The evolutionary origins of the Southern Ocean philobryid bivalves: hidden biodiversity, ancient persistence

first_imgPhilobryids (Bivalvia: Arcoida) are one of the most speciose marine bivalve families in the Southern Ocean and are common throughout the Southern Hemisphere. Considering this diversity and their brooding reproductive mode (limiting long-distance dispersal), this family may have been present in the Southern Ocean since its inception. However Philobrya and Adacnarca appear only in the Quaternary fossil record of the Antarctic, suggesting a much more recent incursion. Molecular dating provides an independent means of measuring the time of origin and radiation of this poorly known group. Here we present the first combined molecular and morphological investigation of the Philobryidae in the Southern Ocean. Two nuclear loci (18S and 28S) were amplified from 35 Southern Ocean Adacnarca and Philobrya specimens, with a combined sequence length of 2,282 base pairs (bp). Adacnarca specimens (A. nitens and A. limopsoides) were resolved as a strongly supported monophyletic group. Genus Philobrya fell into two strongly supported groups (‘sublaevis’ and ‘magellanica/wandelensis’), paraphyletic with Adacnarca. The A. nitens species complex is identified as at least seven morpho-species through morphological and genetic analysis of taxon clustering. Phylogenetic analyses resolve Philobryidae as a strongly supported monophyletic clade and sister taxon to the Limopsidae, as anticipated by their classification into the superfamily Limopsoidea. Bayesian relaxed clock analyses of divergence times suggest that genus Adacnarca radiated in the Southern Ocean from the Early Paleogene, while P. sublaevis and P. wandelensis clades radiated in the late Miocene, following the formation of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current.last_img read more

CO Ophthalmic Technician

first_img Johns Hopkins University Save CO Ophthalmic Technician Assistant School of Medicine -East Baltimore Campus Facebook The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm Salary Not Specified Salary Not Specified CO Ophthalmic Technician Assistant Measure interpupillarydistances, evaluate spectacle fit.Properly assist physicallyor visually disabled patients.Adhere to regulationsregarding drug samples and drug sample logs.Facilitate timely flow ofpatients from screening to exam rooms.BasicTonometryPerform accurate Goldmannapplanation tonometry and properly disinfect thetonometer.Perform accurate Tono-pentonometry and properly disinfect and store thetonometer.Perform accurate Eye Caretonometry.Understand the principals ofscleral rigidity and the factors that alter intraocularpressure.InstrumentMaintenancePerform routine instrumentmaintenance on all ophthalmic equipment.Stock examination rooms inassigned area and ensure medication expiration dates arecurrent.Disinfect and maintainexamination rooms.Collect and prepareinstruments for transport to sterilizationcenter.General MedicalKnowledgeMaintain current CPRcertification.Understand basic ocularanatomy and physiology, systemic diseases, ocular diseases andocular emergencies.Understand and practice thefundamentals of microbial control.Must complete currentlyrequired JHMI courses, such as:Self learning educationalpacketsHIPAAregulationsConflict ofInterestComplete Annual Reviewpaperwork in a timely manner.Complete training insoftware such as Epic, POE, TAP, Forum, Oculab,AllscriptsAssist physician chair sideas a scribeAdditional Dutiesand Responsibilities:Surgical assisting withminor outpatient procedures; basic instrumentcare.Perform basic slit lampevaluation of anterior chamber depth.Perform protocolrefractometry or other testing for clinicaltrials.Instruct patients in contactlens care, insertion and removal.Facilitate/route patientmedication refillsOther duties that may beassigned.MinimumQualifications:Minimum of a High Schooldiploma or General Education Degree.One year experience as anOphthalmic Technician.Must obtain CertifiedOphthalmic Assistant (COA) from Joint Commission on Allied HealthPersonnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) within 18 months of start date.Must maintain certification while employed at Wilmer. Failure toobtain/maintain certification might result in termination ofemployment at Wilmer.SpecialKnowledge, Skills, and Abilities:Mathematics:Able to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure,using whole numbers, fractions, decimals, addition and subtractionof positive and negative numbers.Language:Able to comprehend simple instructions and short correspondence.Able to create simple correspondence. Able to effectively presentinformation in one-on-one and small group situations to patientsand other employees.Reasoning:Able to comprehend and execute instructions. Able to managesituations with more than one variableFamiliarity with computeroperations and systens to enter information.Familiarity with ophthalmicand general medical terminology.TechnicalQualifications or SpecializedCertifications:Must obtain CertifiedOphthalmic Assistant (COA) from Joint Commission on AlliedHealthPersonnel in Ophthalmology(JCAHPO) within 18 months of start date. Must maintaincertification while employed at Wilmer.Failure to obtain/maintaincertification might result in termination of employment atWilmer.PhysicalRequirements:Must be able to remain instationary position for 50% of the time.Ability to move about toescort patients to the exam rooms and different departments, gatherand replace supplies, and stock rooms.Constantly positions self toadjust ophthalmic equipment in order to performexams.Ability to manipulateextremely small objects.Ability to safely utilizevarious types of Ophthalmic Equipment to directly contact thepatients eye.Occasionally lifts andtransports supplies up to 20 lbs.Ability to concentrate oninstruments and other visual stimuliObservation of and rapidreaction to changeable situationsThe person in this positionfrequently communicates with patients .Must be able to exchangeaccurate information in these situations.Classified Title:Ophthalmic TechnicianWorking Title: CO Ophthalmic Technician​​​​​Role/Level/Range:ACRO40/E/02/CEStarting Salary Range:$18.67 -$25.68/Hour;Commensurate with experienceEmployee Group:Full TimeSchedule:Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pmExempt Status: Non-ExemptLocation:School of Medicine, East BaltimoreCampusDepartment Name: Ophthalmology ResidencyServicePersonnel Area:School ofMedicineThe successful candidate(s)for this position will be subject to a pre-employment backgroundcheck.If you are interested inapplying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University andrequire special assistance or accommodation during any part of thepre-employment process, please contact the HR Business ServicesOffice [email protected] For TTY users, call via MarylandRelay or dial 711.The followingadditional provisions may apply depending on which campus you willwork. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“theflu”) season, as a condition of employment, The Johns HopkinsInstitutions require all employees who provide ongoing services topatients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have anannual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical orreligious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result intermination of employment.The pre-employment physicalfor positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working withresearch subjects, or involving community contact requiresdocumentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles),Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B anddocumentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria,pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of havingtwo (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibodystatus to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests forimmunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in thepre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provideresults of blood tests or immunization documentation from their ownhealth care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseaseswill be given at no cost in our Occupational Healthoffice.Equal OpportunityEmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is theLawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Apply proper oculardressings and shields.Follow divisional protocolsfor eye drop instillation, including cycloplegics and topicalanesthetics.Properly instill eyedropsLabel newly opened bottleswith expiration dates.Understand the indications /contraindications for use in dilation, Maryland, United States Maryland, United States Student Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore LinkedIn CO Ophthalmic Technician You need to sign in or create an account to save CO Ophthalmic Technician Assistant Other Health & Medicine Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Salary Not Specified Johns Hopkins University Save CO Ophthalmic Technician Assistant Twitter Save CO Ophthalmic Technician Share Maryland, United States The Department ofOphthalmology is seeking anOphthalmicTechnicianto work under broad guidelines, with a highlevel of independence, assist the Ophthalmologist by performingocular examination and testing and supporting clinicaloperationsSpecific Duties& Responsibilities:Obtain and concisely recordan accurate patient historyChiefcomplaintPast ocularhistoryFamilyhistorySystemicillnessesMedicationsAllergies and drugreactionsSocialhistoryBasic skills andlensometryMeasure visual acuity atdistance and near utilizing test appropriate for age and education,and records accurately. Perform pinhole testing whenindicated.Perform and record contrastsensitivity.Perform Ishihara or HRRcolor vision testing.Accurately measure andrecord current lens power with a lensometer.Perform and recordexophthalmometry.Perform and record Amslergrid.Perform and record Schirmertesting.Evaluate pupillaryreactions, including afferent pupillary defect.Estimate anterior chamberdepth.Able to properly operatecommon non-automated and automated ophthalmic equipment including,but not limited to: IOL Master, Orb-scan, bright field acuitytesting (BAT), potential acuity meter (PAM), autorefractor, cornealpachymetry, Humphrey visual field, Goldmann visual field, OCT, -andLenstar.Patient Services You need to sign in or create an account to save You need to sign in or create an account to save More searches like this Faculty Positions Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Health & Medicine Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Similar jobs Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Johns Hopkins Universitylast_img read more

