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FGCU claims spot in Gulf Coast Showcase title game against Kansas City on Wednesday


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ESTERO, Fla. — The FGCU men’s basketball team has qualified for the 2022 Gulf Coast Showcase Championship Game where they meet Kansas City for the title on Wednesday night. The tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET at Hertz Arena and the game is available on FloHoops.

FGCU (4-2) beat Drexel 67-59 on Tuesday night, showing attitude and effort on back-to-back nights to claim a spot in the final game. The Green & Blue kept Drexel just 35% shooting from the floor while connecting at 45.9% from the field. FGCU took advantage of their inside scoring opportunities with a 32-20 point margin in the paint and doubled the offensive output from the Dragons bench 20-9.

Kansas City crushed Indiana State 63-61 in Tuesday’s first semifinal. The two teams have only met once before, with the Roos picking up a rare 73-69 win at the Alico Arena on November 26, 2008.

senior guard Isaiah Thompson (Zionsville, Indiana/Zionsville HS/Purdue) shone against Drexel, scoring a career-high 27 points on 10-of-21 shooting. Junior guard Chase Johnson (Boca Raton, Florida/Westminster Academy/Stetson) lost 18 points to the Dragons, and sophomore center Andre Weir (Hollywood, FL/Chaminade-Madonna College Prep/Richmond) matched his career high in rebounds (11) for a game-high and scored nine points.

Kansas City is led by Shemarri Allen, who is scoring 16.7 points and grabbing 6.0 rebounds per game. Allen played all but one minute of the game, scoring a game-high 22 points in 39 minutes against Indiana State.

FGCU is looking to even its record in Gulf Coast Showcase appearances after improving to 3-4 with two wins so far in this year’s edition of the event.

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Pat Chambers was officially introduced as the FGCU’s fifth men’s basketball head coach in March 2022, bringing a wealth of college basketball experience highlighted by head coaching stints at Penn State and Boston University. Chambers spent nine years as head of the Penn State program (2011-20) and two years as head coach at Boston University (2009-11). He has 194 career wins over that span, including four 20+ seasons. Part of his career as a head coach was highlighted by leading the Nittany Lions to 9th place nationally in 2019-20, which tied the program’s best ranking set in 1996. Prior to becoming a head coach, he spent five seasons as part of the Villanova staff helping the Wildcats to a Final Four (2009), two Elite Eight and three Sweet Sixteen appearances during his tenure.

FGCU Athletics sponsors events in November and April to benefit the FGCU Campus Food Pantry (www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry) and Harry Chapin Food Bank (www.harrychapinfoodbank.org), FGCU’s Charities of Choice Athletics. 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 93 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 15+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just over 11 seasons of playoff eligibility DI, the Eagles have had a total of 46 teams or individuals competing in the NCAA Championships. In 2022, the men’s golf team became the first program to earn an NCAA Tournament berth. 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 Greens and Blues 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. Over the past six semesters (Fall 2019 – Spring 2022), another milestone has been reached, with all 15 programs achieving 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.


Fashion Studies Curriculum Looks to the Future: Professor Allison Pfingst in Conversation


For Allison Pfingst, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’14 and current professor of fashion studies at Fordham, the university’s fashion studies program is not just an impressive amalgamation of disciplines ranging from finance in fine arts, nor simply one of the most expanding programs at the university – it’s a kind of homecoming, the fruit of years of work by Pfingst.

Much of this work has taken place close to home, both in the halls of the Lowenstein Center and in museums dotted around Manhattan. As an art history undergraduate insisting on writing all her articles on fashion, and most recently as an advisor and administrator of fashion studies at Fordham, the intersection of art, fashion and education has long been a cornerstone of Pfingst’s academic and professional careers.

After graduating from Fordham in 2014, Pfingst worked in art galleries, later receiving accreditation from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in collections management. Further study of dress and textile history took her to Scotland, where she completed her postgraduate studies in 2017 at the University of Glasgow.

Fashion Studies, Full Circle

An extensive background in art history has informed Pfingst’s approach to crafting the fashion curriculum, but she considers her time as a student at Fordham the most valuable preparation for her role. current. The current fashion curriculum only theoretically existed during Pfingst’s undergraduate years.

“We were very vocal, those of us fashion girls at the time, about wanting more,” she said.

At the time, the only offering was a unique course in fashion design, taught by a Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) graduate and then head of the theater department. Since then, fashion studies has blossomed into not only a myriad of interdisciplinary courses, but also a minor at Lincoln Center with a prolific community.

The fashion studies program has about 120 students whose minors are officially declared. Pfingst expects the number to increase in the coming years.

She credits the program’s popularity, affirmed by a large influx of students declaring a minor in fashion studies, to how our world has become highly visual, amplified by, or perhaps driven by, social media.

“If you want to be on the cutting edge of what’s happening with fashion, you have to understand the context in which it’s created.” Allison Pfingst, professor of fashion studies at Fordham

“This idea of ​​self-presentation has become so central,” Pfingst said. “I’ve got kids coming in who have literally millions of social media followers. And even if, you know, it’s a few dozen, or a few hundred, or a few thousand, you’re seen by so many people , all the time.

Pfingst knows intimately the value of the student voice. Since her advocacy days as an undergraduate student, she has been focused on creating the curriculum that students want.

“It’s very Fordham from start to finish, with a lot of alumni involvement and a lot of student involvement,” she said.

Clothing in context

The program often advertises itself as one that teaches fashion in context, an idea that Pfingst is a strong supporter of. She described the phrase as the notion that a garment is not purely aesthetic.

“You can’t separate it from the person wearing it,” she said. “You can’t separate them from the body, from the period in which it was created, from the culture that surrounded it.”

From this perspective, fashion and the history that accompanies it become intimate, personal and perhaps more accessible to the modern student.

According to Pfingst, teaching fashion in context isn’t just helpful for fashion studies students. She thinks that students interested in current trends and the constant scale of change that characterizes the fashion industry should also seek to understand the big picture.

“If you want to be at the forefront of what’s happening with fashion, you have to understand the context in which it’s created,” she explained, noting that such an understanding “requires an understanding of the other cultural factors”.

While Pfingst hopes Fashion Studies students will gain practical skills such as the ability to synthesize information from a variety of sources, she also hopes they understand the value of self-expression as well as the ability of fashion. to help an individual present the most authentic version of themselves. .

The humanities from a new angle

“Sometimes everything we learned in history is so important. It’s the king, it’s the war, it’s those extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime things,” Pfingst said. “But everyone woke up and chose what to wear, put on clothes, brush their hair.”

The interdisciplinary nature of fashion studies is literally woven into the fabric of the program (no pun intended). Courses are hosted by a variety of departments, from “Fashion as Communication” under the Communication and Culture umbrella to “Fashion and Art in the Modern Era” held by the History Department of art.

Pfingst explained that a lack of photography, especially before the 19th century, makes the study of art history in relation to fashion critical. Any understanding of historical clothing, she argued, comes from “paintings, drawings, sculptures, etc. So it’s really important to be able to understand the mechanics and the history of art.”

“We’re looking at ways to allow for more flexibility and customization within the minor and hopefully a bit more overlap between the minor and the different majors.” Pfingst

While students interested in designing and synthesizing clothing are encouraged to take practical courses like fashion design, the fashion studies program has a decidedly academic focus – which is strongly informed by the liberal arts curriculum of FCLC.

According to Pfingst, real-world application is central and inseparable from the pedagogy of fashion studies.

“You have your theology, your politics, your social sciences, but where the rubber touches the road is in how we present ourselves. All of these ideas were kind of abstract until they met humanity, until they met the human body,” she said.

A bright future for fashion studies

The liberal arts nature of Fordham’s course offerings also sets the university’s curriculum apart from the plethora of fashion and design schools riddled throughout New York City.

“We don’t teach you how to sew,” she says.

Instead, the program “is meant to be broad in scope, from inception to sales.” Fashion studies at Fordham are holistic and, given the nature of the minor program, inextricably linked to academic fields outside of fashion.

“We know we’re not FIT or Parsons, who have very different goals; the kind of transition between the fashion industry itself and the more academic side of studying fashion, I think, was definitely helpful when developing the program,” she said.

About 120 Fordham University students are officially declared fashion studies minors, and Pfingst hopes to increase that number in the next few years. (Courtesy of ALLISON PFINGST)

In fashion studies courses, a unique dynamic is at play – the convergence of traditional academic fields, like art history or business, merges with the cornerstones of the digital age, like TikTok and the influencer culture, creating a dynamic and unprecedented intellectual landscape.

As for the future of fashion studies? Look for expanded course offerings and ultimately a new major. Pfingst is optimistic about the ability of the program to intersect with a wider range of fields of study so that students can take necessary courses.

“We’re looking at ways to allow for more flexibility and customization within the minor and hopefully a bit more overlap between the minor and the different majors,” she said.

Pfingst thinks people are beginning to understand the power of self-presentation “in creating identity and a sense of self.” She fervently hopes that students see their interests represented in the program and feel inspired to engage with them.

“I think it’s really rewarding and empowering for students when they come to Fordham and realize that we take it very seriously and our courses take it seriously,” she said.

Call for papers, RGNUL, Student Research Review Journal, Arbitration


RGNUL Student Research Review (RSRR) is a semi-annual, student-led, blinded peer-reviewed flagship journal based at the Rajiv Gandhi National Law University, Punjab. It was founded to facilitate black and white arguments.

The Editorial Board invites contributions from scholars, practitioners, legal luminaries and students on the topic Instrumentalization of arbitration: innovation, interaction and impact.”
Serving as a global economic powerhouse, arbitration is not a foreign concept to India as an alternative method of dispute resolution. The Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1996 came into effect at a time when it was lauded for modernizing the Indian arbitration legal landscape by making it more adaptable to modern needs and providing for collaboration between judicial processes and arbitration while limiting the intrusion of the courts. However, decades after the law was implemented, numerous reviews exposing its limitations and bottlenecks have revealed its failures to transform India’s status into that of a global arbitration hub.

In light of recent developments in the arbitration industry, RSRR seeks to delve deeper into the topic, reviewing and analyzing the current legal and policy framework in light of day-to-day developments in the industry.

The main objective of this theme is to provide a platform for legal analysis, insightful commentary and in-depth analysis that can bridge the gap between relevant legal developments in the sector and the likelihood of their effective implementation, which, in turn, will improve the discourse on such controversial issues.

We welcome submissions from legal practitioners, scholars, students, and members of the legal fraternity.

For more details, please refer to the attached ‘Call for Papers’ link, here.


RSRR invites submissions on the following sub-themes:

I. International investment arbitration: interaction, innovation and impact

1. Investor-State Dispute Settlement Mechanism: Waiver of Protection

2. Interpretation of most-favoured-nation clauses in relation to substantive and procedural provisions

3. Negotiations and renegotiations of “mega-regionals”

4. Protection against expropriation and the “right to regulate”

II. Contours of Public Policy: Scaling the Indian Arbitration Scenario

1. Fraud as a Ground for Arbitration

2. Emergency Arbitration in India

3. Two Tier Arbitration in India

4. Limitation Period Issues in Arbitration Proceedings

5. Validity of pre-arbitration dispute resolution clauses

III. International commercial arbitration: reinventing the practice

1. New Perspectives on Cost Allocation in ICA

2. International Commercial Arbitration and Technology: Challenges from the New Perspective

3. Relocation of arbitration practice: against the principle of Lex Loci Arbitri?

4. Case for Punitive Damages in the ICA

5. Jurisdiction-Specific Issues: The Need for Comprehensive Legal Reforms

6. Summary Awards in International Commercial Arbitration

IV. Mapping New Horizons in Dispute Resolution: Latest Trends and Sectors

1. Reconciling cross-border insolvency with the ICA

2. Industry specific issues in arbitration (e.g. maritime, construction, oil and gas, etc.)

3. International arbitration as an instrument of economic development

To note: The subtopics and subtopics mentioned above are only illustrative and not exhaustive, and the authors are free to write about any other subtopics, as long as they fall within the general scope of the topic of this review.

Submission Categories

RSRR invites papers in the following categories:-

Articles (5,000 to 10,000 words)

· Short notes (3,500 to 5,000 words)

Case comments (2,000-4,000 words)

· Legislative commentary (2,500 to 4,000 words)

Articles of normative law (3,000 to 5,000 words)

Instructions for authors

1. All submissions must be in Garamond, font size 12, spacing 1.5.

2. All footnotes should be in Garamond 10, single-spaced, and should conform to the University of Oxford’s standard for citing legal authorities (OSCOLA) citation mode

3. Margins: left 1 inch and right 1 inch, top 1 inch and bottom 1 inch (A4).

4. The word limit excludes all footnotes.

5. Co-authoring is allowed for a maximum of 2 authors.

6. All submissions must include an abstract of no more than 250 words.

8. All submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter in a separate document indicating contact information for the author(s).

9. All entries must be submitted in .doc/ .docx formatting only.

10. The author or authors are solely responsible for the accuracy of any facts, opinions or viewpoints stated in the submitted article. If plagiarism is found in the content of the submitted article, the manuscript will be subject to rejection.

Submission procedure

Abstracts and articles should be sent to [email protected]rgnul.ac.inwith the subject “Submission for Volume 9, Number 2 – Submission Type (Article/Short Note/Case Commentary/Normative Law Articles)”.
Abstract and article submissions must accompany a cover letter specifying the author’s name, designation, institute, contact number and email for future reference in the body of the mail itself.


The last date for abstract submission is December 20, 2022 before 11:59 p.m. (IST).

The deadline for final paper submission is February 11th 2023 at 11:59 p.m. (IST).


For more details, see the attached call for papers.

Crews search for a hiker in the mountains of northern New Hampshire


FRANCONIA, NH — Crews were searching for a missing hiker in northern New Hampshire on Monday.

Emily Sotelo, 19, of Westford, Massachusetts, was dropped off Sunday morning at a campground in Franconia Notch State Park, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said. His hiking route included Mount Lafayette, Haystack and Flume.

Authorities said she was not dressed for the cold. Temperatures at higher elevations on Sunday were near zero. Winds were at 30-40 mph, making the wind chill factor in the range of 30 degrees below zero.

Searchers began looking for her later on Sunday, after she failed to return. A number of search and rescue teams continued on Monday. A National Guard Blackhawk helicopter also assisted in the search.

Hikers who may have encountered Sotelo are asked to notify the New Hampshire State Police dispatcher.

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Community Review Board continues its charge and announces new members


Syracuse University’s Community Review Board (CRB) continues its important work as an independent entity that reviews and provides input into certain matters involving the University’s Department of Public Safety (DPS). The council’s areas of responsibility include:

  • reviewing appeals of civil complaints regarding the conduct of DPS officers (after a formal complaint has been filed with DPS Internal Affairs);
  • comment on any new DPS policies, procedures and training;
  • examine the main functions of the DPS in contact with the community; and
  • Issue to the University community an annual public report of findings and recommendations.

The council was created in the fall of 2021 on the recommendation of former Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch following her independent review of the DPS in early 2021, and has spent much of its first year laying bases of its operations.

As recommended by Lynch, the council is made up of 11 members: three undergraduates, one graduate student, one law student, two faculty members, two staff members, and two trustees. Current membership includes:

  • Yusuf S. Abdul-Qadir, Graduate Student, School of Information Studies
  • Mary Grace Almandrez, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Linda Baguma, Undergraduate Student, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jordan Beasley, Undergraduate Student, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Sam Castleberry, Undergraduate Recruitment Specialist, College of Visual and Performing Arts (Vice Chair)
  • Theresa A. Jenkins, Academic Advisor, Newhouse School of Public Communications
  • Milton R. Laufer, Principal and Associate Professor, School of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Adia Santos, Undergraduate Student, College of Arts and Sciences and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
  • Brianna C. Sclafani, Graduate Student, Faculty of Law (Chair)
  • Salatha Willis, Associate Athletic Director Diversity & Inclusion, Student Athletic Development
  • Corrinne B. Zoli, Research Professor, Forensic Science Institute

The council is also served by two advisers – Bethaida “Bea” González, former vice president for community engagement, special assistant to the chancellor and dean of University College, as senior adviser and Melvin “Tony” Perez, former Chief of Public Safety for Monroe Community College, as an expert law enforcement consultant.

“I decided to serve because it is my duty as a member of the community,” says Salatha T. Willis Jr., one of the new board members. “As employees of our campus, it is important that we actively participate in shaping community standards for students and staff on campus as well as for the Syracuse community as a whole.”

Earlier in the semester, the CRB heard its first case, and the board was recently asked to provide comments on an updated DPS standard operating procedure regarding the arrest, detention, and transportation of arrestees.

“It’s exciting and rewarding to be fully operational as a board and get down to business,” says Sclafani, who has chaired the board since its inception. “I look forward to continuing to collaborate with our board members and all students, faculty and staff who need our services, and to contribute positively to the experience of all members of our community. .”

In early spring, the board will issue a call for new members for the 2023-24 academic year. The CRB also plans to hold its annual open forum in March before spring break. The entire university community will be invited to ask questions, provide feedback, and express their experiences with DPS on campus.

To learn more or to connect with CRB members, visit its webpage or email [email protected]

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Husband Brad Falchuk Deserves More Attention, Wife Says


Back in 2010, Gwyneth Paltrow fans were thrilled to see their idol show off her singing and dancing abilities as Holly Holliday on the TV show. Joy. Although some might have forgotten that she released a hit song in 2000, many were aware of her talents and they loved how she slotted into the hit show. They didn’t know the impact it would have on the goop the life of the founder.

In 2015, Paltrow went public with her relationship with Brad Falchuk, the co-creator of the hit show. The couple married three years later. And while the Shakespeare in love star is undoubtedly the most famous in the relationship, her husband is also quite fat. He was one of the creators of some of television’s greatest shows. It seems that Falchuk is one of Hollywood’s best kept secrets.


Brad Falchuk is flying under the radar in Hollywood

Falchuk’s entry into the industry was due in part to struggles in high school. Coming from a family of brilliant academics, he was anything but. To cope with his poor grades, he created a specific persona, dressing in a jacket and tie because, as he put it, “that’s what a smart person looks like”.

Since reading was a struggle for him, he was drawn to the visual appeal of television and started shooting horror movies on a VHS camera.

It was not until his second year at Hobart and William Smith colleges that Falchuk was diagnosed with severe dyslexia. His condition finally named, he was able to remedy it and adapt his learning methods. As a result, he began to find success, especially in the field of writing.

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Falchuk then attended the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, and began writing for science fiction shows. Earth: Final Conflict and Mutant X. In 2003, he got his big break when he was hired by rising star Ryan Murphy as a junior writer for a new show called Pinch/Tuck.

An edgy drama about a plastic surgery practice immediately grabbed audiences’ attention with its graphic scenes in the operating room. Nip/Tuck has become one of TV’s most outrageous shows.

In its first season, it became the highest rated cable series of all time for ages 18-49 and 25-54 and ran for six seasons. Working on all 100 episodes together cemented the relationship between Falchuk and Murphy, and the two went on to become co-creators and executive producers of some of TV’s biggest hits.

For their next television project, they have decided to move away from the cynicism of Pinch/Tuck. At the time, Fox executives were looking for a scripted series with music, and in association with fellow writer Ian Brennan, who had written a script about high school show choirs, Falchuk and Murphy developed Joy, which was a resounding success.

Nip/Tuck And Glee Weren’t Falchuk’s Only Hits

The partnership’s new show was even bigger than Pinch/Tuckand became universally beloved, with fans desperate to find out what was going on behind the scenes, as well as on screen.

Joy has also brought many accolades to its stars and creators. Season 1 drew an astonishing 86 nominations, including 19 Emmys and 4 Golden Globes. The show walked away with 37 of the awards it was nominated for.

Falchuk, Brennan and Murphy’s next collaboration was also a hit. The FX series american horror story was nominated for 49 Primetime Emmy Awards in 3 seasons, winning two awards for Outstanding Limited Series. Falchuk himself was nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special.

RELATED: Who Will Star In American Horror Stories Season 2?

The man who prefers to stay behind the scenes has also been involved in other massive hits, like Scream queens and the Netflix Series The Politician, which stars his wife Paltrow alongside Ben Platt and Jessica Lange.

The team also created 9-1-1 and the Golden Globe®-nominated revolutionary Laidan FX series about NYC’s LGBTQ ballroom subculture.

Although much of the brilliance of the work they did together went to Ryan Murphy, Falchuk was an integral part of the creative process, and Paltrow pushed for more recognition for her husband.

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Falchuk admitted it wasn’t just his wife who pushed him to go it alone. Speaking to WSJ Magazine, he said his agent, brother, friends and Ryan Murphy have all been supportive of him pursuing his own projects.

In 2010, he created the production company Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision. A year earlier, he had signed an overall four-year deal with Netflix to develop, write, produce and direct new series.

The first of these was confirmed in February 2022, when Netflix ordered an eight-episode drama series titled The Sun Brothers. Falchuk will work with television newcomer Byron Wu.

Brad Falchuk also runs a foundation

Among all the other jobs he does, Falchuk also gives back to the community. Remembering what it was like growing up and struggling to fit in, he co-founded Young storytellers in 1997 with his partners Mikkel Bondesen and Andrew Barrett.

Using the art of storytelling, the nonprofit program helps fourth-grade students at more than 80 Los Angeles public schools create their own scripts and uses celebrity actors for staged readings.

Falchuk once said, “I’m not the front person. It was never my thing,” but behind the scenes he is steadily building a career that has seen him become one of the television industry’s most influential producers and inspiring writers.

Impact of marital status on overall survival in patients with early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma


Demographics and basic characteristics

We extracted data from 2446 patients eligible for stage Ia HCC from the SEER database between 2004 and 2016. Table 1 presents the demographic and baseline characteristics of the patients included in this search. The age of the patients at the time of diagnosis varied between 20 and 90 years with 59 years as the median age. We further applied RCS with 3 nodes (5th, 50th, and 95th percentiles) to assess the association between age at diagnosis and all CODs (Fig. 2A). Based on the result, the appropriate inflection point for age at diagnosis was also 59. Of all enrolled patients, 1397 (57.1%) patients were married and 1049 (42.9%) patients with HCC were classified as single or other. A total of 1860 (76.0%) patients underwent cancer surgery. Only 64 (2.6%) patients with HCC were treated with RT. The correlation coefficient of the different variables is shown in Fig. S1. No factor was strongly correlated with other baseline characteristics. Additionally, it was observed that male patients had a significantly higher proportion of positive marital status than single and other patients (45.0% versus 29.4%, P

Table 1 Baseline characteristics of patients with stage Ia HCC.
Figure 2

(A) A restricted cubic spline (RCS) demonstrated that 59 years was a reasonable threshold. (B) OS and CSS of patients with stage Ia HCC. (VS) Cumulative risk curves according to marital status.

Survival results

The 5- and 10-year OS rates were 58.2% (95% CI, 0.560 to 0.604) and 45.8% (95% CI, 0.431 to 0.485), respectively, with a median duration of OS of 96.0 months (95% CI, 82,920–109,080, Figure 2B). Of the 2446 patients with HCC, 326 patients died from HCC-NDSD, such as other infectious and parasitic diseases including HIV (n=122), other causes of death (n=39), and heart disease (n = 38), accounting for 61.0% of the total (Fig. S2). Table 1 presents the baseline characteristics of HCC patients who died from HCC-DSD and HCC-NDSD. The 5- and 10-year CSS rates were 69.1% (95% CI, 0.669 to 0.713) and 60.6% (95% CI, 0.577 to 0.635), accordingly, with CSS time median not reached at time of analysis (Fig. 2B). In married patients, the median duration of OS was 130.0 ± 7.7 months (95% CI, 114.961–145.039) and in patients classified as single and other, the median duration of OS was 65 .0 ± 5.6 months (95% CI, 53.951–76.049) .

Fine gray regression analysis

Univariate analysis using the Fine-Gray test suggested that age at diagnosis (PP= 0.004), marital status (PPPP

Table 2 Univariate analysis in patients with stage Ia HCC using a competing risk model.

We then used the six variables that had statistical significance in the univariate analysis entered into the Fine-Gray model. According to the results of the Fine-Gray regression model, the age at diagnosis (PPP= 0.007, HR = 1.402, 95% CI: 1.095–1.795; well or moderately differentiated vs. unknown, P= 0.032, HR = 1.169, 95% CI: 1.014–1.349), surgical resection of the primary site (no/unknown vs yes, PP= 0.009, HR = 0.819, 95% CI: 0.706-0.952) all served as prognostic indicators significantly associated with OS independently (Table 3). In addition, the NDSD multivariate analysis also indicated that marital status (married vs. single and other, P

Table 3 Multivariate analysis of OS in patients with stage Ia HCC with Cox regression model and Fine-Gray regression model.

Cox regression analysis

According to the results of Cox regression analysis, four clinicopathologic characteristics, namely age at diagnosis, sex, tumor differentiation, marital status and a treatment-related parameter (primary site surgery) were significantly associated with OS (Table S2). The results recorded from the multivariate analysis showed that the significant covariates were age at diagnosis (PPP= 0.005, HR = 1.398, 95% CI: 1.106–1.767; well or moderately differentiated vs. unknown, P= 0.055 HR = 1.146, 95% CI: 0.997–1.318) and surgical resection of the primary site (no/unknown vs yes, P

LGBTQIA+STEM Day 2022: an interview with Kenro Kusumi and Sarah Gordon


Sarah Gordon (SG): After completing my undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences and my Ph.D. in medical biochemistry at the University of Newcastle in Australia, I found myself on the other side of the world at the University of Edinburgh to undertake a postdoc in synaptic neurobiology. I was fortunate enough to be involved in many interesting projects, to meet some truly fantastic collaborators, and to begin the work that now forms a major foundation of my lab at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Melbourne (Australia). My team is really interested in the molecular machinery that controls neurotransmission and what happens when that machinery becomes dysfunctional.

Kenro Kusumi (KK): I am a genome biologist who has worked on projects ranging from human disease genetics to conservation genomics. I grew up in North Carolina and went to Harvard College, where I met my husband, who studies the complex behavior of social insects. My college and graduate studies took place as the HIV/AIDS epidemic unfolded and, as a gay scientist, I was committed to advancing AIDS education and doing what I could to accelerate HIV research. In fact, my early publications were on HIV virology and vaccines, and that experience has proven useful during the COVID-19 pandemic. My husband and I sailed to the UK for our postdoctoral fellowships, and I returned to start a professorship at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, working to identify the genes responsible for congenital forms of scoliosis. We were both finally able to find college positions at Arizona State University in 2006, and we’ve been in Phoenix ever since. Currently, my group is using the power of genomics to help conserve reptiles, especially turtles. Like many reptiles, half of the world’s turtle species are threatened with extinction, and my lab works closely with state and federal agencies to advance their conservation. We are working on genome sequencing-based population studies, including the endangered Mojave Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii), the Sonoran Desert Tortoise (G. morafkai) and the Texas tortoise (G. berlandieri). I believe that this work contributes to ensuring the survival of these species in the 22n/a century.

Booming segments of the payday loan market; Investors looking for stunning growth: Speedy Cash, OppLoans, Ace Cash Express, Money Mart


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NJ New Jersey, USA – (SBWIRE) – 11/17/2022 – The latest released Payday Loans Market Research has assessed the future growth potential of the Payday Loans market and provides useful insights and statistics on the structure and size of the market. The report aims to provide market insights and strategic insights to help decision makers make sound investment decisions and identify potential gaps and growth opportunities. Furthermore, the report also identifies and analyzes changing dynamics, emerging trends along with essential drivers, challenges, opportunities and restraints in the Payday Loans market. The study includes analysis of market shares and profiles of players such as CashNetUSA (USA), Speedy Cash (USA), Approved Cash Advance (USA), Check n’ Go (USA ), Ace Cash Express (US), Money Mart (US), LoanPig (UK), Street UK (UK), Peachy (UK), Satsuma Loans (UK), OppLoans (United States).

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Definition: Payday loans are small, short-term, unsecured loans that borrowers promise to repay on their next paycheck or regular income. Loans are typically $500 or less than $1,000 and mature within two to four weeks of receiving the loan and are usually priced at a flat rate, which means finance charges for the borrower. These unsecured loans have a short repayment period and are called payday loans because the term of a loan generally matches the payday period of the borrower. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, in 2017 there were 14,348 payday loan storefronts in the United States. About. 80% of payday loan seekers borrow again to pay off a previous payday loan. Payday loan regulations are the strictest in the Netherlands.

Market opportunities:
Growing adoption of payday lending in developing countries

Market trends:
~43% use 6 or more installment loans per year and 16% use more than 12 small loan products per year
Payday loans are an attractive alternative to popular credit cards

Market factors:
A growing number of payday loan users in North America and payday loans are only legal in 36 US states
Growing use of Quick Cash for emergencies

The global payday loans market segments and market data breakdown are illustrated below:
by type (one hour, instant online, cash advance), request (mortgage or rent, food and groceries, regular expenses (utilities, car payment, credit card bill or prescription drugs), unexpected expenses (expenses emergency medical services), others), Reimbursement period (up to 14 days, 1-2 months, 3-4 months, more than 4 months), end user (men, women)

The Global Payday Loans Market report highlights insights regarding current and future industry trends, growth patterns, as well as offers business strategies to help stakeholders make sound decisions that can help ensure the trajectory of earnings over the forecast years.

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Netherlands: Payday lenders must now acquire the appropriate license to operate and must comply with the maximum interest rate of the bank prime rate plus 12%. In 2013 and 2014, the Dutch government enforced this legislation in two landmark court cases in which it fined two companies found to be operating outside these regulations – this included a $2.2 million fine ( 2 million euros) to betaaldag.nl for failing to comply with tariff restrictions. and Canada: British Columbia has the strictest set of regulations: lenders cannot legally charge more than $15 per $100 for a two-week payday loan, and penalties for returned checks or debits pre-authorized are capped at $20.

Geographically, the detailed analysis of consumption, revenue, market share and growth rate of the following regions:
The Middle East and Africa (South Africa, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Egypt, etc.)
North America (United States, Mexico and Canada)
South America (Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, etc.)
Europe (Turkey, Spain, Turkey, Netherlands Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Russia UK, Italy, France, etc.)
Asia-Pacific (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Japan, Philippines, Korea, Thailand, India, Indonesia and Australia).

Report objectives
-To carefully analyze and forecast the Payday Loans market size by value and volume.
-Estimating the market shares of the main payday loan segments
– To present the Payday Loans market development in different parts of the world.
To analyze and study the micro markets in terms of their contributions to the Payday Loans market, their prospects, and individual growth trends.
-Offer accurate and useful details on factors affecting Payday Loans growth
-To provide a meticulous assessment of crucial business strategies employed by leading companies operating in the Payday Loans market, which include research and development, collaborations, agreements, partnerships, acquisitions, mergers, new developments and product launches.

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Main highlights of the table of contents:

Payday Loans Market Research Coverage:
It includes major manufacturers, emerging player’s growth story and major business segments of Payday Loans market, years considered and research objectives. Further, segmentation based on product type, application, and technology.
Executive Summary of Payday Loans Market: It gives a summary of overall studies, growth rate, available market, competitive landscape, market drivers, trends, and issues, along with macroscopic pointers.
Payday Loans Market Production by Region Payday Loans Market profile of manufacturers-players is studied based on SWOT, their products, production, value, financials and other vital factors .
Key points covered in the Payday Loans market report:
Overview, Definition and Classification of Payday Loans Market Drivers and Obstacles
Payday Loans Market Competition by Manufacturers
Analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on the payday loan market
Payday Loans Capacity, Production, Revenue (Value) by Region (2021-2027)
Payday Loan Supply (Production), Consumption, Export, Import by Region (2021-2027)
Payday Loan Production, Revenue (Value), Price Trend by Type {One Hour, Instant Online, Cash Advance}
Payday Loans Market Analysis by Application {Mortgage or Rent, Food and Groceries, Regular Expenses [Utilities, Car Payment, Credit Card Bill, or Prescription Drugs]Unforeseen expense [Emergency Medical Expense]Others}
Payday Loans Manufacturers Profiles/Analysis Payday Loans Manufacturing Cost Analysis, Industry/Supply Chain Analysis, Sourcing Strategy and Downstream Buyers, Marketing
Strategy by major manufacturers/players, standardization of connected distributors/traders, regulatory and collaborative initiatives, industry roadmap and analysis of value chain market effect factors.

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Answers to key questions
How feasible is the payday loan market for a long-term investment?
What are the factors influencing the demand for payday loans in the near future?
What is the impact analysis of various factors on the growth of the Global Payday Loans Market?
What are the recent regional market trends and how successful are they?

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Ultimate Essay Writing Checklist for College Students


Essay writing presents a dilemma for almost every student, and writing the best essays is not easy. To help you write the best essay every time your teacher or professor assigns you one, here is the ultimate essay writing checklist you should always use.

Let the guidelines help you become an essay writing pro.

What is the Ultimate Essay Writing Checklist?

What you need to confirm

Some of the things you need to make sure are in your essay before submitting it:

  • Review your essay requirements; It is essential to read your essay instructions before you start writing, as this will help you understand what you should write in each part of the essay.
    You need to stick to the topic, address it, and in the most appropriate way to get the best grades.
  • Choose a good topic; based on the stated instructions or follow what your speaker has given as a topic. Some essays offer suggested topics that can be applied in the essay; otherwise, you need to choose one carefully.
    Remember that the best topic will make it easier to write the best essay with ease.
  • Do content research; before you start writing by reviewing what other researchers and authors have written. You can find the best topic if you don’t have one, and your research will back it up.
  • Save a list of research, citations and evidence; to use as you write more so you can use the citations for citations and bibliography. This will save you time while you write and eliminate the risk of skipping a source you used in your essay, which could lead to plagiarism complaints.
  • Create an outline; your entire essay needs a clear outline for each part, introduction, thesis statement, body, and conclusion. Having a good outline before you start writing makes it easier for you to write and it will also take less time. It also keeps you on track and helps you focus on including relevant content that supports your thesis statement.
  • You can now write the essay; after creating your essay plan; although it can be difficult to write, this is one of the easiest steps. More so, if you check all the steps above. It is simply a matter of completing the outline you created above to develop a good essay draft. Sometimes it’s best to leave the introduction as the last part you write, as it should reflect your conclusion at the end of the essay.
  • Revise, edit and proofread carefully; your essay, as this part is considered the most essential written part. This is essential because it helps you confirm if it says exactly what you wanted it to mean and if it makes sense to other readers. The best way to do this is to leave the essay idle for a while and then read it again when your eyes are cool to catch mistakes more easily. Allow a friend to read it. Also use proofreading and plagiarism tools.
  • Make sure you have the quotes; it is the essential piece of the puzzle to ensure you have a good product. Provide any citations you used in the article in the sources section of the essay. Failure will cost you by plagiarism which affects even writing gurus. Give credit to your sources.

You might have a lot of writing experience, but this ultimate essay writing checklist for college students will take you to the next level.

Questions you should ask yourself before submitting the essay

These questions are essential to confirm that you have done all the right things before submitting the essay. Ask yourself the following questions before you even re-read the whole paper.

The questions are;

  1. Does the essay attract attention
    Reread the whole essay as if you hadn’t written it and try to determine if other readers will be interested in reading it to the end without getting bored. If it’s weak, doesn’t grab the reader, seems too predictable or even banal, leaves you hanging, and more. Don’t panic, just re-edit.
  2. Is my body clear?
    The body of your essay should always be informative and introduce the reader to everything they need to know about your topic and your thesis. Make sure the paragraph connections are available and the body is clear and all information is kept short. Provide all the details the reader will need to know.
  3. Will your conclusion create a firm impression?
    The conclusion is not a repetition of the ideas you highlighted in the essay, but rather should be a conclusion of the main parts. Make your readers feel like they didn’t waste their time reading the essay. It shouldn’t seem vague and then let them think about the story after.
  4. Is the bibliography correctly formatted?
    It must conform to the stated guidelines, and more so to the style of writing required by the assignment. Include all bibliographic references that you used in your essay according to the source listing rules.
  5. Is the essay free of grammatical and lexical errors?
    This should be confirmed when you read and re-read the essay in the last part of your writing. Make sure that all necessary phrases are included to avoid any misunderstanding by your reader. This can be achieved through the use of online grammar checkers that help eliminate grammar and lexicon errors.

This ultimate essay writing checklist for college students will ensure that the entire writing process is stress-free and successful as well. Be sure to familiarize yourself with each time you are assigned a tryout. If you think you need expert writing help, contact Academic Writing Services and find a professional writer to help you online. Your papers will always get you the best grades possible!

Category: NEW

Survival of people with cystic fibrosis in Australia


This study described the estimated survival of people with cystic fibrosis in Australia, with survival for people born in 2016-2020 being 56.3 years (95% CI: 51.2-60.4) using data from 2005 -2020. Our data demonstrate the increase in estimated median survival among Australians with cystic fibrosis over the past 15 years, with survival estimates comparable to international estimates. According to the results of our study, the main risk factors for poorer survival were poor lung function and poor nutritional status, underscoring the need for continued targeted interventions that slow the progression of lung disease and improve survival. nutrition.

National cystic fibrosis registries are valuable tools for performing quality survival analyzes and have been instrumental in demonstrating improved survival6. Many cystic fibrosis registers indicate the median age at death, supplemented by a graph representing the distribution of ages at death or the temporal evolution of this median age at death. The Canadian, Irish, British and American registries determine the median age of survival estimated according to the period approach2,8,16,18.

Our results present the overall and periodic survival of people with cystic fibrosis in Australia and the factors associated with survival. In 2012, the median age of survival varied from one country to another: 47.0 years in Australia (95% CI: 43.8-51.5), 49.7 years in Canada (95% CI: %: 46.1-52.2)543.5 years in UK (95% CI: 37.6–49.9)19 and 41.1 years in the United States (95% CI: 37.4 to 43.1)20. In recent years, the estimated median age of survival in Australia was no different from that reported by other registries. For example, in 2019, the median age of survival was estimated at 54.3 years in Canada21 and the US Cystic Fibrosis Foundation registry report calculated that the expected median age of survival for a child born that year with cystic fibrosis was 53.22.

Factors associated with poorer survival in the Australian CF population include receiving a lung transplant, lower lung function and lower BMI. Unlike previous studies, an unexpected association between survival and early age of diagnosis was observed in our study. This effect could be explained by a potentially higher proportion of people with severe genotypes identified through the NBS or presenting very early, the poorer quality of diagnostic data entered in the early years of the data registry, or an incidental finding .

Gender and pancreatic status were not independently associated with the probability of survival. This result is different from previously reported registry survival studies.2. The MacKenzie et al study23 reported that gender, F508del status, and increasing age at diagnosis were independently associated with survival in the United States, and female gender has long been associated with poorer survival in cystic fibrosis compared to to men2.24. Australia’s gender gap may narrow with improved treatment, diagnosis and trajectory of women’s lung function25.26although further studies are needed to confirm this.

Published data suggests that receiving a lung transplant is associated with earlier death27. This finding was also observed in our study. Similarly, lower lung function and lower BMI have also been shown to be associated with an increased risk of mortality.6,7,8,27,28,29. The results of our study and previous studies6,27,30 confirm the impact of lung function and nutritional status on survival in people with cystic fibrosis, showing that severe and moderate lung failure and undernutrition have a major impact on survival. These findings warrant the emphasis on interventions to optimize lung function and nutritional status in CF guidelines and standards of care.31.

The improvement in the median age of survival in cystic fibrosis can be attributed to many different factors, including NBS, nutritional interventions, proactive disease surveillance at the individual level and at the population level (including via the ACFDR), management of respiratory infections, access to new therapies and improved standards of care16,32,33. The impact of NBS on survival estimates would not be evident for several decades, until babies screened at birth reach an age where they would be at risk of death. NBS programs for cystic fibrosis were first implemented in the early 1970s at the Royal Gwent Hospital in the UK34. In Australia, NBS started in 1981 and was gradually implemented in different states/jurisdictions to become universal in 200135, potentially explaining the increase in the age of survival in recent years. People identified by the NBS had improved nutritional status and growth compared to people diagnosed with symptoms later in life36and some studies indicate improved lung function37. People identified at an early age benefit from early interventions to optimize nutrition, prevent and treat lung disease, and early monitoring for liver disease and other complications38.

CFTR modulating therapies have the potential to reduce symptoms and increase survival for a growing number of people with cystic fibrosis6. In Australia, the first CFTR modulator (ivacaftor) was approved from December 2014, with lumacaftor/ivacaftor (OrkambiR) tezacaftor/ivacaftor (SymdekoR) and elexacaftor/tezacaftor/ivacaftor (TrikaftaR) available for patients from October 2018, December 2019 and April 2022 respectively9. It is too early to see the impact of these new therapies on survival, although the estimated median age of survival for people with cystic fibrosis in Australia is expected to continue to improve. Data from the Australian Cystic Fibrosis Registry is an essential tool to assess the impact of CFTR modulator therapies on future clinical outcomes, including long-term survival6.

Strengths and limitations

The strengths of our study include the large sample size, the longitudinal data within ACFDR, the consistency of our results across multiple subgroups, and the unified approach to analysis. There is a very high participation rate at the center level as well as in the registry, as since mid-2019 participating centers receive payment for data submission, resulting in a comprehensive national picture of the CF population in Australia.11. Additionally, this study is part of the longest cohort of patients diagnosed via NBS35.

Because ACFDR does not capture identifiable data, some death and transplant data could not be verified through national links. In addition, data on CF-related comorbidities, such as CF-related diabetes and chronic infections with P. aeruginosa were not analyzed separately and could influence survival results. Some data elements were not fully captured for the early years of this analysis (i.e. microbiology, cystic fibrosis-related diabetes, and socioeconomic status), so we could not account for of these factors in our analyses. The differentiation between NBS diagnosis and clinical diagnosis based on meconium ileus/growth retardation in the first weeks is not absolutely clear and could affect the quality of diagnostic data. A database overhaul conducted in 2018 and a new registry format will improve the quality and completeness of registry records and greater accuracy for future analyzes derived from registry data9.10.

Meet the 2022 Friday Medal Winners


One is a practitioner who connects students with learning differences to post-secondary opportunities and STEM careers. The other is called the “father of multicultural education”. This year’s Friday Medal recipients, Joann Blumenfeld and James Banks, have one thing in common: a commitment to fairness.

For the first time since 2017, the William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State’s College of Education has recognized several award winners.

“This year, we want to recognize the bridge the Friday Institute serves to connect researchers and practitioners, both of which are essential to our mission to advance educational innovation so that all learners are set to succeed,” said Shaun Kelloggacting executive director of the Friday Institute.

The Friday Medal honors significant, distinguished, and enduring contributions to education and beyond by advocating innovation, advancing education, and inspiring.

James Banks

Banks is a specialist in social studies and multicultural education, having written or edited over 20 books and 100 articles in these areas.

“Known as the ‘Father of Multicultural Education’ for his pioneering work in the field, Dr. Banks paved the way for generations of teachers, shaping the minds of countless K-12 teachers” , said the acting director of program evaluation and educational research. Callie Womble Edwards, who called Banks one of her research heroes.

Banks has received numerous academic awards, including the Teaching English to Speakers of Other LanguagesInc. (TESOL) 1998 Presidents Awardthe National Council for the Social Studies 2001 Distinguished Career Research in Social Studies Award and the inauguration American Educational Research Association (AERA) Social Justice in Education Award in 2004.

Banks also received, along with Cherry A. McGee Banks, the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education. He is a former president of the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) and the American Association for Research in Education (AREA). He is a Fellow of the AERA and an elected member of the National Academy of Education and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

“Receiving this medal is particularly appreciated as it is a source of hope, aspiration and inspiration (at a time) when the teaching of race in school and the pursuit of racial equality are seriously challenged questioned by a well-orchestrated attack on multicultural education disguised as the claim that we teach critical race theory,” Banks said.

James Banks (left) and Joann Blumenfeld are this year’s Friday Medal winners. Rupen Fofaria/EducationNC

Joann Blumenfeld

Blumenfeld taught for 20 years in the Wake County Public School System, including as an outstanding teacher of children. She developed the belief that students learn best by doing – especially students with learning differences. She also became obsessed with statistics of underemployment among people with learning differences.

“Joann was determined — so she told me — to equip people who think differently to create a better world,” said Jason Painter, director of NC State’s Science House. “And I love that.”

