; the 2011 Award of Excellence in Recognition of Higher Education Faculty; and the 2007 Meredith Teaching Recognition Award.

    We recently spoke with Agnew to learn more about her research interests, her passion for the liberal arts, and why she loves the Syracuse community.

    book cover

    Agnew’s book, “Thomas De Quincey: British Rhetoric’s Romantic Turn” (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012), explores the contributions of British literary figure Thomas De Quincey to the history of rhetoric.

    As the author of two books on rhetoric and one in progress, what sparked your scholarly interest in this area?

    My introduction to the study of rhetoric at the doctoral school was accompanied by the mission of giving introductory courses in writing. I was quickly captivated by the story of a discipline that has had such a long and significant presence in Western education. The teaching helped me appreciate the continued relevance of the historical emphasis on providing students with the key to the powerful role of language in promoting change. At the same time, my students made me realize the importance of revising historical assumptions about power, language, and authority to support the goals of inclusion and expanded access.

    What aspects of the rhetoric do you find most intriguing?

    I’m fascinated by how people strategically use language and symbols to create change. My research explores how language has historically shaped people’s assumptions about the world around them and how emerging views about the function of rhetoric have informed politics, education, and social structures. I enjoy exploring the power of language with my students and strive to help them develop strategies for sharing their ideas effectively and ethically with diverse audiences.

    Thinking back to your beginnings at Syracuse in 2004, how has higher education changed over the past two decades?

    Students have a current need to understand the importance of what they are learning. For those of us who were schooled in the age of “knowledge for itself”, this question may at first seem surprising, but it is healthy that students urge us to account for the relevance of this that we teach and study. These issues stem in part from material concerns, including the cost of education, and we should take these concerns seriously. But they are also tied to students’ instant access to abundant knowledge and their ability to encounter diverse perspectives that flow in global contexts. Their keen awareness of pressing issues naturally heightens their interest in ensuring they can apply their fields of study to make a difference in the world around them.

    How can higher education institutions adapt to the changing landscape?

    I believe that a liberal arts education is the best possible foundation for preparing students to solve critical problems, engage in conversations vital to their future, and pursue careers that allow them to achieve their goals.

    At its best, a liberal arts education cultivates a critical disposition that includes thoughtful inquiry, careful weighing of evidence, respect for other viewpoints, openness to change based on new information, and the assumption that pursuit of justice must be elevated above oneself. interest. This provision is desperately needed in a world marked by critical medical and scientific issues, entrenched political divisions, social unrest and unwillingness to engage with those with whom one disagrees.

    What is essential to maintaining a contemporary liberal arts experience for students?

    College students today have access to immediate and abundant information. This foundation contributes to students’ work in the liberal arts because it provides them with expanded opportunities for inquiry, knowledge sharing, and encounter with diverse perspectives. At the same time, our liberal arts classes should help them assess the reliability of information bombarding them, explore alternative possibilities they might not have considered, conduct research to test their hypotheses, discover how their ideas address specific issues and learn how they can share information that makes a meaningful contribution to important conversations.

    Can you describe the motivation behind liberal arts core update and how is this process?

    The world and the academy have changed since the Liberal Arts Core was last overhauled more than two decades ago. The revised core will help students apply their knowledge in ways that support their personal, professional, and civic goals. The new core will engage students in interdisciplinary inquiry that promotes intellectual agility and the discovery of new approaches to complex problems.

    What do you consider to be unique strengths of A&S?

    I have always firmly believed that research and teaching are intrinsically linked, and I was delighted to see so much evidence of the vitality of this connection during my years at Syracuse. I am in awe of the groundbreaking research taking place at the College in the sciences and humanities disciplines, and equally remarkable is the strong commitment of our highly respected and award-winning scholars to undergraduate and graduate education.

    What is one of your main goals for next year?

    My primary goal is to help faculty, students, and staff develop and refine our many strengths as we prepare for the next Dean’s vision for the College.

    What do you enjoy most about being part of the Syracuse University community?

    The people. When I arrived at Syracuse, I felt it was a gift to join a community of strong, committed, and generous faculty and staff colleagues and to work with such talented and dedicated graduate and undergraduate students. I always feel like that.

    Actual Clinical Outcomes in Asthma Patients Leaving Omali

    Ireland has the fourth highest prevalence of asthma in the world, with over 470,000 people having been diagnosed with asthma.1 In general, asthma symptoms can be controlled with inhaled corticosteroids, with the addition of a long-acting β.2-agonist as indicated, alongside other agents, including long-acting anti-muscarinic agents and anti-leukotrienes.2

    The 2021 GINA guidelines indicate that many cases of difficult-to-treat asthma are partly secondary to modifiable factors such as poor inhaler technique. An important distinction is that in severe refractory asthma, a difficult-to-treat subset of asthma, despite adherence to maximized optimal therapies and treatment of contributing factors, the asthma remains uncontrolled.3 In this subset of patients, symptoms remain inadequately controlled despite conventional therapy and maximal compliance, with 3-10% considered to have severe refractory disease.4

    A number of biological agents targeting components of type 2 inflammation have transformed the management of severe refractory asthma.5 Omalizumab, the first such agent to be approved for use in severe allergic asthma, is a humanized anti-immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibody.2 In Ireland, omalizumab is not reimbursed by national bodies but paid directly from individual hospital budgets, potentially limiting access for patients.

    Anti-interleukin-5 (IL-5) therapies were first approved in Ireland in 2018 and there are currently three agents available to treat adults with severe eosinophilic asthma that is insufficiently controlled despite maximal conventional therapy. Mepolizumab and reslizumab target IL-5,4 while benralizumab is an anti-eosinophil monoclonal antibody that binds to the alpha subunit of the IL-5 receptor.6

    The Irish guidelines state that patients may be eligible for anti-IL-5 therapy if they have a confirmed diagnosis of severe refractory eosinophilic asthma by a pulmonologist, if they have completed maintenance treatment fully, if the number blood eosinophil count is elevated and they have had two or more exacerbations in the previous 12 months requiring systemic corticosteroids.7.8

    We performed a retrospective, observational, single-center review of clinical outcomes in patients switched from omalizumab to anti-IL-5 therapy at a regional asthma center at University Hospital, Cork, Ireland. This study has been approved by the Clinical Research Ethics Committee, University College Cork. Informed consent was obtained from each of the patients included. The study was in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki. Clinical outcomes in severe eosinophilic asthmatics who remained suboptimal despite omalizumab and were therefore switched to anti-IL-5 therapy were assessed. Suboptimal control was defined as inadequate control of a patient’s asthma and/or multiple exacerbations despite omalizumab.

    All patients ≥18 years old who changed treatment in our center from 2018 to 2020 were included. Parameters assessed included Asthma Control Questionnaire (ACQ) score, annual community and hospital exacerbation rates, eosinophil count, oral corticosteroid (OCS) maintenance dose and FEV1.1. The results were analyzed at four time points: before the start of omalizumab, one year of omalizumab establishment, start of anti-IL-5 treatment and one year after the start of anti-IL-5 treatment.

    Anonymized data were analyzed using SPSS 28.0.1. Continuous variables were expressed as medians and interquartile ranges (IQR). Categorical variables are expressed in number of events and in frequency. Differences between outcomes before omalizumab and one year after starting omalizumab were examined. Differences between pre-switch to anti-IL-5 therapy (established on omalizumab) and one year after anti-IL-5 therapy were examined. These groups were compared using the Wilcoxon signed rank test. A p-value

    Ten patients met the inclusion criteria and all patients changed treatment between September 2018 and September 2020. All changes took place after regular review at the asthma clinic. Patients were well established on omalizumab before switching biologics. Six patients switched to benralizumab and four to mepolizumab.

    Table 1 Comparison of results before Omalizumab and one year after starting Omalizumab, and established on Omalizumab before switching to anti-IL-5 therapy and one year after starting anti-IL-5 therapy

    There were significant reductions in the in-hospital exacerbation rate and the community exacerbation rate when comparing before omalizumab to one year after starting omalizumab (median 1.5 vs 0, p=0.056, and 10 against 5, p=0.043, respectively). There was a non-significant reduction in the ACQ score (median 3.4 vs 3.0, p=0.465).

    There were significant reductions in community exacerbation rate (median 6 vs 0, p=0.005) and the number of serum eosinophils (median 0.7×109/L versus 0×109/L, p=0.007), and a significant improvement in FEV11 (median 62% versus 76%, p=0.046) from baseline to one year after the start of anti-IL-5 treatment. There were non-significant reductions in median OCS dose and median ACQ score (7.5 mg versus 2.5 mg, p=0.276, and 3.0 versus 1.9, p= 0.352, respectively) from baseline at the start of anti-IL-5 treatment to one year after the start of anti-IL-5 treatment (Table 1). Comparing all four time points, significant reductions in community exacerbation rate and serum eosinophil counts were observed (p=0.004 and p=0.003, respectively).

    We have observed that an alternative biologic agent may be beneficial in patients who are not fully controlled on omalizumab. Despite a small sample size, our results are consistent with the existing literature4–6.9 in which clinically meaningful reductions were noted in exacerbation rate and other relevant parameters. Our data represent real-world experience in a specialist center in a country with a high prevalence of asthma. We believe that a multicenter study with a larger sample would be likely to support our results.

    This study did not directly assess the economic impacts of switching from omalizumab to anti-IL-5 treatment in this cohort. Prices for both agents are similar in Ireland. Furthermore, an increase in the price of drugs has already been considered to be often offset by savings in the costs associated with multiple exacerbations.ten

    In conclusion, a number of agents are available for the management of type 2 inflammation in severe refractory asthma. Despite the small number of patients included in this study, the results are consistent with the existing literature.2 Our results suggest that further improvements in clinical outcomes can be achieved by switching to an anti-IL-5 agent in severe eosinophilic asthmatics who, although improved from baseline, remain suboptimally controlled with IL-5. omalizumab.