Walkers retains Carbon Reduction label

first_imgWalkers has become the first food company to retain its Carbon Reduction label, after reducing its carbon footprint by 7%.The snacks brand was also the first to display the Carbon Trust’s Carbon Reduction Label in March 2007, when it committed to cut its carbon footprint by 3% by 2009. Companies have to re-apply for the label after two years.Walkers has introduced a number of energy-saving schemes which helped save 4,800 tonnes of CO2 emissions including: new high efficiency gas burners and low energy lighting; light-weighting packaging; switching to 100% British potatoes to lower food miles; and running delivery trucks on biodiesel containing 5% used cooking oil. This has saved Walkers more than £400,000 over the past two years, which it has reinvested in future energy-saving projects.Last year, Mey Selections also signed up to pilot the scheme and now the Highlands-based producer, which makes oatcakes and shortcake, is working to reduce its carbon footprint. Initially, Mey Selections’ Luxury All Butter Shortbread, Heather Honey and Blossom Honey will feature the new label on-pack.last_img read more

Beer and doughnuts: this will make you think about flavour in a whole new way

first_imgA doughnut and beer pairing pop-up event is to take place in London, which will see tasters try flavours like Katsu doughnuts with craft ales.The event is a collaboration between Hackney’s The Hole doughnuts and The Five Points Brewing Co for a pairing at The Birdcage pub, London.Pairings could include Five Points’ Pale Ale with a Salt & Vinegar round, Red Hook with The Hole’s Cherry doughnut or an IPA accompanied by a Lychee & Grapefruit doughnut.The event is ticketed at £15 for five doughnuts with five beers.Emma Boman, owner of The Hole, said: “I make doughnuts in flavours that some might call unusual, but for me there are no rules as to what a doughnut ‘should’ taste like. The perception that doughnuts are big and greasy doesn’t have to be true, a doughnut can be all kinds of things. They are all made by hand and I try to make them as pretty as possible while using great ingredients.“My range of doughnuts changes a lot. For the event I’m doing with Five Points, I have created flavours to match their beers – some of these I have done before and it just fits and others I created based on the flavour of the beer. Doughnuts that I do regularly include sea salt and rosemary, rose, violet, katsu curry, lemon poppy seed, and coconut with cardamom chocolate and coffee.”Scroll through some of The Hole’s eclectic range of doughnut flavours belowCherry doughnuts- to be paired with Red Hook beerSalt & vinegar for Five Points’ Pale AleKatsu doughnuts- filled with vegetarian curry and topped with panko breadcrumbsRose & Raspberry, Coffee Cream and Guacamole doughnutslast_img read more

