first_imgThe Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research isrecruiting for a Postdoctoral Associate in pharmacogenomics anddata science, available immediately. The research is funded anddirected by Dr. Caitrin McDonough, at the University of Florida,College of Pharmacy. The Postdoc will engage in projects such aspharmacogenomic genome-wide association studies, linking electronichealth record based data with ‘omic data, constructing and usingcomputable phenotypes to characterize subpopulations within largeelectronic health record and claims datasets such as the OneFloridaData Trust, and developing clinical decision support based onsuccessful computable phenotypes.Minimum Requirements: PhD in epidemiology, biostatistics,bioinformatics, biomedical informatics, human genetics, or relatedfield. OR PharmD with relevant research experience.Preferred Requirements: Expertise or knowledge in computationalprogramming and statistical data analysis. Knowledge of SAS, R,Python, or SQL. Experience working with high performance or clustercomputing environments. Knowledge of open/public/private databasesincluding but not limited to clinical trial and drug databases.Excellent communication, organizational, and time-managementskills. Have a strong interest in pharmacogenomics and/orpharmacoepidemiology. Highly motivated to conduct scientificresearch, and able to work independently on team-oriented projects.Research grant writing experience is highly desired.Interested applicants should submit an online application thatincludes a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and the names of threeindividuals willing to serve as professional references. Ifinterested, candidates may also email their cover letter, CV, &statement of research interests to: Caitrin W. McDonough, [email protected] Pleasereference “Postdoc – McDonough” in the subject lineFinal candidate will be required to provide official transcript tothe hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not beconsidered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” isvisible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside ofthe United States are required to be evaluated by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by National Association ofCredential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found athttp://www.naces.org/ .The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institutiondedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty andstaff.The University of Florida is An Equal Employment OpportunityInstitution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed toapply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the FloridaRelay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent uponeligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordancewith Florida’s Sunshine Law.#Category=40The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.last_img read more

first_imgThe New College room ballot system has been labelled “ridiculous” after many students were mistakenly told that they would have to find rooms outside of College.An email sent out on 28 November last year demanded that students reply before 6 December if they wanted to be included on the room ballot. When a number of students, believed to be between ten and 15, missed the deadline they were omitted from the ballot, provoking fierce complaints.Caroline Thomas, New College Home Bursar who composed the email, defended the College’s actions. She explained, “There is a convention at New College that students should reply to emails within 24 hours… The header makes it clear that it is very important that [students reply] if they want a room for next year (‘VERY important information about rooms for next year- please read carefully’).” She also noted that the opening lines of the email stated, “If you disregard any instruction you will prejudice your chances in the ballot.”However one second-year, who wished to remain anonymous, said, “Some of us don’t check our emails every day. Since when do they make people homeless for not sending an email? That is a pretty harsh fine, especially with a ridiculous deadline. It was a ridiculous three thousand word email, especially as students don’t have the longest attention spans.”Ben Karlin, JCR President, defended the College authorities. He said, “I certainly would not come down hard on the College…I think it was a series of slightly unfortunate events. People should have been more organised. The JCR and the College can learn from it and make changes for the future.”William Cowell de Gruchy, Editor of the New College paper, The Newt, echoed Karlin’s sentiments. “As far as I’m concerned the situation arose more from undergrad laziness than a fault in the system, though given that many of our undergrads seem to be incapable of reading long emails, perhaps they should be spoon fed such stuff in future?”Ginny Howells, the New College JCR Accommodation officer, explained that, “I pushed for the deadline to be extended for everyone…So the deadline was extended, and the people who were late for the first deadline are now back on the ballot.”by Rob Pomfretlast_img read more