Blumenfeld left the K-12 space to found the Catalyst program located at The House of Sciences. Catalyst is an award-winning high school program designed to create STEM opportunities for students with disabilities.

She recently launched and serves as Program Director of a second program, Connecting Autistic Students to Geographic Information Systems and Technology (GIST), which introduces ninth and tenth graders to the burgeoning field of drone piloting.

“I appreciate this honor,” Blumenfeld said. “But the real honor goes to the Catalyst and GIST participants who continue to grow, persevere, work hard and use all of their wonderful skills and talents and demonstrate that innovative programs like Catalyst and GIST can succeed in STEM and help to create an inclusive environment, a diverse and innovative STEM workforce.

Blumenfeld was a Kenan Fellowa NASA Educator Ambassadora North Carolina Science Leadership Fellowa National Association of Science Teachers Beginning Teachers Dow Fellow, a World See Global Music Fellow and one National Foundation for the Humanities Fellowship.

In 2022, she is selected by Time reviewed as Innovative teacher.

Rupen Fofaria

Rupen Fofaria is the Equity and Learning Differences Reporter at EducationNC. It exists to shed light, including telling stories about under-reported issues.

Three aces named to MVC scholarship athlete teams


VMC Women’s Soccer Athlete-Scholarship Teams

ST. LOUIS, Missouri — Three members of the University of Evansville women’s soccer team were named to the Missouri Valley Conference Scholars-Athlete Team Tuesday for their work both on the soccer field and in class.

Juniors Rachel Rosborough (Mt. Brydges, Ont./Strathroy District Collegiate Institute) and Emily Wiebe (Mequon, Wis./Homestead) both earned first-team MVC Scholar-Athlete Team honors in a vote of the directors of league sports information. Fifth-year forward Emily Ormson (Folsom, Calif./Vista del Lago) also earned MVC Athlete-Scholar Team honors.

On the pitch, Rosborough was a third-team all-Valley player in defense, allowing just 10 of 113 EU-allowed shots in MVC play as an EU starting right-back, while playing every minute of league play. In the classroom, Rosborough carries a 3,986 GPA in EU primary education. Wiebe boasts a perfect 4.00 UE GPA in civil engineering and has played 15 of 16 UE games, with nine starts, as a defensive midfielder. Ormson, meanwhile, earned MVC Athlete-Scholar Team honors by sporting a 3.687 GPA in classroom communications and earning second-team All-Valley honors in the field while also placing fourth in MVC in points (13) and third in goals scored (five).

Missouri State’s Grace O’Keefe and UNI’s Lauren Heinsch shared co-researcher-athlete of the year honors as both players boast perfect GPAs of 4.00 at their institutions and have won the all-conference first-team honors in the field.

The criteria for the honor parallels the CSC (formerly CoSIDA) standards for All-America Academic Voting. Applicants must be beginners or significant reserves with at least a cumulative GPA of 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale). In addition, students must have appeared in at least 75% of regular season games or played in the MVC tournament. Student-athletes must have reached the second-year athletic and academic level at their institution (true freshmen and redshirt freshmen are not eligible) and must have completed at least one full academic year at their establishment. Sports information directors from MVC institutions voted for the team. A total of 43 student-athletes have met the criteria for the award.

“Clemson University Research Data Management Needs Assessment”


The article linked below was published today (November 14, 2022) by the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.


Clemson University Research Data Management Needs Assessment


Megane Sheffield
Clemson University

Karen B Burton
University of South Carolina Greenville School of Medicine)


Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 10(1)

DO I: 10.31274/jlsc.13970


Research data management (RDM) is a growing practice area within academic librarianship and information management. Research data is generated by researchers studying and describing new information; often the data generated is numerical in nature, for example, in spreadsheets or computer code. Researchers are experts in their field but may not possess the same skills as librarians and other information professionals in organizing, preserving and sharing information. As a field, RDM encompasses a wide range of activities that include documenting and managing research data during a research project as well as sharing and preserving data after the research project is completed. Academic libraries can offer a variety of services that support researchers through the research life cycle; these services vary by institution. Clemson University faculty, staff, and graduate students were surveyed by the library about their GDR needs in the spring of 2021. The survey was based on previous surveys from 2012 and 2016 to allow for comparison, but the language has been updated and additional questions have been added as the field of RDM has evolved. Survey results indicated that researchers are more likely overall to save and share their data, but the process of cleaning and preparing data for sharing was a barrier. Few researchers reported including metadata when sharing or consulting the library for help writing a data management plan (DMP). Researchers want GDR resources; Effectively offering and marketing these resources will enable libraries to both support researchers and encourage best practices. Understanding researchers’ needs and offering time-saving services and hands-on training options makes it easier for researchers to follow GDR best practices. Awareness and integrated partnerships that support the research lifecycle are critical next steps to ensure effective data management.

Source: 10.31274/jlsc.13970

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ([email protected]) is a librarian, writer, consultant and frequent speaker based in the Washington DC metro area. He received his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards, including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program Alumnus of the Year. From 2006 to 2009, he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy that supports enterprise product and business model teams with just-in-time fact finding and insight.

Learn programming languages ​​for a career in data science


Satish Gupta currently works as Director of AI and Analytics at Cognizant. He provides global support for all R&D, discovery and analysis for the company’s pharmaceutical, life sciences and healthcare customers.

He supported the clinical and agronomic applications of the Bayer Crop Sciences account as a consultant in the field of life sciences at TCS, Delhi. Additionally, he was a member of the team that validated the NGS panels used in oncology to meet the compliance requirements of CAP/CLIA/NABL auditing bodies.

INDIAai interviewed Satish Gupta to get his perspective on AI.

It’s great to see someone with a bioscience degree employed in data science. How it all began ?

Science is an evolving subject that is constantly improving thanks to the implementation of new methods and technologies resulting from research. Bioinformatics is a subject that gives life science students exposure to algorithms, databases, statistics, and programming. All the aspiration to learn new topics and the demand for applying bioinformatics in current scientific research has gradually pushed many of us towards data science. There are many quality universities and institutes offering bioinformatics courses and meeting the demand of the scientific and pharmaceutical sector. The application of third/fourth generation technologies to scientific research has dumped vast amounts of data into our bucket to inspire us to know more and make meaningful interpretation of it. This is called the age of data and life sciences, the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry has exploited it very well.

Who motivated you to pursue a career in AI? What was the driving force?

I would say it was a progressive movement, and “Bioinformatics” was a buzzword during our master’s, and it affected us. I was interested in starting my career in the industry after my master’s degree in biotechnology, but I was not satisfied for several reasons. The hunt to join the industry has made us aware of the upcoming demand for bioinformatics. Bioinformatics course at JNU, New Delhi gave me good exposure to databases, statistics and programming which motivated me to pursue my work later in research institutes and further my career in the industry in different roles. There is a massive demand for resources in the modern way of looking at data. This is called “Explainable AI”, where these mixtures of expertise are well adjusted. As soon as big data is part of its journey, AI must accompany it.

What were the first obstacles you encountered? How did you conquer them?

As mentioned, my current goal was to pursue a career in industry, but I needed help taking a break even after graduation in bioinformatics. So I started working in major research institutes in India to gain experience and break into the industry as they always prefer an experienced candidate over a fresher one. I have also connected with people working in academia and industry through various conferences, workshops and meetings. Proactive networking always works best for me. It also allows you to learn and become aware of new aspects in the scientific field. After a few years of working in a research institute, I broke into the industry, but soon realized the need for higher education for personal growth.

What are your responsibilities as Director of AI and Analytics for Bioinformatics and Life Sciences at Cognizant?

It is quite a challenging role where I have to keep abreast of recent trends in the life sciences, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. Cognizant is a service provider and as a business unit we are focused on engaging AI and analytics for our business partners based on the required objectives. Therefore, I need to understand the exact requirements from an R&D, discovery and analysis perspective and provide a solution strategy. At the same time, I’m also trying to understand their broader theme of work and collaborations to bring together pain points where we can support, provide a solution, and have a lasting business relationship.

Tell me about your doctoral research. What have been your research contributions?

Research has focused on studying genetic and environmental modifiers of cancer risk. I have been mainly involved in the analysis of the modifying effects of selenium in blood plasma/serum and polymorphism of selenium (Se) metabolizing genes on cancer risk in CHEK2 and patients with lung, laryngeal cancer and colorectal not selected. I also explored the role of methylation in cancer-related genes and of selenoprotein in breast carcinoma. Some of the findings were:

  • A higher Se concentration is significantly associated with a lower probability of cancer incidence.
  • The Se concentration can be a valuable marker for the early detection of cancers in the group studied.
  • The effect of blood serum selenium level on cancer incidence may depend on genotypes in selenoprotein genes.
  • BRCA1 promoter methylation in peripheral blood is associated with breast cancer risk in patients with negative germline BRCA1 mutations.

I also collaborated with several research groups and published >10 publications during my PhD.

Is programming expertise essential for bioscience graduates who want to work in artificial intelligence?

I highly recommend exposure to the language of the program if opting for a career in data science. This again depends on the demand for the role and responsibilities. For example, data scientist would need more statistical knowledge with good understanding and experience in programming, and data engineer, additionally, would also need an advanced level of experience in algorithm development, in experimental design and programming. Understanding cloud technologies is essential because everything is deployed in the cloud. One can learn and hone their skills through many online learning platforms.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to work in artificial intelligence research? What do they need to focus on to move forward?

AI is an application that we can implement in different fields, from health, banking, finance, market research, agriculture, climatology, etc. Understanding any area of ​​interest and determining the challenges in that particular area can be tapped using AI. The next approach would be to research the available data and define a problem statement to be solved using data science methods. Here I assume prior experience with programming. Beginners can start by learning the basics of Python or R and data science modules. The flow that I consider appropriate is a good understanding of the area of ​​interest, knowledge of at least one programming language, knowledge of statistics and cloud-based approaches, a good grasp of data and the implementation of data science on problem statement. There are many materials and courses on the web to get you certified.

What scientific articles and publications have had the most impact on your life?

I have always worked on genetics, genomics and bioinformatics throughout my career. I admire articles, blogs, and research papers on implementing AI/ML-based approaches to problem solving in drug discovery and precision medicine. It is interesting to read about the multi-omics process for analyzing and interpreting OMICS data, the integration of data from disparate sources and how we can implement the FAIR guidelines. The post-COVID era has increased the application of AI/ML approaches in clinical sciences. It is interesting to learn more about decentralized trials and the extensive efforts to use real-world data (RWD) for decision-making in patient recruitment, patient stratification, and adverse drug reactions. AI plays an important role in the pharmaceutical industry, and FDA and EMEA regulations on AI would be interesting to watch in the development of medical devices, thus shortening the duration of drug development.

Queensland scholar explores ‘Hercules: The Many-Faced Hero’


An upcoming conference organized by the University of Sydney features the multiple and diverse portrayals of folk art’s most recognizable ancient Greek hero: Hercules.

The presentation focuses on the different facets of the hero by examining how writers, filmmakers and other artists have exploited them.

“We have more stories about Hercules than any other figure in Greek myth. […] Collectively, these tales portray a hero torn by contradiction; brave and stoic in one case, cowardly and debauched in another,” reads the conference blurb.

“Through the figure of Hercules we can see the full range of human emotions and experiences represented. He is us when we are at our best and at our worst. He inspires us, amuses us and horrifies us in equal measure .

The lecture will be presented at the University of Sydney by Professor Alastair Blanshard, Paul Eliadis Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Queensland.

The academic chair was established with a million dollar gift from Greek-Australian oncologist Dr Paul Eliadis to the university in 2019.

Professor Blanshard recently co-edited a collection on the depiction of Hercules in the 20th and 21st centuries and is also the author of ‘Hercules: A Heroic Life’.

‘Hercules: The Many-Faced Hero’ will be presented on Thursday 8 December at the Nelson Meers Foundation Auditorium, Chau Chak Wing Museum, University Pl, Camperdown NSW 2006. Admission free.

Following the lecture, a reception will be held to officially launch the University of Sydney’s latest exhibition ‘Hercules: Myth and Legacy’ exploring the hero’s labors through the animals, art and cultural artefacts that bear his name in through the ages.

For more information visit https://www.sydney.edu.au/museum/whats-on/talks-and-events/hercules–the-hero-with-many-faces.html

B.C. Indigenous scholar Margo Greenwood named senator


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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the appointment of a new senator, Margo Greenwood, who will represent British Columbia.

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Greenwood is a decorated scholar of Cree ancestry who has expertise in the health and education of Indigenous children.

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She comes to the Red Room after serving as a professor of education at the University of Northern British Columbia.

Margo Greenwood of Vernon was named senator on Thursday. PNG

Greenwood was appointed in June to a three-year term as interim scientific director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Indigenous Health, which is housed by the university.

Since 2004, she has also been Academic Director of the National Collaborating Center for Aboriginal Health.

His appointment follows the advice of an independent advisory committee that assesses candidates for Senate vacancies and makes recommendations to the Prime Minister.

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Greenwood is the 63rd senator to join the upper house through the process, which Trudeau introduced early in his term.

In a statement, Trudeau said her academic expertise and dedication to the well-being of Indigenous communities “would make her a strong voice for British Columbians.”

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First-Ever ACE Award Winners Recognized as Part of Compliance Week: UNM Newsroom


The winners of UNM’s first-ever Office of Compliance, Ethics, and Equal Opportunity (CEEO) ACE Awards have been announced.

UNM Compliance Week adhered to the ACE theme, Advancing Ethics and Compliance. In addition to a week of events between November 7 and 11, the office is celebrating four ACE award winners.

The CEEO recognizes individuals across campus who dedicate their work to advancing compliance and ethics and promoting a better UNM. The following four honorees were chosen for their contributions that enhance and promote a healthy, ethical, and UNM-compliant work and learning environment.

Dr. Barbara Rodriguez | Senior Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs
Always ready to collaborate in anything that improves the lives of faculty, Barbara Rodriguez exemplifies the integrity of ACE’s leadership skills. SVP Rodriguez oversees the Office of Academic Personnel which
provides information to administrators and faculty to help them navigate the policies and procedures that govern their rights and responsibilities as UNM employees. The Office oversees the handling of all personnel matters relating to primary and secondary campus faculty and helps ensure compliance with University policies and procedures, as well as applicable state and federal laws and regulations. to the faculty of the main and secondary campuses.

Amy Begin | Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance/Athletics Assistant Title IX Coordinator
Athletics Compliance is a robust function that seeks excellence and integrity in the UNM athletics program. From coordinating life skills programs for athletes to educating and monitoring compliance with NCAA regulations, Amy Beggin ensures that our Lobo athletes are good students and competitive athletes and that UNM meets the myriad of NCAA and Mountain West regulations. Amy also serves as the UNM Title IX Assistant Coordinator for Athletics, ensuring that athletes can compete and learn without harassment or gender discrimination.

Dr. Angela Catena | UNM Title IX Coordinator
The role of the Title IX coordinator is complex and constantly changing due to constant changes to federal sex discrimination laws. Dr. Catena’s function at UNM is to coordinate the efforts of the main and secondary campuses to comply with Title IX regulations. This includes developing a complaints procedure for people who experience gender discrimination, overseeing investigations into gender discrimination, and preventing sexual discrimination and misconduct through training and education. The role is multi-faceted and emotionally challenging, and Angela works hard to ensure that working and learning at UNM is safe, healthy and fair.

Jeff Gassaway | Information Security Officer (ISO)
In an era of rapidly developing technology, Jeff Gassaway’s role is critical in promoting compliance and ethics at UNM. ISO helps protect our data and information from viruses, hackers and threats. ISO also tracks vulnerabilities, stays abreast of complex data security laws, and develops policies, procedures, and initiatives that ensure the security of student and employee data and private information. Behind the scenes, the ISO is working hard to protect Lobo’s privacy and vital data.

Winners will be presented with a plaque and will be featured on social media. There will be a small reconnaissance gathering on Nov. 18, at the CEEO from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be cake and snacks.

Learn more about Compliance Week and CEOO on the Office of Compliance, Ethics and Equal Opportunity.

Why develop a statement of purpose for your career and life (opinion)


Like many of my colleagues, I found myself looking for something – anything – to inspire me in the fall of 2020. I had managed to pivot my classes during the previous spring semester and found myself familiar with synchronous and asynchronous online teaching. I released a major publication in May 2020. I have been involved in some of the highest levels of service in my field.

However, I had started to feel like I belonged and my purpose in academia was quickly fading. I mentored my own graduate students, offering encouragement and a safe place to share frustrations, but where was my mentor? I wasn’t burnt out like so many of my colleagues, but I needed to figure out my next “why” in my career. When the call went out from our Center of Academic Excellence for a mid-career learning group called ReVision, I quickly joined the cohort.

From the first meeting, I knew I had found a place to be vulnerable and honest. We talked about how, even 20 years later, many of us were still trying to please our supervisors with our research. We discussed how the pandemic has taught us the importance of getting away from our screens and spending time with our family. We talked openly about how tired we felt, both professionally and personally, and shared ideas on how to recharge in the classroom. It would be at least a year before the publication of “The Great Faculty Disengagement” by Kevin R. McClure at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Alisa Hicklin Fryar at the University of Oklahoma, but in hindsight the description in this article is precisely what some of us felt in this group.

The cohort started reading the book The Peak Performing Professor: A Practical Guide to Productivity and Happiness. We began by asking ourselves why we embarked on the career of teaching and research at the college level and what motivated us to stay. We have studied how we manage the time of our lives, including aspects of community, health and relationships. Through a long process of self-reflection, we began to create our statement of intent. My statement of purpose ended up being “to encourage, motivate, and help others find their own path and understand their own why.”

This statement of purpose sounds like someone who was meant to be in the classroom, an academic who was dedicated to students and educational research. This is where I have always seen myself. But I was a little surprised when we embarked on the task of writing our own mission statement, where we outlined our strengths. I was surprised that so many of my strengths (organizing, leadership, teaching) relate to community – which has been so lost during the pandemic. My final professional mission stated: “I want to mentor, lead and teach for/to/with students, colleagues and administrators who want opportunity and change”.

The end of the mission chapter ended with a quote that read “Mission makes strong yeses and easy noes”. I wrote both my purpose and my mission statement, along with this exact quote, on my office wall and stared at it throughout this fall. I researched every activity I was involved in and determined if it was part of my purpose and mission. Within a month, I had resigned as editor of a leading journal in my field and a major academic committee. I threw myself into mentoring students and professors, teaching, and doing research that matched that goal. Strong yeses and easy noes.

From that moment on, every decision I made was based on those mission and purpose statements. When an email came in from Lipscomb University in the fall of 2021 applying for an Academic Director position for their growing school of music, I considered the possibilities, but didn’t seriously think I could. leaving my college home of 17 years. I was titular; I was a full professor and ran a successful graduate program. I had just published an article in Inside Higher Education it was a love letter to my own graduate students. Lipscomb didn’t even have a graduate program in music.

Yet, as the weekend wore on and the email lingered in my inbox, I wondered if a new administrative/teaching role was a better fit for my assignment. Could I leave comfort and security behind and go to the “dark side” of administration? I decided to apply for one reason: the position corresponded to my objective and my mission. Strong yeses and easy noes.

When I visited the Lipscomb campus in early spring 2022, I quickly knew I had to start packing my office in North Carolina. Every lamppost on campus had a flag that read “Magnify Your Purpose.” I took a photo of this flag and sent it to the leaders of the ReVision group, describing this moment of clarity before I even started my full day of meetings, interviews and educational demonstrations.

The administration has been honest and open about some of the issues in a department that had experienced a growth rate of over 150% over the past five years. New teachers needed to be hired, more connections needed to be made in the Nashville music community, and the curriculum needed to be redesigned to better meet the needs of the musician. During the interview, I also had the chance to spend an hour with only the student body of the School of Music. Many search processes have drop-in times for students to visit applicants, but something about that was different. I was in a room with only students, and they were ready to talk. They shared with me what they were looking for in their Academic Director, and I knew I wanted to teach students and lead the school in its growth. I took pages and pages of notes and was truly inspired by their honesty and commitment to making the School of Music even better.

A few hours later, I was sitting at dinner with seven of my future colleagues, where they talked about growing up and the successes of the School of Music. There was laughter and respect for everyone at the table. I was part of a community. I knew my strengths and what I could give and what I wanted to give, and I was ready for the challenge. I wanted to be in the middle of this environment. I started ticking the boxes on how exactly this position fit my purpose and mission. Each box has been checked. Strong yeses and easy noes.

I was called brave for leaving my permanent position where I knew exactly what I was doing. I have been called inspiring for the search for the unknown at a time when the world seems unstable. But for me, letting go of the new position at Lipscomb was not an option. Every teaching assignment, mentoring opportunity, major publication, and service appointment has led me to leave my old institution for my dual role of administration and teaching here.

Most importantly, taking the time to develop my own purpose and mission statements gave me the clarity to say yes. I am exactly where I need to be.

Younger borrowers are likely to use payday loans and are unaware of “more affordable” credit unions


According to a study by the government-backed Money and Pensions Service, young people are twice as likely to turn to high-interest payday lenders than not-for-profit community lenders.

Friends and family were the main source of loans for the 25-34 age group, with 26% saying they would turn to ‘close contacts’.

Meanwhile, 19% said they would consider payday lenders or other high-cost short-term credit if needed.

Only 5% of respondents said they would consider borrowing from nonprofit lenders such as credit unions.

There are 7.7 million financially vulnerable adults in the UK and almost half are aged between 25 and 34

Additionally, the non-profit financial organization Fair4All estimates that there are 7.7 million people aged 18-34 who are financially vulnerable, accounting for nearly half of the 17.6 million estimated adults living in these conditions.

Lauren Peel of Fair4All Finance told This Money: “We’re seeing people who already feel like they’ve cut back and are still overdrawn every month.”

“But they have goals and are ambitious about where they want to live and what careers they want to have.

“A lot of them are tenants and it’s not always a stable market. People worry year after year about the increase in their rent.

What are credit unions and community lenders?

Credit unions are financial cooperatives that provide savings, loans and a range of other services to their members. To join, credit unions generally require members to be part of a common bond, such as living in a designated area or working for a particular employer.

However, you may not always need to be a current union member to use its services.

These organizations are often able to lend money to customers on more favorable terms than other street lenders and have programs in place to help more vulnerable borrowers who may have difficulty accessing credit elsewhere.

Victoria Barry, 36, got tricked by <a class=payday lenders in her early 20s, but with the help of a credit union she was able to pay off her debts and is now a homeowner.” class=”blkBorder img-share” style=”max-width:100%” />

Victoria Barry, 36, got tricked by payday lenders in her early 20s, but with the help of a credit union she was able to pay off her debts and is now a homeowner.

Victoria Barry was caught in a vicious cycle of using high-cost payday loans in her early twenties.

Speaking to This is Money, Victoria, now 36, from Manchester, said she initially borrowed just £20 from a payday lender after a friend recommended they fund a night out at the end of the month. However, caught up in the high interest charges, Victoria continued to supplement her salary with loans at the end of the month.

She reached the point where she was paying off almost all of her salary to payday lenders on a monthly basis and then had to get another loan to live on. The tipping point came, she says, when her borrowing exceeded her income.

“The next payment was going to be money I didn’t have in my account,” she recalls. “I only had a salary of £10,500 and the month before I had borrowed £700. With the £150 in interest, I had no way of giving them that money.

At the time, Victoria was working for Co-op Insurance and noticed advertisements for the Co-op Credit Union, which is open to members of various co-operative organizations, on her workplace intranet.

“It was quite shameful, my family is not in debt, so I felt like I had let people down and didn’t want to turn to them. I saw it [credit union adverts] on the intranet and thought I’d give it a try.

It was pretty shameful, my family is not in debt, so I felt like I let people down and didn’t want to turn to them

She says she was worried union staff would blame her for mishandling her money, but when she met an adviser in person he was reassuring and helpful.

They provided him with not only an affordable repayment plan, but also financial health tools, such as budgeting skills, to be able to manage his money.

“Nobody tells you how you budget and it’s very simple, that’s where the money comes in and that’s what you can spend,” says Victoria who now has her own home in Mossley, Greater Manchester .

“It was about someone listening to you and not judging you, which was the most important thing for me at the time.

“Looking back on that time it felt like there was no hope so I’m happy to share my story because if a person like me hears there’s someone out there who can help you who is not a loan shark or pay day lender so it’s worth it.

What else can you do if you need credit?

The first thing Peel suggests is to check if you are entitled to benefits that you are not already claiming.

There are online tools to determine if you can access other sources of income. It is estimated that around £15 billion in benefits go unclaimed each year.

When there’s a need for credit, don’t be ashamed, she says. Just be sure to do your research and approach financing providers who can help you find a lower cost option.

High-cost payday lenders are often at the top of search engine results, so take the time to look a little deeper to determine what’s available and affordable.

Victoria Barry echoes the message that you shouldn’t be ashamed if you’re in financial trouble and seek help.

She suggests talking to a credit union, but even if they can’t help you, they can direct you to other sources of help.

“Asking for help is the first step,” she says.

According to a study by Bluestone Mortgages, one in six adults (16%) say they are too embarrassed to ask for help when they are in financial difficulty.

However, a bigger barrier to getting advice is that almost a third (31%) don’t think they have a right to help, while more than a fifth (22%) say they don’t know where to start looking for help. .

To raise awareness, credit unions and other community lenders are encouraging young people in their 20s and 30s to review their credit choices and consider the options available to them through a range of local and national community lenders that may suit their financial circumstances.

They can be found at Find Your Credit Union – credit unions near you and Finding Finance – Responsible finance providers offering simple, smaller affordable loans.

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Compare research recruitment strategies to prospectively identify patients with breathlessness in primary care


Recruitment strategies and participants

Two different strategies were applied to prospectively identify and recruit patients with breathlessness from GP practices in Leicestershire, UK. The first method (Strategy 1) for a cohort study of breathlessness in primary care used weekly searches for new breathlessness reading codes in the electronic patient record (EPC), followed by mailing of study information to identified patients in 14 GP practices. The second method (Strategy 2) implemented an opportunistic approach using an electronic model on ECD, triggered at the point of consultation either by non-breathless text or code reading at 10 GP surgeries8. The template (Fig. 1) summarized the study and eligibility criteria, prompting GPs to ask patients for permission to be contacted by the study team. The wording for the electronic recruitment assistance template was developed by members of the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) group. The electronic template was designed to maximize the identification of patients with specific eligibility; first or second presentation with shortness of breath, over 40 years of age and no pre-existing diagnosis (eg, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD] and heart failure). The pop-up therefore did not trigger in some patient records to avoid unnecessary loading and filtering by the clinician. The electronic model protocol is included in the additional information. Weekly reports of identified patients were sent securely via nhs.net to the study team.

Fig. 1: Opportunistic approach (Strategy 2).

Electronic model triggered after consultation with the general practitioner.

The electronic model was developed in partnership with Keele’s clinical trials unit which supported the implementation of the electronic patient record system (SystmOne and Egton Medical Information Systems [EMIS]) for each practice. In addition to improving opportunistic recruitment, the model has been integrated into the clinical care model for GP practices in the intervention with links to the next steps needed for the trial and links to the guidelines on best practices for the usual practices of general practitioners.

Design of research studies

The studies using the different recruitment strategies had a distinct objective; one a cohort study and the second a feasibility cluster randomized controlled trial (CRCT). However, participant eligibility and engagement were similar, requiring research visits of the same frequency, at the same location, and completion of the same outcome measures. The same read codes were used for both strategies and are available in the additional information. GP practices in both studies were similar in size across the same three clinical commissioning groups within the same county. Recruitment rate was compared at six months from each of the trial start dates.

Semi-structured interviews with patients and medical practice staff were conducted, including experiments with the electronic model method, breathlessness, and interactions with health care. Interviews were recorded, transcribed, coded and reviewed by the study team using thematic analysis9. Written informed consent was obtained from all participants recruited in strategies one and two. The study described in Strategy 2 has been registered with ISRCTN (ID: 14483247, registration date: 06/11/2019).

Ethics approval

Research ethics approval was provided by the Wales Research Ethics Committee (REC) 7 (REC Reference: 18/WA/0022) for Strategy 1 and Nottingham REC 1 (REC Reference: 19/EM/0201) for strategy 2.

Over 6 months, more participants were identified and recruited using Strategy 2, 36/130 (28%) compared to Strategy 1, 4/146 (3%) participants (Fig. 2). The proportion of patients identified in the study team using Strategy 2 ranged from 6-14% of those for whom the model was triggered (our best estimate of the true denominator). In-depth examination of model activity in six of the GP practices showed that the model was closed by clinicians without action for 33% (311/980) of patients and that there was no difference in the trigger frequency before and after March 2020 when the pandemic started.

Fig. 2: Recruitment flowchart.
Figure 2

A comparison of recruitment numbers between Strategies 1 and 2 over six months.

Ten clinicians (nine GPs and one respirology nurse) and seven administrative staff from each of the practices using the Strategy 2 electronic model were interviewed to explore their views on the recruitment process, work and study experience. Overall, GPs found the electronic model unobtrusive and useful for having prompts, and patients were satisfied with receiving research information from their GP (Table 1). A GP said the frequency of the model pop-up was an annoyance during consultations.

Table 1 Recruitment experience of healthcare practitioners and patients at the time of referral supported by an electronic pop-up model (Strategy 2).

Strategy 1 was limited by a lack of coding for breathlessness, and therefore searching for read codes related to breathlessness did not yield enough eligible patients to contact, and once contacted they were less likely to participate. GPs frequently code diagnoses in primary care on the electronic patient record, previously using read codes and more recently using SNOMED codes in the UK. GPs are less likely to code symptoms such as shortness of breath, which are more often added as free textten, in the hope that once the diagnosis is reached, the corresponding code will be added. The purpose of coding is to provide a standardized vocabulary for clinicians to record patient outcomes11. However, Clinical Practice Research Data Linkage (CPRD) work has highlighted the challenges of using code lists in primary care to search for clinical features of interest, with inconsistent use of labels. code5.10.

In contrast, the opportunistic use of an electronic “pop-up” in the setting of a primary care clinical encounter has already been used successfully to recruit in several trials for further research and symptom-based interventions, including musculoskeletal problems and back pain.12.13 and seemed to increase the recruitment of patients with breathlessness in our data. During initial engagement and consultation with GPs and practice staff prior to the study, some ‘contextual fatigue’ was described for this type of model, and the design was refined. However, our qualitative data demonstrates that the majority of practices found this to be an effective prompt with minimal disruption to the clinical consultation (Table 1). Careful consideration of the wording used when designing the model and consultation with our Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) group helped to ensure that it was user-friendly and disrupted the patient-patient interaction as little as possible. clinician.

Qualitative data from clinicians suggests that the impact of COVID-19 over the study period was perceived to increase triggering of the electronic model, causing a concern for clinicians as more patients experienced shortness of breath. This may have been perceived as an irritation during a time of high pressure, as examination of the number of triggers in GP surgeries demonstrated very little change in activity between March and August 2020. The way patients accessed health care has changed considerably during this period. , and the benefit of using the template was that it was always used as a prompt, whether consultations were face-to-face or over the phone.

There are limitations in our data because the two strategies were not compared in the same study design or time period, and the participating GP practices were not the same practices in the two studies. However, strategy 2 was mainly used during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, so our results may underestimate recruitment in non-pandemic times. Coercion is an important ethical consideration when approaching patients for healthcare research via their usual healthcare professional such as a general practitioner14. To reduce this, the template used in Strategy 2 only asked if patients could be contacted about a breathlessness study, not if they were interested in participating or consented to participate in the research. Patients who gave permission were contacted by the study team with further information about the study and given time to make an informed decision. The key aspect of this work that made the electronic model a strong asset was the prospective recruitment of patients at the point of presentation of breathlessness and in a primary care setting. There were no references in patient interviews to indicate that they felt compelled to say yes when asked if they could be contacted about a research study.

An electronic model triggered at the point of consultation resulted in a nine-fold increase in recruitment for prospective research compared to researching symptom codes and study mailouts. Healthcare professionals and patients were positive about the electronic model recruitment strategy. The electronic model is an effective method for researchers to consider maximizing the recruitment of opportunistic patients and minimizing the impact on clinician time in primary care.

Summary of reports

Further information on the research design can be found in the summary of nature research reports linked to this article.

Evangelicals are meaner than other religious voters, academic says


This article was first published in the State of the Faith Newsletter. Sign up to receive the newsletter in your inbox every Monday evening.

As an eminent scholar of religion and practicing Christian, Richard Mouw is often asked to explain the behavior of believers in the public square.

Specifically, he is asked why his fellow evangelicals seem so mean, especially compared to other religious voters.

“A few months ago I was interviewed by a reporter…who asked me, ‘Why are (Latter-day Saints) in public life so much nicer than evangelicals?’ “, recounted Mouw during a forum of the Trinity on November 4. event titled “How to be a Christian Patriot.”

He told attendees at the event the same thing he told the reporter: that evangelical Christians are going wild due to anxiety over religious and political change. In the past, evangelical Christians had more power than today.

“We evangelical types used to feel like the table belonged to us. We have to decide who entered. … Today they took the table from us. Them, that is to say the laity and the others. We no longer own the table,” said Mouw, who is president emeritus of Fuller Theological Seminary.

Other religious groups are less sensitive to recent changes because they are used to fighting to have their voices heard, he added.

“Mormons have never owned the table. They’re just part of the table. Just to be there,” Mouw said, noting that he came to the same conclusion recently after meeting a Jewish and Muslim leader. .

Mouw and his interlocutor, Paul Miller, went on to explain why it’s important for evangelicals — and all Americans — to make room for more seats at the metaphorical table, even if it means diluting the power of their own voices ( or voting).

“This idea of ​​owning the table… I don’t know if it’s in line with the golden rule. If we were to do unto others, we should welcome everyone to the table as equal co-owners of the table, not act as if we were the rightful owners,” said Miller, author of “The Religion of American Greatness: What’s Wrong with Christian Nationalism.”

When it comes to Christian engagement in politics, the real danger is ignoring precious voices, not losing one’s own power, Mouw said.

A recording of the “How to Be a Patriotic Christian” event is available online.

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Term of the week: zendo

A zendo is a hall or meditation hall. It is a key gathering place for practitioners of Zen Buddhism.

I came across the term this week in a fascinating Associated Press article on Buddhists in Alaska.

What I read…

Rabbi A. James Rudin has worked so hard to build bridges between Jews and Catholics throughout his career that he becomes knighted by the pope. Religion News Service shared a bit of its remarkable story last week.

You’ve probably heard of someone planning their own funeral, but what about build your own coffin? It’s a growing trend, according to the Wall Street Journal, which shed light on a church in Massachusetts that hosted a coffin-building workshop.

Christianity Today recently studied a list of all polling places in the United States. Guess what he learned? At least 1 out of 5 polling stations is in the churches.


If you’re not exhausted from political discussions after the midterm elections, check out Georgetown University’s Nov. 17 election roundtable, titled “Faith and the Faithful in the 2022 Midterm Elections.” Panelists will discuss the role religious voters played in the election and key issues to watch in the months ahead.

2022: International Education Week 2022


International Education Week will take place on campus from Monday, November 14 through Friday, November 18, 2022. See below for a full schedule of events and mark your calendar to take part in this fun and educational week of celebration.

monday november 14

Information session on the international exchange program – 9:00 a.m., GMH 207
Are you looking for an opportunity to experience a different language, culture and education system while earning academic credit? Consider an international exchange! In this session, you will:

  • Learn more about STU’s partnerships with 20 universities in 15 different countries
  • Learn more about eligibility criteria and application requirements
  • Have your questions answered.

Changing the Wall of Flags – 1:00 p.m., Sir James Dunn Hall

STU is proud to celebrate 170 students from 46 countries around the world.

International students enrich our campus by sharing a different global perspective and their experiences, inside and outside the classroom.

Join us for a visual representation of this as we celebrate the diversity of our campus through the changing of the wall of flags in James Dunn Hall.

friday november 18

Experiential Learning Trip to Peru – 2:30 p.m., JDH, room G2
Students are invited to attend an in-person information session to learn more about the Experiential Learning Trip to Peru, which will take place during March Reading Week (March 4-10).

This trip is organized by STU Experiential Learning & Career Development in partnership with Nexos Comunitarios, a Peruvian non-profit organization whose work is committed to promoting respect and understanding between different cultures.

STUISA Gastronomy Festival – 6:00 p.m., location TBD
Food is an important part of every culture and there is a lot to learn and experience by sharing food together!

Come sample food from around the world at the STU International Students’ Association Food Fest.

Research Team Discovers New Fossil Paleo-Octopus in Southern Manitoba – SteinbachOnline.com


Pembina Paleontology has announced its first major fossil discovery.

The research team has discovered a new fossil octopus from southern Manitoba.

“The excitement started when I realized that the fossil definitely belonged to the paleoctopod genus Enchoteuthis,” exclaimed Anita Hatcher, lead author of the research paper and paleontologist at Pembina Paleontology. “This had never been documented, in situ, in Manitoba before, making it a first!”

The discovery was recently published in the Proceedings of the 29th Canadian Conference on Paleontology. Paleontologist and co-author Joseph Hatcher presented the research paper at the conference.

He says it was an exciting find, noting that all similar fossils in this area have historically been grouped as squid.

“This squid, or in this case, the octopus, kept coming and going… the conservation is pretty poor, but the size was huge, so we kept digging. Throughout 2021, we dug in and were just thrilled with how big it was, it was during the winter that we started cleaning and preparing it, it had a lot of different characteristics than the squid we traditionally knew, and that’s where that we contacted peers and colleagues and they came back to us saying, ‘you have something different. This is an octopus, this is a different type of cephalopod from the Upper Cretaceous.'”

The discovery of the paleoctopus, called the Kraken of the Cretaceous Seas of Manitoba, shows that paleotopods were the main predators during the later stages of Manitoba’s Cretaceous Seaway, Hatcher noted, adding that this specimen is important in terms of paleoecology because it, combined with other known specimens, indicates at least a regional turnover of megafauna, from marine reptiles to large octopods.

“When you look at these fossils in the rock layers where they’re found, you start to put together a picture of what’s called biostratigraphy and you can learn in those areas there are certain dominant creatures. So there’s a area where there are mainly marine reptiles like the large bruce and the plesiosaur, and then there is an area above in the rocks which is largely lacking for large megafauna. It’s full of fish but it’s like the marine reptiles just disappeared,” Hatcher explained.

“There’s a lot of evidence of intense volcanism in the Upper Cretaceous of Manitoba, these bentonite layers, and this is from the Elkhorn Mountains of Montana – talk about a major volcanic event, no wonder these reptiles are gone because “they had lungs like you and me. If they come to the surface to breathe ash-laden air, no wonder they moved. And it looked like there were no more big predators , and now we know there were. They just weren’t the large vertebrates that we’re familiar with.”

Champions! Women’s football wins ASUN tournament in freedom penalties


LYNCHBURG, Va. –The FGCU women’s soccer team clinched their ticket to the 2022 NCAA Tournament on Friday by knocking out top-seeded Liberty on penalties in the ASUN Championship Game.

Goalkeeper Katie Sullivan (Wheaton, Ill.) made the decisive save in the fifth round of penalties to send the Eagles into a celebration. This is the seventh time the Eagles have won the ASUN Tournament and the first since 2017. The Eagles will enter the NCAA Tournament with a 12-5-2 record while Liberty finishes its season 14-3-4.

“I’m incredibly proud,” said the head coach Jim Blankenship. “We’ve said all year that this team has found a way to fight back. Words can’t express how proud I am. We’ve been lucky to have a team that’s been here for years in a row and that has become an expectation. It really is an amazing group of women.”

In order to get penalties, the Eagles had to find a way to force extra time first, as they fell 1-0 down in the first half. Just five minutes from regulation time, Marguerite Berry (Holly, Michigan) did just that by finding the back of the net on a corner kick. Louise Lillback (Stockholm, Sweden) sent the corner into the box where the ball found the head of Kendal Gargiula (North Fort Myers, Fla.), who directed him to a waiting Berry, who passed him past the keeper.

After a relatively calm first overtime, things got crazy in the last minute of the second overtime. Liberty got a free kick just outside the penalty area near the goal line. The Flames sent the ball into the box, but the Eagles cleared it leading to a counterattack from Erika Zschuppe (Kirtland, Ohio) and Lillback with less than 20 seconds remaining. Zschuppe dribbled the full length of the pitch before passing the ball to Lillback, who fired a shot, but his shot just tipped over the bar in the closing seconds.

On penalties, the Eagles went first, but Horrible Scarpelli(Brick, NJ)’s shot was stopped by ASUN Goalie of the Year Ainsley Leja. It would be the last time the Eagles didn’t convert as Lillback, Ashley Labbe (Lake Worth, Florida), Zschuppe and Nellie Nygren (Gothenburg, Sweden) all found the back of the net in the next four rounds.

The Flames got on the board in the first round of penalties to take the lead, but McKinley Burkett’s shot in the second round sailed high. After two more marks, it goes to Rebekah Earnest, but Sullivan was ready as she made a diving save to her right and sent the Eagles to the NCAA Tournament.

FGCU will find out who their first opponent will be in the NCAA Tournament and where they will play Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. with the draft show airing on NCAA.com.

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A veteran of more than two decades in collegiate coaching, head coach Jim Blankenship, who was named ASUN Coach of the Year in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2019, has made FGCU women’s football an annual ASUN conference contender and a growing program in the Southern Region in just 16 seasons. Blankenship started the program in 2007 and has since guided the Eagles to double-digit winning seasons every year except for the COVID-shortened 2020 season, culminating in ASUN Regular Season Championships in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017. and 2019. In 2011 and 2012, he also led the Eagles to back-to-back ASUN Tournament titles by becoming the first team in college history to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles won the 2014 ASUN Tournament and hosted the first NCAA Championship event on campus. The Eagles earned their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance with the 2015 ASUN Tournament Championship and won their first NCAA game at USF in 2015 while finishing 24th in the nation. In 2016, the Eagles made three straight trips to the NCAA Tournament with a third straight ASUN Tournament title. A year later, the Eagles became the first ASUN women’s soccer program to host four consecutive NCAA tournaments with another tournament title in 2017. Blankenship guided the FGCU to an overall record of 196-74-30 (. 703) in the first 16 seasons of the program’s existence, including a 101-20-16 (.799) mark in ASUN. Blankenship’s impressive career record of 436-145-41 (.735) over 32 seasons came while coaching FGCU, University of Miami, Lynn University and St. Thomas University.


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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.

the importance of being “more than a patient”


Developing art and creativity to improve the efficiency and delivery of health care. From narrative medicine to the disclosure of one’s medical records on the net: how the feelings and fears of “open sourcing” can help fight cancer and reshape the concept of “cure”

When Salvatore was diagnosed with brain cancer, he made headlines around the world. International media like CNN and the BBC presented him as “the hacker who decrypted his medical records to create his open source therapy”. “That wasn’t the goal,” says Oriana Persico, his partner in art and life until he succumbed to the disease last summer. “By recovering his own data and making them available on the net, he has taken a “bio-political act‘. He did not question the authority of medicine, but the place of the patient and of illness within our societies. He wanted to free them from the narrow perimeter of the relationship with the medical profession and fuel a wider human exchange, also involving former patients, artists and ordinary citizens“The result was an overwhelming stream of over 15,000 contributions in just a few weeks.” I received suggestions for medical treatments, but also art, videos, poems and messages simply saying, “I I’m here for you!” recalls Salvatore. from the stage of a TED Talk. “Why did I do all this? Because I wanted to produce substantial social change, redefining the word “cure”“.

What Salvatore lacked was an approach that took into account the patient in all his human complexity. “Once you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, you just become a patient, a set of medical records,” he said. “As a human being, you ask yourself a lot of big questions: ‘Can I still have sex? Can I still work? What can I still do?’ Medicine does a great job, but often ignores many of these issues.” His words are echoed by another cancer patient, quoted by the Curetoday site: “I no longer recognized myself. Going through tests, scans, and surgery, I discovered that my identity changed from that of a strong, empowered individual to that of a tired, scared cancer patient. I looked like a patient, I acted like a patient, so surely I was one.” Such questioning depends on the sudden and overwhelming changes produced by the diagnosis, explains Sofía Luque Suárez, psychologist at the Spanish Association against cancer, AECC. “Patients would like to be like before, but cancer changes them. This is where the problems with the “outside world” come from: in the eyes of society, you continue to be the same person, but you are no longer.”

