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March 1, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgA recipient of this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry investigated the workings of cell receptors, the basis of his lengthy, groundbreaking research involving the complex processes of how the body’s cells communicate and interact, while he was a young medical resident at Harvard.From 1970 to 1973, Robert Lefkowitz, now an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, completed his medical residency and clinical training in cardiovascular disease at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and served as a teaching fellow at Harvard Medical School (HMS).While at Harvard, Lefkowitz conducted some of his earliest research into the heart’s adrenergic receptors while working in the laboratories of Edgar Haber, an immunochemist, HMS professor of medicine, and chief of the cardiac unit at MGH. (Haber went on to become the Blout Professor of Biological Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health and director of its Division of Biological Sciences.)Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka of Stanford University won the Nobel in chemistry today for their years of work on G-protein-coupled receptors that enable cells to sense their environments and respond to external stimuli. A cell’s ability to detect factors such as light, sound, and about half of all medications directly depends on such receptors embedded in its membranes. Authorities agree that their research has wide-ranging implications for developing better drugs.Their work involves the use of radioactivity to help identify cells’ receptors, including adrenaline receptors, the isolation of a receptor gene, and the observation of receptors binding to molecules.Lefkowitz finished first in his class at Columbia University in 1962. He graduated from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1966 with an M.D. degree.After leaving Harvard, he was appointed associate professor of medicine and assistant professor of biochemistry at the Duke University Medical Center. In 1977 he was promoted to professor of medicine and in 1982 to James B. Duke Professor of Medicine at Duke University, where he still teaches.The pair will share the prize of 8 million Swedish kronor, or about $1.2 million.last_img read more

February 8, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgSUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) — Administrators at a Wisconsin middle school say they have suspended teachers who were involved in an activity for sixth graders that included a question about how the students would punish slaves. An email sent Monday to parents at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie apologized for a “grave error in judgment” during the social studies class. The letter said an unnamed number of teachers have been placed on administrative leave. The activity gave the students a scenario that stated, ”A slave stands before you. This slave has disrespected his master by telling him ‘You are not my master’ How will you punish this slave?” It further explained that under Hammurabi’s Code the slave would be put to death.last_img read more

January 26, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe women of Shades of Ebony are preparing to celebrate coeducation at Notre Dame with their event ’40 Years and Counting,’ which will take place Monday through Wednesday celebrating the contributions of women on campus. Senior Ally Jeter, outgoing vice president of Shades of Ebony, said the group was already planning a celebration of women on campus when they learned this year is the University’s 40th anniversary of coeducation.   “It originally started out as a program we were in called ‘High Heels, Higher Standards,’” Jeter said. “We just wanted it to be a celebration of women and all that we do here on campus and then we realized that it was 40 years of women specifically this year, so we wanted to incorporate that and capitalize on that and make it even grander. It’s … a celebration of women in the past, here in the present and also women in the future at Notre Dame, and all of our accomplishments  and  what we’ve contributed to the University.”  Freshman Chizo Ekechukwu, historian and Diversity Council representative for Shades of Ebony, said the group’s events will begin Monday afternoon with a service event. “We have ‘Women’s Week’ next week,” Ekechukwu said. “We have our service event on Monday at Saint Margaret’s House for us to give back to the community [and] we have an ice cream social with them.”  Ekechukwu said there will be an opportunity for group members and faculty from various departments to gather for dinner and engage in discussion at the Joyce Center’s Club Naimoli on Tuesday night. She said they will discuss important topics for women in American society during the dinner. “The dinner is with 75 women,” Ekechukwu said. “We have nine different tables and nine different topics and we’ll talk about different issues, from the representation of women to women in sports and things like that.”  On Wednesday, a prayer service in Ryan Hall and a ‘Girls’ Night In’ in the Coleman-Morse Center lounge will close out the ’40 Years and Counting’ celebration, Jeter said. Jeter said the prayer service is open to anyone, but the ‘Girl’s Night In’ is restricted to women. “[The prayer service] is open to everyone on campus. It will just be reflecting on the role of spirituality and being a woman here on campus,” Jeter said. “‘Girls’ Night In’ is specifically for women, just to have a place to go in fellowship after the prayer service.”  According to the group’s website, Shades of Ebony was officially recognized by the University in 2002 as a group for African American women on campus to discuss their experiences, foster sisterhood and perform service.  Freshman Ray’Von Jones, Shades of Ebony president-elect for the 2013-14 academic year, said the group’s goal is to help women on campus develop a positive self-image. “We’re basically trying to help promote positive self-image between African American and other women on campus,” said Jones. Jeter said the organization has transformed from just a group for discussion into one that fosters service alongside dialogue. “It started in the basement of Walsh Hall as a place for discussion … and then it became more of a service-based and discussion- oriented initiative,” she said.  The group meets every other Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the South Lounge of Walsh Hall. Ekechukwu said all women are welcome to join the group’s dialogue and service.  “We are open to everyone. I think a common misconception with Shades is that it’s only for black women, and it’s not. It would be nice to see women of all races and sexualities,” Ekechukwu said.last_img read more