    We thank Professor Elizabeth Juniper for permission to use ACQ.

    Author’s contributions

    All authors made significant contributions to the work reported, whether in conception, study design, execution, data acquisition, analysis and interpretation, or all of these areas; participated in writing, editing or critically reviewing the article; gave final approval to the version to be published; have agreed on the journal to which the article has been submitted; and agree to be responsible for all aspects of the job.


    Professor Barry Plant reports speaker/consultant fees from AstraZeneca, Vertex, Chiesi and Viatris, and research grants from Gilead, outside of submitted work. Desmond M Murphy has received speaker fees and advisory board fees from Astra Zeneca, GSK, Teva and Novartis. He traveled to ERS as a guest of Astra Zeneca. The authors have no other conflicts of interest to declare in this work.


    1. Asthma Update – What’s in store for 2021? – hospital professional news. Available from: https://hospitalprofessionalnews.ie/2021/01/15/asthma-update-whats-in-store-for-2021/. Accessed September 122021.

    2. Bagnasco D, Menzella F, Caminati M, et al. Efficacy of mepolizumab in patients who have already failed omalizumab treatment: real-life observation. Allergy. 2019;74(12):2539–2541. doi:10.1111/ALL.13937

    3. Reddel HK, Bacharier LB, Bateman ED, et al. Global Initiative for Asthma Strategy 2021: executive summary and rationale for key changes. Eur Respir J. 2021;59(1):2102730. doi:10.1183/13993003.02730-2021

    4. Carpagnano GE, Pelaia C, D’Amato M, et al. Switching from omalizumab to mepolizumab: experience in southern Italy. Ther Adv Respir Dis. 2020;14:175346662092923. doi:10.1177/1753466620929231

    5. Numata T, Araya J, Miyagawa H, et al. Efficacy of biologic switching for severe asthmatic patients in Japan: a single-center retrospective study. J Allergy to asthma. 2021; Volume 14: 609–618. doi:10.2147/JAA.S311975

    6. Minami D, Kayatani H, Sato K, Fujiwara K, Shibayama T. Efficacy of benralizumab for predominantly allergic and eosinophilic asthma following negative initial results with omalizumab. Respirol Case Rep. 2018;7(1). doi:10.1002/RCR2.388

    7. Mepolizumab (Nucala®) Protocol for the treatment of severe refractory eosinophilic asthma. National Clinical Program of Respiratory Medicine; 2020. Available from: https://www.hse.ie/eng/about/who/acute-hospitals-division/drugs-management-programme/protocols/mepolizumab-for-severe-refractory-eosinophilic-asthma.pdf. Accessed March ten2022.

    8. Benralizumab (Fasenra®) Protocol for the treatment of severe refractory eosinophilic asthma. National Clinical Program of Respiratory Medicine; 2020. Available from: https://www.hse.ie/eng/about/who/acute-hospitals-division/drugs-management-programme/protocols/benralizumab-for-severe-refractory-eosinophilic-asthma.pdf. Accessed April ten2022.

    9. Galkin D, Liu MC, Chipps BE, et al. Efficacy and safety of mepolizumab in uncontrolled patients with severe eosinophilic asthma following a switch from omalizumab (OSMO study): exacerbation and safety outcomes. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2018;141(2):AB409. doi:10.1016/J.JACI.2017.12.965

    10. Carpagnano GE, Resta E, Povero M, et al. Clinical and economic consequences of switching from omalizumab to mepolizumab in severe uncontrolled eosinophilic asthma. Scientific representative. 2021;11(1):5453. doi:10.1038/s41598-021-84895-2

    The Islamic Peace Studies Initiative


    Juan Cole (ed.), Movements for Peace in Islam: History, Religion and Politics [Click here] (IB Tauris, 2021).

    From the University of Michigan Initiative in Islamic Peace Studies website:

    Funded by the International Institute Enterprise Fund, Islamic Peace Studies Initiative promotes academic research on the subject, as well as the professionalization and recognition of the subfield.

    Peace studies as an academic field has become well established in academia. More than 150 colleges and universities offer courses in the field of peace studies, broadly conceived as everything from political philosophy to security studies to practical conflict resolution. The religious dimension of peace studies has taken on great importance, with 46% of the programs being taught in schools linked to the church. While Christian peace studies is a large subfield, the scholarly literature on peace as it relates to Islam is much smaller.

    Our initiative aims to recognize scholars and activists who have already made key contributions in this field and to encourage others to tackle it. We also seek to collect lesson plans, bibliographies, directories of relevant academic programs and other useful information on this site. We will organize conferences and promote publications in this area. The Muslim tradition has been an important part of world history since late antiquity and is diverse and broad, spanning the globe. Today, Muslims make up about one-fifth of humanity. Perhaps because of struggles like the Crusades, Western writings on Islam have focused disproportionately on war and violence. The dimension of peace in this world religion also deserves to be explored.

    Annual Conference of the Islamic Peace Studies Initiative

    Second Annual Conference: The Abode of Peace: Spirituality and Harmony in Islam
    March 21-23, 2019, University of Michigan and Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church
    This lecture explores the spiritual dimension of peace in Islam. Negative peace has been defined as the absence of violent conflict and relates to security arrangements. Positive peace has been defined as actions, policies and attitudes that promote peace. Our concern here is positive peace and its inner manifestations, in affect, attitude and personal behavior. Sufism has been a major site of these peace-related themes, but they also appear in other areas of Islamic practice. Conference details »

    Inaugural lecture: Peace in Islam; Islam and peace
    March 16-18, 2017, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Dearborn
    This inaugural academic lecture will explore themes of peace in the Islamic tradition, considering topics such as scripture and theology, the role of Muslim women, peaceful social movements, and the centrality of conflict resolution in the tradition. The conference is an offshoot of the CMENAS initiative on Islamic peace studies. Conference details »

    Research Data Management Practice in Academic Libraries


    The article linked below was recently published by the Journal of Librarianship and
    Scholarly communication.


    Research Data Management Practice in Academic Libraries


    Zhihong Xu
    Texas A&M University Academic Libraries


    Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 10(1)

    DOI: 10.31274/jlsc.13700


    Objective: This scoping review examines research data management (RDM) best practices and empirical studies in academic libraries between 2010 and 2021.

    Method: The present study developed systematic database searches to locate potential articles for inclusion and designed a detailed and systematic coding scheme to examine background characteristics of RDM and characteristics of RDM practice, considering emphasizing the teaching of RDM.

    Results and discussion: The results of this study demonstrated that there is a strong demand for RDM training after 2011. In addition, research on RDM training has spread to North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and elsewhere. The results also proved that training in GDR is essential for both STEM and non-STEM subjects, but simultaneously indicated that non-STEM subjects such as social sciences in particular lack training in GDR. Findings from the current literature also revealed that a large number of RDM training programs focused on introducing RDM or an overview of RDM, without an in-depth, discipline-focused curriculum for researchers. In all areas. Additionally, this review identified a lack of quantitative research, particularly statistical analysis, on the effect of RDM interventions.

    Conclusion: This study contributes to our overall understanding of some essential elements associated with RDM training, with the main finding that future practitioners in the field of RDM would benefit from closer collaboration with faculty or researchers to develop curricula. more disciplinary studies for RDM and more focused on applications. approaches to teaching RDM.

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    Gary Price ([email protected]) is a librarian, writer, consultant and frequent speaker based in the Washington DC metro area. Prior to starting INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and editors of ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006 to 2009, he was director of online news services at Ask.com and is currently an editor at Search Engine Land.

    One Name, Two Writers: The Story of Michael Field

    Their real names were Katherine Harris Bradley (1846-1914) and Edith Emma Cooper (1862-1913). Michael Field was their common pseudonym, and history can thank fellow poet Robert Browning for bringing them out. News of their secret leaked out after they confided in him. People who can speak well, it seems, cannot always be trusted to keep quiet.

    The two English authors began by using Arran Leigh (Bradley) and Isla Leigh (Cooper) to publish Bellerophon, their first full stage play, but moved on to Michael Field when they realized fame and success were not on the way under these female aliases. Victorian female writers frequently used male pen names to conceal their true identities. A male character protected them from the often ruthless backlash that often accompanied any woman’s attempt to venture into the male-dominated world of literature; it was just easier to impersonate a man and infiltrate it in disguise. That’s exactly what sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte did, taking on the male pseudonyms Currer, Ellis and Action Bell when they first published their poems and novels. Bradley and Cooper’s decision to share a pseudonym was a symbolic representation of the level of their closeness. They settled together in London, worked together and thought with one mind. They even kept a common diary, in which they recorded their thoughts and daily activities. It was only natural for them to use only one sneaky alias for their production. It was like the sealing of a pact.

    Here’s where “Michael Field” can lose some potential new readers. Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper were aunt and niece by blood. They were also a couple and deeply in love with each other; the nature of the affection in their love letters is undeniable. One could consider that they lived at a time when opportunities to meet other women of similar orientation and to express their sexuality were rare. The only other lesbian writer they knew and were influenced by was the long-dead Greek poet Sappho of Lesbos. In fact, they co-wrote a tribute to Sappho, which became one of many collections that cemented their reputation. Title A long time ago, this collection of verses, saturated with Greek romanticism and feminine eroticism, was boldly published in 1889. Francis O’Gorman asserts that “The volume proclaimed the diversity of his [Sappho’s] sexuality; he hailed self-related verses; and he insisted on the authenticity of his creative force in the ages beyond his death. Able to relate to Sappho both sexually and intellectually, Bradley and Cooper were proficient in songwriting, with exceptional success, from Sappho’s perspective. They understood it, and their awareness and solidarity as Sapphic women was transferable to their art.