The key word behind such an emotional earthquake is “uncertainty”. “All of a sudden, everything becomes unknown,” says Luque Suárez. “You don’t know how your family will cope with your cancer; you don’t know how your professional environment will react. And you don’t know, above all, if the treatment will succeed. Life expectancy is obviously the main concern. According World Health Organization figurescancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for nearly 10 million deaths in 2020. To provide a therapeutic response to one of its deadliest forms, pancreatic cancer, the European Ulises project aims to define a new strategy based on nanotechnology. “Nanoparticles in themselves are a delivery system,” explains Cristina Fillat, project coordinator and researcher at the Barcelona Clinical Hospital, IDIBAPS. “You can see them as cars, carrying something in their truck. In our case, they deliver plasmid DNA, aiming to transform the tumor into something that will be rejected by the patient’s body as can happen during transplants. We’re basically trying to convert the tumor into something similar to an organ that would be incompatible for the patient, causing the immune system to attack it.”

Attack, fight, war. The “cancer verbal toughness” is reflected in the use of terms, which ultimately puts pressure on patients. “What does it mean if you lose the battle?” asks one on an Internet forum. “Haven’t you been brave enough or fought hard enough?”. “People who tell you to keep fighting when you’re feeling weak make you feel like you’re doing something wrong or being cowardly. The physical and psychological distress trickles down to friends and family, who would like to help but often don’t know how. “Patients often tell themselves that they have to be strong, that they don’t have to be sad or angry. Instead of guessing what they need, we should help them express their feelings first and how they manage the disease.”

Helping patients to express their emotions is also one of the objectives of “narrative medicine”. Born in 2001 at Columbia University, he is presented on his website as a “interdisciplinary field that brings powerful listening and creative storytelling skills from the humanities and the arts, to meet the needs of all who seek and provide health care“. Its aim is to enable patients and caregivers “to express their experience, to be heard, to be recognized and to be valued”, thus improving the delivery of health care. “We try to develop the skills to understand, to interpret, to feel,” says Rita Charon, head of the division of narrative medicine at Columbia University. “And since these skills are best acquired in the field of art, we teach people how to write, how to paint, how to read. All of the memoirs and blogs that patients write are basically a scream, which means: “Hey, look at me! I am a human individual! I’m more than the gallbladder in room 302′!

To feel seen, heard and recognized in all its complexity, as Salvatore also claims with his disruptive act, has a concrete impact on the effectiveness of the therapy“Does it shorten the course of a heart attack? I have no idea,” Charon says. “But that makes it more likely for a patient to come to that doctor for the next appointment, take the pills, or follow the diet he recommended. It’s not only a question of psychological well-being but also of confidence“. And trust is exactly what Fillat calls industrialists: “Once the Ulises project is finished, the fastest way to make our therapy available would be to be funded by big pharma. The results of our in vitro tests are encouraging and we will soon move on to proof of concept, but clinical trials are far too expensive for any academic partner.” The urgency of developing new therapies is confirmed by the statistics . In 2020, just under half a million people were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and more than 465,000 died from it. Among the ten most common cancers with the highest incidence-to-mortality ratio, it is at an advanced, incurable stage with five-year survival rates of about 5%.

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Peer-reviewed journal publishes BE Corbevax clinical trials


Phase II/III clinical trials of Corbevax, Biological E’s Covid vaccine, conducted in a pediatric population aged 5 to 18, have been published in Vaccine, an international peer-reviewed journal.

Corbevax is the first locally developed Receptor Binding Domain (RBD) protein subunit vaccine in India for Covid.

“The publication of the results of our clinical trials in reputable journals such as Lancet eBiomedicine and Elsevier-Vaccine reviews represents validation of Corvevax as an excellent choice for the Covid vaccine,” said Vikram Paradkar, executive vice president, Technical Operations, Biological E.

“The approval of Corbevax for our pediatric population, ages 5 to 18, was an important milestone for us. So far, approximately 74 million doses of Corbevax have been administered to children in India, and nearly 33 million children have completed the two-dose primary series, representing one of the largest pediatric campaigns in the world. “, he added.

The company plans to eventually test the vaccine in infants as young as six months old.

According to the observed correlation between neutralizing antibody titers against the SARS-COV-2 virus and vaccine efficacy, the immune response generated by Corbevax is indicative of “very high vaccine efficacy” in the age group of 5 to 18 years old, similar to what has been observed in the adult population, the statement said.

Biological E conducted the vaccine trials in 624 children with two age cohorts. Intramuscularly, both age groups received two 0.5 ml doses of Corbevax, each separated by 28 days. In both age groups, subjects vaccinated with Corbevax showed a “significant immune response” against Ancestral-Wuhan and Delta strains.

In February 2022, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) approved Corbevax for restricted use in emergency situations for 12 to 18 year olds. In April, the drug regulator at the top also approved the use of the vaccine in children aged 5 to 12.

In August, Corbevax became the first vaccine in India to gain DCGI approval for a heterologous Covid booster. It is safer and induces better neutralization of antibodies against different variants of the coronavirus. It can be given six months after two doses of Covishield or Covaxin for all adults.

While many countries have vaccinated young children, India has yet to start the vaccination campaign for children aged 5-12.

DJ Reader launches community program with local high school


Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle DJ Reader and his foundation, A Son Never Forgets Foundation (ASNFF), will partner with Shroder High School to open the “Resource Room for Readers”. The Reader Resource Room will provide students with essential needs and information that will support student success. ASNFF will provide the shelving, initial ordering and inventory organization, and develop sustainable communication and distribution plans for the school’s resource team so they can successfully operate the resource room. It is DJ’s hope that this resource room can be opened up in other schools, including schools in his hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina.

ASNFF is committed to providing additional support to the more than 700 students at Shroder High School through a back-to-school campaign organized before the start of the 2023-2024 school year. Students will receive the back-to-school essentials needed to return to school ready and equipped for a successful school year. The student will also be able to pre-register for dental, vision and health exams.

To support these efforts, DJ Reader is hosting its inaugural bowling event. Held at the Main Event in West Chester, fans are invited to support and attend the event on Monday, November 7 from 7-10 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets here: https://www.givesignup.org/TicketEvent/ASONNEVERFORGETSFNDBOWLINGEVENT

Reader was brought to work in the community through the encouragement of his father, David, who died in 2014 following a long battle with kidney disease. Reader started the A Son Never Forgets Foundation to promote health and wellness by providing information, services, resources and activities to impact and support sustainable communities.

“I understand the kind of impact a single individual can have in the lives of members of a community,” Reader said. “I want to leverage my platform to honor my father and help my adopted hometown of Cincinnati achieve affordable housing and other health and wellness initiatives.”

Reader is currently in his seventh season in the NFL. Raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, he played high school baseball and football before playing at Clemson University. After graduating in three years, he was selected by the Houston Texans in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Recognized as one of the top defensive tackles in the league, he was also honored for his community service and philanthropic efforts. In 2019, he won the Spirit of the Bull Award for his impact on and off the field by the Texans, nominated for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, and won the Ed Block Courage Award, among others.

For more information about Reader and the A Son Never Forgets Foundation, please visit www.asonneverforgets.org. The A Son Never Forgets Foundation, a tax-sponsored charitable athlete program, a division of United Charitable, officially offers 501c(3) nonprofit status to its event sponsors, participants in events and organization donors.

Credit union that helps keep people away from payday lenders wins award


A SWINDON and Wiltshire organization that lends money to low-income people to stop them from using payday lenders has been voted the best in the region.

Wiltshire and Swindon Credit Union won the Best Credit Union (South) category in the Smart Money People’s 2022 Consumer Credit Awards.

The judgment was based on reviews left on the site by people who use services registered with Smart Money People. In over 170 reviews, WASCU has an average of 4.94 out of 5 stars.

Trustee chairman Nick Gallop said it was a testament to the quality of service provided by his staff.

He added: “The staff in the office looking after the members did a fantastic job and it’s a reward for that.

“I’m thrilled for everyone involved in the organization and it’s very satisfying to be recognized like this. I see it as motivation to do more.”

The group, formed in 2016 from four separate Wiltshire credit unions, is based in Cavendish Square but has collection points across the county.

It lends over £1million a year to 3,500 active members and sees a steady increase in demand, partly due to the cost of living crisis.

Its loans are designed to help families who can’t get credit elsewhere, to keep them from going to payday loan companies with crippling interest rates or even illegal loan sharks.

Members open savings accounts and, if they meet loan criteria, can take out loans that are repaid monthly.

Mr Gallop added: “The special thing we have done is provide quality of service and a way of treating people with dignity.

“Some of those who come to us were just managing to survive and then their fridge stopped working or they had to buy new shoes for three kids going back to school.

“We deal with them in a really helpful and constructive way and because of that they left such great reviews of our service and it’s wonderful that’s why we won this award.”

One member said: “Helped me through Christmas, appliance replacements and family vacations. Couldn’t have done it without being able to borrow from them.”

Another added: ‘An accident has left me struggling to work and support my eight-year-old.

“The professional care, efficiency and empathy were second to none and I can’t recommend this organization highly enough.”

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The two-way street of academics

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As a self-proclaimed child of the humanities, I treat chemistry like Dr. Suess advises us to treat the Grinch—I wouldn’t touch him with a thirty-nine-and-a-half-foot pole. But for students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, chemistry is an inevitable part of their college career.

Organic chemistry is a notorious “weeding class,” meant to determine who has the dedication and skills to pursue a career in STEM fields. In the recent case at New York University (NYU), a group of students blamed their organic chemistry professor, Maintland Jones Jr., for making the class nearly impossible to pass. 85 students filed a petition saying the professor was “too hard” of a proofreader and “lack of resources to get help”. Shortly after, NYU terminated Jones Jr.’s contract.

Jones Jr. spent 43 years teaching organic chemistry at Princeton and 14 years at NYU, even writing a textbook on the subject. Obviously, he is master of the content, so the problem to solve lies in the instruction. Since his dismissal, people have wondered what this incident means for academic institutions.

Do students pay to get a degree or to receive it easily? How should students exercise their power and what responsibilities do students and teachers have, respectively, in educational outcomes?

In areas that are high stakes and require precision, we want people to be very educated before entering. Math and science lessons are known to build on themselves – each level serves as the foundation for the next. If you can’t figure out the first level, then how are you supposed to get ahead?

Core courses like organic chemistry are important, but they shouldn’t be structured to keep people from following the careers they’re working toward. Research indicates that success in challenging courses is largely determined by access to resources rather than student abilities. By using these courses as obstacles in the way of pursuing STEM careers, students of color and students from low-income backgrounds are disproportionately hindered.

What is at stake is what we define as success in college courses. For the most part, success is measured by the letter grade received at the end of the semester. Unlike high school, college grades are mostly made up of test scores. Exams are weighted much more than individual assignments, so a test score can make or break a student’s overall grade. Students who are not knowledgeable candidates may understand the material but cannot demonstrate it through a timed exam, while some students who pass the exams may only be good at complying with the test format, not at understanding the material.

In classes with clear objectives, teachers must recognize that not all students are good candidates. They should provide students with other ways to demonstrate their understanding, whether through projects, essays, or assignments.

This does not mean that testing should be eradicated. Each class contains essentials that students need to know before moving forward and testing is a good way to ensure that these ideas are cemented, but giving total importance to testing simply does not allow every student to paint an accurate picture of their understanding.

It’s not a one-way street. Students need to recognize that a college education is not like other purchases. Generally, when we buy something, the product comes without expectations. We bought it so we own it and we can do what we want with it.

A college education is different. Not only do people have to foot the bill, but they have to get admitted into a university first. This application process implies that there are expectations placed on us once we are accepted.

Being a student is not a passive role. Just as teachers need to remember that learning is effort, students need to understand that learning takes effort. Students must attend class and commit. Sitting in the front rows and going during office hours is a great way to be proactive in seeking an education.

Teachers want to help students succeed, but they can’t do that if their students don’t put in the effort. In the NYU case, Jones Jr. claimed his students weren’t attending classes or watching lectures online. He and an assistant professor even held a digital town hall when they realized how difficult the students were to answer questions.

Despite this, Jones Jr. students argued in their petition that their test scores were “not an accurate reflection of the time and effort put into this class.” Obviously, they thought their efforts should be graded, not their test performance; however, if Jones Jr. considered the effort, it seems many still would not have made it.

Whichever party is at fault, there’s a big lesson to be learned from NYU’s firing of Jones Jr.: Students aren’t helpless. As a student, you have a voice and you must use it responsibly. If you really want to switch courses, you need to be thorough in course evaluations. Do not casually select a number from one to five when evaluating different aspects of the course. Take time to think about what you think the teacher did in each area. If you feel very passionate about making changes, take it a step further and use the additional comments box! It’s the easiest way to get your voice heard. The same rules apply to online platforms, such as Rate My Professor. Your comments can affect someone’s livelihood and shape their future academic experiences. Be responsible when you take action and make sure you’ve thought about the effort that has gone into both sides – yours and your teacher’s.

Students should remember that teachers are people too. They may face stress in their personal life that is reflected in the classroom. We are a society intimidated by labels and titles. Don’t let the “teacher” or “doctor” in front of someone’s name keep you from seeing them as a human being. Always be open to communicate with them if you are having difficulty or if you find something unfair. A good teacher will take your concerns into consideration and work with you. This is another advantage of a college education: we can grow interpersonally as much as we do academically.

There’s a purpose to every class, though it seems like nothing could be more boring or unimportant. It’s up to you to maximize what you get out of your college education. Your degree is something you have to earn and you can put in as much or as little effort as you want. Success may seem entirely measured by grades, but effort will never go unnoticed. Even if you don’t pass by the standard of letter grades, putting in the effort to learn the material will still benefit you.

Until multiple vehicles to demonstrate understanding become the norm, we must each do our best. Before making rash judgments about a teacher and their class, assess where you stand. What kind of effort do you make and is this effort sufficiently recognized? Perhaps if the 85 NYU students who filed complaints had considered both of these issues, things would have turned out differently.

Sabrina Wilson is a freshman from Winfield, Kan., majoring in broadcast journalism.

Study explores relationship between high performers and workplace rights


Dr Brian Webster, associate professor of management at Miller College of Commerce at Ball State University, recently co-authored a research paper on a study that explores the relationship between high performers and perceived workplace entitlements.

The paper, “Powerful and efficient employees and psychological rights: the harmful effects on citizenship behaviorswas recently published in the Journal of Professional Behavior.

The results of this study could help organizations understand the possible downsides of rewarding top talent. While valuable to the organization, the study suggests these people may be the ones who refrain from “going the extra mile.”

“We consider the effects of employees’ high performance on their later psychological states and behaviors,” Dr. Webster said. “Specifically, we explain why high-performing employees who are influential in their organization may feel psychologically entitled to receive more than is typical for the organization, which then prevents them from engaging in discretionary behaviors that help their colleagues and the company.

Dr Webster added: “To preserve the best of high performance, organizations need to understand the conditions and processes that can cause a high performer to engage in less desirable behaviors.”

The co-authors of the research paper were Dr. Webster; Rebecca L. Greenbaum (Rutgers University); Mary B. Mawritz (Drexel University); and Robert L. Reid (University of New Mexico and Edge Philanthropy).

Coping with Information Overload: Solutions for Physicians


Physicians typically deal with information overload, but there are ways to reduce white noise.

Welcome to Five Minute Practice Fix, with instructional videos by physician and medical business expert Neil Baum, MD These videos are 5 minutes long (this one is a bit longer) and will provide practical insights and suggestions which have been tested in his practice or used by other physicians which greatly improve the efficiency and productivity of their medical practices.

Today’s episode is about how doctors can handle information overload.

About Neil Baum, MD

Dr. Baum is a professor of clinical urology at Tulane Medical School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Baum is the author of Market your clinical practice ethically, efficiently and economicallyy, now in its 4th edition, has sold over 175,000 copies and has been translated into Spanish. He also wrote The complete business guide to a successful medical practice, which was published in 2015. He has written a book, What’s going on there? which served as a guide to women’s health. He has written ten books on practice management and the business of medicine.

Dr. Baum was the columnist for American Medical News for over 25 years. Dr. Baum wrote the popular column, The Bottom Line, for Urology time For more than 20 years. He has authored or co-authored over 250 articles that have appeared in peer-reviewed medical journals on various urological topics as well as practice management articles.

Dr. Baum recently published a book, The business fundamentals of building and running a healthcare practice,(Springer 2019), which emphasizes the importance of being involved in the business of a medical practice.

TEU ‘disgusted and horrified’ by AUT decision to cut 170 academic positions


AUT has decided to cut 170 full-time university positions – more than it had previously reported – leaving the union battling restructuring “disgusted and horrified”. Photo/Michael Craig

Auckland University of Technology has decided to cut 170 full-time academic positions – more than it previously announced – leaving the union battling the restructuring “disgusted and horrified”.

Blaming a sharp drop in the number of international students and growing inflationary and economic pressures, AUT last month announced a major restructuring with proposals to cut up to 230 jobs.

Most of these cuts concerned staff from specific academic fields classified in a group, in which 150 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions were offered.

But today staff learned in an email from Vice-Chancellor Damon Salesa that that group would instead be cut by 170 FTE positions.

Acknowledging that was more than the figure previously presented to staff, Salesa attributed the decision to new financial forecasts, high inflation and the potential impacts of salary increases next year.

“This decision was made to position the university so that it can operate sustainably and achieve the vision from 2023.”

Student numbers continued to decline, government funding and tuition increases did not keep pace with inflation, and salary costs continued to rise, he said.

Updated forecasts suggest AUT would have 250 fewer full-time equivalent students than the number projected when the cuts were first proposed, representing a further drop in student income for 2023 of around 2 .5 million dollars.

“This is a shared experience across the industry, as most universities face declining student demand, and our knowledgeable staff are doing everything possible to attract new students,” Salesa said. .

“The current economy, the extraordinary and ongoing inflationary pressure, the consequences of the pandemic and the challenges in attracting international students to New Zealand are all headwinds that we must contend with.”

The email set out a month-long timetable in which voluntary departures of affected staff could be dealt with, before the changes take effect on December 1.

As part of its originally proposed cuts, AUT had tasked four major groups of faculties with reducing the number of staff in each sector in varying ways.

The Design and Creative Technologies department had been instructed to reduce its workforce by 50, and the Culture and Society and Te Ara Poutama department by 40.

The Business, Economics and Law department and the Health & Environmental Sciences department had been instructed to cut by 30 each.

Other programs in this target group were considered “no longer strategically aligned with the future direction” of AUT.

These include a BA Major in Social Sciences, a BA Major in Conflict Resolution, a BA Major in English and New Media, a BA Major in Japanese Studies, a BA Major in Chinese Studies including a minor in Asian Studies and a minor BA in language teaching.

Salesa said today that two programs previously intended to be closed — the social science major and the science and technology certificate — would now be retained.

In response to a question from the Herald, AUT also confirmed that the cuts would not affect the proportion of Maori and Pasifika academic staff.

“Throughout the considerations and proposed changes, AUT’s heightened focus on promoting our commitments to Te Tiriti and reflecting the communities we serve will be maintained,” a spokesperson said.

“These commitments will be incorporated into a principle that proposed changes will not adversely impact the proportion of AUT academic staff who are Maori and/or Pacific Rim.”

Meanwhile, AUT had separately dealt with three other main groups targeted in the restructuring, where another 80 redundancies were proposed.

Cuts to any of these groups, involving administrative and support staff, were likely to occur next year.

Another group – focused on what AUT described as “non-essential activities” – included the university’s Warkworth Radio Astronomical Observatory, which is due to close on December 16, with the loss of three permanent posts and a position paid by the hour.

“Although necessary, it is not easy to confirm that we cannot bring all of our staff with us into the future,” Salesa told staff in the email.

“I know our people work every day to support the academic effort and our students and I wish we didn’t have to.”

The Tertiary Education Union (TEU), which held a rally on the corner of Symonds and St Paul Sts later this afternoon, is outraged by the decision.

“We are disgusted and horrified,” organizer Jill Jones told the Herald, saying AUT had changed what she originally announced.

“We’re saying that’s not what they initially consulted on,” she said.

“It’s a change from the goalposts and we’re already taking them to the Employment Relations Authority.”

The union disputed the business case for the restructuring, which Jones said the AUT failed to provide enough information to support.

Earlier in the day, AUT union branch president David Sinfield said he was particularly frustrated with Salesa’s refusal to answer questions about the restructuring directly.

‘We wrote to Professor Salesa over a month ago asking him to come forward in person and tell our members opposite why he wants to cut so many of their jobs,’ he said.

“It took him over a month to respond, and he still hasn’t met with us.”

Sinfield said union members were “extremely upset” and deserved better, noting that Salesa recently recognized the “tremendous hard work of our staff” in AUT’s high ranking in Times Higher Education.

“Firing 230 of them and offering effective pay cuts to the others not only mocks his declared gratitude, but it puts the future of our university at risk,” he said.

The AUT Council “must step in”, he said.

4 College Problems That Can Destroy Your Career


University life is great when you live it to the fullest. He is fond of memory with a lot of experience. It’s the place where you get a taste of everything you want. Sounds good, right? However, he does not miss his share of difficult moments; this is where the rubber meets the road.

Many students who wish to eat life with a big spoon often find themselves in situations that can jeopardize their careers. We know this happens, and many learners overlook it. You’ve come to the right place to acquire more to ensure you don’t sink.

Why read this article to the end?

Our advice has helped many learners avoid mistakes that can prove costly in their academic journeys. However, staying until the end will provide you with what you need for a successful college life. This habit will include hard work, dedication, and the support of a reliable copywriter.

Social problems

Experiencing the best in college means making new friends. It’s one of the best things you can do in college. Bonding and spending time with classmates and roommates is good for a healthy community. This one you will surely do.

How then does this become a problem?

Well, students have different goals and motivations for various aspects. Finding friends with whom you share the same values ​​and the same dynamism is not easy. You may end up with friends who don’t care about their upbringing and who pass on the same traits to you. As they say, if you hang around a hair salon long enough, you’ll get your hair cut. You may be a focused learner, but your continued association with such friends corrupts your good character.

You need to know the type of students you spend your time with. Learn to say no and take responsibility for your life. It may sound simple, but it is not. You will likely lose your precious college years if you are not enthusiastic. Avoid bad companies and identify good my essay writing services to help you get better grades.

too much party

Many students get a taste of the party life while in college. Still, partying isn’t bad because it’s a great way to bond and let off steam. Plus, it helps you relieve stress, especially when you spend a lot of time on books.

It only becomes problematic when you party too much. Every day will be devoted to it, thus forgetting why you are in school. It will be worse when you get addicted to it. Therefore, know your limits and avoid them because the shackles of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. Look for other ways to connect with others and relax if you can. If you must party, do it responsibly. You don’t just rely on grade miners to do your job. You must be sober to achieve your educational goals.


Having someone you love is such an amazing feeling. You like to spend time with your loved ones, and that’s good. However, it can be overwhelming and take up most of your time. There are times when you will have disagreements with your lover. It can destroy you if you don’t handle it well. We are not asking you to neglect it because it is vital in your life. It’s just a warning. Conduct your relationship with integrity and know that it has the potential to make or break your academic life.

If you have a problem, know where to ask for help. However, don’t let it overwhelm you as you will likely sink beyond help. Stress has a way of eating away at your study time, which will eventually lead to bad grades.

Bad time management

Learners think it’s a normal thing. Well, it has everything to do with your upbringing. Many problems start and end with time management. How you spend your time determines the problems you will encounter. The majority of students who fail have a problem with time. Therefore keep this in mind otherwise it will work against you. To make sure you learn all about academic excellence, here are 4 top rated essay writing services 2021 to help you achieve your educational goals.

You’ll be well on your way to academic success if you learn how to deal with these four major issues that can wreck your career. Be firm and know why you are in school.


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Lawns, a big contributor to climate change


There is a call for a radical and fundamental overhaul of the parks and quarter-acre grassy sections that many Kiwis yearn for.

Professor Len Gillman from Auckland University of Technology says it’s because of climate change.

“And most people don’t really understand how bad it’s going to be,” he said.

He helped write a new research paper, “Calling Time on the Imperial Lawn”.

His findings show that while lawns are often thought to sequester carbon from the atmosphere, this is not the case, once mowing, fertilizing and watering are taken into account.

He says mowed grass, in almost all cases, emits carbon.

Over 20 years, it could reach 43.9 tons of carbon equivalent per hectare, but other estimates place it much higher.

The newspaper calls for change both at home and on public lands, digging up any unused lawn and putting it under trees instead is the answer.

“We have to plant, we have to reduce emissions, it’s essential,” Gillman said.

The mowed grass is “ubiquitous and everywhere”, he said.

“For example, there are about 16 million hectares in the United States alone, which is the size of England and Belgium combined,” he told 1News.

“Even if we only plant a third of the grass in the world’s cities, we can absorb 6,000 million tonnes of carbon dioxide over two decades, so that’s a lot.”

He said while lawns are desirable to many, often much goes unused.

“The roadsides, the bits of parkland that are kind of tucked away in a corner somewhere that no one ever uses, there’s a lot of grass that could actually be planted and we have to plant it.”

His article says it is imperative that governing bodies put policies and incentives in place.

Auckland Council said it could not order people what to do in their backyards, but could encourage them.

Facilities manager for parks and community facilities, Karl Beaufort, said the council was “100 per cent” in favor of replacing lawns with trees.

“We think that’s a really good thing to explore back home,” he said.

“There is a lot of history around the creation of lawns and the social ranking based on lawns all comes from a British heritage and I think it’s time to start looking to change that and look towards nature New Zealand and what a New Zealand backyard actually is. look like.”

He spoke to 1News from a ‘low mow’ test patch from the council.

Grass on reserve land is removed from the regular mowing schedule and instead cut twice a year.

He said the results of this can be used to inform politicians about what mowing works best on municipal land and how the council can reduce its carbon footprint.

“And if people are happy with that, and it’s socially acceptable, we think that’s a win,” he said.

Howell Davies is the Auckland Council’s Senior Advisor for Urban Forests.

“Our council has an urban Ngahere (forest) strategy which seeks to increase our overall forest cover from 18% to 30% currently,” Davies said.

“And we are really counting on landowners and council to be involved in this ambitious overall goal, so conserving trees and planting more trees on private property is as important as the council’s role of planting trees on land. advice.”

In planting his seed for change, AUT Professor Len Gillman said councils around the world needed to do more.

“They have to take a much bigger lead, and that’s local government around the world,” he said.

“Incentives that make people think and motivate them to do so.”

What the study says

  • The rate of carbon emissions from mowing depends on the size and type of mower and how often it is used, but 1.1 to 5.5 million tons of carbon could be emitted in the United States alone by mowing each year.
  • Adding fertilizer causes nitrous oxide emissions.
  • Watering lawns causes emissions due to the energy needed to capture, pump and move water.
  • It will take a fundamental shift in what people perceive as desirable and usable in parks, but the climate crisis is of such magnitude that all possible options must be considered.

Black Americans’ COVID vaccine hesitancy stems


At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccination rates in the black community lagged well behind those of whites, with a gap that many media outlets believed was the result of fears based on historical health-related injustices like the infamous Tuskegee study of syphilis.

But new search by UCLA psychologists shows that vaccine hesitancy and distrust of health care professionals among black Americans may be more a function of their current unsatisfactory health care experiences than their knowledge of past wrongs.

The findings, the researchers say, clearly illustrate the need for both broad and specific changes within the medical community to improve experiences and build better trust with black patients. The research is published in the journal Health Psychology.

“History is important, no doubt, but black Americans don’t have to look to the past for examples of inequality in health care — many have experienced it firsthand,” Kimberly said. Martin, who led the research as a doctoral student at UCLA and is now a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC San Francisco.

In the first of two studies, Martin and his UCLA colleagues surveyed about 300 black and white participants in December 2020, just as vaccines were becoming available. Black respondents expressed less trust in healthcare professionals and reported significantly less positive experiences with the healthcare system than their white counterparts. They were also less likely to report their intention to get vaccinated.

Participants were also asked about their familiarity with the Tuskegee Syphilis Study from 1932 to 1972, in which the US government studied black men with syphilis without their informed consent and intentionally withheld treatment, resulting in medical complications. , death and transmission of disease to family members. Some 66% of black participants and 62% of white participants said they were aware of the study, although black participants generally knew more about it. Familiarity, however, was not associated with greater medical mistrust or vaccine hesitancy in either group, the researchers found.

Ultimately, the authors concluded that Black respondents’ trust in healthcare professionals was undermined by a lack of positive healthcare experiences, contributing to vaccine hesitancy.

“A damaging narrative suggested in popular media has been that black Americans were less likely to want a COVID-19 vaccination primarily because of the Tuskegee study,” said Martin, who along with his co-researchers found that the study had been mentioned 168 times. in television reports on vaccine hesitancy between October 2020 and November 2021. “However, Tuskegee is only one of many relevant historical examples of medical mistreatment of Black Americans, and this framing completely ignores the inequalities and current injustice in health care.”

Co-author Annette Stanton, a distinguished professor of psychology at UCLA, said the implications that black Americans can and should “overcome the past” as a way to reduce health inequalities are not only offensive but misguided. , given the results.

“The findings indicate that the current experiences of Black Americans in the medical system are an important factor among multiple contributors to inequity, and physicians and health systems can indeed take steps to improve these experiences,” he said. she stated. “Respectful, competent and caring healthcare professionals can be agents of change.
A second study, conducted several months after the first, surveyed a nationally representative sample of more than 12,750 black and white Americans and found no statistically significant racial differences in the proportion who had been vaccinated or intended to get vaccinated. But again, black participants reported having less confidence in medicine than whites. Black respondents also reported feeling less cared for by their doctors than white respondents, which researchers say contributes to lower levels of trust.

Among those not yet vaccinated, black and white participants who had less confidence in the medical community and felt less cared for by their personal physicians were also less likely to report their intention to get vaccinated.

The current studies add to a large body of research showing that black Americans have worse healthcare experiences than whites. And although the vaccination gap between blacks and whites has narrowed, issues of inequitable treatment and medical mistrust remain and need to be addressed in the context of current experiences, the researchers pointed out.

“Characterizing race-based disparities in health care experiences as a relic of the past excludes current medical experiences and exempts the current health system from making needed changes,” said co-author Kerri Johnson, Professor in communication and psychology at UCLA.

Johnson and the other authors said that going forward, healthcare professionals and researchers need to identify and implement changes that could provide Black Americans with more equitable and satisfying healthcare experiences.

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Hispanic Film Festival 2022 | Ohio Wesleyan University


Hispanic Film Festival 2022

Ohio Wesleyan will screen three acclaimed films at the free festival from Nov. 3 to Nov. 3, 15

By Cole Hatcher

DELAWARE, Ohio — Ohio Wesleyan University’s 2022 Hispanic Film Festival, “New Beginnings,” kicks off Nov. 3 with free weekly screenings of three acclaimed films from Mexico, Chile and the Dominican Republic.

“These films explore issues currently affecting individuals and communities in Latin America,” said Eva Paris-Huesca, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish and director of the film studies program.

“We are witnessing the struggle of a Mexican family to find financial stability in another country that speaks a different language; we live the hopes of many Chileans for the adoption of a new constitution that will be based on equal rights for all; and we experience the continued class oppression suffered by the Afro-Dominican community,” Paris-Huesca said. “A new beginning is on the horizon. To some it feels like a dream, not quite tangible, but it is clearly a dream worth chasing and fighting for.

All films will start at 7 p.m., will be screened in their original language with English subtitles, and will be followed by a discussion about the work and its cultural and artistic significance. Admission is free for everyone, with all films screened in Room 312 of the Ohio Wesleyan’s RW Corns Building, 78 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. Films may contain mature themes and language.

The 2022 Ohio Wesleyan Hispanic Film Festival features:

November 3 – “Los lobos/The wolves” (Mexico). “Two children immigrate to the United States with their mother. Their days are spent in a small apartment waiting for her to return as they cling to the hope of visiting Disney World. The 2019 drama is rated TV-14 and directed by Samuel Kishi, who will participate in a Q&A with OWU audiences after the screening.

November 10 – “Mi país imaginario/My imaginary country” (Chile). “Protests exploded in the streets of the Chilean capital of Santiago in 2019 as people demanded more democracy and social equality around education, healthcare and job opportunities.” Patricio Guzmán is the director and screenwriter of the 2022 documentary film. Andrea Colvin, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish, Ohio Wesleyan, will participate in a Q&A after the screening.

November 15 – “Carajita” (Dominican Republic). “Sara and her nanny, Yarisa, have a relationship that seems to transcend their class conditions: they are the closest thing to a single mother, but an accident will test their intimate loyalty and the illusion of innocence. that nothing can separate them.” The 2021 drama is directed by Ulises Porra and Silvina Schnicer. Actress Magnolia Núñez will participate in a Q&A after the screening.

This year’s Hispanic Film Festival is co-sponsored by the Department of World Languages ​​and Cultures, the Film Studies Program and the Honors Program. It is made possible by the generous support of the Wesleyan Council on Student Affairs (WCSA).

For more information about the series, contact Paris at [email protected] Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of World Languages ​​and Cultures at owu.edu/languages ​​and the Film Studies program at owu.edu/FilmStudies.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and competes in 24 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through its signature experience, the OWU Connection, Ohio Wesleyan teaches students to understand issues from multiple academic perspectives, volunteer in service to others, build a diverse and holistic perspective, and translate knowledge in the classroom in real-world experience through internships, research, and other hands-on learning. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the US News & World Report and Princeton Review “Best Colleges” lists. Connect with OWU expert interview sources at owu.edu/experts or learn more at owu.edu.

Forty-two of the class of 2026 enter honors programs


Forty-two elite members of the University of Scranton Class of 2026 enroll in two of the the five programs of excellence of the University. Scranton offers a range of honors and special programs designed to enhance and complement the academic experience.

Twenty-seven members of the University of Scranton’s Class of 2026 have enrolled in its Frank P. Corcione Business Honors Program. Students in this program complete four years of specialized study in the areas of economics, entrepreneurship, operations management, accounting, finance, international business, marketing and management, as well as a series of extracurricular personal development activities in the areas of service and career building. .

Meet the 27 members of the Class of 2026 participating in the Frank P. Corcione Business Honors program: https://news.scranton.edu/articles/2022/10/news-business-honors-clss-2026.shtml

Fifteen members of the University of Scranton’s class of 2026 entered its Magis Honors Program in STEM. The program combines the development of STEM knowledge and research techniques with programming to deepen students’ understanding of the impact of science on society.

The Magis Honors program offers talented students a more intense interdisciplinary research experience in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Courses taken over four years at Scranton include a special freshman seminar on science writing and a series of seminars on STEM and society. With guidance from faculty mentors, students in the program develop, present, and defend a thesis based on their individual research projects. In addition, the program requires participation in annual community service projects, as well as professional development programs.

Meet the 15 Class of 2026 enrolled in the Magis Honors Program in STEM: https://news.scranton.edu/articles/2022/10/news-magis-honors-program-class2026.shtml

Payday loans have skyrocketed as the cost of living crisis rages – and they’re better disguised than ever


Although it may seem like payday loans are waning in popularity, in fact, they are still in high demand – just cleverly disguised.

Instead, short-term, high-interest loans have taken their place, with more and more people turning to such programs to pay their bills as the cost of living continues to rise.

Consumer expert Martyn James said: “Payday loans are still popular, but they’ve reinvented themselves in a completely different way.

“These new short-term loans give the impression that they are different, but all that has changed is that the length of time you can take out a loan has been extended and the amount of interest you pay has been very slightly reduced.”

Although interest rates may not be in the thousands like they once were, a quick search of payday loans on the internet reveals that they are still incredibly high.

There are a host of companies available, offering up to tens of thousands of pounds instantly, with many also suggesting it doesn’t matter if applicants have bad credit.

One of the first results reveals a website claiming “we’re not cheap but we’re fast” – offering quick loans with a massive interest rate of 611.7% APR.

Another announced rates of 939.5% APR, warning that late repayments “can cause serious money problems”.

This may be a reflection of what payday loans have become.

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Traditionally they were used, it seems, to help people get to their next payday if they ran out of funds. They tended to be only for a small amount which should be paid back within the next couple of months.

However, over time payday loans have become the more generally used name for short-term, high-interest loans lasting up to a few years and worth tens of thousands of pounds.

The FCA intervened in 2014 to protect borrowers from excessive fees in this market, by capping the maximum interest rate lenders can charge and ensuring no one repays more in fees and interest than the amount borrowed. .

Shortly after came the fall of Wonga, which marked the beginning of the end of payday loans as we know them, with its collapse in 2018 leaving around 200,000 customers still owing over £400million.

The lender had become the face of exorbitant interest rates, at one point charging an extraordinary rate of 5,853%.

After his passing, many realized the dangers of payday loans, but it didn’t take long for others to take their place.

Although FCA data shows that there has been a decrease in the amount lent to consumers through these types of loans – mainly due to the reduction in the number of lenders – this only concerns regulated companies.

Between July and August 2016, 106 companies lent £300.2m, according to FCA data, but that figure fell to £64.4m from just 38 companies between April and June this year.

However, many others, which are unregulated, are flooding the market, with some charging consumers exorbitant interest.

James says, “New loan companies don’t want to be associated with payday loans. Although they are regulated, they are for all intents and purposes the same thing.

As a result, those who take out these loans should be careful not to take on more debt, experts warn.

An FCA spokesperson said: “Many consumers are feeling the impact of the rising cost of living on their personal finances and we expect this to increase over the coming months. This can lead to an increase in the demand for credit.

“Companies should only lend to people who have the means to repay and who need to support borrowers in financial difficulty by offering them tailor-made support, specific to their situation. We have reminded them of this and will continue to scrutinize lenders.

It is naturally tempting to take out a short-term loan for some who think they need to borrow money for a short time.

Many companies are adamant that the app won’t impact your credit score or that they’re not just for people on benefits – wrapping up the deal as an easy and affordable option for those who need with a quick injection of cash.

However, these promises often hide exorbitant interest rates.

James doesn’t blame the public for going for these loans because he says they are, essentially, disguised as responsible loans.

“The public thinks he’s sane – and believes he’s getting a ‘proper loan’ like people used to from the bank. Instead, what they get is a variant of the worst kind of loan.

While there really isn’t a “right way” to borrow money, there are ways people can minimize their risk while doing so.

This includes borrowing from regulated institutions and constantly checking the interest rate you will be charged.

Academic Freedom Protects Both LGBTQ Subjects and LGBTQ Teachers



Last month, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin’s administration revised school policies passed in 2020 to protect trans students. Under amended rules, students are required to use school facilities for the gender assigned to them at birth, school staff must defer to parents regarding student names and use pronouns, and they are required to keep parents “fully informed” of the students’ gender. identity even when students wish to keep the information private. Across the country, there has been an increase in passing laws that censor references to LGBTQ people or classroom issues since Florida passed its legislation earlier this year. Last spring in Ohio, a teacher was fired for giving a student a number to call to prevent LGBTQ youth suicide; the district claimed the teacher violated a policy of not talking about controversial topics.

These discriminatory attempts to marginalize the LGBTQ community reveal how attacks on public education and academic freedom are not just about what is taught, but who has the right to teach — and exist — in schools across the country. Indeed, as LGBTQ educators have long understood, academic freedom is not just about preserving space for the exploration of divisive ideas – it is also about preserving people’s right to exist.

Until the 1930s, it was not uncommon for educators to live with lifelong same-sex partners without public censorship. For example, Chicago Superintendent Ella Flagg Young, who led the city’s school system from 1909 to 1915, one of the most prominent educators of her day, enjoyed a relationship with Laura Brayton for over 30 years, living and traveling together and taking care of each other. until the end of their life.

In a 1929 comprehensive study of college-educated women, of the female teachers and superintendents surveyed, 47% said they had had intense emotional or sexual relationships with women.

After the end of World War II, new studies of human sexuality increased attention to the prevalence of same-sex relationships. In 1950, a Senate committee investigated the number of gays and lesbians in the public service, fearing that “young and impressionable people…fall under the influence of a pervert…”. The growing public awareness and recognition of same-sex relationships coincided with the rise of the Cold War.

Politicians such as the senses. Kenneth Wherry (R-Neb.) and Clyde Hoey (DN.C.) tapped into a moral panic that was sweeping the country, inciting the “Lavender Scare.” Seeking to link homosexuality to communism, critics have characterized LGBTQ people and communists as subversive, immoral and a threat to the nation’s children. As politicians sought to remove ideas and books they perceived as threatening from school curricula, they also sought to remove educators who did not conform to desired standards.

The most relentless attack on educators has come from the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee. Formed in 1956 to deter the civil rights movement, the committee, known as the Johns Committee after Senator Charley Johns, quickly turned its attention to homosexuality. Claiming that “virtually all children are susceptible to recruitment into homosexual practices,” the committee actively prosecuted LGBTQ educators for questioning between 1957 and 1963.

Teachers and professors, sometimes taken for questioning directly from their classrooms, rarely had a lawyer present during the ordeal. Once suspected of being lesbian or gay, they were fired and lost their professional credentials. A Johns Committee supporter said: “Do I want my sons and daughters indoctrinated in the belief that there is neither good nor evil, neither morality nor immorality…that homosexuality is good? And then say, in the name of academic freedom, it’s none of your business? »

As the Johns Committee wound down, the American Civil Liberties Union, and later the National Education Association, came out in support of individual LGBTQ educators seeking to challenge their dismissals on legal grounds in the 1970s, leading to a patchwork of court rulings on employment equality claims. .

The case of Marjorie Rowland, who was fired in 1974 from her job as a high school guidance counselor in the Mad River School District near Dayton, Ohio, for being bisexual, is an example of critics’ concerted efforts to control no only what would be taught in the schools, but who could teach there. Although U.S. District Judge Robert A. Steinberg ruled that “people have a right to be different,” a right they do not waive simply because they are a teacher, his decision was overturned on appeal in 1984. and Rowland’s dismissal was upheld.

In 1977 and 1978, anti-gay forces pushed back against the first wave of non-discrimination laws regarding sexual orientation, again making teachers a particular target. In 1977, voters firmly rejected a Miami anti-discrimination law, awakening LGBTQ activists across the country to the intensity of the anti-gay campaign. In 1978, California voters decisively rejected the Briggs Initiative, a proposal that would have banned LGBTQ teachers from public classrooms. But the same year, a similar bill was passed in Oklahoma that restricted academic freedom by banning speech on LGBTQ issues in the classroom and barring LGBTQ people from teaching. In 1985, the United States Supreme Court struck down restrictions that prevented teachers from talking about these issues, but upheld the part of the law that barred LGBTQ teachers from entering the classroom.

Beginning in the 1980s, many states changed their laws to include job protections for workers based on sexual orientation, and even in states without these protections, such as Ohio, some cities and school districts such as Yellow Springs have drafted non-discrimination laws and policies. However, other states, such as Oregon and Colorado, have passed strong anti-gay laws, including banning LGBTQ teachers and LGBTQ content from schools.

While some LGBTQ teachers were still fighting for their right to stay in the classroom, others were fighting for accurate representation of LGBTQ people in the curriculum. The award-winning film “It’s Elementary” documents how some LGBTQ educators and their allies in several states created programs that challenged stereotypes and addressed homophobia while normalizing the presence of LGBTQ teachers in schools.

Attacks on academic freedom, past and present, are aimed at controlling what is taught and by whom. In the mid-20th century, it was legal for districts to purge LGBTQ educators. Now that there are job protections for teachers, anti-gay attacks have focused on laws restricting LGBTQ talk. These laws focus on the curriculum, of course, but they also target teachers by giving districts a way to fire teachers or LGBTQ allies. Under these laws and policies, teachers can be fired for discussing “conflicting” issues regarding sexual orientation, gender or race.

The history of academic freedom for LGBTQ educators and LGBTQ issues in the curriculum shows us that progress is not linear and that old schemes resurface in new forms. One thing that separates contemporary attacks from the past is a wealth of knowledge about sexuality and gender identity. Using this knowledge to counter misinformation is essential in today’s fight for academic freedom. But just as people in the past, like Wherry and Hoey, have used the threat of communism to gain political power, much of the struggle over LGBTQ issues is about political posturing. Academic freedom is perhaps most needed where cultural clashes intersect with the race for power.

This is the ninth essay in the Freedom to Learn series sponsored by PEN America, providing historical context to the controversies surrounding free expression in education today.