January 26, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe United States Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) said Tuesday it had opened an investigation Feb. 19 into the University’s handling of a sexual assault case last spring. The office also has four open investigations into the University for its handling of sexual harassment cases as far back as September 2013. In 2013, the OCR opened two investigations into the handling of two graduate students’ complaints of possible Title IX violations pertaining to sexual harassment.Susan Zhu The OCR launched the two most recent sexual harassment investigations against Notre Dame on Oct. 21, 2015, and Feb. 19, 2016. The latter harassment investigation has the same complainant as the sexual assault investigation launched the same day. All three of those cases — the most recent harassment cases and the sexual assault case — involve the same alleged perpetrator.According to University spokesperson Dennis Brown, the alleged perpetrator in question was dismissed from the University nearly a year ago.“… The University acted swiftly in this matter, and the accused student was dismissed from the University nearly a year ago, months before any Title IX complaint was filed with the OCR,” Brown said in an email Wednesday night.Laura Dunn, who represents both complainants, serves as Executive Director of SurvJustice, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that offers free legal assistance to sexual violence survivors. In a phone conversation Wednesday, Dunn said the alleged perpetrator was dismissed from the University on disciplinary charges separate from her clients’ sexual harassment and sexual violence complaints. In a SurvJustice press release sent to The Observer on Tuesday, Dunn said the separate charges led to the alleged perpetrator being temporarily dismissed, allowing him the option to apply to return to the University at a later date. “[The University] allowed an identified repeat perpetrator to avoid a Title IX hearing on campus that could have led to expulsion so he would retain the option to re-enroll later — that’s unacceptable,” Dunn said in the release. Brown said the University deals with separate complaints against a single respondent on an individual basis. “If more than one complaint is made against a student, each incident is thoroughly examined,” Brown said. “ … A student with multiple complaints is therefore likely to have separate hearings. If the accused student is found responsible for a conduct violation, outcomes for that complaint will be assigned, up to and including dismissal. The best interests of the overall campus community may require implementing the dismissal of a student before all pending charges can be fully resolved, especially where the student may pose a threat to the community.”Brown said at the time the complainant’s case was being evaluated, the existing policy was not to conduct hearings if the accused student was no longer enrolled. He said that policy was amended last summer.“If a student is dismissed as the result of a hearing and additional conduct matters are pending, he or she would be subject to additional hearings immediately upon readmission,” he said. “It is important to note, however, that readmission to the University is not guaranteed.”Associate News Editor Kayla Mullen contributed to this report. Tags: Department of Education, Notre Dame Title IX violation, OCR, Office of Civil Rights, sexual assault, Sexual harassment, sexual violence, Title IX, Title IX investigationlast_img read more