    And to be even more sympathetic to their personal lives, Bradley and Cooper were unbothered and murderous, like their French counterparts, the Papin sisters, and they never made a public show of their unorthodox bond. They lived fairly quietly and privately, maintaining a close circle of literary friends and a disciplined routine to pursue their interests. In this sense, they were closer to the spirit than to the famous Ladies of Llangollen, a wealthy and notoriously reclusive lesbian couple based in Wales in the 18th and 19th centuries. Victorian scholar Carolyn Tate’s study of Bradley and Cooper, with its emphatic title “Lesbian Incest as Queer Kinshipmakes a fair attempt to deconstruct the psychology behind this mixed-race romantic alliance and possibly co-dependency. It was, she argues, a product of its time and circumstances. Bradley became Edith Cooper’s tutor after Cooper’s mother – Bradley’s older sister Emma – became indisposed from a physical illness after childbirth and could no longer perform her household duties.

    According to Tate, by taking on the typical role of single aunt as surrogate housekeeper, Bradley was almost expected to create sexual tension in his sister’s repressed Victorian home, somehow. other. In this particular case, rather than getting the attention of her sister’s husband, she instead grew attached to her sister’s daughter. Bradley preferred the company of women, and Edith, whom she watched grow into a beautiful woman and talented writer, was the obvious choice. It was peculiar but had to happen. As Tate writes, “Family affection was indeed cult-like during the Victorian era, but it was not naturalized to the point of complete acceptance. On the contrary, erotic tensions within the household were fueled by the bourgeois cult of the family, and they simultaneously and paradoxically threatened the rhetoric of respectability that helped maintain middle-class hegemony.

    No one can deny that as a writing duo, Bradley and Cooper were a productive team, writing and publishing no less than forty works of verse poetry and drama. Readers who fear the incest between this controversial aunt-niece pair can at least appreciate the magnitude of their literary achievements, which was no reprehensible feat in the late Victorian and Edwardian era and admire – even at reluctantly –the bravery with which they tackled the taboo subject of romance and sexuality between women. They may not be the best portrayal of lesbianism in literature by the most conservative modern standards, but it’s safe to say that their work paved the way for other women to write freely about their different forms of love. for each other.

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    FINAL CALL: Nomination period for FGCU Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2022 open through July

    FORT MYERS, Florida. – The nomination period for the FGCU Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2022 is now open until July 31. Public nominations for deserving candidates can be made at this time, with these nominations then being reviewed and selections made in August and October.

    Fans can submit their nomination HERE and can view the nomination criteria HERE.

    The FGCU Athletics Department announced the establishment of the Hall of Fame as it celebrated its 20e anniversary. The inaugural class was inducted in the 2021-22 academic year after being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The class of 2021 consisted of the historic 2013 Dunk City men’s basketball team, philanthropist Ben Hill Griffin III, philanthropist Duane Swanson, Sr., former FGCU President Dr. William “Bill Merwin, of Major League Baseball World Series champion Chris Sale, and Olympian Brooke Youngquist Sweat.

    Each year, qualified applicants will be considered based on several key criteria, including their national recognition (with the addition of a post-FGCU career), their impact on the University, and their athletic achievements at FGCU.

    Despite its relative youth, the Athletics Department has excelled at the national level during its existence and the individuals and teams awarded this high honor reflect the commitment and drive to make the FGCU a success.

    An individual applicant must be a student at FGCU for at least two years or a graduate. Individual former student-athletes will initially be eligible 10 years after their last athletic participation in the FGCU or the conclusion of their eligibility – whichever is later. Teams cannot be selected until 20 years after the end of a season.

    In addition, members of the coaching or administrative staff may be immediately considered for recognition upon retirement or resignation from their academic position after having been employed for a period of at least five (5) years. Active coaches or administrative staff may be immediately eligible for appointment after 20 years of employment.

    Each class of the FGCU Athletics Hall of Fame will be limited to five inductees per year and no more than one team per year.

    For complete coverage of FGCU athletics, follow the Eagles on Twitter (@FGCUEagles), Instagram (@FGCUAthletics) and Facebook (@FGCUAthletics) and online at www.FGCUAthletics.com. You can also sign up to receive news about FGCU athletics and all 15 sports programs straight to your inbox by visiting www.fgcuathletics.com/email.

    IT TAKES A TEAM to achieve our new goal – a $10 million campaign to address the needs of student-athletes for continued academic success, life skills, mental health, nutrition, strength and conditioning, as well as the department’s needs for facility expansion and improvements as well as mentorship and leadership training for coaches and staff. The name embodies our mission and the goal of the EAGLE – Eagle Athletics Generating Lifetime Excellence campaign. Join our team and commit your donation today to help the Eagles of tomorrow!

    FGCU Athletics sponsors events in November and April to benefit the FGCU Campus Food Pantry (www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry) and the Harry Chapin Food Bank (www.harrychapinfoodbank.org), FGCU Athletics’ charities of choice. For more information, including how to contribute, please visit www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry and use the hashtag #FeedFGCU to help raise awareness.

    FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 92 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 15 seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just 11 seasons of DI playoff eligibility, the Eagles brought together 45 teams or individuals competing in NCAA championships. In 2022, the men’s golf team became the first program to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Eight FGCU programs have placed in the top 25 nationally in their respective sports, including women’s basketball (#20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (#20, 2022) and men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s football. (2018) as four of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Vert et Bleu posted the department’s best sixth place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top 100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and Florida State’s top seven teams won the NCAA Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progression in their sport. FGCU also collectively achieved a record 3.50 in-class GPA in the fall 2020 semester and outperformed the general undergraduate college population for 26 consecutive semesters. The last five semesters (Fall 2019 – Spring 2022) saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a cumulative team average of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also served an all-time high of 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two finalists for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.


    UTSA Announces Search Advisory Committee for Art School Principal | UTSA today | UTSA

    “We are thrilled to convene the Research Advisory Committee and identify a Founding Director who shares our commitment to developing visual and creative arts education and student learning,” said the COLFA Dean. Glenn Martinez. “Since our institutions announced the merger last summer, faculty at SSA and UTSA’s Department of Art and Art History have worked collaboratively to develop a new Bachelor of Fine Arts program. -arts focused on interdisciplinarity and career-oriented artistic training.”

    Martínez added, “The new Founding Director will champion this collective vision, while seeking new opportunities for the expansion of the fine arts while preserving SSA’s tremendous legacy.”

    The Research Advisory Committee will be chaired by Lisa Montoyavice-rector for global initiatives, and Tracy Cowdendirector of the music department of UTSA will be the co-president.

    Committee members include the following:

    • Arturo Almeidaart specialist, UTSA University Art Collection
    • Richard ArmendarizProfessor, Department of Art and Art History, UTSA
    • Marc BlizardAssociate Professor and Director, UTSA School of Architecture & Planning
    • Justin Boydassistant professor (formerly of the Southwest School of Art)
    • Stephanie Peche Canalesassociate director of development (formerly of the Southwest School of Art)
    • Greg Elliotprofessor and outgoing director, Department of Art and Art History
    • Ovidio GibergaAssociate Professor, Department of Art and Art History
    • Victor Guerrero, sr. Administrative Assistant, Department of Art and Art History
    • Rebecca Gomez, sr. Administrative Assistant, Honors College
    • Joe Harjoassociate professor of instruction (formerly of the Southwest School of Art)
    • Julie JohnsonAssociate Professor, Department of Art and Art History
    • David VanceAssociate Professor and Director of Creative Writing, Department of English

    In addition, several leaders from San Antonio’s arts community will join the committee as resource members:

    • Elise Boyanformer Chairman of the Board of SSA
    • Randy CainChairman of the Board of SSA
    • Kate CareyEducation Manager, McNay Art Museum
    • André HerdegPartner, Lake|Flato Architects
    • Jon HinojosaPresident and Chief Innovation Officer, SAY Sí
    • Ashley Mireleseducational coordinator, Artpace San Antonio
    • Olga MoucolisExecutive Director of Industry and Community Partnerships, Edgewood Independent School District
    • Lucia Abramovich SanchezAssociate Curator of Latin American Art, San Antonio Museum of Art
    • Alexandra van de KampExecutive Director, Gemini Ink

    “We are extremely grateful to these community leaders, as well as the faculty and staff, who support this important process,” said UTSA Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. Kimberly Andrews Espy. “The SSA has played such an important role in our San Antonio community, and involving the community in this process to help identify leadership for our new school is a critical part of its future success.”

    Last month, UTSA announced that it had selected executive search firm Koya Partners to help with the search. Founded in 2004, Koya has conducted more than a thousand executive searches for mission-driven organizations in the United States and around the world.