Hart’s polling research shows uncertainty, ‘revulsion’ among voters

first_img“Times have never been tougher or bleaker,” said Peter Hart, chairman of Peter D. Hart Research Associates, at an event sponsored by the Shorenstein Center and Institute of Politics. After 50 years of public opinion polling, Hart said that he has “never felt less certain of the outcome than I do in [the 2012] election.”Looking at the latest public opinion polls, Hart stated that only 22% of voters are optimistic about the economy, and 10% have confidence in financial institutions. “Trust has been broken,” he said. There is a “revulsion with the system.” For the first time in generations, he continued, “Americans feel that the next generation is going to be worse off.”Obama’s job performance approval rating has fallen to 44%, Hart said. One reason for the decline, Hart argued, is the lack of “strong leadership,” which is extremely important in how the public views its leader. Mark McKinnon, Shorenstein Center fellow and communications strategist, agreed with Hart: “People vote for attributes,” he said, “and leadership is the most important attribute.”However, the polls seem to indicate that voters differentiate between Obama’s personality and his leadership, Hart said, as seen in the 70% of voters who say they “like him personally.” The personal element is “terribly important,” Hart said, while still admitting that there is “no way Obama is the favorite to be reelected — no matter who the Republican candidate is, Obama will be the underdog.”last_img read more