NYU administration sets precedent for student-faculty relations



Maitland Jones, a famous professor of organic chemistry who taught at New York University (NYU), was recently terminated by the deans of the university. The move stunned professors, alumni and even the 82 of his 350 students who had signed a petition saying his course was too difficult. They wanted better grades, not a fired teacher.

First and foremost, NYU was wrong to fire Jones. While his students’ frustrations with learning during the pandemic are valid, no one should be fired for writing difficult tests. However, other student grievances, such as harassment or not teaching properly, warrant administrative action. To address these issues fairly, universities like Emory University and NYU should create a formal, petition-based process for students to advocate for themselves. Universities could then ask a committee to deliberate on the circumstances and consult with both the students and the professor on how best to make the necessary changes. Shooting should be a last resort, not a knee-jerk reaction.

Jones’ dismissal raises critical questions about the academic culture of Emory and its peer institutions. Does pre-professionalism crowd out quality education and prevent us from learning resilience? How can we address a chronic inflation of marks without harming the career prospects of students? We cannot attempt to solve all these complex problems here. However, we suggest some institutional practices as a starting point for managing future student-faculty conflicts.

The problem with Jones’ case centers on the status of his course as a prerequisite for medical school; the students said they “feared for their future” with grades that could derail their career plans. In particular, the petition created by students cited the course’s few exams, lack of extra credits, and opaque grading criteria. Jones and his colleagues tell a different story. He said students have “lost focus” in recent years; Jones explained that grades had plummeted despite the decrease in difficulty of his exams and the more than 50 lectures he and other chemistry professors had personally funded and filmed. His assistants said students weren’t coming to class or watching the videos, and other professors said they saw an increase in cheating.

The NYU administration decided that Jones’ teaching did not meet university standards and offered students the option of retroactively withdrawing from the class. Jones and other NYU professors are less upset about this particular case and more worried about the precedent his dismissal could set for higher education across the country, namely that professors could be inappropriately fired when students are not satisfied with the grades. A teacher claims the University was simply striving for high rankings and positive reviews, appeasing those who pay the tuition: the parents. Other professors feared that students would threaten the jobs of non-tenured professors and weaken a rigorous academic environment. They also claimed that lowering standards would lead to unqualified doctors.

Funding and student appeasement took precedence over keeping Jones alive, despite support from colleagues and decades of published work and teaching. In particular, the students do not even have call for his reference in the petition. Although the facts about the support Jones provided to his students are muddled, NYU as an institution has epitomized the tendency to prioritize grades and image over learning. It is not fair to blame students for defending themselves; nor is it fair to say that Jones should have given all the A’s and B’s to keep his job. In the end, it was the NYU administration’s mistake to simply oust this professor.

First and foremost, we should consider how other universities will react to NYU’s administrative decision. Jones may have been unreasonably punitive of able students, or perhaps his students faltered under pressure for high GPAs. Universities should have a formal review process in place before making their decision. Like NYU, Emory and other universities have a responsibility to handle cases regarding faculty and student grades and education quality in an organized manner. In addition, conflicts between professors and students often go beyond the realm of grades. Take Oxford College professor David Leinweber, whose students discovered his 2012 song “Little Sophomore Girl” which keep on going cause discomfort in students. Leinweber is incumbent, which makes an administrative response difficult to obtain despite his misdeeds. However, registering this complaint through a clear and defined process would likely have catalyzed more substantial changes and appropriate consequences.

Students are both funders and recipients of their education, so universities have an inherent responsibility to listen productively to student concerns. Students should have a voice to protest unfair faculty policies or behaviors without harming the quality of education. An institutional outlet should be created for this purpose. Regarding subjective concerns about grading methods and teaching style, students and faculty should be consulted to reach an equitable solution. This formal process would require complaints to be filed through a petition signed by a majority of students. These petitions should be carefully evaluated by a formal committee. Such a survey process could allow faculty members to attend the professor’s classes, review their class policies, and interview students. Jones’ case was controversial because substantial but minority opinion led to a dismissal despite some faculty and students expressing support for Jones and disdain for the dismissal process. On the other hand, cases involving harassment or an abusive classroom environment should result in the dismissal of a teacher.

By all measures, faculty must be protected from baseless mob mentality. At the same time, students should feel valued by a process specifically created to assess concerns. An objective investigative process would benefit both parties. The New York University administration’s decision highlights the long-awaited issue of establishing a power dynamic at the level that would prevent bias and scandal in Jones’ case. At this point, Emory and other universities are tasked with the essential question: will they preserve NYU’s precedent or pave the way for a new model of student-faculty relations?

The editorial above represents the majority opinion of Wheel’s editorial board. The editorial board is made up of Isabelle Bellott-McGrath, Rachel Broun, Evelyn Cho, Ellie Fivas, Marc Goedemans, Aayam Kc, Elyn Lee, Saanvi Nayar, Shruti Nemala, Nushrat Nur, Sara Perez, Ben Thomas and Kayla Robinson.

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October 21, 2022

The Northwest Missouri State University Board of Trustees in its regular session on Friday approved additional funding needed to renovate the McKemy Center for Lifelong Learning as the university expands its agricultural science program offerings.

The Regents gave their approval to the President and Vice President Finance and Administration to sign a contract with Herner Construction Inc. and proceed with the renovations at a total cost not to exceed $1,976,423.

The renovation will house Northwest’s Systems Management Program for Manufacturing and Agribusiness in the School of Agricultural Sciences. The project includes adding lab space and equipment as well as upgrading security and infrastructure.

By completing the renovation, Northwest seeks to improve the workforce of manufacturing and agribusiness clusters by providing comprehensive systems management training and skills development, as well as certifying skills with stackable credentials. recognized by the industry.

The University will offer courses – such as welding, precision measurement, electronics and electricity, mechatronics and personal protective equipment – ​​which could be completed for certification or “stacked” for a badge. management of accredited systems. Courses can be aggregated further to earn a systems management focus or a minor to complete a bachelor’s degree.

VP Finance and Administration Carrick explained at Friday’s meeting that the board at its May meeting approved the renovation with a total project cost of $1,526,423. $. However, bids submitted for the project were higher than expected due to escalating procurement costs, electrical service upgrades and a classroom redesign for a welding simulation lab.

With the Board’s approval of an increase in the total project cost, approximately 39% of the cost of the renovations is being funded through the State of Missouri’s MoExcels program, which is a matching fund program focused on workforce development. Approximately 43% is expected to come from donors and the remaining 18% will come from University funds.

Presidential Research Update

Acting as Chair of the Board of Trustees in place of Regent John Moore, who was unable to attend Friday’s meeting, Regent Roxanna Swaney provided an update on the University’s presidential search.

Swaney said Anthem Executive, a Houston-based search firm that helps the institution recruit its next president, is accepting applications and engaging with interested candidates. The presidential search committee is due to meet in December to review nominations and tentatively plans to begin interviewing candidates in January.

For more information about Northwest Presidential Research, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/presidentsearch/.

other business

In other business, Brennan Lehman, Assistant Vice President of Information Technology, presented Northwest’s Annual Cybersecurity Update as well as the University’s Information Security Policy, which the Board of directors approved.

During the recognitions portion of Friday’s meeting, Provost Dr. Jamie Hooyman recognized eight employees who were honored by the University in August with Academic Impact Awards for positively influencing the University community in Northwest through their dedication, collegiality and unassuming excellence. Additionally, Hooyman recognized six individuals who are recipients of Northwest’s annual Faculty Excellence Awards for their teaching, scholarship and service.

Swaney also recognized Dr. Peter Adam, assistant professor of biology, for his dedication to organizing the actors participating in Northwest’s Missouri Hope Annual Emergency and Disaster Management Training Exercise and advising student organizations.

The Board of Regents is responsible for the proper management of the University’s resources and for determining general, educational and financial policies.

Take time to take care of yourself – Trinitonian


Ways to take care of yourself, find positivity during stressful school times, and cultivate motivation

As the midterm exams wind down and the number of days left in the semester begins to dwindle, the environment around Trinity can feel like a graveyard. This shift in energy and pace can often cause burnout and increase instances of stress.

Studies show that around 40-45% of American college students experience “above average” levels of stress, which causes them to feel more pressure and possibly suffer from additional mental disorders. In addition, students juggle many responsibilities which can cause them to not only feel the pressure of school life but many other areas as well.

Mackenzie Dupréy, a first-year psychology student, said her stress level wasn’t too bad. Even though some days aren’t as good as others, she’s found plenty of ways to prioritize herself while balancing school and her social life. Dupréy also shared that she was more aware of things she needed to work on, like her sleep and other daily habits.

“I feel good here at Trinity. I’m rushing Greek life organizations right now and I’ve met so many people that I really like. When it comes to taking care of myself, I make sure to take the time every day to check in and ask myself how I’m doing,” Dupréy said.

It’s crucial to normalize breaks and genuinely process any stress or whatever you may be going through. For Dupréy, finding small things that improve his daily life has both increased positivity and mental well-being. His personal care consists of walks in the open air, listening to music, enjoying the nature around him and writing freely. She is also enrolled in an aerobic fitness class on campus which she says has helped her.

Sorin Wechsler Kelly, a freshman biology major and Chinese studies minor from Houston, TX, said he found lots of fun things to do when he had free time. Kelly shared that his mental health is at its lowest when school is really stressful and he hopes to work more on his time management skills. He has also noticed that his sanity fluctuates and is very much like a wave.

“When I have the opportunity to take care of myself and relax, I really like it. I love tending to plants, playing video games in the dorm, and reading. I love to read light novels and even fantasy books. I really need and love my down times,” Kelly said.

Some tips for self-care and finding motivation when times get more stressful can be as simple as keeping a journal, planning your week, and believing you’ll get through it. Counseling Services provides resources and support to students virtually or in person that caters to student well-being. Additionally, Mental Health Awareness Weeks, held by select clubs and organizations throughout the year, help individuals relax and unwind with yoga, meditation, and self-care tips. Reaching out to professors, academic advisors, or even peers to lean on is also a great way to find support.

Self-care is a term often used to comfort oneself, but it may sound different to many people. While some people like to work out and relax, others need time to do nothing.

Addressing stigma is key to containing t


October 19, 2022 – Inaccurate media coverage of the monkeypox outbreak has led to misinformation about the many ways it can spread, leading to stigma (shameful and biased attitudes) towards people who develop the disease. Nurses play a key role in providing appropriate care related to monkeypox by creating safe spaces for those affected, regardless of their sexual behaviors, race and ethnicity, gender, or co-infections. These findings come from two articles that appeared in the November/December issue of The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (JANAC), the official journal of the AIDS Care Nurses Association. JANAC is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.

Monkeypox Transmission Risks

Everyone is at risk for monkeypox because it can be spread by:

  • Close physical contact and shared personal items, such as clothing and bedding
  • Person-to-person contact, such as skin contact
  • Contact with contaminated surfaces
  • Respiratory droplets, such as when someone with monkeypox coughs, sneezes, or laughs

Thus, the spread of monkeypox is not related to race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. However, “due to inconsistent messaging about the origin of the current monkeypox outbreak and the communities most affected by the outbreak, we are confusing an outbreak transmitted via social media and a high community viral load with sexual behaviors” , according to Alanna Bergman, MSN, AGNP-BC, AAHIVS, doctoral candidate at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, and coauthors.

Rutgers School of Nursing professor Jeffrey Kwong, DNP, MPH, ANP-BC, ACRN, and colleagues add that some reports in the popular press have described monkeypox as a sexually transmitted disease, even though scientists don’t are not sure yet. . “The virus can undoubtedly be transmitted through contact associated with sexual intercourse. It remains to be seen, however, whether exposure to sexual fluids is the primary mode of transmission.”

Singepox – associated stigma

Yet in the current outbreak in the United States, most confirmed cases to date have been in men who report having had sex with other men. Additionally, people living with HIV are disproportionately likely to develop monkeypox. As a result, a person who develops monkeypox may face considerable stigma, including multiple types of prejudice if they have both monkeypox and HIV.

The stigma associated with monkeypox can make a person too embarrassed to get tested for the disease, seek treatment, and/or follow the prescribed treatment regimen. Men who have sex with men and people living with HIV may face stigma that prevents them from receiving appropriate preventive care and counseling about monkeypox, or prompt diagnosis and treatment.

Nurses can help protect individuals from the effects of stigma by educating other healthcare professionals about stigmatizing behaviors. They should also be proactive in identifying people at risk for monkeypox and suggesting vaccination and other prevention strategies. “Combating stigma begins with nurses’ knowledge of modes of transmission, sex-positive harm reduction strategies, and general infection control practices,” note Dr. Kwong and her co-authors. “Recognizing the clinical manifestations of disease can lead to earlier diagnosis, access to care and prevention activities.”

Click here to read “Monkeypox virus 2022 outbreak: key epidemiological, clinical, diagnostic and preventive considerations”

DOI: 10.1097/JNC.0000000000000365



The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (JANAC) is an international peer-reviewed nursing journal that covers the full spectrum of the global HIV epidemic, focusing on prevention, evidence-based care management, interprofessional clinical care, research, advocacy rights, policy, education, social determinants of health, epidemiology and program development. JANAC operates under the highest standards of ethical publishing practices and offers innovative publishing options, including Open Access and preprint publishing, where the journal can publish articles before they are published with a number.

About the Association of AIDS Nurses

Since 1987, the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) has been the leading organization of nurses fighting HIV/AIDS. ANAC’s mission is to foster the professional development of nurses and others involved in providing health care to people at risk of, living with and/or affected by HIV and its comorbidities. ANAC promotes the health, well-being and rights of people living with HIV around the world.

About Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer (WKL) is a global leader in professional information, software solutions and services for clinicians, nurses, accountants, lawyers and the tax, finance, auditing, risk, compliance and regulation. We help our customers make critical decisions every day by delivering expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge with advanced technology and services.

Wolters Kluwer achieved annual sales of €4.8 billion in 2021. The group serves customers in over 180 countries, maintains operations in over 40 countries and employs around 19,800 people worldwide. The company is headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands.

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ARC receives $20,000 grant for data science projects applicable to academic disciplines – students can participate – The American River Current


The deadline for proposals is October 24

ARC received a $20,000 grant from the William Hixson Foundation for data science projects applicable to academic disciplines. Proposals are due October 24. (Photo via Unsplash)

American River College recently received a $20,000 grant for projects exploring the integration of data science into the academic discipline, according to Kirsten Corbin, dean of business and computing at ARC.

“Data can be manipulated in ways that negatively impact us or it can be used to drive meaningful change,” Corbin said. “Therefore, it is imperative that students understand and visualize their world in data.”

According to Corbin, the grant will be divided into four grants of up to $5,000 each, a decision made by Frank Kobayashi, vice president of instruction at ARC. This allows multiple projects (eiideas) to run while providing enough resources to succeed.

“The awards are intended to support projects that investigate the integration of data science into academic disciplines,” Corbin said. “So the intention is that applications will be open to professors.”

  • Even though the grant is for staff, students can submit proposals by getting a faculty sponsor, Corbin added.

There are five criteria that projects must meet in order to apply for the grant. The project must; be feasible within given time and funds, involve students in data collection and analysis, have a positive impact on student achievement and college equity goals, not be redundant, and be sustainable over the long term term.

According to Scott Crow, communications and public information manager for ARC, the donation came from the William Hixson Foundation, the same foundation that donated $25,000 to the Diane Bryant STEM Innovation Center. There is even a math classroom named after the foundation.

“The WEH Foundation has supported both Folsom Lake College and ARC,” Crow said. “We appreciate the foundation’s generous support for our students and our college.”

The last day to submit proposals is Oct. 24, and awards will be announced Oct. 31, Corbin said. Projects will be implemented no later than spring 2023 and reports will be due by late spring 2023.

According to Crow, the ARC has no plans in place to continue research in the area, but the college will be involved in any long-term projects arising from these proposals.

“Going forward, ARC would be involved if there were any projects that might be continuing or underway,” Crow said.

KU English Department Hosts 3-Day Creative Writing Workshop


The Dean of the School of Arts, Languages ​​and Literatures, Professor Adil Amin Kak also spoke on the occasion and congratulated the Department of English for organizing the workshop at a time when good writing is in high demand not only in universities but also on online platforms.

In her welcoming remarks, Professor Nusrat Jan, Head of the English Department and Coordinator of the Workshop, highlighted the achievements of the Department and said that the present workshop aims to help and guide promising writers in perfecting their their writing skills.

“The workshop would provide participants with the training and discipline required for good writing and allow aspiring writers to find their ‘writer’s voice,'” she said.

Professor Dhanoa, in his address, spoke about writing as a creative activity that can be learned through proper training, while emphasizing how workshops can provide opportunities for the exchange of ideas and help foster a community of writers.

Later, the Registrar also inaugurated the newly created language lab in the English Department.

Professor Nusrat said the language lab was a step towards upgrading the department’s infrastructural facilities and would facilitate the teaching of communicative English, phonetics and linguistics courses.

Boston University researchers claim to have developed a new, deadlier COVID strain in the lab


Boston University researchers say they have developed a new COVID strain which has an 80% death rate following a series of similar experiences that are first thought to have sparked the global pandemic that began in China.

The variant, a combination of Omicron and the original virus in Wuhan, killed 80% of infected mice, the university said. When the mice were only exposed to Omicron, they showed mild symptoms.

The research was conducted by a team of scientists from Florida and Boston at the school’s National Laboratories for Emerging Infectious Diseases.

They extracted the spike protein from Omicron and attached it to the strain first detected at the start of the pandemic which started in Wuhan, China. They then documented the reaction of the mice to the hybrid strain.

“In…mice, while Omicron causes mild, non-fatal infection, the virus carrying Omicron S inflicts severe disease with an 80% mortality rate,” they wrote in a research paper.

The new strain contains five times more infectious virus particles than the Omicron variant, the researchers said.

Fox News contacted the university.

COVID-19 was first detected as coming from a wet market in Wuhan, although many believe the the virus was designed at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The World Health Organization continues to face criticism for its handling of the crisis in its most crucial early stages.

The Omicron variant is highly transmissible, even in those who are fully vaccinated. The spike protein is responsible for infectivity rates, the researchers say, other changes in the structure of the virus determine its mortality.

One limitation to the study was the breed of mouse used, as other types are more similar to humans.

FAU honors 2022 Talon Award winners


Left to right, Edward Hendrik Fulton, MD; ’09, Kyle Prescott, DMA; David J. Nicholson; FAU President John Kelly; Cassidy Hoover; Richard L. Schmidt ’70; Eric Shaw, Ph.D., ’72, ’73; Aubrey M. Strul at the 2022 FAU Talon Awards.

Florida Atlantic University recently hosted its annual Talon Leadership Awards ceremony as part of Homecoming 2022. The awards recognize outstanding faculty, student, alumni, and community leadership. Co-sponsored by the FAU Alumni Association and the Homecoming Committee, the Talon Awards have been presented during homecoming week since 1997.

“Our 2022 Talon Award recipients have demonstrated a sincere commitment to the university in truly meaningful ways,” said FAU President John Kelly. “Their leadership is at the very heart of FAU’s upward trajectory, and I am grateful for their tremendous dedication to improving our Owl community.”

The President’s Talon Award was given to four recipients, including David J. Nicholson, Aubrey M. Strul, Eric Shaw, Ph.D, MBA ’73, BBA ’72, and Richard L. Schmidt, MBA ’71.

Nicholson is a philanthropist and wealth manager with a demonstrated history of successful accomplishments in financial services and education. He established the Stiles-Nicholson Foundation in 1992 to honor the military sacrifices of his father, William Stiles, a fallen soldier, and his stepfather William Nicholson, a surviving German POW. In 2021, he made contributions totaling $10 million to FAU, which welcomed an unprecedented era of research, education, and discovery at FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter.

Strul is a private equity investor who invests in companies with strong management teams, quality product lines and exceptional people. In 2017, he founded the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program with Kelly to enable qualified Florida high school graduates to attend FAU and graduate debt-free.

Shaw is Professor Emeritus of Marketing at FAU and a two-time alumnus, having received a BBA with honors in 1972 and an MBA in 1973. Shaw serves on the editorial and review boards of several international academic societies and associations and is a peer examiner. for several scholarly journals, academic conferences and textbook publishers. He continues to supervise a Ph.D. students and serves on several FAU committees and journal review boards, while publishing research and engaging in scholarly activities.

Schmidt is the Managing Director of Schmidt Companies, Inc., a diversified investment group. He is also President of the Schmidt Family Foundation, a charity dedicated to helping people help themselves by supporting non-profit organizations that work to alleviate suffering and make the most of an individual’s abilities. . He earned his MBA in accounting from FAU in 1970. In addition to his many philanthropic gifts, Schmidt brought to FAU a long-standing, unwavering dedication and availability.

Kyle Prescott, DMA, received the Faculty Talon Award. He is a conductor of orchestras and professor of music at FAU where he directs the University Wind Ensemble, teaches graduate conducting and coordinates all aspects of the University’s orchestra program.

The Student Talon Award was presented to Cassidy Hoover, an upcoming fall 2022 graduate of Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. She is involved in the honors program as a lead academic coach and is the director of the FAU Student Government Program Council. She is also a member of the women’s football team of the FAU club.

For the first time, the Talon Alumni Award was named in Schmidt’s name, to further recognize all that he has done for the FAU. The Richard L. Schmidt Alumni Talon Award was presented to Dr. Edward Fulton, who attended Harriett L. Wilkes Honors College and was a Flagler Scholar. While at FAU, he participated in research on microtubule motors. He also served as Student Body Governor of the John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter for two years and then served as Student Body Vice President in 2009. He is now a dermatopathologist in private practice in Birmingham, Alabama, and teaches to dermatology residents in Tulane and Louisiana. State University.

For more information on the Talon Awards and the FAU Alumni Association, visit faualumni.org.


Q&A with Area 6 candidate Garret Wright – Daily Democrat


Six candidates are running for three seats on the Woodland Unified School District Board of Trustees in the Nov. 8 election.

In Zone 6, contender and parent Garret Wright will take on incumbent Morgan Childers.

The Woodland Daily Democrat sent out five questions to the six candidates to give them all an equal chance to speak up and highlight what they would like to achieve or continue to achieve on the Woodland School Board.

The series continues with Garret Wright.

Q: What qualifies you to continue to be or become a member of a school board? Why is it important for you to hold this position?

A: My love for my children, their friends, and all other students in the district, combined with the strongest desire to see them all succeed to their highest potential, is what motivates me and qualifies me for the school board. I am not just a candidate with a special interest because of my career or using it as a springboard to my next political endeavor. I’m on the ballot because my kids and my community are worth it. I have real skin in the game on district performance, and this district performance will forever affect my children, my home and my community. I can’t think of a more important duty for me as a parent than serving on the school board and making my community proud.

Q: What should be WJUSD’s #1 priority now that we appear to be free of any pandemic-like restrictions on our schools? How should the school district use the remaining COVID funds?

A: Now that we’ve left the pandemic protocols behind, here’s what I think the District should do:

First, we need to recognize the damage that lockdowns and masking have done to our students, especially the younger ones, and promise our city that we will never make that mistake again, period. It would be non-negotiable for me as a board member in the future.

Second, we need a major boost, a holistic approach to catching up with our students academically and socially. A large majority of students are behind in at least one subject, or even several. It is heartbreaking and the continuation of this trend is unacceptable. If we can’t close that learning loss gap for this generation of students, then we’ve failed our kids as a district. And in my eyes, failure is not an option. Compensate for learning loss and better prepare our remote learning program for the future so that it is more adaptable and deployable to those who may need it. These two topics are the highest priority for me for unused COVID funds.

Because without these two problems being solved, we will have a generation of unprepared students and will be doomed to make the same mistakes the next time a health emergency arises.

Q: Are you or have you recently been satisfied with the overall direction of the school district? Why or why not?

A: The direction the district is taking is worrying. I don’t see the importance I understand it takes to excel in reading, writing, and math. These three topics are the foundation of success for the rest of our lives. While I find equal access to resources and opportunities to be the foundation of an equitable educational experience, I am concerned about some policies and programs that require immense time, energy and resources without delivering results or review their effectiveness with front-line teachers.

We must rely on the vast experience of our teachers and listen to their feedback on what we are doing right and wrong. Their input is invaluable and can help determine which policies, focus points and resources are improving, without hampering student outcomes. With our current trend of test scores and gaps in student preparation, something has to change. We cannot continue down this path of underachieving students and dissatisfied parents and teachers.

Q: How do you think the WJUSD becomes more desirable and brings back students who have left or those who live in Woodland who go somewhere else like Woodland Christian or Davis?

A: In my opinion, the district has its work cut out to bring students back. Between the closure of our classrooms, the forced masking, and the lack of leadership to stand up to these horrific policies, even being told that these policies are harmful, it has turned many parents and students off. As a community, we estimated that our children’s educational opportunities were traded for $19 million in COVID funds. While recruiting students into the district can be difficult, I don’t think it’s impossible. Committing our district to academic excellence, never closing schools and never again terms is a huge first step. From there, we focus on the classroom environment and parent involvement.

An orderly and respectful environment in the classroom is essential to the success of teachers and students. A safe and focused classroom, coupled with strong parental involvement, will be needed to rebrand the district as a place to send your child to success, not avoid it.

Q: What do you think the district is not paying enough attention to and what would you do to improve it?

A: Something our district is not focusing enough on is the massive loss of learning that has occurred during the pandemic and the enforced masking. It may sound repetitive, but it really is the most important topic to me when it comes to the well-being of our children and their chances of succeeding later in life.

I will shine the spotlight on this topic and do whatever is necessary to resolve the issue. Repeat subjects or classes if necessary. Promote zero-period courses to improve a make-up grade. Look for proven policies backed by high-performing teachers and districts. Foster a more focused and respectful classroom environment when dealing with disruptive students, especially in grades 7-12. And most importantly, involve parents as much as possible in their child’s education so that they know if their child is falling behind, how far behind they may be, and what is the best way forward, so that their child does not not be left behind.

Zicklin Center panel celebrates accounting professor Abe Briloff – The Ticker


The Robert Zicklin Center for Business Integrity held an event titled “Accounting Accountability” on September 28 in the Baruch College Information and Technology Building. The event paid tribute to former student-turned-teacher Abe Briloff, who died in 2013 at the age of 96.

Zicklin Center Deputy Director Ruzdo Srdanovic gave a keynote address, while the Briloff girls were in attendance. Stan Ross Accounting Department Chair Donal Byard hosted the event alongside former student Charlie Dreifus to highlight Briloff’s academic journey in accounting. The event welcomed current and former students.

Briloff was one of Baruch’s most distinguished alumni who consistently challenged conventional Wall Street wisdom and established transparency and ethical conduct in the accounting and financial industries.

He graduated from Baruch – then known as the City College School of Business – in 1937 and won an award for an accounting scholarship.

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Briloff wrote for Barron’s business magazine, which seemed unusual for an accounting professor. He became a critic who questioned generally accepted accounting principles.

He based his first book, “The Effectiveness of Accounting Communication”, on his doctoral dissertation and published it in 1967. His other published works are “The Truth About Corporate Accounting” and “Unaccountable Accounting: Games Accountants Play”.

While pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at Baruch, Dreifus was one of Briloff’s students. He is currently a Portfolio Manager and Managing Director at Royce Investment Partners.

As Briloff’s close friend, Dreifus shared her experiences collaborating with him during his college years. When Dreifus first met him in 1967, Briloff was legally blind and “had not yet suffered much from his sight”. He asked participants to “remember to analyze financial documents when you are legally blind”.

“He had students read these documents to him,” Dreifus said. “He personally wrote like no accountant I have ever met. He was more of a poet. But the fact that he can take in all that information and then dictate an article and all those numbers sticks in his head, an incredible handicap that he overcame.”

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Even with his disability, Briloff had influence in the market. He asked his colleagues to look for telltale signs, signs that aren’t so obvious, income that may show up in years to come, and complex issues, such as pension accounting.

Briloff asked companies if this was the right way to account for them and challenged the ethical conduct of financiers.

Dreifus said companies were unhappy with the stock price, while listeners were upset and didn’t welcome Briloff into the community. They respected him for challenging finances and ethical conduct.

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“Abe was fearless and became a lightning rod,” Dreifus said. “People were upset when confronted with the games they were playing.”

Briloff wrote an article that appeared in “Natural Mind Analysts Journal”. It covered the consulting practice known as management information system services.

He was against the idea because if you help make the decision, then you are no longer independent.

Dreifus mentioned the scandal surrounding Enron Corp. and how accounting firm Arthur Andersen faced criminal charges for their roles in it. He said there have been improvements since the Sarbanes-Oxley Act was passed.

Byard said Briloff was instrumental in the broader public debate that preceded Sarbanes-Oxley and had a huge impact on accounting regulation.

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Dreifus said his relationship with Briloff has blossomed over the years. They had phone calls every Friday, but Briloff never told Dreifus what the article he was writing was about. Dreifus had to wait for its publication.

“We were having sandwiches, we were sitting on the bench, so it’s the early ’70s, and incidentally, never before an article where he mentioned the subject to me,” Dreifus said. “As close as we worked and as much as he trusted me, he never breached that confidentiality.”

At the end of the discussion, Dreifus encouraged current students to form similar relationships with professors they admire, such as his with Briloff.

“If there are professors that you identify with in any field, when you try to establish that kind of mentoring relationship, it can only last to your advantage,” Dreifus said. “You will have a much easier fulfilling life, if you are blessed with sympathetic relationships.”

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Dr. Rodney King and Gillie Brown


Mahurin Honors College (MHC) has always made it a priority to equip students with the resources they need to continue their learning inside and outside the classroom. When looking for opportunities outside of the classroom, many scholars look for opportunities to conduct research. WKU faculty members are great at connecting with scholars, but few have worked as closely with MHC scholars pursuing their academic passions as Dr. Rodney King.

Dr. King, professor of biology at Western Kentucky University, worked with research students. He has an active research program and teaches several courses, including microbiology and molecular biology. The ability to conduct research with students is actually what drew Dr. King to WKU where he has been teaching and doing research for 20 years. HI’s research focuses primarily on bacterial phages.

Gillie Brown (MHC’ 22) is a student with whom Dr. King worked closely during his time on the Hill. Gillie majored in biology and chemistry at WKU. She first became interested in Dr. King’s lab after taking a course through the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science. Gillie participated in Dr. King’s research lab for about 3-4 years at WKU. Based on this research, Gillie completed a Experience/synthesis thesis (THIS).

Something unique about the research program here at WKU in the Biology Department is that freshmen have the opportunity to participate in research. Research is not just in a laboratory. It can also be conducted outdoors in nature or other places relevant to what you are trying to research. Dr. King encourages researchers considering doing research to “find your interest. What really motivates you to go out there and do the work? Dr. King explains how you should seek out more lab experience if you’re interested in doing research. This includes thinking about courses that give you lab experience. “Think about your freshman lab experiences… The more lab experiences you can gain during your classes, the more ready you are to enter a lab.”

For those interested in participating in research, Dr. King advises researchers to “start the conversation early, go talk to the professor, go to the websites and see what interests you, and be persistent. Your best insights will come from the students already in the labs. Being proactive about research and using the resources at your disposal will help any researcher pursue an opportunity, like research, that they want. There are opportunities in terms of financial aid offered by the Mahurin Honors College for scholars wishing to pursue research. An external resource mentioned by Dr. King was the Kentucky Academy of Sciences which allows researchers to apply for small grants for their research. There are so many opportunities within Mahurin Honors College, WKU in general, as well as outside resources like the Kentucky Academy of Science. As CMH scholars, you have every opportunity to follow the paths that can best help you in your ascent to excellence.

So now it’s up to you. What are your interests? What are you thinking? What questions do you want to answer? Who will you inspire through your academic activities?

Predatory payday lenders put on notice


Consumer groups are calling on Parliament to pass changes to payday loans that will prevent vulnerable people from going deep into debt.

Payday lenders offer consumers quick cash, but typically charge very high fees and excessive interest rates.

Government Services Minister Bill Shorten said some lenders of last resort were performing a useful function, but others were simply doing the wrong thing.

He said flat car tires or a broken down washing machine could be enough to plunge struggling households into crisis.

“All of a sudden it doesn’t take much to push an Aussie maybe doing it hard on the margins just over the edge,” Mr Shorten told reporters in Melbourne.

“But that can never excuse the predatory lending practices of payday lenders.”

On Friday, the Consumer Action Law Center and CHOICE appeared before a House committee to demand payday loan reforms.

The bill, which has already passed the lower house, includes a 10% cap on how much of a person’s income can be absorbed by loan repayment.

The previous ceiling was 20% and applied only to people receiving social security benefits.

Deputy Treasurer Stephen Jones said the reforms were long overdue, with the former coalition government pledging to regulate products in 2016.

However, the changes failed to take off.

“We want to strike a balance between protecting vulnerable consumers and providing credit in a safe environment,” Jones told AAP.

“We clean up what we believe to be unsafe or unreasonable practices.”

Tania Clarke of Consumer Action said hundreds of customers had experienced financial hardship from unregulated credit products in the years since the reforms were launched.

“The fees and charges are astronomical,” she said.

Disinformation research relies on AI and lots of scrolling: NPR


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What kinds of lies and falsehoods are circulating on the internet? Taylor Agajanian used her summer job to help answer that question, one message at a time. It often becomes spongy.

She reviewed a social media post where someone had shared a story about vaccines with the comment “Hmmm, that’s interesting.” Was the person actually saying the news was interesting or implying that the story wasn’t true?

Agajanian often read around and between the lines while working at the Center for an Informed Public at the University of Washington, where she reviewed social media posts and recorded misleading claims about COVID-19 vaccines.

As the midterm elections approach, researchers and private sector companies are racing to track misrepresentations on everything from ballot harvesting to voting machine conspiracies. But the field is still in its infancy even as threats to the democratic process posed by viral lies loom. Getting a feel for the lies people are talking about online might seem like a simple exercise, but it’s not.

“The larger question is, can anyone ever know what everyone else is saying?” says Welton Chang, CEO of Pyrra, a startup that tracks small social media platforms. (NPR has used Pyrra’s data in several stories.)

By automating some of the steps the University of Washington team uses humans for, Pyrra uses artificial intelligence to extract names, locations and topics from social media posts. Using the same technologies that in recent years have enabled AI to write remarkably like humans, the platform generates summaries of trending topics. An analyst reviews the summaries, weeds out irrelevant items such as ad campaigns, edits them slightly, and shares them with clients.

A recent summary of these summaries includes the unsubstantiated claim “Energy Infrastructure Under Globalist Attack”.

Bifurcated paths and interconnected webs

The University of Washington and Pyrra’s approaches go to the most extreme extremes in terms of automation – few teams have that many staff – around 15 – just to monitor social media, or rely so much on algorithms for them to synthesize the material and output.

All methods have caveats. Manual monitoring and coding of content could miss developments; and while capable of processing massive amounts of data, artificial intelligence struggles to manage the nuances of distinguishing between satire and sarcasm.

Although incomplete, having an idea of ​​what is circulating in online discourse allows society to react. Research on voting-related misinformation in 2020 has helped inform election officials and voting rights groups about which messages to push this year.

For responses to be proportionate, society must also assess the impact of false narratives. Journalists covered disinformation spreaders who appear to have a very high total number of engagements but limited impact, which risks “spreading more hysteria about the state of online operations”, wrote Ben Nimmo, who now investigates global threats at Meta, Facebook’s parent company.

Although the language can be ambiguous, it is easier to know who followed and retweeted whom. Other researchers analyze actor networks as well as narratives.

The plethora of approaches is typical of a field just forming, says Jevin West, who studies the origins of academic disciplines at the University of Washington’s School of Information. Researchers come from different fields and bring methods they are comfortable with to start with, he says.

West collected research articles from the academic database Semantic Scholar that mentioned “misinformation” or “disinformation” in their title or abstract, and found that many articles were from medicine, computer science, psychology and there also geology, mathematics and art.

“If we’re a qualitative researcher, we’ll go…and literally code everything we see.” West says. More quantitative researchers do large-scale analysis like topic mapping on Twitter.

Projects often use a combination of methods. “Whether [different methods] starting to converge on similar kinds of… conclusions, so I think we’ll feel a little bit better about that,” West said.

Struggle with basic questions

One of the very first steps in researching misinformation — before someone like Agajanian starts tagging posts — is identifying relevant content under a topic. Many searchers start their search with phrases they think people talking about the topic might use, see what other phrases and hashtags show up in the search results, add them to the query, and repeat the process.

It is possible to miss keywords and hashtags, not to mention that they change over time.

“You have to use some sort of keyword analysis.” West says, “Of course it’s very rudimentary, but you have to start somewhere.”

Some teams build algorithmic tools to help. A Michigan State University team manually sorted more than 10,000 tweets into pro-vaccine, anti-vaccine, neutral, and irrelevant as training data. The team then used the training data to create a tool that sorted over 120 million tweets into those buckets.

To keep automatic sorting relatively accurate as social conversation evolves, humans need to keep annotating new tweets and feeding them with the training set, project co-author Pang-Ning Tan told NPR in an email.

If the interplay between machine detection and human review sounds familiar, it might be because you’ve heard of major social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Tik Tok outlining similar processes for moderating content. .

Unlike platforms, another fundamental challenge that researchers face is access to data. Much disinformation research uses data from Twitter, in part because Twitter is one of the few social media platforms that easily allows users to access its data pipeline – known as the interface. application programming or API. This allows researchers to easily download and analyze large numbers of tweets and user profiles.

The data pipelines of smaller platforms tend to be less well documented and may change at short notice.

Take the recently discontinued Kiwi Farms as an example. The site served as a forum for anti-LGBTQ activists to harass gay and trans people. “When he first fell, we had to wait for him to reappear somewhere and then people talk about where he is.” Chang said.

“And then we can identify, okay, the site is now here – it has this similar structure, the API is the same, it was just replicated somewhere else. And so we redirect the data ingestion and pull the content from there.”

Facebook’s data service CrowdTangle, while claiming to deliver all publicly available posts, was found not to have done so consistently. On another occasion, Facebook failed to share data with researchers More recently, Meta terminated CrowdTangle, with no announced alternative in place.

Other big platforms, like YouTube and TikTok, don’t have an accessible API, data service, or collaboration with researchers at all. Tik Tok has promised more transparency for searchers.

In such a vast, fragmented and changing landscape, West says there’s no good way at this point to tell what the state of misinformation is on any given topic.

“If you asked Mark Zuckerberg, what are people saying on Facebook today? I don’t think he could tell you.” Chang said.

Rural Missouri Filmmakers Launch Horror Film Essay Anthology Series


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Nick Toti and Rachel Kempf were fulfilling their dreams in Los Angeles, working as filmmakers and screenwriters in the city’s entertainment industry. Then the pandemic hit and in-person filmmaking dissolved entirely for the next year, then a slow comeback in 2021. With their main careers on semi-permanent hold, the couple moved to rural Missouri, where they hoped to pursue their dreams without being confined within the confines of one of the largest cities in the country.

As their movie careers blossom in Kirksville, MO, they’ve also found themselves with spare time to start working on killer side projects. One of those launched last week with the DieDieBooks anthology book series.

DieDieBooks follows the pattern of other anthology labels of recent years, where each entry is a complete book written by a different author, in a different style, about a single medium. 33 1/3 is a series that uses this approach to approach individual albums. Boss Fight Books uses it to dive deep into individual video games. And now DieDieBooks of Missouri is giving diverse voices a chance to tackle their favorite horror movies.

The first five books, published by Toti and Kempf, are being sold/funded through a new Kickstarter campaign. The first print run includes books on Fighting spirit (1982), Son (1984), The werewolf (1941), overnight camp (1983), and The witch of love (2016).

We caught up with the creators to discuss the first batch of releases, nuclear apocalypse, and post-mortem release.

Field: How did you end up making films in Kirksville?

Nick Toti: When we moved to Los Angeles in 2015, we promised to give it five years and then reassess our decision. Mid-2020, when the pandemic was in full swing, we celebrated this anniversary and agreed that it would be easier to return to the Midwest to continue to pursue our dreams, especially when you are not investing all your income in the cost of living in one of the most expensive cities in the world. We’re both from the Midwest, so there was no culture shock or anything like that.

Rachel Kempf: We’ve already filmed a feature that we’re finishing editing right now. So we hit the ground running here. We have a movie that we’re almost done with and now the book series. I come from a writing background – I like to call myself a failed writer who turned into a failed filmmaker, but that’s not how it is. I used to work as an editor in the romance novel world. Some of these writers release a full novel every month, and fans always demand they come faster. So editing five books this year for DieDie is nothing compared to that. When I was writing films in Los Angeles, people pushed me to write horror films, and I can listen to anyone talking about horror films. If you gave me a million people and they each explained why they liked a particular movie, I would listen to them all. In the cinema in Los Angeles, I was taking meetings and working with producers, but getting these things across the finish line is so difficult – and during the pandemic almost impossible. So we’re thrilled to be in Missouri, where we can fund our dreams and make them happen.

Where did the idea for a series of anthology film reviews come from?

Toti: I’ve always loved helping my friends do stuff. I think I’m really good at it, because a lot of people just need a cheerleader, someone to say “Hey, that’s a great idea” and offer feedback. I am someone who likes to get involved in other people’s projects, and I like to see them succeed. It’s cool to be part of it. This is one of the reasons why we started to create a DVD publishing company. We only really released one, but we learned a lot about design, printing, etc. Separately, Rachel saw me reading one of the Boss Fight Books video game books, and she said, “Wouldn’t it be cool if someone did this for horror movies?” So we reached out to writers, critics, bloggers, etc., and said, “Hey, we like the way you write. Would you consider doing a book for us? »

Why go with a Kickstarter to launch the series?

Toti: Knowing your audience, especially how many books you need to order and what people are looking for in the future, is invaluable. We haven’t spent a year trying to build a social network or anything like that, so we’re using this as a way to connect with a community of die-hard fans and less diehard but equally invested readers . And Kickstarter has been around long enough now that most people know what they’re getting into and how to use it.

What makes DieDieBooks different from other film review anthologies?

Kempf: When people talk/write about their feelings about horror cinema, you have everything on the spectrum, from academic writing to personal experiences to film theory and the fan art equivalent. We love the personal stuff when it’s expressed in other things because it combines historical weight with cultural weight.

Toti: People also like to collect things. Our designer has some great designs and ideas to make this series the kind of thing you’ll want to display on your shelf. We had been working with HIM on ideas around this DVD publishing company, and so we’re taking a lot of what we’ve learned from that project and incorporating it into that.

Give us the elevator pitch for each book in the first set of the series.

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Toti: Our first book out of the gate is on Fighting spirit and is written by Jacob Trussell. Jacob’s initial pitch was that the book would analyze how the film dissects the American dream and really delves into the American nightmare. As the book developed, it became more centered on Steven Spielberg versus Tobe Hooper – who really realized that? But it’s still very much about that American dream. It’s an exploration of how Spielberg’s career represents the American dream and Hooper’s career is a very different vision of it, and how these two perspectives complement and contrast each other.

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Then we have Bob Mielke’s book on Son. He has a five-decade career as an activist and scholar of nuclear studies. He has been involved in a number of books on the nuclear field. We asked him if he would be interested in writing about Sonwhich Rachel considers the scariest movie of all time.

We can’t believe you went with Son on its Lawrence-based counterpart The day after. Really betray the Midwest on that one.

Toti: Bob has an entire chapter on The day after and it’s the weight, because he thinks it’s as important as Son. Rachel thinks Son is much scarier.

Kempf: The day after is a disaster movie, but Son is a horror movie. The day after ends with a title card that reads “That’s what could have happened in a nuclear war.” Son is less a dramatization of science and more a vision of this apocalypse.

Toti: Bob is a huge pop culture nut, and so he talks a lot about British films and music at the time of the film’s release, and places the film in a cultural and political period of the Cold War.

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overnight camp is a book by BJ & Harmony Colangelo. They are a married lesbian couple and they had previously written about the film, but for different outlets. We happened to read them both and then found out they had a relationship and we were hoping the two working together would give a really interesting perspective on this controversial film. Watching how this creeps into the queer community and learning from their perspective, especially how the LGBTQ+ world has had a full spectrum of reactions to this over the years, turned out brilliantly.