first_imgToday, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has released the soundboard recording of their performance on March 16th, 2018, at the Palace Theatre in Albany, New York, marking the 67th installation in their ongoing “Taper” series. Chock-full of the band’s characteristic high-octane and innovative improvisations, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead laid out a prime performance at this show, which featured a number of Phish teases worked in throughout the night.With an emphasis on jamming across songs for both sets, the group first hinted at its Phish-heavy theme during the first set’s “The Wheel”, which housed a tease and a jam on “Bathtub Gin”. Later, following “Uncle John’s Band”, the group returned to the Phish catalog during “Truckin’”, offering up teases of “Chalkdust Torture”, before ending the set with the reprise of “Music Never Stopped” and a jam on “Born Cross-Eyed”.To start out set two, the band’s opening jam eventually segued into “Ruben & Cerise”, during which they worked in teases of Phish’s “Divided Sky” in addition to tunes from Pete Townshend and Guns N’ Roses. After a standout “Viola Lee Blues”, which housed a “9 to 5” jam, during the song’s reprise, the band teased Phish’s “Cavern” ahead of a transition jam loosely based on Phish’s “Foam”. From there, a triumphant landing into “Jack Straw” led to teases of Phish’s “Llama”, before the group finished the night strong with “So Many Roads”, “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad”, and “We Bid You Goodnight” and an encore of Jerry Garcia’s “Magnificent Sanctuary Band”.You can read Live For Live Music’s full review of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s performance at Albany’s Palace Theatre on March 16th, 2018, here. Check out the full setlist, courtesy of Peter Costello, and the show’s Taper Thursday soundboard release, courtesy of Eric McRoberts, below.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Palace Theatre | Albany, NY | 3/16/2018Set One (8:43PM – 10:01PM): Feel Like A Stranger > Help On The Way -> Slipknot! @ -> The Wheel # -> Uncle John’s Band $ -> Truckin’ % -> Music Never Stopped Reprise -> Born Cross-eyed JamSet Two (10:40PM – 12:14AM): Jam -> Ruben & Cerise ^ -> Viola Lee Blues -> 9 to 5 Jam -> Viola Lee Blues Reprise + -> Jam & -> Jack Straw * -> So Many Roads -> Going Down The Road Feeling Bad -> We Bid You Goodnight (Instrumental)Encore: Magnificent Sanctuary [email protected] – With an MB Solo# – With “Bathtub Gin” (Phish) Teases & Jams$ – With a “Poison” (Bell Biv DeVoe) Tease (JR) & a “Mama, I’m Coming Home” (Ozzy Osbourne) Tease (TH)% – With a “Chalkdust Torture” (Phish) Tease (TH)^ – With a “Divided Sky” (Phish) Tease (TH), a “Let My Love Open the Door” (Pete Townshend) Tease (TH) and a “Paradise City” (Guns N Roses) Tease (Band)+ – With a Unknown Tease (SM) & a “Cavern” (Phish) Tease (JR)& – With “Foam” (Phish) Teases & Jams* – With a “Llama” (Phish) Tease (JR), Ruben & Cerise Teases & GDTRFB Teases (TH)last_img read more

first_imgMore than 300 Harvard School of Public Health alumni, students, faculty, and guests, from a dozen countries and 29 U.S. states, came back to campus to celebrate Alumni Weekend on November 2-4. More alumni than ever returned to the festivities in the School’s Centennial year, as the weekend also coincided with the American Public Health Association (APHA)’s annual meeting taking place in Boston.Seventy attendees took advantage of the opportunity to learn practical skills for their public health careers from Barry Dorn, SM ’04, associate director of the Program for Health Care Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, and Leonard Marcus, founding co-director of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. Dorn and Marcus led an interactive workshop on the five dimensions of Meta-Leadership for Public Health Practice, a concept that means reaching above and beyond one’s scope of authority to forge ties across disciplines and bureaucracies.In celebration of the School’s Centennial, guests attended a dinner at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Alumni enjoyed the spectacular view of Boston’s waterfront while they watched multimedia presentations of the School’s accomplishments, and heard a presentation from HSPH Dean Julio Frenk on “Leading the Global Health Revolution in the 21st Century.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

first_imgMore than 200 Georgia 4-H members from 14 counties in south Georgia learned about the importance of water and why they need to treasure the natural resource during the annual 4-H2O camp, which was held June 11 to 13.The annual camp was hosted by the University of Georgia C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park (SIRP) and Mitchell County Extension office and attracted the most participants in its 12-year history with 240 4-H members and leaders attending.“We are overwhelmed by the interest that youth from our fellow Southwest District counties show for water conservation, use efficiency and the overall importance of water. These youth are learning valuable information about a major natural resource, as well as increasing their STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) skill set which they can utilize during their regular school year,” said Danielle Simmons, Mitchell County Extension 4-H public service assistant.Students from Baker, Calhoun, Colquitt, Crisp, Decatur, Dougherty, Lanier, Lee, Lowndes, Mitchell, Sumtery, Terrell, Tift and Worth counties attended the three-day camp.The camp was held at different locations each day. On Tuesday, the group met at the Blackshank Farm Picnic Area located on the UGA Tifton campus. Wednesday’s session was held at Stripling research park in Camilla, Georgia. On Thursday, the children enjoyed a visit to Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, Georgia.