A year of change, month by month

first_imgJUNE 2012The Harvard Alumni Association elects Scott A. Abell ’82; James E. Johnson ’83, J.D. ’86; Tracy P. Palandjian ’93, M.B.A. ’97; Swati Piramal, M.P.H. ’92; and Kathryn A. Taylor ’80 to serve six-year terms as Overseers.The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences announces a new master’s degree program in Computational Science and Engineering.JULY 2012President Obama names three Harvard researchers among the recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. The Harvard affiliates are Erez Lieberman Aiden, Ph.D. ’10, junior fellow of the Society of Fellows; Biju Parekkadan, Ph.D. ’08, assistant professor of surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School; and Curtis Huttenhower, assistant professor of computational biology and bioinformatics at the Harvard School of Public Health.Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith and Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds announce the formal launch of House Renewal, indicating that Dunster House will be the first full House to be renewed. Construction is slated to begin in June 2014 and continue for 15 months (two summers and one academic year). Dunster will be the third House Renewal project, following the neo-Georgian section of Quincy House, where construction has been under way since June 2012, and Leverett House’s McKinlock Hall, where renovations begin June 2013.Construction begins at Quincy House. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerSchool of Engineering and Applied Sciences Professor Michael P. Brenner is named a Simons Investigator — a five-year appointment with a grant of $100,000 for research support per year. SEAS Professor Steven C. Wofsy receives the American Geophysical Union’s Roger Revelle Medal for his contributions to the understanding of Earth’s climate systems.Dean Hammonds announces the appointment of Vanidy M. Bailey as director of bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer (BGLTQ) student life.AUGUST 2012Xiao-Li Meng, Ph.D. ’90, the Whipple V.N. Jones Professor of Statistics and chair of the Department of Statistics, is named dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, effective Aug. 15.As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear Fisher v. University of Texas, its first major affirmative action case since 2003, Harvard, in partnership with 13 other universities, files a brief defending the use of race and ethnicity as single factors in a holistic admissions review process, arguing that a diverse campus improves the educational experience.A new art exhibit opens a yearlong celebration of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, the Le Corbusier-designed building that turns 50 in May 2013.The “Circa 1963” exhibit kicks off the yearlong celebration of the May 1963 dedication of the Carpenter Center, which is Le Corbusier’s only building in North America. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerFor the first time, Harvard’s American Repertory Theater and the Yale Repertory Theatre collaborate on a stage production, the world premiere of “Marie Antoinette,” which opens in September.Harvard College announces that the Administrative Board is investigating allegations that a significant number of students enrolled in an undergraduate course the previous semester may have inappropriately collaborated on answers, or plagiarized their classmates’ responses, on the final exam for the course.SEPTEMBER 2012EdX — a partnership between Harvard and MIT — launches its first-ever class, 6.002: “Circuits and Electronics.” In October, the popular CS50x: “Introduction to Computer Science” launches on HarvardX.Jessica Tuchman Mathews and Theodore V. Wells Jr. are elected the newest members of the Harvard Corporation. Mathews is an alumna and past trustee of Radcliffe College, and Wells is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School.All-star faculty from across the University take part in Harvard Thinks Green 2, a sustainability-focused event in which presenters each have 10 minutes to talk about their ideas on the environment. Faculty include Daniel Nocera, Amy Edmondson, James Anderson, Joseph Aldy, Joyce Rosenthal, and Daniel Schrag.Eric S. Maskin, a Nobel laureate whose work has had widespread impact on economics and aspects of political science, is named a University Professor, Harvard’s highest honor for a faculty member.The Rev. Jonathan L. Walton debuts as Pusey Minister of Harvard’s Memorial Church, telling his listeners to take actions that make a difference, based on their faith. Walton, who succeeded the late Rev. Peter J. Gomes in the influential pulpit, says he wants to “throw open” the doors of Memorial Church.Jonathan L. Walton is named Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church and Plummer Professor of Christian Morals. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe American Repertory Theater’s Loeb Drama Center hosts the premiere of “Death and the Civil War,” a documentary by Ric Burns, which was inspired by Harvard President Drew Faust’s book “This Republic of Suffering.” Diane Paulus, the artistic director of the A.R.T., introduces the screening and a discussion, and announces the start of a three-year program to explore ways to dramatize the conflict of 1861-1865.OCTOBER 2012A new Web portal for the revamped Harvard Library opens the window on a massive reorganization effort that is designed to preserve the incredibly valuable print collection  while embracing increasingly important digital future. Improvements come after the November 2009 report by the Task Force on University Libraries, which recommended “a sustainable information ecosystem for the 21st century.”The Hutchins Family Foundation, which was endowed by Glenn Hutchins ’77, J.D. ’83, M.B.A. ’83, gives the University $30 million. The gift supports academic initiatives in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and also launches the Hutchins Family Challenge Fund for House Renewal.Harvard releases its first-ever University-wide sustainability impact report. The online report includes interactive graphs and infographics displaying a variety of data, including information on greenhouse gas emissions, transportation, water, and waste covering all of Harvard’s Schools and administrative units.The James Si-Cheng Chao and Family Foundation makes a gift of $40 million to Harvard Business School to support student fellowships and build a new executive education center on the HBS campus.Alvin E. Roth, whose practical applications of mathematical theories have transformed markets ranging from public school assignments to kidney donations to medical resident job placements, wins the Nobel economics prize. Roth receives the prize for his work on the design and functioning of such markets, which was done in large part at Harvard. He shares the prize with Lloyd S. Shapley, A.B. ‘44, of UCLA.Raj Chetty ’00, Ph.D. ’03, professor of economics, and Benjamin Warf, M.D. ’84, associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and director of the Neonatal and Congenital Anomaly Neurosurgery Program at Children’s Hospital Boston, receive 2012 MacArthur Foundation fellowships, more commonly known as “genius grants.” The honor comes with no-strings-attached grants of $500,000, paid over five years, which recipients may use to fund the creative, intellectual, and professional pursuits of their choice.Eric Jacobsen, the Sheldon Emery Professor of Chemistry, and Jenny Hoffman, an associate professor of physics, are named recipients of the 2012 Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching.Harvard, with its 20,000 students and 500-plus buildings, closes down, along with the rest of the Eastern Seaboard, as Hurricane Sandy rolls over New England.Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham becomes the first American woman ever to win one of the U.K.’s most prestigious poetry accolades, the Forward Prize for best collection. Graham is the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory in the English Department.Three significant gifts support the work of Atul Gawande, professor of health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health and a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and will help launch Ariadne Labs, a collaborative new research center aimed at patient safety and improved health systems. Donors include Mala Gaonkar ’91, Richard Menschel, M.B.A. ’59, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.A generous gift will help launch Ariadne Labs, a collaborative new research center aimed at patient safety and improved health systems. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerNOVEMBER 2012Six Harvard students — Aidan C. de B. Daly, Julian B. Gewirtz, Allan J. Hsiao, Benjamin B.H. Wilcox, Nina M. Yancy, and Phillip Z. Yao, all members of the Class of 2013 — are among the 32 American men and women chosen as Rhodes Scholars. In addition, a Harvard senior and two recent alumnae — one the sister of a 2004 winner — are named international Rhodes Scholars, and will join the six American Harvard students who will head to the University of Oxford next fall. The international Rhodes Scholars are Madeleine Ballard ’11, Naseemah Mohamed ’12, and Dalumuzi Mhlanga ’13.Harvard celebrates the grand opening of the Massachusetts Green High Power Computing Center, a collaborative project with four leading research universities, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Cisco, and EMC to build a super-efficient green computing center to support the University’s cutting-edge research needs.DECEMBER 2012A total of 895 students are admitted on Dec. 13 to Harvard’s Class of 2017 under the Early Action program. This number represents an increase of 16 percent over last year, when 774 were admitted early. The number of Early Action applicants this year rose 14.7 percent from last year.Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison speaks at Harvard Divinity School and at Sanders Theatre about how authors illuminate concepts of good and evil. She also examines the treatment of goodness in her own novels.Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith appoints Jane Pickering executive director of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture. The HMSC encompasses six partner museums: the Museum of Comparative Zoology, the Harvard University Herbaria, and the Mineralogical and Geological Museum (which have already been collaborating as the Harvard Museum of Natural History), and the Semitic Museum, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments.Kathleen McCartney, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Gerald S. Lesser Professor in Early Childhood Development, is named the next president of Smith College. McCartney will continue as HGSE dean through the end of this academic year and assume the presidency of Smith on July 1.Aditya Balasubramanian ’13 and recent graduate Alex Palmer ’12 are named Marshall Scholars, one of the most prestigious academic honors, which is sponsored by the British government. The honor allows the students to study for two years at a college or university of their choice in the U.K.JANUARY 2013Nearly 50 Harvard professors, students, doctors, and researchers travel to Allahabad, India, to study the Maha Kumbh Mela, a centuries-old Hindu festival and the largest human gathering in the world. Over several weeks, Harvard’s interdisciplinary research teams tackle questions of urban design, public health, anthropology, religion, and business at the temporary megacity, producing case studies, detailed maps, and epidemiological databases that shed light on the impressive but largely undocumented event.Actress Marion Cotillard comes to Cambridge to receive her Hasty Pudding award as the 2013 Woman of the Year. The ceremony honoring Hasty Pudding Man of the Year Kiefer Sutherland takes place a week later, despite the University closing due to Winter Storm Nemo, one of the worst blizzards to hit the city in years.The National Football League Players Association awards Harvard Medical School a $100 million grant to create a transformative 10-year initiative — the Harvard Integrated Program to Protect and Improve the Health of NFLPA Members. The program will marshal the intellectual, scientific, and medical expertise throughout Harvard to discover new approaches to diagnosing, treating, and preventing injuries and illnesses in both active and retired players.John Tiffany, a 2010-11 Radcliffe Institute Fellow and Tony Award-winning director of “Once,” returns to Harvard for the A.R.T. production of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie.”FEBRUARY 2013Cass Sunstein, widely regarded as one of the most influential legal scholars of his generation, is named a University Professor, Harvard’s highest honor for a faculty member.Robert A. Lue, professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology, is named the inaugural Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, placing him at the forefront of efforts to rethink and support teaching and learning, both on campus and online.Daniel Schrag, director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment, moderates “Climate Change and Social Action,” which features a panel of faculty who say that activism for climate change has been a disappointment compared with other social movements.In conjunction with the Undergraduate Council and Harvard Library, Dean Hammonds sponsors the first in a series of three book talks in the Widener Library rotunda, featuring Professors John Dowling, Jennifer Hochschild, and Jill Lepore, and also hosts fireside chats with Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Matthew Nock to foster interaction between students and faculty outside the classroom.Susan Shallcross Swartz, an artist and social and environmental activist, and her husband, James R. Swartz ’64, donate $10 million to Harvard Divinity School. The gift will establish the Susan Shallcross Swartz Endowment for Christian Studies, which will fund new professorships and support fellowships and programming in the classroom and in the field.Harvard joins with three other universities and five theaters in the National Civil War Project, a multiyear collaboration that will use the arts to reimagine America’s transformative conflict of 150 years ago. Collaborators on the project will convene national conferences, expert roundtables, community programs, and public discussions. The project also will include student exhibitions and playwriting projects.Wyss Institute Founding Director Donald Ingber receives the NC3Rs 3Rs Prize from the U.K.’s National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement, and Reduction of Animals in Research for his innovative Lung-on-a-Chip — a microdevice lined by human cells that recapitulates complex functions of the living lung.Nicole Scherzinger, an advocate for people with special needs and breast cancer research, a classically trained opera singer, and a former Pussycat Doll, is awarded the Harvard Foundation’s most prestigious medal at the 28th annual Cultural Rhythms festival.MARCH 2013President Faust visits Hong Kong and South Korea, participating in an array of academic activities and alumni events. Faust meets with dignitaries from local universities, discusses edX with Hong Kong business and alumni leaders, and speaks with hundreds of alumni at Harvard Alumni Association events in both locales. The trip underscores the University’s longstanding involvement with Asia.President Faust surveys the National Museum of Korea with Jae Uk Chong, an alumnus of the Harvaard Graduate School of Design and an architecture professor at the Dankook University College of Architecture in Seoul, South Korea. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe U.S. Department of the Navy presents Harvard President Drew Faust with the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award, its highest civilian honor, for the “selfless determination” she displayed in leading the move to formal recognition of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps on Harvard’s campus after the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was repealed in 2011.The men’s basketball team shocks the University of New Mexico in its first NCAA victory and second NCAA appearance. The team also nabs its third straight Ivy League title by defeating Cornell, 65-56, before a sold-out crowd at Lavietes Pavilion.Kenyatta Smith ’15 fires off a shot in a February game against the University of Pennsylvania. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerLetters and email notifications of admission are sent to 2,029 students, 5.8 percent of the applicant pool of 35,023. “Unprecedented levels of financial aid played a major role in producing a record applicant pool and an admitted group that promises to be one of the best in Harvard’s history,” says William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid.Jeff Lichtman, the Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and a world leader in using advanced imaging techniques to study the wiring of the brain and nervous system, is appointed the inaugural Santiago Ramón y Cajal Professor of Arts and Sciences. The position is intended to recognize a member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for groundbreaking research.Harvard College increases its financial aid budget for the 2013-14 academic year by $10 million, or 5.8 percent, bringing the total to a record $182 million. Since 2007, Harvard’s investment in financial aid for undergraduates at the College has increased by 88 percent.HarvardX/edX launches its first humanities course, CB22x: “The Ancient Greek Hero.” EdX also tops 1 million course enrollments, reaching a truly global audience with 30 percent domestic and 70 percent nondomesticenrollees (top countries: India, U.K., Brazil, and Spain).New Harvard School of Public Health research suggests that roughly 180,000 obesity-related deaths worldwide — including those of 25,000 Americans — are associated with the consumption of sugary drinks.APRIL 2013Wynton Marsalis returns to campus to continue his two-year lecture series, “Hidden in Plain View: Meanings in American Music,” with lecture-performances and a master class for more than 100 local high school students at the Boston Arts Academy.Wynton Marsalis returns to Harvard to continue his two-year lecture series, “Hidden in Plain View: Meanings in American Music.” Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerHarvard Business School celebrates 50 years of women in its M.B.A. program with a summit drawing hundreds of the School’s female graduates to campus. The summit features Facebook COO and best-selling author Sheryl Sandberg delivering the keynote address to a packed house.Huntington D. Lambert is appointed dean of Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education. Lambert replaces Michael Shinagel, who retires after 38 years as dean.David Barron, the S. William Green Professor of Public Law at Harvard Law School, agrees to lead a task force to consider and recommend appropriate policies regarding access to, and confidentiality of, electronic communications that rely on University information systems.Eight finalists are selected in the inaugural Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge, which invited Harvard students and postdoctoral fellows from across Harvard’s Schools to develop entrepreneurial solutions that facilitate the delivery of affordable health care and the development of new and effective therapies for global populations.Harvard School of Public Health Dean Julio Frenk joins hundreds of scientists, doctors, and technical experts from around the world to launch the Scientific Declaration on Polio Eradication. The declaration emphasizes the achievability of polio eradication by 2018.A team of researchers led by Harvard Stem Cell Institute Co-Director Doug Melton discover a hormone that holds promise for a dramatically more effective treatment of type 2 diabetes, a metabolic illness afflicting an estimated 26 million Americans. The researchers believe that the hormone might also have a role in treating type 1, or juvenile, diabetes.Actors Matt Damon and John Lithgow meet at Sanders Theatre for a spirited conversation kicking off Harvard’s 21st annual Arts First celebration. Damon is honored with the Harvard Arts Medal, presented by Faust, who praises him for both his acting ability and his humanitarian efforts. “He is, as director Gus Van Sant recently put it, ‘a local kid risen to become a global star, an everyman who is also exceptional, a person we all relate to, even as we aspire to emulate him.’ ”Hundreds are injured and three are killed in bombings at the Boston Marathon, including Krystle Campbell, 29, the daughter of longtime Harvard Business School (HBS) Restaurant Associates employee Patty Campbell and sister of Cabot House dining services staffer Billy Campbell. HBS holds a moment of silence on the steps of Baker Library, where HBS Dean Nitin Nohria announces the news of Campbell’s death to roughly 200 community members and many of the Campbell family’s co-workers. Harvard students, faculty, and staff attend vigils for Campbell and the bombing victims. At each venue, sadness is mixed with hope, and tears with resolve.There was a moment of silence at Harvard Business School during a vigil held for the victims of the Boston Marathon terrorist attack, including Krystle Campbell, 29, the daughter of a restaurant associate at HBS. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerDuring the search for the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Harvard shuts down, along with 87 square miles of Greater Boston, as government officials request. As a consequence of the lockdown, Visitas, Harvard College’s planned program for newly admitted students, is canceled, even as students and families are en route. Members of the Harvard community take to Twitter in force, using the hashtag #virtualvisitas, to reach out to the students. Throughout the day, tweets pour in from Harvard faculty, students, alumni, and staff who encourage students with questions to get in touch. Harvard officials greet the students at Logan Airport, explaining the situation and making arrangements for the visitors.Using a new, stem cell-based, drug-screening technology that could reinvent and greatly reduce the cost of developing pharmaceuticals, researchers at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute find a compound that is more effective in protecting the neurons killed in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) than are two drugs that failed in human clinical trials after large sums were invested in them.The Radcliffe Gymnasium is renamed the Knafel Center in honor of Sidney R. Knafel ’52, M.B.A. ’54, and in recognition of the center’s increasing role in promoting intellectual exchange across Harvard’s Schools and with the public.The Blavatnik Family Foundation, headed by Len Blavatnik, M.B.A. ’89, donates $50 million to Harvard. The gift will launch a major initiative to expedite the development of basic science discoveries into new breakthrough therapies for patients and cures for disease. The gift underpins Harvard’s growing commitment to creating an entrepreneurial culture in the life sciences.As part of President Faust’s Common Spaces initiative, Harvard officials welcome the reopening of the Science Center Plaza after a reconstruction project and dedicate a new space at Memorial Church called the Porch. Designed to be an open, flexible space, the science plaza will host performances and serve as an outdoor movie venue. Food trucks will also line the area with the return of the Harvard Farmers’ Market in June.MAY 2013Two HSCI researchers — Richard T. Lee, a Harvard Medical School professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Amy Wagers, a professor in Harvard’s Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology — identify a protein in the blood of mice and humans that may prove to be the first effective treatment for the form of age-related heart failure that affects millions of Americans. When the protein, called GDF-11, was injected into old mice, which develop thickened heart walls in a manner similar to aging humans, the hearts were reduced in size and thickness, resembling the healthy hearts of younger mice.In the culmination of a decade’s work, robotic flying insects developed in Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences Rob Wood’s lab achieves vertical takeoff, hovering, and steering.Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering announces that Hansjörg Wyss (M.B.A. ’65), the entrepreneur and philanthropist who enabled the institute’s creation in 2009 with a $125 million gift, has donated a second $125 million gift to the University to further advance the institute’s pioneering work.Hansjörg Wyss, M.B.A. ’65, the entrepreneur and philanthropist who enabled the Wyss Institute’s creation in 2009 with a $125 million gift, donates a second $125 million gift to the University to further advance the institute’s pioneering work.Loeb fellow Helen Marriage, Graduate School of Design students Judy Fulton, Hokan Wong, and Wes Thomas, and Lucy Cheng ’17 are named the winners of the inaugural Deans’ Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge. The group won for Musey, an online platform that helps people find art in their vicinity, learn more about the artists, and even donate to projects, replacing the traditional busker’s empty hat with an app.Diana Sorensen is named one of four new trustees of the National Humanities Center, one of the leading institutes for advanced study in the world and the only one dedicated exclusively to the humanities. Sorensen, Harvard’s dean of arts and humanities and the James F. Rothenberg Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, is a decorated scholar of Latin American literature and culture, and has published extensively on these subjects.Six Harvard faculty members, two from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and four from Harvard Medical School, are named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators, a prestigious five-year appointment with generous funding.The current Arthur M. Sackler Museum galleries, which feature highlights from the Harvard Art Museums collections, will close at the end of regular hours on June 1 in order for the museums to conduct the final phases of their renovation and expansion project on Quincy Street. When complete in the fall of 2014, the new state-of-the-art facility designed by architect Renzo Piano will house all three of the Harvard Art Museums: the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and the Arthur M. Sackler.Richard J. Murnane, the Juliana W. and William Foss Thompson Professor of Education and Society at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is named acting dean of the School when Dean Kathleen McCartney leaves Harvard to become president of Smith College. Murnane will serve until the HGSE’s new dean is appointed and in place.Eighty-two percent of students admitted to the Class of 2017 plan to enroll at Harvard this August. This is the highest yield since the Class of 1973 entered approximately two generations ago. The yield for the Class of 2016 was 80.2 percent.President Faust names Team Nucleik the grand prize winner of the President’s Challenge for social entrepreneurship, hosted by the i-lab. Team Nucleik will receive $70,000 to support its emerging business based on the software management information system team members developed while at Harvard for law enforcement officers.last_img read more