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by Matt Latham The witch of love is interesting because he was a movie partner of mine, and then he became obsessed with The witch of love. He got out and for maybe a year that was the only thing he talked about. Maybe two years? It was the only thing he was talking about. He was obsessed. So giving him the chance to write this book was a chance to put that obsession out into the world for others. He’s someone obsessed with cinema and I think he was starting to get disappointed with the form, but then he saw this film which was such a perfect example of cinema that he brought it back to the life. The book is a love story about a boy meeting a movie and falling in love – a love story between a man and a movie.

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So let’s talk about Philip’s book on The werewolf. For both of us, as people who knew him from collaborating on anthology works, I know this is tricky.

Toti: I had read Philip J. Reed’s book in the Boss Fight Books series on resident Evil and I didn’t like it, and maybe that’s because I’ve never been so excited about games…

Sometimes the folks at Boss Fight Books write about games they don’t like. It happened at least once.

Toti: … But I loved how it had lots of horror movie references and big ideas. He had a fascinating approach and an interesting structure. So I emailed him and he was interested in working with us. We danced around a few ideas and finally ended up on The werewolf. Specifically, what he wanted to do was write a book that analyzed the movie, but contextualized in how it parallels the tragic life of its lead actor, Lon Chaney Jr. So he wrote this book that alternates each chapter between the analysis of the film and then the reversal. to a biographical account of Chaney, told chronologically in parallel with his film. I’ve never seen anyone make that kind of comparison in a critical essay. And a few months later, Phil killed himself, and now the book had this other level. Philip wrote about this tragic and conflicted figure of Lon Chaney Jr. who struggled with mental illness and chemical addiction. As a result of Reed’s situation, it was clear that the book operated autobiographically. There was a reason he was drawn to writing this book about this film and this actor, and to do it in a very particular way.

Why should people get down to earth here with your Kickstarter?

Kempf: From the cover design to the authors we’ve chosen, we think what we’ve put together is something special. It’s a series that goes from fan to fan. It’s a specific type of communication and we think we put it together with love.

Participate in the DieDieBooks Kickstarter campaign.

Chinese universities rise in global rankings as US schools continue to falter


The United States’ prominence among the world’s top research universities continues to wane, according to a new global ranking, while Chinese universities are on the rise, producing more and better research than ever before.

This year’s World University Rankings, released on Tuesday by Times Higher Education, a British publication that tracks education, also named the University of Oxford in England as the world’s top research university for the seventh consecutive year.

The United States and the United Kingdom continue to dominate the top echelon of the rankings, with the United States occupying seven of the top 10 spots and Great Britain three. Oxford is followed by Harvard University, Cambridge University, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, California Institute of Technology, Princeton University, University of California, Berkeley, Yale University and Imperial College London.

But among the top 100 universities, the number of those in the United States fell to 34 from 43 between 2018 and this year. The number of Chinese universities in the top 100 rose from two to seven.

“The data is very clear: America can no longer take its decades-long dominance of higher education and research around the world for granted, and it is China that is rising to the challenge,” said Phil Baty, the ranking editor. “If current trends remained the same, we would see China overtake the United States in the coming years.”

The number of Chinese scholarly publications has grown steadily since the mid-1990s, but as recently as this year it was widely accepted in the Western academic community that the quality of Chinese scholarship still lags behind the western nations.

Then, an article published this spring in the journal Scientometrics, which studies the quantitative characteristics and characteristics of science and scientific research, found that China has overtaken the United States as the world leader in scientific research output. high impact studies.

The United States wants to counter China’s influence in the world by providing everything from infrastructure to vaccines and green energy. The WSJ’s Stu Woo explains how the plan, dubbed Build Back Better World, aims to compete with China’s Belt and Road initiative. Photo composition: Daniel Orton

“It was a real surprise,” said Caroline Wagner, co-author of the paper and a professor at Ohio State University, who conducts research on science and technology and their relationship to politics.

Not only did China produce more research than the United States and Europe as a whole, but a higher percentage of that research was in the top 1% of most cited papers globally. Dr. Wagner and his colleagues found that China overtook Europe in high-quality research in 2015 and the United States in 2019.

“The work from China is improving,” Dr. Wagner said. “We now see China capable of producing this kind of quality work and they are doing it on a massive scale.”

Chinese research was focused on materials science, chemistry, engineering and mathematics, while American researchers were more prolific in researching clinical medicine, basic life sciences and physics, the official said. Dr Wagner.

Among the top-ranked universities in the world, outside of the UK and the US, is Tsinghua University in Beijing.


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In 2021, US research and development fell to a 70-year low as a percentage of the federal budget, according to federal data. The decline has prompted a sustained outcry from groups such as the Association of American Universities, a consortium of 65 leading research universities, which is advocating for more research funding.

“The United States cannot take our competitive advantage for granted,” said AAU President Barbara Snyder. “The rest of the world does not stand still.”

In August, President Biden authorized tens of billions of dollars to support federal research and development and regional tech startups when he signed the Chips and Science Act, which aims to spur the construction of factories. producing microchips. The administration is pushing for more advances in areas such as business computing and artificial intelligence.

China spent $526 billion on research and development in 2019, according to data from the National Science Foundation. It still trailed the United States, where R&D spending was $656 billion, but China closed the gap, increasing its spending by an average of 10.6% per year from 2010 to 2019.

China also increased its share of international patents to 49% in 2020 from 16% a decade earlier, while the United States’ share fell from 15% to 10% in the same period, the data shows. from the National Science Foundation.

Although China has nearly 3,000 universities, only the highest level is world-class, said Denis Simon, professor of Chinese business and technology at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.

“China is a rising star, there is very little difference between an engineer trained at Tsinghua University and an engineer trained at MIT,” Dr Simon said. “The problem for China is that there is a huge drop. In the United States, the top 300 universities are quite good. In China, after the top 50, the drop is very large. China does not have much enrollment if you are not in the best universities.

The top-ranked universities in the world not located in the UK or the US are ETH Zurich, at No. 11, Tsinghua University, China (16), Peking University, China (17), the University of Toronto (18), National University of Singapore (19), the Technical University of Munich (30) and the University of Hong Kong (31).

To compile the World University Rankings, Times Higher Education analyzes 15.5 million research publications and 121 million citations from those publications, as well as more than 40,000 responses to an annual academic reputation survey and hundreds of thousands of additional data points covering a university’s teaching environment, international perspectives and links to industry.

Write to Douglas Belkin at [email protected] and Sha Hua at [email protected]

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Tournament leader Viallaneix equalizes in career in 66th final


JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. – FGCU recorded the second lowest team round on Monday as Pierre Viallaneix shot a 66 and took first place at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate.

“Really solid play from our guys today,” said the head coach Andre Danna said. “They’ve done a great job managing the course and keeping mistakes to a minimum. We’re looking forward to another chance to play well again tomorrow.”

Viallaneix’s 6-under effort tied a career low by lifting Apopka, Fla., a native of 10-under (134) and leading the tournament. He sank seven birdies and only had one bogie that day. On Sunday, the senior delivered a 68 to start beating all of the Eagles. Viallaneix holds a two-shot advantage over Missouri’s Jack Lundin (-8) going into Tuesday’s final round.

FGCU improved from top to bottom on its second day. FGCU’s 277 (-11) second round helped lift the Eagles five spots in the team standings and back in contention. The Vert et Bleu are now tied for seventh with College of Charleston at 5 under par. Missouri, Georgia Southern and tournament host ETSU lead the 15-team field tied at 17 under.

Four Eagles posted at or below normal rounds on Monday. Lucas Fallotico (Italy) shot 68 (-4), Cooper Hrabak (Medina, Ohio) recorded a 71 (-1) and Sam Baker produces a 72 (E).

Fallotico cut nine strokes from his Day 1 total, while Baker improved by three strokes. Fallotico and Baker are currently tied for 40th (+1) in the player rankings.

The FGCU is scheduled to start Tuesday’s final round with Charlotte and College and Charleston starting at 8:30 a.m. on hole No. 1.


1 Pierre Viallaneix 68-66 | -ten
T40 Lucas Fallotico 77-68 | +1
T40 Cooper Hrabak 74-71 | +1
T62 Sam Baker 77-72 | +5
T69 Austin Cherichella 75-76 | +7

1 ETSU-18 | 284-275 | 558
T2 Missouri-17 | 277-282 | 559
T2 South Georgia -17 | 279-280 | 559
4 Cincinnati -15 | 279-282 | 561
5 Fourman -8 | 286-282 | 568
6 USSM-6 | 286-284 | 570

T7 FGCU-5 | 294-277 | 571
T7 College of Charleston -5 | 287-284 | 571
9Charlotte -4 | 288-284 | 572
10 Toledo E | 296-280 | 576
11 Kent State +3 | 292-287 | 579
August 12 +6 | 286-296 | 582
13 Virginia Tech +10 | 293-293 | 586
14 Coastal Carolina +16 | 298-294 | 592
15 State of Georgia +23 | 301-298 | 599

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Danna is in his fourth year leading the men’s golf program with the Eagles who won the first-ever FGCU NCAA Tournament in department history during the 2022 season. He led the Eagles to second place at the 2021 and 2022 ASUN Championships and was named the program’s first-ever ASUN Coach of the Year (2021) and repeated in 2022. One of the best turnovers in NCAA history saw the green and Blue, led by Van Holmgren who became the first player to earn PING All-Region honors, moves from No. 257 in the 2019-20 GolfStat.com Final Rankings to a then-best 65 program to close 2020-21. The Eagles set a new program record in the 2022 season at No. 47 in the GolfStat.com rankings. Holmgren won the individual ASUN Championship title to advance to NCAA Regionals. Before taking over at Fort Myers, he served the 2018-19 season as an assistant at LSU. Previously, he was the ultra-successful head coach for six years at the University of Lynn, where he led them to the NCAA Division II National Championship in 2018 and was later chosen the national coach of the David Williams year. He also led the Fighting Knights to three national runners-up spots, with third- and eighth-place finishes in his other two seasons.

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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 classroom 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.

Who is Jalen Hurts’ girlfriend, Bry Burrows?


Jalen Hurts is the hottest quarterback in the NFL right now. Stud led his team, the Philadelphia Eagles, to a fantastic 5-0 start to the start of the 2022 NFL season. The quarterback shows great promise and is returning the faith Philadelphia has given him since being drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Critics and fans alike asked many questions about Hurts entering the league, but slowly and surely he answered most of them. Of course, the caller is on a roll, so it’s natural for people to be curious about his private life. So here, we’re going to take a break from Hurts’ entertaining performances this season and find out who her current significant other is and what she’s up to.

A quarterback’s best friend, that’s understood. Run it back! 🤝 https://t.co/3mhiVEiYs0

Who is Jalen Hurts’ ex-girlfriend, Bry Burrows?

Rebound! As of this writing, Jalen Hurts doesn’t have a girlfriend and the Philadelphia Eagles star has been single for a few years. However, Hurts has had a public relationship since stepping off the stage at the University of Alabama, and that was with handsome Bry Burrows.

Bry Burrows is a Software Finance Manager for IBM. She was an academic overachiever all her life, which only continued during her time at the University of Alabama. Bry Burrows is an IT expert and consultant for one of the world’s largest tech companies, and she’s focused on advancing her career. Burrows has as many academic laurels as Hurts has athletic medals, and she has shown her tenacity for every company she has worked for.

“No words to describe the humble reminder of Honors Day to #UA. Knowing that I’ve been recognized is priceless.” -Bry Rivera Burrows #TodayAtUA https://t.co/0ZnXjieOix

How old is Bry Burrows?

Bry Burrows is 25 years old. She was born on December 10, 1996.

How did Jalen Hurts and Bry Burrows meet?

Jalen Hurts met Bry Burrows when they were both students at the University of Alabama. Hurts and Burrows likely started dating in 2016, until 2019 when Hurts transferred to the University of Oklahoma to earn a starting spot on their football team. At that time, Bry Burrows was focused on earning her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alabama, which she earned in 2019.

Hurts and Bry Burrows shared a romantic relationship and were occasionally seen encouraging each other during athletic, academic and extracurricular activities. However, due to the distance caused by Burrows’ graduation and Hurts’ transfer, the couple broke up in 2019 after about three years of dating.

Jalen Hurts “When I went to the University of Alabama, I didn’t go there to win championships. I went there to help the team and we ended up winning a national championship.#RollTide https://t.co/Dc7PWif92R

Jalen Hurts and Bry Burrows have kids?

No, Jalen Hurts and Bry Burrows do not have children together. They didn’t have one during their three-year relationship and have hardly been in the same space since.

However, they were together when Bry was seen during a game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It shows that true love never fades, and maybe the ex-lovebirds could give it another shot.

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New ‘ethical guidelines’ for top scientific journals aim to stamp out harmful research – but can they succeed?


The British journal Nature was founded in 1869 and is one of the most influential and prestigious scientific research bodies in the world. Its publisher, Nature Portfolio (a subsidiary of academic publishing giant Springer Nature), also publishes dozens of specialized journals under the Nature banner, covering almost all branches of science.

In August, the company released new ethics guide for researchers. The new direction is part of “nature’s attempt to acknowledge and learn from our deep and recent troubled past, to understand the roots of injustice, and to work to address them as we aim to make the scientific enterprise open and welcoming to all “.

A support editorial argues that the ethical responsibility of researchers should include people and groups “who do not participate in the research but who may be harmed by its publication”.

It also notes that for some research, “the potential harms to the populations studied may outweigh the benefits of publication,” and allows editors to make such decisions. Editors may edit, amend, or “correct” articles after publication. They can also refuse to post or remove objectionable content or articles, such as “[s]exist, misogynistic and/or anti-LGBTQ+ content”.

The councils are correct that academic freedom, like other freedoms, is not absolute. It is also legitimate to suggest that science can indirectly harm social groups and that their rights can sometimes outweigh academic freedom. Despite this, some aspects of the new guidelines are concerning.

When Science Goes Wrong

There is no doubt that science can cause harm, both to its subjects and to other groups. Let us take an example from the end of the 19th century.

Harvard professor Edward Clarke proposed that attending higher education would cause fertility problems in women because energy would be diverted from the reproductive system to the brain.

Sex in Education by Edward Clarke; or, A Fair Opportunity for Girls, argued that girls were physically unsuited to education.
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Clarke’s account, featured in a bestselling book, has been credited with deepening public opposition to universities opening their doors to women.

On the face of it, this appears to be exactly the kind of objectionable content that Nature’s new guidelines say it wants to edit or remove.

But the problem with Clarke’s account was not the offensive conclusions he drew about women’s ability to grow intellectually, or the discriminatory policies he supported.

After all, if he had been right? If going to college really harmed women’s reproductive health, they would surely want to know.

The real problem with Clarke’s work was that it was bad science. Indeed, science historian Naomi Oreskes noted:

Late 19th century feminists found Clarke’s program transparent and her non-empirical methodology ripe for attack.

So drawing a particular type of conclusion about women and girls is not what makes science content sexist. Nor does it favor one party or another on gender-related policies. So what is it?

One answer is that it is the science in which gendered assumptions bias the decisions of scientists. In the words of the historian and philosopher of science Sarah Richardson, it is a science in which:

gendered practices or assumptions in a scientific field have prevented researchers from accurately interpreting data, caused inferential leaps, blocked consideration of alternative hypotheses, overdetermined theoretical choice, or biased descriptive language.

Language and labels

The guidelines also state that scientists should “use language that is inclusive, respectful and non-stigmatizing”. This deserves a pause to reflect.

Scientists should certainly be mindful of language and avoid causing unnecessary offense, injury or stigma. However, the language must also be scientifically useful and meaningful.

Read more: What’s in danger if scientists don’t think strategically before they talk politics

For example, it is the nature of categories that certain entities or individuals are excluded. This should be based on scientific criteria and not political ones.

Or consider the following, offered as part of the working definitions in the guide:

There is a wide range of gender identities including but not limited to transgender, gender queer, gender fluid, non-binary, gender variant, genderless, agender, non-gender, bigender, trans male, trans female , trans male, trans female and cisgender.

People should of course be able to identify with the gender label they prefer. However, “gender identity” is a vague and contested concept, and these labels (and their meanings) are subjectively defined and continue to change rapidly over time.

Labels that are personally meaningful, deeply felt, or – as in some cases – part of a political project to dismantle gender binaries, may not necessarily be scientifically useful.

An invitation to politics

By presenting a wide range of content as potentially subject to editorial intervention or veto for harm, the guidance opens the door to the politicization of science. The other materials caught in this net are:

content that infringes – or could reasonably be perceived to infringe – the rights and dignity of an individual or a human group on the basis of socially constructed or socially relevant human groupings.

But scientists often do research that provides information used to develop policies, which will include the granting of various rights. The results of such searches may therefore sometimes be unpleasant for groups with economic, political, religious, emotional or other interests.

Read more: Sending a scientific message means taking human nature into account

The guidelines allow these groups to try to have “corrected” or retracted findings contrary to these interests. There’s not much that can’t be defined as a right, a harm or an affront to dignity – all concepts notoriously difficult to define and reach consensus on.

What will determine who succeeds in trying to get articles changed or removed? The potential harms will be assessed by journal editors and reviewers – and they will view them through the prism of their own prior assumptions, ideologies and value systems.

Publishers may also face pressure to avoid tarnishing their journal’s brand, either in response to, or in anticipation of, social media crowds. After all, Springer Nature ultimately answers to its shareholders.

The liability of publishers

As we know from the work of feminists and other critical scholars, scientific claims based on biased research have harmed marginalized groups in several ways: by explaining group inequalities in status, power, and resources ; pathologize; stigmatizing; and justify the denial of rights.

There is no contradiction between acknowledging these wrongdoings and worrying about Nature’s new directives.

Scientific journals have an important role to play in facilitating socially responsible science in these sensitive areas.

Journal editors should certainly make every effort to uncover and examine hidden biases embedded in research, for example by commissioning reviews from experts with different or critical perspectives. However, they should not guess which scientific claims will cause social harm and then exercise a veto.

Cancer immunotherapy therapy and the Mediterranean diet

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Researchers report that a Mediterranean diet may help bolster treatments for people with melanoma. Drazen/Getty Images
  • Researchers say a Mediterranean diet boosted treatment for people with melanoma using immune checkpoint inhibitors.
  • They added that the diet high in fiber and polyphenols also reduced the risk of side effects from treatment.
  • Experts add that the Mediterranean diet is beneficial for the overall health of most people.

People who enjoy Greek cuisine and other Mediterranean dishes may be pleased to know that what you eat can prolong and even save your life.

A new study from the Netherlands and the UK has found that a Mediterranean diet can improve immunotherapeutic response in people with advanced melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer.

The research was presented today at a conference held by the European Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. The results have not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

In their study, the researchers report that a Mediterranean diet high in fiber, monounsaturated fatty acids, and polyphenols was associated with better rates of immunotherapeutic response and progression-free survival in people with advanced melanoma.

Dr. Laura Boltea dietitian, doctoral candidate and study author, told Healthline that a Mediterranean diet containing mono and polyunsaturated fats from olive oil, nuts and fish as well as polyphenols and fiber from vegetables, fruits and whole grains, was associated with a significantly improved response to immunotherapy drugs called immune checkpoint inhibitors.

Inhibitors, which are among the most effective treatments for melanoma to date, work by blocking checkpoints in a person’s immune system, which then forces the body’s T cells to attack the cancers.

Researchers leading the multicenter study recorded the food intake of 91 people with advanced melanoma who were treated with immune checkpoint inhibitor drugs and monitored their progress through regular X-ray checks.

People in the study weren’t put on a specific diet, but they did fill out a detailed dietary questionnaire before treatment through which the researchers assessed their eating habits, Bolte said.

In addition to having a significant association with overall response rate, a Mediterranean diet was significantly associated with progression-free survival at 12 months, the researchers reported.

Immune checkpoint inhibitors have helped revolutionize the treatment of different types of advanced cancers and Bolte noted that this latest study underscores the importance of dietary assessment in people with cancer starting these types of treatment.

Researchers also found that eating whole grains and legumes reduced the likelihood of developing drug-induced immune system side effects, such as colitis.

In contrast, red and processed meat was associated with a higher likelihood of immune system-related side effects.

Experts expect diet to play a big role in the success of immunotherapy, and clinical trials are being expanded to study outcomes for different types of tumors, including digestive cancers, Bolte said.

The relationship between the response of immune checkpoint inhibitors to diet and the gut microbiome opens up a promising and exciting future for improving treatment responses.

“Clinical trials looking at the effect of a high fiber diet, a ketogenic diet and omega-3 supplementation are ongoing,” Bolte said.

She added that since immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy is being extended to a variety of tumor types, including digestive cancers, these studies could unlock treatment benefits for a large group of cancer patients in the future.

Sonya OrmeSan Diego business owner and life coach, born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, told Healthline she was not surprised by the results of this study.

When she returns to Turkey to see her family, Orme said she obviously feels better. When she returns to the United States, she notices inflammation in her gut that is coming back to some extent and she thinks it is from the food.

Orme says eating olives, olive oil, fish, nuts, vegetables and fruits is healthy, as is adding lemon to the daily diet.

“When I go back to Turkey, as soon as I start eating, it makes a difference. I realized that this type of food is really good for inflammation, when I come back to the US my body feels more inflamed again,” she said.

When you eat fresh Mediterranean food, you can really feel the difference, Orme said.

“We don’t use the store-bought salad dressings in the US, for example, they’re not as healthy, and I also think the amount of vegetables eaten every day in Mediterranean homes makes a difference. We do not store food in cans. No processed foods,” she said.

Historically, nutrition has been somewhat neglected in prospective oncology studies.

“However, that is changing, and a number of studies examining nutrition as cancer therapy are underway around the world,” Bolte said.

She added that immune checkpoint inhibitors have improved the prognosis of several types of late-stage tumors.

However, not everyone with cancer responds to this treatment.

“Some patients develop immune-related side effects induced by the drugs, such as colitis, which is inflammation of the gut,” she said.

“So the question is, how can we increase the response to immune checkpoint inhibitors so that more patients benefit?” The relationship of immune checkpoint inhibitors to diet and the gut microbiome opens up a promising and exciting opportunity to do just that,” Bolte said.

Men’s soccer wins 0-0 draw against North Florida

TAMPA, Florida. – FGCU Men’s Soccer (4-2-3, 1-1-2 ASUN) tied North Florida (2-6-2, 1-2-1 ASUN) 0-0 Friday night at the Corbett Stadium on the USF campus. This is the Eagles’ second draw in ASUN and third overall.

Senior Midfielder David Alves (Belo Horizonte, Brazil/ West Florida) recorded four shots including two on goal.

“First of all, we want to thank USF for being an amazing host for us. The result was disappointing, as we had fifteen shots, against three, and had a few scoring chances to get all the points. “said the head coach. Jesse Cormier. “From the stats I felt we were dominating territorially but needed more efficiency in our final action. We had great contributions from the players coming into the game tonight. When teams sit around and have little interest in coming and playing us, we “We have to be significantly better in our final action and be decisive in scoring goals. We will get back to work and prepare for UCA next week.”

Overall, FGCU outshot the Ospreys with a huge 15-3 advantage while having seven-to-three shots on goal. The Eagles also had a 4-0 advantage on corner kicks.

freshman defender Nadav Ohayon (Herzliya, Israel/Nomi Shemer) picked up a yellow card in the 6th minute before taking his second in the 58e minute, leading to his expulsion.

Second year goaltender Wyatt Kistner (Midlothian/Virginia. /Cosby HS) allowed no goals, making three saves for the night.

graduate ahead Aedon Kyra (Sydney, Australia./UNLV) almost gave the Eagles the lead in the 23rd minute as he tossed the ball down the right of the net where the keeper was able to corral it.

From there the Eagles were dangerous firing four shots including two from the graduate defender Shandel Senior (Kingston, Jamaica/Daytona State) but none connected.

UNF’s Braden Masker fired the final shot of the half to send both teams to the locker room scoreless.

In the second half, FGCU kept trying as a second defender Lucas Windschauer (Tampa, FL/Osceola HS) drove the ball into the center of the net but Micah Gun fell to the ground to save the powerful shot in the 51st minute.

The crucial moment has come at 57e minute as Ospreys’ Tom Luto fired a penalty, but Kistner showed why he had three shutouts for the season, making the huge save to keep the Eagles in the game.

Seconds later, Ohayon was ejected from the match and the FGCU had 10 men to continue the rivalry match in Florida. The advantage didn’t last long for UNF as LJ Estes received a home straight five minutes later which resulted in both teams playing a man for the final 28 minutes.

The Greens and Blue responded by sending six shots including a pair each from first-year midfielder Alves Alon Drey (Or’Aqiva,Isarel) and main defender Aiden Jokomba (Anchovy St. James, Jamaica/Cornwall College) but none connected and the match ended 0-0.

FGCU will be back in action as they head to central Arkansas on Saturday, October 15. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. in Conway, Arkansas.

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Jesse Cormier is in his sixth year as head coach of the FGCU men’s soccer program in the fall of 2022 after being hired in January 2017 to become the 2nd head coach in program history. Cormier guided FGCU to an overall record of 37-33-15 (.521), including a 20-10-5 (.667) mark in the ASUN game. The Eagles have reached the ASUN Tournament semifinals in nine of 10 seasons (every year of eligibility except one), as Cormier has coached 31 all-conference selections since joining (program-record 10 in 2017). Cormier was the head coach of his alma mater, the University of Vermont, for the previous 13 seasons. He won 14 games with the Catamounts in 2016 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. While in Vermont, Cormier guided the America East tournament schedule in 12 of 13 seasons, making five appearances in title games, winning two tournament crowns, claiming a regular season championship and qualifying for three NCAA tournaments, including a pair of second round appearances. Cormier holds an overall record of 151-122-61 (.547) as a head coach in his 16-plus seasons at the helm.

FGCU Athletics sponsors events in November and April to benefit the FGCU Campus Food Pantry (www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry) and Harry Chapin Food Bank (www.harrychapinfoodbank.org), FGCU’s Charities of Choice Athletics. 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 classroom 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.


Ralph Gardner Jr.: What if US News classified your backyard? | Columnists


GHENT, NY — There has been some controversy lately over US News and World Report’s influential college ranking system.

In their latest survey, Columbia University dropped from 2nd to 18th place after a Columbia professor accused the school of submitting questionable statistics.

The controversy generated the expected number of think pieces, including from the New York Times, which all came to the same essential conclusion: it doesn’t matter whether the scoring system is accurate or not; he will remain extremely influential.

I remember attending Middlebury College’s annual alumni party in the not-too-distant past and hearing the college president rejoicing at the school’s rise of several places in the rankings this year. -the. I found his excitement somewhat unseemly. But hey, I also check my alma mater’s rating and if it has gone up or down since the previous year.

The unfortunate fact is that simplistic rating systems appeal to something fundamental in the human psyche. Can we really say that Middlebury, ranked the 11th best liberal arts college in the country, is worse than Williams at #1 or better than Kenyon College in Ohio, where my two daughters went and had great experiences , at No. 31? Or that a public college?

We might not want to admit it, but we’re status-seeking animals and there’s no faster way to score points than listicles. Give me a story of the 25 best beaches in the world or the 400 richest Americans and I’ll probably click on it.

We’re getting to the point, with apps collecting data on everything from our shopping habits to our heart rates, when we’ll be able to rank anything, including our lawns and trees and how they compare to our neighbors. . We may have already arrived there.

What drives this column is not a fever dream, but a story from a special health issue of Time magazine that I recently read in a doctor’s office. Where else are you going to read a post like this except in a doctor’s office where you’re a captive audience waiting for your doctor to send you back after your colonoscopy? By the way, it gave my colon a 10. Or I guess if US News had ranked it #1 or #2.

The issue, which included stories about whether grief affects your microbiome and how to achieve healthier dopamine highs, also included this seemingly innocuous story: “What green spaces and nature can do to your mood.” .

It’s not exactly unfettered territory. Maybe you know about forest baths? The concept was born in Japan. That doesn’t mean throwing a tub in the woods. It’s the theory that immersing yourself in nature is good for the body as well as the soul. It significantly reduced anxiety, anger, depression, confusion and fatigue scores. Here we go again with the scores.

This is also revealed by a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation webpage that includes an impressive number of links to academic papers. And here, I thought New York State DEC’s job was to hand out deer hunting permits.

But what caught my attention in the story – I confess that I was still a bit stunned by the anesthesia – was this sentence: “When it comes to the pursuit of happiness, the quality of green space matters more than quantity.” The story continues: “Just having vegetation does not guarantee a positive experience…Some research has linked specific types of green space – hardwood woodlands, parks that feature water and areas of high biodiversity, for example – to good health.”

As a loose individual who I believe I have already established myself, I immediately wondered what Victoria Houlden, a research associate at Newcastle University in England quoted in the Time story, would think of my antlers. Houlden authored a study that used census data to measure how much green space people had access to.

I think I can speak for most readers of this publication when I say that we are extremely fortunate in the Berkshires and Hudson Valley to be surrounded by what I must believe is some of the highest quality greenery .

But frankly, I’m less preoccupied and far less possessive of communal nature — places like national or state parks and conservation areas — than I am of my own low-key piece of paradise; even though we don’t have a garden in the conventional sense. We have a house and a lawn; the lawn my ecologically correct daughter frequently harangues me to let go back to nature. We are also surrounded on all sides by ever-encroaching woods.

If US News or Forbes magazine, which probably pioneered this poison with its Forbes 400 Richest Americans, were looking for more revenue, I would suggest a special issue dedicated to something like “The 500 Most Biologically Private Properties various east of the Mississippi” or “The 1,000 Best Backyard Pools. It wouldn’t be that hard to amass the data. say artificial intelligence, to spot 20,000 undeclared swimming pools.

I’m already ahead of the game. I’ve had visits from DEC and our local land conservator who have said they’re impressed with our wetlands. Until recently, I thought of them as mosquito breeding swamps. Now I find that they are remarkably free of invasive species and are serving on the front line in the fight against climate change by improving water quality and controlling flooding. That’s probably worth 10 points.

We also have a modest pond that experts at the New York Botanical Garden, which I prompted to visit for an article while writing for the Wall Street Journal, said to be healthy. Add 5 five points for this, more if it was a larger body of water.

There is also a huge sycamore buried in our woods. It is about 18 feet in diameter. But not a record holder. I know this because the DEC has measured it and maintains a large tree registry. There’s one in Duchess County at 27 feet that dwarfs ours. But our specimen must be worth a point or two.

Of course, this is all crazy. One of the benefits of walking in the forest, whether it is ours, someone else’s, or public property, is not mentioned in this Time magazine article. But that’s probably the most important. Ultimately, the woods do not belong to you, even if you pay property taxes.

You’re just his steward for a while. Going through it also reinforces the idea that you are part of something bigger than yourself. And whatever it is, it doesn’t count points.

Humoral and cellular immune response over 9 months of vaccination with mRNA-1273, BNT162b2 and ChAdOx1 in a university hospital in Spain


This study demonstrated significantly higher humoral immunogenicity with a single dose of either SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in individuals infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus compared to uninfected individuals after receiving two doses, except for those who received the heterologous combination of ChAdOx1 (first dose) and BNT162b2 (second dose). A single-dose regimen of mRNA-based vaccines (mRNA-1273 or BNT162b2) has been reported to elicit a rapid immune response in seropositive individuals with similar or higher antibody titers than seronegatives who received two doses13. We observed that the second dose of mRNA-1273 or BNT162b2 vaccines given to previously infected individuals did not significantly increase the level of RBD-specific antibodies, as suggested by other authors.14.

For participants with hybrid immunity between the single-dose ChAdOx1 vaccine and natural infection, no differences were found after 3 and 6 months of follow-up compared to uninfected individuals who had received the ChAdOx1/BNT162b2 combination. It has been previously reported that post-vaccination levels of RBD-specific IgG and neutralizing antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 were similar or higher in participants receiving a single dose of ChAdOx1 vaccine after natural infection compared to uninfected individuals who have received two doses of BNT162b2 Vaccine15.

Throughout the 9 months of follow-up, previously infected participants who received mRNA-1273 or BNT162b2 vaccines resulted in significantly higher levels of RBD-specific antibodies compared to uninfected individuals. Additionally, mRNA-1273 and ChAdOx1/BNT162b2 patterns in naïve COVID-19 participants showed the highest levels of anti-S-RBD antibodies during follow-up. Among mRNA-based vaccines, the higher mRNA content in mRNA-1273 compared to BNT162b2 and the longer prime-to-booster interval for mRNA-1273 (4 weeks versus 3 weeks ) could explain this difference.16. The level of humoral response after vaccination is known to correlate with neutralizing antibody titers17 that could be clinically relevant and markedly decrease the risk of reinfection16. Moreover, the importance of additional antibodies that induce neutrophil phagocytosis and natural killer cell activation has been highlighted with the emergence of viral variants capable of evading vaccine-induced neutralizing antibodies. These non-RBD-specific antibodies with Fc-mediated effector functions have been reported to be increased in recipients of mRNA-1273 vaccines compared to BNT162b218.

Participants receiving mRNA-based vaccines showed half-lives of antibody levels greater than 90 days, ultimately leading to median anti-S-RBD levels of 674 U/mL and 510 U/mL, for mRNA-1273 and BNT162b2, respectively, among uninfected participants after 9 months; and 1517 U/mL and 2291 U/mL, respectively, in previously infected individuals. These data are superior to the previously reported half-life of 68 days for neutralizing antibodies induced by BNT162b2 vaccination.19. Analysis of S-RBD antibodies during the administration of the first dose of ChAdOx1 vaccine gave levels of 429 U/mL and 1370 U/mL in uninfected individuals, if the ChAdOx1 or BNT162b2 vaccine, respectively, a was inoculated as a second dose. However, the half-life for both vaccination regimens receiving a first dose of ChAdOx1 vaccine was much shorter (36 or 60 days, if a second dose of BNT162b2 or ChAdOx1 vaccine, respectively, was inoculated). Differences in antibody degradation are influenced by different vaccination schedules and may be due to different reasons such as the tools used to measure them or the age, gender and health status of the participants.

Induction of specific T cells with effector capacity and immunological memory is essential to reduce the symptoms and severity of COVID-19. Moreover, its protective effect can last for years and does not depend on the infecting COV, since T cells can recognize sites other than antibodies within the spike protein and there is a cross-protective effect mediated by different coronaviruses.20. Even the Omicron variant, which has multiple spike mutations that contribute to viral escape from neutralization, thereby reducing protection against infection, may be a target for T cells. Different vaccination schedules and unvaccinated people COVID-19 convalescents maintain high presence of CD4+ and CD8+ against Omicron Spike and magnitude of cross-reacting T cells is similar for Omicron, Beta and Delta variants21.

Each participant with hybrid immunity showed specific cellular immunity 21 days after the first dose and 9 months after receiving the two-dose schedule of mRNA vaccines or 6 months after a single dose of ChAdOx1, which corresponds to the that the cellular immune response is detected in people recovering from moderate, mild or completely asymptomatic COVID-19 at least 200 days after infection22.23 and thus, the development of medium- or long-term protective immunity after vaccination is possible. Recent reports from large cohorts have shown that naturally acquired immunity confers equal or even greater protection against symptomatic infections and disease than vaccine-induced immunity.24.25. Moreover, previous studies on the original SARS-CoV have shown that memory cells can be detected up to 17 years after infection.20.

Among treatment-naive participants, most vaccinees also developed and maintained cell-mediated immunity, but the level of IFN-γ after stimulation was higher for participants with previous COVID-19 infection, especially when mRNA-1273 or BNT162b2 were used, confirming previous data which further showed that the vaccine-induced T cell response is largely conserved against viral variants26.27. Considering the different vaccines, the ChAdOx1/ChAdOx1 homologous scheme obtained the lowest level of IFN-γ production suggesting that this combination was less effective as recently demonstrated, before and after the second dose28.

The ChAdOx1/BNT162b2 heterologous pattern demonstrated significantly higher levels of Anti-S-RBD than any other combination, but the decay was also greater. However, the titers were similar to those generated by the homologous BNT162b2/BNT162b2 vaccination and consistently higher than the homologous ChAdOx1/ChAdOx1 assay, as reported previously.29. Given the cellular immunity created by the heterologous ChAdOx1/BNT162b2 pattern, we were able to observe a level of cytokine-producing T cells similar to that induced by BNT162b2, enhancing the immunity induced by the ChAdOx1/ChAdOx1 homologous pattern, as described. previously30.31.

Our study is subject to a number of potential limitations. The first is that participants with a history of COVID-19 received two doses of mRNA vaccines, so no information on a single-dose regimen for these vaccines could be obtained. Second, cellular immunity was measured at two single points, but insight into cell-mediated immunity could be obtained early and late in the follow-up period. In addition, the pre-infection rate was higher in the BNT162b2/BNT162b2 group, due to the availability of vaccines during the vaccination campaign; for this reason, the results are given by grouping the data according to the previous infection and the evaluation of the cellular immunity was carried out after having carried out a homogeneous selection of the participants for the different vaccination schedules in terms of age, sex and previous natural infection. Finally, we had an unbalanced gender distribution and a predominantly middle-aged population, which limited the precision of the estimates. Age-related immune system dysfunction, manifested by altered immune parameters such as decreased lymphocyte function or rapid antibody clearance, may possibly predispose to severe COVID-19; therefore, a booster vaccine offers great advantages in the elderly population to maintain immunity, especially if vaccines are reformulated to improve the production of specific antibodies against new variants such as Omicron32,33,34.

The study has several notable strengths, including the use of standardized, commercial IGRAs and validated robust serological platforms to measure values ​​of study interest. To our knowledge, this is the largest study evaluating humoral and cellular immunity for nine months performed after receiving 5 different vaccination regimens in naïve and previously infected individuals. This is also the first time that the half-life of anti-S-RBD antibodies generated by different vaccination schedules has been established and additional questions arise, as the European vaccination passport may have different validity depending on whether individuals have whether or not they have had COVID-19, or according to the vaccine received.

In conclusion, this study confirms the improvement in immunogenicity after 9 months of mRNA-based vaccines spiked using both homologous and heterologous assay. Additionally, robust hybrid immunity can be achieved using a single dose of vaccine, as individuals with specific T cells benefited little from booster shots.

HelpPays launches peer-to-peer micro-loan marketplace and direct loans for family and friends

HelpPays co-founders, Shamari Benton, CEO (left) and Emmanuel Aubrey, CTO (right)

HelpPays co-founders, Shamari Benton, CEO (left) and Emmanuel Aubrey, CTO (right)

HelpPays puts an inclusive spin on lending and gives everyone access to capital through peer-to-peer microcredit for all communities.

We are making a big bet that we know to be true. Americans care and are ready to help other honest, hard-working Americans.

—Shamari Benton

DETROIT, MICHIGAN, USA, Oct. 5, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Anyone can lend to anyone using HelpPays, a peer-to-peer micro-lending platform. It facilitates loans to family and friends by allowing individuals to send requests directly to each other. HelpPays manages contracts, payments and late payment reminders to avoid awkward conversations about money.

HelpPays also has a crowdfunding marketplace where borrowers can post small loan applications of $50 to establish their credit score. Borrowers are granted larger loans after successful repayment of the loan. Micro-lenders receive high returns for loan risk. However, donation protection accompanies every loan, giving lenders the advantage of writing off potential micro-losses as qualified donations instead. Although defaults do occur, mutually beneficial connections are more likely to be formed with open discussions between borrowers and lenders in a true peer-to-peer form.

At payday lenders, if a consumer cannot repay their payday loan, the loan is extended or “rolled over” at a compound interest rate with accumulating finance charges. According to the CFPB, 80% of personal loans are extended, plunging borrowers into vicious cycles of debt. With HelpPays, borrowers only repay the interest they have requested and loan extensions have no penalties.

“We are building a HelpPays community. For every benefit we give to a lender, we look for a way to extend it to a borrower,” said CTO and co-founder Emmanuel Aubrey.

198 million Americans living paycheck to paycheck cannot afford a $1,000 emergency like a car accident, sudden illness or pandemic. 26 million Americans are considered invisible credit, meaning they don’t have the credit history or documentation needed to access traditional financial services. So it’s no mystery why 26 million people (more than 10% of all adults) depend on loans from family and friends, according to the Census Bureau’s Finance Survey. HelpPays was designed to fill these funding gaps and be an alternative source of capital for those who need it most.

“We are making a big bet that we know to be true. Americans care and are ready to help other honest, hard-working Americans. HelpPays prides itself on delivering meaningful returns to our lenders while providing our borrowers with dignity and trust,” said CEO and co-founder Shamari Benton.

The HelpPays marketplace allows anyone to lend or borrow micro-loans for up to 9 months to build credit. Grant protection is provided on all loans. We democratize access to credit to promote financial inclusion. We allow direct relationships like family and friends to engage outside of our market with Direct Loans. HelpPays provides the support needed to facilitate lending between borrowers and lenders.

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IAGCI invites tenders to assess Home Office country information products

Section 48(2)(j) of the UK Borders Act 2007 provides that the Independent Chief Inspector for Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) must:

review and make recommendations on … the content of information on conditions in countries other than the United Kingdom which the Secretary of State compiles and makes available, for immigration and asylum purposes, immigration officers and other officials.

To assist the Independent Chief Inspector in fulfilling this statutory role, a group of experts serving as the Independent Country Information Advisory Group (IAGCI) regularly reviews the Country of Origin Information (COI) Products ) which are published by the Ministry of the Interior. These reviews assess whether the content of the COI is accurate, balanced, objective and up-to-date, and they serve as the basis for an ICIBI inspection report.

Country of origin information

The Ministry of the Interior refers to COI products in the procedures for assessing applications for refugee status or other forms of international and humanitarian protection. COI is also used in policy formulation. The COI is contained in:

  • Country Policy and Information Notes (CPINs)
  • Responses to Country of Origin Information Requests (COIR)

CPINs are generated on a rolling basis, generally focusing on the countries from which most asylum claims originate. These reports can provide general information about a country, address aspects of conditions in a country that are relevant to common types of asylum claims and/or describe the current humanitarian or security situation in a country. CPINs are compiled from material produced by a range of recognized external information sources (such as news reports, academic literature, independent research reports and UK Government or other government investigation reports) . The CPINs also contain Home Office policy on the recommended position to take on various types of complaints, based on available and agreed country information.

COIR responses are prepared to answer specific questions from social workers or other Home Office officials. These concern information that is not covered by the CPINs.

Tender details

The IAGCI commissions national experts or experienced researchers to assess and report on the information contained in Home Office COI products. The IAGCI asks an expert to review the following COI products (4 separate tenders, 1 for each country):

Tender 1: Myanmar (Burma)

Tender 2: Albania

Call for tenders 3: the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Tender 4: Iraq

Description of work

Reviewers are encouraged to assess the extent to which the material reviewed provides an accurate, balanced and up-to-date summary of the main sources available regarding conditions in the country covered and to identify areas where the COI can be improved. Specifically, the review should include:

  • assess the extent to which information from source documents has been appropriately and accurately reflected in CHIN reports
  • identify additional sources detailing relevant aspects of current conditions in the country
  • note and correct any errors or omissions of specific fact
  • make recommendations for general improvements concerning, for example, the structure of the report, its coverage or its overall approach
  • ensure that no reference is made to any individual source that could put them at risk

Assessors should follow these specific guidelines:

  • the review should focus exclusively on the conflicts of interest contained in the document and not pass judgment on the policy guidance provided
  • COI products should be considered in the context of their purpose, as noted above. It must take into account the situation in the country until the deadline indicated for the inclusion of information
  • when suggesting amendments, rather than “track changes” on the original CPIN, a list of suggested changes should be provided as part of a stand-alone review document, and each report should be reviewed separately. A report template will be provided to reviewers
  • any suggestions for additional information (or corrections to information in the document) must be referenced to a source document (preferably open source) for the Home Office to use. The Home Office may use foreign language source documents, but only if the information is considered essential and is not available in an English source

Previous reviews of COI products can be viewed on the ICIBI website.

The selected reviewer will be invited to attend an IAGCI meeting where the review will be discussed. (It is likely that this will be a virtual meeting and, in any case, other arrangements can be made if attending an in-person meeting is not possible.) Officials from the Ministry of ‘Interior will also attend the meeting to provide responses to comments. and the recommendations made in the review.

Reviews commissioned by the IAGCI will be published and may be used as source documents for future CPINs or other Home Office COI products.