December 30, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img 3:46 Bottom of the Barrel Forlorn Strangers Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. I’ll Go Ben Millburn Where Do You Want It Dale Watson Ryley Walker’s second record on the Dead Oceans label, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, drops later this month, and the August edition of Trail Mix is thrilled to include “The Roundabout,” the first song from the new release to be shared. This new collection of songs from the 27 twenty-seven year old Illinoisan is an admirable follow up to last year’s Primrose Green, an album once described to me by a friend as the most perfect soundtrack for lying outside and gazing at the sky.It’s always exciting when an artist you stumble upon the first time around releases a second record and, by good fortune, a track ends up on Trail Mix. Such is the case with Ryley Walker, and the mix is happy to have featured him now for a second time.Trail Mix is also excited to feature a song from world renowned folk musician John Gorka. Last month, Gorka released Before Beginning: The Unreleased I Know – Nashville 1985, which includes previously unreleased studio takes from the tracks that became his debut record, the seminal I Know. Featured this  month is an early cut of the record’s title track.Returning to Trail Mix this month is Dale Watson, the undisputed (in our mind) King of Honkytonk. Check out “Where Do You Want It,” a brand new track from Watson’s live album, Live At The Big T Roadhouse.Other alumni making their return to the mix include Hymn For Her, The Stray Birds, Jonah Tolchin, and The Coal Men.Be sure to check out new tunes from Ben Millburn, Simon Linsteadt, The Chairman Dances, Miss Tess & The Talk Backs, Courtney Marie Andrews, Kelsey Waldon, Michael Logen, Matt Brown, and Evening Bell.Stay tuned to the Trail Mix blog this month. Chats with Chelle Rose, Forlorn Strangers, B.J. Barham, and Thomas Cassell are on tap.And, of course, make sure you head out to your local record store and snatch up some albums from the great artists featured on Trail Mix this month. Spread the word. Buy a concert ticket. Support these artists that are so generous with their music. 3:04 4:45 4:05 Ride that Train Miss Tess 3:21 3:54 2:35 I Know John Gorka 3:24 Pushed To The Side The Coal Men False King Kelsey Waldon 4:42 Thousand Mile Night Jonah Tolchin Ready Or Not Michael Logen The Roundabout Ryley Walker Photo by Tom Sheehan.Please note that “Thousand Mile Night,” by Jonah Tolchin, is available for stream only. Chief Benge’s Saddle Thomas Cassell 3:52center_img Third Day In A Row The Stray Birds Nostalgia Simon Linsteadt 3:27 3:53 Rockingham BJ Barham 4:36 3:41 Devil’s Train Hymn For Her Audio PlayerRyley WalkerThe RoundaboutUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 4:42 3:10 Paintsville Table Chelle Rose 4:04 Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin The Chairman Dances 2:33 2:49 How Quickly Your Heart Mends Courtney Marie Andrews 3:44 Strange Mamma Evening Bell Embed Love Is Not Enough Matt Brown 1:49last_img read more

December 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img July 15, 2002 Regular News FLA sets annual workshop FLA sets annual workshop Florida Lawyers Assistance has set its 16th annual workshop for the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club July 26 – 27, with the theme of “Substance Abuse and Impairment Issues: Legal and Scientific Viewpoints.”Speakers will include Barry Rigby, The Florida Bar’s chief headquarters disciplinary counsel, Michael J. Keane, a member of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, and Kevin Tynan, former Florida Bar branch staff counsel in the Ft. Lauderdale office. The workshop’s primary speaker will be Dr. Carlton Erickson of the University of Texas Addiction and Science Research Center. Dr. Erickson is an expert on neurophysiology and addiction and will discuss “The Problem is not in the Bottle – It’s in the Brain: The Latest Research on the Neurobiology of Addiction.”The workshop will be held at the family-oriented and newly renovated Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club on Naples beach.The workshop fee is $130 (before July 5, 2002) and includes all seminars (8.5 CLEs in substance abuse applied for), Friday night dinner, and Saturday morning buffet breakfast (guest fee for meals is $60). Seminars begin at 1 p.m. on Friday afternoon and conclude at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon.Hotel reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at (800) 237-7600. A print and mail workshop registration form can be found at: www.fla-lap.org/registration.html.last_img read more

December 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img June 1, 2006 Regular News Lawyers needed as mentors Gov. Jeb Bush recently applauded the efforts of Jacksonville mentor Donald Wiliford and mentee Adam Hutchinson. The pair was one of six awarded the first annual Spotlight Award by MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership in Washington, D.C., last week.“I am proud Florida continues to lead the nation in mentoring gains and program innovation, and congratulate Donald and Adam on receiving this wonderful award,” Bush said. “They are a testament to the tremendous impact a mentor can have on the life of a child or young adult.”Wiliford and Hutchinson were matched more than two years ago through the State Attorney’s Office Jailed-Juvenile Mentor Program of Jacksonville. When they first met, Hutchinson was incarcerated. During weekly visits, Wiliford encouraged Hutchinson to study for his GED, which he completed. Wiliford has opened doors for Hutchinson in the construction industry. Hutchinson now works for a plumbing contractor.“The Jailed-Juvenile Mentor program is a critical component of the State Attorney Office’s comprehensive effort to reduce juvenile crime,” said Fourth Circuit State Attorney Harry Shorstein, adding the program has linked hundreds of juvenile offenders prosecuted as adults with caring adults in the community.Tallahassee attorney Steve Uhlfelder, chair of the governor’s Florida Mentoring Partnership, encourages more lawyers to become mentors.“Mentoring not only changes the child’s life, it changes the mentor’s life,” said Uhlfelder, who has been involved as a mentor or a tutor in the schools or with at-risk children for more than 20 years. “A lot of times, you haven’t seen what children outside of your neighborhood deal with.”Uhlfelder believes mentors are a vital presence in a young person’s life.The FMP’s purpose, according to its Web site — www.flamentoring.org — is to “promote collaboration among state agencies, municipalities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, individuals, and schools.”“I feel like if you have the time and you can do something, helping a child is the most important thing you can do,” said Uhlfelder. “The difficulty is that everybody recognizes the importance of what we’re doing but the problem is getting people to commit the time.“All we encourage people to do is to go to their local schools and ask the principal anything: ‘Can I get involved with a child? Can two or three people from our office help one or two children in a classroom? Can our office adopt a classroom?’ I mean, there’s all different kinds of ways to do this,” said Uhlfelder.To learn more about mentoring opportunities contact Uhlfelder at [email protected]center_img Lawyers needed as mentorslast_img read more