“This camp allows us to stress the importance of water and why it’s important to this part of the state and why we need to conserve it,” said Calvin Perry, Stripling research park superintendent. “We want these kids to know why it’s important for our crops, but also to animals and us as humans.”Each educational station offered at Stripling research park focused on a different component related to water.Kasey Bozeman, UGA Extension 4-H specialist in Athens, Georgia, and Sylvia Davis, Mitchell County Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agent, talked to the 4-Hers about drinking water to sustain their bodies throughout the day. Cale Cloud, UGA Extension area water agent for the Southwest District, spoke about irrigation and its significance in agricultural production. This session was a student favorite for the 4-H’ers who got to cool off under the irrigation pivots.David Hall, UGA Extension water educator for the Southeast District, showed the group how water moves through different soils. John Snider, an associate professor at UGA-Tifton, taught the students about plant life and how plants use water to grow. Julie Shutters with Golden Triangle RC&D emphasized the importance of cleaning up streams.The camp came on the heels of a three-week drought experienced throughout south Georgia in May.“I think the farmers who use surface water were starting to get pretty worried. They were having to irrigate thirsty crops from a limited water source without rain in the forecast. That started to get very serious,” Perry said. “It’s important to relay that type of information to these kids to help them realize water is not an unlimited resource and we need to treat it as such.”This is the 11th year that Stripling research park has teamed with Mitchell County Extension to host the camp. The first year was hosted solely by Mitchell County.To learn more about Stripling research park, a state-of-the-art irrigation research and education center, see https://striplingpark.org.last_img read more

first_imgAEMC says renewable generation will push electricity prices down across Australia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:The price of residential electricity is estimated to start falling next year and continue to fall until 2022, the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) says.The Commission’s annual report on electricity price trends shows an overall falling price outlook over the next few years, mostly due to decreases in the wholesale cost from increased generation capacity, particularly from windfarms.By the end of 2022, almost all Australians are expected to spend an average $97 less on their annual power bills after prices start falling in 2020, the Australian Energy Market Commission says.“While the overall national trend is down all across the supply chain there are regional differences across states and territories that will affect price outcomes,” said the AEMC’s chairman, John Pierce.Wholesale costs are the main driver of this decrease because of significant increases in generation capacity, particularly windfarms, the report says.“These results for FY19 to FY22 point to the state of the market over this specific period, which will see significant injection of around 5,000MW of new supply,” Mr Pierce said. [Australian Associated Press]More: Windfarms drive fall in wholesale energy price with lower bills forecast for 2020last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo January 15, 2013 Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki said on January 12, that his country was becoming a “corridor” for arms reaching Islamist militants in Mali, but stopped short of backing France’s military intervention there. “The situation in Mali has always worried us because we have begun to understand that our jihadists, quote unquote, have ties with these terrorist forces,” Marzouki told France 24 television. “We have the impression that Tunisia is becoming a corridor for Libyan weapons to these regions,” said Marzouki, whose country borders Libya but not Mali. He was referring to arms from the arsenal of former Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi that he said are reaching Islamists in northern Mali via Tunisia and Algeria, the latter of which shares borders with Mali. “We are monitoring very closely what is happening in that hornet’s nest because it is a hornet’s nest that can threaten the security of all the countries, including Tunisia,” he said. Marzouki gave a guarded response when asked to comment on the French military intervention in Mali. “The situation is so complex. Of course we would have preferred a politically negotiated solution,” he said. Mali has been in turmoil since three Islamist groups, among them Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, seized control of the country’s north after a coup in March. Backed by French air power, Mali unleashed a counter-attack against the Islamists, recapturing a town lost to the rebels as they advanced south from their northern strongholds.last_img read more

first_imgBy Marcos Ommati / Diálogo March 02, 2020 Launched in March 2018 in the state of Roraima, Operation Shelter seeks to welcome, shelter, and relocate immigrants who flee the Venezuelan crisis. The operation has become Venezuelans’ main gateway into Brazil.To mark the second anniversary of the most important civil-military engagement in the history of the Brazilian Armed Forces, Diálogo spoke with Brazilian Army Colonel Carlos Frederico Cinelli, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Humanitarian Logistics Task Force, in Boa Vista, capital of the state of Roraima.Diálogo: When and why was the Humanitarian Logistics Task Force created?Brazilian Army Colonel Carlos Frederico Cinelli, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Humanitarian Logistics Task Force: The Task Force was created as soon as Operation Shelter was launched and when the Emergency Assistance Committee, comprised of 11 ministries, was established. The Ministry of Defense identified the need — taking into account the Armed Forces’ rapid deployment of capabilities, modular logistics, and flexibility — to create a logistics branch for the operation, to execute this rapid deployment and, from that point forward, add the capabilities of humanitarian agencies that would later provide us support.Diálogo: How