How to register

Researchers interested in conducting one of these reviews should submit:

  • a one-page letter outlining relevant experience and expertise, including knowledge of human rights and/or asylum issues relating to the country covered by the COI under consideration
  • their resume

Payment for this work will be set at £2,000. Expressions of interest should be submitted to [email protected] by the end of Friday 21 October. Unfortunately, we can only accept expressions of interest from individuals and not from institutions or consulting groups.

Successful bidders will be notified by Friday, October 28. Final reviews of Tenders 1 and 2 (Myanmar and Albania) will take place by the end of Monday, November 28 and will be discussed at an IAGCI meeting scheduled for December 2022. Final Tender Reviews Bids 3 and 4 (Democratic Republic of Congo and Iraq) will be due by the end of Tuesday, January 3, 2023 and will be discussed at an IAGCI meeting scheduled for later in January.

Opinion: Students have complained. A teacher was fired. Now what?


Editor’s note: Jill Filipovic is a New York-based journalist and author of the book “OK Boomer, Let’s Talk: How My Generation Got Left Behind”. Follow her on Twitter. The opinions expressed in this comment are his own. See more opinion on CNN.


The firing of a renowned NYU chemistry professor after a series of student complaints about his teaching has reinvigorated a long-standing set of questions about the modern academy: Are academic standards falling? Are professors and administrators too indebted to the fragile emotions of students – and the tuition fees of their parents? And what’s wrong with kids these days, anyway?

The basic pattern is this: According to an article in the New York Times, Maitland Jones Jr. is one of the best organic chemistry teachers in the country. He held tenure at Princeton, wrote an influential textbook, retired, and later taught at NYU on an annual contract, where he won awards for his teaching.

This year, however, he was sacked – after 82 of the 350 students in his class signed a petition because, they said, their low grades showed his class was too difficult. A university spokesperson told The Times in defense of its decision to terminate Jones’ contract that the professor had been the target of complaints of “disdain, lack of response, condescension and opacity regarding grading. It should be noted that according to the Times, students expressed surprise that Jones was fired, which their petition did not demand (Full disclosure: I was an assistant in the NYU journalism department in the spring 2022 semester).

For his part, Jones says he noticed a decline in student abilities about a decade ago. He facilitated his examinations; an unusual number of students still performed poorly. Then the pandemic hit. “For the past two years they have fallen off a cliff,” Jones wrote in a grievance letter to NYU. “We are now seeing single-digit scores and even zeros.”

Jones is not alone in observing this dynamic. Many educational experts have observed and quantified the inflation of grades and the decline of academic standards. And the pandemic seems to have supercharged existing problems, while creating new ones. Distance learning has been a spectacular failure.

Students who finished their high school years during the pandemic, Jones observed in the Times report, appear to have no idea how to study. And some of the student complaints presented in the petition might seem a little unrealistic to those of us who went to college in the Before Times: they noted that Jones didn’t offer extra credit and that he didn’t did not make its courses available via Zoom.

Jones was also, according to some students, harsh, sarcastic, and dismissive; he didn’t seem like the kind of teacher who went out of his way to help struggling students, instead expecting them to work as hard as necessary to meet his exacting expectations. Predictably, student ratings of his course were low, the university said.

There has been a shift over the past few decades towards a more student-centered learning experience, and that’s a good thing. Harsh grading practices just for fun are inconsistent with an educational institution’s goal, which should be to help students learn. It appears that Jones was unnecessarily harsh on students and that the university had what was perhaps a missed opportunity to work with him to improve both his interactions with students and their performance.

And with so many more young people going to college and the stakes are so much higher – the income gaps between those with a college education and those without are stark and elite colleges in particular are considered by many to be a proven path to financial well-being – it makes sense that a more competitive educational environment has produced many more high-achieving students at institutions like NYU.

But as students have become more successful academically, there is also evidence that they have become less resilient, more anxious and less able to cope with life’s setbacks – such as failing chemistry. organic.

In a vacuum, this matter may not be so serious. Jones told The Times he didn’t want his job back. His position was very different from that of many non-tenured or non-tenured academics these days in universities that are increasingly dependent on casual auxiliary labour. Jones, on the other hand, made a career as a full professor and probably did not teach out of financial necessity. And you have to imagine that if a new professor who didn’t have Jones’ influence received such abysmal student evaluations, she would have been fired long ago.

But the case nonetheless raises important questions, including the power that students, whom universities increasingly seem to view as consumers (and some of whom view themselves as such), should have in hiring, retaining and firing. teachers. Many students, for example, have found that students hold female professors to higher standards than males, giving them lower ratings for the same performance. Teachers of color are also penalized.

And NYU appears to have given the game away when Marc A. Walters, the chemistry department’s director of undergraduate studies, emailed Jones before he was fired. Citing that email, the Times said Walters explained to Jones that a plan to allow students to have their grades reviewed or retroactively withdrawn from his class was a way to “extend a gentle but firm hand to students and to those who pay the school fees”. bills.”

There are, however, real consequences to making higher education primarily palatable to tuition-payers – especially when it comes to courses like organic chemistry, which are supposed to be difficult. Future medical students indeed need rigorous scientific training to one day become successful doctors. Whether or not Jones was an effective teacher for aspiring medical students is up for debate, but by firing him NYU effectively sidesteps questions about the line between academic rigor and student well-being with potentially life or death at stake.

Students shouldn’t have to feel absolute stress or despair about their academic destiny and what their grades mean for their future, nor should their feelings determine their grades or their instructor’s job security. . Guiding students and faculty through the difficult terrain between these realities is the job of the university itself, and by firing Jones, NYU shied away from that duty.

Making education a consumer product rather than a public good also subjects educators to the whims of the consuming public. At elite and largely left-leaning universities like NYU, populated by students who are used to earning Aces in high school, this can manifest as dissatisfaction with mediocre grades.

But in many other institutions across the United States, treating education very much as a consumer product can lead to even greater scrutiny of what educators teach, impinging on academic freedom. We are already seeing conservative book bans and demands for teachers to adopt a right-wing worldview in the classroom. College administrators who pander to student complaints or fear of parental demands only increase the risk that the professors they employ will not be able to do their jobs fully, properly, and freely.

The role of a university is indeed to help its students learn, and in this case, it seems like NYU could have done a lot differently. But students aren’t helped by universities bowing to parental pressure because parents are the ones who write the tuition checks and they expect their child to go to medical school. This sets a dangerous precedent for academic freedom, especially for mid-level public universities in conservative states, which lack the freedom or elite status of private universities. And meeting parental demands beyond academic rigor doesn’t help students in the long run either — it may help them get good grades, but it also delays their transition to adulthood.

IDTechEx discusses the growth materials of the future

Take-out meals in cans fermented from bacteria, ketchup pressed from algae, oil spills cleaned up with aerogels derived from wood pulp, these seemingly future technologies are already commercialized by bioplastics start-up today. The transition out of a fossil-based plastic world has already begun and the materials of the future are being developed. As single-use plastic bans are implemented around the world, companies are looking for materials that can replace these plastics with minimal compromise in quality and performance. They are looking for a material that not only acts like a plastic but also, above all, comes from a renewable source and, after use, can be decomposed in a sustainable way. This has led many people to look for solutions in the natural world, biology which has already developed both renewable and biodegradable polymers. Today, many natural polymer startups are entering the industry and in this article, IDTechEx explores three promising natural materials.
First, this article will focus on the most abundant polymer in nature: cellulose. Cellulose is the polymer that makes up the fiber of every plant and is already used, from paper to textiles. A new class of cellulose called nanocellulose, tiny micro- and nano-scale fibers, has been researched for its exceptional material properties and has now begun to enter the market. These tiny fibers are so small that they create a massive surface, causing the material to form a tight network of fibers giving stiffness comparable to Kevlar as well as excellent gas barrier properties. These properties make nanocellulose useful in major applications such as packaging and coatings. The material can also be used to stabilize emulsions in personal and cosmetic applications. The most exciting application may come from the ability of nanocelluloses to be aerogels with superior absorption properties, and it has been suggested that they could clean up oil spills as the super sponges of the future. More importantly, things aren’t expensive to make. Trees are abundant, making nanocellulose a suitable alternative to many fossil-based plastics today.
But there is a major constraint with nanocellulose: due to the large surface area of ​​the fibers, dry nanocellulose likes to clump together and becomes virtually impossible to break down. Thus, the material is transported dispersed in water as a gel or paste, which means transporting tons of water weight, a nightmare for the cost of logistics. To remedy this problem, some producers are developing techniques to make the material into a dry powder form by coating them to prevent clumping. IDTechEx discusses nanocellulose applications and technologies and compares different forms of nanocellulose in its recent report, “Bioplastics 2023-2033: Technology, Market, Players and Forecasts”.
One of the natural polymers with the most attention and development today are polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs). PHAs are a family of materials that are produced by a variety of microorganisms through fermentation. These materials were first described over a century ago, but only in recent years has it been possible to produce the materials on a commercial scale. The properties of the material range from amorphous to hard and brittle depending on the chain length of the PHA, whether long or short. Compounders can mix different PHAs with other additives to create an array of materials that give PHAs incredible versatility. The future could see fermenting material for our packaging, utensils, even sunglasses and 3D printing filaments! There are several projects involving multinational corporations such as Pepsico, Nestlé, Nike and Mars that are exploring the myriad uses of these materials.
PHAs were expensive to produce years ago. In 2003, the cost of PHA was as high as US$20 per kg, attributed to the batch-to-batch nature of production and the need to break open cells to extract and then purify the material. But since then that has dropped at an incredible rate as production capacity increases. Today, PHAs can cost less than USD 3 per kg. Technical advances continue to lower costs and improve the sustainability of processing techniques; however, there are some issues facing the industry. PHAs are a sensitive material, they have a low melting temperature and are sensitive to shear force, this is something for which preparers must adapt their technology. Other technical challenges are taken up by producers to make PHAs more competitive and improve product quality. But the biggest problem for the European market, in particular, is that EU lawmakers do not classify PHAs as a natural material, and as such they are not exempt from the ban on plastic for use. unique, preventing the use of biodegradable and renewable materials in this very suitable type of application. Overall, the PHA industry has moved from an embryonic growth phase to an early growth phase; IDTechEx reports on the industry activities and technologies driving the growth of the PHA market in its report “Bioplastics 2023-2033: Technology, Market, Players and Forecast”.

Algae as an alternative to plastic packaging has gained traction as an alternative to fossil-based plastics. Algae-based materials for packaging have several advantages. First, the material is a renewable source that does not compete with food crop land and does not require the use of fertilizers. Beyond that, seaweed is not only food safe, but it also has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, making it a great candidate for food packaging. Several proof-of-concept studies have demonstrated that algae-based films were able to extend the shelf life of foodstuffs by reducing water vapor permeability and limiting microbial activity. Players have partnered with brand owners like Heinz and JustEat to make seaweed condiment packets and paper box liners. However, the market for algae-based materials is still very early with few players and very little capacity, which means that prices remain high compared to plastics in place. This can be solved with business models such as licensing the production of seaweed packaging with turnkey solutions directly at the restaurant or store.

These natural materials may well replace fossil-based plastics in the future in major applications such as packaging and single-use items. If they remain far from commercial production capacities, their growth in the years to come could be meteoric. IDTechEx’s recent report “Bioplastics 2023-2033: Technology, Market, Players and Forecasts” includes a detailed analysis of how these natural materials are entering the world of plastics, alongside synthetic bio-based materials. It tracks the tremendous industry activity that has occurred and discusses the trends and challenges surrounding bioplastics, considering them in a comprehensive 10-year forecast. To learn more about the outlook for our bioplastics world, see the report at www.IDTechEx.com/Bioplastics.
IDTechEx guides your strategic business decisions through its research, subscription and advisory products, helping you take advantage of emerging technologies. For more information, contact [email protected] or visit www.IDTechEx.com.

PR News | Facebook plays a role in the decline of mental health in the United States


The introduction of Facebook has contributed to an increase in mental health disorders, particularly an increase in anxiety and depression, among adolescents and young adults in the United States, according to a recent study published in a peer-reviewed academic journal The American economic journal.

The study, which was authored by researchers from Bocconi University, Tel Aviv University and MIT, concludes “that social media has a negative impact on mental health and has played a role in increase in mental illness among adolescents and young adults over the past two decades”. ”, with “adverse social comparisons” promoted by platforms like Facebook, the main culprit for the increase in symptoms of poor mental health among young people.

While this isn’t the first time research has analyzed the impact of social media on mental health outcomes, the study authors say their research provides “the most comprehensive causal evidence to date on mental health outcomes.” effects of social media on mental health”. They came to their conclusion through a unique experiment: They traced the initial rollout of Facebook – then called “TheFacebook” – which began in 2004 at Harvard, followed by Columbia, Stanford and Yale before becoming available to others. universities, then the rest of the world in 2006.

This article is featured in O’Dwyer’s Oct. ’22 Healthcare & Medical PR Magazine
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The researchers then linked this deployment to medical response data provided during this period by students at these campuses to the National College Health Assessment, a biannual survey of mental health and wellness data conducted at colleges in across the country.

Collecting survey data on student mental health during Facebook’s early expansion, researchers found that during the first five semesters of exposure to the platform, the likelihood that a student being diagnosed with depression increased by 32%, the likelihood that a student was in therapy for depression increased by approximately 50%, and the likelihood that they were taking antidepressants increased by 33%.

They also found that students who were introduced to Facebook were more likely to report that mental health negatively affected their academic performance and that their mental health deteriorated with increased exposure to the platform. They calculate that the introduction of Facebook is responsible for a 24% increase in the prevalence of severe depression among college students over the past two decades.

The study authors noted that these results should be interpreted with caution for several reasons, namely that mental health surveys often suffer from measurement error, that the study data is limited to students, and that years of exposure to platforms like Facebook can actually teach users ways to mitigate the negative effects of these sites on mental health. The study authors also pointed out that Facebook’s negative effects on mental health appear to be strongest among students most likely to suffer from mental illness.

Years of research have reinforced the idea that there is a causal link between social media and declining mental health in adolescents and young adults. A 2007 study Posted in The Lancetwidely considered the world’s premier medical journal, found that the mental health of adolescents and young adults in the United States began to decline as social media sites gained popularity in the mid-2000s.

The rise of teenage depression and suicide over the past decade has also been widely documented. Between 2011 and 2018, rates of depression increased by more than 60% among American teenagers, based on 2020 results Posted in Current Opinion in Psychology. Centers for Disease Control presented similar conclusionsshowing that the suicide rate among Americans aged 10 to 24 increased by 57% between 2007 and 2017. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among Americans aged 15 to 24, based on 2021 results from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. The number of teenagers who reported having suffered from depression increased by 59% between 2007 and 2017, according to 2019 data of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

“Social Media and Mental Health”, was published in the October edition of The American economic journal. Published by the American Economic Association, The American economic journal is considered one of the most respected scientific journals in the field of economics.

2022 annual report on safety and fire safety

Dear University of Illinois Chicago Community:

As we begin to settle into a new academic year, our campuses are once again brimming with a sense of renewed optimism and excitement. We are writing to remind you how important it is for all of us to remain vigilant and make informed decisions that facilitate our personal safety and well-being and that of your fellow Flames. We will continue to devote significant attention and resources to a comprehensive approach to safety and security at UIC. It’s our promise.

With that in mind, please take a few moments to review the vital information found in our 2022 annual report on safety and fire safety. Learn how the university has strengthened its public safety practices, strengthened prevention training, and adopted technology solutions to improve your safety in and around our communities.

The report is a highly regulated response to the directives of the US Department of Education under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, also known as the Clery Act. The purpose of the report is to provide you with the information you need to stay safe while at UIC.

Here are some things you will find in the report:

  • Campus safety and security policy disclosures; crime prevention; alcohol and other drug abuse; emergency notifications; and the UIC program to prevent crimes of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and harassment.
  • Crime statistics for 2021, 2020, and 2019 on Clery Law crimes that occurred on campus (including on-campus student housing), on off-campus properties frequently used by students, and on public properties on campus. indoor or immediately adjacent and accessible from each campus.
  • Fire statistics for 2021, 2020, and 2019 on reported fires that occurred in student residences on campus, in addition to information on fire safety policies, procedures, and systems.
  • The full text of this report is available online at ready.uic.edu. A hard copy can be requested from the Preparedness and Response Office by contacting [email protected]

We are all aware that our city is not immune to public safety challenges as crime and acts of violence have increased nationwide. Recent events in Highland Park and Uvalde, Texas, and the senseless gun violence occurring in our neighboring communities, are incomprehensible tragedies. These events have heightened our collective awareness of the need to frequently re-examine our crisis response posture to uncover new areas of concern that should be addressed, new practices that could be adopted, and new approaches to mitigation and prevention. We are committed to doing whatever it takes to keep our community safe.

One of the key factors in personal safety is being aware and prepared. Discuss issues that you consider dangerous with friends, teachers, and/or administrators, and avoid situations that seem dangerous or that make you feel uncomfortable. If the dangerous circumstances cannot be changed, leave the area or call the UIC Police Department at 312-355-5555. UICPD plays a vital role in supporting the university’s mission and values. Our dedicated and diverse police force works 24 hours a day, seven days a week, interacting with the community and patrolling surrounding neighborhoods.

We also recognize that law enforcement actions are not enough and that we must do more to support the social and behavioral health of communities in and around the university to address the root causes of violence. We are committed to working in partnership with our students, researchers, faculty, clinicians, public health professionals and our local governments to directly address any safety issues affecting the campus community that many of our students, staff and of our family call home.

Thank you for taking the time to review this information and help us create a safe, respectful, civil and supportive environment for all. Together, the Flames grow stronger! Let’s all do our part to keep UIC SAFE. Have a wonderful semester!


John Coronado
Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services

David Ibrahim, PhD
Deputy Vice Chancellor
Compliance Director Cléry

Kevin Booker
chief of police

For more information please contact:
Preparedness and Response Office
[email protected]

Among the best: MBHS ranks in the top 1% of schools nationwide


Mauntain Brook High School was recently ranked among the top 200 college high schools in America, which equates to the top 1% of schools across the United States.

In the U.S. News & World Report 2022 Best High School Rankings, Mountain Brook Schools came in at #27 for open enrollment public schools, meaning the school accepts any student who resides in the city. The other 173 schools on the top 200 list have certain academic standards that must be met before a student can enroll.

Mountain Brook Schools Superintendent Dicky Barlow said the rankings included magnet and charter schools. Mountain Brook students do not have to meet certain requirements before being admitted.

“We’re a public school and we’re proud and have an attitude of gratitude towards the community and our teachers and the hard work they’ve done shows in so many different ways,” Barlow said.

The study ranks schools based on their performance on state-required tests, graduation, and how well they prepare students for college. In the report, MBHS received an overall rating of 98.88 out of 100, ranking third in the state and first in the Birmingham metropolitan area. It was also ranked #71 in STEM high schools.

The ranking also showed that students at Mountain Brook have the opportunity to take advanced-level courses and exams, and the AP participation rate is 68%.

Throughout its 62-year history, Mountain Brook has consistently been ranked in the top 1% of all schools in America, according to an Aug. 5 press release from Mountain Brook Schools.

“While we are very proud of these rankings and recognitions, our true goal is to provide an effective, challenging and engaging education to each of our students,” the statement read. “These rankings and recognitions are just the result of how we do what we do.”

MBHS offers 28 advanced-level courses, and the school has thrived in business courses, fine arts, and its nationally recognized debating program.

Other metropolitan area schools on the list include Vestavia (#4), Homewood (#5), Spain Park (#8), Oak Mountain (#9), Hoover (#21) and Chelsea (#44).

The importance of working together

Mountain Brook City Council member Billy Pritchard, who serves as the council’s liaison with the school system, said he was delighted the school system was receiving such well-deserved recognition and that it was due to “leadership and service exceptional members of the board of directors. Education, its superintendent, school administrators and teachers for a number of years.

Philip Holley is in his fifth year as principal and said the honor is indicative of the importance placed on academics and the high expectations of the school.

Holley said success comes from many things, including the faculty, who give 110% to their students and their profession; students, who understand the importance of education and high expectations; and the parents and community who provide incredible support.

“When you have teachers, students and the community all on the same page about the importance of education, great things happen. I think it shows in our school’s high ranking,” Holley said.

Pritchard echoed those sentiments, adding that it’s essential to maintain the strong and healthy partnership that has served the community well for decades.

“We support each other and work together whenever necessary,” Pritchard said.

Welch said it shows how well schools are functioning under current leadership at city council, school board and school authority levels.

“A whole chain is needed for this to happen,” Welch said. “We have been well ranked for a very long time. … Our schools have always been committed to academic excellence, and the teachers deserve the credit as well as the parents who are very involved.

Barlow said there are many people to recognize for this ranking, starting with students who “get down to business” and their families.

“Parents want the best for their children and that parental and community involvement is essential to having good schools,” Barlow said.

Holley said one of the things he loves about the community is the great relationship between the city, the school board and the schools.

“I think that’s so important to having the success that we had at Mountain Brook High School,” Holley said. “They’ve always been incredibly supportive of what we try to do every day.”

As for teachers, Barlow said Mountain Brook schools hire great teachers and make them great. They have also been recognized for their professional development program, where teachers are encouraged to grow and perform at their best.

“The bottom line is that we want all of our students, when they come to school, to feel at home, to be comfortable and in a position where they can engage in learning. to the best of their abilities,” Barlow said.

Welch paid tribute to the pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and middle school that feed into the high school.

“You can’t talk about a great high school without talking about great middle schools and elementary schools,” he said. “A lot of students start here in pre-kindergarten and go all the way. We love hearing from our students when they go to college and how well prepared they are.”

Coming out of the pandemic, Barlow said the goal was to do the best we could under the circumstances. A writing lab has been established to help students write, as well as a math lab where students can receive tutoring and extended math services.

“We have added elements in our high school program to help our students, not just because of the pandemic, but they are under a lot of stress and have high expectations, so we want to help them in any way we can,” he said.

Research: Rating Action: Moody’s Assigns P-2 to Mosaic’s New Commercial Paper Program and Affirms Baa2 Senior Unsecured Rating


New York, September 30, 2022 — Moody’s Investors Service (“Moody’s”) has assigned a Prime-2 commercial paper rating to The Mosaic Company (“Mosaic”) for the first time. At the same time, Moody’s also affirmed Baa2 senior unsecured ratings for The Mosaic Company and Mosaic Global Holdings Inc. The rating outlook remains stable.


..Issuer: The Mosaic Company

….Senior unsecured commercial paper, assigned P-2


..Issuer: The Mosaic Company

….Senior Regular Unsecured Bond/Debenture, Confirmed Baa2

..Issuer: Mosaic Global Holdings Inc.

….Senior Regular Unsecured Bond/Debenture, Confirmed Baa2

Outlook Actions:

..Issuer: The Mosaic Company

….Outlook remains stable

..Issuer: Mosaic Global Holdings Inc.

….Outlook remains stable


Mosaic’s P-2 commercial paper rating reflects its excellent liquidity supported by cash balances, expected strong free cash flow generation in an environment of high fertilizer prices, access to the commercial paper market through a new program and a $2.5 billion committed relief facility. Mosaic had $839 million of cash outstanding as of June 30, 2022 and near full availability under the revolving credit facility due August 19, 2026 (unrated). Mosaic’s cash is held both domestically and offshore. There are standby covenants on Mosaic’s revolving credit facility, including a maximum leverage ratio of 0.65x as well as a minimum interest coverage ratio of 3.0x. The company has significant flexibility under both financial covenants. The company also uses structured accounts payable agreements in Brazil, which had $778 million outstanding as of June 30, 2022. Mosaic may also borrow up to 90% of the fair value of certain inventory for a period of up to 180 days as part of its $625 million. inventory financing and entered into a $400 million receivables purchase agreement. Given strong earnings projections in 2022, Mosaic will have enough cash to cover $1.3 billion in planned capital expenditures, $550 million in debt maturing in November 2022, approximately $200 million in dividends and growing working capital needs. All excess cash in 2022 will be used for share buybacks. The company may also consider special dividends.

Mosaic’s senior unsecured Baa2 credit rating reflects the company’s size and leadership positions in the phosphate and potash fertilizer market, as well as its strong credit metrics (debt/adjusted EBITDA by Moody’s 0.8x over for the twelve months ended June 30, 2022 and is expected to remain below 1x in 2023) due to expected debt reduction, expected continued high fertilizer prices and expected volume increases as the company ramps up production of potash at the K-3 mine and restarting the second plant at Colonsay. As the second largest integrated phosphate producer and one of the four largest potash producers in the world, Mosaic holds favorable positions in the phosphate and potash nutrient market. Mosaic has a higher cost position in the phosphate business compared to other global producers, but continues to focus on cost, reduction and operational improvements and currently benefits from its own ammonia production and supply agreement with CF Industries. Mosaic’s credit profile is tempered by its focus on the cyclical commodity fertilizer market and exposure to fluctuations in demand due to weather impacts on agricultural markets. Mosaic’s credit profile is supported by management’s public objective of maintaining investment grade credit metrics throughout the fertilizer price cycle and excellent liquidity.

Corn and soybean prices have fallen off their highs set earlier this year following the start of the Russian-Ukrainian military conflict, but remain above levels seen over the past five years, supporting demand for fertilizer and of agricultural chemicals for 2023. However, some farmers may delay their purchases as fertilizer prices are expected to continue to decline after peaking in early 2022. Our baseline assumptions are that phosphate and potash fertilizer prices will decline in 2023 to as trade flows continue to adjust, but remain above five years. averages, which will support Mosaic’s earnings in 2023 and likely well into 2024. Any hurricane-related disruptions to Mosaic’s phosphate production will likely be temporary and offset by higher prices.

The stable outlook incorporates expectations of strong credit metrics over the next 12-18 months, but no further debt reduction beyond meeting the $1 billion debt reduction target.


We could improve the rating if Mosaic significantly improves its cost position against global competitors, debt to EBITDA falls below 2.0x sustainably (assuming pricing and volumes trough), if the retained cash flow relative to debt remains above 30% and if the company improves its free cash flow generation under difficult conditions. An upgrade would also require clarification of capital allocation priorities. An upgrade would also require management’s commitment to a financial profile consistent with a higher rating.

We may downgrade if the operating environment and performance deteriorate such that free cash flow becomes negative, debt/EBITDA is sustainably above 3.0x, cash flow retained versus debt remains below 15% and/or the company changes its financial policy and targets or management do not take appropriate action to preserve credit quality. We could also downgrade the rating if liquidity deteriorates.

The Mosaic Company (Mosaic) is a global potash and phosphate nutrient producer based in Tampa, Florida (USA). Mosaic was formed by the October 2004 merger of Cargill Crop Nutrition and IMC Global. For the LTM ending June 30, 2022, Mosaic generated revenue of $16.6 billion.

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Higher education: VA could improve support for veterans pursuing STEM degrees


What the GAO found

More than 130,000 veterans have used the Post-9/11 GI Bill to earn a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) degree from the 2019-2021 school years. About 3,500 veterans have also used the scholarship program Edith Nourse Rogers STEM to continue pursuing these degrees after exhausting their post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. The majority of these veterans were pursuing studies in computer science, health professions or engineering (see figure).

STEM Degree Programs for Veterans Using the GI Bill Post-9/11 or Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship, 2018-19 to 2020-21 Academic Years

Veteran students pursuing a STEM degree may face several challenges earning a degree, according to GAO interviews and literature research. Some of these challenges are not unique to veteran students, such as the rigor and sequence of STEM courses and the balance between academics and work and family responsibilities. Other challenges are more specific to veterans. While veterans bring strengths, such as discipline, some also have physical or mental conditions from their military service that can affect their academic progress, according to college officials interviewed by GAO.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) does not communicate clearly with veterans about their Rogers STEM scholarship applications or collect and use the data necessary to understand application rejection trends. Specifically:

  • Some of VA’s letters to veterans lack clear information about their requests and what to do next. These letters may confuse veterans about how to get the scholarship, according to GAO’s analysis of the letters and interviews with veterans. Without clearer communication, veterans may not fully understand the program, whether they are eligible, or how to apply for funds.
  • GAO’s analysis of VA data shows the agency denied 63 percent of applications in the program’s first 3 fiscal years. This analysis also shows that VA turned down African American or Black applicants and female applicants at higher rates than white and male applicants. However, VA does not collect the data it needs to understand why it turns down more than half of all applicants. Additionally, VA has yet to perform analyzes to understand disparities in refusal rates. Without additional data collection and analysis, VA is unable to take informed action to better manage the program and address these disparities, if needed.

Why GAO Did This Study

Veterans who received technical training in the military may be well suited to pursue STEM studies. To help pay for these degrees, veterans can use the Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits and the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship. The scholarship provides up to 9 months of education benefits (not to exceed $30,000) to veterans who apply and qualify. Two statutes included provisions for the GAO to review how these programs support veterans pursuing STEM education.

This report examines (1) the extent to which veterans pursue STEM education using the benefits of VA education, (2) the challenges these veterans face in earning a STEM degree, and (3) how VA administers the Rogers STEM scholarship. The GAO analyzed VA administrative data and interviewed veteran service organization and VA officials, as well as government officials and student veterans at some colleges. GAO randomly selected five colleges for interviews from a list of 20 colleges with the most Rogers STEM Scholars. GAO also reviewed relevant literature and VA documents and processes.

Open Notebook/Burroughs Wellcome Fund Early Career Scholarship 2023 ($5,500 stipend)


Deadline: October 31, 2022

Applications for The Open Notebook/Burroughs Wellcome Fund Early Career Fellowship 2023 are now open. Each year, The Open Notebook offers a part-time paid fellowship program for early-career science journalists.

During this fellowship, fellows work with a mentor to plan, report, and write articles for publication on The Open Notebook and serve on the TON editorial team. This ten-month program offers Scholars the opportunity to explore their professional interests and passions and hone their skills within a talented, supportive and diverse community of past and present Scholars and mentors. This scholarship is made possible through the generous support of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, which has supported this program since 2012.


  • Each scholar will receive a stipend of $5,500.


Open to early-career science journalists with less than two years of regular professional experience in science writing. Note the following details:

  • Internships and student work do not count towards this requirement.
  • Exceptions to this requirement may be made for cases where a candidate has more than two years of professional experience in scientific writing but some or all of this experience is not in English.
  • Graduate science students interested in science journalism are eligible. However, please note that some training and/or experience in writing for the general public is a requirement for this scholarship.
  • International applicants are welcome. However, applications, including writing samples and letters of recommendation, must be in English. Documents translated into English from another language are acceptable.

Selection criteria

Priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate:

  • A strong intention to work primarily as a professional science journalist. (Note: This scholarship is for people whose primary goal is to do journalismas opposed to other forms of science communication.)
  • Some training and/or experience in scientific writing for the general public (this does not need to be extensive)
  • Some understanding of the science journalism profession, the challenges that science journalists typically face, and the ways you would like to grow as a science journalist
  • Familiarity with The open notebook and the types of topics they tend to cover
  • An ability to generate good story ideas suited to The open notebook
  • Strong writing ability
    • If English is not your first language, they take this into account and do not expect impeccable writing. However, for a successful experience in this scholarship, you must have a fairly high level of proficiency in English.


The application form for this scholarship includes the following:

  • Answers to the following questions:
    • What training and/or previous experiences have you had writing stories about science for the general public? (Maximum 150 words)
    • What special skills, interests or perspectives would you bring to this scholarship? (Maximum 150 words)
    • What do you hope to learn from the fellowship experience? (Maximum 150 words)
    • What are your general plans during the fellowship period (for example, will you simultaneously complete a thesis? Do freelance work? Look for a full-time employee somewhere? Do something else?) (Maximum 75 words)
    • Optional: Is there any other information about your experience, interests or background that you would like us to know? (Maximum 150 words)
  • Short proposals for two TONNE media reports or stories that you think could be published on The open notebook. These can take the form of interviews with writers behind the story; characteristics reported on certain elements of the art of scientific writing; round tables; or another creative feature film project centered on the art of science writing. (Maximum 200 words each. These are not large-scale presentations.)
  • A curriculum vitae or CV
  • A reference letter. It can come from a professor, editor, mentor, supervisor or other colleague – whoever you think can best speak to your skills and qualities in this area. about science journalism and this fellowship experience.
  • Up to two writing or multimedia samples works intended for the general public (no scientific/academic writings). If you share audio or media clips, you can simply put the URLs of the work in a PDF for download in this section. (Samples must be in English. Translated materials are acceptable.)
  • Optional: additional information about you. They strongly encourage writers from all backgrounds to apply. If you are a member of a group or community that has been historically marginalized or underrepresented in American journalism, they invite you to let them know by answering the demographic questions in this section of the app. This is entirely optional and all information you disclose will be kept confidential.

Applications for the 2023 scholarship period are now open. The application deadline is October 31, 2022 (11:59 p.m. US Central Time). Selections will be announced in December.

Click here to apply

For more information, visit TON/BWF Early Career Scholarship.

Antitrust Expert Spotlight: Gautam Gowrisankaran


Gautam Gowrisankaran studies critical antitrust and competition issues, with applications in healthcare, energy, and high-tech goods, among other industries.

Professor Gowrisankaran has particular expertise in analyzing industries that are highly regulated and exhibit rapid technological change, as well as the markets in which prices are traded. His research has been influential as he succeeded in designing state-of-the-art methods to help answer complex and policy-relevant questions using state-of-the-art data.

Professor Gowrisankaran specializes in methods to better understand business behavior in industries where prices are negotiated between buyer and seller. Her award-winning co-authored paper, “Mergers When Prices Are Negotiated: Evidence from the Hospital Industry,” offers methods for estimating the impact of mergers on prices in such contexts, then applies these methods to assess the implications of mergers and political interventions in hospitals. markets. Professor Gowrisankaran’s work provides a tractable equilibrium framework and can be applied to other contexts with negotiated prices, which includes many business-to-business (B2B) transactions.

Professor Gowrisankaran’s research has been influential as he successfully devised state-of-the-art methods to help answer complex and policy-relevant questions using state-of-the-art data.

Professor Gowrisankaran’s co-authored paper, “Nash-in-Nash’ Bargaining: A Microfoundation for Applied Work”, lays the theoretical groundwork for the Nash-in-Nash model, which has become the workhorse of modeling real-world business competition and negotiation protocols. world settings. As prices are negotiated in most industries with B2B transactions and regulators have begun to focus on the impacts of mergers on all trading partners, not just consumers, this topic takes on increased importance in merger review.

Professor Gowrisankaran is also engaged in a research paper that contributes to our understanding of vertical interactions – and fills an important gap in antitrust policy – ​​by demonstrating that downstream firm market power can potentially counteract upstream market power. . Given the contributions of his research, Professor Gowrisankaran’s work has become widely used and cited in academic and judicial circles.

Professor Gowrisankaran’s research has also directly influenced policy-making. For example, his work evaluating insurance design, sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, has influenced the models used by policy makers to predict the impact of policy reform on health insurance coverage. His award-winning paper, “Absorbing the Sun: Battery Investment, Renewables, and Market Equilibrium,” provides a framework for policymakers to assess the benefits and costs of energy storage policies.

Professor Gowrisankaran has also submitted comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on their draft vertical merger guidelines. He and his co-authors discussed complex market interactions such as moral hazard, information asymmetry, two-step competition, and price negotiation that could complicate the analysis of “vertical” combination mergers.

Professor Gowrisankaran is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a researcher at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). He serves on the Health Advisory Committee of the United States Congressional Budget Office. He has consulted with the FTC and the DOJ Antitrust Division on multiple mergers.

Announcement of the first Faculty Fellows in Community Learning


The Community Learning Office (CBL) announces the establishment of the Community Learning Program Faculty Scholars Program at the University of Scranton. This program seeks to recognize, reward and support exemplary teachers who are willing to fully integrate community learning as an intentional instructional strategy in their curriculum-based courses and/or projects. This academic experience involves students working with individuals, groups, or organizations in a structured way to meet community-defined needs. The Faculty Fellows program aims to expand, strengthen, and institutionalize community learning at the University of Scranton as a demonstration of our commitment to the common good.

The inaugural cohort of Community Learning Faculty Scholars for the 2022-2023 academic year are:

Ovidiu C. Cocieru, Ph.D.

Ovidiu C. Cocieru, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of management, marketing and entrepreneurship. His research interests focus primarily on experiential learning. Dr. Cocieru is co-author of six peer-reviewed journal articles. He earned a doctorate in management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Romania. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Cocieru worked as a manager in the event management industry. Dr. Cocieru plans to strengthen his community learning engagement in two sections of Management 352 Principles of Management and Entrepreneurship II to support continued collaboration with NEPA’s Children’s Advocacy Center during National Child Abuse Awareness Month.

“The Ignatian pedagogical paradigm fits very well with the experiential learning theory that is described in the management education literature. Community learning is a wonderful opportunity to create stimulating, meaningful and enriching learning experiences for our students, in which they grow as people and have an impact on the world.

Gerard G. Dumancas, Ph.D.

dumancas_headshot.jpgGerard G. Dumancas, Ph.D., came to the University of Scranton as associate professor of chemistry and director of the Robert Noyce Teachers’ Scholarship program in the spring of 2022. Since joining the university, he has published 11 manuscripts in high-impact factor journals and generated over $1 million in external funding. He is currently the principal guest editor of “Sustainability”, which focuses on the applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence in sustainable chemistry. At the university, he teaches instrumental analysis laboratory, general and analytical chemistry and graduate analytical chemistry. His research area is chemometrics, environmental chemistry, statistical genetics, bioinformatics and artificial intelligence applied to analytical chemistry. The goal of the Dr. Dumancas Community Learning Project is to implement a community learning experience in a graduate level chemistry laboratory course in collaboration with the Lackawanna River Conservation Association (LRCA) on analytical chemistry projects .

“This CBL opportunity will allow me to integrate my teaching, research, and service interests that will impact students at the University of Scranton as well as the local community. This CBL initiative will provide my students with the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills, experience the process of scientific discovery and investigation, improve communication skills and scientific literacy, and explore real-world applications of advanced analytical chemistry instrumentation to world scenarios real.”

Brian J. Snee, Ph.D.

snee-2022.jpgBrian J. Snee, Ph.D., is an associate professor of communication and media. He received a BA from the University of Scranton, as well as an MA and Ph.D. from Penn State University. He is the author of “Lincoln Before Lincoln” and the editor of “Michael Moore and the Rhetoric of Documentary”. His TEDx Talk is titled “How the Virtue of Oratory Became a Vice.” Dr. Snee will relate his COMM 240 Communications Research Methods course to the needs of nonprofit organizations.

“Community learning brings the ‘real world’ into my classrooms by connecting my students with professional clients. Rather than doing homework for a professor, my students can work both with and for communications and media professionals long before they graduate. It is, in my opinion, higher education at its most stimulating and rewarding.

Patricia A. Wisniewski, Ed.D., OTR/L

i-patricia-wisniewski-cbl.pngPatricia A. Wisniewski, Ed.D., OTR/L, is a faculty specialist in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Scranton. For the past 10 years she has taught an occupational therapy course that had community learning as a component/requirement of the course. She earned an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching with a Concentration in Educational Technology from the University of South Carolina and is a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Specialist and CarFit Trainer, Event Coordinator, and Technician. Dr. Wisniewski partners with several organizations and during her fellowship will focus on strengthening an ongoing collaboration on community learning with the Autism Collaborative Center for Excellence for her OT 575 Community Practice in Occupational Therapy course. Occupational Therapy graduate students offer community skill-building groups for pediatricians and/or adolescents/young adults with autism or other related disabilities.

“Participation in CBL projects transformed my occupational therapy students’ worldview of existing societal issues that prevent individuals and populations from achieving health and well-being, provided actionable insights to community partners and gave students a new perspective on what browsing spaces can be for community members with diverse needs Occupational therapy students learned the importance of addressing social and health disparities in the community and assumed their moral, civic and professional responsibility to promote justice at work by defending professional rights that respect the dignity, humanity and inclusion of individuals and populations.

Participation in the Community-Based Learning Faculty Fellow program is open to all tenured or tenure-track faculty members with up to four faculty members selected each academic year. Selection of Faculty Scholars is based on merit of the community learning component of the proposed course or project, service/scholarly/teaching credentials and/or faculty member’s promise, faculty member to help strengthen the community learning initiative of the university, the extent to which the faculty member will benefit from the scholarship, and the extent to which it benefits the external community.

Fellows of the Community Learning Faculty commit to attending a series of monthly meetings and presenting their course/project. The scholarship offers faculty the opportunity to modify an existing course, design a new course, or create a curriculum-based/disciplinary-focused project with a community learning component. Over the course of the year, Faculty Fellows have the opportunity to build strong relationships with their community partner organizations, engage in community learning scholarships, showcase their experiences, and serve community learning mentors for other faculty members.

Applications will be available again in winter 2023 for the 2023-2024 academic year. For more information about the Office of Community Learning and the Faculty of Community Learning Scholars Program, please visit www.scranton.edu/CBL or email the Faculty of Community Learning Coordinator, Dr. Debra Fetherman at [email protected] edu.

Schools still face teacher and staff shortages, data shows


More than half of public school principals participating in a national survey said they were understaffed when classes began in August, according to federal data released Tuesday that is another sign of persistent school vacancies.

Sixty per cent of those struggling with the problem said they were struggling with vacancies for support staff, and nearly 50 per cent cited unfilled teaching jobs. Principals also reported the loss of positions for teachers and staff.

Teacher shortages were most common for special education and the elementary years, followed by math and English as a second language or bilingual education, according to the results of an August survey by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the Department of Education.

Managers also reported that they lacked transport workers and guards – as well as mental health staff.

Nearly half of schools with vacancies were understaffed to fill mental health positions, which have become particularly important during the pandemic, with rising rates of depression and anxiety among students.

Elena Ashburn, a high school principal in Wake County, North Carolina, has been watching teacher hiring trends closely — starting the school year with two teachers, which she says is unusual in his experience. Two might not seem like much, she said, but they’re in hard-to-fill subjects — science and special education — and vacancies are weighing heavily on students.

“There’s a lot of competition for talent,” she said.

As schools try to catch up with students academically, educational support staff are in demand. More than 40% of principals reporting staffing shortages said they lacked academic speakers and 40% said they lacked tutors.

The principal cleans the bathroom: schools suffer from staff shortages

One of the main hiring problems is the insufficient number of applicants for each job, the survey found.

Brian Fleischman, principal of Overton, Neb., about two hours west of Lincoln, recalls that five years ago he received 50 to 100 applications for every teaching position at the school primary that was opening. This year, its opening for a second-grade teacher attracted five applications.

“We have been blessed,” he said. “We have a rock star.” But he said hiring was becoming “more and more competitive”.

Dan Domenech, executive director of AASA, the national association of school superintendents, said while there is little hard data on staffing shortages, he hears school system leaders talk about it all the time.

He said even last year, when staffing shortages reached all-time highs in some areas, he hadn’t seen approaches like Florida’s — offering jobs to veterans without a college degree. Arizona allows students to educate children.

Even the summer school was understaffed.

It’s different than it’s ever been and it definitely impacts this school year,” Domenech said. “It’s not just the teachers, it’s the guards, it’s the cafeteria workers, the bus drivers, everyone.”

He called it disappointing as schools across the country again try to return to pre-pandemic stability. “We were hoping we could return to some semblance of normalcy,” he said, “but we’re not.”

Wanted: Teachers. No training necessary.

NCES Commissioner Peggy G. Carr said in a statement that 20% of respondents said they were understaffed before the pandemic.

The NCES data is part of an effort to provide more up-to-date information on the effect of the pandemic on K-12 schools. The data released on Tuesday was collected from more than 900 schools. The organization called the data experimental due to factors such as a shorter data collection window.