    BBB talks payday lenders

    BBB says stay independent of payday lender debt cycle Consumers can easily fall into the debt trap, especially as inflation appears to be eroding purchasing power. Payday loans can be attractive when you’re on the downside of the debt cycle, but your Better Business Bureau (BBB) ​​advises extreme caution. Take a few moments to think about how your debt could skyrocket even as you try to defuse a precarious financial problem. For those with credit problems, payday lenders have enormous appeal. Bank lenders and credit card companies may not be an option, forcing you to turn to the quick fix of a payday loan. These loans, however, come at a huge cost. Their exorbitant interest rates can force you into a continuous cycle of renewing this loan, paying new fees every two weeks, digging a deeper and deeper hole. Video ads for these lenders are now appearing on TikTok, trying to appeal to a new, younger audience. Loans are made to look cheap and easy. The claims made are often dishonest and can trap those unaware of the deception. Personal Loans Explained Here’s what personal loan ads don’t tell you: • Loans are expensive. The Consumer Protection Bureau says interest rates from these lenders are in the stratosphere, at almost 400%. Even high credit card interest rates are only around 30%. • Just because the loan is easy to get doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Research other options. They target you if you’re young or have bad credit, touting “no credit checks” or other documents. • Social media ads are unreliable. Too good to be true ? He is. Never take claims made in social media ads at face value. Do your research. • Make sure you can repay the loan. Their high interest rates can trap you. Your inability to repay the loan can further ruin your credit. • You should never pay upfront fees for a loan. Never pay with a post-dated check to cover the amount borrowed plus interest. • Walk away if they ask for fees paid upfront and in cash. The same applies to requests by bank transfer. • You should only borrow what you know you can repay with your first paycheque. When they allow you to “carry over” the balance from one week to the next, they add an additional charge. Next thing you know, you owe a lot more than you originally needed. • You have rights. They are required by law to disclose your rights before granting you the loan. This should include the cost, interest rate and all other charges. Anything can be in the fine print, and you should read it all. • You must keep all documents. Some report receiving calls from collection agencies years after the loan was paid off. Keep your proof that you repaid the loan. • You should check all companies you are considering using on bbb.org. • If you are treated unfairly, you must report it to the Federal Trade Commission and the BBB. Better alternatives If it’s not too late, prepare a spending budget with an emergency fund. Setting aside even a small amount of money with each paycheck can help you overcome a difficult financial situation. If you need a loan, shop around. Look at interest rates, fees and late fees, all found in the fine print that only smart customers read. Credit unions are always a good place to check for small loans that have reasonable fees. Even credit card advances can be better than payday loans. Remember to contact creditors if you cannot pay on time. Many will work with you to work out a payment plan. For answers to other questions about payday loans and their alternatives, contact BBB at (800) 856-2417 or visit our website at BBB.org.

    Microwaves reduce the refractive index of water


    Recently, microwaves have been used to improve many chemical processes due to the ability to achieve targeted heating conditions in the solvent.1,2,3,4,5. Microwave-specific heating effects such as local hot spots likely contribute to enhanced reaction rate1.2. Likewise, the reaction selectivity of some reaction types is significantly improved by irradiation3.6. The specific improvements have led to many studies on the existence of a “non-thermal” effect, in particular on the interaction of microwaves with polar solvents.sevenwhere the molecules continually realign their dipole moments with the alternating field8. It has also been argued that the non-thermal effect may contribute to the activation energy of the reaction, for some chemical intermediates, due to change in molecular orientation and rotation of polar solvents.6. Despite several proposed mechanisms, the non-thermal effect remains controversial5. Recently, we have shown changes in liquid-liquid interfaces9 and gas-liquid interfacesten during microwave irradiation, in which the surface effect was related to a microwave-induced change in the hydrogen bond network (H bond)9. Since the reaction rate and change in interfacial tension are closely related to the structure of water, changes in this structure during irradiation clarify the non-thermal effect.

    According to current data by non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulation4, translational and rotational motions are essential for hydration behavior when polar compounds in aqueous solutions are modeled during microwave irradiation. In this study, we use in situ observation of refractive index (IR) during microwave irradiation to assess changes in water structure. Since the speed of light is a constant, the index of refraction depends on the phase velocity of light through a medium. Water has a relatively large RI due to strong hydrogen bonds. Therefore, if the water network is affected by heating or microwave irradiation, the phase velocity of light and refractive index will change accordingly. Moreover, the refractive index is directly related to permittivity and permeability, two critical parameters for microwave heating.11.

    Figure 1 shows the refractive index during and after irradiation for 400 W × 10 s. The RI drops rapidly during the irradiation period. As soon as the irradiation was stopped, there was a recovery in the RI, as shown in the enlarged view of Fig. 1a. There was a period of fluctuation before, including the second drop at ~130s. Thereafter, the RI gradually recovered as the cell cooled. The RI reached much lower values ​​than expected given the literature data for the change of RI of water with temperature. For example, the literature value for RI at 100°C is 1.3112. Figure 1b shows the value of RI as a function of temperature during and after irradiation. In the “cooling model”, the rate of refractive index recovery was related to the shrinkage kinetics of the nanobubbles or voids13, as detailed in SI. The period of fluctuation just after irradiation can be attributed to thermal convection (the critical Rayleigh number corresponds to a temperature of ~38°C on the surface of the thermometer probe).

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    Changes in the refractive index of water when irradiated with microwaves at 400 W for 10 s. (a) Changing IR and temperature as the experiment progresses, indicating the measured refractive index (IR), with data sampled 10 times per second. Temperature was sampled once per second and interpolated using polynomial fits. The time scale on the left is magnified to show the rate of change during heating, and the second panel includes the cooling pattern for comparison. (b) The variation of RI is indicated with respect to the temperature. Reference data for water IR comes from Mitra et al.12.

    The pulsing pattern was used to clarify the impact of microwaves. Total energy was maintained at 4000 J as before (200 W for 5 s, repeated four times with 5 s cooling between pulses; 8 × 5 s × 100 W pulses; 20 × 5 s × 40 W pulses) . As seen in Figures 2a,b, the effect on RI was cumulative, with more significant effects observed with higher irradiation power. Additionally, the initial rapid recovery in IR was observed after each pulse, after which the recovery is slow. In summary, the in situ data demonstrate a strong non-thermal effect of MW on the IR of water.

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    (a) Changes in the refractive index (RI) of water when irradiated with 200 W microwaves in four 5 s pulses. RI data is sampled 10 times per second, temperature is measured at 1s intervals and interpolated using polynomial fits. The time scale on the left panel is enlarged. (b) Comparison of the refractive index of water measured during 40 W, 100 W and 200 W pulsed irradiation. The pulsed patterns are adjusted to provide a total of 4000 J of irradiated energy. Reference data for water IR comes from Mitra et al.12.

    The IR depression increased when the microwave power was increased from 200 to 800 W, with the irradiation time adjusted to maintain the total irradiation energy of 4000 J. Figure 3a shows the refractive index of water when irradiated with microwaves of different power, with greater depression when irradiated with higher power as in Fig. 3b. Finally, the measurement was repeated with different concentrations of NaCl, as shown in Figure 3c. The electrolyte has a small but positive influence on RI, due to the influence of ions on the H-bond network of water14.

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    (a) Comparison of the evolution of the refractive index with temperature, for continuous irradiation experiments of various microwave powers. The irradiation time is modified to provide a constant total of 4000 J. (b) The minimum refractive index measured for each stroke, showing a greater decrease in refractive index with higher irradiation power. (vs) Refractive index measured with different saline solutions. Each solution was made up to 0.1 M and irradiated with 200 W for 20 s. For (a C), the markers indicate the average IR at 1 °C intervals, with error bars indicating the range of the measured data. (D) RI data as a function of temperature during cooling after 4000 J irradiation at 20 W, 40 W and 800 W. Reference data for RI of water are from Mitra et al.12.

    Sarfraz Mian honored with the rank of SUNY Professor Emeritus – Oswego County Today

    Sarfraz Mian of SUNY Oswego’s Department of Management and Marketing was recently awarded the rank of SUNY Professor Emeritus for his global achievements in research, publications, and scholars.

    OSWEGO – World-class achievements in research, publications, and academics have earned Sarfraz Mian of SUNY Oswego’s Department of Management and Marketing the rank of SUNY Professor Emeritus.

    A typical submission for a distinguished rank in the SUNY system – the highest level of honor for talented teachers – will feature a letter of nomination from a colleague with many letters of support. In an unusual step, Mian’s nomination letter was signed by 32 faculty members at the Oswego School of Business, underscoring the esteem in which his colleagues, as well as researchers and educators around the world, hold Mian and his work.

    “Dr. Mian has earned a worldwide reputation in the field of business incubation and entrepreneurship,” his appointees wrote. “Dr. Mian has published four scholarly books, several scholarly book chapters, and over fifty peer-reviewed journal articles. He has also presented his research at numerous international conferences. He has research collaborations with scholars around the world.

    Mian, who has a fifth book in the works, is exceptional in terms of influence and production.

    “Research published in the Journal of Business Research and the Journal of Technology Transfer identified Prof. Mian’s work as the most cited and influential among international scholars in the field of business incubation,” his authors wrote. nominators. They also noted that Mian has over 4,000 citations for his work, according to Google Scholar.

    Joining the SUNY Oswego family in 1992, Mian has chaired the Department of Management and Marketing since 2010, where he oversees over 25 faculty and staff in the department. He previously won the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities in 2012.

    Mian’s expertise has led seven times to invitations to serve as guest editor and/or guest co-editor for special issues of journals, including peer-reviewed journals Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Journal of Technology Transfer , Technovation, Small Business Economics and the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. He was also associate editor of the Journal of Small Business Management.

    Mian has been invited to be a keynote speaker at conferences in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia, as well as at the British Academy of Management. He has also been invited by various schools to help them set up their entrepreneurship programs and has held elective positions at the Institute of Operations Research and Management Sciences and the Academy of Management. Mian was also named by the Global Entrepreneur Monitor as project chair for an internationally funded annual assessment of that country’s entrepreneurial activity.

    International management
    “Dr. Mian’s international reputation has many graduate students from other universities seeking his help as a mentor for their thesis. longtime dean of Oswego’s School of Business.