does the Task Force work?Col. Cinelli: The design of the Humanitarian Logistics Task Force is similar to that of a military warfare operation’s general staff. We have functional cells — such as the ones of military operations’ general staffs — with some combined structures, due to the nature of the mission. There is, for instance, a personnel officer, an intelligence officer, an operations officer, etc. We have a relocation officer, who is the D12 (cell 12), and cell 13, under the responsibility of the shelter officer. These were designs that we had to add to the Task Force base so we could respond to this very specific humanitarian response — an unprecedented and particular response, considered internationally as one of Brazil’s most effective for this type of crisis.Diálogo: Before Operation Shelter, what would happen to the Venezuelans who arrived in Brazil after fleeing the crisis in their country?Col. Cinelli: When the flow increased considerably — we’re talking about 2017 — there was no response. Some local organizations handled vulnerable people. At first, these organizations were able to provide some assistance. Among the first groups that arrived seeking help were the indigenous peoples, who were persecuted in Venezuela, mostly related to the control of gold mines in areas close to Brazil. Some organizations provided shelter for the indigenous population, but the state hadn’t taken over security, health, and other essential services, such as housing and education. The population grew four times the size of its original number in the city.That fluctuating population, who were not residents of Boa Vista, could not find jobs. Suddenly, the number was four, five times bigger. For instance, people were all over the local bus station. The images from that time show children and other people sleeping on the ground, any way they could. The city had about 450,000 people and was not able to absorb the flow of migrants. Therefore, the first response from the Brazilian government included the Armed Forces, through the decree that established Operation Shelter, having a military base as the operation’s backbone.Diálogo: How does the joint work between Brazilian service members and international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, etc. function?Col. Cinelli: Our Armed Forces already have expertise on account of their many years in peacekeeping operations, especially in Haiti, and African countries, dealing with humanitarian organizations such as the United Nations. Regarding the Brazilian response to this humanitarian crisis, there was a significant increase in this synergy, due to the nature of the operation. Today, Operation Shelter is considered a successful response, including at the international level, thanks to the synergy of efforts. None of the actors, regardless of capability, would be able to respond if they were alone. We arrived here, and as soon as we were faced with logistics issues, we realized we had to build shelters, pave some of the terrain, pitch tents, and distribute food. We knew it wouldn’t be possible to accomplish this without the cooperation of partner organizations.They executed everything efficiently, they were organized, and they shared responsibilities; in other words, they each had their own tasks, and each one acted within their area of expertise. For instance, UNHCR [the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees], focused on shelters — one of the three pillars of the operation — and on hiring local partners to manage the shelters. They are also responsible for granting refugee status. The IOM, the International Organization for Migration, works with the Task Force on relocation — which is the second pillar of the operation — also handling temporary residency status. The third pillar is border control, in which all partners participate. I am only giving a few examples of expertise and capabilities. Today we have about 115 partners involved in the operation. From religious, philanthropic, and humanitarian organizations, to the agencies of the United Nations. If we could give credit for Operation Shelter to a single factor, I would attribute it to the synergy of efforts.Diálogo: What is the main lesson learned after two years of operation?Col. Cinelli: I believe that Operation Shelter demonstrates, especially to military forces, that the use of force, pure and simple, even under the legitimate monopoly of the state, is not always valid. Considering the complexity of the 21st century, defined by some sociologists as a postmodern or fluid world, where great narratives have fallen apart, abstract elements, known as soft power, are involved in any solution to controversy and crises. Often times, because they are capable of operating in an ample operational spectrum — and the Brazilian Armed Forces are clearly demonstrating this capability — effective responses can come from troops who would traditionally use force, but in another context, under competent leadership, discipline, and an accurate assessment of the scenario, they can offer solutions as effective as the other organizations, which are traditionally involved in certain causes.last_img read more