Noem gets over half a million dollars in free travel, courtesy of Mike Lindell, Payday Lenders… – Dakota Free Press


Bob Mercer digs into Kristi Noem’s federal PAC reports and finds that the Governor of South Dakota received over half a million dollars in free travel in 17 months:

  • June 28, 2022 – $8,000 Falcon Air, Raleigh North Carolina. (Noem Victory Fund)
  • June 27, 2022 – $3,610 (in-kind) Select Management Resources, Alpharetta, Georgia. (Noem Victory Fund)
  • June 27, 2022 – $20,000 (in-kind) San Diego County Republican Party, San Diego, CA. (Noem Victory Fund)
  • April 12, 2022 – $4,114.20, James S. Brown, Littleton, Colorado. (Noem Victory Fund)
  • April 1, 2022 – $7,232 (in-kind), Lindell Management, Chaska, Minnesota. (Noem Victory Fund)
  • April 1, 2022 — $12,000 (in kind), Shane J. Guidry, New Orleans, Louisiana. (Noem Victory Fund)
  • January 19, 2022 — $900 (in kind), Tami Nelson, Gettysburg, South Dakota. (Noem Victory Fund)
  • November 3, 2021 — $9,054 (in kind), Republican Jewish Coalition, Washington, DC. (Noem Victory Fund)
  • October 14, 2021 — $2,850 (in kind), Mike Lindell, Chaska, Minnesota. (Noem Victory Fund)
  • September 30, 2021 — $10,100 (in-kind), Dynalab, Reynoldsburg, Ohio. (Noem Victory Fund)
  • September 26, 2021 – $1,275 (in kind), National Federation of Republican Women, Alexandria, Virginia. (Noem Victory Fund)
  • September 25, 2021 — $6,000 (in kind), Solomon Plumbing, New Hudson, Michigan. (Noem Victory Fund)
  • September 20, 2021 — $9,314.90 (in-kind), Holloway Frost, Houston, Texas. (Noem Victory Fund)
  • June 21, 2021 – $2,474.26, Capital Corporation, Greenville, SC. (Keeping Strong, Timely, and Inventive Republican Ideas Committee)
  • March 10, 2021 – $1,167.80, Fabick Cat, Fenton, Missouri. (Keeping Strong, Timely, and Inventive Republican Ideas Committee)
  • February 26, 2021 — $463.69, Don Dyer, Austin, TX. (Keeping Strong, Timely, and Inventive Republican Ideas Committee) [Bob Mercer, “South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s Out-of-State Trips Shown in Her FEC Reports,” KELO-TV, 2022.09.26].

$508,861.65 – that’s more in free trips in 17 months than the people of South Dakota have paid Noem to do the job of governor in the past 3.74 years (current annual governor’s salary: $128 $872.18). No wonder Noem paid more attention to national politics than his current job here at Pierre.

Among the unsavory figures keeping Kristi up in the air are election liar and poker bluffer Mike Lindell, huge Houston GOP donor Holloway Frost and, just in June, Alpharetta’s Select Management Resources, in Georgia. This Georgian company with an opaque name was the parent company of the payday lender that spent big money in South Dakota during the 2016 election cycle in a failed effort to prevent us from capping payday loan interest at 36% , killing off their predatory business model in South Dakota. Let’s hope their participation in Kristi’s summer trips isn’t an effort to regain a foothold in the South Dakota money market to scam more low-income workers… who won’t get half a million free plane tickets. of Kristi Noem or someone else.

The University announces the first Renée Crown Honorary Professorships


The College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) announced that Heidi Hehnly, Associate Professor of Biology, is the first Renée Crown Professor of Science and Mathematics and Karin Nisenbaum, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, is the first Renée Crown Professor of Humanities. The chairs are made possible by a generous gift from the family of esteemed alumni and trustee emeritus Renée Schine Crown ’50, H ’84.

In 2002, a contribution from the Crown family enabled an ambitious overhaul of Syracuse University’s honors program. Over the past two decades, Renée Crown University’s honors program has helped countless high-achieving students become socially conscious, globally informed leaders and find solutions to real-life problems. The Crown family has now renewed their commitment to the program with a donation to establish the Crown Honorary Professorships in A&S.

Heidi Hehnly

Hehnly and Nisenbaum were chosen for the new positions by a selection committee led by former dean of arts and sciences Karin Ruhlandt and Danielle Taana Smith, honors program director and professor of African American studies at A&S. Hehnly and Nisenbaum will each serve a three-year term, teaching honors courses and helping to guide honors students in their thesis research projects.

The Chairs will provide an intellectual space in which honors students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds can pool their experiences to conduct research on interdisciplinary themes,” said Smith. “Students will engage with these themes by attending lectures given by scholars in their fields, embarking on experiential learning journeys, preparing academic and creative assignments, and disseminating their research, all under the direction of Professors Hehnly and Nisenbaum.”

Vice-Chancellor and Vice-Rector Gretchen Ritter says the new chairs will expand the interdisciplinary breadth and depth of the honors program.

“These new chairs enrich the experience of honors students through innovative learning approaches,” says Ritter. “We thank Renée, her husband Lester and the entire Crown family for establishing the Crown Honorary Professorships, which will ensure that the best and brightest professors have the time and resources to teach and mentor honored students. while continuing their cutting-edge research and scholarship.”

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Karin Nisenbaum

Hehnly and Nisenbaum’s proven track record in designing and delivering dynamic undergraduate college experiences, including research and professional development, makes them the perfect candidates for the new positions, says Acting Dean Lois Agnew from A&S.

“As Crown faculty, they will showcase the unique strengths of the honors program and continue to ensure that its curriculum exemplifies best practice and is fully aligned with the University’s academic priorities,” says Agnew. “We are thrilled that honors students can participate in new, innovative learning opportunities led by exemplary faculty such as Professors Hehnly and Professor Nisenbaum, who are leaders in their fields. »

An integrated approach to learning

Heidi Hehnly, a professor of biology at Syracuse University since 2018, specializes in the mechanics of cell division and how and when cells in the body choose to divide. Before coming to Syracuse, Hehnly was an assistant professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

With nearly $3.5 million in federally funded research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense, among others, Hehnly and his team members are addressing the urgent health needs related to brain disorders. development, genetic mutations and carcinogenic genes.

In addition to laboratory research, Hehnly has helped foster unique interdisciplinary learning opportunities for Syracuse students. She and Boryana Rossa, professor of film and media art at the College of Visual and Performing Arts, co-taught the university’s first bio-art course (Bio400/600 and TRM500) in spring 2022, where students in STEM joined art majors to create science. works of art based on their personal research interests.

Hehnly says integrated courses such as Bio-Art that combine techniques and insights from the sciences with the visual and textual expression of the arts are key to helping students understand and appreciate the natural world. By transforming biological samples into traditional illustrations, paintings, or murals, students can use art to bring abstract theories, such as cellular processes, to life. She aspires to incorporate similar courses into the Honors Program curriculum.

“One of the things I love most about being on a campus like Syracuse University is the interdisciplinary studies that can take place,” Hehnly says. “This chair gives me the time to make sure I can run a class like Bio-Art that integrates art into STEM-based learning.”

“This chair offers the opportunity to create welcoming courses for a wide range of students,” says Hehnly. “Whether they are interested in science, art, or both, students will gain a lot of experience in these courses with microscopy and other advanced biological techniques.”

Foster philosophical thought

Karin Nisenbaum has been a faculty member of the Department of Philosophy at A&S since 2021. Prior to joining Syracuse University, Nisenbaum was Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Colgate University (2016-21) and Boston College (2020-21 ), and a postdoctoral fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2014-16).

His research focuses on topics at the intersection of metaphysics and ethics in Kant, German idealism and modern Jewish thought. More recently, she is the author of “For the Love of Metaphysics: Nihilism and the Conflict of Reason from Kant to Rosenzweig” (Oxford University Press, 2021).

Nisenbaum’s courses address questions such as: What is the ultimate goal of moral action? If we affirm the existence of God, what kind of arguments can we provide in support of the idea that God exists? What is the value of hope and how can we maintain it, especially when faced with evil?

During the 2022-23 academic year, Nisenbaum plans to teach two honors classes: Introduction to Ethics and Philosophy and Literature.

In Introduction to Ethics, students will face life situations that require difficult decisions and discuss how to answer questions such as: What is the morally right or wrong thing to do? What would a virtuous person do? What are my duties towards others? By being introduced to different ethical theories, thinkers, and concepts, students will challenge, defend, or clarify their own ethical beliefs, as well as those of others.

Philosophy and Literature will invite students to consider the philosophical significance of fundamental literary works such as Plato’s “Republic”..” In this dialogue, Nisenbaum says that Plato banished the poets from the ideal city and thus established the traditional separation of literature from philosophy, fiction from truth, and logical argument from persuasion. By examining the literary style of selected philosophical texts, Nisenbaum will ask students to consider how different modes of writing can answer traditional questions of philosophy and illuminate important features of human existence.

For Nisenbaum, exploring human experience with students is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a professional philosopher.

“Aristotle said that philosophy begins with wonder. But sometimes it can be hard to maintain that sense of wonder when I’m deep in the weeds of my own research or concerned about the job prospects of my graduate students,” she says. “My undergraduates help me focus on the big questions, like: what do I know? What should I do? What can I expect? What is man? These are the four most important philosophical questions, according to Kant.

Nisenbaum, who is currently working on a manuscript on perfectionism and the greater good in post-Kantian German idealism, considers it a privilege to work and interact with some of the most dedicated and accomplished students of Syracuse University. “I look forward to doing whatever I can to foster their intellectual development and personal formation, to help them contribute to our global society,” she says.

Through close faculty mentorship and meaningful collaboration and interaction with fellow students, Hehnly and Nisenbaum believe the Chairs will help honors students grow academically, professionally, and personally.

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Lower men flirt more to get ahead at work: research paper

    • Lower-ranking men were more likely than women to flirt to get ahead at work, the researchers found.
    • Men are more likely to take advantage of female bosses’ sexual behavior for their own gains, they said.
    • It’s about getting more power, said co-author Laura Kray.

According to a new research paper, men in lower positions at work are more likely to flirt with female bosses to feel powerful.

The article, published in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes in September, found that individuals – mostly men – who see and regard themselves as flirtatious were more likely to engage in “social sexual behavior” at work. .

In six lab experiments, researchers recruited 2,598 participants who were largely heterosexual and lived in the United States to examine how social gender identity — how people perceived their own sex appeal — might predict behavior. social sex in the workplace. This included exercises like sharing their perspective on what-if scenarios or choosing between a set of pre-determined questions they would ask a boss or co-worker.

The researchers found that it was subordinate men who used “strategic sexual performance” more than subordinate women to promote themselves at work, concluding that this was motivated by a desire for more power. The findings challenge long-held stereotypes that it is young women who use sexual trickery with male bosses to get ahead.

Lower men flirt more because they don’t feel safe

In one of the six studies, around 200 undergraduate business students – 101 men and 102 women – mostly between the ages of 18 and 24 were recruited to examine the impact of gender identity on teamwork.

Participants were told they would be matched with someone of the opposite sex and had to submit a handwritten profile before meeting in person. In addition to demographic information, the profile would include personal details such as personality traits and apps on their phone.

They also submitted a fake leadership rating and were told that one person in the pair would be given leader status – this was actually randomly selected.

They then had to choose between a question about sexual behavior and a question about non-sexual behavior such as “Have you ever had a relationship at work?” or “Have you ever had a conflict at work?”

Males who were matched with female bosses were significantly more likely to choose social sexual issues than were female subordinates, male bosses, and female bosses. Laura Kray, a professor at the Haas School of Business and one of the paper’s co-authors, described it as a “power grab” because it’s an attempt to assert control over the world. ‘interaction.

“When we start looking at situations and contexts that influence the extent to which men adopt this identity as a flirt, it’s not when they have power or are secure in their power, it’s actually where they lack power, and where they can feel threatened,” Kray said in an interview. “And it’s because they’re in a subordinate position to women that they take on the identity of flirting and start acting more flirtatiously to find high power.”

In all studies, men consistently identified sex characteristics such as being “highly flirtatious” or “charming” as positive and internalized them. When they were pursuing personal goals or trying to improve themselves in their interactions with female colleagues, especially female bosses, they were more likely to engage in this flirtatious behavior.

Kray pointed out that sexual harassment training in the workplace ignores “flirting” because it’s so ambiguous and tends to focus on the extremes of inappropriate behavior that are easily identifiable. But social gender identity “predicts a wide range of behaviors” and some just aren’t immediately recognized as bullying.

“There’s a whole gray area in between and there’s all these behaviors that are so easy to describe as ‘I was flirting, I was teasing. I was kidding,’” she said. “I think it raises a whole bunch of questions about the kinds of things you’re doing and rationalizing yourself as just flirting, but it could actually lead to problematic behavior.”

Kray pointed out that workers need to challenge their own assumptions about acceptable sexual behavior because something that might be seen as harmless or positive like “Oh, I have sex appeal” and strategically leveraging that behavior could “putting yourself in hot water” at work.

“So if you’re going out to the clubs on a Friday night and everyone’s in the mating market, that’s a different set of behaviors than is appropriate at work,” she warned.

Sexual behavior in the workplace has always been clouded by stereotypes that “women sleep to the top, or women are manipulative, or they use their feminine tricks in a manipulative way,” Kray added.

“We tested it, and we found that it’s not the case that women identify as more flirtatious than men. In fact, it’s the opposite and this gender difference in behavior Social sexuality may be partly explained by men’s stronger identification as flirtation.”

Seminoles race by Boston College 44-14


Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis set career highs for passing yards and total offense as he led the Seminoles to a 44-14 win over Boston College in Tallahassee on Saturday. The win lifted FSU’s record to 4-0 and the Seminoles are off to their best start since 2015.

Travis completed 16 of 26 passes for 321 yards and a touchdown, and gained 16 yards on his only rush for a career-high 338 total yards of offense in just three quarters of play.

Florida State’s Trey Benson returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and the Seminoles never looked back in the convincing victory. It was the Seminoles’ first kickoff return for a touchdown since Kermit Whitfield’s 100-yard return in the 2014 Rose Bowl National Championship game victory over Auburn.

FSU’s offense didn’t give the Eagles a chance to breathe, scoring on each of their first three possessions after the special teams TD to open the game. Omarion Cooper set FSU’s second tally with an interception on the Boston College 34-yard line. A 32-yard pass from Jordan to tight end Camren McDonald put the Noles near the goal line and a yard-run TD by Lawrance Toafili with 12:52 left in the first quarter made it 14 -0 in the state of Florida.

FSU took a 21-0 lead with 6:05 left in the first when Benson rushed down the right side for a 15-yard touchdown capping a 10-play, 94-yard drive that is the longest in Seminole season.

Ryan Fitzgerald’s 30-yard field goal put the Seminoles up 24-0 early in the second quarter, and Travis found Kentron Poitier with a 31-yard strike with nine seconds left in the half to give the Seminoles a 31-0 halftime lead is the biggest halftime lead in an ACC game since leading Syracuse 38-0 in 2013

FSU extended the lead to 37-0 in the third quarter on a 22-yard touchdown by Treshaun Ward that capped a 90-yard drive, but the extra run attempt missed on the right.

Boston College dashed the Noles’ hopes of a 12-play, 75-yard shutout when quarterback Phil Jurkovec found Alex Broome in the end zone with a five-yard TD pass on the end. of the third quarter.

Benson’s third touchdown of the game came in the fourth quarter when he passed the left side of the Boston College defense on a 36-yard run that put the Seminoles up 44-7 with 9:30 left in the match.

Boston College closed the scoring when Jurkovec threw his second touchdown pass of the game with 50 to go to make the final score 44-14.

Florida State receivers shone in the game with Poitier scoring his first touchdown of the season. Ontario Wilson’s 72-yard reception is FSU’s longest play of the year and of his career, and Darion Williamson finished with a team-best 98 yards and five catches.

The ACC has announced that FSU’s game against Wake Forest in Tallahassee next Saturday will start at 3:30 p.m.

Predatory payday loan companies and fraudsters thrive amid uneven laws and stolen data, new BBB research finds


As consumers lost their jobs and struggled to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic, many have turned to payday loans and other short-term solutions, with an increase in solutions in line. This has not only allowed predatory lenders to thrive – many borrowers still face exorbitant interest rates and opaque fees – but has also created a fertile environment for scam artists, according to a new in-depth study from the Better Business Bureau. (BBB).

Payday loan laws are managed from state to state among the 32 states in which they are available, and a complex web of regulations makes the impact of the industry in the United States and Canada difficult to understand. follow. The BBB study, however, finds a common thread in the triple-digit interest rates that many of these loans carry – camouflaged by interest compounded weekly or monthly, rather than annually, as well as significant rollover fees.

From 2019 to July 2022, BBB received nearly 3,000 customer complaints about payday loan companies, with a disputed dollar amount of nearly $3 million. In addition, over 117,000 complaints have been filed against debt collection companies at BBB. Complainants often said they felt ill-informed about the terms of their loans. Many fall into what consumer advocates call a “debt trap” of racking up interest and fees that can force customers to pay double the amount originally borrowed.

The scammers haven’t missed an opportunity to take advantage of consumers either, with BBB Scam Tracker receiving over 7,000 reports of loan and debt collection scams representing around $4.1 million in losses.

Posing as payday loan companies and debt collectors, scammers use stolen information to trick consumers into handing over banking information and cash. In one case, BBB discovered that hackers had stolen and released detailed personal and financial data for more than 200,000 consumers. News reports indicate that this is not an isolated incident.

Regulators at the federal level have passed tougher laws to combat predatory lending, but those regulations have been rolled back in recent years, leaving states to set their own rules on interest rate caps and other aspects of lending. on salary. More than a dozen states introduced legislation last year to regulate payday loans, but the landscape of legally operating payday lenders remains inconsistent across states.

Currently, payday loans are not allowed in 18 states, according to Pew Charitable Trust. In addition, the Military Loans Act sets a rate of 36% on certain payday loans. When it comes to fraudulent behavior, law enforcement is limited in what they can do to prosecute payday loan scams. Some legal payday lenders have attempted to prevent scams by educating consumers about the ways in which they will or will not contact borrowers.

The BBB study advises consumers to thoroughly research all of their borrowing options — as well as the terms of a payday loan — before signing anything for a short-term loan. The study also includes recommendations for regulators:

  • Cap consumer loans at 36%
  • Educate more people about no-cost extended repayment plans
  • Require lenders to test whether consumers can repay their loans
  • Require Zelle, Venmo, and other payment services to offer refunds for fraud

Where to report a payday loan scam or file a complaint:

  • BBB.org/ScamTracker
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – ReportFraud.ftc.gov
  • State attorneys general can often help. Find your state attorney general’s website to see if you can file online.
  • If you have an overdue payment on a payday loan, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may have resources to help you establish a payment plan.

Find more information about this study and other BBB scam studies at BBB.org/scamstudies.

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REITs can raise short-term debt more cheaply because Sebi allows issuance of commercial paper: Industry


Real estate industry experts say financial market regulator Sebi’s decision to allow the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) to issue commercial paper will help raise short-term debt at a lower interest cost.

REIT, a popular instrument in the world, was introduced in India a few years ago to attract investment in the real estate sector by monetizing rental-earning assets. It helps unlock the massive value of real estate assets and enables retailer participation.

Currently, there are three REITs listed – Embassy Office Parks REIT, Mindspace Business Parks REIT and Brookfield India Real Estate Trust – on Indian stock exchanges, but all are leased office assets.

On Thursday, Sebi authorized emerging investment vehicles, REITs and Infrastructure Investment Trust (InvIT), to issue commercial paper, subject to certain conditions.

Commercial paper or CP in market parlance refers to a short-term debt instrument issued by companies to raise funds usually for a period of up to one year.

Welcoming the decision, Vinod Rohira, CEO of Mindspace Business Parks REIT, said, “Sebi’s decision to allow REITs to issue commercial paper provides an additional route to funding through a debt instrument. in the short term at comparatively lower costs and within shorter lead times”. would help lower the cost of capital for REITs rated “AAA,” he said.

Vikaash Khdloya, CEO of Embassy REIT, said global REITs have long used commercial paper as a short-term funding option.

This will further reduce the cost of capital for REITs and deepen available capital pools that already include banks, REITs and insurers, he said.

“The introduction of commercial paper in India further validates the creditworthiness of REITs as they continue to transform the commercial real estate sector in the country,” Khdloya said.

Piyush Gupta, Managing Director, Capital Markets and Investment Services, Colliers India, said the options for raising capital for REITs have opened up.

Sebi’s decision will provide a way to increase short-term debt more cheaply and in a shorter time frame, he said.

Sebi’s move came after the Reserve Bank’s Commercial Paper Instructions last month stated that InvIT and REITs with a net worth of at least Rs 100 crore are eligible to issue commercial papers.

REITs and InvITs must comply with the guidelines prescribed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for issuing commercial papers and follow the conditions of the listing standards prescribed by Sebi.

Issuance of listed CPs must comply with the aggregate leverage limit permitted by the rules on REITs and InvITs.

While a REIT includes a portfolio of commercial real estate assets, much of which is already leased, InvITs include a portfolio of infrastructure assets such as highways and power transmission assets.

(This story has not been edited by the Devdiscourse team and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Scholarships for doctoral students remain available (letter)


To publishers:

Colleen Flaherty’s September 20, 2022 article, “Ford Foundation Ends Fellowship Program,” on the expiration of the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program, provided important context on the effectiveness of this longstanding program in diversifying ranks of doctoral-level scholars in higher education and the growing difficulties in funding this work.

Flaherty rightly points to the need for new thinking and action in terms of funding models while recognizing the potential of academics and researchers to promote positive social transformation.

His description of the end of the Mellon-funded post-dissertation scholarship program administered by the American Council of Learned Societies, however, overlooks the support that Mellon and the ACLS continue to provide to doctoral students and early-career scholars. , including those representing diverse backgrounds, fields of study, and institutions in the humanities and interpretative social sciences.

For sixteen years (2006-2022), the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship program has provided over 1,000 doctoral students with resources and a support network designed to help them complete their dissertations by giving them time to focus. solely on their research, freed from assembly teaching. and administrative responsibilities. We are proud of the achievements of this program, which has provided important lessons and insights that we have applied to our continued commitment to diversifying the academy and supporting scholars who have traditionally been underserved by it.

The ACLS is also pleased to continue its partnership with Mellon. Earlier this year, we introduced the Mellon/ACLS Thesis Innovation Program, which particularly welcomes applications from doctoral students whose perspectives and/or research projects cultivate greater openness to new sources of knowledge, innovation in scholarly communication and, above all, responsiveness to the interests and stories of people from color and other historically marginalized communities. The program aims to reward PhD students who demonstrate promise to lead their fields in significant new directions. Providing early intervention in the formative stage of dissertation development, before writing is well advanced, the program will enable fellows to develop innovative approaches to dissertation research – publicly engaged, trans- or interdisciplinary, collaborative, critical or methodological. They will join a peer network of like-minded scholars and benefit from expert mentorship and professional development.

The news of the shutdown of long-standing resources for doctoral students will disappoint many, as there is no shortage of support needs, especially among communities of color who have long been marginalized in higher education. At the same time, we look forward to offering ACLS scholarship and grant programs intended to usher in what we see as a new academy that welcomes a more diverse faculty and a wide range of fields of study and of approaches to scholarship – key elements in the pursuit of the advancement of humanistic knowledge.

Joy Connolly
American Council of Learned Societies

Best emergency loans of October 2022


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If you don’t have emergency funds and need to cover an unexpected cost, an emergency personal loan could help. (Shutterstock)

If you face an emergency expense, it can be stressful how to pay for it, especially if your budget is tight. You may consider an emergency loan if you need to cover car repairs, medical expenses, home repairs, or emergency travel.

A emergency loan is a short-term personal loan that you can use to cover unexpected expenses. Many lenders offer emergency loans, although the lender may charge higher rates than with a traditional personal loan.

Credible, it’s easy to view your prequalified personal loan rates from various lenders, all in one place.

What is an emergency loan and how does it work?

Contrary to payday loans, offered by payday lenders, emergency loans are personal loans offered by traditional lenders. Although the interest rates for emergency loans are generally higher than with a conventional loan, their rates or fees are generally not as high as what you would see with a payday loan.

Also, most emergency loans are unsecured, so you won’t have to provide any assets as collateral for the loan.

Emergency loans generally offer faster funding because many borrowers need money fast. The convenience of an emergency loan may result in higher interest rates, but borrowing requirements vary by lender.


How to Compare Emergency Loans

One of the most critical steps in choosing an emergency loan lender is comparing loan rates and terms. Comparing lenders lets you decide which best suits your needs, and you’re more likely to save money or find better terms if you shop around.

Here are some things to consider when choosing an emergency loan:

  • Interest rate and APR — The interest rate is the cost you pay to borrow money, expressed as a percentage. The annual percentage rate, or APR, includes interest and any fees charged by the lender. This is therefore a more accurate figure of the cost of your loan.
  • Funding time — If you need money urgently, you’ll want to make sure the lender you choose can meet your deadline.
  • Amount of the loan – Minimum and maximum loan amounts vary by lender. If you need an emergency loan, be sure to choose a lender who offers an amount that will cover your expenses.
  • Repayment Terms – Longer repayment terms mean lower monthly payments, but you’ll pay more interest over the life of the loan. Shorter repayment terms will give you a higher monthly payment, but you’ll save more on interest charges.
  • Lender fees — It’s possible to save money by looking for lenders that offer low interest rates for automatic payments, no loan origination fees, and no prepayment penalties.

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Best emergency loans of October 2022

The following eight Credible partner lenders offer emergency loans with same-day or next-day funding:

Ideal for large loan amounts


  • Minimum credit score: 660
  • Loan amounts: $5,000 to $100,0000
  • Loan conditions : 2 to 7 years (12 years for renovation credits)
  • Costs: None
  • Funding time: As soon as the same working day

Ideal for small loan amounts

OneMain Financial

  • Minimum credit score: None
  • Loan amounts: $1,500 to $20,000
  • Loan conditions : 2 to 5 years
  • Costs: Setup fees vary by state
  • Funding time: Same day, but usually requires a visit to a branch

Ideal for bad credit


  • Minimum credit score: 550
  • Loan amounts: $2,000 to $35,000
  • Loan conditions : 2 to 5 years
  • Costs: Administration fee up to 4.75%
  • Funding time: As of the next business day, if approved before 4:30 p.m. central time on a weekday


  • Minimum credit rating: 580
  • Loan amounts: $2,000 to $36,500
  • Loan conditions : 2 to 6 years old
  • Costs: Set-up costs up to 7%
  • Funding time: From the next working day

Universal Credit

  • Minimum credit rating: 560
  • Loan amounts: $1,000 to $50,000
  • Loan conditions : 3 to 5 years
  • Costs: Set-up fee from 4.25% to 8%
  • Funding time: Within 1 day once approved


Ideal for longer repayment terms


  • Minimum credit score: 700
  • Loan amounts: $10,000 to $50,000
  • Loan conditions : 3 to 6 years old
  • Costs: Setup fee from 0% to 2%
  • Funding time: From the next working day


  • Minimum credit score: 560
  • Loan amounts: $1,000 to $50,000
  • Loan conditions : 2 to 6 years old
  • Costs: Set-up commission from 2% to 8%
  • Funding time: Within one day after completing the necessary checks

Best for little to no cost


  • Minimum credit rating: 660
  • Loan amounts: $2,500 to $35,000
  • Loan conditions : 3 to 7 years old
  • Costs: Late payment fees
  • Funding time: From the working day following acceptance

Other Lenders to Consider

The following two lenders are not Credible partners, so you won’t be able to easily compare your rates with them on the Credible platform. But they may also be worth considering if you’re looking for an emergency loan.

Ideal for debt consolidation

Road of laurels

  • Minimum credit rating: don’t divulge
  • Loan amounts: $5,000 to $45,000
  • Loan conditions : 3 to 5 years
  • Costs: None
  • Funding time: Within 24 hours after approval

Ideal for low income borrowers

Rocket Loans

  • Minimum credit rating: don’t divulge
  • Loan amounts: $2,000 to $45,000
  • Loan conditions : 3 to 5 years
  • Costs: Set-up commission from 1% to 6%
  • Funding time: From the same day


Credible rated the best emergency loans based on factors such as customer experience, minimum fixed rate, maximum loan amount, funding term, loan terms, and fees. Credible’s team of experts gathered information from each lender’s website, customer service, and via email support. Each data point was checked to ensure it was up to date.


How to get an emergency loan

When you’re ready to apply for an emergency loan, follow these four steps:

  1. Compare the prices. Compare loan rates and terms from at least three to five lenders to ensure you find the best deal for your situation.
  2. Submit your application. Once you have chosen a lender, you will need to submit a complete application. Be sure to include all required documents, such as bank statements, proof of income, proof of address, and ID.
  3. Review your loan offer. If your loan is approved, carefully review your loan offer and choose a payment date that best fits your monthly payment schedule. Sign your documents to accept your loan.
  4. Start making payments on your new loan. Consider setting up automatic payments to ensure your monthly payments are always made on time. Some lenders even offer a reduced interest rate for automatic payments.

Emergency loans can be a useful solution when you need money for an unexpected situation. Be sure to do your research and plan to save the most money on your loan.

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California Student Journalism Corps | EdSource


The EdSource California Student Journalism Corps seeks to nurture and support promising journalism students in California while enhancing EdSource’s ability to report in depth on statewide issues impacting colleges and universities, as well as surrounding communities. Our network of student journalists reports on education in California and gains real-world professional experience by contributing to EdSource, which operates the largest newsroom of educational journalists in the state. (See reports provided by our Corps here.)

Corps members develop their skills and prepare for the job market and life after college by working with some of California’s most seasoned educational journalists at EdSource, which has become a model for nonprofit journalism. The California Student Journalism Corps welcomes a new cohort of student journalists at the start of the fall, spring and summer semesters. If you are a student interested in joining the program, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]

Our thanks to the College Futures Foundation for supporting this initiative.

Meet the Students: Fall 2022

Erik Adams is a fourth-year journalism student at California State University, Los Angeles. He has worked with EdSource’s Student Corps since the spring of 2022 and has contributed to stories with his writing and photography. When he’s not doing journalism, he enjoys making music, exercising, cooking and reading.

Ramon Castanos studied journalism at Fresno State, where he worked for the school newspaper, The Collegian. He is a returning intern at the Student Corps and has contributed stories about cannabis and online teaching. Ramon wants his time with the Corps to help him master his journalistic writing skills.

Randy Flores is a broadcast journalism student at California State University, Northridge. He worked for KCSN, CSUN’s radio station, as an editorial assistant and recently started working for the student newspaper. He joined the Student Corps to shine a light on the experiences of other students and to raise awareness of academic issues facing college communities. Randy plans to focus on writing science and technology programs while on campus and eventually wants to break into broadcast news.

Anais Garcia graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills in May 2022. She was born in Los Angeles but lived in Jalisco, Mexico until age 19 and moved back to the United States. She is a returning member of the Student Corps and believes that education in California represents the diversity of its people and the opportunities we all have to succeed.

Mary McFadden graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills with a journalism degree in May 2022. She has a passion for writing stories that she hopes will uplift students, educators, and families. Mary was an editor for the CSUDH’s Daily Bulletin and a freelance journalist for CALO News.

Arabelle Meyer is a third-year journalism major at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Originally from San Diego, living in San Luis Obispo and studying journalism made her want to explore the stories of people all over California and beyond. Arabel is passionate about social issues and equal representation in the media, and enjoyed exploring sociology in college and writing about people-focused opportunities.

Abbie Phillips is a sophomore journalism student with a minor in Spanish at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Ever since she got into reading and writing, she has been passionate – she couldn’t put Harry Potter down and loved writing short stories and telling her friends and family. Abbie, who writes for her high school magazine, is eager to dive into work on pressing and important topics. She plans to eventually work as an editor, in business management or in law.

Emmely Ramirez is in her fourth year at California State University, Sacramento majoring in Journalism and minoring in English. She wrote for Sac State’s newspaper, The State Hornet, which helped her realize the critical role student journalists play in the running of their schools. Emmely joined Student Corps this fall because of her interest in stories surrounding education and her search for a safe collaborative space to hone her reporting skills.

Titus Wilkinson attends San José State University, majoring in journalism and minoring in communications. He wrote for The Spear, a student-run media organization that focuses on sports. Titus also wrote for his high school yearbook and magazine. He plans to pursue a career in sports journalism, wanting to get into sports broadcasting and commentary.

Amelie Wu attends Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where she pursues a journalism degree and works at the college newspaper, Mustang News, as a data and investigative reporter. When she doesn’t have a deadline, Amelia enjoys cooking, playing tennis and catching up on Netflix’s latest conspiracy documentary.

6 useful sites to save money


University textbooks, resources and reference works are becoming more and more expensive. From 2006 to 2016, the consumer price index for college textbooks rose to 88%according to a report from US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The thought of lugging such bulky purchases in your bag or under your arm on campus only to be thrown away next semester is a thought that can piss off even the calmest yogi.

Whether you love the environment, hate carrying heavy books, can’t afford those college textbooks, or just believe you can find other users for the money you have, you might want to consider download ebooks from these sites. After all, there is no better price than free.

Why pay full price for a heavy textbook when you can download the ebook version for free? Source: Sia Kambou/AFP


An online source of free downloadable ebooks, FreeBookSpot is home to 4,485 titles in 96 categories. Here, you can search for books from categories like science, engineering, computer programming, and even fiction. The best part about FreeBookSpot? No registration is required to get started.

Genesis Library

The biggest contender for many free book listings is still Genesis Library and for good reason: you can find anything and everything from textbooks to college papers, college books, novels, comics, and magazines here.

The catalog alone is huge – organized in a format similar to a standard university digital library, which helps other students get up to speed quickly. You can search by author, ISBN, or year, and several download options make it easy for students to try their luck if the first link is broken.


Unlike the others on this list, Mobilism is not a website – it is a forum where users can share media they already own with other people. The catalog, like Library Genesis, is so vast that the chances of not finding what you are looking for are very slim. Bonus: users have the option to request a specific title if it is not available on the forum.

free downloadable ebooks

Visiting a library can be fun, but having your own ebook is easier, especially for late-night study sessions. Source: Stefani Reynolds/AFP

Project Gutenberg

Another good option for students is Project Gutenberg, which offers mostly fiction, but also has an extensive collection of reference books for students to download. The website was started – and run – by volunteers who believe in creating and distributing free downloadable ebooks.

The interface is a welcome sight for those who don’t have the patience to navigate a complex site. Humanities students in particular will appreciate the variety of options available for their fields and subjects at Project Gutenberg.


The only non-English site on this list is CV, a Russian social media platform that works just like Facebook. Although Facebook focuses on real social interaction, VK’s growing community emphasizes media sharing. E-books are the usual file types shared at all levels here, which means that students also download books that they themselves have used for the benefit of others.

You also don’t need to create an account to get your hands on the free downloadable ebooks in VK. However, keep in mind that there is no centralized search engine on the website – you have to find your ebook of choice in catalogs and communities. If you want to avoid searching VK for hours, you can search Google and end the phrase with “VK” to get results.

free downloadable ebooks

The library of Senegalese President Léopold Sedar Senghor, in his house, in Verson, western France. Source: Lou Benoist/AFP

To book

Even though To book is an online publishing company, the site also offers free PDF textbooks for students in need. Students who are majoring in engineering will benefit from this website as many books here relate to this particular field.

No subject or discussion is left uncovered when it comes to engineering, from the ground up to the cutting edge. However, to access most of the manuals and reference books here, you will need to pay a minimum monthly subscription of US$5.99.

Launching a public call for evidence to inform the review of “wild catch” licenses for falconry and aviculture


Natural England today (September 21) launched an eight-week public call for evidence as part of its review of the licensing of ‘wild catch’ in England – a practice that involves the taking of birds of prey in the wild for use in falconry and aviculture.

All wild birds are fully protected by law. However, falconry and poultry farming are listed in legislation as purposes for which licenses may be granted in certain circumstances, provided there are no satisfactory alternatives and no negative conservation impacts. . Natural England is responsible for determining applications for such licenses on behalf of the Environment Secretary. Licenses can only be granted on a selective basis and for a small number of birds.

Falconry and aviculture have been practiced in England for centuries and were once based on taking birds from the wild. However, due to concerns about declining populations of birds of prey, legal ‘wild taking’ for these purposes has not been practiced in England for several decades, with the industry relying instead on the use of birds bred in captivity. Now, with the recovery of wild populations of some species of birds of prey – such as the peregrine falcon which has a conservation status of green – there is renewed interest in this activity. This has led to an increase in licensing requests and the need to review the evidence base.

The review will allow Natural England to streamline its assessment of future ‘wild harvest’ license applications and ensure that decisions on whether or not to grant licenses are transparent and based on the most up-to-date evidence available. Falconry, aviculture, conservation and welfare groups, academic experts and members of the public are encouraged to submit their views and provide information and supporting evidence on issues such as the modern practice of falconry and aviculture in England, potential alternatives to sourcing wild birds, the conservation and welfare implications of permitted wild taking and the risks associated with the illegal export trade.

The public call for evidence is open to all to respond and solicit information from all stakeholders interested in the future direction of wild catch licensing in England. Respondents are invited to provide evidence to support their point of view, where appropriate, and to indicate whether they would like to be contacted to participate in follow-up interviews and workshops on this topic. You can submit your opinions here. For more information please contact [email protected]

Natural England is leading this review with support from Defra, working closely with other public bodies/agencies across the UK including APHA, NWCU and JNCC. Wild catch licenses have been temporarily suspended while this review takes place.

Further information :

  1. The British Falconer’s Club describes falconry as “the sport of capturing wild prey…in their natural state and habitat by trained falcons”.
  2. The Avicultural Society describes aviculture as “the keeping and breeding…of birds other than the domesticated varieties”.
  3. The last wild take licenses were issued by Natural England in 2020, allowing a small number of peregrine falcon chicks to be taken from the wild. The licenses expired earlier this year without any chicks being captured.

Adult Education Programs Provide Economic Opportunity at Lake Land College


National Adult Education and Literacy Week is September 18-24

Mattoon, IL-(Radio Effingham)- National Adult Education and Literacy Week, September 18-24, highlights the continued demand for programs and services for adult students who need to improve their basic reading, writing and math skills and obtain a high school equivalency certificate. More than 36 million adults nationwide, including 1.2 million here in Illinois, lack basic literacy skills, which limits their ability to progress in education and in the workplace.

Lake Land College is one of 72 adult training providers offering Illinois Community College Board (ICCB)-funded programs that improve and expand the pool of available workers nationwide by helping those who lack the qualifications needed to gain gainful employment in today’s increasingly high-tech industry. , global labor market.

“We are proud to provide these opportunities and pathways to success for our students,” said Lake Land College President Josh Bullock. “It’s a great feeling to know that we can help serve our communities by not only providing valuable skills and resources to help students develop their careers, but also by helping local businesses by providing the training their workers need. skills need to be successful.

Adult education enables the transition from low-wage jobs and limited opportunities to middle-class wages and greater family viability. Full-time workers with a high school diploma earn almost $10,000 more per year than those without a diploma.

Adult Education at Lake Land College offers a variety of services to empower adult learners by providing them with opportunities to learn valuable literacy, employment, and college-readiness skills needed to get ahead in life. Adult Education offers free GED prep classes for ages 17 and older.

GED classes are located in Mattoon, Effingham, Pana, Marshall, Charleston, Paris, Arthur, Sullivan, and Shelbyville.

Adult Education also offers Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI) classes for readers with low proficiency levels and English Language Acquisition (formerly ESL) classes at several sites throughout the district.

As a community service, free Food Service Sanitation Certification courses ($36 test fee) are offered at rotating locations throughout the year.

Lake Land College’s Adult Education Program offers two Integrated Career and Academic Preparation System (ICAPS) programs leading to certificates in Welding or Basic Nurse Aide (BNA). All ICAPS programs are free, but students must meet eligibility criteria and class space is limited. ICAPS class locations also rotate throughout the district to provide accessibility for students living in diverse communities.

In the 2022 academic year, Lake Land College’s Adult Education Program served 211 GED students and 32 ESL students. At the May 17, 2022 graduation ceremony, Lake Land College celebrated 38 GED graduates.

“Illinois community colleges are the engine of a skilled workforce working with nearly 10,000 unique employers across the state. With nearly 90% of the fastest growing jobs in our state requiring an education beyond a high school diploma, the Illinois Community College System is the perfect place to start on the path to ‘a well-paying career,’ said Brian Durham, Executive Director of the ICCB.

In recognition of National Adult Education and Literacy Week, Lake Land College would like to recognize the accomplishments of many of our Adult Education graduates. Many GED graduates go on to earn a college degree through scholarships. Felicia Depoister and Jesse Stevenson are attending Lake Land College this fall and were awarded the Diane Siemer Scholarship. Connie Grogg, Isabella Eggers and Memphis Monroe received GED scholarships and will also be participating this fall.

For more information about adult education programs and services at Lake Land College, visit lakelandcollege.edu/adult-education or call 217-238-8292.

For more information on adult education throughout Illinois, visit yourpathyourfuture.org.

Visitors’ Committee Discusses Project Honor and Jeffersonian Legacy, Hears from Student Member Lily Roberts – The Cavalier Daily


Friday’s full Board of Visitors meeting served as a broad discussion of the direction board members want the university to take, while addressing recent debates around the honor system, the legacy of Thomas Jefferson and academic freedom.

Each Council member’s seat had a copy of the book “The Unlimited Freedom of the Human Spirit” with the subtitle “Thomas Jefferson’s Idea of ​​a University”, which President Whittington Clement referred to in his statement on the legacy of the founder of the university.

Clement said Jefferson’s contributions are “an invaluable part of what it means to live, learn and work here” and will not change under the board’s current leadership. He acknowledged that Jefferson owned enslaved individuals, which he called “unacceptable by the standard of the time.”

Throughout his life, Jefferson possesses more than 600 people enslaved at his Monticello plantation and published opinions of black inferiority. Over 4,000 slaves also built and were enslaved at the University.

“We shouldn’t be afraid of these truths,” Clement said. “Jefferson’s legacy is not so fragile that it cannot withstand an honest reflection of the fullness of this life.”

He urged others to focus “at least as much” on the current challenges facing the University as on the history of the past.

Following Clément’s remarks, Lily Roberts, student Council member and fourth-year architecture student, addressed the group for the first time with an acknowledgment of the land of the Monegasque people on which the University was built and the slave laborers who were integral to the founding of the University.

Roberts then addressed the recent hate crime to the statue of Homer, which she said left many students “questioning their belonging to the University”. The University Police Department replied to reports of a noose hanging around the statue’s neck early in the morning of September 7. Black students have since required increased transparency and information from the University regarding the investigation.

When asked about updates to the police investigation into the law, chief operating officer JJ Davis said it could be discussed behind closed doors.

Referring to free speech and academic freedom, Roberts said diversity of thought is not limited to political ideology, but also includes “individual experiences, family histories, and academic interests”. She said diversity, equity and inclusion policies have often been challenged by conservative groups stifle academic freedom.

“No two students are the same, even if they share ethnicity, race, or physical similarity,” Roberts said. “Yet conversations that suggest DEI initiatives conflict with ensuring that we have diverse thoughts represented at U.Va. … The stifling of diversity of thought is not, and never has been, a goal of DEI’s work, nor an unintended consequence.

One of Governor Glenn Youngkin’s new appointees, College and Darden alumnus Bert Ellis, openly critical the University’s approach to DEI efforts. Ellis also drew criticism from student advice, University Democrats and Virginia Democrats for his role in bringing a pro-Grounds eugenicist and for deny a co-sponsorship with the Gay Student Union to bring gay rights activists to the University.

The only time Ellis spoke at the meeting was to comment on the production of a teaser video presented to the board highlighting the Living Honor project – an initiative started by Alumni Association to keep students and alumni up to date with information about the honor system.

“I’m afraid the music and overall theme is just too soft,” Ellis said. To really reach students, I would recommend that as you add more videos, you add more punch to them.

The Living Honor Project is an initiative offers by University President Jim Ryan and Clement to help students and alumni learn about the honor and its role at the university following the historic vote of reduce the sole penalty of expulsion to a two-semester leave last spring. This was the biggest change to the honor system in its history.

In the videostudents and alumni speak positively of the experience of living in a “community of trust”, after which Lily West, Alumni Association Executive Director and President, and Susan Klobuchar, Alumni Association Executive Director , answered questions from the Board.

“The way we start, especially with such a large population [that] has so many different types of people included, which is our greatest strength, all of us are grounded in the values ​​we share,” West said in response to a question about the balance between community input and app. of honour. “So starting with the spirit of honor, starting with that community of trust and getting buy-in to those discussions, because then we’re able to meaningfully engage at that level.”

Education Prof. Patricia Jennings, new Chair of the Faculty Senate, listing pay equity, academic freedom, staff turnover, graduate student support, and faculty parking, as part of faculty concerns.

In the University Division, the employee turnover rate was approximately 15%, down from 7.7% in January 2017. At U.Va Health, the turnover rate is also double its historical average.