    “Dr. Mian is an inspiration in leadership, work ethic and impact,” wrote Barry Friedman, professor of marketing and management at Oswego. in the field of business incubators and accelerators.”

    Friedman also noted that Mian led the addition of a very popular new minor in entrepreneurship — with more than 100 students already — and teaches courses on the subject at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

    “His impact extends beyond our students into the international community, as he has conducted executive entrepreneurship workshops in Pakistan and Germany,” Friedman added.

    Marketing and Management faculty member David McLain highlighted Mian’s key leadership role in bringing world-class academics to an entrepreneurship symposium on the Oswego campus.

    “This leadership put Oswego on the map for entrepreneurship research, helped foster a minor degree program in entrepreneurship, and encouraged academic quality at Oswego,” McLain wrote.

    Develop entrepreneurs
    Ashraf Attia, another member of the marketing and management faculty, noted Mian’s key role in leading both minor entrepreneurial development and additional interest in the field at Oswego. “In addition, Dr. Mian has led and is actively involved in the continuous improvement of core management courses in graduate and undergraduate programs and has designed and launched several new entrepreneurship courses,” wrote Attia.

    One of the world’s leading experts on entrepreneurship, Henry Etzkowitz, founding president of the International Triple Helix Association and former senior fellow at Stanford University, hailed Mian as “an outstanding scholar with the greatest global impact in his area of ​​business incubation and acceleration”. ” and “most deserving and exceptionally qualified for recognition due to the significance and global impact of his academic work related to entrepreneurship, particularly in the area of ​​business incubation and acceleration “.

    Mian has also received letters of support from colleagues across the United States and international institutions such as the University of São Paulo in Brazil, Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan, Erasmus University in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, the University of Ottawa, the University of Cagliari in Italy, the Karachi Institute of Business Administration in Pakistan, the University of Linköping in Sweden and the National University of Mexico.

    He got his doctorate. in Management and Organizations from the George Washington University School of Business, where he also earned a Masters in Business Administration. In addition, Mian holds MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management Science and BSc/MSc in Chemical Engineering/Energy Engineering from Punjab University, Pakistan.

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    Peterson tied for FGCL lead in home runs, second in doubles

    FORT MYERS, Florida. – FGCU Softball Neely Peterson emerges among the top power hitters in the Florida Gulf Coast League this summer.

    Competing for Pioneers, Peterson is currently tied for the league lead in home runs (3) and tied for second in doubles (6).

    Peterson is tied with Aaliyah Andrews (Indiana), Chloe Evans, Morgan Smith and Sarah Willis in homers. In the doubles category, Peterson leads 2022 national champion Hannah Coor (Oklahoma) by one and is tied with Krystina Hartley of Florida State.

    Midway through the FGCL season, Peterson is averaging .406 at home plate, has a .500 on-base percentage and holds a .875 hitting percentage.

    She had four multi-game hits this summer, including a perfect 3-on-3 outing and a home run against fourth-placed Circus on July 5. Peterson leads his Pioneer team in total hits (13) and RBIs (8).

    The Florida Gulf Coast League is a premier summer collegiate softball league. The FGCL is made up of 12 West Florida teams with collegiate athletes spanning all divisions and conferences across the country.

    The FGCL plays a full 25-game schedule complete with an all-star event and playoffs. The playoffs are scheduled to start towards the end of July, from the 17th to the 20th.

    For more information on the FGCL, go to http://www.fgclsoftball.com. For FGCL lists, rankings and statistics, download the FGCL mobile application. By selecting the softball and schedule icons, college softball fans can view the latest FGCL team standings, individual player stats, and league leaders.

    In 2022 for the Greens and Blues, Peterson made 37 starts in 45 games as a junior behind the plate. She averaged .215 on the year and was fourth on the team in all-doubles with four. Peterson hit three home runs last season, one against Belmont, Jacksonville and Mercer.

    His 2022 offensive highlights include a 2-on-3 effort in the upset win over No. 8 Texas, scoring one point.

    On the defensive end of the ball, Peterson kicked out 13 base runners, tied for third all-time in FGCU single-season records.

    For up-to-the-minute information on the FGCU softball program, follow on Twitter @FGCU_Softball and Instagram on fgcusoftball and stay tuned at FGCUAthletics.com.

    The founding father of FGCU softball, David Deiros completed his 20th season as head coach in the 2022 campaign. Hired in 2001 to build the program from scratch, Deiros has since guided the Eagles to a 706-397-3 (.640), going 176 -109 (.618) in ASUN, having 16 seasons with a winning record, and nine campaigns with 35+ wins. Deiros is a former head coach at Lely High School in Naples, a 1998 Florida State finalist, and the founding head coach of the 1999 District Champion/2001 Gulf Coast Regional Finalist in Naples.

    IT TAKES A TEAM to achieve our new goal – a $10 million campaign to address the needs of student-athletes for continued academic success, life skills, mental health, nutrition, strength and conditioning, as well as the department’s needs for facility expansion and improvements as well as mentorship and leadership training for coaches and staff. The name embodies our mission and the goal of the EAGLE – Eagle Athletics Generating Lifetime Excellence campaign. Join our team and commit your donation today to help the Eagles of tomorrow!

    FGCU Athletics sponsors events in November and April to benefit the FGCU Campus Food Pantry (www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry) and the Harry Chapin Food Bank (www.harrychapinfoodbank.org), FGCU Athletics’ charities of choice. For more information, including how to contribute, please visit www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry and use the hashtag #FeedFGCU to help raise awareness.

    FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 92 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just 10 seasons of DI playoff eligibility, the Eagles have brought together 44 teams or individuals competing in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have placed in the top 25 nationally in their respective sports, including women’s basketball (#20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (#20, 2022) and men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s football. (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Vert et Bleu posted the department’s best sixth place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top 100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and Florida State’s top seven teams won the NCAA Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progression in their sport. FGCU also collectively achieved a record 3.50 classroom GPA in the fall 2020 semester and outperformed the general undergraduate college population for 25 consecutive semesters. The past five semesters (Fall 2019 – Fall 2021) have each seen another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a team GPA of 3.0 or higher in each. The Eagles also served an all-time high of 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two finalists for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.

    Portfolios for GIS professionals: more than just maps

    I have always believed that resumes are not sufficient documentation to understand a potential employee or volunteer. In order to truly understand a potential recruit, you need to see examples of what they did and how. As a hiring manager and on hiring panels, I’ve seen so many people who looked good on their resume but either couldn’t deliver or weren’t able to communicate their suitability despite the fact that they were highly qualified for the position. Resumes don’t tell the whole story. Professional portfolios give a fuller picture of a candidate and can help highlight skills beyond the norm. Wallets are much more mainstream than they were when I started in GIS nearly 30 years ago (and much more portable!), and I think we’re building a better, more robust community as we go. that we build more.

    What is a Wallet?

    A portfolio is a collection of examples of your professional and/or academic work that showcases what you have accomplished, what you are capable of, and your creativity. If you’ve been around long enough, you’ll remember the days when portfolios were made of fabric, leather, or other similar materials and had a three-ring binder with page protectors for hard copies of your recent and relevant work. These days, you’re more likely to find a portfolio on GitHub or on a website.

    Why should you have a wallet

    1) Get out!

    If you’re looking for a job in GIS, geography, cartography, or any field, it’s important to show potential employers what you can do. When I started working in GIS in the 1990s, all it took was a recommendation or two and a well-crafted resume. Now there are many more analysts vying for the same positions, and GIS degrees are now much more commonly earned. It is important to show your potential employer(s) that you not only know the concepts of geography, but also how to apply them. Use your portfolio to show off your skills in the real world!

    2) Show off your technical AND soft skills.

    Sure, you want to display your GIS and related skills in your portfolio, but a portfolio should be more than just maps. Many recruiters are looking for technicians who can communicate beyond technology. A portfolio lets you show off the maps and apps you’ve created, as well as demonstrate your writing and speaking skills.

    Code Academy recommends that you include descriptions of the projects in your portfolio and suggests that bullet points are sufficient. My philosophy regarding project descriptions is somewhat different. Start with bullet points, but as you develop your portfolio, use these descriptions as opportunities to show off your documentation and synthesis skills, and show that you are able to communicate with others in a professional manner. Take the time to show off your critical skills (aka “soft skills”) and show how well-rounded you are.

    3) Build your community!

    Juliana McMillan-Wilhoit is a geospatial analyst and educator, and a strong proponent of the portfolio as a tool for career development. She encourages people to use their portfolios as a networking or community building medium. Ms McMillan-Wilhoit recommends using a portfolio as a “visual representation of your work” that you can share with people you want to connect with. While working in research and development, Ms. McMillan-Wilhoit would use her portfolio as an opportunity to introduce herself to someone before she met, so that the other person had a sense of who they were both as technical and professional colleague.

    What should I include?

    Contact details are essential. Don’t assume people know how to find you. Make sure you have an up-to-date email (or phone number) that you check frequently on your wallet. You can create a special one for the portfolio or use the version that suits you best. Include any other social media contact information you deem appropriate. I usually include my twitter account because there are lots of other geofolks on Twitter and it’s a great way to connect, build your community and show off what you’re up to!

    Introduce the basics, including examples of your maps and applications and descriptions for each project. Descriptions should include at least a brief summary of your methodology, as well as the tools and programming languages ​​used. If a process you’ve used in a project is new or particularly interesting for a specific area, you might consider adding a section to your portfolio that details that process, in addition to the basic project section.