Congressman Says Region Deals With “Acute” Mask Shortages

first_imgPhoto: www.nursetogether.com / CC BY 2.0CORNING –  Face masks remain a hot topic when discussing the COVID-19 crisis, especially after Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order Wednesday mandating people wear a mask in public when they’re performing an essential activity without the possibility of safe social distancing. Congressman Tom Reed spoke with regional reporters this week, and WNYNewsNow asked if any shortages of masks have been reported in either Chautauqua or Cattaraugus Counties. The Republican says every county in the U.S. 23rd Congressional District has, overall, seen an “acute” shortage within the past 30 days.“Each and every day, we get better and better at meeting those acute shortages,” Reed said. “That’s why we do our daily hospital calls…By having those direct lines of communication, I can tell you that it’s getting less and less pervasive over the entire counties, but we still do have hot spots that pop up every once in a while.”An executive order from Cuomo requiring essential businesses to provide cloth or surgical face masks to their employees who interact with the public went into effect Wednesday. WNYNewsNow will continue to cover the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, putting facts over fear.  Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UGA at Georgia Organics

first_imgSustainable agriculture experts and Extension specialists from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will be offering several workshops and classes at the 2013 Georgia Organics Conference. Conference goers can expect to learn a great deal about farm management and produce marketing, as well the basics of organic plant disease management, sustainable grazing, vegetable cultivation and the outlook for crops needed to fill niche markets in the Southeast. Among the UGA faculty and staff presenting at the conference are: Elizabeth Little, assistant professor of plant pathology and Extension specialist, will present a holistic approach to plant health management. With over 16 years at the UGA, she has developed a program of practices that will help growers manage plant diseases organically. Robert Tate, manager of UGA’s Organic Demonstration Farm, will discuss the markets for ginger and winter lettuces in the Southeastern produce market. The U.S. imports 25,000 tons of ginger each year, but it can be grown in Georgia. Tate, who coordinates UGA’s Certificate in Organic Agriculture, will outline the production methods for ginger and summer lettuces. Menia Chester, Fulton County Extension coordinator and Fulton Fresh director, will present on a panel discussing strategies for feeding people living in urban food deserts. She will highlight successes in getting fresh produce into communities without access to fresh foods. David Berle, professor of horticulture and faculty advisor for UGA’s UGarden, will put his teaching chops to use during a workshop on organic vegetable production for beginning gardeners. Gerard Krewer, professor emeritus and Extension specialist, will help lead an in-depth workshop on planting and caring for a backyard orchard. Krewer is a blueberry expert and will lead the portion of the workshop on organic blueberry and blackberry production. Julia Gaskin, Sustainable Agriculture coordinator at the CAES, will lead a workshop discussion on the marketing and production benefits that smaller farmers can realize by forming or joining food hubs. Will Getz, an Extension Specialist and professor at Fort Valley University, will help lead a workshop on goat husbandry. The workshop will focus on the basics of raising goats and sheep and the different marketing possibilities for goats and sheep. For more information or to register for the conference visit http://georgiaorganics.org.last_img read more