“I have to say it’s a real challenge, but in some cases it can also be an opportunity,” Ryan said. “To the extent that we have vacancies, it gives us the opportunity to reflect and have conversations about roles and responsibilities, and so it actually gives us the opportunity to create efficiencies.”

The gathering of the 17 voting members and two non-voting members in the rotunda board room was the last meeting open to the public during the body’s two-day session. The next session will take place on December 8 and 9.

West Virginia Balanced Scorecard Results Released


CHARLESTON, W. Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) recently released the results of the West Virginia Schools Balanced Scorecard for the 2021-22 school year at the West’s September meeting. Virginia Board of Education (WVBE). The data represents accountability ratings for Mountain State public schools under the West Virginia School Accountability System (WVAS).

Every public school in the state has received a scorecard that provides parents, students, educators, and communities with an annual update on several metrics that together show how well students are learning, growing, and achieving. The Balanced Scorecard is used to present clear information about where schools excel and where schools need to improve.

“While we know the pandemic has created challenges, we still have work to do,” said WVBE President L. Paul Hardesty. “Public education is important to our children, our communities, and our state, and it must be a beacon of success locally and nationally. Our education system must fuel West Virginia’s economic engine with a productive and vibrant workforce. This means that we must ensure that our students and our schools meet and exceed academic expectations.

“We will aggressively target academic progress and achievement as a top priority at the West Virginia Department of Education,” said State Superintendent David L. Roach. “We not only develop strategies, but also have shared expectations for desired outcomes, because we know what gets measured gets done. I communicated with my team and met with county superintendents so that we can work together more effectively to improve student success. It’s going to take a concerted effort at all levels, and I know we can make significant progress in this area.

Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act regarding state accountability requirements, the WVAS has identified three groups of schools in need of improvement. Within each indicator, schools achieve one of four levels of performance identified by a color-coding system: Exceeds standard (green), Meets standard (blue), Partially meets standard (yellow), or Does not meet standard. standard (red).

  1. Comprehensive Support and Enhancement (CSI) schools: will receive intensive support from the state as these schools have achieved a red score on all indicators; or red on all indicators and yellow on Presence; or, have been previously identified as additional targeted support schools (ATS) of CSI in several subgroups.
  2. Comprehensive Support and Improvement – Additional Targeted Support Schools: Will receive strategic support as these schools have scored red on academic indicators in one or more subgroups in English Language Arts and Mathematics for three consecutive years.
  3. Additional Targeted Support Schools – will receive support from their county central offices as these schools have achieved a red score on all academic indicators in one or more English and Mathematics subgroups for the 2021-2022 school year.

This year, 33 of the 34 schools previously identified as CSI schools in 2018-19 left school improvement status. The performance of these schools is no longer within the range of the newly identified CSI schools. In addition, these schools also demonstrated improvement in indicators that led to the identification of schools.

The system helps ensure that parents have objective information about their students’ academic performance, while enabling state and district leaders to identify struggling students and schools.

The Balanced Scorecard rates schools on the following indicators:

  • Performance in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics – This indicator takes into account the test results of the annual statewide assessment in classes 3 to 8 and 11.
  • Academic progress – This indicator measures the progress of student test scores from year to year on annual statewide assessments in elementary and middle schools.
  • Graduation rate of four- and five-year cohorts – this indicator takes into account the percentage of students who graduate in four and five years at the secondary level.
  • English learner progress – this indicator measures the extent to which students learning English as a second language are progressing in their English language proficiency in the four areas of speaking, reading, writing and listening.
  • student success – this indicator takes into account the percentage of primary and lower secondary students with an attendance rate of over 90% and students without school suspensions. In secondary school, this indicator takes into account students whose attendance is over 90%; number of credits obtained by 10th grade students; and completion of CTE programs, Advanced Placement Credits and International Baccalaureate, and dual-credit college courses among 12th graders.

Comparison of 2021-2022 balanced scorecard data with 2020-2021 data:

  • 45 out of 55 districts improved their score points on ELA performance
  • 53 out of 55 districts improved their math performance score points

Many districts are also making strides to recover from interrupted learnings suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021-22, a majority of districts matched or exceeded their 2018-2019 performance in ELA and math progress indicators, graduation rates, attendance, and discipline. Most districts have yet to see their ELA and math achievement indicators return to pre-pandemic levels. However, 47 districts are within five percentage points of their previous performance in ELA, and 34 districts are within the same range in mathematics.

The percentage of 10th graders earning enough credits to graduate in four years (the On-Track to Graduation measure) needs to be considered in many districts across the state, with 27 counties falling below their 2018-2019 performance on this indicator.

To view the Balanced Scorecard, visit the WVDE website.

Cash Advance Apps vs Payday Loans: Which is Better?


(NerdWallet) – If you were asked to imagine a payday lender, you might think of a storefront in a strip mall with green dollar signs and neon slogans like “everyday payday “. You probably wouldn’t imagine a mobile app that advertises on TikTok and sports a colorful logo.

But cash advance apps like Earnin and Dave provide advances with the same borrowing and repayment structure as payday lenders, and consumer advocates say they carry similar risks. Both are quick, no-credit-check options for closing an income gap or easing the pressure of inflation.

Neither is an ideal first choice for borrowing money quickly, but knowing their differences can help you save money and avoid hurting your finances.

Cash advance apps work like payday loans

Like most payday loans, a cash advance or paycheck app lets you borrow money without a credit check. You are also required to repay the advance, plus any fees you have agreed, on your next payday.

One payment cycle is usually not enough for borrowers to repay a payday loan, so many people fall into the habit of getting another loan to pay off the previous one, says Alex Horowitz, senior director of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

App users may find themselves in a similar cycle. A 2021 study by the Financial Health Network found that more than 70% of app users get back-to-back advances. The study doesn’t say why users re-borrow, but Horowitz says the behavior is particularly similar to payday loans.

“Direct-to-consumer payday advances share DNA with payday loans,” he says. “They’re structured the same, they have repeat borrowings, and they’re scheduled based on the borrower’s payday, which gives the lender strong collectability.”

Apps can offer more flexibility

Payday lenders and payday advance apps collect repayment directly from your bank account. If your account balance is too low when funds are withdrawn, you could incur overdraft fees, says Yasmin Farahi, senior policy adviser at the Center for Responsible Lending.

An application may try to avoid overcharging your account. Mia Alexander, Vice President of Customer Success at Dave, says the app reviews users’ bank accounts before withdrawing the refund. If the refund puts the balance close to zero or negative, the app may not withdraw the funds, she says.

However, apps typically include language in their user agreements that while they try not to overcharge your account, they aren’t liable if they do.

In states where payday loans are allowed, a payday lender is unlikely to offer a free, unsolicited payment extension, as some apps say. Some states require payday lenders to offer extended payment plans at no cost to troubled borrowers, but a 2021 report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says some lenders are misrepresenting plans or not disclosing them.

Unlike payday lenders, the apps don’t make collection calls. If a user revokes access to their bank account to avoid a refund, the app will not attempt to collect the funds. The user simply cannot get another advance until they repay the previous one.

Payday loans cost more

Payday loans tend to have high mandatory fees, unlike apps. Instead, they charge a small fee that users can accept throughout the borrowing process. These fees can add up, but they are usually lower than those charged by payday lenders.

For example, an app might charge a monthly subscription fee or a fee for instant access to funds. Most cash advance apps also ask for a tip for service.

The charges on a $375 payday loan are most often about $55 over a two-week period, Horowitz says. Since the cash advance application fee is mostly optional, you can easily keep the cost below $10.

Earnin user Sharay Jefferson says she’s used payday loans in the past, but switched to a cash advance app because it’s a cheaper way to cover bills and unexpected expenses.

“If you get a $200 payday loan, you might be paying something back three times over,” she says. “With Earnin, I’m going to have to pay that $200 back, plus whatever I decide to give them. It’s much cheaper. »

Technically, apps are not lenders

Regulators like the CFPB have not classified payday advance apps as lenders, despite their similarities to payday loans.

Earnin CEO and Founder Ram Palaniappan says the app is more like a payroll service or an ATM because it makes it easier to access your own funds. Earnin asks users to upload a timesheet showing they worked enough hours to earn the cash advance amount. Other apps scan a user’s bank account for income and expenses to determine if they qualify for an advance.

Farahi says applications should be treated like creditors, meaning they would follow the Truth in Lending Act, which requires creditors to disclose an annual percentage rate. An APR allows consumers to compare costs between financing options. For example, users can compare the APR of a cash advance app to that of a credit card and choose the most affordable.

“People still need to know what the real cost of credit is and to be able to assess it and really compare that cost with other options,” she says.

Applications should also comply with applicable state lending laws. Currently, 18 states and Washington, DC, have maximum interest rate caps that could limit application fees, she says.

Cash Advance App vs Payday Loan: Which is Better?

If you’re in dire need of cash, you may have better alternatives than payday loans and advanced apps, Farahi says.

Local charities and nonprofits can provide basic food and clothing needs. A family or friend could lend you money at no additional cost. If you have a few hours to spare, a side gig could generate as much money as a typical payday loan or cash advance application.

If you have the choice between an app and a payday loan, the app is probably the best option because:

  • It is less expensive.
  • It may not trigger overdraft charges.
  • If you don’t pay it back, the app won’t send you to collections.

A cash advance from an app is unlikely to leave you in a better financial position, Farahi says. But it may be a little less likely than a payday loan to make things worse for you.

This blood stem cell research could change the medicine of the future


The microfluidic device that mimicked the heartbeat and blood flow of an embryo. Cell seeding channels are indicated by red food coloring, while cardiac ventricular contraction control channels and circulation valve control channels are indicated by blue and green food coloring, respectively. Credit: Jingjing Li, UNSW Sydney

New findings about creating embryonic blood stem cells made independently by biomedical engineers and medical researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney may one day eliminate the need for blood stem cell donors.

These achievements are part of a move in regenerative medicine towards the use of “induced pluripotent stem cells” to treat disease. This is where stem cells are reverse engineered from adult tissue cells rather than using live human or animal embryos.

Although we have known pluripotent stem cells induced since 2006researchers still have a lot to learn about how cell differentiation in the human body can be artificially and safely mimicked in the laboratory in an effort to provide targeted medical treatment.

Induced pluripotent stem cells are a type of pluripotent stem cell that can be generated directly from a somatic cell. A somatic cell is any biological cell forming the body of a multicellular organism other than a gamete, germ cell, gametocyte or undifferentiated stem cell.

UNSW researchers recently completed two studies in this area that shed new light not only on how blood stem cell precursors occur in animals and humans, but also on how they can be induced. artificially.

A study was published on September 13, 2022 in the journal Cell reports by scientists from the UNSW School of Biomedical Engineering. They demonstrated how simulating the beating heart of an embryo using a microfluidic device in the laboratory led to the development of human blood stem cell ‘precursors’, which are stem cells on the verge of becoming cells. blood strains.

In another article, recently published in Cell Biology Natureresearchers from UNSW Medicine & Health have revealed the identity of mouse embryo cells responsible for creating blood stem cells.

Both studies are important steps towards understanding how, when, where and which cells are involved in the creation of blood stem cells. In the future, this knowledge could be used to help cancer patients and others who have undergone high doses of radiation and chemotherapy to replenish their depleted blood stem cells.

emulate the heart

In the detailed study in Cell reportslead author Dr. Jingjing Li and fellow researchers described how a 3cm x 3cm (1.2″ x 1.2″) microfluidic system pumped blood stem cells produced from a line of embryonic stem cells to mimic an embryo’s beating heart and blood flow conditions.

She said that over the past decades, biomedical engineers have tried to manufacture blood stem cells in lab dishes to solve the problem of shortage of blood stem cells from donors. But no one has yet succeeded in doing so.

“Part of the problem is that we still don’t fully understand all of the processes going on in the microenvironment during embryonic development that lead to the creation of blood stem cells at about 32 days into embryonic development,” Dr. Li said.

“So we created a device that mimics the beating of the heart and blood flow and an orbital agitation system that causes shear stress – or friction – of blood cells as they move through the device or a dish. “

These systems have promoted the development of precursor blood stem cells that can differentiate into various blood components – white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets and others. They were thrilled to see this same process – known as hematopoiesis – reproduced in the device.

Study co-author, Associate Professor Robert Nordon, said he was amazed that the device not only created blood stem cell precursors which then produced differentiated blood cells, but also created the tissue cells of the embryonic cardiac environment which is crucial for this process. .

“What fascinates me is that blood stem cells, when they form in the embryo, form in the wall of the main vessel called the aorta. And they basically come out of that aorta and go into the circulation and then go to the liver and form what is called definitive hematopoiesis, or definitive blood formation.

“Getting an aorta to form, and then having cells actually emerge from that aorta into circulation, is the crucial step required to generate those cells.”

“What we’ve shown is that we can generate a cell that can form all the different types of blood cells. We have also shown that it is very closely linked to the cells lining the aorta – so we know that its origin is correct – and that it proliferates”, A/Prof. said Nordon.

The researchers are cautiously optimistic about their success in emulating embryonic heart conditions with a mechanical device. They hope this could be a step toward solving the challenges limiting regenerative medical treatments today: shortages of donor blood stem cells, rejection of donor tissue cells, and ethical issues surrounding the use of IVF embryos.

“Blood stem cells used in transplantation require donors with the same type of tissue as the patient”, A/Prof. said Nordon.

“Making blood stem cells from pluripotent stem cell lines would solve this problem without the need for tissue-matched donors providing an abundant supply to treat blood cancers or genetic diseases.”

Dr Li added: “We are working on large-scale manufacturing of these cells using bioreactors.

Mystery solved

Meanwhile, and working independently of Dr Li and Prof. Nordon, Professor John Pimanda of UNSW Medicine & Health and Dr Vashe Chandrakanthan were conducting their own research into how blood stem cells are created in embryos.

In their mouse study, the researchers looked for the mechanism used naturally in mammals to make blood stem cells from the cells that line blood vessels, called endothelial cells.

“This process was already known to take place in mammalian embryos where endothelial cells that line the aorta transform into blood cells during hematopoiesis,” Professor Pimanda said.

“But the identity of the cells that regulate this process has until now been a mystery.”

In their paper, Professor Pimanda and Dr Chandrakanthan described how they solved this puzzle by identifying cells in the embryo that can convert embryonic and adult endothelial cells into blood cells. The cells – known as “Mesp1-derived PDGFRA+ stromal cells” – reside beneath the aorta and only surround the aorta in a very narrow window during embryonic development.

Dr Chandrakanthan said knowing the identity of these cells provides medical researchers with clues as to how adult mammalian endothelial cells might be triggered to create blood stem cells, which they are normally unable to do.

“Our research has shown that when embryonic or adult endothelial cells are mixed with ‘Mesp1-derived PDGFRA+ stromal cells’, they begin to make blood stem cells,” he said.

Although further research is needed before this can be translated into clinical practice – including confirmation of the findings in human cells – the finding could provide a potential new tool for generating engraftable hematopoietic cells.

“Using your own cells to generate blood stem cells could eliminate the need for donor blood transfusions or stem cell transplants. Unlocking the mechanisms used by nature brings us one step closer to achieving this goal” , said Professor Pimanda.


“Embryo circulation mimicry enhances hoxa hemogenic niche and human blood development” by Jingjing Li, Osmond Lao, Freya F. Bruveris, Liyuan Wang, Kajal Chaudry, Ziqi Yang, Nona Farbehi, Elizabeth S. Ng, Edouard G Stanley, Richard P. Harvey, Andrew G. Elefanty and Robert E. Nordon, September 13, 2022, Cell reports.
DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2022.111339

“PDGFRA derived from mesoderm+ regulate hematopoietic stem cell emergence in the dorsal aorta” by Vashe Chandrakanthan, Prunella Rorimpandey, Fabio Zanini, Diego Chacon, Jake Olivier, Swapna Joshi, Young Chan Kang, Kathy Knezevic, Yizhou Huang, Qiao Qiao, Rema A. Oliver , Ashwin Unnikrishnan, Daniel R. Carter, Brendan Lee, Chris Brownlee, Carl Power, Robert Brink, Simon Mendez-Ferrer, Grigori Enikolopov, William Walsh, Berthold Göttgens, Samir Taoudi, Dominik Beck and John E. Pimanda, July 28, 2022, Cell Biology Nature.
DOI: 10.1038/s41556-022-00955-3

Funding: National Health and Medical Research Council, Stem Cells Australia, Stafford Fox Medical Research Foundation, Novo Nordisk

Letters: Benefits of Independent Schools in Saskatchewan Questioned


Deani Van Pelt’s article on Qualified Independent Schools (SP, September 1) is self-serving doublespeak with a carefully hidden agenda. It claims to push the right buttons: social cohesion, choice, improved results, fairness, democratic control, etc. Curiously, religion is never mentioned.

None of these prosocial claims are supported by data. We are just expected to agree. Most of us don’t. Most of us consider the source.

Van Pelt is apparently stimulated by the belief that governments have a limited function so that other institutions can thrive. Presumably, this limited function includes the funding of religious education.

Van Pelt’s position, obscured by bogus claims of qualified independent schools, is in fact the religious right’s usual plea for exception and incomes – it is good for us to give, we are told, it does help all. Oh good? Not really.

If, as a Colgate employee, I declare that 97.5% of dentists prefer Colgate, your skepticism would be understandable. Van Pelt assures us that “86 statistically significant results show 50 cases where (qualified independent schools) outperform other schools.”

Which studies ? Undertaken by whom? Under what conditions? With what instruments? What findings? Peer-reviewed? Scholarly journals or internal propaganda?

With immense, unconscious irony, we are assured that qualified independent schools produce superior “political knowledge, volunteerism, and charitable giving.”

Given the alleged activities of a skilled independent school in forced “volunteering” for partisan political purposes and the near-exorbitant nature of the tithing that took place, such boasting seems both preposterous and out of place.

Colin Butler


College Transparency Act will help Indiana students avoid debt


Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you know President Joe Biden announced the feds would forgive $10,000 in student loans, $20,000 if Pell Grants. Regardless of what one thinks of this controversial decision, it certainly highlights the high cost of a college education.

I think we can all agree that a college education is a financial bridge too far for many Americans today.

The good news is a legislative proposal tabled in Congress that aims to bring transparency and accountability to higher education. The aptly named College Transparency Act (CTA) would make colleges and universities publicly accountable for student performance. Reportable information includes comprehensive data such as higher education completion rates, student earnings after graduation, and other measures of success in higher education.

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Whether a student chooses to attend a trade school or one of Indiana’s 61 bachelor’s-granting institutions, if they work hard and play by the rules, they should be able to graduate with more opportunities than at beginning. Unfortunately, many students graduate with mountains of debt, barely earning enough to pay off their student loans. Much of this problem can be attributed to the fact that higher education institutions have been able to operate largely in obscurity. The lack of transparency has allowed some predatory schools to take advantage of potential students by not providing information about their academic performance.

Additionally, the limited information available from the US Department of Education is concerning. Even for specialized degrees like physical therapy (PT), the costs students pay for their education compared to what they earn in their professions are often not enough to repay their loans. When prospective students choose to enroll in a highly specialized program like PT, the lack of reliable data on graduation rates, income, and debt repayment hinders their ability to make informed decisions about the academic program the financially smarter.

Frankly, federal reforms are long overdue. Greater oversight is needed if we are to make higher education more transparent and accountable for student outcomes. Modernizing our education policies to make more information public will make these institutions more accountable. Greater transparency benefits good schools, helps underperforming schools identify areas for improvement, and empowers families as consumers.

After:Indiana’s higher education commissioner explains what people are wrong about college

I served 30 years in the Indiana Senate as an advocate for using a reasonable approach to any expansion of government. Federal legislation like the bipartisan College Transparency Act (CTA) creates little bureaucracy while including common-sense reforms to make programs receiving taxpayer dollars more accountable. The public annual report requirements proposed by the CTA are good for academic competition, students and families.

State Senator Jim Merritt speaks to the media after the final mayoral debate at MSD Wayne Township Chapel Hill 7th & 8th Grade Center, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, in Indianapolis.

After years of work, the CTA finally has a chance to become law as it moves through Congress as part of a larger bill. I hope sober leaders in Washington like Senator Todd Young and Senator Mike Braun will work across the aisle to strengthen our post-secondary schools and pass the College Transparency Act.

Jim Merritt is a former state senator.

Lynn Steger Strong Takes Flight


Lynn Steger Strong hates this part. Waiting. The conversation. Waiting. She reads, browses social media, looks for anything to distract her from her complicated feelings around the publication of her next book, Flight (Mariner, Nov.). “I love writing, really — I’m not one of those writers who doesn’t like it,” she says via Zoom from her home in Portland, Maine. “But I feel so scared and uncertain about being a writer.”

Every writer can relate, surely. But Strong comes to this fear from a particular experience. Her second novel, Want to, hit shelves in the summer of 2020, and like all of us, she was basically locked up at home at the time. The intensely first-person narrative, centering on a Brooklyn college student whose family’s economic situation becomes dire, garnered critical acclaim and a substantial readership, but Strong’s life was little changed. Angry posts on Goodreads said Want toThe narrator of , Elizabeth, had to swallow and leave New York, just as Strong and her husband had to, well, swallow and leave New York.

“During Covid, I received an email congratulating me for Want to while we were packing up our apartment because my husband lost his job,” she says. “I threw my phone across the room. I had written this book about the safety net, and everything was broken. The book was over, but I was living the realities of it very well.

Beneath the cloud of the pandemic and going bankrupt and moving back with her in-laws to Florida, and emerging from a running romance with urgent rage, Strong found herself incredibly drawn to hope. “I always want to write the book that seems to be the hardest book to write,” she says. “And actually, writing a book about hope and people who love each other in 2020 just felt screwed up enough to give it a try. I don’t think I would have written this book under any other circumstances.

And so we have Flight– a warm, empathetic, yet ever incisive family saga that marks an exciting expansion of Strong’s fictional gaze. We are far beyond the island and singular perspective that has supported Want to, with the author now switching between multiple perspectives as adult siblings Henry, Kate, and Martin, and their families, reunite for the holidays in the wake of their mother’s death. Between them are the kinds of painful memories, altered affections, and various entitlements that bring them together, then separate them, then bring them together again. Strong spends a lot of time on these rich and thorny dynamics before a girl goes missing in their upstate New York town, bonding them to a common mission – a great call for unity.

Flight is Strong’s debut album with Mariner Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, where she worked with publisher Kate Nintzel. “What struck me throughout the process was how clearly she knows her vision and her work,” Nintzel says. “The themes, the characters, even the dialogue – I guess these bits of the novel are essentially unchanged from the first draft I read.”

Like any juicy family argument, the novel seems to be constantly shifting allegiance, giving each narrator equal and infuriating weight. “On a phrasal and structural level, I was constantly thinking about how to de-emphasize individuals, even as I am, and I was always invested in character,” Strong said. “I wanted them to feel alive and real, but I also wanted you to be on teams of different people at almost every beat.”

The points at which Want to and Flight executed in parallel arrive via Strong’s extensive interrogations. She leaves no one alone, whether she has one or more than half a dozen protagonists to manage.

“The incisiveness of Strong’s psychological portraits has always captivated me,” says Strong’s agent, Sarah Bowlin. “It’s one of the many pleasures of working with her – being able to observe her brain up close as she delves deep into the minds of her characters.”

This collectivism, which Strong prioritizes very clearly in the book, does not come easily. His Want to protagonist has been seen by many readers as a thinly veiled version of herself. Strong remembers sending a friend a voice note in 2020 that said, “I always wanted to do something awesome, but I never had much confidence in myself as a person – how did this silly mom and stupid could she do something awesome? The model of authorial genius, the writer who carries every ounce of weight herself, needed to be unlearned for her own well-being and confidence as a storyteller.

This personal journey continued to inform Flightbecause the philosophy of the book reflects its making – far from the solitary experience of writing Want to. “What I’ve realized during Covid is that I don’t have to do it myself – I have no interest in making books on my own.” She brought friends, writers, colleagues into her process. “It really explained how I was able to think of this book in new ways.”

There is a feeling of fluidity in Strong’s writing approach. It is energized by the formal challenges and constrained by the gaps between dialogue and plot, which contain so much, even if they say so little. She was obsessed with giving everyone Flight character equal opportunity to be right and wrong, attractive and repulsive. Surrounding this attention to wholeness, to personality, is what Strong calls “the scaffolding”; the real work, on the other hand, is in the seemingly simple things. “At some point in my life, I’ll be a good enough writer to write a novel in which two women stand barefoot in a kitchen and don’t talk,” she says, “because all I want to say as that writer lives within that moment.

If Strong is Want to was considered by some to be an autofiction, Flight will be classified in a different category – the family romance. “It’s scary to inhabit a space that seems to have been inhabited before, and the family romance is a scary space to inhabit as a writer,” she says. She points to the cultural tendency to reduce the contributions of female authors to the canon as quiet, domestic, or internal. She wants to be taken seriously, her efforts to bring precision, complexity and singularity to the recognized form. “It’s cool and fashionable as a woman to be angry right now,” she says. “It’s scary to just want to write a book about how people love each other.”

This brings us back to 2020. When Want to was released, Strong was unable to sign copies for fan lines; all events took place via Zoom. “I finally read Want to a few months ago for the first time out loud in person,” she says, “and I realized that I was sad that I had never done this. In contrast, the idea that “maybe I’ll live this one a bit” is what she finds so exciting and terrifying about Flight. How fitting, for a book that so fully and beautifully affirms – and, indeed, is a product of – the virtue of a collective.

David Aaron is a writer and magazine critic.

A version of this article originally appeared in the 09/19/2022 issue of Weekly editors under the title: Take flight

Assessment of Pulmonary Toxicity with Bevacizumab Using the Spontaneous Reporting Database


We focused on pulmonary toxicities caused by bevacizumab, and AEs for which signals were detected were pulmonary embolism, pulmonary artery thrombosis, pneumonitis, pulmonary disorders, pulmonary hemorrhage, pulmonary infarction, pulmonary thrombosis, pulmonary cavitation and pulmonary vein thrombosis.

We have shown that approximately 20% of AEs (pulmonary embolism: 13.4% (225/1679); pulmonary arterial thrombosis: 5.1% (86/1679); pulmonary infarction: 1.1% (19/1679) pulmonary thrombosis: 1.1% (18/1679); and pulmonary vein thrombosis: 0.3% (5/1679) = 21.0%) were thromboembolic events. Of these, pulmonary embolism was the most frequently reported and fatal cases were also reported. The Weibull distribution showed that the incidence of pulmonary embolism developed as a random failure type AE. Pulmonary embolisms associated with bevacizumab have been reported in several clinical trials17,18,21,22, and the current results are consistent with clinical findings. In a previous study, acute pulmonary thromboembolism shows a high mortality rate when left untreated, and early diagnosis and treatment are known to significantly reduce mortality rates23. Pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis are collectively called venous thromboembolism (VTE), and pulmonary embolism represents the most dangerous type of VTE. An undiagnosed or untreated pulmonary embolism can be devastating and life-threatening. Because pulmonary embolism is life-threatening and deaths have been reported, clinicians should continue to monitor carefully during and after bevacizumab administration.

Of the nine items for which signals were detected, fatal outcomes were observed for seven AEs. Among these, pulmonary hemorrhage, pulmonary infarction and pulmonary thrombosis presented high frequencies of death. In this study, pulmonary hemorrhage is a fatal AE that occurs soon after bevacizumab administration, a finding consistent with clinical trial results.24,25,26. Clinicians should therefore be alert to the onset of symptoms of pulmonary hemorrhage in the early stages of bevacizumab therapy. On the other hand, although the incidence of pulmonary haemorrhages did not increase in a dose-dependent manner, continuous monitoring is recommended during and beyond the entire duration of treatment, since a few cases of pulmonary haemorrhages have been observed during long course after the start of administration. . The incidence of pulmonary infarctions and pulmonary thrombosis increased in a dose-dependent manner. These AEs are also frequently reported as thromboembolism, consistent with previous studies17,18,22. As with pulmonary haemorrhages, continuous monitoring throughout the administration period is recommended.

As for interstitial lung disease, a signal was detected in an analysis conducted by Kodama et al. using the JADER database from April 2004 to October 201727. In our study using the JADER database from April 2004 to March 2021, no signals were detected for interstitial lung disease. Interstitial lung disease caused by bevacizumab is a rare AE. Additionally, some reports have suggested that concomitant use of bevacizumab actually decreases the risk of interstitial pneumonia.28. These reasons may have contributed to the fact that no signals were detected for interstitial lung disease in this study.

In our study, most pulmonary toxicities caused by bevacizumab occurred within 6 months of administration, but some cases of pulmonary embolism and pulmonary hemorrhage occurred even more than a year after the start of the treatment. administration and proved to be fatal. Clinicians should be aware of the possibility of such AEs developing after a long period of bevacizumab administration.

Among the nine AEs for which signals have been detected, pulmonary embolism, pneumonitis and pulmonary hemorrhage are already listed in the data sheet in Japan. However, the detailed post-marketing data on the risk of pulmonary toxicity with bevacizumab, time to onset and post-marketing results obtained in this study may be of great clinical importance for its safe and effective use.

This study had some limitations that should be considered. First, the JADER database is based on self-reports, which would introduce various reporting biases, including over-reporting and under-reporting. Second, the lack of complete medical records and medication history limits the scope of the analysis, as dosages, durations, clinical laboratory data, severity of AEs, and more information on concomitant medications from use of bevacizumab were not available. Thirdly, for the age group, the 70s (33.7%) and the 60s (34.8%) are in the majority. Thus, the older age group cannot be excluded as a causative factor for lung toxicity. Fourth, the possibility that AEs are caused by concomitantly used anti-cancer drugs cannot be excluded. Fifth, potential confounding, selection and information biases cannot be completely excluded from this study. However, the results of this study were based on extracted data in which bevacizumab was considered the suspect drug by the reporter (physician or pharmacist) who knew the details of the clinical course. Thus, our report provides useful information for monitoring pulmonary toxicity AEs attributed to bevacizumab.

In conclusion, we focused on pulmonary toxicities caused by bevacizumab as post-marketing AEs. Pulmonary embolism, pulmonary hemorrhage, pulmonary infarction and pulmonary thrombosis could potentially lead to serious consequences after the administration of bevacizumab, and some cases have occurred even more than a year after the start of administration. Patients should be monitored for signs of these adverse effects not only at the start of administration, but also over the long term.

Xi and Putin in China: our friendship has limits


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Vladimir Putin could certainly use a powerful strategic friendship without “limits”, as Xi Jinping promised in February, three weeks before Putin invaded Ukraine.

That’s not what he got when the two leaders met this week in Uzbekistan, during a summit of the Shanghai Regional Cooperation Organization.

Xi has imposed substantial limits on China’s support for Russia’s Ukrainian adventure. He obeyed the retaliatory sanctions of the West without endorsing them. He’s been consuming Russian oil at roughly 25% discounts, but has shown no interest in buying the assets the global energy majors love.


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Putin acknowledged those terse remarks ahead of the sit-down in the historic city of Samarkand. He thanked China for its “balanced” position on Ukraine and pledged to respond to his counterpart’s “questions and concerns”.

The lukewarm embrace reflects China’s unease behind the scenes over Russia’s aggression, said Maria Shagina, a sanctions specialist at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies. “China is interested in upsetting the world order, but not in the Russian way,” she says.

It also reflects the paltry leverage of Russia, stuck in slow-growing resource dependence while China has emerged as an economic and technological superpower. “What Putin has to give is cheap oil. That’s about it,” says Craig Kennedy, a fellow at Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

This cheap oil remains a global X-factor for months to come. The European Union is expected to stop importing Russian oil on December 5 and ban tanker insurance, a market the EU and UK dominate globally.

China could in theory take over part of the slack. But it already buys most crude shipped from Russian Pacific ports and is in a poor position to import from Europe’s biggest terminals, Kennedy says. Beijing’s transport fleet is made up of supertankers that cannot cross the Black Sea or the Baltic. “Any additional barrel will have to come from Europe, but on which ship?” he asks rhetorically.

Russia and China are meant to be allies, notes Alexander Gabuev, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. They have a 2,500 mile land border, “complementary economies” and of course a common rival in the United States. Despite its failures in Ukraine, Moscow also has the military technology Beijing wants, such as fighter jets and hypersonic missiles, he says.

However, cooperation on the ground went at a snail’s pace. Putin announced a pivot to Asia for Russian energy resources in 2014, after his first invasion of Ukraine. Last year, the Power of Siberia pipeline delivered all of the 8 billion cubic meters of natural gas to western China. Exports to Europe were around 150 BCM.

Siberia’s power is expected to reach 38 BCM over the next few years, according to Anne-Sophie Corbeau, a research fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. Power of Siberia 2 could add another 50 BCMs in a decade.

This project, however, remains on the drawing board, as the two sides fight over its end point. Moscow wants to expand it to eastern China, so it has the future possibility of shipping to Japan or South Korea. Behind these details lie more fundamental considerations, Corbeau adds: “Does China want to become more dependent on Russia? Does Russia want to become a satellite of China?

Friendship, in other words, finds its limits.

UHD receives its first grant for cancer prevention and research


Dr. Angelica Roncancio’s research focuses on reducing cancer-related disparities in underserved communities. So she took the opportunity to apply for a grant through the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

In late August, she learned that UHD had received its first CPRIT grant, which will fund a joint effort between the University of Texas at Austin, UT Health San Antonio, and two federally qualified health center systems (12 clinics) in seven counties in the state.

Roncancio, an assistant professor of health and behavioral sciences in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, will be the principal investigator for this grant, which totals $991,308 over a three-year period. “The program focuses on primary prevention efforts to reduce Cancer-related disparities related to HPV specifically for those residing in medically underserved areas and healthcare worker shortage areas in Texas,” she said.

“Our mission is to provide healthcare professionals with educational sessions on evidence-based HPV vaccination practices in order to increase the proportion of healthcare professionals offering the vaccine to patients aged 18-26” , she noted. “We also plan to provide information about the HPV vaccine and HPV-related cancers to young adults at our partner clinics and to young adults attending community events in our seven focus counties in Texas.”

She added, “Our vision is to increase HPV vaccination rates in these young adult patients at our partner clinics to meet or exceed the average HPV vaccine initiation and completion rates reported by the National Health Survey, 2013-2018.

According to CPRIT, the agency has awarded more than $3 billion in grants to Texas research institutions and organizations through its academic research, prevention, and product development programs.

Roncancio firmly believes that this project aligns with the four objectives of President Blanchard Four points of excellence. “Our cancer prevention efforts will focus on providing health education to underserved young adults, which aligns with strengthening justice and strengthening student achievement and equity. We aim to reduce HPV-related cancer disparities and increase health equity, provide health education to these young adults while working with clinic providers to reduce barriers to care in this population. We believe through education; we can empower them to defend their own health.

To support institutional excellence and infrastructure, “We train our students to become peer health educators. This will foster a desire to serve and empower their communities,” she noted. “The collaborative nature of this project will also create strong relationships that can be leveraged to advocate on behalf of our students and communities.”

She sees the purpose of this grant as a “mechanism to reach and provide cancer prevention services to as many people as possible.” This is the first CPRIT Prevention grant awarded to UHD. As such, it will contribute to UHD’s efforts to grow as an anchor institution.

When asked how this opportunity sets the stage for student academic success, Roncancio said, “The implementation of this program will provide learning opportunities for our students to gain hands-on experience in community outreach, health education and how to successfully collaborate with various community and clinical organizations while applying what they learn in the classroom to real-life situations.

CPRIT was created by the Texas Legislature and approved by a statewide vote in 2007 to lead the Lone Star State’s fight against cancer. In 2019, Texas voters again voted overwhelmingly to continue CPRIT with an additional $3 billion for a total investment of $6 billion in cancer research and prevention.

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This book changed my life: “The Cloister Walk” by Kathleen Norris


I asked my Facebook friends earlier this summer to list three or four books that changed their lives. Not necessarily books that belong to the Great Books program, but books that arrived at just the right time and spoke to them in a special and memorable way. I’ve written about two of mine in the last two months – here’s another one.

In a year, I will be on sabbatical for the fall semester of 2023 (the fourth and possibly the last sabbatical of my career). It’s hard to believe, given the passage of time, but fifteen years ago, I was in exactly the same situation: a sabbatical semester (the second of my career) on the horizon. On my first sabbatical, all the way back in 2002, I was going nowhere; instead, I locked myself in my office and wrote the first draft of an academic book that was published two years later. As I started to think about my second sabbatical, I knew I wanted to go somewhere for at least part of the semester (that’s what normal academics do on a sabbatical), but my career was shaped to s adapt to the campus where I have now taught. for twenty-one years. I didn’t even know where to start.

A few months earlier, I had bought a book called The cloister walk walking across borders. I liked the photo on the cover, which announced that the book was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and contained the following review taken from The Boston Globe:

It is a strange and beautiful book. . . If read with humility and attention, Kathleen Norris’ book becomes lectio divinaor holy reading.

The cloister walk has become my evening read – a book that defies description or summary. Following Norris’ eccentric faith through the liturgical year was both strange and beautiful, as the NYT reviewer promised; as another reviewer wrote, “she writes about religion with a poet’s imagination”. Before picking up the book, I had no idea it was exactly what an unknown part of me was looking for, nor did I know that, on a practical level, it would tell me where I would be spending my gap semester. one year later.

Kathleen’s experiences that frame The cloister walk performed during two separate residencies at the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research on the campus of St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. While there, she immersed herself in the daily liturgy of the hours with the Benedictine monks of St. John’s Abbey about ten minutes up the hill. She writes that Benedictines refer to their daily office as “the sanctification of time”. The cloister walk is the fruit of this liturgical immersion – a “strange and beautiful book” written by a woman whom I would come to know as equally strange and beautiful. As I read, I unexpectedly felt the eclectic spiritual vision of a fellow traveler steeped in the Protestant tradition that I follow, except that she was strangely drawn to the Benedictines and their ancient rule.

An important aspect of monastic life has been described as “watchful waiting”. A spark is struck; an event registered with a message—it’s important, be careful— and a poet scatters a few words like seeds in a notebook.

Kathleen described in The cloister walk the frustration her fellow resident researchers at the Institute felt at the poetic and decidedly unacademic energies she brought to their collective work, a frustration that I must confess that as an academic I have also sometimes felt in wandering through the intuitively organized maze of his book. But then, those who seek God must learn that there are as many paths to the divine as there are people seeking a path.

When it comes to faith. . . there is no one right way to do it. Flannery O’Connor once wisely remarked that “most of us come to church in a way that the church does not permit”, and Martin Buber suggests that discovering this way could be the work of our life. He states that “everything [of us] have access to God, but everyone has different access. The inclusiveness of God is manifested in the infinite multiplicity of paths that lead to him, each of which is open to a [person].”

I had no idea at the time how badly I needed to hear that. On a deep level, I had given up hope of finding my unique spiritual path over the years, tired of rushing headlong toward what one monk described to Kathleen as “the well-worn idol named” but we didn’t. have never done it this way before! ‘ And people wonder how dogma begins!

At the time, I had no confidence in my ability to hear a possible word from God – I relied entirely on my intuitively and spiritually tuned wife to do that for me. But as I worked through The cloister walk I realized there was something more going on than my usual resonance with being a good writer –I wanted what she wrote on. Literally. I contacted the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research in Collegeville and applied to be a resident scholar for my sabbatical semester during the first five months of 2009. They accepted me.

The day Barack Obama was inaugurated as our 44e Mr President, on a crystal clear January day in Minnesota with zero degree high temperatures, I found myself in a small apartment in the same complex on the shores of the same lake that I had read about eighteen months older early. What the hell was I doing here far from Jeanne and my dachshund Frieda, all alone surrounded by a bunch of people I didn’t know? The only correct answer was that I wanted what I had read. And the rest is (my recent history).

Professionally, what I took away from this sabbatical was a new way of writing (which, three years later, became this blog) and a bunch of academic essays that were never published ( because I never sent them). But I was changed inside. While in Collegeville, I immediately tested the waters of daily midday prayer with the monks on Abbey Hill, an engagement that within weeks became a three-times-a-day habit. The prayers were important, but inhabiting the Psalms as a collective body opened up a space of “deepest me” that I have come to recognize as where the divine within me holds. Every possible human emotion and every possible encounter with the divine is found in these ancient poems.

[The Psalms’] the real theme is a longing for the sacred which, whatever its form, seems to be part of the human condition, a longing easily forgotten in the pangs of everyday life, where groans of despair can predominate.

One day, at noon prayer, a friend of mine from the Institute directed my attention to the row behind us. “It’s Kathleen Norris!” murmured my friend in a voice a little too loud for the midday prayer. That evening, Kathleen – on campus for a meeting of the university’s board of trustees – visited the Institute for dinner. For current resident scholars, it was like a visit from the Beatles. Like any groupie, I made sure Kathleen signed my copies of her books (I had them all in my apartment) and we spent three or four minutes alone (which I was sure she wouldn’t miss). would not remember). But just meeting the person whose book had taken me to this wonderful place in the middle of nowhere was enough.

A year and a half later, when I was back in Collegeville for a writing workshop at the Institute. Unexpectedly, Kathleen and I were both staying at the Abbey Guesthouse (she wasn’t part of the workshop – I forget why she was on campus). We ate several breakfasts and lunches together, had a chat on the guest house patio overlooking the lake, and a friendship was formed. I especially enjoyed the envious looks on the faces of my shop colleagues when they watched me having lunch with a world-famous author in the cafeteria one day. Several years later, Kathleen was an endowed scholar on campus for an academic year and lived in the office across from me. I am proud to say that it was I who suggested her to the selection committee for researchers in residence.

For my birthday this academic year, Jeanne and I invited Kathleen over for dinner – she is a great conversationalist and we had a wonderful time. It’s strange how things go. In August, just days before the start of this new academic year, I was sitting in the atrium of our student center minding my own business when I heard a voice on the stairs behind me: “I know you ! It was Kathleen. And I know you too, I thought. “You wrote the book that changed my life.”

Tufts researchers use machine learning to identify new TB drug cocktails


Imagine you have 20 new compounds that have shown some effectiveness in treating a disease like tuberculosis (TB), which affects 10 million people worldwide and kills 1.5 million every year. For effective treatment, patients will need to take a combination of three or four drugs for months or even years because TB bacteria behave differently in different cellular environments and, in some cases, evolve to become drug resistant. Twenty compounds in three-drug and four-drug combinations offer nearly 6,000 possible combinations. How do you decide which drugs to test together?

In a recent study, published in the September issue of Medicine Reports Unit, researchers at Tufts University used data from large studies that contained laboratory measurements of two-drug combinations of 12 anti-tuberculosis drugs. Using mathematical models, the team discovered a set of rules that drug pairs must satisfy to potentially be good treatments in three-drug and four-drug cocktails.

Using drug pairs rather than measuring three- and four-drug combinations greatly reduces the amount of testing that needs to be done before moving a drug combination to further study.

Using the design rules we have established and tested, we can substitute one drug pair for another drug pair and know with a high degree of confidence that the drug pair should work in concert with the other drug pair. to kill tuberculosis bacteria in rodents. model. The selection process we developed is both more streamlined and more accurate in predicting success than previous processes, which necessarily considered fewer combinations.”

Bree Aldridge, associate professor of molecular biology and microbiology at Tufts University School of Medicine and of biomedical engineering at the School of Engineering, and faculty member of the immunology and molecular microbiology program at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Aldridge’s lab, who is the corresponding author of the paper and also associate director of the Tufts Stuart B. Levy Center for Integrated Management of Antimicrobial Resistance, has previously developed and uses DiaMOND, or Diagonal Measurement of N-Way Drug Interactions , a method to systematically study interactions of pairwise, high-order drug combinations to identify shorter and more effective treatment regimens against tuberculosis and potentially other bacterial infections. With the design rules established in this new study, the researchers believe they can increase the speed at which scientists determine which drug combinations will most effectively treat tuberculosis, the world’s second leading cause of infectious death.

The research reported in this article was supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation under award number OPP1189457 and by the National Institutes of Health under award number 1U54CA225088. Full information on authors, funders and conflicts of interest is available in the published article. The content is the sole responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.


Journal reference:

Larkins-Ford, J., et al. (2022) Design principles for assembling drug combinations for effective tuberculosis treatment using interpretable measures of pairwise drug response. The cell brings back the medicine. doi.org/10.1016/j.xcrm.2022.100737.