    Include a section for any writing or speech you have made regarding your projects or GIS in general. Where possible, link to the article or video, or provide an example embedded in your portfolio. A brief explanation of what each link leads to is a good idea.

    If you have a side hustle or enjoy creating GIS projects for fun, include that too. Kate Berg does a great job of including personal card projects in her portfolio. The more you can show who you are and why you’re awesome, the better!

    What tool should I use?

    There is no right way to build your portfolio. The format and tool you use will depend on what makes sense to you. I’ve seen website tools (Squarespace, WordPress, etc.) and GitHub

    used to great effect. I’ve also seen portfolios built using ArcGIS StoryMaps, which has the added benefit of showing off the creator’s StoryMap skills. I’ve also seen GIS portfolios built in PowerPoint and saved as PDFs that can be emailed. You are only limited by your imagination.

    Start by searching the internet for “GIS wallet” and see what comes up. Which portfolios speak to you? Which are not your cup of tea? Collect your projects and start building your own portfolio. It’s never too late to show off your talents!


    Berg, Kate. (February 18, 2022) Build your professional GIS portfolio. [MP4] Retrieved from https://youtu.be/wBP-s4fP5uQ.

    GitHub, Inc. (Accessed June 30, 2022) Where the World Builds Software Ware. https://github.com/

    McMillan-Wilhoit, Juliana. (Accessed June 30, 2022) Portfolio Challenge. Spatial table. http://tabulaespatial.com/portfolio-challenge/

    Limited node space technologies. (Accessed June 30, 2022) Discover the best geospatial professionals in the world. https://www.spatialnode.net/ Author’s Note: By a GIS professional, for GIS professionals, Spatialnode is an emerging platform to host your GIS portfolio and connect with other members of the GIS community.

    Tjukanov, Topi. (Accessed July 5, 2022) #30DayMapChallenge. https://30daymapchallenge.com/ Author’s note: Use challenges from previous years to create maps and charts to build your portfolio. You can join the next challenge in November. It’s also a social project that helps you build your community!

    FSU researchers expand understanding of vortex propagation in superfluids

    An illustration of a vortex tangle. (Courtesy of Wei Guo/FAMU-FSU College of Engineering)

    An international team of scientists including researchers from Florida State University has developed a model that predicts the propagation of vortices in so-called superfluids, work that provides new insights into the physics that governs turbulence in quantum fluid systems. such as superfluid neutron stars.

    In an article published in Physical examination letters, the researchers created a model that describes the propagation and speed of tornado-shaped vortex tubes in superfluids. Vortex tubes are a key ingredient in turbulence, which is widely studied in classical physics. The movement of vortex tubes is relevant in a wide range of scenarios, such as hurricane formation, airborne transmission of viruses, and chemical mixing in star formation. But it is poorly understood in quantum fluids.

    From left to right, Wei Guo, associate professor of mechanical engineering at FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, and Yuan Tang, postdoctoral researcher at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, in front of a breadboard.  (Courtesy of Wei Guo)
    From left to right, Wei Guo, associate professor of mechanical engineering at FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, and Yuan Tang, postdoctoral researcher at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, in front of a breadboard. (Courtesy of Wei Guo)

    This work expands on a previous study that reported experimental results obtained in superfluid helium-4 in a narrow temperature range. Superfluids are liquids that can flow without resistance, and therefore without loss of kinetic energy. When agitated, they form whirlpools that spin endlessly.

    “By validating this model and showing that it describes the motion of vortices in a wide range of temperatures, we confirm a universal rule for this phenomenon,” said Wei Guo, associate professor of mechanical engineering at FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. . . “This discovery may aid in the development of advanced theoretical models of quantum fluid turbulence.”

    In the previous study, Guo and his team traced the vortex tubes that appeared in superfluid helium-4, a quantum fluid that exists at extremely low temperatures. In this research, the team used tiny particles captured in the eddies to track their movement. They found that the vortices propagate much faster than you would expect based on the seemingly random motion of the tubes. This rapid propagation is known as superdiffusion.

    In the latest work, the researchers built a numerical model and used the results of their previous study to validate the accuracy of the model by replicating experimental results. This allowed them to predict how vortex tubes could form and propagate in superfluids over a wider temperature range. The simulation also produced unequivocal evidence supporting the physical mechanism proposed by the authors to explain the observed vortex superdiffusion.

    Researchers aim to understand turbulence in quantum fluids for basic research benefits as well as possible use in practical applications, such as nanowire fabrication. The vortex tubes attract the particles which cluster together in incredibly fine lines. Controlling this process allows for the manufacture of so-called nanowires, which have a thickness measured in nanometers.

    “The dispersion of particles in turbulent flow is a very active topic in the field of classical turbulence, but it has received less attention in the quantum fluid community,” said Yuan Tang, co-lead author and postdoctoral researcher at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. “Our work could stimulate more future research on particle scattering in quantum fluids.”

    Co-authors of the paper include Satoshi Yui and Makoto Tsubota from Osaka Metropolitan University, Japan, and Hiromichi Kobayashi from Keio University, Japan. This article was selected by Physical Review Letters as an Editor’s Suggestion, a designation for particularly important, interesting, and well-written articles.

    This research was supported by the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Energy. Additional resources were provided by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University, which is supported by the National Science Foundation and the State of Florida. This work was also supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

    Origin of sour cherry: MSU course brings research to fruition | MSUToday

    During the undergraduate years, gaining lab experience and signing your name in a scientific publication can give your resume a much-needed boost, and even help open doors to a new career path or of a doctorate. program.

    Associate Professor Patrick Edger, faculty member of the Molecular Plant Sciences program. Photo credit: Derrick Turner

    At Michigan State University, Plant Molecular Sciences faculty member patrick edger teaches a specialized college undergraduate course that creates these kinds of opportunities. Students in her Molecular Phylogenomics and Evolution class work alongside teaching assistants on a semester-long research project. In the spring of 2022, research focused on finding the parent species of the popular sour cherry a crop of great economic and cultural importance to Michigan.

    “It is an absolute pleasure and joy to teach this undergraduate course that provides students with a unique and hands-on research experience,” Edger said. “I am very proud of all my students they collected and analyzed the data and eventually published a manuscript reporting their findings in an excellent peer-reviewed journal.”

    Teaching assistants mackenzie jacobs and Kevin Bird helped produce the research paper which was published in “Plant People Planet” in May 2022.

    Prunus avium cherry tree on the MSU campus.

    Prunus avium cherry tree on the MSU campus. Photo credit: Kara Headley, Plant Molecular Sciences

    The sour cherry, scientifically known as Prunus cerasus, is a popular fruit used in cooking and baking. The cultivated plant was believed to be the offspring of two species of wild cherries, but for a long time no one had definitively proven that they were the parents.

    “Having a better understanding of how agriculturally relevant crops arose can provide us with more information about how specific traits arose and what problems the plants might face, such as pathogens, that could be harmful to agricultural species,” said Jacobs, an MPS Graduate Student at Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the College of Natural Sciences. “Knowing the history that led us to what we have today can be crucial to improving and sustaining the cultures we know and love.”

    This study used phylogenomics a research technique that examines the evolutionary history and genomics of a plant together to determine who the parents were. By examining the similarities between the genes of sour cherry and other plants in the same group, they determined that the donor mother is Prunus fruticose and the donor father Prunus avium, the two wild-type cherry species long suspected to be the parents. .

    MacKenzie Jacobs, graduate student in MPS and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    MacKenzie Jacobs, graduate student in MPS and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Photo credit: Kara Headley, Plant Molecular Sciences

    In class, students participated in this research. During the semester, they learned many basics of laboratory work, which included areas such as general biology topics and reading and writing scientific papers. Jacobs designed a pipetting contest where students worked to see who could use the tools most accurately. For some, it was their first time using this basic technique, and many will use it later in their scientific careers.

    “Our hope is that these courses will lay the foundation for an academic career characterized by research and scholarship,” said Justin Micomonaco, associate dean of MSU Honors College. Aimed at first- and second-year students, specialized research seminars often provide students with their first exposure to graduate-level research, where they develop fundamental research skills and the enthusiasm to engage in scholarly pursuits. . For many students, these courses catalyze subsequent research engagement, enabling them to pursue graduate-level scholarships as upper-division students.

    For Jacobs, teaching alongside his PI Patrick Edger and designing lab experiments for students bolstered his plans after graduation.

    “My goal is to be a professor at a primarily undergraduate institution, so having hands-on experience of what students need to be successful is great,” she said. “I am blown away by how quickly students can absorb information and ask thoughtful questions that in some cases when answered I learn a little myself. Seeing the progression of the students from a more beginner level to being very knowledgeable on the subject was amazing. »

    This story originally appeared on the College of Natural Sciences website.

    What you need to know about payday loan ads on social media

    by: Better Business Bureau

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    If you’ve ever needed extra cash to prepare for your next paycheck, you understand the appeal of a payday loan. Now, video ads on places like TikTok are promoting small, short-term loans to a new, young audience — and making them look cheap and easy. However, just because it looks simple doesn’t mean it is. Predatory payday lenders use the platform to make dishonest claims promising instant money with no credit checks, late fees or interest rates.

    Often, advertisers circumvent the rules of the platform. TikTok and Meta have rules limiting ads for short-term/payday loans, but some have found their way.

    Here’s what you need to know before taking out a payday loan from a social media ad.