Chittenden Corporation Reports Increased Earnings

first_imgChittenden Corporation Reports Increased Earnings Per Share, and AnnouncesNew Share Repurchase PlanBurlington, VT Chittenden Corporation (NYSE:CHZ) Chairman, President and Chief ExecutiveOfficer, Paul A. Perrault, today announced higher earnings for the year ended December 31,2006 of $85.5 million or $1.83 per diluted share, compared to $82.0 million or $1.74 per dilutedshare a year ago. For the fourth quarter of 2006, net income was $22.5 million or $0.48 perdiluted share, compared to $21.8 million or $0.46 per diluted share earned in the fourth quarter of2005.In making the announcement, Perrault said, I am pleased to report to shareholders that yourCompanys discipline and strong strategic implementation continues to deliver solid resultsdespite the challenging environment . Chittenden also announced its quarterly dividend of $0.20per share, which will be paid on February 9, 2007, to shareholders of record on January 26,2007.Perrault also announced that the Board of Directors approved a new share repurchase plan onJanuary 17, 2007 for one million shares of the Corporations common stock. The repurchase ofthe common stock may be done in negotiated transactions or open market purchases over thenext two years.FOURTH QUARTER 2006 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTSÀ‰ Commercial loans increased 7% from the end of 2005.À‰ Average deposits for 2006 increased 4% from 2005 with solid growth in CMA/moneymarket deposits of over 4%.À‰ Net interest margin held steady for 2006 at 4.24% and the fourth quarter increased 6basis points to 4.29%.À‰ Nonperforming assets declined 22% from the third quarter of 2006.À‰ The efficiency ratio improved to 54.6% for the fourth quarter of 2006.À‰ The Company repurchased 762,500 common shares in the fourth quarter and thetangible capital ratio remained over 7.00% at year end.ASSETSThe Companys securities portfolio declined from both the prior year end and on a linked quarterbasis to $1.1 billion. The decrease in securities was primarily utilized to fund loan growth andreduce borrowings. Total loans increased by $210 million from the end of last year to $4.7 billionat December 31, 2006. The Company experienced solid loan growth in 2006 throughout all of itsmarkets with particularly strong increases in its multifamily real estate, commercial real estateand construction portfolios.LIABILITIESTotal deposits decreased $20 million from September 30, 2006 reflecting the start of the normalseasonal decline in deposits, which is primarily driven by the operating cycles of the Companysmunicipal and commercial customers. Borrowings at December 31, 2006, were $210 million, adecrease of $17 million from the end of last year due to lower FHLB advances.NET INTEREST INCOMETax-equivalent net interest income for the fourth quarter of 2006 was $64.0 million, compared to$63.7 million for the same quarter of 2005 and $63.5 million for the third quarter of 2006. Theincrease in net interest income from the same period a year ago was due to higher averageearning assets, which was partially offset by a slightly lower net interest margin. The Companysnet interest margin for the fourth quarter was 4.29%, an increase of 6 basis points from the thirdquarter of 2006 and a decline of 1 basis point from the same period a year ago. The increase innet interest margin from the third quarter of 2006 was attributable to higher interest recoveries onformer non-performing loans. The decline in the net interest margin from the fourth quarter of2005 was due to an increase in funding costs, which was partially offset by an increase in theyield on interest earning assets. The increase in funding costs was driven by strong competitionfor both commercial and consumer deposits as well as increases in the federal funds rate in2005 and 2006.NONINTEREST INCOMENoninterest income was $17.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2006, compared with $16.1 millionfor the third quarter and $17.4 million for the same period a year ago. The increase in noninterestincome was primarily attributable to higher investment management and trust fees and othernoninterest income, which was partially offset by lower gains on the sales of mortgage loans.The increase in other noninterest income from the fourth quarter of 2005 was primarily due to$1.1 million received in relation to the Companys interest in a mortgage insurance captive, whichwas partially offset by higher amortization on investments in low income housing limitedpartnerships.NONINTEREST EXPENSENoninterest expenses were $46.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2006, compared to $46.0million for the fourth quarter of 2005. The increase from the same quarter a year ago is primarilya result of higher salary expense which related to increased share-based compensation costsand new branch openings in 2006. The Company recognized $785,000 of share-basedcompensation in the fourth quarter of 2006 as compared to $4,000 in the same quarter a yearago.INCOME TAXESThe effective income tax rates for 2006 were 31.5% for the fourth quarter and 32.1% for the fullyear compared with 34.2% and 34.5%, respectively, for the same periods in 2005. The lowereffective income tax rate was attributable to higher low-income housing and historic rehabilitationtax credits.CREDIT QUALITYThe provision for credit losses was $2.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2006 compared to $1.4million for the same quarter of 2005. The increase in the provision for credit losses from thecomparable period in 2005 was primarily due to higher net charge offs and nonperforming loans.Net charge-offs as a percentage of average loans were 4 basis points for the fourth quarter.hittenden Corporation of 2006, up from 2 basis points for the same quarter a year ago. The increase in net charge-offsprimarily relates to one commercial finance loan that was placed on non-accrual status in the firstquarter of 2006. The allowance for credit losses as a percentage of total loans excludingmunicipal loans was 1.39% at December 31, 2006 compared to 1.43% for the fourth quarter of2005.last_img read more

Construction begins on world’s largest floating solar project in Singapore

first_imgConstruction begins on world’s largest floating solar project in Singapore FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Construction has begun on what is being called one of the world’s largest inland floating solar PV systems, a 60MW project on the Tengeh Reservoir in Singapore, which is also one of the first in the world to integrate green technology with water treatment.Singapore’s PUB (Public Utilities Board) National Water Agency announced on Tuesday that, along with its subsidiary Sembcorp Industries, it had begun construction on the 60MW peak floating solar PV system on Tengeh Reservoir, on Singapore’s northern border with Malaysia.The 60MW floating solar plant will be integrated with PUB’s water treatment plants and, when completed and operational next year, will generate enough clean energy sufficient to power PUB’s local water treatment plants, offsetting around 6% of its annual energy needs.As a sovereign island city state with a total land area of only 724.2 square-kilometres and heavy urbanisation, Singapore does not have a lot of room for traditional renewable energy generating technologies. Solar energy is Singapore’s most viable renewable energy source, but even then, large-scale deployment of solar panels is difficult due to its dense urban landscape and limited available land. This leaves rooftops and vertical spaces, as well as PUB’s largest expanse of water bodies and reservoirs, which can now serve a dual purpose of water catchment and electricity generation.The Tengeh Reservoir floating solar plant is also incorporating new innovations in floating solar PV design and construction. For example, according to PUB, “Every component of the system was carefully designed and selected based on Singapore’s climate conditions in order to maximise energy generation, minimise environmental and water quality impact, and be durable enough to fulfil a service lifespan of 25 years.”Double-glass solar PV modules were used instead of single-glass modules so as to enhance durability in a wet and humid environment. The PV modules are also supported by certified food-grade quality high density polyethylene (HDPE) floats which are UV-resistant so as to prevent degradation from intense sunlight exposure.[Joshua S Hill]More: One of world’s biggest inland floating solar systems begins construction in Singaporelast_img read more