December 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgBusiness-owned life insurance, or BOLI, has been used by financial institutions since the early 1980s as an alternative “investment.” As of June 30, banks and credit unions together reported owning $163.7 billion in cash surrender values, with over 70 percent of banks with more than $100 million in assets and almost 30 percent of credit unions with more than $50 million in assets owning BOLI. With such a well-worn path, use of this asset should continue to rise, even if expected new guidance on BOLI is put in place by the National Credit Union Administration in the near term.BOLI is a life insurance policy purchased on the credit union’s key employees. Such a policy is typically purchased with a single premium, and the credit union is both the owner and beneficiary. BOLI is permissible by NCUA under Rule 701.19, and is carried as an “other asset” on the balance sheet. The growth in cash surrender value of the policy is considered non-interest income.If the key employee dies, the credit union receives the death benefit from the policy. While nearly all credit unions share some of the life insurance gain in excess of cash surrender value with the key employee’s designated beneficiaries, BOLI provides no direct cash or retirement benefit to the key employees themselves.One of the most frequent reasons more credit unions don’t adopt BOLI is the misunderstanding that many boards often harbor about it. As noted above, BOLI is not an executive benefit, but an alternative for the traditional investment portfolio. What makes BOLI attractive is the ability to efficiently invest in an insurance carrier’s balance sheet. What does this mean, exactly? continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

December 8, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgI have traversed the state for over 10 years attending hundreds of town board meetings on the subject of property rights, all forms of energy pro and con. I  stood against the woman’s health care act, and bail reform, speaking out against it before it was announced warning others of what was coming.I am for total repeal of Cuomo’s Safe Act.I am running on transparency, my goal as a legislative elected will be to let my constituents know what Albany is planning before they make Law not after, so that people can speak out or in favor of or against. My hope will be to disrupt the flow of misinformation among the legislature on subjects as important as Energy and the misinformational campaign Albany politicians have been Subjected too, to be the loud and knowledgeable voice of the people in my district.Victor Furman (WBNG) — There’s another person looking to represent New York’s 122nd district in the state assembly. In a statement sent to 12 News, Furman said the following: The current state representative, Clifford Crouch, is not running for reelection after 25 years in the assembly.center_img Victor Furman, the president of the Land Owner Advocates of New York, joins Nick Libous and Joe Angelino in the race. He served in the US Army from 1972 to 1976. He says he wants to create more transparency in Albany. last_img read more

October 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgTopics : The government also added collective leave on Oct. 28 to commemorate the birth of Prophet Muhammad.“Shifting the collective leave to the end of the year was done in consideration that COVID-19 would be handled properly [by then]. In addition, at the end of the year, children will be on school break and families will have had enough time to plan vacations,” the statement continued.Two of Indonesia’s largest Islamic mass organizations, Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah, have also advised people against participating in the mudik. The government, however, has not prohibited the mudik due to economic considerations. The government will instead disburse social aid to low-income families in hopes of dissuading people from taking part in the exodus. As of Thursday, the Health Ministry confirmed 3,293 cases of the pneumonia-like illness in Indonesia with 280 fatalities and 252 recoveries. Jakarta, the country’s outbreak epicenter, has confirmed 1,706 cases, with 142 fatalities and 82 recoveries. The government will push back Idul Fitri collective leave to December due to concerns that the annual exodus could cause further transmission of the novel coronavirus.Ramadan is expected to take place on April 23 to May 23. It has become customary for most Indonesians, especially those living in big cities, to visit their hometowns and gather with family during the long holiday near the end of the holy month.center_img The country expects some 20 million people to participate in the yearly tradition, with several having already left the capital for their hometowns despite the warnings of public health experts. While Idul Fitri will be observed, Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy has moved the four-day Idul Fitri collective leave to Dec. 28-31, from May 26-29, nearing other year-end holidays.“This policy is a follow up to a directive from the President […] related to the no mudik appeal and the altering of the 2020 Idul Fitri collective leave,” Muhadjir said in a statement on Thursday.Read also: COVID-19: Jokowi considers adjusting Idul Fitri break, orders regions to be obedientlast_img read more