    • Apps may not call it an “interest rate,” but it is. Many lenders who advertise on TikTok try to circumvent regulations by creating new names for their service. By calling their interest rates a “tip” or “fee”, lenders are hoping you won’t notice the amount of interest you’ll actually be paying. Keep in mind that responsible lenders will always be willing to disclose the APR of their loans.
    • Payday loans are expensive. A two-week payday loan with a $15 fee to borrow $100 translates to an annual percentage rate (APR) of nearly 400%, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. That’s a huge leap even compared to a high-interest credit card, which has rates around 30%.
    • Just because it’s easy doesn’t mean a payday loan is a good idea. If you’re young or don’t have access to other types of credit, you’re an ideal target for a payday lender. Unscrupulous lenders promote the fact that you don’t need a credit check or documents to get a loan. However, this facility can come at a high cost. Before applying for a payday loan, spend time researching other options.
    • Not all social media ads are truthful. Payday lenders seen on TikTok can promise you instant cash. But if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Many companies like these have come under scrutiny for deceptive lending practices, and some may simply be after access to your bank account. Don’t believe everything you see on social media ads without doing further research.
    • Make sure you can repay the loan. With such high interest rates, many people find themselves stuck in a cycle of debt. Plus, payday loans can ruin your credit if you find yourself unable to pay what you owe.

    Source: BBB.org

    Better alternatives to payday loans

    • Build a budget with an emergency fund. Create a budget so you know how much money you get and how much you need to pay your bills. This will help you avoid needing a loan in the first place. Then set aside money each month to build an emergency fund. Then you’ll be covered even if an unexpected expense or emergency arises.
    • Get credit advice. If you find yourself unable to pay your bills or caught in a cycle of debt due to a high-interest loan, get credit counseling. The US Department of Justice has a list of agencies for people seeking debt reduction assistance. In Canada, see this list of Canadian non-profit credit counseling agencies. Also see BBB’s advice on credit counseling for more resources.
    • Shop around if you need a loan. Compare interest rates, fees and late fees by reading the fine print before choosing a lender. Pay close attention to interest rates and loan rollover fees. Credit unions are a good place to take out a small loan with reasonable interest rates. Even credit card cash advances, which typically have double-digit interest rates, likely have lower interest rates than what a payday lender will offer you. See advice on choosing a bank or credit union.
    • Contact your creditors if you cannot pay on time. If you realize you won’t be able to make a payment on time, don’t panic. Contact the creditor directly. Many creditors will be willing to work with you to come up with a payment plan you can afford.

    For more information

    Read the BBB Tip: Payday Loans for more considerations on working with payday lenders. You will find practical advice in the BBB Tip: How to also buy financial services.

    If you think a payday lender has cheated or taken advantage of you, file a complaint on BBB.org and with the Federal Trade Commission.

    Lyon appoints the presidents of the boards of directors of higher education establishments

    Economy Minister Gordon Lyons has appointed Mr John Nugent as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of South Eastern Regional College and Dr Thomas Moore as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Southern Regional College.

    Presidents appointed

    The appointments of Mr. Nugent and Dr. Moore take effect August 1, 2022 and are for a term of four years.

    The appointments were made in accordance with the Code of Practice published by the Public Appointments Commissioner of Northern Ireland. More information is available on the NI Public Appointments website.

    Notes to Editors:

    1. South Eastern Regional College and Southern Regional College are two of six higher education institutions in Northern Ireland sponsored by the Department for the Economy (DfE). The colleges are non-departmental public bodies of the DfE, which are established under the Higher Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1997. Each governing body (GB) is responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient management of the college, the provision of its students and determining the strategic direction of the college. In providing collegiate services, the GB takes into account the educational needs of the business sector and the local community.

    2. The post of Chairman of the GB is remunerated at a rate of £20,000 per annum plus travel and subsistence allowance which is payable at Northern Ireland Civil Service rates in respect of work carried out in the exercise of their functions.

    3. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no role in the selection process. However, the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Public Appointments requires that the political activity of appointees (if any disclosed) be published. Mr. Nugent and Dr. Moore have not engaged in any political activity in the past five years.

    4. Mr John Nugent has acquired extensive experience in leadership, strategy formulation and governance in Northern Ireland and overseas over the past 35 years. This includes the implementation of major capital development programs and environmental initiatives in the higher and higher education sectors. He has been a member of the Southern Regional College Board of Trustees since 2015, serving as Vice President from 2017. During that time, he chaired the Audit and Risk Committee and provided oversight and Board assurance of the college’s £105m capital investment programme. In this role he receives a fee of £250 for a meeting of the governing body; £150 for a committee meeting or chair-sanctioned event. Mr Nugent retired from Queen’s University Belfast in 2020 after successfully implementing the university’s £750m capital investment program as well as the university’s award-winning carbon management strategy. the institution. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and was previously a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (retired 2020).

    5. Dr. Thomas Moore is a former director and chief executive of a higher education institution in England. He was previously academic rector and executive dean for health, social care and education at a Welsh university, and has extensive experience in institutional strategy, partnership engagement and program development. Dr Moore has also worked as a regulatory director in a Welsh regulatory body for nurses and midwives and contributed to the wider development of the NHS workforce in Wales, while while working in the National Assembly for Wales (then). He has substantial experience at the board level of several organizations. Dr Moore holds a PhD in Education Policy from Cardiff University. Dr Moore was, until March 2022, a non-executive member of the Health & Social Care Board (NI). Dr Moore has been a member of the Southern Regional College Board of Trustees since January 2022. In this role he receives a fee of £250 for one Board meeting; £150 for a committee meeting or chair-sanctioned event.

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    Do you want to raise successful children? Science Says These 5 Habits Matter a Lot

    There comes a time in some people’s lives when their aspirations for their children begin to rival or even exceed their aspirations for themselves.

    This has happened to me since I became a parent myself. As a result, I’ve been on a mission for years to gather as much scientific advice as possible on how to raise successful children.

    Here are five of the most interesting and useful strategies I’ve found and highlighted recently. Science suggests that if you want to do good with your children, you should probably do these things.

    1. Make them do chores.

    Researchers at La Trobe University in Australia recently set out to determine whether children who perform chores at home would develop better working memory, inhibition and other behaviors predicting success.

    They divided household chores into three categories: personal care, care of others, and care of animals. Writing in the peer-reviewed Australian Journal of Occupational Therapythey said their studies showed that children who took care of themselves and other household chores were actually more likely to show better academic performance and better problem-solving skills.

    But, the animal care chores did nothing for the later development of the children anyway.

    Why not? Maybe it’s because household chores aren’t as strenuous as other chores, or maybe it’s because the kids haven’t really seen the kinds of things you need to do to take care of a dog. companionship (walking it, feeding it, etc.) be a job.

    The bottom line though? Make your children do chores. They might not like the idea at first, but you have science on your side.

    2. Teach them to be polite.

    This one focuses on three specific words: please, thank you, and you’re welcome.

    Teaching children to say “please” when they ask for something can reinforce their tendency to be polite, which makes them more persuasive when they get older. Teaching them to say “thank you” usually encourages gratitude, which boosts happiness and helps with stress management.

    And teaching them to say “you’re welcome” builds confidence by emphasizing that the things they do for others are worth thanking. (This is especially true when you juxtapose “you’re welcome” with other things people say in response to “thank you,” like “no worries!” or “no problem!”)

    3. Work on their emotional intelligence.

    According to Rachael Katz and Helen Shwe Hadani, authors of The Emotionally Intelligent Child: Effective Strategies for Autonomous, Cooperative, and Well-Balanced Children.

    There are many things you can do to develop emotional intelligence (many more listed here), but initially model your good thinking and use of emotions for them, ask them for their ideas and try to do not judge.

    Oh, and remember that kids are just that: kids. It is often unfair to expect them to react and respond to things the way adults would (or at least should!) do.

    4. Direct them to video games.

    Wait what? Tell them to play video games?

    Yes indeed. A new study in Europe that used an ‘enormous’ amount of data has determined that children who spend above average time playing with them end up with higher IQs than children who spend their time in front of screens. watching videos or browsing social networks.

    The average child today spends a lot of time glued to screens. This study of at least 5,000 kids suggests that if they use screens that much, the higher the percentage of that time they spend playing video games, the better.

    5. Help them discover their passion(s).

    This study was exciting. Researchers in Scandinavia wanted to find out whether passion, courage or mindset were the most important factors in predicting success in young people, especially in a sporting context.

    In short, passion was found to be much more predictive of children’s success; while mindset and courage might have predicted that young people would keep trying to succeed, passion best predicted whether they actually would.

    “For people who are the best of the best in their field, passion is absolutely the most important factor. It’s the essential key to success,” said one researcher.

    So when kids are kids, let them explore different things to figure out which ones they are really passionate about. This is where they are most likely to become the best in their field.

    Listen, no matter what each of us does as an entrepreneur, chances are our children are a very big part of our legacy.

    That’s why I’m so drawn to these little hacks, and that’s why I’ve compiled a comprehensive free ebook full of similar tips and tricks: How to Raise Successful Children (7th Edition).

    There is always another study with other interesting information to consider. I read and share as much as I can, so you don’t have to search for them.

    The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.

    Incentive scheme linked to research in work for the pharmaceutical industry


    The Center may announce a Research Linked Incentives (RLI) scheme for the Indian pharmaceutical industry to increase its contribution to research and development and move up the innovation value chain, sources said. close to development.



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    The single-molecule nucleo of SeqLL – GuruFocus.com

    BILLERICA, Mass., June 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SeqLL Inc. (“SeqLL” or the “Company”) (SQL; SQLLW), a technology company providing life science instrumentation and research services in collaborative partnerships aimed at developing new scientific assets and intellectual property, today announced that a new study using its single-molecule epigenetic profiling technology has been published in the peer-reviewed journal Cell reports.