first_imgDr. Jonathan Epstein, vice president for science and outreach at the EcoHealth Alliance, a conservation organization, said he had not seen any details so far, but, “Someone would have to release the sequences soon, and the evolutionary biologists will be all over it.”On Twitter, Emma Hodcroft, a geneticist at the University of Basel, Switzerland, who is tracking the spread of the novel coronavirus, urged caution. “Don’t panic,” Dr. Hodcroft tweeted. “Scientists will update when we have more info.” Without published reports on the nature of the mutation or how the virus variant was tested, research scientists outside Denmark who study the virus were left somewhat in the dark. Dr. Stanley Perlman, a microbiologist at the University of Iowa and a specialist on the novel coronavirus, said he could not evaluate the Danish statements without more information.- Advertisement – The Danish government will slaughter millions of mink at more than 1,000 farms, citing concerns that a mutation in the novel coronavirus that has infected the mink could possibly interfere with the effectiveness of a vaccine for humans.Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen made the announcement at a news conference on Wednesday. There are 15 million or more mink in Denmark, which is one of the world’s major exporters of mink furs. She said the armed forces would be involved in the culling of mink.- Advertisement – Kare Molbak, the head of the State Serum Institute, the government’s public health and infectious disease arm, warned at the news conference that a mutation could interfere with the effectiveness of future vaccines. The government has notified the World Health Organization of the virus mutation, and also said 12 people in its Jutland region are known to have it and that it shows a weak reaction to antibodies, according to news reports.The W. H.O. acknowledged by email that it had been “informed by Denmark of a number of persons infected with coronavirus from mink, with some genetic changes in the virus.” The W.H.O. said that Denmark was “investigating the epidemiological and virological significance of these findings, and culling the mink population. We are in touch with them to find more about this event.” In September, Dutch scientists reported in a paper that has not yet been peer-reviewed that the virus was jumping between mink and humans. In Denmark, the government is describing a version of the virus that migrated from mink to humans.center_img – Advertisement – The coronavirus mutates slowly but regularly, and a different variant of the virus would not, in itself, be cause for concern, experts have said.Researchers have studied one mutation labeled D614G in the spike protein of the virus which may increase transmission. They concluded that there is no evidence so far that the particular mutation increases virulence or would affect the workings of a vaccine.Denmark had already begun killing all mink at 400 farms which were either infected, or close enough to infected farms to cause concern. The killing of all mink will wipe out the industry, perhaps for years.Mink are in the weasel family, along with ferrets, which are easily infected with the coronavirus. Ferrets appear to suffer mild symptoms. Mink, which are kept in crowded conditions ideal for spreading a virus, can become quite sick and die. Mink have been infected in other countries as well, including the Netherlands and some U.S. states. Thousands of mink were killed in Utah because of a coronavirus outbreak, but authorities there said there it did not appear that the mink transmitted the virus to humans, but the opposite.Many conservation scientists have become concerned about the spread of the virus to animal populations, like chimpanzees, which are believed to be susceptible, although cases have not been identified yet. Groups of researchers are testing bats and pets and wild animals in the United States.Researchers are also concerned about what occurs when the virus moves from one species to another and may acquire changes, or mutations. While most such changes are not likely to be a problem for humans, there is always the chance that strains of the virus could become more infectious or more virulent.Animal Protection Denmark, an advocacy group, recommended a long-term solution to the problem of mink and coronavirus: “The right decision would be to end mink farming entirely and help farmers into other occupation that does not jeopardize public health and animal welfare.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgA man armed with a knife stabbed a New York policeman in the neck on Wednesday and two officers who ran to his rescue were wounded before they shot the attacker multiple times, police said.All four were taken to Kings County Hospital where the police were in stable condition and the suspect was in critical condition, police said.The attack in Brooklyn came amid mass protests and some rioting in New York over the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, while in the custody of white police officers. Topics : The two officers were shot in their hands in the struggle. Shea did not give details on how they were shot.Prosecutors brought new criminal charges against four Minneapolis police implicated in the death of George Floyd, pinned by his neck to the street during an arrest that sparked more than a week of nationwide protest and civil strife.Police in Brooklyn charged into a crowd of about 1,000 protesters defying a curfew, albeit peacefully, near an outdoor plaza, and clubbed demonstrators and journalists as they scurried for cover in a downpour of heavy rain.The confrontation in Brooklyn seemed to be the biggest exception to a calmer night, hours after the new charges in Minneapolis. center_img It was not immediately clear if the attack was related to the protests, but Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said the police were on duty to stop looting.A man walked “casually” up to one of the officers near Church and Flatbush avenues in Brooklyn, pulled out a knife and stabbed him in the left side of his neck, Shea said.”It appears to be a completely cowardly, despicable, senseless attack on a defenseless police officer,” Shea said. “Thank God we’re not planning a funeral.”The two other officers heard shots fired from two blocks away and ran over and saw that the suspect had the wounded police officer’s gun, he said.last_img read more