    The document, titled:H3-K27M mutant nucleosomes interact with MLL1 to shape the epigenetic landscape of glioma,” applied SeqLL has developed single-molecule imaging methods to examine cellular mutations associated with pediatric brain cancers. The publication’s lead authors, Noa Furth, PhD and Danielle Algranati, MSc, work in the laboratory of Dr. Efrat Shema in the Department of Immunology and Regenerative Biology at the Weizmann Institute of Science. The single nucleosome imaging platform allowed researchers to count and decode single modified nucleosomes, giving researchers a much deeper understanding of how certain cellular mutations affect and interact with glioma cells, a type of tumor that occurs in the brain of children. Lessons learned from this research have revealed functional mechanisms by which tumorigenesis occurs, a major component of the field of epigenetics that could lead to groundbreaking developments in the broad field of genomics and possibly other ‘omics’ fields. “.

    “We were thrilled to see the Shema Lab apply this technology to further the understanding of cancer at the cellular level. This research has explored post-translational modifications and ramifications of specific marks on a level never before achieved,” said Daniel Jones, CEO of SeqLL and co-author of the publication. “The study highlights the usefulness of our tools in the development of new approaches based on epigenetics. We are excited to be a part of this groundbreaking work and hope that the insights gained through our technology will lead to significant breakthroughs in understanding and treating various cancers.

    This research builds on results from 2016 Science publication “Single-molecule decoding of combinatorically modified nucleosomes”, directed by the laboratory of Dr. Bradley Bernstein.

    About SeqLL Inc.
    SeqLL Inc. (“SeqLL”) is a technology company that provides life science instrumentation and research services through collaborative partnerships aimed at the development of new scientific assets and intellectual property in multiple fields “ omics”. The Company leverages its expertise with its True Single Molecule Sequencing (“tSMS®”) platform to empower scientists and researchers with enhanced genetic tools to better understand the molecular mechanisms of disease that are essential for the continued development of new breakthroughs in genomic medicine, and which hopefully address critical concerns in precision medicine today. In short, our experienced team works with our collaborators to develop innovative solutions adapted to the needs of each specific project.

    Forward-looking statements
    This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including those relating to the applicability and viability of the Company’s technology to quantify blood RNA molecules and other statements of a predictive nature. Forward-looking statements are based on the Company’s current expectations and assumptions. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a safe harbor for forward-looking statements. These statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking expressions, including, but not limited to, “expect”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “plan”, “believe”, “estimate”, “potential”, “predict”, “project”, “should”, “would” and similar expressions and the negatives of these terms. Potential investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this presentation. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements are set forth in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its registration statement on Form S-1, as amended, under “Risk Factors.”


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    A Nose for History: Academics Recreate Lost Smells of the Past | Story

    Dung, snuff, fish, and old leather: these may prove to be the necessary ingredients for time travel. Academics restoring the lost smells of European history want such aromas to be introduced to a wide range of museums and tourist sites.

    Working under the Odeuropa banner, a group of chemists and historians spent over two years isolating and reproducing key scents associated with significant times and places. Smell, they argue, has been unfairly ignored in academic attempts to understand the past, especially given its impact on daily life.

    “There has been a hierarchy of the senses in science and in historical study. We want to see a multi-sensory approach,” said Cecilia Bembibre, senior lecturer in sustainable heritage at University College London (UCL). “There was a notion that smell was a less than noble human sense, and that it was somehow less objective, less educated and even less trustworthy.”

    The consortium of experts involved in the project is headquartered in Amsterdam, but there are research bases in Germany, Italy, France and Slovenia, as well as at UCL and Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. .

    Dutch scientists have created a fragrance that matches the smell of the dirty canals of old Amsterdam. Dr Marieke von Erp, project manager on the Odeuropa experience, spoke of an eye-catching mix of corpses, seawater and sewage, as well as the recreation of the pomanders once worn to mask those unwanted smells.

    The larger project, funded by a €2.8 million grant from the EU’s Horizon program in 2020, aims to establish the science of olfactory history by drawing on visual and written evidence to bring together key odors generated by outdated professions, habits and diets.

    “In Germany, they analyze tens of thousands of historical images related to smell, while in Italy they focus on textual analysis, from old medical formulas to cookery manuals,” said Bembibre, a researcher. from the Odeuropa project who also works at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, where she recently completed a PhD entitled Smell of Heritage.

    Anicka Yi’s installation at the Tate Modern last October used bespoke aromas. Photography: Nicky J Sims/Getty Images

    She explained that much of the work has focused on teaching computers to recognize images related to smells, such as a sketch of someone holding their nose. By exposing digital research tools to a succession of similar images, researchers can create an algorithm that recognizes gestures in other illustrations.

    Eventually, this work will allow the collection of an encyclopedia of historical odors, a secondary element of the project led by Dr William Tullett at Anglia Ruskin. These scents will explain the changing world environments and provide insight into the lives of those involved. Olfactory cues, the researchers say, should also be preserved for posterity, not just visual, physical and written.

    But there are many nasal complexities to negotiate – as Bembibre points out: “It’s really hard to get the information you need to bring the smells back.” His own chemical work replicated the smell of 1750s potpourri at Knole – the Sackville-West family ancestral home in Kent – a description of which appears in Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando.

    She also replicated the smell of St. Paul’s Cathedral Library in London by extracting detectable elements from the air in 2017, before its renovation. She then invited a specialist perfumer, Sarah McCartney, to try to create the same olfactory experience based solely on her instincts about its components. In random tests, the public was equally convinced by the two attempts to imitate the smell of the library.

    “We’re trying to decide if it’s academically important to preserve authentic smells with the right chemicals or if we’re just trying to evoke an experience by creating a similar effect today,” Bembibre said.

    The other difficulty for researchers is that human reactions to smells have changed quite drastically. “We don’t have a historical nose. We just don’t smell the same way now, and some smells mean different things.

    Fortunately, not all lost smells are unpleasant. The work also focuses on recreating forgotten incense blends and popular culinary recipes. “We really want to involve the communities. There are ‘witness noses’ alive now who can help us recreate the smells of their childhood or professions that no longer exist,” Bembibre said.

    Odeuropa’s research has benefited from increased interest from commercial perfumers in niche fragrances – leather, spice and smoke are now common components in expensive brands.

    Artists have also begun to approach the world of perfume, choosing to accompany exhibitions with bespoke aroma galleries, such as the Anicka Yi exhibition at Turbine Hall at Tate Modern in London last fall. The Jorvik Viking Center in York led the way by introducing scents to its exhibits more than two decades ago.

    More UK households are turning to high-cost lenders, charity says | Borrowing & debt

    Struggling British households are increasingly turning to high-cost lenders as the cost of living crisis prevents them from paying their bills, anti-poverty charities have warned.

    It comes as subprime lender Amigo, which agreed to pay compensation to customers sold unaffordable loans, revealed plans to launch using a new brand called RewardRate. She wants to offer a personal loan with an annual interest rate of 49.9% and a guarantor loan at 39.9%.

    The high-cost credit industry, which includes home loans, guarantors, and payday loans, lends to people with poor credit ratings who might not be approved by traditional lenders.

    The loans have high annual percentage rates, which means people end up paying back a lot more than they borrowed.

    Charities expect more people to become dependent on this type of debt, with high-cost borrowers already more likely to be in arrears or struggling to pay essentials.

    Rachelle Earwaker, senior economist at the anti-poverty charity Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said more than one in 10 low-income households – a figure of 1.3 million – had ever taken out credit in order to pay their bills” but what we’ve also seen is that 870,000 households are planning to do so in the coming months”.

    She said: “I think that gives you an indication of what’s to come. We are now seeing some of the impact of high prices, but much of that has yet to be felt, so I think the situation is absolutely going to get worse before it gets better.

    Amigo, which nearly went bankrupt last year, stopped lending in 2020 to deal with mis-selling complaints. New loans require FCA approval before being made available. Borrowers can reduce the overall interest rate if they pay on time and can also freeze a payment once a year without penalty.

    He argues that his loans should not be described as high cost, but rather that they cater to the mid-cost market. “Many vendors have exited the market in recent years, and there remains demand, which may increase due to cost of living challenges.

    “As the Center for Social Justice reports, those unable to access legitimate lenders are turning to illegal lenders in greater numbers, making the role of companies like Amigo important to its customers,” the company said.

    Some FCA-regulated short-term loan companies operating online offer loans with APRs of up to 500% and 1,200%.

    A study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that one-fifth of low-income households were indebted to an approved high-cost lender, and 84% of them were in arrears with at least one household bill.

    A total of 90% of households with high-cost credit went without at least one essential item this year, or experienced food insecurity in the past 30 days, the data showed.

    “I don’t think anyone chooses to loan out at this level unless they absolutely have to get out of it,” Earwaker said. “It’s a spiral: if you’re in a position where you have to take out that loan in the first place, chances are you won’t be able to meet the repayments attached to it.”

    Debt charity StepChange said it expected to see a growing reliance on high-cost credit as rising prices stretched people’s financial resilience.

    “Taking out high-cost credit is not a discretionary activity – it’s due to the lack of other options and is often taken out to pay for essentials,” said Sue Anderson, its media manager.

    However, she added: “At a time when people are grappling with the cost of living crisis and many low-income households are struggling to make ends meet, further borrowing is unlikely to be forthcoming. the answer to the financial problems of many households”.

    The FCA said it had made several reforms to the credit market since 2014, including capping the cost of payday loans and accessibility requirements for new loans.

    “Where people are struggling financially, help is available,” a spokesperson said.

    “Lenders need to provide tailored support, including ensuring repayment terms are sustainable. We recently reminded lenders of their responsibilities and that we will act if they fail to meet them.